Metal News for May 10, 2013
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34 news articles posted on this day.
Carrier Flux – an avant garde black metal project fronted by Jeff Phillips of Minneapolis – has signed a 3-album contract with Aural Music imprint Code666. The label comments:
"Carrier Flux’s experimental approach to black metal is a welcome addition to the Code666 family of artists. Carrier Flux’s third album titled 'Objection,' due for release in June 2013, is an exploratory work that frays the edges of the genre. Fans of dark, atmospheric metal will appreciate the intricate song structures & evocative qualities. the Visionary Artwork has been created by the very talented artist Costin Chioreanu.
"Carrier Flux was born in 1999 and released two albums so far: the dark & experimental Introspective Nightmare (2000, Self-released) and the brooding & philosophical In Waste (2002, Black Lotus Records).
"A multi-instrumentalist, Jeff Phillips plays guitar, bass, keyboards, vocals and programs drums for Carrier Flux, mixing & mastering the audio in his Minneapolis-based sound studio. Phillips has also been involved with a number of metal & dark ambient projects, including Cold Colours, Blood of the Earth and Vedisni. He is inspired by bold, complex & atmospheric metal, citing Abigor, Alghazanth, Arcturus, Nazxul and Ved Buens Ende as his primary influencers." More...
Greek act Phase Reverse just completed the recording process for new album "Phase II," scheduled out via Aural Music in September. The band comments:
"Our new album release at the gates! 'Phase II' is going to be released worldwide during September 2013 from Aural Music. More details on the new album, such as the album cover, the songs as well as tour dates, will be announced soon. Stay tuned! Phase is with you all…” More...
Greek avant-garde black metallers Aenaon have signed a new record deal with Code666. They are now working on the follow-up to the “Cendres et Sang” release. The new album is scheduled to hit stores in late 2013, with further details to be released as they are made available. More...
ASG, the North Carolina psych-rock quartet which is set to release Relapse debut "Blood Drive" on May 28th, is now streaming the title track via Stereogum. Check out the track here or in the player below.
ASG’s next live date is a hometown record release show on May 24th at The Soapbox in Wilmington, N.C. The band also recently announced a performance at Hopscotch Music Festival in September. A full U.S. tour will be announced soon. More...
Finnish hardcore heroes Unkind have revealed the details for their upcoming sixth full-length entitled "Pelon Juuret" (Translation: "Roots of Fear").
The album was recorded with producer Kari Nieminen at Noisecamp studios in Turku, Finland at the end of 2012. Relapse Records comments: "'Pelon Juuret' continues in the direction of the group’s previous work, offering up a furious fusion of d-beat hardcore crossed with a creative touch of atmospherics, as if Mogwai made a record of Tragedy covers or From Ashes Rise were influenced by Explosions In The Sky."
The album will be released on CD/LP/Digital via Relapse Records on July 9th in North America, July 8th in the UK / World, and July 5th in Germany, Benelux, and Finland. Pre-orders can be found at this location.
Unkind has previously released five full-length albums and a handful of vinyl-only releases. The group's catalog is available for streaming via Bandcamp here.
Additionally, the band has been confirmed for a series of Finnish dates including LPRHC and Back 2 School Fest. Details are as follows:
Aug 02-03 Lappeenranta FIN LPRHC Fest
Aug 16 Lahti FIN Back To Skool Fest
Aug 17 Tampere FIN Vastavirta
Aug 23 Turku, FIN Klubi
Aug 24 Helsinki, FIN PRKL
Aug 30 Jyväskylä, FIN musta kynnys
Sep 09 Kouvola, FIN rytmikatti More...
Dagoba has posted a lyric video online for the song "I, Reptile," which comes off upcoming album "Post Mortem Nihil Est." Check out the clip below. The album is due out June 14th, 2013 via earMUSIC and the track listing is as follows:
01. When Winter ...
02. The Realm Black
03. I, Reptile
04. Yes, We Die
05. Kiss Me, Kraken
07. The Great Wonder
08. The Day After The Apocalypse
09. Son Of A Ghost
10. Oblivion Is For The Living
11. By The Sword
Devilish Impressions has posted footage online from the band's "Fear No Gods of the East" 2013 tour. Check out the video below, which features the song "Icaros" from the "Simulacra" album.
Children of Bodom has posted a teaser clip online for the upcoming "Transference" music video, which will drop on Monday, May 13th. Check out the teaser below.
You can also hear the full song at this location. "Transference" comes off new album "Halo of Blood" available June 7th (EU), June 10th (UK), and June 11, 2013 (North America and Rest of World) via Nuclear Blast Records.
Lita Ford has released a music video for the song "Mother," which comes off latest album "Living Like A Runaway." Check out the clip below. The album's track listing is:
3. The Mask
4. Living Like A Runaway
7. Devil In My Head
9. Love 2 Hate U
10. A Song To Slit Your Wrists By
11. Boiling Point (iTunes Bonus Track)
Art Gates Records has checked in with the following announcement about signing a deal with Unsouled:
"We have the pleasure to announce contemporary thrash metal act Unsouled as the new addition to the roster of Art Gates Records. This powerful four piece combo was formed in the mid 2000's. Characterized by a different concept; escaping from cliches, breaking tags, expressions and sounds listened to a thousand times in clone bands.
"Unsouled has performed in many different locations, not only across the Spanish territory, but France, Austria, Germany, Czech Republic and Belgium, sharing the stage with scene top bands such as Angelus Apatrida, Warcry, Mago de Oz, Koma and international artists like Helloween, Overkill, Twisted Sister, Guano Apes, Rhapsody, etc.
"Unsouled’s live shows always get an amazing connection with the crowd, receiving outstanding reviews and opinions in every stage the band performs. After a very successful LP entitled 'Start Over,' the band received amazing reviews from the national and international metal press.
"In 2012 a new album was projected, looking for a new evolution in their sound. Recorded in Sandman’s Studios in Madrid (Spain) and engineered by Carlos Santos and Norman Bates, the mastering process was entrusted again to Mika Jussila at Finnvox Studios, Finland; getting as a result the new opus of the band, entitled 'Evolve.' This album means many steps forward for the band’s sound evolution, finding a new state in it’s personality."
“Evolve” will be released through Art Gates Records in June, 2013. Further details about upcoming tour dates will be announced shortly. More...
Killus has revealed a lyric video for the first single and title track from upcoming album “Feel The Monster.” Check out the clip below. The album's track listing is:
1. We’re alone in this world (Intro)
2. Feel the monster
3. Bastards (feat. Mechanical Ash from Static X/ Davey Suicide)
4. I can’t feel it
5. Forever and ever
6. Crush our minds
8. The night of the knife
9. The darkness of the crypt
10. Holy Bible
11. I’m dead tonight
12. Satanic Verse
13. (Bonus track)
Skull Fist guitarist and singer Jackie Slaughter had to be rushed into the hospital after a skateboarding accident earlier this week. Jackie comments:
"I have broken my neck, fractured my skull, broken my cheek bone, fractured my eye socket, got a very bad concussion, cracked my ribs, all at once. Our Mexico tour and dates this month will all be pushed back one month."
American metal stalwarts Seven Witches are set to release their ninth studio album, the first for new label home FrostByte Media: "Rebirth" is due out on July 16th in North America. The following press release was issued about the album:
"The album was produced by Seven Witches founder/lead guitarist/mainstay Jack Frost and features a gritty, hook-laden sound. It’s a return to basics for the band highlighting Jack Frost’s signature ax work. In addition to Frost this time around, Seven Witches is rounded out by Ronnie Parkes (Slippery When Wet, Farcry) on bass, Johnny Kelly (Type O Negative, Danzig) on drums, and brand new frontman Anthony Cross. Look for the band to tour the United States this summer near the release of 'Rebirth.'
"Jack Frost first broke into the scene at the age of 19 during an audition with the metal legends Helix. After moving back to his home state of New Jersey, Frost formed his first band, Frostbite, back in 1994 eventually releasing three well-regarded power metal albums and touring with everyone from Overkill to Fates Warning. Seeking a harder-edged sound, he formed Seven Witches in 1998. More...
ThisIsNotAScene is now streaming the entire debut full-length record of Luxembourg’s Scarred, entitled “Gaia-Medea,” which was officially released today via Klonosphere Records.
U.K. act The Final Crisis has posted the following message online about parting ways with the band's vocalist Luke Mackenzie:
"Luke, our vocalist, has decided his time with TFC has to come to an end. He's been with the band from its roots and shared with us the best and worst parts of being together.
"Luke will continue to perform with us while we look for a replacement. Tomorrow is Furyfest in Liverpool, it'll be 1 of the last shows you'll be able to catch Luke perform with us. Get down. If you or anyone you know would fit in well with what we do then send the page a private message." More...
Xtreem Music has checked in with the following announcement about inking a deal with Benefactor Decease:
"A new band has joined the thrash legions of Xtreem Music and they're none than one of the leading acts of the 2nd generation of Greek thrash metal called Benefactor Decease. This Athenian combo was formed back in 2007 releasing a demo and a 12" mini LP in '08 followed by a split CD with Nadimac the year after. Then the band entered on hiatus between 2010-2012 after which they returned with full force with enough songs for their debut album.
"In spring 2013 the band got in touch with Xtreem Music with whom they have just signed a deal for the release of 'Anatomy of an Angel,' the band's first full length album which is currently being recorded at their own Parafiliak Studios for a tentative release after summer of the same year. The style of Benefactor Decease is a raw, fast and violent yet technical thrash metal grabbing influences from bands like Coroner, Rigor Mortis, Dark Angel, Slayer, Sadus...
"Cover artwork for 'Anatomy of an Angel' was done by great artist Andrei Bouzikov who created such an awesome painting for what will be a great album that will for sure take the European thrash metal scene by surprise!!" More...
Winterus has issued the following update about working on new songs for the band's upcoming "Dark Womb" album:
"Finishing up the two bonus songs on 'Dark Womb' this week @ Gothenburg Sounds. Few more weeks of production & we will be setting up pre-orders.
"We plan on sending our tracks off to Winnipeg for mastering, with Brett @ Saxon Sound Studios. Check them out & stay tuned folks. Much news coming forth & be safe Ye' Metal heads!"
You can also check out Winterus' cover of the track "Hurt" below. More...
The Approach and the Execution has posted a new song online titled "Hymn Of Victory," which can be heard in the SoundCloud clip below. The band also comments:
"It has been quite a long time, but today, we release brand new music! This is the first recording featuring our new lineup and the first in 2 years! Hear this song, and 3 other brand new ones on May 18th at Peabodys. Don't have any cash? No problem. The show is absolutely FREE! Download the new song "Hymn Of Victory" absolutely FREE below." More...
Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats is now streaming the full "Mind Control" album online. Check out the entire release at Spin.com here.
"Mind Control" is set for release on May 14th via Metal Blade Records in North America. The label also comments:
"Mind Control is a concept album with a theme that makes the acts and intentions of the likes of Charles Manson and Jim Jones seem like petty crimes. What makes Mind Control scarier than most albums is that it doesn’t seem as sinister on the surface as it really is deep down, within the core of its black acid-drenched world of pain and torture.
"Imagine the original Alice Cooper band jamming in a cell with early Black Sabbath and the Stooges, whilst sitting on murder charges and you may get a glimpse into their fuzzed up world of exploding tube amps and cymbal smashing mayhem. However, this enticing act of musical manipulation is merely the icing upon a very sick cake.
"Recorded at the legendary Chapel Studios over an autumnal full moon using the finest western electrical technology, engineer Jim Spencer (Bert Jansch, Robert Wyatt) has captured perfectly the bands live sound of saturated fuzz, mind-bending riffs and 60's vocal harmonies." More...
Almost three years after the pummeling "Gutter Earth" EP was inflicted upon the masses, cold-blooded Elizabeth, New Jersey based death metal insurgents Grimus have completed their first proper full-length, "Omnicide." The band's publicist issued the following press release:
"With its members all hailing from a plethora of extreme metal acts including Iberian black metal outfit Windfaerer, Metal Blade tech/death act Allegaeon and others, the members of Grimus are united in hatred for humankind, their output surging with guttural, cutting-edge death metal prowess, with monolithic slams and swells of the most vicious kind infiltrating their uncompromising low-end attack.
"These atrocious features are grippingly captured on the quintet’s debut full-length album, Omnicide. The term literally meaning the killing of everything is a testament to man’s inherent, bloodthirsty nature and audacity to alter his surroundings, through efficient forms of destruction. Paradoxically, mankind is willfully committing suicide in its attempt to become a godlike creator. This album is a soundtrack to the decimation of all that is known, 'the age of none.' More...
Ancient Roman death metal band ADE has posted a new lyric video for the track "Sanguine Pluit In Arena," which is off latest offering "Spartacus" and features extreme metal drummer George Kollias (Nile, Nightfall). Check it out below. The album's track listing is as follows:
1. Betrayer FromThrace
2. Sanguine Pluit in Arena
3. The Endless Runaway
4. Crixius Flags Of Dishonor
5. Duelling The Shadow Of Spartacus
6. Mars Unpredictable Favour
7. Decimate The Coward
8. Six Thousands Crosses
9. Divinitus Victor
10. For Everything To Be The Same... More...
Sonata Arctica has posted more footage online from the band's time one the road supporting new album "Stones Grow Her Name" (reviewed here).
Check out this latest road report clip from Colombia below. The band also comments:
"Hola Colombia! Arrival day and night in Bogota plus Sonata's first ever show in beautiful Colombia. Medellín!
"Coming up next week: Colombia part II -Cali followed by Bogota, and as soon as possible: Brazil, Paraguay, Chile, Argentina, UK, and Summer Festivals! Brought to you by Kakkoslaatu Productions."
International symphonic metal band Suncrown posted a rehearsal video featuring the new song "You're Not Alone." The song will appear on the band's upcoming sophomore LP, which is expected for release at the end of the summer 2013.
Check out the video here:
After the release of Hypocrisy's new album “End Of Disclosure” in March, the decision was made to re-release the classic albums “Penetralia + Osculum Obscenum,” remastered and enriched with extensive bonus material, as a limited 2 CD box.
The set will be released on July 12th, 2013 via Nuclear Blast. The following press release was also issued:
"In 1992 the band signed its first contract with Nuclear Blast Records and released its monumental debut 'Penetralia.' It marks the only time that the band functioned as a five-piece. This album displays a strong influence from American Death Metal. The follow-up 'Osculum Obscenum' (1993) marked another milestone in the history of crushing extreme death metal. This album is evil and dark Black/Death Metal the way it should be. When compared to other death metal albums of the same period, this absolutely kills nearly everything. Eerie guitar work, hellish screams, epic riffs..."
The track listing is as follows:
CD 1 - Penetralia (remastered + live bonus)
1. Impotent God
2. Suffering Souls
4. Jesus Fall
5. God Is A Lie
6. Left To Rot
7. Burn By The Cross
8. To Escape Is To Die
9. Take The Throne
11. Left To Rot (live)
12. God Is A Lie (live) More...
Koldbrann has checked in with the following announcement about recruiting a fill-in drummer for upcoming tour dates:
"Kjetil Hektoen, known from Enthral, Sjodogg, and Crest of Darkness, will be filling in for drummer Folkedal on Koldbrann's Norwegian onslaught with Blood Tsunami in May.
"Folkedal is currently suffering from a leg injury but is expected to return in time for Hellfest Open Air Festival, France, in June.
"Rehearsals with Kjetil Hektoen have been very successful and Koldbrann is ready to strike with full force!"
May 22 - Buddy Scene, Drammen
May 23 - John Dee, Oslo
May 24 - Garage, Bergen
May 25 - Jimmy Legs, Haugesund More...
Imminent Sonic Destruction has checked in with the following road report while out on tour with Pain of Salvation:
"Last we spoke, NYC was in our rear view mirror and the alluring moose call of Canada was beckoning. If you've been following along, you might think we're making some of this up, but seriously you guys, there has been craziness every single day of this tour. And we wouldn't change any of it. Well, maybe one or two things.
"Crossing the border was expected to be an issue for 3 bands from 3 different countries with 2 buses and 2 trailers full of gear. Oh, and due to our loss of a driver in NYC, we didn't cross until 3:30am. However, we only ended up waiting about 30 minutes before being sent on our way to the land where everyone lives in igloos and eats only what they can kill with their bare hands. At least, that's what we thought. Turns out we had a lot to learn.
"First up was Quebec City. Right about the time we were crossing into the city, we got a call that the show was cancelled due to Daniel from PoS being very ill. While this was bad news, we knew he needed rest so that a string of shows wouldn't be cancelled. So now, what to do? We're already in Quebec City... With a night to kill. One word answered our questions and put us on the one way road to unmitigated joy and intestinal distress: POUTINE! A local pointed us to the best place to get it, so we had a great first sample. really good, you guys. We strolled around the beautiful downtown area, ended up in a little local bar to watch Montreal and Ottawa for a period, then headed towards Montreal for the next night's show. More...
Swedish black metal band Svartsyn has unveiled the second track off the upcoming full-length album "Black Testament." Check out "Revelation In The Water" courtesy of Sweden Rock Magazine here or through the player below.
The album is coming to shops on the 28th of May in Europe and 11th of June in North America on Agonia Records.
According to the band founder and mastermind - Ornias - "Black Testament" can be described as a "sinister mix between Destruction Of Man (2003) and Timeless Reign (2007) releases." He also added: "it's a journey through my spiritual darkness and death."
The track listing is as follows:
1. Revelation in the waters
2. Venom of the underworld
3. Demoness with seven names
4. Carving a temple
5. Eyes of the earth
6. Rising beast
7. Black testament More...
This has undoubtedly been one of the craziest, most devastating weeks in recent metal history. Capping off all the death and drama comes a track of pure old school power thrash to get your head back on the banging track, courtesy of Canadian act Sanktuary.
Sanktuary's new album "Something Fierce" is due out July 2nd, 2013 via Spread The Metal Records. Fans now have an opportunity to hear an advance track - check out "Fire in the Sky" through the player below.
If you haven't heard of Sanktuary before, you can get acquainted at the band's Facebook page (and according to said Facebook page the guys drink The Kraken while on the road - a move which instantly endears them to this writer and which presumably fuels their metallic rage!)
In the words of the band: "This journey has been quite the experience and we are incredibly stoked to unleash Something Fierce to the masses. So crack a cold one, strap on some clean undies and grab an umbrella 'cause this shit storm's coming soon to a record store near you."
The new album's track listing is:
1. Deadly Prey
2. Heat Lightning
3. Hail The Villain
4. Thrill Of The Kill
5. Screeching For Vengeance
6. Fire In The Sky
7. Beyond The Wall
8. Midnite Mass
Sanktuary consists of:
Alan Binger - Guitars & Vocals
Cole Hume - Bass
Anders Grasholm - Drums
Glen Emond - Guitars
Canada's Necronomicon will release "Rise of the Elder Ones" on June 7th, 2013 (EU) and June 11th, 2013 (North America) via Season of Mist Records.
The band has now teamed up with Last Rites to stream the song "From Beyond." Check it out here or in the player below.
The album's track listing is:
2. The End of Times
3. The Living God (Pharaoh of Gods Part II)
4. The Nuclear Chaos
5. From Beyond
6. Rise of the Elder Ones
7. The Valley of the Lost Souls
8. Celestial Being
9. Dark Corners of the Earth
10. The Fallen More...
Legendary Canadian metal act Anvil is streaming the new track "Mankind Machine." The song appears on the band's upcoming release "Hope in Hell." The album is scheduled for release on May 24th (Germany) and May 27th (EU) via SPV/Steamhammer Records and May 28th (North America) via The End Records.
Anvil is one of the feature bands for the Old Bridge Metal Militia's "Rock N Roll Heaven" Reunion show, which will take place at the Encore Event Center in West Freehold, New Jersey tomorrow, May 11th. In addition to Anvil, the lineup includes: Twisted Sister, Raven, The Rods, Lords of Mercy and a special reunion performance by TT Quick (which features Accept vocalist Mark Tornillo).
The track listing for "Hope In Hell" is:
1. Hope in Hell
2. Eat your Words
3. Through with You
4. The Fight Is Never Won
5. Pay the Toll
7. Call of Duty
8. Badass Rock n Roll
9. Time Shows no Mercy
10. Mankind Machine
11. Shut the Fuck Up
12. Hard Wired (Bonus Track)
13. Fire at Will (Bonus Track)
Check out "Mankind Machine" here: More...
Swedish hard rock act Hardcore Superstar posted a new music video for the song "C'mon Take On Me." The track is the title track of the band's latest, and ninth, studio release which is available now via Nuclear Blast Records.
Maltese metal band Loathe announced that the new EP "Lambs to the Slaughter" will be issued tomorrow (May 11th) through the band. Digital/CD orders can be made over at bandcamp. A pre-order allows for the immediate download of a track of your choice. The song "Bucketlove" can be heard streaming below.
"Lambs to the Slaughter" was engineered by Cedric Vella and David Vella and mixed and mastered by David Vella. The album'a artwork (shown below) was created by Max Vassallo with special help from Clint Tabone.
The track list for the EP is:
1. Watch The Children Prey
3. A Glow So Haunting
4. Bucketlove 04:13
5. Mission: Dawn More...
U.K. thrashers Gama Bomb posted a new music video for the track "Shitting Yourself to Live." The song appears on the band's latest LP "The Terror Tapes," which was issued last month via AFM Records. That album is the band's fourth full length release.
The footage for the video was taken entirely from fan smartphone videos. Check out "Shitting Yourself to Live" here:
While it was previously assumed that Jeff Hanneman's death last week was due to complications from his bout of necrotizing fasciitis in 2011, Slayer has now announced his passing was caused by cirrhosis of the liver. The band comments:
"We've just learned that the official cause of Jeff's death was alcohol related cirrhosis. While he had his health struggles over the years, including the recent Necrotizing fasciitis infection that devastated his well-being, Jeff and those close to him were not aware of the true extent of his liver condition until the last days of his life.
"Contrary to some reports, Jeff was not on a transplant list at the time of his passing, or at any time prior to that. In fact, by all accounts, it appeared that he had been improving – he was excited and looking forward to working on a new record.
"While the details are being worked out now, Slayer wants its fans to know that there will be a celebration of Jeff Hanneman's life sometime later this month, along with Jeff's family and friends, the public will be invited to attend. More information will be posted here soon.
"Kerry King and Tom Araya are trying to deal with the loss of their brother by remembering some the good times they shared." More...