Metal News for May 1, 2014
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36 news articles posted on this day.
This week three videos that do their best to entertain, promote new singles, and stretch every cent in the budget. More...
Thine, the enigmatic U.K. dark rock/prog quintet, has teamed up with Bloody-Disgusting.com to launch a new track, "Out of Your Mind and into a Void," taken from the band's upcoming "The Dead City Blueprint" album, due out May 13th on Peaceville.
Stream the new track below and let us know what you think in the comments section. "The Dead City Blueprint" can be pre-ordered now through iTunes here.
"The Dead City Blueprint," the follow-up to the 2002 album, "In Therapy," was recorded at Academy Studios (Paradise Lost, Anathema, My Dying Bride). The 10-track offering sees the band build upon the sublime hooks and dark existential themes from its previous two album releases.
Thine also comments: "We've been toiling away for over a decade on shaping our latest monster. It has been such a long and grueling process with countless collapses and relapses and a traumatic voyage on numerous levels, but this opus is finally in the flesh so to speak. It is an encapsulation of all those glorious tragedies we all find ourselves overcoming along the way, and essentially for us, a welcome catalyst. Sometimes the best art comes only through being unexpectedly forced through the city's darkest avenues, so hope you'll find us there." More...
Today Zex is unleashing new single "Savage City," which is accompanied by a new music video available below.
The song tells the often-told tale of the dangers of city life, the overcrowding of people, and their loss of humanity. The music video is directed by the band’s own Gab Harpelle, and comes in support of the debut 7" single by the same name.
The single is supported by the fast-paced B-side "Buy Or Die" and will be released through Electric Assault Records. Look out for new tour dates and a full-length LP in the summer of 2014. More...
As Montreal noise metal quartet The Great Sabatini prepares to break out a new assembly of slamming chords and caustic vocals that is the "Dog Years" LP, today the first single from the album has been let off the chain through a video premiere. Check it out below, courtesy of Metal Injection.
The seventh in the ten-track listing on Dog Years, "Munera" is the longest song on the LP, unloading nearly six minutes of the penetrating The Great Sabatini style.
"Dog Years" will see North American release via the noise metal aficionados at France's Solar Flare Records digitally as well as on CD and LP -- on both black and transparent red pressings -- on June 2nd. The track listing is:
1. The Royal We
2. Guest Of Honor
3. Nursing Home
4. Periwinkle War Hammer
8. Pitchfork Pete
9. Ditch Diggers Unlimited
10. Life During Wartime More...
The Chicago metallers in Polyptych are streaming two songs from their forthcoming album "Apotheosis,” which is planned for an early June release. Check out the title track and "Aphelion" below.
Polyptych has recruited Manuel Tinnemans (Deathspell Omega, Rotting Christ, etc.) to complete the artwork for Apotheosis, which was recorded at Groovemaster Studios in Chicago.
"Apotheosis" was mixed at Morrisound Recording in Tampa, Florida by Dave Kaminsky of Autolatry. V. Santura of Triptykon handled mastering duties at his Woodshed Studios in Germany. More...
Winnipeg, MB death metal band Psychotic Gardening has teamed up with Decibel Magazine to premiere the new music video "Origin of The Infection."
The clip can be seen below and was directed by guitarist Andrew Wiens in support of the forthcoming album "Hymnosis," set for release on May 13th. Andrew Wiens comments:
"The video for 'Origin of the Infection' is gritty and dark. It's the first time we've had a chance to produce a storyline into one of our videos, which is something we've wanted to do for a long time. It's basically a metaphor for some of the things we see in society. It's certainly open to some interpretation in terms of the implications of what it means and we hope it will provoke thought.
"We're really proud of this one from a number of perspectives. It was put together by my video production company with my trusty director of photography Sam Karney and I. We had a number of the guys from the band chip in and help during the production of it. It all came together in what we feel to be the best video we've done to date by far."
You can also see Psychotic Gardening live on these dates:
May 9 - The Zoo - Winnipeg, MB (CD Release Show) w/ Endless Chaos and Entity
May 23 - The North Hill Inn - Brandon, MB
May 24 - The Exchange - Regina, SK w/Planet Eater & Psyborum More...
Spanning two years since the band's Southern Lord-released "All Hail The Void" debut LP, "La Fin Absolue Du Monde" is due out May 27th and was tracked with Shane Hotchstetler at Howl Street Recordings (Expire, Northless) and mixed by Steve Austin (Today Is The Day) at Austin Enterprises. Catch the band live on these dates: More...
Another earful of grisly doom from Portland misery bringers Graves At Sea is now available online. Check out "Betting On Black" over at Pitchfork.com here.
This latest canticle serves as the opening number from the band's upcoming split with the Cape Fear riff-wielders in Sourvein. The split will be unleashed via Seventh Rule Recordings later this month on May 15th. Pre-orders are available at this location. The track listing is as follows:
1. GRAVES AT SEA - Betting On Black
2. GRAVES AT SEA - Confession
3. SOURVEIN - Driffter
4. SOURVEIN - Equinox
5. SOURVEIN - Follow The Light More...
Almost by definition, musical side projects aren't meant to last very long, but rather serve as brief, often one-time departures for musicians otherwise engaged with far more pressing or successful bands -- and that's why Greenleaf has proved itself to be anything but your typical "side project."
Set for global domination on May 13th via Small Stone Recordings, the band's fifth full-length "Trails And Passes" was recorded by Karl Daniel Lidén at Studio Gröndahl with vocals recorded by Arvid Jonsson at Hälla Libraries, and mixed and mastered by Lidén at Tri-Lamb Studios. The track listing for the stoner rock opus will be as follows:
1. Our Mother Ash
2. Ocean Deep
4. Depth Of The Sun
6. With Eyes Wide Open
7. The Drum
8. Bound To Be Machines
9. Trails & Passes
Greenleaf consists of:
Bengt Bäcke - Bass
Sebastian Olsson - Drums
Tommi Holappa - Guitar
Arvid Jonsson - Vocals More...
Dead Congregation is gearing up to release new album "Promulgation Of The Fall" later this month. The band's latest full-length is due out May 27th, 2014 via Profound Lore Records and the artwork can be seen below. The album's track listing is as follows:
1. Only Ashes Remain
2. Promulgation of the Fall
4. Quintessence Maligned
5. Immaculate Poison
8. From a Wretched Womb More...
The album's official release date is set for June 10th via Profound Lore Records, and the track listing is as follows:
1. Jet Black Passenger
3. The Sea Beyond
4. Halcyon Blvd
5. Sacred Vine
6. The Old Believer
7. City Of Light
10. Blood Will Tell More...
Ensiferum, Blasphemy, Thyrfing, Aborted, Onslaught, Exhumed, Origin, Attic, and Woland are the latest bands to have been confirmed for this year's Eindhoven Metal Meeting festival.
The 2014 edition is set to take place December 12th & 13th at the Effenaar venue in Eindhoven, The Netherlands. More bands will be announced soon.
The festival billing is shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order):
At The Gates
Rectum Raiders is gearing up to release a music video for a heavy metal cover of Benny Benassi's "Satisfaction" this coming May 9th.
The band has now dropped a teaser trailer showing off some of the crazy contents to be found in the clip, including a goose, two Dutch adult actresses, and more than a few exposed schlongs. Check out the fantastically NSFW teaser below.
On the black carpet of the Revolver Golden Gods last week, Metal Injection spoke to the members of Wovenwar, the band that arose from the ashes of As I Lay Dying with Oh, Sleeper frontman Shane Blay.
Check out the video interview below, and you can also hear the band's first single "All Rise" over at this location. Wovenwar's upcoming self-titled debut is due out in late Summer 2014.
London prog metal band Isurus is currently tracking a new album, and now the band is giving away a remastered edition of the debut album "Telos." While awaiting news on the upcoming release, download your own copy of "Telos" at the band's website here.
Melodic hardcore band Being As An Ocean’s new album, "How We Both Wondrously Perish," is due out in less than a week on May 6th via InVogue Records.
In anticipation for the upcoming release, the band has partnered with AbsolutePunk.net to premiere a new video for “L’exquisite douleur” today. Check it out below.
The band will be hitting the road again this month for a week of dates in the U.S. before heading to Australia for a tour with In Hearts Wake and Dream on Dreamer, which will be followed by a run of shows in Europe.
May 2 - Yucaipa, CA - Paradigm Venue
May 3 - Silverado, CA - Oak Canyon Ranch
May 4 - Lancaster, CA - The Edge
May 5 - Santa Cruz, CA - The Catalyst
May 6 - Bakersfield, CA - B Ryders
May 7 - Las Vegas, NV - Southern Nevada Sports Centre
May 8 - Mesa, AZ - The Nile Theater
June 22 - Cologne, Germany - Underground
June 24 - Roma, Italy - Traffic Club
June 25 - Cesena, Italy - Vidia Club
July 1 - Cardiff, UK - Clwb Ifor Bach
Aug 2 - Pontiac, MI - The Crofoot Ballroom More...
"NYC Sucks, Volume 4" is now available online as a stream and free download. Check out the tracks below, or download the compilation at MetalSucks.net here.
NYC Sucks is a 100% free music compilation series that celebrates some of the best bands of the New York City metal scene.
Volume 4 includes A Pale Horse Named Death, Extinction A.D., Mutilation Rites, Torrential Downpour, Pigs, and more.
The full track listing is as follows:
1. Extinction A.D. – “Mummified”
2. Torrential Downpour - “TKV”
3. Artificial Brain – “Absorbing Black Ignition”
4. Dead Empires – “Five Day Death”
5. Family – “Precedent”
6. Old Wounds – “It Can’t Rain All the Time”
7. Pigs – “If I’m In Luck”
8. White Widows Pact – “Collateral Damage”
9. Alekhine’s Gun – “Crown of Knives (Tsoncha Korlo)”
10. Flaming Tusk – “Thousand Year Plan”
11. Mutilation Rites – “Fogwarning”
12. Fin’Amor – “Bleed the Oceans”
13. A Pale Horse Named Death – “Shallow Grave” More...
Norway's prime deliverer of thrash'n'roll, WarteX, has released a lyric video for the track "The Ugly," which is taken from the band's upcoming album "When It All Fades To Black."
The album is due for release on May 31st, 2014 and you can hear "The Ugly" below. WarteX previously released the EPs "Drink, Fuck, Drive" (2006) and "Cosa Nostra" (2008), and has opened for acts such as The Supersuckers, Nashville Pussy, JORN and The Carburetors.
Three years after its birth and following both a physical album and a digital EP, All Dogmas We Hate just unleashed a second full-length effort, titled “Human Wrath.”
The album was released on April 29th on CD and digital formats through M&O Music/Believe Digital. The first audio extract for the song "Crushed to Dust" has just surfaced online and is available below.
In celebration of the release of the Prosthetic debut “Last Poem / First Light,” Brooklyn-based blackened post-hardcore outfit So Hideous has announced a late summer tour with Century Media hardcore act I Am Heresy.
Prior to the tour — which kicks off on the East Coast in mid-July – So Hideous will perform a series of hometown shows supporting acts including Negura Bunget, Solstafir, labelmates Junius and Hush throughout May. Full dates can be found below. More...
Having succeeded in securing a record deal with Prosthetic Records after holding the label owner hostage, The Hell has divulged some of the details for a forthcoming release.
The new album’s title has been confirmed as “Groovehammer” and will receive a worldwide release this Summer. The band has also unveiled the cover artwork, seen below which was completed by Dan Mumford (A Day To Remember, Gallows, Parkway Drive).
Pay close attention in the coming days for the album’s musical debut along with further details on the release. You can also see The Hell live:
5/31 London, UK – Camden Rocks
6/11-6/13 Refshaleoen, DK – Copenhell Festival
7/4-6 Knebworth Park, UK – Sonisphere
8/14 Hasselt, BE – Pukkelpop
8/15-16 Kent, UK – Hevy Fest More...
This Friday, May 2nd, will mark the one year anniversary of the passing of Slayer's founding member, guitarist Jeff Hanneman.
Our friends at Loudwire have put together a cool way of acknowledging the day, by screaming "Slayer!!!" intermittently tomorrow. Check out details in the clip below.
Slayer also recently signed to Nuclear Blast and is scheduled to release a new album early next year.
CVLT Nation is proud to present the third covers compilation in the ongoing series, "The CVLT Nation Sessions," with Misfits' seminal album "Earth A.D."
Mastered by Black Matter Mastering in Nashville, "Earth A.D.: The CVLT Nation Sessions" can be streamed below, and is available for free download over here and features Baptists, Kata Sarka, Drug Lust, Xaphan, Woes, We Are The Damned, Dislich (aka Disfits), Flesh Temple and Volatile Substance all spewing their renditions of these hardcore/punk classics!
The CVLT Nation Sessions is a musical project with the aim of reinterpreting iconic music that has influenced a wide spectrum of genres, while also widening the audience for the participating bands. The track listing is as follows:
1. Woes - Earth Ad
2. Drug Lust - Queen Wasp
3. Xaphan - Devilock
4. Kata Sarka - Death Comes Ripping
5. We Are The Damned - Green Hell
6. Volatile Substance - Wolfs Blood
7. Flesh Temple - Demonomania
8. Baptists - Bloodfeast
9. Disfits - Hellhound
10. Disfits - Die Die Die My Darling (Bonus Track) More...
Having always been appreciative of the support given to them by their diehard fans, New Zealand’s loudest sons have announced that this June they are teaming up with Granite House Records to reissue their 2011 debut "Beastwars," and last year’s follow-up "Blood Becomes Fire" worldwide.
With original pressings already commanding high figures among collectors of rare heavy metal vinyl, not only are these reissues welcomed news for anyone who missed out first time around, they will gives new fans a chance to discover the band’s one and only maxim: Obey The Riff.?
"Beastwars" and "Blood Becomes Fire" will get an official worldwide re-release on June 9th, and now both albums can be streamed via the Bandcamp players below.
Animus Divine has posted the debut single "No Respect" from new album "NOVO" online, which can be heard below.
The band's new album "NOVO" will be released digitally on May 10th, 2014 and was produced by From First To Last and D.R.U.G.S. guitarist Matt Good.
"I want to write riot music. Not nonsensical violent music, but that fed up with the bullshit I'm not gonna take it type music. I feel 'No Respect' really captured the direction lyrically I want to go," said Animus Divine vocalist Chuck Clark. "I'm a blue collar guy like most of the world and tired of the gross amount of disrespect we get from authority or whatever it is that is lessening the value of someone's self-respect and self-worth. So I'm ready to shove it back in their face, middle fingers up and not slave away for them anymore, Matt Good really helped us brighten that light we are trying to shine. I really hope everyone enjoys the track as much as we did making it." More...
U.K. band Chronographs has issued the following announcement about releasing a new single online for streaming:
"We are proud to share with you our brand new single: THE HUNTER! This is the second of a string of singles we will be releasing this year and you can download the new track from this location."
Presented once again by Slave Pit Inc. and sponsored by Ring Dog Rescue, The 5th Annual GWAR-B-Q and Dave Brockie Memorial will go down in history as one of the most significant events to happen in Richmond since the Civil War.
In a celebration of the life of David Murray Brockie, a special memorial event will be held FREE to the public from 4:00 PM -7:00 PM ONLY on Aug 15, 2014 at Hadad's Lake (located at 7900 Osborne Turnpike Richmond,VA 23231).
Fans, friends, family and bohabs will have the opportunity to pay their respects, as they drunkenly toast with a GWAR beer in one hand, while wearing the commemorative Dave Brockie Fund vomit stained t-shirt as Oderus Urungus is set ablaze in a Viking funeral pyre on the lake.
Heavyweights such as Hatebreed, hometown heroes Kepone, with former GWAR member Beefcake, the infamous Meatmen, featuring the Dutch Hercules, Tesco Vee and a very special appearance by the Original Gangsters, Body Count, where TV executives were bribed and beaten to get Ice T off the set of Law and Order SVU. For a full lineup of bands visit this location. More...
U.K. grindcore power house Corrupt Moral Altar has announced a string of European tour dates, which kick off July 23rd and see the band travel across England and Scotland. A full list of confirmed tour dates can be found below.
Corrupt Moral Altar is currently writing and recording a brand new full-length to be released via Season of Mist in late 2014. Regarding their recent signing, the band issued the following statement:
"We would like to take this opportunity to issue a formal volume warning; Corrupt Moral Altar takes no responsibility for the end of the world. Seriously though, we are looking forward to touring the hell out of this record and ruining ourselves in the process. If you have seen our shows, keep coming, if you haven't seen our shows, we are just getting started and you will soon."
7/23 Maguires, Liverpool. England
7/24 Packhorse, Leeds. England
7/25 13th Note, Glasgow. Scotland
7/26 Downstairs, Aberdeen. Scotland
7/27 The Adelphi, Preston. England
Brazilian outfit Fire Shadow has released a new music video for "Scars," which comes off the "Phoenix" EP due out in June. Check out the clip below, and the "Phoenix" EP track listing is as follows:
2. Inner Battle
4. From Darkness
Castrofate has made the band's entire self-titled album available for streaming online via YouTube. Check it out below, and the track listing (with corresponding times in the YouTube clip) is as follows:
05:07 New Religion
09:54 Chemical Scythe
14:56 Shattered Soul
26:16 Banished To Earth
31:45 Silent Obscurity
38:06 Shark Sustenance
"Castrofate" was recorded between December 2012 and January 2014 and was engineered by Nick Killmeier at Crossfire Productions in Kirkwood, NY. More...
Nashville's Transcend The Fallen has issued the following announcement about parting ways with the band's bassist and drummer:
"Today, on this first day of May, we here at Transcend The Fallen must announce the departure of our acting drummer, Robbie Bingham, and our bassist, Chris Davison.
"Robbie stepped in to fill the drummer position on short notice and helped us to play shows that otherwise would have been unrealistic for us. He is a good friend of the band but will return to his full time duties as guitarist in Behold the Slaughter. Best of luck to him! More...
In anticipation of the imminent release of "Total Fucking Darkness," the infamous third demo from Cradle of Filth, today Decibel Magazine spews forth a premiere of "The Raping Of Faith." Check it out below.
An undertaking directed by vocalist Dani Filth, former guitarist Paul Ryan (currently of The King Is Blind) and Cacophonous Records founder Frater Nihil, in an effort to bring fans old and new a remastered version of the demo along with material that had been sitting in the vaults for twenty years, "Total Fucking Darkness" will be unleashed on gatefold double LP and digipak CD via Mordgrimm on May 5th.
Crowned "the rawest version of the band you are going to find," by Stereokiller and, "an account of the early days of one of black metal's biggest bands," by Echoes And Dust, "Total Fucking Darkness" was given new life at Turan Studio in Oxford with the assistance of engineer Tim Turan. More...
"Plague Beasts," the third full-length torture session from Cloak of Altering, is out now on Crucial Blast.
The whirlwind of anguish that is "Plague Beasts" is now streaming in its degrading entirety below. The following press release was also issued about the band:
"One of the acts within the plethora of twisted projects spearheaded or fully embodied by Dutch noise architect, Maurice de Jong, a.k.a. Mories (also of Gnaw Their Tongues, Seirom, Aderlating, Mors Sonat, De Magia Veterum, among others), Cloak Of Altering channels the artists' deep fascination with the more mutated realms of electronically-damaged symphonic and industrial black metal into a brutally fragmented form of mechanized pandemonium.
"The man's most twisted COA concepts yet come snarling forth on his Crucial Blast debut, Plague Beasts; seven new movements resulting in a thirty-eight minute blackwarped techno-celestial mindfuck."
The track listing is as follows:
1. Plague Beasts
2. White Inverted Void
3. Translucent Body Deformities
4. Chaos Magician Of The Abyss
6. Into Celestial Hell
7. Altering Foreve More...
Indiana's Lysura will officially kick off a 2014 U.S. tour this Friday, May 2nd in Dayton, OH. Spanning just under 2 weeks, the band had the following to say about the trek:
"We are all insanely excited about the upcoming string of shows. We are looking forward to returning to some old haunts as well as playing a handful of cities for the first time. Those new to the band can expect a mesmerizing live performance that will leave spectators locked in stimulatory equilibrium. Also, be sure to check out our brothers in Unkured, who will be picking up the second leg of the tour with us. Their trashy blend of death metal will melt your faces as well as your minds! See you on the road!"
Dates for the tour are as follows:
May 2nd-Dayton OH-Blind Bobs
May 3rd-Indianapolis IN-Green Hell Arts and Music
May 4th-Lexington KY-Al's Sidecar
May 5th TBD
May 6th-ST. Louis MO-Blind Tiger
May 7th-Moline IL-Bierstube
May 8th-Columbus OH-Rehab Tavern
May 9th-Cleveland OH-Taxidermy Palace
May 10th-Pittsburgh PA-The Rock Room
May 11th-Philadelphia PA-TBD
May 12th-Brooklyn NYC-The Acheron
May 13th-Cambridge MA-Middle East
In further Lysura news, the band released new EP "II" on April 14th. Currently available as both a digital download and CD, the album will also be released in the summer on cassette by Fragile Branch Records.
Jaded Star, featuring ex-Visions of Atlantis vocalist Maxi Nil, Wardrum guitarist Kosta Vreto and ex-Iced Earth guitarist Raphael Saini, posted a preview clip for the upcoming debut album (in the player below).
"When there was nothing left but us, we came together. From distant corners of the scorched and ruined Earth, as remnant, persistent shards of life and light, we merged and melded in an atomic collision that shot us into the outer cosmos to safety and surety, where we rested and regrouped, determined to one day avenge our devastated home. But now the time has come to return. To begin again, to right the wrongs, to claim our place. We are older, wiser... yet we burn no less brightly. We re-enter our planet’s atmosphere...as a Jaded Star..."
More information on the new album is expected soon. check out the preview clip here: More...
As a Metal Underground.com exclusive, California pagan metal act Helsott revealed details of the upcoming new release "Woven," the band's debut full length album and follow up to the 2012 EP "Fólkvangr," which has been re-mixed, re-mastered and included as bonus tracks on the new album. "Woven" was mixed by Roy Z and mastered by Andy Horn. The artwork (seen below) was created by Felipe Machado Franco (Blind Guardian/Brainstorm). It is set for release on July 28th.
The band announced that Indiegogo supports, who financed part of the release, should expect to receive their perks in June.
More information on Helsott can be found at the band's Official Facebook Page.
The track listing for "Woven" is as follows:
3. Axe, Shield and Battlefield
4. Painless Journey of Death
5. Cessation (Vandals Divide Pt. II)
6. The Sacking of Lindisfarne
7. Now His Fate
8. Eight Drunken Celts
Bonus Tracks: "Folkvangr" EP Re-mixed and Re-mastered
10. Vandals Divide
11. Honour Thy Valkyrie More...