Metal News for April 9, 2013
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Every week Metalunderground.com checks in with musicians and fans to get their most memorable Pit Stories. Today, drummer Will Green from Ohio act Set to Reflect shares the following story about an unfortunate fan failing to pull of a back flip during a Burden of a Day set at the Cornerstone festival:
July 2nd, 2009. It was the most humid 105 degree Illinois day I'd ever lived through, and being smashed together between the 20,000 people at Cornerstone festival was not helping the already over-heated situation. I noticed one extremely lanky, yet absurd kid as I stood on the edge of the pit and watched everyone throw down to Burden of a Day. He was pulling out all the moves. Picking up the change, Windmills, spin kicks... you name it, he was performing it. The band's fantastic live presence only escalated the energy in the pit, and by midway through the show, he was acting more insane than anyone I've seen to this day. That was when it happened...
The next thing I know, the kid is jumping near the edge of the stage and doing a back-flip off... at least, half of a back-flip. As he landed awkwardly, you could see the bone pop out of his leg. His shin acted as if it were a third knee, and the look of shock on his face said it all. It was apparent that no one there had ever seen anything so gruesome in real life, as it took a full minute for anyone to come to his aid due to the immediate surprise of what had just occurred.
Once we were done lifting him and helping him to the outskirts of the tent, the paramedics arrived and carted him off. The image, however, is forever burned into my memory.
Set to Reflect's latest EP "A New Path To Walk On" is out now through Standby Records. For more info on the band, head over to the Set to Reflect Facebook profile here.
Check back in next Tuesday for more mosh pit stories, and let us know your favorite story from a live show in the comments below.
A new track from the 2013 album "Prozium" by Composer, Meet Corpse is now available online for streaming. Check out "Poison the Well (Moshington Deceased)" via the player below. Composer, Meet Corpse is:
Chris Elliot - Vocals
Chris Gerlings - Bass
Tyler Armstrong - Drums
Mike Exsted - Guitar
Nico Mirolla - Guitar
Lizzy Borden will be celebrating thirty years of American metal in 2013 with a brand new show, created from the ground up just for the monumental 30 year anniversary.
The new selected shows will encompass songs from each and every Lizzy Borden record to date, including classic songs like "Me against the World," "American Metal," "Master of Disguise," plus songs the band has never performed live.
April 13 Whisky A Go Go - Hollywood CA
April 20 Count's Vamp'd - Las Vegas, NV
April 25 Changes New Castle, PA
April 26 Dead Horse Cantina Music Hall McKees Rocks, PA
April 27 Spring Stampede at the House Of Rock, Baltimore, MD
The Wrath of Vesuvius is streaming a new track titled "Somber Silence," which comes off upcoming album "Revelation," due in stores this June on Rite Of Passage Records. Further details will be announced in the coming weeks.
With towns still set ablaze from the band’s recent tours with Gaza, Code Orange Kids, Homewrecker, and more, and following recent announcements on upcoming Spring/Summer touring, today noise/hardcore faction Full of Hell has declared several dozen additional roving assaults for the months ahead.
Based around appearances at this year’s Maryland Deathfest and Chaos In Tejas festivals alongside label mates Integrity and Gehenna, Full of Hell’s previously announced leg of tour dates in May has been extended, a whole new slew of terroristic demonstrations with Gehenna now set to take the two acts to the West Coast.
Once the tour reaches the Pacific, Gehenna’s tour run will cease, but Full of Hell will immediately begin a new run alongside label mates Seven Sisters Of Sleep. Check out tour dates below. More...
Enshine is the new melodic death/doom band from Jari Lindholm (Seas of Years, ex-Slumber/AtomA) and Sebastien Pierre (Fractal Gates, Inborn Suffering, Cold Insight), and the project will release "Origin" on May 15th, 2013 on Rain Without End Records. You can also listen to the track "Stream of Light" through the SoundCloud player below. The track listing is as follows:
1. Stream of light
8. Above us
9. Constellation More...
"Elements of Doom," the second track from Eibon's new record "II," is now streaming via CVLT Nation here. The track comes off new album "II," due out on April 17th via Throatruiner Records. The previously released song "The Void Settlers" is also available below.
The digital version of the album can also now be bought at Bandcamp. The track listing is:
1. The Void Settlers 19:08
2. Elements of Doom 23:48 More...
The Finnish heavy metallers from Payload have just set the release date for their upcoming album: May 17th, 2013 will be the day when all fans can enjoy "Odyssey Dawn" to the fullest.
In addition, the band has uploaded an official lyric video for the song "Wounds." Check out the clip below. The "Odyssey Dawn" track listing is as follows:
1. War Machine
2. Wasted (Matinkylä)
4. Poison Cure
7. Odyssey Dawn
9. Unleash More...
East of the Wall will be entering the New Brunswick, New Jersey recording studio Trax East on May 27th to begin tracking the band's next album, "Redaction Artifacts," with engineer Eric Rachel (Burnt By The Sun, God Forbid, The Red Chord, Municipal Waste). Mixing is scheduled for mid-July and the album will be released in late October via Translation Loss Records.
Those wishing to hear new material from Redaction Artifacts right now can do so by purchasing the benefit single for the band's new song, "I'm Always Fighting Drago." All proceeds go to producer Andrew Schneider, to help him rebuild his studio Translator Audio -- the point of conception for previous East Of The Wall albums as well as Made Out Of Babies, Keelhaul, Cave In, Unsane, and more have recorded -- which was destroyed during Hurricane Sandy.
In addition to the new demo for "...Drago" and an acoustic version of the band's song "Century Of Excellence," anyone who purchases the benefit single this April will receive links to download two free albums. The first is the new "Personnel" EP from EOTW guitarist/vocalist Matt Lupo's solo project Opul. The second is the full-length "Understanding Consequences" from Day Without Dawn, the short-lived group formed by members of EOTW in 2006 after previous band The Postman Syndrome disbanded. Purchase the "Benefit For Translator Audio" single and receive the complimentary albums at this location. More...
Domestic Genocide Records is pleased to welcome progressive post black metal project Desiderium to the label's eclectic roster of sonic devastation. Domestic Genocide comments:
"Defined as an ardent longing, as for something lost, Desiderium paints beautifully ugly portraits of sound. Founded in late 2010 in Cary, North Carolina by Michael Rumple (Súl ad Astra, ex-Acrasia), Desiderium was initially forged as a solo project but later morphed into a small revolving collective of sound revolutionists.
"Though rooted in black metal, the band incorporates a host of genres from black metal and progressive rock to death metal and dream pop into meticulously crafted cathartic hymnals that are at once scathing yet serene."
Desiderium's debut LP, a concept album entitled "Sunless Meridian," will see release through Domestic Genocide later this year. Produced by Chris Kelhey at Rivalry Sound, "Sunless Meridian" features Rumple alongside guitarist Zach Dresher, bassist Blake Privette. and drummer Dylan Donegan (drums).
Further details – including release date and cover art – are to be divulged in the coming weeks. In the meantime check out teaser track “Aerial Sea” below. More...
Montreal alternative metal act Slaves on Dope is proud to announce the upcoming "Covers EP Vol. 1," coming out this April 23rd, 2013. The first single to surface is their cover of the Genesis track “Mama.” Listen to the song via AOL Noisecreep or through the player below.
The EP's track listing is as follows:
1. Loverboy – Working For The Weekend
2. Genesis – Mama
3. Faith No More – Digging The Grave
4. Marvin Gaye – Sexual Healing
5. Sheriff – When I’m With You More...
Summoning has posted a teaser trailer online for the "Old Mornings Dawn" album, which can be viewed below. Pre-orders are available here and the track listing is as follows:
3. Old Mornings Dawn
4. The White Tower
6. Of Pale White Morns and Darkened Eves
7. The Wandering Fire
Acclaimed Norwegian prog metal band Leprous is getting ready to release new album "Coal" on May 28th in North America and May 20th in Europe via InsideOut Music. "Coal" was produced by Heidi Solberg Tveitan & Vegard Tveitan of Mnemosyne, and Jens Bogren & Tony Lindgren mixed and mastered the album at Fascination Street Studios.
Leprous has now launched the first album track today via HeavyBlogIsHeavy.com. Listen to "Chronic" at this location or through the player below.
Leprous singer / synth-player Einar Solberg comments about the song: "We're delighted to finally be able to give you the first taste of our upcoming album 'Coal!' 'Coal' is a melancholic, soulful and very dynamic album. Where 'Bilateral' was playful and 'in-your face,' 'Coal' is subtle and floating. 'Chronic' however, is of the more dynamic songs of the album. With a heavy basis, the song pinches a nerve Leproushas never before explored." More...
When Vicious Rumors returned from a long and strenous world tour in autumn 2011, the musicians - least of all band mastermind and main songwriter Geoff Thorpe - couldn't really see themselves mustering the energy to release a new studio album in the foreseeable future.
"2011 was a monster year for Vicious Rumors in the most positive sense of the word," he says, looking back at that time with surprise and some satisfaction. "We were on the road non-stop for more or less eight months, played countless club shows and performed at some of the most important festivals worldwide. The last show of the tour took place as part of the 70,000 Tons Of Metal cruise - what a finale! Then everything was over very suddenly and we started to work on our new album without so much as a break. Perhaps you can imagine how difficult that was and how much concentration we needed to do that kind of work without any loss of friction."
Now the result of that big challenge is scheduled for release: Vicious Rumors will unleash "Electric Punishment" April 29th in Europe and May 7th in the US/Canada via SPV/Steamhammer.
Thorpe refers to the album as an "impressive double bass thunder, double guitar attacks and haunting vocals the way you only get them with this band." At the same time, the ten new songs are reportedly more multi-layered and diverse than the material on its 2011 predecessor. "While Razorback Killers was heavy all the way through from start to finish, the new material is more in the vein of Word Of Mouth," Thorpe explains. More...
Iced Earth's first officially recorded DVD/Blu-Ray, "Live In Ancient Kourion," will hit stores April 16 in North America (and April 15 in Europe).
Next week Relapse Records will release the pummeling split album featuring two acts from the Richmond, Virginia underground scene with "Reflection Of The Negative," the split LP between Cough and Windhand. Stream the entire split now at Invisible Oranges or through the player below.
"Reflection Of The Negative" acts as a precursor for the upcoming full-lengths from Cough and Windhand, both slated for release via Relapse later this year. The split album is out next Tuesday, April 16th in North America, preceded by Germany and Benelux street dates of this Friday, April 12th, and in the U.K. and rest of the world on Monday, April 15th. More...
The masked ghouls from Ghost are now streaming the full "Infestissumam" album online. Experience the Satanic rock and roll at Pitchfork.com here. 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...
Evil United, which features Jason McMaster (Watchtower, Broken Teeth, Dangerous Toys), Don Van Stavern (Riot, Sa Slayer) and Shakes West (Murderdolls, W-13, Sebastian Bach), has released a new music video for the song "Viking Funeral," which can be viewed in the YouTube player below. For more info on the band, head over to Facebook here.
Finnish death metallers Decaying are proud to announce that their third full-length album "The Last Days Of War" is set for release on May 20th via Hellthrasher Productions.
The follow-up to sophomore effort “Encirclement” features eight new tracks with a total running of 46 minutes and marks the debut of new bass player Sebastian Bergman. A new song entitled "Code Name Overlord" can be streamed via Inferno Magazine here.
"The Last Days Of War" track listing is as follows:
2. Code Name Overlord
3. The Ardennes Offensive
5. The Last Days Of War
7. El Alamein
8. The Pacific
Matias Nastolin - Guitars, Vocals
Henri Hirvonen - Guitars
Sebastian Bergman - Bass
Benjam Lahdenpää - Drums More...
Abiotic, which was nominated as one of the best newcomers of 2012, has launched a new music video for "Facades." Check out the clip below, and Metal Blade Records also comments:
"Director Dan Drescher once again mirrored the band's cerebral sound with an equally cerebral concept. In the video, vocalist Ray Jimenez is kidnapped and subjected to an underground brainwashing experiment. Will he become mentally scarred? Will the rest of the band come to his rescue?
"Abiotic's Metalfest Invasion Tour kicks off this Friday in Georgia. The tour is with fellow up-and-coming act, Dark Sermon and includes the bands' performances at this year's New England Metal and Hardcore Festival at the Palladium in Worcester, MA." More...
Norway's Blood Red Throne has revealed via Metalhammer.co.uk that a new album is due out this coming May 21st through Sevared Records. A teaser for the album can be heard in the SoundCloud player below, or over at Metal Hammer here.
Read the full article at Metal Hammer.
New Jersey's Seven Witches, featuring guitarist Jack Frost (Bronx Casket Co.), is back with new LP "Rebirth," which is targeted for release this summer. The band has a completely new lineup joining Frost, which now consists of new vocalist Anthony Cross (Shadow Image), drummer Johnny Kelly (Ex-Type O Negative/A Pale Horse Named Death) and bassist Ronnie Parkes.
The band posted the following preview clip for the release, with more information forthcoming:
Sweden's pioneers of twisted melodic death metal Ceremonial Oath will release their debut album, "The Book Of Truth," as a digital download in North America on April 16th via Century Media Records.
Besides the album tracks found on "The Book Of Truth," this download will also include all tracks from the super rare demos, "Wake The Dead" and "Black Sermon" (on which Ceremonial Oath was still performing under the band's previous moniker Desecrator), as well as the two tracks from the "Lost Name Of God" 7" (originally released on Corpse Grinder Records in 1992). The following press release was also issued:
"The Book Of Truth doesn't follow the usual melodic approach that many bands from the Gothenburg scene established during the heyday of the scene from 1994-1999. Being neither pure Gothenburg melodic death metal nor typical old school Swedish death metal in the Stockholm vein, but more a fine mélange of both worlds, spiced-up with some technical finesse a la Morbid Angel and Nocturnus, The Book Of Truth has justly become a classic death metal album. To this day, the sound of Ceremonial Oath has remained surprisingly fresh and unique." More...
Revelation's Hammer has revealed the last details about an upcoming self-titled debut album. The album's release date is set for June 3rd, 2013 and will be released and distributed worldwide through My Kingdom Music. The track listing is as follows:
1. Obsessed Onslaught
2. Revelation's Hammer
3. Den Blåøyde
4. Buried as Filth
6. The Crown of Malice
The band's mastermind Accuser describes the album: "I would define 'Revelation's Hammer' as a quite dark and powerful record built on pretty epic song structures. The album reflects my development as a musician throughout the years. It sure means a lot to me, considering all the time and energy I've spent on it. The lyrics are in both English and Norwegian, and I think of each of the songs as very personal, yet the album as a whole. I am really looking forward to our release on June 3rd, 2013. Additionally, I'm finally able to continue on the writing of our next opus." More...
Spanish power metal act Dark Moor have revealed the album artwork and title for the long awaited follow up to the 2010 release "Ancestral Romance." The new album will be entitled "Ars Musica," and will be issued on June 18, 2013 via Scarlet Records. The artwork for the release can be viewed below.
The band's announcement reads: "Symphonic Power Metal masters Dark Moor are glad to announce the release of their new album 'Ars Musica', following the success of their previous, critically acclaimed effort 'Ancestral Romance'. Dark Moor have taken another step forward in their career, forging a more identifiable sound and expanding their songwriting in multiple directions. They still pay homage to the Spanish cultural heritage in songs such as 'First Lance Of Spain', ‘Gara & Jonay’ and ‘El Último Rey’, but elsewhere they go more personal, still giving high priority to their trademark melodies and elaborate harmonies. Talented singer Alfred Romero offers his best performance to date, whilst orchestrations are less classical and more grandiose and epic. 'Ars Musica' was once again produced by Luigi Stefanini (Rhapsody Of Fire, Labyrinth, Vision Divine) and will hit the stores on June 18th, 2013. Follow www.dark-moor.com for the latest news."
The band previously announced that soprano vocalist Berenice Musa (Tears of Martyr) will once again be the guest vocalist for the album. More...
Max Duhamel, drummer of the Montreal based death metal powerhouse Kataklysm will be taking a break from the band, and won’t be performing on the upcoming new album. Max issued the following statement:
"Hello everyone, it is with an a extremely heavy heart that I announce today that I will not be performing on the new Kataklysm album, I have been struggling with many personal issues the last year but lately, the main one has been alcohol, it’s been affecting my body in a very negative way to the point that when I came home after the Ex Deo tour we just did, I tried to stop drinking for few days and it’s been very hard without having any withdrawl symptoms, I’ve also lost a lot of weight as some of noticed recently and I’m not in good shape...
"I've heard the new material my brothers have written and its truly incredible stuff , it’s really some of the best music the band has ever done but It’s going to be a very demanding album and my state of mind and body is not ready to confront this big task right now, I need to clean my body and my mind and come back focused to Kataklysm and I don’t know how long this will take.
"The guys have reached out to help in anyway they can which I can’t thank them enough. I’m truly blessed to have them as a family, so as I start my road to recovery I send this message to all of you and thank you for all the support, It’s time to take my life in my hands and take responsibility, I will not be attending the Juno Awardss ceremony in two weeks for Ex Deo nominations but I will close my contract with the shows in May that are left, Extremefest, Beastival in Germany and Metalfest Czech Rep will be my last shows until I’m ready again to come back in full form, you guys deserve the best of me. See you later."
The new album “Waiting for the End to Come” is tentatively scheduled for a late 2013 / early 2014 release. The album will be recorded by guitarist Jean Francois Dagenais and mixed by Zeuss.
Acherontas has posted a 10 minute trailer online for "Amenti (Catacomb Chants & Oneiric Visions)," the band's fourth full-length album to be released via W.T.C. Productions. Check out the clip below.
The album will be available as a digipak CD & cassette tape on the 17th of May, followed by the vinyl version in June 2013 (specific date to be announced soon).
Halcyon Way has checked in with the first video updated from the road as the band tours alongside U.D.O. Check out the clip below, or catch the band live:
4/9: Amityville, NY @ Ollie's Point
4/10: New York, NY @ Gramercy Theater
4/11: Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
4/12: Montreal, Que @ Foufounes Electriques
4/13: St-Ferdinand, QC @ Style Metal
4/14: Toronto, ON @ Mod Club
4/17: Verona, WI @ Heights Event Center
4/18: Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's
4/19: Detroit, MI @ Harpo's
4/20: Joliet, IL @ Mojoe's More...
D.C. based metal band A Sound Of Thunder posted a new lyric video for the track "I Will Not Break." The song appears on the bands forthcoming new LP "Time's Arrow," which is scheduled for release on June 4, 2013 via the band's own label Mad Neptune Records. For pre-orders, head over to the band's official website.
The track listing for the album is:
1. Power Play
2. Time's Arrow
3. I Will Not Break
4. Broken Bridge
5. Queen of Hell
6. Let's Start a Fire
7. I'll Walk With You
8. My Disease (featuring Blaze Bayley)
9. End of the Road
11. Reign of the Hawklords
Check out "I Will Not Break" here: More...
Circle II Circle, featuring former Savatage vocalist Zak Stevens, posted a new music video for "Seasons Will Fall." The song is the title track to the band's latest album, which was issued in January via earMusic.
Check out the video here:
Norweigian metal act Magister Templi is streaming the new track "Master of the Temple." The track appears on the band's debut LP "Lucifer Leviathan Logos," which is due out on May 7th via Cruz Del Sur Music.
The track list for the album is:
1. Master of the Temple
3. The Innsmouth Look
7. VITRIOL More...
Spanish metal band Violent Eve posted a lyric video for the new track "Mind Detonation." The song is the opening track of the band's new LP "Exile." The album is set for an April 19, 2013 release through Noisehead Records.
The track list for "Exile" is:
Check out "Mind Detonation" here: More...
Dutch death thrashers Mortal Form is streaming the new track "At Fever Pitch." The song will appear on the band's upcoming third LP "The Reckoning," which is due for release on May 13, 2013 via My Kingdom Music. The band will also be releasing a music video for the track soon.
Mortal Form features vocalist Ralf Jansen of the German act Witchtower. Check out "At Fever Pitch" here:
Ashes of Ares, the band featuring former Iced Earth members Matt Barlow and Freddie Vidales along with Ex-Nevermore drummer Van Williams, have signed with Nuclear Blast for the band's upcoming, yet untitled, debut release. The album is targeted for a late summer release through the label, just in time for the band's performance at ProgPower USA in Atlanta, Georgia on Friday, September 6, 2013.
The band commented: “We are proud to announce that we have signed with Nuclear Blast records! We're really looking forward to working with them in bringing our music to the world. It's great to be added to the ranks of the already impressive roster of bands that Nuclear Blast represents. We will be entering the studio at the beginning of April under the masterful watch of producer Jim Morris of 'Morrisound Recording.' We and Nuclear Blast are aiming for a release date late in the summer of 2013. This will be followed by a European tour with Powerwolf. It's a new beginning for Ashes of Ares, and we couldn't ask for a better label than Nuclear Blast to go into battle with. Attack!”
Nuclear Blast A&R Jaap Wagemaker added: “After we received their first demo we were totally blown away by the power of their music! We are all huge fans of classic Nevermore and classic Iced Earth and we knew that just like us their fans are waiting eagerly to hear this! Their new band is named after the Greek god of war and together we will go forward into to battle conquering the hearts of metal fans worldwide! At the moment the band is hard at work forging their debut album which will see the light in the late summer this year. If you can’t wait that long, make sure not to miss them at the legendary 'Rock Hard Festival' this year. Ashes Of Ares: welcome to the Nuclear family!” More...
Civil War posted the first teaser clip for the new track "I Will Rule The Universe." The song appears on the band's forthcoming debut full length LP "The Killer Angels," which is set for release on June 11, 2013 via Despotz Records. More info on the album and pre-order opportunities can be found over at this location. The single will be available for download on April 11, 2013.
Civil War is the band comprised of ex-Sabaton members Rikard Sundén (guitars), Oskar Montelius (guitars), Daniel Mullback (drums) and Daniel Mÿhr (keyboards) along with vocalist Nils Patrik Johansson (Astral Doors/Wuthering Heights) and bassist Stefan "Pizza" Eriksson (Volturyon/Ex-Cryonic Temple). In 2012, the band issued its debut self-titled EP.
Check out the teaser clip here: More...