Metal News for May 16, 2012
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35 news articles posted on this day.
Nuclear Blast has issued the following announcement about Suffocation and Origin teaming up for "The End Of Humanity" tour this coming July:
"Few bands can be credited with creating a legacy, however, legendary New York based extreme metal outfit Suffocation have done just that. For over 20 years now Suffocation have been creating music that has become the very standard by which we judge all things extreme. Their fusion of technicality, groove and sheer unrelenting brutality has been imitated but never quite duplicated. Milestone records such as Effigy of the Forgotten, Pierced from Within, and Despise the Sun have influenced a wealth of today’s best musical talents.
"Joining Suffocation is Origin, one of the most intense and technical forces of the contemporary death metal world. Origin, have returned to stake their claim as the leaders of metal’s new wave of extremity with their fifth studio effort entitled Entity. As expected, Origin continue to churn out frantic hell paced grids of metal torment, but now further compliment the arrangements with a new found propensity for churning grooves and the hook laden approach that first reared its ugly, but accessible head on the bands 2007 offering, Antithesis.
"Joined by guests Re Armed and Unbreakable Hatred, The End Of Humanity tour is all set to crush its way around Europe and destroy all in its path."
Dates are as follows: More...
Nuclear Blast is honored to welcome Swedish kings Witchcraft to the label's family. Nuclear Blast commented:
"After a 5 year hiatus, the band is currently recording the follow up to 2007's 'The Alchemist' together with renowned producer Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studios (KREATOR, OPETH, AMON AMARTH, PARADISE LOST, KATATONIA).
"The albums working title is set to 'Legend' and will feature the bands new guitarists and drummer for the first time:
Simon Solomon – guitars
Tom Jondelius – guitars
Oscar Johansson – drums
"Furthermore, band leader Magnus Pelander will from now on focus on his unique vocals without playing guitar anymore."
Commented Pelander: "There's magic going on in the studio and we can hardly wait to eventually give something back to our loyal fans! We know you guys have been waiting for this!"
For more details on Witchcraft, head over to the band's official website here.
Austin, Texas based act Ethereal Architect is proud to announce the release of the new album, "Monolith." Songs from the album are now available online for streaming. Head over to the band's Facebook profile to check out the tracks "Kalinago," "Revolutions," and "Bardo Becoming."
The "Monolith" track listing is as follows:
5. Final Escape
8. Bardo Becoming
10. MacArthur Park - Bonus CD only
10. Oceanos - Bonus Digital only More...
The Psyke Project has posted a live video clip online for the song "A 1000 Frozen Bodies," which features footage from "Ebola Death Wish Tour 2012" in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Hungary. Check out the clip below.
"A 1000 Frozen Bodies" comes off the band's split release with As We Fight titled "Ebola." The track listing is as follows:
1. We Came From Earth
3. This Road To Hell
4. Only I Remain
5. A 1000 Frozen Bodies
6. This Road To Hell (radio edit)
The Interbeing has teamed up with Metal Hammer to release a new music video for "Shadow Drift," which can be viewed below. The band also commented:
"Our brand new video for Shadow Drift is finally complete! The video is directed by the debut music video director Alexander Hørup who has spent years working closely with the Danish music video director Casper Balslev on videos for The Floor is Made of Lava, Dune, Vinnie Who, Marina & The Diamonds amongst others. The team behind the video also includes one of the best music video editors Jens Høll who has edited videos for L.O.C, Kashmir, Dune, The Storm and Carpark North to name a few.
"We chose the song Shadow Drift because it shows a slightly different side to the rest of the album. The lyrics are based on a surreal world, where the one's shadow is a separate individual who the main character tries to merge with. In the video the black liquid symbolizes the persons' shadows, and during the video the liquid covers each character more and more. The little boy with the rabbit mask is partly inspired by the psychological thriller Donnie Darko from 2001 and he represents the character's 'alternative self.'
"We all think the whole process has been awesome and fascinating. From the very beginning we were on the same level with Alexander. It was a very ambitious project which succeeded to a full extent, and we are extremely happy with the result. Metal Hammer UK is showing the exclusive premiere right now!" More...
Germany's Out of Decay has posted a new music video online for the track "Masquerade," which can be viewed below. "Masquerade" is taken off the band's first album "Arising Of Lost Souls," released in March of 2012. To hear more music from Out of Decay, head over to the band's Facebook profile.
Germany's We Are Wolf has posted a new video clip online for the song "A Picture Of Misery." Check out the clip in the player below, or find more info on the band via Facebook.
We Are Wolf is:
René Becker - Vocals
Leo Derwel - Guitar
Nico Ganser - Bass
Andreas Lorenz - Guitar
Jan Grabolle - Drums
Italian act Despite Exile has now released the band's new EP "Re-Evolve," and all three tracks from the release are available for streaming online via Bandcamp or in the player below. The band's previously posted music video for "Perfection Neutralized" is also available at this location.
The EP's track listing is as follows:
2. Perfection Neutralized
3. Mechanical More...
New Jersey metal band Julius Seizure has now released debut EP "Beware the Ides of March." The EP was produced by guitarist, Steve Toth, and mixed and mastered by Kevin Antreassian. The entire EP is streaming online at the group's Bandcamp site or through the player below and the track listing is as follows:
1. Smoke of Hell
4. The View From Below
6. Maleficent More...
Italian death/trash act Pulvis Et Umbra has announced the band's debut album "Reaching the End" will be released on June 25th, 2012 through Rising Records. The release is already available for pre-order online.
Audio previews taken from the upcoming release can be listened to online via Facebook, and the track listing is as follows:
1. Lying To Yourself
2. Wrath And Sorrow
4. Portrait Of Myself
5. The Price Of Trust
6. Reaching The End
7. Hope In A Better Afterlife
8. Architects Of War
Norwegian dark metallers Aeternus are set to enter Bergen’s Conclave and Earshot Studios in June together with producer Bjornar E. Nilsen to begin recording the band’s seventh full-length album. The album, to be titled “And the Seventh His Soul Detesteth,” will be released on Dark Essence Records later this year.
Formed in 1993 in Bergen, and with six full-length albums under the band's belt, Aeternus is one of the pioneers of what the band calls “dark metal,” meshing the sounds of black and death metal with superlative guitar playing and occasional haunting, melodic interludes. Of the original line up, only founder, guitarist and frontman Ares remains, but he has put together a new and formidable line up, bringing onboard drummer Phobos and guitarist Specter, with session live bass being handled by Skyggen.
The new lineup will hit the stage at the Hub and Heuy Metalfest at De Azijnfabriek in Roermond, Netherlands on the 19th of May, with an exclusive set showcasing tracks from Aeternus’ first two albums “Beyond the Wandering Moon” and “And So the Night Became.”
Commenting on the re-emergence of the band, seven years after the release of last album “Hexaeon,” Ares commented, “Time seems to just pass by without you realizing. Although Aeternus hasn’t seemed to be very active recently, I have been writing and working on new material, and we have chosen ten tracks for the new album which we have been rehearsing ready for when we enter the studio. I’m not going to say much about them except that Phobos and Specter have brought their own approach to things without losing any of the heaviness, power and intensity that people have come to expect from Aeternus. It’s a whole new era for the band, and we can’t wait to get going."
Der Weg Einer Freiheit is currently offering the new song "Zeichen" online for streaming and free download. Check out the track through the SoundCloud player below. The track is off the band's new album "Unstille," which will be released on June 29th, 2012 through Viva Hate Records. The track listing is as follows:
4. Zu Grunde
6. Zerfall More...
Germany's Holy Moses is celebrating the band's 30th anniversary with the new album "30th Anniversary - In the Power Now." Today Holy Moses has released a live video clip with a new line-up.
The clip for the song "SSP" was recorded at this year's Walpurgis Metal Days Festival in Germany and can be viewed below. You can also check out the re-recorded version of the classic song "Def Con II" at this location. The following press release was also issued:
"Holy Moses are giving away the snare skins which have been thrashed by drummer Gerd Lücking throughout the whole recording of 30th Anniversary - In The Power Of Now. Additionally the snare skin has been signed by all HOLY MOSES-members who were involved in the production. All you have to do to catch this unique piece of thrash history is to visit Facebook until May 31st!
"In 2011 Sabina Classen and her HOLY MOSES men secretly locked themselves into the Absurd Studio in Hamburg, Germany to start the recordings for the '30th Anniversary - In The Power Of Now' double album. The new drummer Gerd Lücking (GiftDwarf / ex-Rebellion) took care of the drum tracks on the new record. The album will have new versions of 20 of the most important songs of the 30 years of HOLY MOSES history plus 2 brand new songs.
"The band got together in late summer of 1980 in Aachen, Germany. Despite a number of line-up changes in the course of their career, HOLY MOSES have distinguished themselves through a high degree of musical consistency and downright disarming physical energy. They have been touring Europe regularly with thrash classics such as Finished With The Dogs, The New Machine Of Liechtenstein and World Chaos. When the international thrash scene experienced a perceptible slump in the early Nineties, Sabina Classen took time out from HOLY MOSES and founded Temple Of The Absurd.
"Based on a new lyrical and musical approach, she released two albums with her new band and reactivated HOLY MOSES at the beginning of the new millennium, followed by numerous shows all over the world, performances at important festivals such as the W:O:A and With Full Force, the Pusam Festival in South Korea, and the release of successful recordings such as Disorder Of The Order (2002), Strength, Power, Will, Passion (2005) and Agony Of Death (2008). HOLY MOSES are alive and kicking and are set to cheat the grim reaper for years to come!" More...
Virginia's speed metal punks Municipal Waste are bringing their space terror back to North America beginning May 27th on a 2-leg headlining run presented by Scion A/V. The first leg features Black Tusk as support and the second leg features 3 Inches Of Blood as direct support with openers Black Tusk.
The band is out spreading the word about new album "The Fatal Feast" available now on Nuclear Blast. Tour dates are:
5/25: Las Vegas, NV @ Country Saloon - (Punk Rock Bowling Fest)
1st Leg - MUNICIPAL WASTE with Black Tusk
5/27: Wilmington, NC @ Soapbox Laundro-Lounge
5/28: Atlanta, GA @ 529
5/29: Orlando, FL @ The Social
5/30: Pensacola, FL @ Vinyl Music Hall
6/1: Austin, TX @ The Mohawk / Chaos In Tejas Music Fest ***MW ONLY***
6/2: Denton, TX @ Rubber Gloves
6/3: Oklahoma City, OK @ The Conservatory
6/5: Tempe, AZ @ 910 Live
2nd Leg - MUNICIPAL WASTE with 3 Inches Of Blood & Black Tusk
6/11: Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction
6/12: Hollywood, CA @ The Key Club
6/13: Oakland, CA @ Oakland Metro Operahouse
6/15: Seattle, WA @ Neumo's Crystal Ball Reading Room
6/16: Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater
6/18: Salt Lake City, UT @ In The Venue
6/19: Denver, CO @ The Marquis Theatre
6/21: Chicago, IL @ Reggie's Rock Club
6/22: Columbus, OH @ Screaming Willies
6/23: Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's
6/24: Albany, NY @ Bogie's
6/25: Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
6/26: New York, NY @ Santo's Party House
Just one week remains until the release of North Carolina powerhouse To Speak of Wolves' ferocious new album, "Find Your Worth, Come Home," already praised by heavy music tastemaker Revolver as "sweeping, anthemic metalcore."
Two days after releasing the album's first video for "Je Suis Fini," the band is teasing fans with the debut of a fourth track from the anticipated album, "A Simple Thought That Changed Everything." Listen to the song in the player below or at the Solid State Records website here.
"'A Simple Thought...' is a pretty different song for us as it is all singing," says drummer Phil Chamberlain. "We wanted to try something different and we wanted to share this song to show a different aspect of the record that we haven't previewed yet."
"It was very exciting to record," says vocalist Gage Speas of the new track. "I was really nervous because I had never just sang in a song. So it was something very new to me. In the end I was really stoked about the way it turned out. These are some of my favorite lyrics I've ever written!" More...
German rockers Fair Warning have released a new live video for the song "Generation Jedi" to promote their new album "Best And More" which is available now in North America via SPV/Steamhammer.
This year the band celebrates its 20th anniversary with the new best of CD "Best And More," including Fair Warning classics on a double CD with 32 songs. This package also includes unreleased tracks and rare live and studio material as well as an extensive booklet.
Katatonia is currently working on a new album and follow-up to "Night is the New Day" (reviewed here). The band has now checked in with the following announcement about a guest vocalist appearing on the album:
"Remember we revealed there would be a guest on the new album making a duet with Jonas on one of the songs? We're proud to give you her name now, our friend Silje Wergeland, currently the singer in The Gathering. A beautiful fit in every way!
"We suggest to like her page and check out her activity if you haven't already."
To find out more about the upcoming release, check out our recent interview with Katatonia's Jonas Renkse.
Hyderabad, India based act Skrypt has issued the following announcement about the band's guitarist being involved in a motorcycle accident:
"Our lead guitarist Joel was involved in a terrible motorbike accident earlier today and has fractured both his arms. He's got arm casts on both his arms and will be unable to hold a guitar for a month at least. We hope he recovers soon and gets back to his shredding.
"As for the show on the 19th, we almost decided to call off the show because we wouldn't have been able to go ahead with our plan, but decided that we're going to do a very special one off show with our ex-guitarist Ramya Rao who arrives in India on the 19th and also have a few guest appearances.
"This will be our last show for quite a while as well so we hope to see you guys there. Cheers."
For more info on Skrypt, head over to the band's Facebook profile here.
New York's Polygraphist has posted the band's entire new album "Misnomer" online for streaming. Check out the release in the player below or at bandcamp. The track listing is as follows:
2. An Genius
3. In Triplicate
4. Waterman Butterfly Projection
7. French Canadian Machines
8. Stepped On My Moustache
9. Fortunately, I Keep My Feathers Numbered
10. Swarm Pt. II
11. Knock's Boxes
12. Lichtenberg Scars
Prong is is currently in the midst of a short U.K. and European tour celebrating the 20th anniversary of the landmark "Beg To Differ" album. In addition, Prong is playing classics from the band's catalog as well as material from the recent "Carved Into Stone" album. Joining mainman Tommy Victor and drummer Alexei Rodriguez are bass players Matt Brunson of Crowbar and former Cradle of Filth bassist Dave Pybus.
Tommy explained the presence of not one but two well know bassists:
"Since Tony Campos (who has been touring with the band and played on Carved Into Stone) is touring with Soulfly, we've had to tour with other bass players. Everyone who has toured with us so far has been fantastic and brought their own personal style to Prong. Phil Zeller from Toxic Holocaust did the Crowbar tour. Jason Rapesi who has played with Stone Sour did a few shows with us before that. We were heading to Europe and the guy we had couldn't do it in the eleventh hour.
"Rather than cancel, our friend Matt Brunson from Crowbar stepped in and learned the entire Beg To Differ album in a day and a half! Then we found out that Dave Pybus who has played with Cradle of Filth, was going to be the tech on the tour. As it turned out, Dave is a massive Prong fan! He learned some of the other songs and has been joining Alexei and I onstage every night. Now we have two great bass players each night! This tour has been a blast!" More...
Swedish death metal sovereigns Evocation will be digitally releasing a new demo compilation, "Evoked From Demonic Depths - The Early Years," on June 26th in North America with imports of the CD available exclusively at CM Distro (in addition to a 32-page booklet, the CD version also includes three live bootleg video enhancements).
In anticipation of this release, the band has now premiered a track from the compilation, "Through The Darkened Peril", on Decibel Magazine.com. Check out the song at this location.
The track listing is as follows:
1. A Wind Has Risen
2. Through The Darkened Peril
3. The Ancient Gate
4. Desolated Spirits
5. On A Journey To Heaven
6. Where The Headstones Shine
7. Veils Were Blown
8. Spiritual Affinity
10. On A Journey To Heaven (rehearsal)
11. Where The Headstones Shine (rehearsal)
12. Spiritual Affinity (rehearsal)
13. Veils Were Blown (rehearsal)
Video enhancements: More...
Melodic metal act Epysode has posted a teaser trailer online featuring three instrumental segments from the band's upcoming next album. Check out the clip in the player below. Further details on the upcoming album will be announced as they are made available, and in the meantime you can check out more info on Epysode via the band's official website.
Swedish black metal legends Dark Funeral and Century Media Records are proud to announce the signing of a worldwide deal for the next 3 albums.
Guitarist and founding member Lord Ahriman comments: "Our bad luck with labels in the past has for sure been very frustrating. So it is with great pleasure to finally be able to turn the page, move on and start a new dark chapter in the Dark Funeral saga, as we join the great Century Media family. Century Media has more than enough proven to be a stable and highly professional label. And we are totally looking forward to this new cooperation, which I'm sure will prove to be very satisfying and successful for both parts. Hail the goat!"
Jens Prueter, Head Of A&R at Century Media Records Europe, comments: "I always respected Dark Funeral for their endurance and integrity. They've gone through some hard times, but never gave up and also never gave in to compromise on their musical and aesthetic vision. Almost 20 years after their formation it's still the same powerhouse of unmerciful black metal and the new line-up is stronger and more focused than in the past. Thanks to Lord Ahriman and the whole band! Looking forward to their 20th anniversary in 2013 with a new album In The Sign Of The Horns!" More...
In honor of the second anniversary of metal legend Ronnie James Dio's passing (May 16, 2010), Canadian metal band 3 Inches of Blood posted a new lyric video for the track "Look Out." The track appears on the band's latest LP "Long Live Heavy Metal," which was released at the end of March through Century Media Records.
Check out "Look Out" here:
Fan-filmed footage has been posted online of In Solitude performing on the Decibel Magazine tour with Behemoth and Watain on April 22nd at Hawthorne Theatre.
Check out the video clip in the player below. In other news, In Solitude will also be performing at the upcoming 2012 edition of the Summer Breeze festival.
German thrash icons Tankard posted a video featuring the listening session for the band's forthcoming 30th Anniversary LP "A Girl Called Cerveza," which was held for the press in Studio 23 last month. The album is scheduled for a July 27, 2012 release date through Nuclear Blast Records. The band previously posted studio reports on the album's progress, which can be seen here and here.
The track listing for "A Girl Called Cerveza" is as follows:
1. Running On Fumes
2. A Girl Called Serveza
3. Witchhunt 2.0
4. Masters Of Farces
5. The Metal Lady Boy (Feat. Doro Pesch)
6. Not One Day Dead (But One Day Mad)
7. Son Of A Fridge
8. Fandom At Random
9. Metal Magnolia
10. Rapid Fire (A Tyrant's Elegy)
Check out the video here: More...
France's Livarkahil has posted a new song online for streaming titled "Through Hatred and Devotion," which can be heard in the SoundCloud player below. "Through Hatred and Devotion" is taken from the band's upcoming "Wrath of God" EP, to be released in digital format later this month. A teaser trailer for the EP is also available at this location.
Firewind posted an EPK promo video for the band's forthcoming new release "Few Against Many," the band's seventh full length studio release. The album is set for release via Century Media on May 21, 2012 (Europe), May 22, 2012 (N. America), and May 23, 2012 (Japan).
The band recently released a new music video for the first single "Wall of Sound," which can be seen at this location.
Check out the promo video here:
It's a strong misconception that musicians in the limelight are financially stable, and have more money than they know what to do with. Granted this may be true for your GaGa's and Green Day's of the world, but not with independent artists such as myself. Independent musicians actually strive to be successful financially, and use their talents to make a paycheck just like anyone else in the working world. There's only one problem, well actually several problems. I'm speaking of course about all the greedy selfish bums who pirate and steal music.
I used to be one of them, and I'm ashamed to admit it. I downloaded hordes of music in the past, and never thought twice about doing so. It wasn't until I began selling my own music when I realized what a shameful display of greed this epidemic has become.
When I started recording music under the name Autumns Eyes, I had no intentions of promoting or selling my creations. Several years passed by with only a small group of friends hearing what I'd recorded. It wasn't until a couple years ago that I got into promoting what I do in hopes of sharing it with the masses. More...
U.K. thrashers Evile announced a string of dates in the fall for the United Kingdom in support of the band's latest release "Five Serpent's Teeth," available now through Earache Records. The following dates are confirmed:
Oct 18 O2 ABC 2 - Glasgow
Oct 19 Academy 3 - Manchester
Oct 23 Academy 2 - Newcastle
Oct 24 Corporation - Sheffield
Oct 25 Academy 3 - Birmingham
Oct 26 Open - Norwich
Oct 27 O2 Academy 2 - Oxford
Oct 28 Garage - London
Nov 03 Picturedrome - Holmfirth More...
Finnish traditional metal band Battle Beast posted the first part of a tour blog video series showcasing the band's tour with Nightwish in support of the band's debut LP "Steel," which was re-issued through Nuclear Blast earlier this year. Episode 2 shows the trip from Brussels to Zurich, including backstage and on-stage video footage.
Check out the video here:
Norwegian born vocalist Jørn Lande posted a new music video for the song "Bring Heavy Rock to the Land." The song is the first single and title track for the Masterplan singer's forthcoming ninth solo album, which is due out June 1, 2012 (EU) and June 5, 2012 (North America) through Frontiers Records.
The track listing for "Bring Heavy Rock to the Land" is as follows:
1. My Road
2. Bring Heavy Rock to the Land
3. A Thousand Cuts
4. Ride Like the Wind
5. Chains Around You
6. The World I See
7. Time to Be King (Masterplan cover)
8. Ride to the Guns
9. Black Morning
10. I Came to Rock
11. Live and Let Fly
Check out the video for the title track here: More...
German thrash legend Kreator posted part two of a series of trailers for the band's forthcoming LP "Phantom Antichrist." The LP is scheduled for release on June 1, 2012 (EU) and June 5, 2012 (North America) through Nuclear Blast Records.
The track listing for "Phantom Antichrist" is as follows:
1. Mars Mantra
2. Phantom Antichrist (check out video at this location)
3. Death to the World
4. From Flood into Fire
5. Civilization Collapse
6. United in Hate
7. The Few, the Proud, the Broken
8. Your Heaven - My Hell
9. Victory Will Come
10. Until Our Paths Cross Again
Check out the second trailer here: More...
Battlelore bassist Timo Honkanen released a promo EP "Enter the Void" for his new project Dark Elite. The EP is available for free download at www.dark-elite.net. A stream of the EP can be heard below.
Dark Elite features:
T. Honkanen (Battlelore as bassist): Guitars
H. Hyytiäinen (a/k/a Witch King) (Avathar/Baranduin/Cataleptic/Sear): Bass
E. Keränen - Vocals
E.A - Drums
Check out the EP stream here:
Italy's Arthemis unveiled the artwork for the band's upcoming LP "We Fight," its seventh release and successor to 2010's "Heroes" release. The album is tentatively scheduled for a June 13, 2012 release through Hydrant Records (Japan). No European or North American release dates have been announced as of yet.
A trailer for the "We Fight" can be viewed at this location. Check out the artwork here: