Metal News for May 18, 2012
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36 news articles posted on this day.
Spanish act Omission has posted more in-studio footage online from the band's time working on the new album "Pioneers of the Storm." Check out the clip below. You can also watch Omission's previously posted video clip for "We Are The Dead" at this location.
Saxon has issued the following announcement about adding on two more festival appearances in the coming months:
"We are happy to announce two more festivals for the upcoming summer! On Saturday 30th June we are rocking Bucharest on the Tuborg Green Fest!
"Further we are also rocking Lokeren in Belgium on the Lokerse Feesten! We hope to see you there and we are looking forward to rock the halls next week with Judas Priest."
Saxon is also currently in the process of writing for an upcoming full-length album.
Spanish metal act Dantalion has issued the following announcement about releasing a new album:
"Dantalion announces the forthcoming release of their fourth full length album! After several months of hard work, Dantalion has finally finished the preparations for their new album which will be entitled 'Return to Deep Lethargy.'
"Dealing with death, humanity's decadence, angst, sorrow, emptiness... this new opus contains 6 new tracks in 45 minutes of atmospheric and melancholic black metal. From an initial release of 1500 copies, the first 500 will come in a limited special edition with Katatonia's classic 'Murder' as bonus track. 'Return to Deep Lethargy' was again recorded in B2V Studios with Brais Barreiro and, this time, mastered by Sverker Widgren in Sweden's Necromorbus Studios.
"The new album will be soon released by the Swedish label Unexploded Records, known for their previous works with acts such as Blodsrit, Gravdal, Krohm, Bergraven, Pagan Rites... You can watch a promo video with footage taken during the recording sessions of 'Return to Deep Lethargy' visiting Dantalion's youtube channel." More...
Ontario five piece metal act Reasons Lost has posted a new video clip online for the song "The War Within," which can be viewed in the player below. To find more info on Reasons Lost, head over to the band's Facebook profile here.
Reasons Lost is:
Drew Carriere - Vocals
Kris Cariere - Guitar
Jason Pavao - Guitar
Moose Knuckle - Bass
Gerry Pannunzio - Drums
Tamriel has released a new Skyrim themed EP titled "Blood and Ebony," which is available for streaming and free download. You can listen to or download the tracks through Bandcamp or in the player below. The track listing is as follows:
1. Skewered by Arrows, Pinned to Oak
2. Dragons Over Dawnstar
3. The Eyes of the Falmer
4. Built by Dwemer
5. Slain by the Skilled Hand of Lydia
6. Khajiit Corpses Strewn in Snow More...
After streaming the band's previous EP "Last Run Through the Ruins" online, Burn Everything has now also released a new 7" titled "Hollow Victory."
The physical version can be ordered at this location, or you can stream the digital edition in the player available below. The track listing is as follows:
1. Hollow Victory
3. Maintain Radio Silence
4. Vengeance and the Night Sky More...
French band Inheyria has posted two new songs online from the new "Human Misconception" EP. Check out tracks "Something Wrong" and "Cerebral Collapse" in the YouTube clips available below, or find more info on Inheyria via the band's official Facebook profile.
Romanian act Diamonds Are Forever has released a new music video for the song "Face Me," which was for written and directed by Dorin Marcu and can be viewed below. You can also get the band's previously released "Whom Shall I Fear" EP via iTunes or find more details on the group at Facebook.
Architects recorded a series of tour diaries when they hit America, and part 3 has now been uploaded for your viewing pleasure. Check out the clip below.
Architects will be releasing the new album "Daybreaker" this coming May 28th, 2012 (EU) and June 5th, 2012 (North America). You can also watch the band's previously posted video for "Alpha Omega" at this location.
Canadian heavy metal trio Cauldron recently entered the studio to begin recording the band's third full-length album.
The follow-up to 2010's "Burning Fortune" is being recorded in Parkdale, Toronto, where the band is once again working with producer Jameson Elliott. The as-yet untitled new album is due to be released later this year on Earache Records.
Cauldron singer and bassist Jason Decay comments:
"We recently entered the studio to record our new album. Pretty much the same set up as last time with Jameson Elliott producing with us and recording close to home in Parkdale (Toronto) like we did on Burning Fortune. Chris (Rites) has been nailing the drums and I really think this is the best we've ever sounded in the studio so far. We feel very strongly about the new stuff and can't wait for people to hear it."
See a photo of the band rehearsing for the new album by clicking here. See Cauldron live:
Aug. 25 - Norwich, ON - Outback Campground
Avulsed has issued the following announcement about presenting the band's new drummer at the upcoming Hellfest 2012:
"After long consideration, Avulsed has finally decided to officially present new drummer Osckar Bravo at Hellfest, this being the best possible opportunity to show all our fans the capabilities of our new band mate.
"There was an initial chance that Riky (ex-drummer) would play at Hellfest in case that we didn't have a drummer ready for it, for which we're very grateful, but since the adaptation of Osckar has been nothing but excellent, the band feels ready to face the challenge of having his official debut at such big event.
"In the meantime, Avulsed has been confirmed to perform as headliners on the next edition of the Repulsion Fest. which will take place in Sevilla (Spain) on 29th of September along with bands like EXTIRPATING THE INFECTED, NO FATE, PURULENT NECROPSYS and DIGGING YOUR TOMB."
If you still haven't seen Osckar in action, you can still watch this video of his first practice with the band below. Further details on the upcoming Hellfest can also be found at this location. More...
Adrenaline Mob and Kill Devil Hill personified the song “Deep in the Heart of Texas” during their San Antonio performance. The stars were big and bright; the members comprising the night’s co-headlined acts are better known for playing with iconic artists such as Pantera, Down, Heaven And Hell, Dio, Disturbed, Avenged Sevenfold, Dream Theater, W.A.S.P, Pissing Razors and Symphony X.
This weekday show hosted by Backstage Live yielded a fraction of the ticket sales compared to the groups’ associated acts. Although both bands featured veterans in the field of heavy metal and progressive rock, they are both new artists. Kill Devil Hill doesn’t release its debut, self-titled CD until the 22nd of this month. New bands usually tour in support slots, but names such as Mike Portnoy, Rex Brown and Vinny Appice aren’t accustomed to that role. Those hip to the groups, mostly Dream Theater fans, expected a night of mind-blowing musicianship, which is what they got with a few added surprises. More...
Following a crushing West Coast tour in February, Pacific Northwestern death unit Theories is preparing to get back out on road next week on another brutal endeavor. Kicking off with a hometown show in Seattle next Saturday, Theories will run through the western half of the country for three weeks crushing audiences alongside many killer local and international acts along the way.
Stated Theories drummer Joe Axler (also of Samothrace, Book of Black Earth, etc.) on the forthcoming tour: "We're about to hit the road again, this time for a leg of the tour with our friends in Ghoul and Toxic Holocaust amongst other shows, and a showcase at Chaos in Tejas. This will be our third tour since we started this band about a year ago. We are very excited and feel privileged to be able to do this much touring on only a demo and our voracity to be on tour."
Following the tour, Theories will complete work on the band's newest studio effort which will be released later this year on a label to be determined. Axler adds: "After the completion of this tour we plan on staying put and finishing writing the full length we have been working on all year. After finding a home for Theories, we plan on releasing this grinder as soon as possible so we can get back to our devotion to the road!" More...
Reigning Queen of Metal, Doro Pesch, has checked-in from her work in the studio to issue the following update:
"The new album will be entitled Raise Your Fist and has been recorded and written in the U.S., Germany, and Scandinavia. Right now we're in the mixing stages and are close to finishing everything. Most important to me are the power hymns 'Raise Your Fist In The Air' and 'Victory,' which will also be available on the forthcoming EP! Both songs have been played live on our last tour and also made last year’s Wacken Open Air shake!
"Raise Your Fist In The Air will also be available in French… which is going to be very interesting. For the diehard fans of German songs like "Für Immer" ['Forever'], there are two songs in the same vein - sensitive and quite dark 'Human Rights' and the very emotional 'Engel' ['Angel']. There are also a lot of fast songs like 'Little Headbanger' and various fist-pumping ones featuring amazing guests like Gus G (OZZY OSBOURNE, FIREWIND) on 'Last Man Standing' which fans will for sure dig live.
"We also have a song that honors the late Ronnie James Dio called 'Hero' and another highlight named 'It Still Hurts' featuring MOTÖRHEAD’s Lemmy Kilmister. The cover artwork has once again been created by British artist Geoffrey Gillespie who is a close friend and companion since he made it into the Guinness Book of World Records for his Triumph And Agony cover as the biggest album cover in the world. Since then, he's done ten covers for us!"
"Raise Your Fist" will be released in North America this coming fall. So hold fans over until then, the upcoming "Raise Your Fist In The Air" EP will be released this summer. Doro also guested on a recent episode of VH1 Classic’s That Metal Show with Billy Duffy and Ian Astbury of The Cult. Watch the full episode at this location.
Battlecross is now wrapping up the Occupation Domination with Origin, Cattle Decapitation, Decrepit Birth, Rings of Saturn, and Aborted. The band has now posted a new video update from the road, which can be viewed below.
Battlecross is now preparing for the upcoming Trespass America Festival and Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival Cruise. Upcoming tour dates are as follows: More...
"Stones Grow Her Name" (reviewed here), the seventh studio album by Finnish melodic metallers Sonata Arctica, is now available for streaming in its entirety through May 21st. Check out the full album stream at this location.
The track listing is as follows:
1. Only The Broken Hearts (Make You Beautiful)
2. Shitload Of Money
3. Losing My Insanity
4. Somewhere Close To You
5. I Have A Right
6. Alone In Heaven
7. The Day
9. Don't Be Mean
10. Wildfire II: One With The Mountain
11. Wildfire III: Wildfire Town Population 0
Vitriol Records celebrates its third anniversary this summer and kicks off its fourth year with the release of Ghostlimb's "Confluence," hitting stores July 10. Ghostlimb features frontman Justin Smith, also founder of Vitriol Records and guitarist/vocalist of Graf Orlock.
Alternative Press has now posted an exclusive stream today of Ghostlimb's "Margins," a track off "Confluence." Check out the song here.
"Confluence" is Ghostlimb's fourth full-length album but the second in a trilogy-in-the-works which began with last year's "Infrastructure" (reviewed here). Twelve songs in all, "Confluence" features a cover of Hot Water Music's ode to the underground, "Southeast First." The track listing is as follows:
6. Bearing Witness
10. Infinite Locality
11. Southeast First
12. Conquerors of the Useless
"Confluence" was recorded, mixed and mastered by frequent Ghostlimb/Graf Orlock collaborator (and Comadre guitarist) Jack Shirley at Atomic Garden Studios in East Palo Alto, CA, in March 2012. The cover features the same die-cut "G" insignia seen on the first installment of the trilogy, "Infrastructure." Like much of the best Vitriol Records artwork, it was created by Adam Hunt. Pre-orders are available here.
Ireland's Three Hour Ceasefire will release the band's debut EP "Cry Havoc" through Belfast’s Savour Your Scene Records on CD and digital formats this coming June 2012 with physical distribution in the U.K. through Code7.
According to a press release, the EP "delivers six tracks of working class fury in a package distinguished by the artwork of Canadian illustrator Tristan Tolhurst and the audio mastering skills of Limerick-based veteran Richard Dowling, who has previously worked with Metal luminaries Napalm Death, Morbid Angel and Godflesh, among others."
Check out the artwork and the new track "Trial of Wounds" below. More...
Chicago upstarts Jar'd Loose have announced the release of their debut album, "Goes to Purgatory," due for July 10th on Cassette Deck Media. Check out an exclusive stream of Jar'd Loose's "Busted," a track off "Goes to Purgatory," posted today on Stereokiller. The following press release was also issued about the band:
"From a city of musical innovators, Jar'd Loose present the next chapter in their hometown's history of heaviness. Jar'd Loose's sound is all their own -- thoroughly rocking yet left-of-center, totally new yet aligned with the spirit of their musical ancestors, from The Jesus Lizard to Entombed.
"At the core is teeth-clenching momentum -- brutish, hellbound noise-rock driven by Pete and Eva Bialecki's chugging freight train riffs and Phil Hardman's bare bones beats, built for maximum headbanging. Leading the charge is frontman Eddie Gobbo with a voice like no other. Former frontman of The Muzzler, Gobbo holds court with a tormented, raspy punk snarl that's one of a kind -- unhinged and real, spitting lines like 'I'd give my right eye / The left one stays with me / I'll take the land of the blind / There I will become king.'
"Atop this foundation, the band takes startling left turns. Riffs transcend all expectations, making detours into unforeseen realms -- what starts as a fist-banging dirt rock anthem shape-shists into an ebullient refrain or a haunting death rock dirge. It's Jar'd Loose's ability to rock out hellishly then pull the listener into strange new dimensions that makes Goes to Purgatory one of the most exciting debuts to hit the streets this year.
"Goes to Purgatory was recorded and mixed by Pete Grossman (Weekend Nachos, Harm's Way) at Bricktop Recording in Chicago, and mastered by Carl Saff (Unsane, Red Fang) at Saff Mastering in Chicago." More...
Vampires Everywhere! has been preparing for the release of sophomore album, "Hellbound and Heartless," which will be available on June 19th via Hollywood Waste Records. In anticipation of the release, the band has revealed both the track listing and album artwork for "Hellbound and Heartless."
Co-produced by the band and Mike Sarkisyan and Tommy Decker of Grammy-nominated, alternative-metal act Spineshank this album showcases the darker side of Vampires Everywhere!
"Early on while recording this record I felt an amazing force behind it," says vocalist Michael Vampire. " 'Hellbound and Heartless' is a piece of me and a lyrical representation of who I am. I dedicate this record to our fans and everyone that believed in our vision. Get ready for the new name in horror rock n' roll... Vampires Everywhere!"
01. I: Hellbound
02. I Can't Breathe
03. Beauty Queen
04. Drug Of Choice
05. II: The Inferno
06. Star Of 666
07. Kiss Of Death
08. Rape Me (Nirvana cover)
10. III: The 7th Gate
11. Unholy Eyes
12. Social Suicide
13. IV: Born Individual
14. Anti Hate
15. Hell On Earth
16. Amanda's Song More...
Female-fronted symphonic folk metal act Cryptic Age has posted a new song online titled "Sounds of Infinity II: Eternity Beckons," which can be heard in the player below. The band also commented:
"Now for the moment you've all been waiting for! The album is mastered, and to celebrate we thought we'd release a single and let you all download it for free!"
Sweden's Puteraeon has released a new video clip for the song "Flesh Architect," which is the first official video from the band's new album "Cult Cthulhu." The "Flesh Architect" video is available below.
The "Cult Cthulhu" track listing is as follows:
1. The Great Epidemic of 1846
2. Children of Dagon
3. The Azathoth Cycle
5. Flesh Architect
6. In the Vault
8. Walking With Shadows
10. A Bolt From the Grave
MyChildren MyBride has uploaded a quick glimpse of the upcoming new music video "God Of Nothing," which can be viewed below. The Hot Topic video premiere of the clip will occur on Monday May 21st.
Footage has been posted online of Dark Fortress performing at Poppodium Romein in Leeuwarden (NL) on April 27th, 2012. The band also commented:
"Another clip of our latest tour, this time 'Cohorror' from the album Eidolon!' If you want the full live experience, make sure to join us at one of our upcoming festival shows listed below."
26.05. Wave Gotik Treffen (Kohlrabizirkus), Leipzig / Germany
11.08. Party San Open Air, Schlotheim / Germany
01.09. Atlanterhavsrock, Averøy / Norway
Rise To Remain is streaming a song online titled "Talking in Whispers," which is taken off the band's new album "City of Vultures," due out in North America June 5th through Century Media and already available in Europe.
Check out the song in the SoundCloud player below. You can also catch Rise to Remain live all summer on the Warped Tour.
The "City of Vultures" track listing is as follows: More...
Australia's Eyefear has revealed the cover artwork for the band's upcoming new album "The Inception of Darkness" and follow-up to "The Unseen." Check out the artwork below, or listen to Eyfear's music over at the band's MySpace page. Further details on the album will be announced as they are made available.
Black Sabbath has issued a short "no comment" regarding Bill Ward's latest update about not being part of the reunion shows:
We have decided not to make any detailed comment on Bill's latest statement. There are two sides to every story. We have been working hard at rehearsals making excellent progress after Tony's treatments and we have engaged a substitute drummer for the forthcoming shows. See you at Download.
But actions speak louder than words, and upon visiting the band's official web site, you can see carefully cropped and arranged vintage photos of just three members of the band - Tony, Ozzy, and Geezer; no Bill - on the site's background as well as the photo gallery. (thanks Brooklyn Vegan for pointing that out.)
Update: The removal of Ward from the web site photos was apparently at the request of Ward's attorney. You can read more about that here.
Finland's Ghoul Patrol has unveiled a brand new music video for the track "Six Feet Under." Check out the Stetson-wearing, square dancing madness in the player below. "Six Feet Under" comes off the band's self-titled album, released last year through Spinefarm Records.
Ghoul Patrol is:
Vocals - Pekka Okuloff
Guitar - Jani Rapo
Drums - Petri Mäkipää
Guitar - Albert Orma
Bass - David Forder
Brazilian grindcore band Desalmado is preparing a new, self-titled album for release on July 31st via Greyhaze Records. Metal Underground.com has obtained the premiere of a new song off of this effort. The song is entitled "Juizo Dos Fracos" and can be heard in the player below.
The new, self-titled album, which is the follow up to the band's "Hereditas" EP (reviewed here), was produced by Jean Dolabella of Sepultura and mastered at West West Side. The album contains 15 tracks total.
Stated Desalmado guitarist Bruno Teixeira on the results of their latest output: "I am very happy with this album. I'm pretty sure that it is more varied than anything we've ever done, with production that has that vibe of old recordings, with a live feel to it."
About this song specifically, Teixeira states: "It is a straightforward one, with some influence of thrash metal and hardcore, but maintaining our identity. We have a special guest on that song; Marcus D'Angelo, a great friend and lead singer of Claustrofobia. From the lyrical perspective it follows the same line of thought of the entire album: an utter criticism of religion, which brainwashes people into blind obedience."
Here's the "Desalmado" track listing:
1. Sem Nome
2. Canibal Social
4. Cegueira Santa
5. Todos Vao Morrer
6. Juizo Dos Fracos
7. Sofrer, Morrer e Apodrecer
8. Odio Instintivo Contra a Realidade
9. Falso Profeta
12. Penitencia e Subversao
13. Suicidio Assistido
15. Cozido Para Animais (Japanische Kampfhörspiele cover)
The band recently released a documentary video from their latest European tour, which you can see here.
Welsh ragga metal outfit Skindred has posted a new music video online for the song, "Game Over." You can check it out below. The song is the fourth single from latest studio album, "Union Black," which was released last year through Bieler Bros. Records. Skindred recently completing a UK tour with Northern Irish rockers Therapy? and is now at work on the band's next album. More...
Let Decibel magazine hurl your weekend into a sonic maelstrom of brutality with a full stream of "Undead," the forthcoming new studio offering from death metal monarchs Six Feet Under. Scheduled for North American release on May 22nd, 2012 through Metal Blade Records, "Undead" was produced by Mark Lewis (Deicide, Devildriver) and mixed by Jason Suecof (Whitechapel, Job For A Cowboy) at Audio Hammer Studios in Sanford, Florida.
The record features an updated lineup of Barnes alongside guitarist Rob Arnold (ex- Chimaira), longtime guitarist Steve Swanson (ex-Massacre), bassist Jeff Hughell (ex-Brain Drill, ex-Vile), and drummer Kevin Talley (Dying Fetus, Misery Index, Chimaira) and has already begun raising the ears of fans and critics alike.
Stream "Undead" in its relentless entirety at this location.
In related news, Metal Blade TV recently aired an exclusive interview with Barnes as conducted by label CEO Brian Slagel. If you missed it, you still have a chance to check it out here.
Following the release of "Undead," Six Feet Under will flatten the masses on a near three-week run of live ceremonies this June. The 18 Nights Of Blood Tour will begin in Atlanta, Georgia on June 8th. Support will be provided by Dying Fetus and Revocation. More...
Leaves' Eyes and Atrocity will be heading to China and Taiwan this July for a series of live shows. A teaser trailer for the run has been posted online and can be viewed below. Liv Kristine commented:
"Thank you so much Nike for inviting us, giving us this great opportunity to share unforgettable memories with our fans and friends in the Asian Metal scene!" Needless to say, we are very excited to explore new territories and meet our fans in China and Taiwan for the very first time!"
Alex Krull added, "We are very happy that we finally make it over to China and Taiwan to play for our fans! A long dream came true! We wanted to come over and play in China and Taiwan for a long time and I'm pretty sure this will be very special for everybody, fans and musicians! See you at the shows!"
Here are the dates:
13.07. CN - Beijng, Star Live House
14.07. CN - Shang Hai, Mao Live House
15.07. TW - Taipei, KHS Hall More...
Gotthard will be releasing the new album “Firebirth” on June 1st through Nuclear Blast/Warner Music, which will be the band's first studio album with vocalist Nic Maeder. In anticipation of the upcoming release, Gotthard has teamed up with SpazioRock.it to premiere the new song "Give Me Real."
Listen to the song in the player below (song starts at 3:00 minute mark) or at this location. Gotthard also released a video clip for the song "Starlight" earlier this month, which you can view here. More...
Finnish act Mekanism has posted the band's entire new EP online for streaming. Check out the tracks from the "Unearth the Unknown" EP in the player below, or by heading to the Mekanism Bandcamp page. You can also find the band's live video clip for "Death is the Bottom Line" here.
Mekanism commented, "Our new EP Unearth the Unknown is now available in the location below! Streaming is free, and you can name your price for the download (1€ minimum, payment methods incl. Paypal, Visa Electron etc.). What matters the most is that you listen the shit out of this record!!!"
The "Unearth the Unknown" track listing is as follows:
1. On the Edge
2. Our Last Day
3. Song of Silent Suffering
5. Unearth the Unknown
6. Hollowed More...
69 Chambers has posted a new music video online showing off the creation of the song "Anhedonia,' which can be viewed below.
"Anhedonia" is taken off the band's new album "Torque," released last month. You can also find the previously posted video clip for the song "Peep Hole" at this location.
The Cult has released the official music video for their new single, "For The Animals," from their forthcoming album 'Choice Of Weapon.’ More...