Metal News for May 15, 2015
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35 news articles posted on this day.
Blackened buzz-saw Swedish death metal act Gutter Instinct is streaming brand new EP, “The Insurrection,” in the player below (courtesy of Terrorizer.com).
Recorded at Helsingborg’s Studio Mangelrum with Kristofer Orstadius, the band drew inspiration for the EP from not only Swedish underground heroes like Entombed, Grave and Dismember, but also newer bands such as Teitanblood, Bölzer, Grave Miasma, Black Witchery and Portal with a distinct grinding tone featuring dark, haunting blackened smatterings.
“The Insurrection” will be released across all digital platforms as well as on limited-edition 12? vinyl on May 18th via Prosthetic Records. Digital pre-orders (which include an instant download of the song “The Invisible Hand”) can be found at this location. More...
Witchskull formed in 2014 when Marcus De Pasquale (Looking Glass) & Joel Green (Armoured Angel) joined forces with Tony McMahon to create a blues-based doom outfit.
More a brotherhood than a band, they unleashed a stripped down, groove driven primal sound. The fruits of those labors can now be heard as a promo CD comes online for streaming. Listen in at Bandcamp here or in the player below. The track listing is:
1. The Vast Electric Dark 03:01
2. Temple of Ly's 04:26
3. Harvest of the Druid 06:26 More...
Indonesian metal band Fornicaras has a new single out for streaming titled "Remorse." The song is available below and is featured on the "Gethuk Magelang Legi Banget" cassette tape compilation featuring nine other bands.
Altanta, GA-based group Poynte just released a video for "Hold On," which can be seen in the player below. Guitarist Brett Davis comments:
"'Hold On,' to me, is a song that should light a fire for our generation. Everyone these days, they're settling for mediocrity and forgetting that this nation was built by those that chased their dreams. People that let nothing stop them from achieving those dreams. It’s your life, you shouldn't let anything hinder you from reaching upward and grabbing ahold of what you want out of this life. Really, the underlying theme of the album is this: Hold On to your dreams and don’t let them Take Control. It’s your life."
The hooded henchmen in Ghoul are fleeing their delightful dungeons of Creepsylvania to pillage your village on this year's Weapons Of Mosh Destruction trek, now in stunning 3-D (glasses not included, swine).
The three-dimensional lashings will initiate tonight, May 15th in Denver, Colorado and spread its chaos and disease through nearly three-dozen cities with an included infiltration of the Maryland Deathfest in Baltimore. Team Ghoul will unite with California grind hooligans, Phobia, and Ohio scumsmiths, Nekrofilth.
Additionally, the masked menaces were recently added to the sixth annual GWAR B-Q in Richmond, Virginia this August. Issues Digestor, lead doer of deviousness:
"Ghoul is on our way to your wretched country to once again scour the baked on scum from the crock pot of civilization. Sadness? Misery? Brutal totalitarian oppression? You're soaking in it! GHOUL is also happy to announce that we will be playing the one and only GWAR B-Q! We look forward to receiving abuse, sexual and otherwise, from our fiendish overlords in GWAR, and sopping up their gore-soaked leavings in our palpitating jaws. Also, we will be playing some songs, time permitting." More...
Former We Are Triumphant Records band Motives has released a new music video for the song "Timeless." In the clip available below, the band explores an old abandoned amusement park and paints a picture of the innocence behind the song's message.
"Timeless" comes off the "This World, Not Dead, Merely Sleeping" album, due out this Summer. To hear more from Motives, head over to the group's Bandcamp page here.
Lux Purus is a symphonic metal band from Osijek, Croatia formed in year 2011 by guitar player Mario Stojcic, vocalist Ana Marija Dundovic, and keyboard player Borna Dananic.
After a series of member changes, the band ended up with Igor Vilupek on bass guitar and Tanja Ivkovic on violin. Following several gigs in Croatia and Serbia, the band entered Studio Armageddon in Osijek during October 2014 to record debut album "Chaos Creates."
The album is out now via Bandcamp and can also be heard below, with the track listing as follows:
1. At the Edge of the World 05:32
2. Raised by the Wolves 05:57
3. The Seven Seals 04:21
4. Prophecy of the Seventh Generation 08:04
5. Carpe Diem 06:02 More...
NJ technical death metal band Dystrophy will release new album "Wretched Host" on June 9th, 2015. Ahead of the album release, a lyric video for the first single "Singularity" has come online. Check it out below. The album's track listing is as follows:
3. Within The Mind
5. Wretched Host
From amidst an ongoing North American tour, Today Is The Day hit Richmond, Virginia early for a pre-show filming of an episode of the ongoing "Brutally Delicious" video series.
Leading off with an extensive interview with Today Is The Day cult leader, Steve Austin - which includes tales of being bitten by cannibalistic fans, procuring overnight medical treatment on foreign soil, on-stage electrocution and bowel movements, and oh, so much more - the attention then shifts to the band prepping and grilling a spread of rib-eye steaks, lamb chops and potatoes on the open flame.
Among many other excellent quotes issued during the actual preparation of the provisions, Austin offers "If the food is not somewhat attacking you then you have not reached flavor nexus." Check out the clip below. More...
"Killogy" is a high-energy, animated dark comedy from creator Alan Robert (Life Of Agony) based on his hit IDW Publishing comic series, in association with Squeeze Studio Animation and award-winning producer Rodney Barnes (The Boondocks, Everybody Hates Chris).
Stars Frank Vincent (Goodfellas, The Sopranos), Marky Ramone (the Ramones), Brea Grant (Heroes, Dexter), and Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein (the Misfits) battle it out in apocalyptic-Brooklyn when an ancient voodoo curse wakes the dead and floods the city with blood.
This outrageous premise and bizarre mash-up of punk rock royalty, wiseguy sarcasm, and over-the-top gore makes for one hilarious rollercoaster ride. "Killogy" is being produced and developed under Robert's Wasted Talent Entertainment banner, consisting of Robert, Chris White (V/H/S Viral) and Jeff Mazzola (Descent).
"Killogy" was nominated for Best Mini-Series (2013) and Best One-Shot (2014) at the Ghastly Awards and picked up a Horror Comic Award for Best Scene from ComicMonsters.com. Bloody Disgusting listed Killogy at #4 on their Top 10 Best Mini-Series of 2013. More...
After cutting their teeth on the local hardcore scene of Los Angeles, New York, France
and Northern California, founding guitarists Ben Levi and vocalist Richard Barthel formed
The band aimed at fusing together the visual aesthetic and presentation of more thought provoking heavy acts like Tool or Converge with the sonic ferocity and energy of hardcore.
A new full length will be out this year worldwide with the support of Eulogy Recordings and GSR on CD / digital / vinyl formats. Both labels are very excited to work together on such an amazing project. Matriarchs features ex-members of Ruckus, Hoods and The Faceless. The lineup consists of:
Richard - Vocals
Marty - Guitars
Miguel - Bass
Ben - Guitars
Alfred - Drums More...
Just For Fun
Elliott Fullam of Little Punk People (who has previously interviewed Ghost among others) was lucky enough to sit down with the King of Partying himself - Andrew W.K. - at the Stone Pony in Asbury Park before his show with Marky Ramone's Blitzkrieg.
The show consisted of over 30 Ramones songs with Andrew singing for an amazing flow of Ramones party mania. In the video interview below, Elliott asks Andrew the question: Partying or Pooping?
In other bizarre Andrew W.K. news, the party master was recently given a new radio show by none other than conservative ideologue Glen Beck. Details on the head scratching collaboration can be found at this location. More...
U.K. outfit Pagan Altar has issued the following announcement about vocalist Terry Jones passing away this morning:
"It's is with great sadness to announce that Terry Jones of Pagan Altar finally lost his extremely brave battle with cancer this morning 15th May @ 10:15.
"Terry has been fighting this for the past year with me Lynn and his family always by his side. You all know how much he loved performing and especially to all the wonderful PA Fans he had a pleasure too meet, we are all devoted by his loss and will miss him more then words can say.
"And would like to thank you for your loyal support and love all these years. Always love you Terry. The Time Lord is on his Travels." More...
The Color Morale today releases a music video for the track "Between You And Eye," taken off the band's latest LP "Hold On Pain Ends," which is out now via Fearless Records. Check out the clip below, and you can see The Color Morale on these dates:
17.05.15 Kingston Banquet Records (acoustic matinee appearance)
17.05.15 London O2 Academy2 Islington (TCM headline)
18.05.15 Reading The Bowery District (w/ Beartooth)
19.05.15 Bournemouth The Anvil (w/ Beartooth)
20.05.15 Northampton Roadmenders (w/ Beartooth)
21.05.15 Carlisle Brickyard (w/ Beartooth)
22.05.15 Edinburgh Studio 24 (w/ Beartooth)
23.05.15 Leeds Slam Dunk Festival
24.05.15 Wolverhampton Slam Dunk Festival
25.05.15 Hatfield Slam Dunk Festival More...
"Gravity," the new video from Los Angeles based progressive metal trio Tribe, can be seen below. This clip follows the previously posted video for "Helix," still available here.
"Gravity" is taken from the band's upcoming album, "Atlas," which will be released May 26th, 2015. The album is available now for pre-order on iTunes, with am instant download of the single “Helix.” The full track listing is:
Hosoi Bros has a new music video out now for the track "Hands Of Stone," which can be seen below. This track comes off the band's upcoming LP, with a release date still to be announced. Stay tuned for more info, and you can follow the latest from Hosoi Bros over at the band's Facebook profile here.
Asylum Pyre has checked in with the following brief announcement about releasing a new album via Massacre Records:
"We have excellent news to share with you today - Asylum Pyre has just signed a deal, for the second time, with Massacre Records. Our 3rd album 'Spirited Away' will be released on October 23rd, 2015!"
No Consequence will release "Vimana" on June 8th, 2015 with pre-orders now available at this location. A music video for "Speechless" can be seen below, and the full track listing is as follows:
2. Our Time Has Come
3. Is This a Way to Live?
4. Resistance (feat. Kevin Letford)
5. The Turning Point
6. Half Light
11. Vimana More...
Welicoruss just released a near 20 minute video blog discussing the band's revamped lineup and new album "Az Esm," which can be seen below. You can also see the group live on these upcoming dates:
22/05/15 Czech Republic - UNDER DARK MOON 2015 openair festival
30/05/15 Czech Republic - Brno
12/06/15 Czech Republic - Litomirice
20/06/15 Czech Republic - Apocalyptic Form Of Death 2015 openair festival
09/07/15 Slovenia - Maribor
10/07/15 Hungary - Budapest
11/07/15 Serbia - EXIT FESTIVAL 2015 openair festival
12/07/15 Croatia - Zagreb
29/07/15 Slovakia - GOTHOOM open air festival 2015
11/08/15 Spain - Valencia
12/08/15 Spain - Mursia
13/08/15 Spain - Aguilas
14/08/15 Spain - Madrid
28/08/15 Austria - Headbanger Desaster Festival
29/08/15 Czech Republic - Tišnov - Folk Metal Fest 2015
05/09/15 Germany - Berlin - ROCK FOR ROOTS openair festival 2015
03/10/15 Czech Republic - FROV festival 2015 openair
10/10/15 Czech Republic - Ostrava More...
Suffer No Fools released new EP "Songs For The Restless Youth" earlier this month, and now all the tracks can be heard in the Bandcamp player below. The following press release was also issued about Suffer No Fools:
"Formed in Ealing in 2015 and comprised of Ali Khan on vocals, Jack Kirby and Jamie Newdeck on guitar, Alex Bain on bass, and Mike Taylor on drums. The band sets out to combine the best of its influences in order to create something contemporary that also hearkens back to the last few decades of metal."
The EP's track listing is as follows:
1. Acheron 01:00
2. The Bombing Campaign 06:09
3. Prey 03:49
4. Forgiven Or Forgotten 04:19
5. Abyss 05:02
6. Dirge Of The Old Gods 04:21
7. Into The Breach 04:24 More...
Arrival of Autumn is proud to announce the band will be supporting Cancer Bats in Grande Prairie, AB on June 27th at Better Than Fred's along with performing other Alberta dates in support of latest album "Shadows."
"We are extremely excited to be sharing the stage with one of our favourite bands, it's going to be an insane show," comments drummer Ty Fox.
May 15 - Calgary, AB - Nite Owl w/ Screaming at Shadows, Misused, Maimed Wolf
May 16 - Lethbridge, AB - Inferno Night Club w/ Leave the Living, The Avulsion, Crease, Sengage
June 27 - Grande Prairie, AB - Better Than Fred's w/ Cancer Bats
July 12 - Edmonton, AB - YEG Event Centre / Flow Lounge @ Mule Fest w/ Brothers Grim More...
The Atrocity Exhibit is a grindcore/sludge/crust band based in Northampton, England, formed in 2006.
Adopting a stridently DIY attitude towards everything, the band has worked hard making a strong name for itself over the years across the European underground scene, releasing numerous self-funded EPs, splits and albums, and travelling several times across the UK, Ireland and mainland Europe playing anywhere from German squats to Czech aircraft hangers.
The Atrocity Exhibit currently has a 10 song 7" in the works, along with a European tour and a 19 track full-length recorded at Stuck-On-A-Name studios in Nottingham. Stay tuned for full details, and in the mean time, catch the band live on these dates:
8th June – Unicorn, Camden w/ Despise You
26th Sept – Never Fall Into Silence Fest, Bristol (headline)
The first single to see release from Watertank's impending sophomore LP "Destination Unknown" is now streaming online - check out "DCVR" below, thanks to American Aftermath.
The French outfit is currently preparing for the album's release through Solar Flare Records next month on June 29th. You can also see the band performing tracks from "Destination Unknown" on these upcoming dates:
5/15/2015 Black Out - Montpellier, FR w/ Lahius
5/16/2015 Heretic - Bordeaux, FR w/ Aguirre
5/20/2015 Glazart - Paris, FR w/ Torche, Your Highness
5/22/2015 Molodoi - Strasbourg, FR w/ Kurt
5/23/2015 Le Café Français - Vesoul, FR w/ Membrane
6/01/2015 Le Ferrailleur - Nantes, FR w/ Torche More...
Lamb Of God has released a new website titled "Lamb Of God VII" (a reference to the fact the band has previously released six full-length albums).
This new website just dropped a new track titled "Still Echoes" as a teaser for an upcoming full-length release.
Head over to the band's website here to check out the track (also now available in the player below).
Lamb Of God also just announced the new album will be titled "Sturm Und Drang," with a July release date expected. Stay tuned for full info shortly. More...
Finnish power metal outfit Burning Point released new digital single "Find Your Soul" today, accompanied by a lyric video.
"Find Your Soul" comes off the band's upcoming album, simply tiled "Burning Point," which will be unleashed on June 12th (EU) / July 7th in the U.S.
"Burning Point" marks the first release with the band's new vocalist Nitte Valo (ex-Battle Beast). The album consists of 5 brand new songs and 6 re-recorded Burning Point classic tracks. More...
Jouni Valjakka from Finnish outfit Whispered has checked in with the following update about recording material for an upcoming release:
"Bass recordings in motion! We're at the top-secret remote location once again and Kai is blasting some low tunes for the tracks. I'm doing some orchestral / ethnic programming and for some bizarre reason, the weather outside is quite OK!"
Old Wounds presents second full-length album "The Suffering Spirit," set for a June 30th release on Good Fight Music. You can stream opening track, "Rest in Piss," below.
The New Jersey band has been on the DIY warpath since the 2013 release of debut album" From Where We Came Is Where We'll Rest." Touring nonstop with Cult Leader, Full of Hell, The Banner, Exalt, and more, and releasing music via various splits and EPs, all the work of the past two years has led to "The Suffering Spirit."
Old Wounds' alliance with Good Fight Music began officially last Fall with the "Death Projection" EP. The label comments: More...
Texas based street metal trio Electric Vengeance just released debut full-length album "Manic Possession."
Consisting of 10 tracks, "Manic Possession" was recorded at Valve Studios in Dallas, Texas over the course of just three days in August of 2014. Casey Di Iorio performed the engineering, mixing, and mastering duties for the album.
Since rising from the gutters of Grand Prairie, Texas in June 2007, these three maniacs have been on a mission to resurrect the dead by mutating their sound into a pissed off combination of punk rock, thrash metal & NWOBHM with a healthy mix of attitude and offbeat humor to satisfy the rabid hunger of their ever-growing underground cult. The album's track listing is:
1. Vengeance is Served
2. Electric Harry
3. Possessed in the Pit
4. The Five Points
5. Parasitic Punx
6. Second Chance
7. Meat Grinder
8. Graffiti Plea
10. Super Shredder More...
The Russian five-piece metalcore group Forget My Silence has released a music video for new, guitar-driven single "Virtual Privacy."
The song was produced by Cameron Mizell (A Skylit Drive, Memphis May Fire) and features some of the band's heaviest work yet. The video was directed by Kirill Osminin and can be seen below. Vocalist Roma Sadygov comments:
"'Virtual Privacy' shows Forget My Silence in a whole different light we feel. The song really shows how we've grown as a band, and how we've matured our sound while keeping to our roots. We all strongly believe the direction we're going with the new material will be much liked by our fans and the new listeners."
Forget My Silence is currently working on an upcoming full-length album. Stay tuned for further details. More...
In April, South London riff-monsters Stoneghost released the relentless and blistering debut album "New Age of Old Ways" on the Mascot Label Group (Black Label Society, Volbeat, Gojira, Joe Bonamassa) and will drop new single "Raynardine" on June 22nd.
"Raynardine" is a hammer to the head of a song occupying the line between mythology, trust, and apprehension. Give it an advance listen below.
Formed in Bromley, South East London amongst a thriving underground scene, Stoneghost consists of tattoo artist front man Jason Smith (vocals) Cris Finniss (drums), Jamie Nash (bass) and Andrew Matthews (guitar). More...
London's Spectral Darkwave recently released debut album "Last First Contact," unleashing sci-fi laden death/doom mayhem to the unsuspecting public. If you missed it, you can stream all the tracks at this location.
Now the group is happy to unveil a brand new lyric video for "The Occident." Check it out in the YouTube clip below.
Guitarist and vocalist Steve "Arch-Kakoph" Kennedy comments: "The lyrics and video theme encapsulates how The West has delivered destruction upon so called 'lesser cultures' for thousands of years, all in the name of 'progress'. The video forces the audience to observe the horrific foundation of our 'civilisation'." More...
UK prog-metal band Tesseract is set to release the band's first live audio/video concert: titled "Odyssey/Scala," the CD/DVD and LP/DVD package welcomes back "One" vocalist, Daniel Tompkins.
"Odyssey," the audio portion, was recorded live during various stops in the Autumn of 2014 throughout Europe and Russia on the Altered State World Tour. "Scala," the video portion, was filmed live on November 6th, 2014 at Scala, London.
The band is now streaming the entire show through the Century Media YouTube channel. You can watch it below. More...
Iron Maiden announced that following a recent MRI scan, vocalist Bruce Dickinson is cancer free. The band is finishing work on a new studio album, which will be "definitely be [released] this year."
Bruce commented: “I would like to thank the fantastic medical team who have been treating me for the last few months, resulting in this amazing outcome. It’s been tough on my family and in many ways it was harder for them than me. I’d also like to send a heartfelt thanks to all our fans for their kind words and thoughts. I’m a firm believer in trying to maintain a positive attitude, and the encouragement from the global Maiden family meant a great deal to me. Right now, I’m feeling extremely motivated and can’t wait to get back to business as usual, as soon as I can!”
Manager Rod Smallwood added: “We are of course all absolutely delighted that Bruce’s doctors have pronounced him free of cancer. Although Bruce is naturally eager to resume Maiden activities, it will take a while before he is completely back to full strength, as we explained previously. Because of this, the band will not be touring or playing any shows until next year. We know our fans will understand the situation and, like us, would prefer to wait until Bruce is back to his usual indefatigable levels of fitness before going out on the road. More...
Ticket vendor Enterthevault.com has announced that Finland's Nightwish will embark on a second leg of the North American tour in February/March 2016 with countrymates Sonata Arctica in support along with Dutch act Delain (who provided support in the just wrapped up first leg along with Sweden's Sabaton).
We wish to stress that the following dates listed by the vendor have NOT been formally announced by the bands and may be subject to change, however they appear to be onsale (including VIP experiences) at this location:
2/19/2016 Starland Ballroom – Sayreville, NJ
2/20/2016 Webster Theater – Hartford, CT
2/21/2016 Metropolis – Montreal, QC CANADA
2/22/2016 Music Hall – London, ON CANADA
2/24/2016 Carnegie Music Hall – Pittsburgh, PA
2/25/2016 LC Pavilion – Columbus, OH
2/26/2016 Royal Oak Music Theatre – Royal Oak, MI
2/27/2016 Rave – Milwaukee, WI
2/29/2016 First Avenue – Minneapolis, MN
3/01/2016 Burton Cummings Theatre – Winnipeg, MB CANADA
3/02/2016 O’Briens Events Center – Saskatoon, SK CANADA
3/03/2016 Winspear Center – Edmonton AB CANADA
3/05/2016 MacEwan Hall Ballroom – Calgary, AB CANADA
3/06/2016 Wilma Theatre –Missoula, MT
3/07/2016 Showbox SoDo – Seattle, WA
3/08/2016 Knitting Factory – Boise, ID
3/10/2016 Knitting Factory – Reno, NV
3/11/2016 City National Civic of San Jose – San Jose, CA
3/12/2016 The Grove – Anaheim, CA
3/14/2016 Rialto Theatre – Tucson, AZ
3/15/2016 City Auditorium – Colorado Springs, CO
3/16/2016 Uptown Theater – Kansas City, MO
3/18/2016 Diamond Ballroom – Oklahoma City, OK
3/19/2016 Aztec Music Hall – San Antonio, TX
3/20/2016 New Orleans Civic Theatre – New Orleans, LA
3/21/2016 Iron City Live – Birmingham, AL
3/23/2016 The Ritz – Tampa
Belgium based progressive power metal band Max Pie will release the third studio effort "Odd Memories" on June 19th via Mausoleum Records. Max Pie is "powerful, melodramatic with heroic choruses, soaring vocals, and mind-blowing instrumentation."
The album will appeal to fans of Dream Theater, Rhapsody, Kamelot, Symphony X and Circus Maximus. "Odd Memories," is the band's most ambitious album yet, featuring special guest Julien Spreutels (Epysode, Ethernity) on keyboards.
As was the case on the first two albums ("Initial Process" in 2011 and "Eight Pieces - One World" in 2013) – Max Pie has called on Simone Mularoni (DGM) to produce, mix and master "Odd Memories" at Domination Studio, located in the medieval-fashioned city of San Marino, Italy. Didier Scohier was responsible for the artwork, which can be seen below.
The track listing is as follows:
1. Odd Memories Opening
2. Age of Slavery
3. Odd Future
4. Promised Land
5. Love Hurts
6. Don’t Call My Name
7. Hold On
8. Unchain Me
9. Cyber Junkie
10. The Fountain Of Youth More...