Metal News for May 16, 2013
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33 news articles posted on this day.
Finnish melodic death metal superstars Children of Bodom are on the verge of releasing an eighth full-length album via Nuclear Blast. "Halo of Blood" is due out June 11th, and in anticipation of the release front man Alexi Laiho was recently in the U.S. to talk up the album and the band's pending appearance on the Rockstar Mayhem Festival.
"Halo of Blood" is being touted as a return to form, echoing the atmosphere of early albums such as "Follow the Reaper" and "Hatebreeder," which are widely regarded as some of the band's best material.
I got the chance to ask Alexi himself about how the album stacks up to previous releases and how the band will continue its infamous trend of covering non-metal tracks. See what he had to say in the interview below. More...
Lord Dying recently completed work on new album "Summon the Faithless," which is set for release July 9th via Relapse Records.
The album will be available in CD, LP and digital formats. The album is available for pre-order here, and a teaser trailer can be found at this location. The following press release was also issued about the band:
"Lord Dying comes from Portland, Oregon: a place over abundant with purveyors of the heavy riff. A region where the inhabitants are plagued with nerve and joint damage due to lack of sunlight. In a time where everyone is trying to out-sludge or out-doom each other Lord Dying gives something less than a fuck. They are a metal band with members of Black Elk , Portals, Le Force, and Damn Your Eyes, who in their short, one year's time as a band have shared the stage with Down, Unsane, Yob, Valient Thorr, Black Cobra and many others.
"After releasing a self-titled EP in 7" form, the dudes kicked it up a notch, heading out on national tours with Witch Mountain followed by a long trek with label-mates Red Fang and Black Tusk. Fast forward to 2013 and LORD DYING are poised to be the new heavyweight champions of metal. Smashing the riffs of High On Fire into the groove of Kylesa, Lord Dying have delivered one of the most impressive metal debuts in a long, long time. A young band that has matured well beyond their years into a fully developed titanic heavy metal machine, Lord Dying's new album is poised to be one of the best debuts of 2013. Look for a summer tour to be announced shortly." More...
Birmingham, U.K. black metal act Arrogant Destruktor has released a new three song demo, and now a track from the release is available for streaming. Check out "Gold Is The Flesh Of The Sun God" in the player below, or find more info on the band over at Facebook here.
New York's Optic has checked in with the following announcement about gearing up to release a new album:
"Optic's debut album set to be released this summer will be entitled 'Iris In.' Tune in to The Metal Massacre with Grizzly Adams for his last radio show at 10:15pm tonight at this location to hear the new track 'Withhold The Sun.' The 'Drown The Earth' EP will be played in full as well. We're likely not releasing this track for a few more months, so here is your chance to hear what we've been doing! Call Grizzly Adams at 716-878-5104 to voice your thoughts. We'll be listening! Thank you all for your time... We hope to hear from you tonight!" More...
Philadelphia's Tesik has released new album "Bitter Nature," which is available now via Bandcamp. You can also stream the full release below, and the track listing is as follows:
1. To Dust 04:26
2. Human Animal 03:09
3. Bitter Nature 05:31
4. State of Decay 05:08
5. Worthless Instinct 04:57
6. Surrounding Forest 04:16
7. Internal Furnace 04:26
8. Fowl Wind 03:33
9. Bodily Ruins 07:56
10. Define My Own Logic 07:29 More...
Italy’s Kolony Records has just added Oakland, California-based progressive doom metal sextet Secrets of the Sky to the label’s ever-expanding roster.
Three of the band’s six members each contributing with multiple instruments, Secrets of the Sky projects a unique brand of cinematic, cerebral, atmospheric metal with a heavy persuasion towards doom metal and even more blackened influences citing The Ocean, Opeth, Isis, Agalloch and others.
The debut album "To Sail Black Waters" was recorded over an eight month period with engineer/producer Juan Urteaga (Testament, Machine Head, Cattle Decapitation) at Trident Studios. The album caught the attention of Kolony Records, which is planning for an official worldwide CD and digital release late this Summer, the street date to be announced in the coming days. You can see the band live: More...
Libria has unleashed a lyric video for the song “Equilibrium,” taken from the band's debut album "Immortal Daughter Of Aesthetics" due out today via WormHoleDeath. Check out the lyric video below.
WormHoleDeath Records has checked in with the following announcement about inking a deal with Elegy of Madness:
"We are extremely honored to announce the signing from Italian symphonic metal band Elegy of Madness. Wormholedeath will release their album titled 'Brave Dreams' worldwide through Aural Music Group/Wormholedeath Japan. The album is being produced, recorded and mixed at Realsound Studio (Italy) right now with producer Wahoomi Corvi (Crysalys , The Way Of Purity). The release date will be announced soon both for Europe and Japan."
The band also states: "We are very happy to announce that Elegy of Madness signed a deal with WormHoleDeath, a label that works with passion and seriousness. They supported us in our work giving important advices and different point of views. We are very satisfied to say that our new full lenght ‘Brave Dreams’ will be soon out worldwide.”
WormHoleDeath's A&R “Worm” stated: “I have known Elegy Of Madness for being one of the most hard working bands in Italy, and when Wahoomi of Realsound introduced the guys to me I knew already that I was going to deal with such a professional band. With their debut full length album released with another company EOM have been recognised in Italy as one of the most promising Symphonic Metal bands in the country. I believe that with such great experience we already have with bands like Ravenscry, Crysalys, Azylya we are the right label for them! It’s time to make Elegy Of Madness an international act and get attention from other important countries. Support this band, they have brave dreams that we all should help to be turned into reality.”
Norway's Shining releases the new album "One One One" this coming June 4th in Europe (excluding Norway) and June 7th in Germany and Austria. The new black/jazz album can now be pre-ordered right here. “One One One” will be available as a digipack containing a 20 page booklet filled with lyrics and artwork designed by designer duo Trine+Kim (Enslaved, Solefald, Mayhem, Drakthrone).
Shining front man and saxophone superman, Jørgen Munkeby, comments on the process and thoughts behind the cover art:
"We wanted to continue the visual aesthetics we developed with Blackjazz and Live Blackjazz, but at the same time give it a fresh twist. It felt natural to continue our collaboration with Trine + Kim Design Studio, who helped develop the visual aesthetics for Blackjazz back in 2009.
"I've also been a long time fan of brave and uncompromising choices, both in music and in design, and felt that this time we would like to make a stripped down artwork that would also stand out from the rest. Blackjazz was black, Live Blackjazz was white, and we wanted to find another strong color to embody this new album. Seeing how the color red looked great screen, but didn't have the same punch and glow when printed on paper, we decided to base our new artwork on the super aggressive fluorescent Pantone color PMS 804. I chose this color because I felt it was the most aggressive and energetic color I could find. It also makes for a very strong contrast to the hard edges of our black logo and vector graphics. All in all I think the mix of our stripped down futuristic graphics and the PMS 804 color gives this release a contemporary vibe that echoes modern design and fashion. More...
Ukrainian black metal act Balfor previously announced a line up change that sees virtually the whole band departing, with only front man and guitarist Thorgeir remaining. Commenting on the reason for such a drastic change, Thorgeir said:
"We parted ways for a variety of reasons and we hadn't actually worked together for a very long time. This decision was not an easy one, but it was a necessary one that took into account the needs and interests of all the band members, and I would like to take this opportunity to thank the guys for all this time we worked together, it was a great experience! But sometimes a change is necessary if you want to move forward."
With work having begun on the sophomore full-length album, Balfor's new line up, which consists of Thorgeir on vocals and guitars, Warider on guitars and backing vocals, Athamas on bass and vocals and Khaoth on drums, marks a new stage in the band's development, one that Thorgeir is very positive about.
"We have been rehearsing together since the beginning of the year, and I am now very sure that the new line up works just as well, if not better, than the previous incarnation of Balfor, because new blood has brought a fresh perspective to the band's music and a lot of enthusiasm. Warider, the new guitarist, is quite young, but hugely promising, whilst Khaoth has honed his considerable drumming skills with Dark Metallers Khors. Athamas brings with him not only the experience he has gained with bands like Deferum Sacrum and Raventale, but he is also a great vocalist, which is able to give an additional perspective to the Balfor sound." More...
Botswana's Wrust has released second full-length album "Intellectual Metamorphosis," which is now available via Bandcamp and can be streamed below. The track listing is as follows:
1. Souls Of The Blackened 02:37
2. Brain Spasm 03:44
3. Destiny of Fate 04:09
4. Spiral of Torture 04:25
5. Hate'em All 03:03
6. God Of The Insane 03:11
7. The Day Of The Sacrifice 05:13
8. Poison 04:14
9. Kingdom Of Death 03:31
10. Gravedigger 05:30
11. Who Is To Blame 03:38
12. Ride The Blade 04:08
13. Caress The Soul 04:36 More...
Avant-garde black metal act The Iniquity Descent, featuring Finntroll vocalist Vreth (known in TID as his real name Mathias Lillmåns), posted a new music video for the track "The Human Apheresis." The song is the title track of the band's 2012 debut full length LP, which is available through Massacre Records. This is the second video for the release, the first of which - "Collector v. Protector" - can be seen over at this location.
Check out "The Human Apheresis" here:
Wilson has unveiled the album artwork and track listing for "Full Blast Fuckery," which can be found below. "Full Blast Fuckery" is due out July 9th, 2013. The band also premiered the first single "College Gangbang" recently, which can be heard right here.
Wilson will be hitting the road supporting Newsted this May, and will be taking part in this year's GWAR-B-Q on August 17th in Richmond, VA. Dates are available below. The track listing for "Full Blast Fuckery" is as follows:
1. My Life My Grave
2. Better Off (Strictly Doods)
3. Passing on the Left
4. College Gangbang
5. Snake Eyes
6. I Can Beat Your Dad
7. Viking Pussies Fuck Off
8. If You Ever Leave Me I Will Find You
9. Susan Jane
10. Live in Corpus Christi More...
Henk Vonk has been revealed as Revamp's new bass player. He replaces Jaap Melman who left the band before the recordings of the new upcoming album. The band comments:
"The decision was made in mutual understanding and we can still drink a glass of beer together. On the album plays Stream of Passion bassist Johan van Stratum, who filled in on short notice and did an amazing job to record and edit the bass parts.
"Henk Vonk will be joining us on stage from now on to seriously rock your asses! He's a great guy and an amazing bass player. Please welcome him warmly!"
Henk adds: "I'm stoked to have been asked to join the Revamp ranks. I've known Jord and Ruben for years and have played with other ReVampers before in other projects. This is a great honor and I look forward to see each and everyone of you on tour!" More...
The first whiff of "The Fleshland," the fourth LP from Tokyo-based grave robbers Coffins, is permeating the air today. Check out the lyric video for "The Vacant Pale Vessel" below.
Relapse will release "The Fleshland" via CD, download, and mammoth 2xLP on July 9th. A deluxe black and white artwork edition on 2xLP, cassette, and CD is available only via Relapse direct. The track listing is:
1. Here Comes Perdition
3. The Colossal Hole
4. No Saviour
5. The Vacant Pale Vessel
6. Rotten Disciples
8. The Unhallowed Tide
Coffins has also confirmed a massive string of live performances across Japan and much of Europe for the coming months including major festivals such as Brutal Assault, Party San Metal Open Air, Leperfest and more, with additional excursions being devised. Dates are available after the jump. More...
Pitchfork.com has premiered “Heathen Child” from Demon Lung’s forthcoming full-length debut. It’s the second song released from "The Hundredth Name," set for release via Candlelight Records on June 4th. Check out the track right here.
The conceptual album was produced by Billy Anderson (Neurosis, The Melvins, Sleep) and features artwork by English illustrator Tom Bates (Vision of Disorder, Amorphis). Discussing the song, drummer Jeremy Brenton reveals, “‘Heathen Child’ is the fifth track on the record and is definitely one of our favorites to play live. We got the gnarliest guitar tone at the end of that song. It’s the part of the story where our hero, the warlock, kills an unbaptized male child in order to make a flying potion from his fat. Don’t try this at home, especially without a sharp knife.”
The band's upcoming tour dates are:
5/23/13 Backstage Billards - Las Vegas, NV w/ Kylesa
5/30/13 Hemlock Tavern - San Francisco, CA w/ Castle
5/31/13 Whiskey Dick’s - South Lake Tahoe, CA w/ Castle
6/01/13 Doom in June Fest @ Cheyenne Saloon - Las Vegas, NV
6/02/13 Pubrock – Scottsdale, AZ w/ Castle
6/21/13 Kim’s – Riverside, CA w/ Trapped Within Burning Machinery
10/19/13 Southwest Terror Fest – Tucson, AZ w/ Ancestors
Beyond All Recognition has released a video clip for "Martyrs," which can be found at NewNoiseMagazine.com or in the player below.
"Martyrs" is an exclusive non-album track, previously unreleased, recorded for a digital release. The release features 5 different versions of "Martyrs" and a remix of "True Story." The track listing is:
2. Martyrs - Instrumental
3. Martyrs - Bass play-along
4. Martyrs Drum play-along
5. Martyrs Guitar play -along
6. True Story - Bulldog Remix (Bonus Track) More...
Southern California's Impending Doom has entered The Machine Shop in Belleville, NJ this week to start working on a next LP with producer Will Putney. Bass player David Sittig weighs in on where the band stands in the process:
"The material is our best and heaviest work without a doubt. The chemistry between the five of us this time has been different and very unique. Our original guitarist Manny Contreras re-joined the band and we all could not be happier with what he has brought to the table. This is the Impending Doom album you have been waiting for!"
This currently untitled new effort will be the band's follow-up to "Baptized in Filth," released in 2012. You can also see the band performing live: More...
Denver thrashers Havok today announce their first headlining tour of North America. Dates are set to commence July 22nd and will see the band journey through the southern states, travelling up the eastern seaboard before making a debut performance at Montreal’s annual Heavy MTL festival on August 11th.
The tour will be in support of the band's forthcoming new album, "Unnatural Selection," set for release June 25th.
"Unnatural Selection," the band’s third full-length album for Candlelight Records, was produced by guitarist David Sanchez and mixed by Terry Date (Pantera, Overkill, Deftones). The album features original artwork from Polish illustrator Rafal Wechterowicz (Slayer, Mastodon) and was mastered by James Murphy (Aborted, World Under Blood, Abigail Williams). More...
British thrashers Evile will release new album, "Skull," on May 27th in Europe via Earache Records and on June 11th in the USA via Century Media/Earache Records. Check out the new track "Head of the Demon" below.
This follow-up to 2011's "Five Serpent's Teeth" was once again recorded with producer Russ Russell (Napalm Death, Dimmu Borgir) at Parlour Studios in Kettering, England. The artwork for the album was painted by artist Eliran Kantor.
The album's track listing is:
3. The Naked Sun
4. Head of the Demon
6. Words of the Dead
8. What You Become
9. New Truths Old Lies More...
German pioneers Atrocity posted a the first webisode in a series of videos on the recently released "Okkult" album (see review over at this location). The documentary series showcases the making of and meaning behind the trilogy series. "Okkult" is out now via Napalm Records.
Check out part one here:
Italian melodic metal act Avelion is streaming the new promo single "Falling Down." The song was recorded, mixed and mastered at Silver Music Studio by Luca "X-Coc" Cocconi (The Modern Age of Slavery/Amassado) and simone "Sygo" Sighinolfi (Hallucinator/Lowpitch).
The track features a special guest guitar solo from Labyrinth/Vision Divine mastermind Olaf Thorsen. Follow the band on Facebook and check out the single here:
Swedish power metal act Twins Crew have signed on with Italy's Scarlet Records for the release of the sophomore full length LP "The Northern Crusade." The band self-released the debut LP "Judgement Night" in June of 2011. Details on the new LP, including track list and release date, have not yet been revealed.
Twins Crew plays a classic blend of melodic Metal, in the vein of Helloween, Judas Priest, Stratovarius and Iron Maiden among others. The band has toured relentlessly in their native Sweden and in many other European countries, sharing the stage with international acts such as Loudness, Paul DiAnno and many others.
'The Northern Crusade' was produced by Nicko DiMarino (Steelwing, Malison Rogue) at Deep Blue studio and mastered by Mike Lind at Masterplant (Body Count, Dio, The Poodles). The album’s artwork (not officially released, but which can be viewed below) was designed by Carl-André Beckston at Beckston Media Arts (Edguy, House of Lords, TNT). More...
Irish melodic metal act Stormzone, featuring Ex-Sweet Savage vocalist John Harbinson and Fireland guitarist Steve Moore, announced that the band will issue its fourth LP "Three Kings" on July 22, 2013 via Metal Nation Ltd. The album was produced by Neal Kaye (Iron Maiden).
The track listing for "Three Kings" is:
1. The Pass Loning
2. Night Of The Storm
3. Stone Heart
4. Three Kings
7. Beware In Time
9. I Am The One
10. Never Trust
11. Out Of Eden
12. The Pain Inside
13. Spectre More...
The Jeff Hanneman Memorial Celebration will take place on Thursday, May 23rd at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles from 3:30 - 7:30PM. Hanneman passed away on May 2nd at the age of 49.
The Memorial Celebration will be free and open to the public on a first-come, first-in basis (subject to venue capacity). All ages are welcome, and paid parking will be available around the venue.
Jeff Hanneman helped shape Slayer's uncompromising thrash metal sound as well as an entire genre of music. His riffs of fury and punk-rock attitude were heard in the songs he wrote, including Slayer classics "Angel of Death," "Raining Blood," "South of Heaven" and "War Ensemble."
Hanneman co-founded Slayer with fellow-guitarist Kerry King, bassist Tom Araya and drummer Dave Lombardo in Huntington Park, CA in 1981. For more than 30 years, Hanneman was the band member who stayed out of the spotlight, rarely did interviews, amassed an impressive collection of World War II memorabilia, was with his wife Kathy for nearly three decades, shut off his phone and went incommunicado when he was home from tour, did not want to be on the road too late into any December as Christmas was his favorite holiday, and, from the time he was about 12 years old, woke up every single day with one thing on his mind: playing the guitar.
It was once suggested to Slayer that if the band would write "just one mainstream song that could get on the radio," the group would likely sell millions of records and change the commercial course of its career. Jeff was the first to draw a line of integrity in the sand, replying, "We're going to make a Slayer record. If you can get it on the radio, fine, if not, then fuck it."
Last year several members of Sabaton set out on their own to form a new band, with Rikard Sundén (guitars), Oskar Montelius (guitars), Daniel Mullback (drums), and Daniel Mÿhr (keyboards) joining vocalist Nils Patrik Johansson (Astral Doors) and bassist Stefan "Pizza" Eriksson (Volturyon) to create Civil War.
The band would go on to be nominated as one of the best newcomers of 2012 in our annual year-end awards. Now Civil War's debut full-length album is almost upon us, as "The Killer Angels" will drop on June 11th, 2013.
In anticipation of the release, Metalunderground.com is pleased to bring you an exclusive song premiere off the album. Experience the full throttle power metal glory of "First To Fight" in the player below. The band also comments on the track:
"First to Fight is about an elite force, that according to some, even surpasses the U.S. Navy Seals when it comes to the tough recruitment requirements. 'GROM,' - Grupa Reagowania Operacyjno-Manewrowego (Operational Maneuver Response Group), is a 350 man strong elite force that was formed on June 13th, 1990 to protect Polish citizens where the situation demands it across the globe."
The track listing for "The Killer Angels" is as follows:
1. King Of The Sun
2. First To Fight
3. Saint Patrick's Day
4. Rome Is Falling
5. Sons Of Avalon
6. I Will Rule The Universe
7. Lucifer's Court
8. Brother Judas
9. My Own Worst Enemy
11. March Across the Belts (Bonus Track)
Harasai has released a new music video for the song "Three Kings," taken from the new album "Psychotic Kingdom." The clip was directed and edited by Mirko Witzki and can be viewed below.
Ensiferum had previously been forced to cancel several shows due to Markus Toivonen's health issues preventing him from flying. He has now checked in with the following update about returning to the stage:
"I just want to give some update for all of our fans about my health issue. My right ear has been a bit better since last week. Last week, I had hearing tests again and I met with the ear doctor. My hearing is a bit better now and the middle ear is completely recovered.
"There is still something going on in my inner ear, but the doctor's opinion is that it should recover and I am able to fly again. So Ensiferum will be back on road this weekend, starting with the Rock Hard Festival (Gelsenkirchen, Germany). See you soon!"
Powerwolf has checked in with the following announcement about shooting a music video for a track off the band's upcoming album:
"The wolves have just spent some adventurous and thrilling days and nights shooting a videoclip to the song 'Amen & Attack' from the upcoming album 'Preachers of the Night.' Expect a blast of furious scenes with a lot of fire, a burning organ and a sinister screenplay."
The track listing for "Preachers of the Night" is:
1. Amen & Attack
2. Secrets Of The Sacristy
3. Coleus Sanctus
4. Sacred & Wild
6. Cardinal Sin
7. In The Name Of God (Deus Vult)
8. Nochnoi Dozor
9. Lust For Blood
10. Extatum Et Oratum
11. Last Of The Living Dead
Brazilian thrash act Woslom posted a new music video for the track "Evolustruction," the title track of the band's forthcoming sophomore LP, which is due out through the band on June 3, 2013 (see Facebook Page for info).
The track listing for the album is:
2. Haunted by the Past
3. Pray to Kill
4. River of Souls
5. No Last Chance
6. New Faith
7. Breathlless (Justice’s Fall)
8. Purgatory More...
Legendary Chicago metal band Trouble announced that the long awaited return album will be entitled "The Distortion Field." The album is scheduled for release on July 16th (North America) and July 26th (Europe) via FRW Records. The album marks the first new album from the band since the 2007 LP "Simple Mind Condition."
"The Distortion Field" will also make history for the band as they welcome new lead vocalist, Kyle Thomas of Exorder and Floodgate fame.
Commenting on new vocalist is founder and guitarist Rick Wartell: "Kyle is one of the most impressive singers I've ever heard, and by far the most extraordinary singer I've ever had the pleasure of working with. He's got incredible range, incredible power, and an incredible knowledge of Trouble, as he's been a fan for 20-something years. We've known him forever, and he innately understands what Trouble is about. He's like the perfect guy to come in and do this job. It's awesome."
Veteran music Producer Bill Metoyer is once again lending his expertise, having previously worked with the band on "The Skull" and 'Trouble," both Metal Blade releases. More...
Brazilian traditional metal act Hellish War unveiled the cover artwork for the band's upcoming third LP "Keep It Hellish." The album marks the band's first for new label Pure Steel Records as well as new vocalist Bil Martins (DarkWitch/Ex-Heavenly Kingdom), who replaced Roger Hammer last year. The album drops June 10th in Brazil and June 28th in Europe.
"Keep It Hellish" was produced by Ricardo Piccoli at PiccoliStudio in Biella, Italy and will contain the tracks "Keep It Hellish", "The Challenge", "Reflects On The Blade", "Fire And Killing", "Scars (Underneath Your Skin)", "Masters Of Wreckage", "Phanton Ship", "The Quest", "Darkness Ride" and "Battle At Sea".
The artwork (shown below) was once again painted by Eduardo Burato, who created the band's previous two studio albums, "Defender Of Metal" (2001) and "Heroes Of Tomorrow" (2008).
Drummer Daniel Person commented on the album and the cover: "'Keep It Hellish' is Hellish War's most heavy, fast and best finished album. The band's identity is intact and this is a heavy metal album from the begining to the end, full of strong choruses - something I really miss on the brazilian heavy metal nowadays - and, of course, this is the premier of Bill Martins which is, in my opinion, one of the five best metal vocalists from Brazil. The cool thing about the album cover is that it represents all these elements when connecting to the band's history - we have the return of Guillis, the same warrior that appears on the cover of our first album, that was also painted by Eduardo Burato." More...
German hard rock act Fair Warning is streaming the new track "Hit and Run," ahead of the release of its new LP "Sundancer," the first studio album from the band in four years. The album is scheduled for release on May 24, 2013 (Germany), May 27, 2013 (Europe) and May 28, 2013 (USA) via SPV/Steamhammer Records.
Check out "Hit and Run" here: