Metal News for May 18, 2011
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Five years since a last studio album, Sweden's The Quill is back with "Full Circle," which is to be released on July 26th, 2011 via via Metalville Records.
The Swedish four-piece has been around since the nineties and went on to release three acclaimed albums on SPV: "Voodoo Caravan" (2001), "Hooray! It's a Deathtrip" (2003) and "In Triumph" (2006).
With the touring cycle for the latter record completed, the band and singer Magnus Ekwall parted ways and The Quill was put on the backburner. Drummer Jolle Atlagic joined Finnish glam act Hanoi Rocks - touring Europe and Japan in the process - and also did a stint in The Real McCoy band alongside Foo Fighters guitarist Chris Shiflett. Christian Carlsson (guitar) and Robert Triches (bass) also kept busy with other projects. In 2010, it was time for The Quill again. Songs were written and Magnus Arnar (X-Ground Mower and Soul 78) filled the vacant vocalist spot.
French act Anthropia has issued the following announcement about working on a new album with themes inspired by H.P. Lovecraft:
"The band is working right now on the next studio album. The concept revolves round a story inspired by the H.P. Lovecraft worlds.
"We are big fans of his universe and work hard to transpose the best we can the atmospheres and themes dear to this author, so that tentacles fans cannot be disappointed :) More news very soon... Fhtagn."
Heathen is one of the original thrash bands. Beginning in the early 80s, the band carved a name for itself through the years. After taking a hiatus, Heathen is back and bigger than ever. Albums later and often touring, Heathen is currently supporting Destruction on a trek through the states. I got a chance to talk to guitarist Kragen Lum while he was riding the tour bus. More...
Swedish female fronted death/doom act Skeletal Spectre is currently streaming a new song online from the band's upcoming second full-length album and follow-up to "Tomb Coven."
You can check out the new track "Occult Spawned Premonitions" by heading over to the official Skeletal Spectre Facebook page at this location.
Additional details on the upcoming second Skeletal Spectre album will be announced as they are made available. The band has also previously posted another new song online titled "Sehkmet Prowls The Azure Night," which is available at the band's MySpace music profile here.
Flemish death/black entity Ascend-ency has just inked a deal with Shiver Records for the release of the band's debut album "Regression." Ascend-ency is a two-man project from the Concrete Wastelands of Flanders, Belgium and the band lineup is as follows:
YvS - music, all guitars, keys (ex Impedigon, ex Chalice, ex Iconoclasm)
SvN - all vocals, programming, mixing. (Fleshmould, ex Anesthesy, ex Impedigon)
The concept of the band and all lyrics deal with the decay and fall of the human species and urban decay. The "Regression" track list is as follows:
1. Cold Demons To Translucent Legions
2. Pray You Fools! Pray!
3. Flamethrower Salvation
6. Of Kings And Cowards
7. Parasites In The Garden Of Human Delight
Iwrestledabearonce has announced a change in musical direction. The group’s foray into black metal is exemplified by their newly designed logo and band photo, which can be viewed below.
“We were sick of getting lumped in with ‘scene’ and ‘whatever-core’ bands, so we decided to embrace our roots and just go straight black metal on the new album,” says guitarist Steven Bradley. “I'd say 90% of the new record is straight-up black metal, so we had to change our image to match...Because of course that's just as important, if not more so, than the music.”
The first song from Iwrestledabearonce’s forthcoming Century Media Records CD will premiere at www.MetalSucks.net on Thursday, May 19. This will mark the band’s first release since 2010’s "It’s All Happening" three disc deluxe reissue CD.
Athens, Georgia based act Rat Babies has announced a May/June tour that will take the band into new territory reaching as far north as Chicago IL, Lansing MI and Youngstown OH, while also hitting familiar areas like IN, VA, NC, SC, and GA where fan have come to know what to expect. Later this year the band will once again hit the road for another tour which is being scheduled for a three month run in Aug-Oct covering the southeast USA while touring with the vaudevillian sideshow troupe called "Mr Blank's Carnivale of Black Hearts."
The band's currently announced dates are as follows:
May 24 - Macon, GA @ Golden Bough Bookstore
May 25 - Greenville, SC @ The Radio Room
May 26 - Chattanooga, TN @ JJ's Bohemia
May 27 - Somerset, KY @ Ferguson Park
May 28 - Indianapolis, IN @ The Vollrath
May 30 - Chicago, IL @ Memories Bar
June 1 - Lansing, MI @ Mac's Bar
June 2 - Cleveland, OH @ Now That's Class
June 3 - Youngstown, OH @ 456 Colonial
June 4 - Leesburg, VA @ Balls Bluff Tavern
June 5 - Alexandria, VA @ The AMMA House
June 6 - Fairfax, VA @ Fairfax Firehouse #3
June 8 - Chapel Hill, NC @ The Nightlight
June 10 - Wilmington, NC @ The Juggling Gypsy
June 11 - Augusta, GA @ Sky City
American power metal warriors Phraoah have confirmed the forthcoming release of a new EP this Summer, set to be released on June 7th via Cruz Del Sur. Entitled "Ten Years," the upcoming release contains two unreleased songs from the "Be Gone" recording sessions, two tracks previously released only as a bonus 7', and two covers; New Model Army's "White Light" and Slayer's "Tormentor."
In addition to the release of the EP in June, Pharoah is also currently immersed in the recording process of a fourth full-length album, set for release later this year. More details on the pending album will be released in the coming week
The track listing and cover artwork can be viewed below.
1. Ten Years
2. When We Fly
3. White Light
4. Reflection and the Inevitable Future
5. Nothing I Can Say
The Black Dahlia Murder is set to release the new album "Ritual" on June 21st, 2011 through Metal Blade Records. After previously posting the new song "Moonlight Equilibrium" online, the band has now debuted another new track from the album. Head over to Lambgoat's website here to listen to the new track "Conspiring With The Damned."
The "Ritual" track listing is as follows:
1. A Shrine To Madness
2. Moonlight Equilibrium
3. On Stirring Seas Of Salted Blood
4. Conspiring With The Damned
5. The Window
6. Carbonized In Cruciform
7. Den Of The Picquerist
8. Malenchanments Of The Necrosphere
9. The Grave Robber’s Work
10. The Raven
11. Great Burning Nullifier
12. Blood In The Ink
Constipation has issued the following update about the release of "Constipation Day," the band's new album:
"Norwegian grindcore band Constipation celebrates Norway's Constitution Day on the 17th of May by releasing their first album Constipation Day. 19 tracks of furious grindcore blitz by in minutes.
"They also release their first EP, the first in a series of more experimental releases to break the flow between their grindcore albums. The first one, The Piece Of Cod Which Passeth All Understanding, is a sombre acoustic number.
"And to not be outdone by themselves, they also release their second album at the same time. Entitled Hold It In, it is another set of 19 grindcore anthems in the same vein as the first album."
You can listen to all three releases for free by heading over to the Constipation Bandcamp page at this location.
Finnish metallers Amorphis will be releasing the new album "The Beginning Of Times" on May 27th, 2011, with a trailer for the album available here. The band has now announced upcoming tour dates for the Winter of 2011/2012 that will see the band hit 20 European countries. The currently announced dates for November, December, and January are as follows:
01.11. Rock Cafe, Tallinn (ET)
02.11. Melna Piektdiena, Riga (LV)
03.11. Reactor , Minsk (BY)
04.11. Mulen Ruzas, Vilnius (LT)
05.11. Progresja, Warsaw (PL)
06.11. Kwadrat, Cracow (PL)
08.11. Oldies Pub, Sibiu (RO)
09.11. Silver Church Club, Bucharest (RO)
10.11. The 4th kilometer, Sofia (BG)
11.11. Romeo Juliet, Istanbul (TR)
12.11. Block 33, Thessaloniki (GR)
13.11. Gagarin 205, Athens (GR)
15.11. New Age, Treviso (IT)
16.11. Alcatraz, Milan (IT)
17.11. Ninkasi Kao, Lyon (FR)
18.11. Bikini, Barcelona (ES)
19.11. Sala Heineken, Madrid (ES)
20.11. Club Hard, Porto (PT)
22.11. Incrível Almadense, Lisbon (PT)
23.11. Sala Capitol, Santiago de Compostela (ES)
24.11. Rock Star Live, Barakaldo (ES)
25.11. Le Phare, Toulouse (FR)
26.11. Divan du Monde, Paris (FR)
27.11. O2 Academy Islington, London (GB) More...
Drummer Asmodeus of Greek black metal act Naer Mataron has checked in with the following update from the recording studio:
"Studio report part 2: drums recording and hell unleashing! At least the most working days ever, these last 2 days were really hard but in the same time interesting and funny. New studio with new people (great people) involved into that make me happy!
"First day was fuckin' awesome, until now I've never worked in this way but I'm sure this will be another great point on my curriculum as drummer and man! Indra and Kaiadas always stayed closet to me to give me good suggestions and moral support during the recordings and leading me to reach the point that we're looking for: the massacre!
"I'm really sure that with this new album we'll blast the end of mankind, drums sound like a merciless panzer riding the hills, this album I'm sure wiull be an absolute masterpiece of brutality! Stay tuned for more info."
Rockford, IL based Red Cord Records has announced the signing of South Carolina’s Christian melodic death metal act Your Chance To Die. The label commented on the band:
"Playing together since 2007, this female fronted band has created a sound blending death metal with hauntingly beautiful melodies to develop music that is truly unique. YCTD has a great live show that employs passion and a brutal sound that will leave you breathless and begging for more.
"In 2009 YCTD self-released, their first full-length album and since that time has been working with renowned producer Jamie King (Through the Eyes of the Dead, The Human Abstract, Between the Buried and Me) on their second full-length album Suscitatio Somnus. Suscitatio Somnus will be unleashed on August 16, 2011."
You can also watch the music video for "Annuit Coeptis" in the clip below.
San Jose based industrial/electronic metal act Klank has posted a promo video online for the band's upcoming album "Urban Warfare," which features a clip of the new song "Bigger Man." You can check out the video clip below. "Urban Warfare" is set for release later this summer.
Houston heavy metal act Helstar is set to blaze a trail east next month on the six-date Summer Of Hate U.S. tour, the newest rash of ongoing performances in support of the band's seventh studio full-length, "Glory Of Chaos."
The currently announced dates for the "Summer of Hate" U.S. tour are as follows:
6/17/2011 The Rail Club - Fort Worth, TX w/ Solitude Aeturnus, Era De Guerra
6/18/2011 Dirty Dog Bar - Austin, TX w/ Ignitor, Dead Earth Politics, Headcrusher
6/22/2011 Manhattan Room - Philadelphia, PA w/ Wastelander, Season of Mourning, Midian, Machine Dog
6/23/2011 Sonar - Baltimore, MD
6/24/2011 Saint Vitus Bar - Brooklyn, NY
6/25/2011 The Blue Room - Secaucus, NJ w/ Armor Column, Bröhammer
"Perplexed in Chaos," the new video from Chicago metallers Dark Specturm, has been posted online and can be viewed below. The video was filmed in April and directed by Mike Doucet. Dark Specturm bassist Thatcher Markham also commented on the clip:
"Making the video was a grueling, 13 hour ordeal that left all of us exhausted, but the time couldn't have gone towards a better cause. Mike did a great job shooting and putting the video together, it has completely and totally exceeded any expectations we had when we started.
"The concept of the video is a man believing himself to be the antichrist having visions of two demonic beings breaking him out of an insane asylum. The little girls are actually our lead guitarist's twin daughters and were perfect for that dark, creepy feel and as a nod towards The Shining. Thanks for checking this out, we hope you enjoy it."
The "Perplexed in Chaos" video comes off Dark Spectrum's new album "Whisper" and was recorded at Apothica Studios. Joe Tiberi of Mechina once again handled production and recording duties, as well as the mixing and mastering.
French act 8Control has posted a music video online for the song "Our Time," which is off the "Being Here Doesn't Mean You Belong" album. You can check out the clip below, or find additional details on the band at the official 8Control Facebook page.
After running a semi-succesful sex-for-votes campaign, GWAR is getting ready to devastate Europe this summer. Your mutant overlords are bringing the "Bloody Tour of Horror" overseas with numerous festival dates including appearances at Sweden Rock, The Download Festival (UK), Copenhell (Denmark), Sonisphere (Switzerland), and Graspop Metal Meeting (Belgium).
In addition to these festival appearances, GWAR will be embarking on a headlining tour across Europe, including two very special co-headlining shows with Clutch. Foul mouthed lead throat thing Oderus Urungus commented on the upcoming European carnage:
"GWAR is happy to return to the land of endless cheese, Black Death, and World War. The bohabs of Europe are amongst the most loyal of our fans, and they are also fat. We will also be bringing along some guest stars very near and dear to the people of Europe--to kick the shit out of!"
6/9 - Solvesborg, SWE @ Sweden Rock Festival
6/12 - England, UK @ Download Festival
6/13 - Glasgow, UK @ O2 ABC Glasgow w/ CLUTCH
6/14 - Cardiff, Wales @ Millenium Music Hall w/ CLUTCH
6/16 - Hengelo, NL @ Metropool
6/17 - Leubeck, GER @ Triesband
6/18 - Copenhagen, DEN @ Copenhell
6/19 - Berlin, GER @ SO 36
6/21 - Koln, GER @ Essigfabrik
6/22 - Essen, GER @ Zeche
6/23 - Munchen, GER @ Backstage Werk
6/24 - Basel, SWI @ Sonisphere
6/25 - Osnabrueck, GER @ Ballroom Osnabrueck
6/26 - Dessel, BEL @ Graspop Metal Meeting
Returning after last year’s suffocating debut album "Ritual Ascension Beyond Flesh," Encoffination is about to strike back with a new opus to death titled "O’ Hell, Shine In Thy Whited Sepulchres." The album will include up to ten new songs of abysmal, funeral-bound death metal, recorded in Cooper, Texas, and Atlanta, Georgia between January and May 2011.
Guitarist/vocalist Ghoat (Father Befouled, Vomitchapel) says of the new album : “Expect pure darkness. Take everything we have done before and turn it up. More death, more gloom, more decay. Guitars will crush, vocals will possess, and the atmosphere of Encoffination will strangle you. We are adding more texture in the riffs, more things to take you by the throat and steal your breath.”
A press release from the band also stated, "Based on Ghoat’s own experiences of working in the funeral industry, O’ Hell, Shine In Thy Whited Sepulchres will be a concept… not in the linear sense, but abstract; from the death of the human form to the sacrifice of flesh into the Earth. The album will be released via Poland’s Selfmadegod Records later this Summer. More info and an official release date will be announced in the coming weeks."
After recently announcing the "Out of the Dark" tour with Van Canto and Amberian Dawn, Tristania has now also issued the following announcement about adding on a show in Mexico City:
"Tristania will return to Mexico City and Circo Volador to headline a show that also include The Agonist from Canada, and fellow Norwegians in Keep of Kalessin and Blood Red Throne on June 4th 2011.
"We have been crossing our fingers for something like this to happen, as we're playing «in the neighbourhood» the day before. The band has some of our best memories ever fraom Mexico City, and needless to say – we're absolutely delighted to return to Circo Volador. Tristania will play the day before on the Wild Metal Fest in Cancun." More...
Sorrows Path has issued the following announcement about performing an upcoming show with reunited Greek act Fragile Vastness:
"The great comeback of progsters Fragile Vastness! The band that was voted the best Greek band from the readers of Greek Metal Hammer magazine in 2005 will perform live on Friday, June 3 at Kyttaro club (Hpeirou 48 & Acharnon, Athens).
"The doomsters Sorrows Path, after releasing their successful new album 'The Rough Path of Nihilism' by German Rock it up and the promising metallers Thelemite, will be their proud guests. Only 8 euros entrance!"
Sweden's Death Maze, which recently recruited new bassist Sofie Palsson, has checked in with the following brief update about streaming songs online from the band's new EP:
"EP release in a minute! The Death Maze Ep will start it's release at 00.00, every other minute a new song will appear on your myspace from there on, the EP is 9 songs long!"
Australian act The Crevices Below has revealed that the band's debut album "Below the Crevices" is set to drop on May 23rd, 2011 through Swedish label Nordvis. The album's track listing is as follows:
1. Below The Crevices
2. The Tombs of Subterranea
3. A Grand Cavernous Awakening
4. Whispers Of Sorrow
5. Trapped In Suicidal Depths
6. Carrying The Cries of The Lost
Stockholm death metallers Malfeitor have checked in with the following update about releasing a split album with Birch Mountain:
"Malfeitor is now signed to Hellthrasher Productions for a split CD together with the related project Birch Mountain!
"The CD will contain Malfeitor's four tracks that was digitally released on the demo 'To hell, farewell' (2011) and four tracks from Birch Mountain's, also digitally released, full length album 'Silence is complete' from 2010. Malfeitor is currently recording new stuff to be released on their full length CD 'Dum morior orior' in early 2012."
You can also check out the teaser trailer for Malfeitor's "To Hell, Farewell" at this location.
Corey Athos of Flesh Consumed has issued the following statement about the band's upcoming album and current lineup:
"I was put here in King City to write the heaviest album on earth. There is nothing in this town but me, some recording equipment, a guitar, a pen, and a bar in which I am banned for life. The new album will be FC's 3rd full length album and will be released on Unique Leader Records.
"With 'Ecliptic Dimensions Of Suffering,' I was in a very good mood, which in turn I tended to write more of the fast, technical songs. The lyrics were influenced by HP Lovecraft, Clive Barker, Poe, and Ray Bradbury. They were stories conjured up in my mind to take the reader on a journey. After that musical and lyrical approach had been executed, I felt that I had to do something different with FC.
"When Flesh Consumed was started, our goal was to write heavy, grooving songs with great structures. I am going back to those roots with the new album. The lyrics are real, which is an avenue I had not taken in lyrics; only in poetry have I talked about my thoughts and surroundings. When I was younger, there were a few albums which spoke to me and helped me get through rough times. Now it's my turn to give that back. I want to be able to have the fans relate to these lyrics. They are extremely fucked up and express the darkest realms of my psyche.
"More importantly than the lyrics is the music. It will be grooving and heavier than a motherfucker. This will be the soundtrack to the Apocalypse, Armageddon incarnated through sour notes and tones. In order to do that, I need the right people. Here are some of the new additions to Flesh Consumed. I will announce the rest of the band at a later time. More...
Blackened metallers Byfrost have debuted two tracks from their second full-length album "Of Death." The two tracks "Of Death" and "Buried Alive" can be heard on the band's MySpace page at this location.
The 8 track album, which is due for release on AFM Records in June in both CD and LP formats, was recorded at the Conclave & Earshot Studios in the band's home town of Bergen, Norway, and was produced by Enslaved's Herbrand Larsen together with Byfrost, and co-produced by Enslaved guitarist Ice Dale. Mastering was carried out by Knut Fug Prytz at the Magica Mastering Studio. Artwork for the album, which can be viewed after the jump, was once again in the hands of Christian Sloan Hall, known for his work with bands like Dimmu Borgir and Slayer.
The track listing for "Of Death" is as follows:
1. May the Dead Rise
2. Eye for an Eye
3. Buried Alive
4. Of Death
5. Full Force Rage
6. Shadow of Fear
8. All Gods are Gone More...
After posting new songs online from the band's upcoming album "Sex, Whiskey & Southern Blood," J.D. Overdrive has now issued the following update about a record release show:
"Howdy! We're extremely pleased to invite you all to the official release party for our debut album 'Sex, Whiskey & Southern Blood,' which will take place in Kultowa in Katowice on June 10th.
"We'll be playing most of the stuff from the album and we'll have two great bands as guest performers – Death Denied and Downsideup! You'll also have a chance to buy our albums on the show, that and the mega-ultra-kick-ass-hipster t-shirts with our band's logo (huh!). This time it's serious – you gotta be there!"
The "Sex Whiskey & Southern Blood" track listing is as follows:
1. A Taste Of The South…
3. Boot Hill
4. Truth Teller
5. No Man’s Land
6. The Art Of Demolition
7. Stoned To Death
8. Guilt And Redemption
9. Purple Haze
11. Into The Same River
Swedish act Within Y has issued the following update about the band's upcoming new album:
"Just wanted to give you a quick update about our upcoming album. A short while ago we received the final master from Jacob Hansen, and it sounds KILLER! Now we are waiting in eager anticipation for Gustavo Sazes to send us the final artwork!
"It's like Christmas, only not as Christian..."
You can also check out Within Y's music by heading over to the band's MySpace profile at this location.
Sweden's Infuneral has issued the following update about the release of the band's new album:
"The new Infuneral album 'Torn From The Abyss' will be released as an LP through a licensing deal on Inside The Grave Records in September.
"The album was released by Blackcrowned Records in January on regular jewel case CD & as a special limited edition of 200 in DVD cases including a sticker and a card.
"More news on LP to come..."
You can also check out Infuneral's music by heading over to the band's official MySpace music profile.
Swedish black metal act Rev 16:8 has posted a track-by-track break down of the band's latest album "Ashlands." You can check out the commentary from the band about each song below.
1. Agenda [Music: Nefastus, Lyrics: Talon]
Background: 'Agenda' was the second finished track for the album and was conceived by Nefastus in Creeper Sounds in early 2010. The initial thoughts regarding the song was to make it a fast, straight forward piece of Black Metal. Initially when the guitars and the drums were presented the vocal arrangements were an easy fit thanks to the open style of the material. After several listens the lyrics were written, and along with final edits it didn't take long to consider the track finalized.
Lyrics: Life is seen as the disease it is, where the physical and the abstract are the very same and just as meaningless, also time is introduced. Time is the narrator and serves as a reminder and to the reader a vanitas in written format.
2. Ashlands [Music: Nefastus, Lyrics: Talon]
Background: The making of the title track was an extensive process and a tough one to finish. For a long time 'Ashlands' consisted solely of two guitar riffs. When the song eventually started to unfold all the rest of the bits fell into place quickly. The material stretches a bit between styles and it shows in the end result. The balk of the lyrics were already written before the actual song was composed. The breaks and the twists the end material took made for a smooth and a more interesting implementation of vocal arrangements.
Lyrics: The title track is about the journey through emancipation and the liberation from the physical. It's a journey through inner conclusions to outer interpretations to the celebration of life's beautiful insignificance.More...
On June 21st, Rock Tapes/IDS/Fontana Distribution are releasing Slayer's 2002 Hultsfred Festival appearance in Sweden on DVD. Titled "Dead Skin Mask," the track listing is as follows:
Stain Of Mind
God Send Death
Seasins In The Abyss
South Of Heaven
Angel Of Death
Swedish extreme metal outfit Amon Amarth has announced that the band will be returning to North America this August, where the group will once again be performing "Evening with Amon Amarth" shows. A message from the band reads as follows:
"Yes, it is true! We are coming back to tour North America. The spring tour turned out to be so successful, and we had such a great time playing the double sets each night, that we decided to bring 'An Evening With Amon Amarth' to the rest of the continent, including Canada! We will perform the new album in its entirety, and after that we’re doing a revised second set with all the classics as well as some wild-cards."
The tour dates are as follows: More...
Canadian heavy metal heroes Anvil has announced that they will be performing a handful of shows in the United States in July, in support of their latest studio album, "Juggernaut Of Justice" which was released through The End Records on May 10th.
The tour dates are as follows:
July 26 - Chicago, IL - Reggies Rock Club
July 27 - Cleveland, OH - Grog Shop
July 29 - West Chester, PA - The Note
July 30 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
July 31 - Boston, MA - Middle East Club
The sound of Across Tundras has hints of metal, psychedelic, folk, country, and blues; pretty much any style of music you can imagine. All of these clashing musical genres somehow make sweet music, and the band harnesses this power to craft earthly, raw albums that lean far away from any kind of linearity.
Their latest album, “Sage,” continues this direction with better production and a stronger chemistry between vocalist/guitarist Tanner Olson, bassist Matt Shively, and drummer Dan Catron. I was scheduled to have a chat with Olson, but got a pleasant surprise when Shively joined in the conversation to offer his perspective on “Sage.” The interview jumps between the two musicians, as they discuss a wide variety of topics regarding the band’s love of demoing material and the importance of the record on a personal level. More...
Juggling two touring bands is no easy feat, making Sven de Caluwé stand as one of the hardest working men in metal, comparable to Mike Patton in his prime. After recently establishing System Divide in addition to Aborted, Sven has been living a live of constant touring and recording for the past two years.
Sven goes on the record exclusively with Metal Underground to discuss the new Aborted album, the reception to System Divide and the struggles of juggling two bands at once. More...