Metal News for April 9, 2012
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43 news articles posted on this day.
Chilean thrash metal band Conflicted has revealed the tracklisting and cover art of its new album "Social Disorder," which is due out this April 21st via SickBangers/Digmetalworld. Conflicted also have a video upload for the song "God is Death," which can be viewed by going here.
1. The Truth Beyond Our Polluted Lungs
3. Human Decayed… To The Final War
5. The Price We Must Pay
6. This World
7. Experiments To Create Aberrations
8. God Is Death
9. Malevolent Act
Hailing from Colorado, Nexhymn is a female-fronted death metal band born from the ashes of Throcult in 2010. The name itself is derived from a combination of the Latin word Nex (defined as death, violent nature, and slaughter) and the word Hymn (a simple song of praise).
Self-released by the band on March 27th of this year, Nexhymn's debut EP "Black Horizon" was recorded at Firestorm studios and mixed and mastered at Flatline Audio. Nexhymn is currently streaming two of its songs, the title track from the EP and "Decaying Monument," over at ReverbNation, or you may stream them below in the player. The tracklisting and cover art of the six song release follows below.
Jeff Loomis is releasing his new solo album "Plains Of Oblivion" on April 10th in North America and April 9th in Europe. The entire release is now available for streaming online through AOL Music at this location. The track listing is as follows:
2. The Ultimatum
3. Escape Velocity
4. Tragedy and Harmony
5. Requiem for the Living
6. Continuum Drift
8. Chosen Time
10. Sibylline Origin More...
As a final teaser before the release of the band's sixth album, Demon Hunter is now premiering "Wake," taken from the forthcoming "True Defiance," available in stores and online tomorrow, April 10th, on Solid State Records.
"'Wake' is another song that explores all the best elements of the band," explains mastermind Ryan Clark. "It's very riff heavy, vocally melodic, extremely aggressive, grooving, and features some of the best drumming on the record. This song takes what some might consider the standard Demon Hunter vocal structure and flips it- the verses are melodic singing, and the screaming takes place in the chorus. I think those tweaks in the structure make it a unique DH song."
"Lyrically, it's about a person's fear of the unknown... or the coming to terms with one's mortality and spiritual life... digging deeper that a daily surface existence or 'waking' out of the ritualistic/mundane day-to-day."
Check out the song "Wake" by heading over to this location. The new album's track listing is as follows:
2. God Forsaken
3. My Destiny
5. Tomorrow Never Comes
6. Someone To Hate
7. This I Know
8. Means To An End
9. We Don’t Care
11. Dead Flowers
Brendon Small and Alternative Press Magazine are releasing the third brand new track from the Metalocaylpse co-creator’s new side project, "Brendon Small's Galaktikon." This track, entitled "Prophecy of the Lazer Witch," is the second track on the album and steps away from metal to a more structured rock sound. Head over here to stream the track.
“In this song, in a moment of weakness, our intergalactic space hero (who has recently been humiliated by a messy public divorce) goes to have his fortune told by the Lazer Witch (a space Prophet),” states Brendon. “He's given a warning that his life and the lives of everyone close to him are in danger if he doesn't stop meddling with his ex-wife’s affairs. He is also told that his arch nemesis whom he imprisoned years ago is back.” More...
Revocation is headed out on tour this Spring & Summer in North America with label-mates Dying Fetus on select dates (U.S. only). A teaser trailer for the tour can be viewed below.
The upcoming Revocation tour dates are as follows: More...
Horror Pain Gore Death Productions has announced the first ever vinyl pressing of the Abscess collection, "Urine Junkies," set for release on May 8th. This will be a deluxe edition limited to 500 copies pressed on heavy picture disc vinyl and will include a unique double-sided air freshener, set of two name tags and a vile urine-filled syringe pen.
"Urine Junkies" is a compilation of Abscess' first three studio demos in reverse-chronological order: "Crawled Up from the Sewer" (1995), "Raw, Sick and Brutal Noize" (1994) and "Abscess" (1994). The band officially called it a day back in 2010 when founding member Clint Bower left the fold due to personal reasons. Check out the cover art and the extras below. More...
Forbidden founding member / guitarist / songwriter Craig Locicero has issued the following update about working on a new album and the status of his other projects:
“Recently I've been getting bombarded with questions as to what exactly I am doing musically because I have so many updates about my different projects. Forbidden, SpiralArms, Demonica, and now Manmade God have all been thrown out there. So please let me explain a little bit.
“At the end of 2011, I made a commitment to myself: 2012 will be the year I have the most musical gratification and fun I will ever have had in my life. So far my mission is working out pretty well.
“Forbidden. We are writing a record presently and what we have so far is smoking-shit-hot-thrash-attack! Sasha Horn has been a lightning rod for our original energy since he's joined up. The only issue we have is the amount of time we get to spend together with Steve Smyth and Sasha both living elsewhere. But we have our 'Four Dates of the Apocalypse' coming up here in April and we finish that up in Santiago, Chile and Sao Paulo, Brazil! That will be awesome. While we get together to practice, we also work on new songs. Then, it’s Wacken in August and recording the new record before the end of the year for a 2013 release. I sure hope there is a 2013! More...
Every week in Unearthing the Metal Underground, we take a look at three quality bands that haven't gotten as much exposure yet as they should. Last week, we exposed three metal bands from Pakistan and we continue in something of a similar vein this week, turning our attention to another Islamic country, though this time in North Africa, namely Morocco. Morocco had something of a controversial encounter with heavy metal music, when in 2003 more than a dozen heavy metal fans were jailed in the city of Casablanca for "acts capable of undermining the faith of a Muslim" and "possessing objects which infringe morals." The Moroccan courts felt that the black t-shirts adorning heavy metal logos worn by these young men, all of whom played in metal bands themselves, were Satanic. However, after global outcry from musicians and human rights activists, they were released and today, Morocco sees more bands performing hard rock and heavy metal music. This week we will be looking at three such groups.
Formed in early 2006, Analgesia created a blend of groove metal with classical elements, fusing black metal vocals with a more operatic female counterpart. They released their first record, "Return to the Self" the same year and gained quite a following amongst metal fans in Morocco. They have performed at some of the biggest festivals in the country including L’boulevard and have since released two more albums, "Era of the Storytellers" and "Beyond Illusion."
Analgesia - "From The Ashes Of Morocco"
Veteran Swedish death metal act Hypocrisy is currently prepping new material for its 13th studio album, which is scheduled for release next year on Nuclear Blast Records. The band has issued the following update to fill fans in on the process:
“We're now focusing on writing new songs for the next album. We've already some new material and it sounds killer! The plan is to record the new album in the autumn this year and release it in the first half of 2013. So far everything is working out as planned and we're really excited to bring out the new release.
“Between the writing process we're also doing some festival shows and we hope to see you all there! We'll keep you updated what’s going on with the band!”
Hypocrisy released its last full-length, "A Taste of Extreme Divinity," in 2009 on Nuclear Blast Records. Stay tuned to the official Hypocrisy Facebook page here for more information.
Metalunderground.com is premiering the one-man cover for the Fear Factory song "Flashpoint," recorded by deathrash/groove outfit Common Dead. The track originally hails from the 1995 album "Demanufacture." All instrumentation and mixing for the cover was the solo effort of Common Dead's founder, Andrew Laurenson, including the recreation of sound bytes meant to mirror samples in the original. Check out the cover below.
Comments Laurenson: "This was a favorite song of mine that tends to get overlooked by some. It starts heavy, reaches up for melody, then crashes down heavy again. A short and sweet punch to the face that also hadn't been covered to death. This raw mix was made around sessions for the 'Diatribe' album as an homage to the masters of futurist metal."
Common Dead released its flagship effort "Diatribe" (reviewed here) in early 2012 after relocating to Montreal, Canada from the United States. The effort received warm reviews from press, including 3/5 from Metal Underground and 4/5 from Brutalism. Following the release, plans were announced to expand the official roster of Common Dead and induct new members for upcoming efforts.
"Common Dead was never exclusively a solo project, and that was something I voiced early on through websites and interviews" explains Laurenson. "Each time I would find myself playing all the instruments, it was just a matter of circumstances I was facing at the time and wanting to get something done in spite of it all. I'm looking to burn that cycle. I'm glad I got those solo works in the books, I'm proud of that era, but now I'm interested in starting a new era, and having more of a team."
Submissions from possible bandmates in the Montreal region are welcome at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more info and updates, join the band's Facebook page.
Portugal's Iodine has made the band's new EP "An Abyss at Nightfall" available online for streaming. You can check out the tracks in the player below or via Bandcamp.
The cover artwork can be viewed at this location, and the track listing is as follows:
1. Silent King
2. Chaos Swan
3. Monsters of Free Will
4. Aurora's Thief More...
Norwegian black metal deconstructivist cell Furze has completed the fifth chapter in the band's curious discography, and is prepared to release its most psychedelically-inclined blackened rock spectacle to date, in the form of "Psych Minus Space Control." The following press release was issued about the album:
"Those who have studied previous releases cultivated by the Furzement are aware how each album this rogue outfit unleash steadily dumbfounds and intrigues, the more adventurous musical deviants immediately come back for more. The songs of Furze are almost completely cultivated by the infamous Woe J. Reaper -- who metaphysically cultures these hymns, from inception, through execution, all the way into production of the final product including the cultivation cover artwork and overall aesthetics of each release's delivery.
"A plethora of Furze releases have infiltrated the masses over the past fourteen or so, years including several EPs and a slew of scattered demos, amidst four LPs. Trident Autocrat (2000) and Necromanzee Cogent (2003) were initially released on Apocalyptic Empire Records and later reissued by Candlelight Records directly after releasing the UTD full-length worldwide in 2007, followed by the 2010-released Reaper Subconscious Guide via Agonia Records. More...
Shai Hulud is preparing to record a fourth album (second for Metal Blade Records) in April 2012. This album will serve as the follow up to 2008's "Misanthropy Pure." Matt Fox, Matt Fletcher, and co. have completed writing the new album, and have confirmed that they've enlisted the production talents of original Hulud vocalist and current New Found Glory guitarist Chad Gilbert, the vocalist on Shai Hulud's debut full length album "Hearts Once Nourished With Hope And Compassion."
Chad Gilbert elaborates: "Matt Fox from Shai Hulud hit me up while on tour about potentially producing their new album. I immediately thought it could be an interesting and fun team up but I really wanted to hear new demos before agreeing. He sent me a few new songs and I was pleasantly surprised! The songs were awesome and felt very classic; the melodic hardcore metal they are already admired for but taken to another level. I think with us teamed up we can make the best Shai Hulud record yet!"
Matt Fox adds: "It started with this riff. Like a lot of albums do. It's a pretty cool riff, Chad liked it, so I showed him a few more. He seemed to like the others, and had some really cool ideas for them, too. This was a few years ago, and that's when we first entertained the idea working on a record together.
"Fast forward to when we are almost ready to book studio time… let's see if Chad remembers any of those riffs. He remembered liking them, and asked to hear more. By this time some of these riffs made it into completed songs. We were pretty happy to hear he liked how everything evolved, and that he'd be interested in working with us on the next Shai Hulud album.
"I remember at 14 years old or so I was extremely excited because Wolverine was teaming up with the Punisher in 'Punisher: War Journal.' I don't know if anything can match that youthful elation, but this is right up there, pretty damn close." More...
San Francisco/North Bay deathcore unit Ænimus recently entered NB Studios in Santa Rosa, CA to begin recording an as-yet-untitled debut full-length album with drummer/producer Nick Botelho. The band will be filming studio video updates throughout the recording process, and each video will contain short clips of brand new material in order to give fans a taste of what they can expect from the forthcoming album. The first clip showcasing Nick on drums can be seen below.
Nick had the following to say about going from writing the album to finally getting into the studio to start recording, "Coming into the studio to record this album is a huge milestone for Ænimus. This is the first full length album all of us in the band have ever written. We just finished writing and recording the drums for it the day before I had to dismantle all the recording gear to take back to my studio. Despite that last minute pressure, I couldn't be more proud of how it turned out. When I first joined the band, I wasn't really sure if things were going the right direction as far as the writing style, especially since two of the main writers of this album, Brian (Deebs) and Josh, had never been in a band together before. Since then we've come to understand each others musical ideas a little better, and our fans will hear that progression of style in the music. Needless to say, we can't wait for everyone to hear this album!"
The track listing for the album is as follows:
1. Asherah's Hourglass
2. The Awakening
3. The Grasp of Ruin
5. Descent Into Chaos
6. Black Malice Construct
7. Black Malice Alchemy
9. Heavy Lies the Crown
12. The Final Delirium More...
Vancouver, BC’s West of Hell is pleased to announce the release of the band's upcoming single, "Water of Sorcery," cut from the upcoming album, "Spiral Empire." The single will be released for sale online on April 19th on iTunes, Amazon.com, CD Baby, and more. The track is the second on the album and is described by the band as a "good ol’ drinking song."
“‘Watery of Sorcery’ is a quote by Kevin Spacey describing tequila. It's a drinking song as many before it,” states vocalist Chris Valago. “Deep as a pint and long as a horn. The moment of clarity when liquor reveals the soul.” The following press release was also issued:
"'Spiral Empire' will be released with Reversed Records on May 8th, 2012, and features a unique sound that preserves the band’s legendary, distinctive influences whilst incorporating modern elements, creating a one-of-a-kind listening experience. Spiral Empire was recorded at The Factory Studios in Vancouver and is produced by Juno Award winning engineer Rob Shallcross (Strapping Young Lad, GWAR, Zimmers Hole, Fear Factory). West of Hell has Spiral Empire pre-sale packages available now exclusively at this location."
The band's upcoming tour dates are as follows:
4/26 – Red Deer, AB @ The Vat
4/27 - Calgary, AB @ Lord Nelsons Pub
4/28 - Rocky Mountain House, AB @ Youth Hall
5/3 - Regina, SK @ The Exchange
5/4 - Brandon, MN @ North Shore Inn
5/5 - Winnipeg, MN @ the Zoo
5/9 - Sudbury, ON @ The Serbian Centre Bar
5/11 - Montreal, QB @ The Underworld
5/12 - Toronto, ON @ Hard Luck Bar
5/16 - Saskatoon, SK @ Amigos
5/18 - Edmonton, AB @ New City
5/24 - Canmore, AB @ Canmore Hotel
5/25 - Kelowna, BC @ Level Nite Club
Ghostfest 2012 completes its monstrous line up with the addition of Your Demise, Bleed From Within, Heart Of A Coward, Demoraliser, Grader, Breaking Point, Crossbreaker, Pay No Respect, Odessa, Villa Rise, Rivers, Empires Fade, Carcer City Steak Number 8, and Red Seas Fire.
They join Emmure, Bury Tomorrow, The Black Dahlia Murder, 24 more bands and 2700 metal fans at Leeds University Students Union on June 30th/July 1st. Tickets cost £35 Weekend / £25 Single day, and are available at this location. The full lineup is as follows: More...
Minneapolis, MN's Oak Pantheon has announced the band's new album "From A Whisper" is set to be released this summer. The track listing is as follows:
1. Descend Into Winter
3. We Will Tear Down the Gods
5. The Ground Beneath You
6. Roots of Man
7. From a Whisper
8. An Altar of Limbs
Italy’s grind demons Cripple Bastards are set to release a brand new 7” EP entitled "Senza Impronte" and according to a press release, features their "fastest, most aggressive and pissed off material to date."
The limited edition EP is the band's first recording for new label Relapse Records and is set for an April 24th release with pre-orders available here. A brand new Cripple Bastards track from the EP is currently available for streaming via the official Relapse Podcast here.
Additionally, Cripple Bastards has announced a headlining Brazilian Tour this April. A complete listing of upcoming dates is listed below. More...
OSI has completed work on a video for the song entitled "For Nothing," which comes from OSI's fourth album "Fire Make Thunder." The video was directed by Jimmy Ahlander and is being premiered online through Ultimate-Guitar.com. Check out the video here.
In its first week of release, "Fire Make Thunder" has charted on the Billboard New Artist Chart at #18. OSI also charted on the Top Hard Music Albums Chart at #46. International chart numbers include #43 on the Hard Music chart in Canada and #139 on the charts in Benelux.
Formed in 2002 by Jim Matheos (Fates Warning, Arch/Matheos) and Kevin Moore (Chroma Key, former Dream Theater keyboardist), OSI is a long distance partnership, both musicians typically writing and recording alone and sending song ideas back and forth for further elaboration. Written and recorded throughout most of 2011, this latest release once again reflects the eclectic influences of both Matheos and Moore.
The album's track listing is as follows:
1) Cold Call
3) Indian Curse
4) Enemy Prayer
5) Wind Won't Howl
6) Big Chief II
7) For Nothing
8) Invisible Men
Chaos in Paradise has released a new music video online for the track "Sanzu River," which was directed by 2Spot Media.
The song is taken from the band's "Let the Bliss Remain" EP, and the video clip is available below. You can also check out the previously posted song "Sign of Deliverance" at this location.
Legendary death metal legion Six Feet Under today unveils the first single from forthcoming studio offering, "Undead." Slated for North American release on May 22nd, 2012 through Metal Blade Records, the 12 track recording was produced by Mark Lewis (Deicide, Devildriver) and mixed by Jason Suecof (Whitechapel, Job For A Cowboy), at Audio Hammer Studios in Sanford, Florida. The following press release was issued about the album:
"Led by the inimitable Chris Barnes, possessor of one of the most dominant and instantly recognizable voices of the death metal genre, Undead offers up an overhauled lineup. Now featuring Barnes alongside new guitarist Rob Arnold (ex- Chimaira), longtime guitarist Steve Swanson, new bassist Jeff Hughell, and drummer Kevin Talley, whose history blasting for Dying Fetus, Misery Index, and Chimaira speaks for itself, SIX FEET UNDER 2012 finds the band reinvigorated and churning out some of the most visceral, in-your-face, and downright horrifying tunes in their renowned discography of brutality both, lyrically and musically."
Comments vocalist/death metal ambassador Chris Barnes of the recording: "I'm in pretty much the best headspace I've been in since myself and [former guitarist] Allen West started this band in 1993. I'm super excited about the new record. It's a rejuvenation; it's a rebirth of SIX FEET UNDER, and fans will definitely latch on to my excitement and how focused I am in the lyrics I've written… The hypocrisies of daily life, things that affect us that spawn aggression, loneliness, sadness, there's a lot of emotions going on across the record, and I guess that the dark horror that humans cause is my niche."
Train your ears to the violent sounds of "Formaldehyde" at this location, where you can also view the record's maniacal Dusty Peterson cover art and pre-order options. The "Undead" track listing is as follows: More...
Lou Gregoire of Stillborn Messengers has now posted a new album online from his side project A.I.(d). You can check out the full "Disorder" album in the player below. The track listing (and where each song starts in the player) is as follows:
00:00 : ID21172924647
02:15 : Skyrush
07:06 : Life is an Anagram for File
12:52 : [Choices]
17:24 : Something Terrible
19:06 : A time machine called hope
23:31 : Mothership Breakdown
27:20 : Virgin Chill Hustler
33:15 : Legendary
Massacre Records has issued the following announcement about Necronomicon parting ways with guitarist Andy Gern:
"Sadly Andy Gern who played alongside Freddy as second guitarist could no longer withstand the pressure of the new Longplayer 'Invictus.' That's why Necronomicon had to take the painful but inevitable step of parting ways with Andy.
"The new guy in the band is André 'Bones' Boismenu from Montréal, Canada. He has played in different Canadian and German bands.
"Rumour has it that he is an excellent musician! With over 25 years of experience in thrash, hardcore and heavy metal he will not only add personality and a unique touch to Necronomicon, he will also complete the quartet as a whole.
"The fans can get to know André 'Bones' on May 5th at the Sküll Session Fest in Belgium, where he will make his first live appearance presenting new songs with Necronomicon as co-headliner of the festival."
The band stated: "We are more than pleased with this new formation and we will be able to concentrate 100% on our new tasks and most importantly on the band! Beware the Beast!"
Metal band Earthen Grave will be releasing the new album, titled "Earthen Grave," as a physical CD on Tuesday, April 24th and as a special digital only release on Sunday April 22nd in honor of Earth Day with a concert on Saturday, April 28th at Reggies Rock Club in Chicago. Tickets are available at this location.
"Earthen Grave" was produced by Ron Holzner, and will be released on Holzner’s independent label Claude and Elmo Music. The album features the single “Blood Drunk,” which explores themes of love, trust, lies, and revenge and features guest vocalist Kristin Joy Elane. Additional tracks include “Beneath a Shovel Load,” “Relentless,” “Burning a Sinner,” “Life Carries On,” “Tilted World” and “Earthen Grave.”
The Earthen Grave album influences include metal legends Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, Metallica and Slayer. "We are very proud of this CD. The whole band played at such an extreme level with amazing results. This has been one of the best musical experiences of my life,” says bassist Ron Holzner. Vocalist Mark Weiner adds “It’s an overall record that explores the walks of life good and bad.” More...
The Lasers Edge is pleased to announce a release campaign of the entire Freak Kitchen back catalog, beginning with 2009's "Land of the Freaks." The following press release was issued about the re-releases:
"Although extremely popular around the world, access to Freak Kitchen's music in North America has previously been limited to expensive imports through specialist dealers. Europe's best kept musical secret is a secret no more!
"Freak Kitchen is a progressive power trio consisting of three renowned virtuoso musicians: Mattia "IA" Eklundh (guitar/vocals), Christfer Ortefors (bass), and Bjorn Fryklun (drums). The band was formed by IA in 1992 and since then they have conquered audiences around the world with their high energy performances.
"The members of the band are road dogs, performing constantly as Freak Kitchen and individually as clinicians. Freak Kitchen 's music is an amalgam of styles - equal parts hard rock, heavy metal, and progressive rock blended together with a healthy dose of Zappa-esque humor. Land of the Freaks features quite a bit of inspiration from Indian music and finds the trio joined by two guest musicians - V. Selvaganesh and Neyveli S Radharkrisha. More...
New Jersey prog metal act Suspyre is set to officially release the band's new self-titled album tomorrow, April 10th. The entire album has now been made available for streaming online via Bandcamp or through the player available below. The "Suspyre" track listing is as follows:
2. Tranquility and Stress
3. The Divided Son
4. Still Bending the Violet
5. The Fire Dancer
8. The Cycle
9. The Whispers Never Written
10. The Man Made of Stone More...
Poland's Eternal Deformity has posted a new song online from the band's upcoming album "The Beauty of Chaos," which is due out on April 30th via Code666 Records. Check out the song "The Holy Decay" in the player below. A teaser trailer for the album is also available after the jump, and the track listing is as follows:
2. Thy Kingdom Gone
4. Pestilence Claims No Higher Purpose
5. Caught Out Lying
6. The Beauty of the Ultimate End
7. The Sun
8. The Holy Decay More...
Coprocephalic, the brutal slamming death metal band whose members hail from California and Taipei, is streaming a promo for its upcoming album. The promo has previews of the tracks "Inhuman Neurosis" and "Severe Contamination." For full versions of both songs, head over to YouTube. Coprocephalic will be releasing the album on Inherited Suffering records.
Dawn of Demise has posted a new official music video online for the title track off the upcoming album "Rejoice In Vengeance." The album is due out on Unique Leader Records June 19th, 2012. The "Rejoice In Vengeance" video was created by Hans Asmussen and can be viewed below.
The new album's track listing is as follows:
1. We drink to your demise
2. Rejoice in vengeance
3. Killing spree
4. This affliction
5. The epitome of brutality
6. He rises again
8. Indulge in perversity
10. The blood stays on the blade
12. The immaculate slaughter (feat. Frank Rini)
Emmure has posted a new lyric video online for the song "I Am Onslaught," which is taken off the band's upcoming album "Slave to the Game," scheduled for release on April 10th, 2012. You can also check out Emmure's recently released music video for "Protoman" at this location.
Emmure also still has the following upcoming tour dates: More...
Canadian act Cryptopsy split with bassist Youri Raymond late last year, and the band has now issued the following announcement about premiering new songs live later this month with the band's replacement bass player:
"Cryptopsy will be playing their first show of 2012 in Hamilton Ontario on April 21st! New songs, new bassist (Oli's first Cryptopsy show) and a bunch of old tunes as well come out!"
U.S. act The Howling Wind has posted a video clip online of the band recording the new album "Of Babalon" at The Thousand Caves with Colin Marston. Check out the video below. You can also find recently posted photos from the band's time in the recording studio at this location.
The death/black metal commandos of Belphegor will enter Mana Studios in St. Petersburg, Fla. next month to begin work on their new, yet-to-be-titled album with producer Erik Rutan. The band’s impending 10th studio release is due out late 2012 on Nuclear Blast Records.
Commented vocalist Helmuth, “Around 2006 I [had] contacted Erik the first time, I guess. We talked about the producing of the Bondage Goat Zombie album, but he wasn’t available. This time, we have to do it! Our sound, attitude… or lets say trademark, is a symbiosis of all extremities that came out of this glorious genre...diabolical black death metal.
“Since February 2012 we [rehearsed] and [wrote] hard on nine shredding sound collages. To recordchapter X with Erik is perfect, since he exactly [knows] what we need and how we get this done.
“The thing is, the new compositions are full of intensity and pure aggression. The combination of European Metal coldness, atmosphere and sickest elements - crossed with an American brutal sound, is the master plan. This experiment is going to be ultra-sick! More...
Dutch act Project Pain has issued the following announcement about splitting with the band's guitarist:
"Because of serious health problems, Mark Staffhorst has to quit Project Pain and we have to cancel our live concert at 23-6 at De ijsbreker, Leusden.
"We wish Mark and his family all the best and stay on top mate! The concert will be planned after the summer break with a new gitarist, so we gonna take auditions for a new guitarist. The CD 'I Have Sinned' will be released in June." More...
American power metal veterans Iced Earth have announced that they will be recording their concert at the ancient Kourion Amphitheater, outside Limassol in Cyprus, for an upcoming CD/DVD release.
This will be the band's first live release with vocalist Stu Block, who joined the band last year, replacing fan favourite Matt Barlow. More details regarding the live release will be revealed once they become available.
You can also check Metalunderground.com's review of the latest Iced Earth studio album "Dystopia" here.
Demonic Resurrection has issued the following update about streaming a song online from a previous compilation release:
"So in 2001 we recorded a song called 'The Creatures Of Ancient Blood' for a compilation called Deepthroat (don't ask!). We'll probably never play this again but lots of folks share a special connection to this song so we've put it up on our SoundCloud page where you can listen and download it from. Enjoy!"
You can listen to the song in the player below. "The Creatures of Ancient Blood" was recorded in 2001 at Throatlatch studio and the band lineup was:
Demonstealer - Guitars/Keys/Vocals
Aditya Mehta - Bass
Yash Pathak -Drums More...
U.K. black metal band Order of the Blackguard has announced the follow-up to the "Way of Cross and Dragon" album (reviewed here) will be titled "Black Is The Colour... None Is The Number."
The cover artwork can be viewed at this location and the track listing is as follows:
1. The Woodcutter
2. The church of the shrike
3. Death trains to death camps
4. The cult of the Hellion
5. The Decline
6. Here comes the snake...
7. The owls are not what they seem
Further details on the release date will be announced as they are made available.
U.K. based hardcore act Pay No Respect has posted a new video clip online. Check out the video for "This World is Ours" in the YouTube player available below. "This World is Ours" will be included on the band's upcoming new album.
Pay No Respect will also be playing the upcoming Ghostfest 2012 alongside The Black Dhalia Murder, Emmure, Comeback Kid, and more. Full details are available at this location.
Dehuman has issued the following announcement about upcoming French tour dates in support of the new album "Black Throne of All Creation:"
"Friends, fiends and metal maniacs ! Kaotoxin records, Tanquam Aegri Somnia & Undercore are proud to join forces for a Belgian invasion of France named 'The Mincing Authority Tour' during which Dehuman, newly signed to Kaotoxin, will showcase its forthcoming debut full-length, 'Black Throne of all Creation,' opening for the legendary Mince Core fellow Belgians Agathocles for a three day, take no prisoner, blitzkrieg that'll conquer France."
Apr.13-2012 - FR - Toulouse - Squat des pavillons sauvages
Apr.14-2012 - FR - Bordeaux - Undergournd BlastFest 3 @ Heretic Club (with UNSU)
Apr.15-2012 - FR - Nancy - Soap Box Club
You can also check out a song from the new album, titled "Cast of Assassination," at this location.
Sweden's Nominon has issued the following announcement about gearing up to enter the recording studio:
"The band will enter a studio in Växjö, Sweden, next week to start the recording of the fifth full-length album, which is yet untitled. It will be released on LP/CD through DEATHGASM RDS this summer. The plan at the moment is to include nine songs on the CD version and then add one song as bonus on the LP version. Sheer brutality awaits!
"We've just received some details about the forthcoming split 7" with Nominon / Kommandant. It'll most likely be out late in April through the new Swedish underground label CRYPTORIUM RDS. The label just got the test press and it sounds gruesome as fuck. For this split release Nominon recorded a very intense and kick ass cover of Impaled Nazarene's 'Human Proof' from their killer and underestimated album 'Nihil.'
"For those who doesn't understand what Nominon stands for, here's a brand new review of the latest 7" EP 'Manifestation Of Black' on Voices from the Darkside.
"The planned colloboration with the booking agency BLACKENED MASS MEDIA won't happen after all, simply due to the fact that the agency pretty much were stillborn. So from now on Nominon will go back to basics and manage themselves. So for ALL booking inquires, contact: email@example.com
"More info will follow, so be sure to check back if you're a fan underground death metal that is."
German traditional metal act Gun Barrel posted a new music video for the title track from the band's latest LP "Brace for Impact," which was released at the end of March through Massacre Records.
The track listing for "Brace for Impact" is as follows:
1. Turbolence Decadence
2. The Wild Hunt
3. With Might Main
4. Diamond Bullets
5. Stand Your Ground
6. Start A Riot
7. Books Of Life
8. Big Taboo
9. Dancing On Torpedos
10. Brace For Impact
11. No Survival On Arrival
Check out "Brace for Impact" here: More...
Swedish power metal band Sabaton has cancelled the first three days of the North American tour, which was scheduled to start in Tampa tomorrow, due to problems with obtaining visas over the Easter weekend for the band's four new members. The tour will now commence on April 15, 2012 in San Antonio, Texas.
The band posted the following video with regard to the cancellations:
The dates for the "Swedish Empire" tour are as follows: More...