Metal News for May 2, 2011
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Finland's Catamenia has issued the following brief announcement about recruiting Jussi Sauvola as the band's new keyboardist:
"We've decided to take the keyboards back to our music, so we want to welcome Jussi Sauvola from Silent Threnody and Decrowned to join the band. Welcome to Cata-family, Jussi!"
You can also check out Catamenia's video clip for the song "Cavalcade" by heading over to this location.
Italy's Exilia recently parted ways with the band's guitarist "Alien" after the end of the band's Phoenix Tour.
"It has been a life experience that we are forever grateful for and we have had some of the best times in our life playing with Alien" says vocalist Masha, "but it's time for a change and everybody of us has to follow his own dream, Exilia will go on with a new guitar player which is ready to bring a new energy and enthusiasm in our music. We are ready to write a new chapter of our music and to announce 'Aimer' as a new member of Exilia with whom we already started writing and producing the material for the new album Decode."
Brazilian thrash metal legends Sepultura have announced that their forthcoming new studio album, "Kairos," will be released through Nuclear Blast Records on June 24th in Europe, with a North American release date of July 12th to follow. The group has also revealed the album's track listing, which is as follows:
Kairos Deluxe Edition:
Just One Fix (Ministry Cover)
Embrace The Storm
No One Will Stand
Structure Violence (Azzes)'
Firestarter (The Prodigy cover)
Point Of No Return
Plus bonus making of DVD
A Callous Design has posted three clips online featuring the band recording guitar and vocal parts for an upcoming, as-yet-untitled EP. You can check out the first clip below and the next two after the jump.
Canada's Black Davidian has posted a song online titled "I Never," which can be heard in the player below. Additional details on the project and more songs can be found by heading over to this location.
Brazil's Desolate Ways has posted a music video online for the song "Regret," which is from the album "Last Moons," released in 2009. You can watch the video below.
Almah has recently finished pre-production of the band's 3rd studio album, the follow-up to "Fragile Equality" (2008). Today the band enters Norcal Studio in São Paulo to start the drum recording. The album will include 10 songs, and vocalist Edu Falaschi also commented:
"This CD will affirm the identity of the band. It will be a style which I love and adore! I've been looking for this kind of satisfaction as a musician and as a person over the years."
The line-up of the band remains the same: Edu Falaschi – vocals, Felipe Andreoli – bass, Marcelo Barbosa – guitars, Paulo Schroeber – guitars, Marcelo Moreira – drums. The material will be mixed and mastered in Europe (Holland).
The release of the new CD, as-yet-untitled, is planned for September 2011 worldwide.
Thrash metal band Indestructible Noise Command is scheduled to film a new music video for the single "Swallowed" this weekend. The video is being shot by director Russell Hasenauer in Brooklyn, NY on a building rooftop. "Swallowed" describes the idea of fame often leading to addiction, and this will be depicted in the video through actors and the band themselves.
Revolver Magazine recently debuted an exclusive new track titled "Fist of Fascista." "Fist of Fascista" is cut from the band’s upcoming full-length release hitting stores on May 24th, 2011, "Heaven Sent… Hellbound." The release is being produced by world-famous record producer Fredrik Nordström (At the Gates, In Flames, Opeth), and the artwork is illustrated by artist Sam Shearon (Iron Maiden, Rob Zombie, Fear Factory).
Fans can watch the first music video released from the album, entitled "God Loves Violence," at this location.
Pulverised Records has welcomed Singaporean black/death warmachine Impiety to the label's roster for an upcoming eighth studio album.
Commented founding bassist/vocalist Shyaithan on the signing: "The best of Impiety has yet to come! Writing the upcoming storm serves as a greater challenge to myself and all previous endeavors. One thing definitely to expect is that this new full-length album will hammer you ten times harder than all previous revelations. Blood and Chaos shall dominate but Lightning Death will be its ultimate crowning glory!”
Added Pulverised Records A&R Manager Calvin Chiang: "Impiety, with their vibrant history as the first band to put Singapore on the extreme metal map, has grown rapidly in recent years with a fearsome reputation of being a no-holds-barred ferocious live act. And now it has come full circle; this formidable co-operation for the upcoming new full-length opus will prove once again that IMPIETY is truly at the top of their game, sitting proud and high at the blackened elite throne of blasphemy. Asian and Arrogant!"
Video clips have been posted online of At The Gates playing at the Neurotic Deathfest in Tilburg, Holland. You can check out the first clip below and the second clip after the jump.
NoCleanSinging.com has posted an editorial online on the pros and cons of covers, after hearing the Anachronaeon cover of Iron Maiden's "Wasting Love." An excerpt from the editorial can be viewed below.
Song covers that just faithfully reproduce an original song don’t add anything. Why would anyone listen to a reproduction when you can listen to the original? That point seems inarguable. So, if a cover needs to be different from the original to be worth hearing, what makes a cover succeed and what makes it fail?
I think the answer depends to some extent on the popularity of the original song and how you, as a listener, feel about it. If it’s a great song, a well-remembered song, the kind of song that welcomingly unfolds in your head as soon as you hear the first few notes, then a band that alters that song in a cover is playing with fire. I think for a cover of that kind of song to work, the cover band almost has to change it dramatically. Making minor alterations around the edges can be jarring — you mind is playing one thing in your head from memory, and here and there the cover recording is doing something else that you’re unlikely to hear as an improvement on the original.
On the other hand, changing a beloved original song in dramatic ways can be equally off-putting — or it can be a wonderful surprise. It all depends on whether the cover song can stand on its own as something interestingly different, on whether the cover band has found something in the original that it can run with, maintaining a connection to the original but spinning out a variation that can stand on its own two legs as a good piece of music. There’s no formula for how to do this.
Two covers I’ve heard recently (and written about) jump to mind as examples of what works. One is Amon Amarth‘s cover of System of A Down‘s “Aerials”, which appeared as a bonus track on Surtur Rising. Another is Torture Division‘s cover of a Mastodon song called “Iron Tusk." Both songs imprint the cover band’s own particular style on the original, creating something different and good, without completely losing connection with the originals.
Read the full article at No Clean Singing.
Each week in Unearthing the Metal Underground, we take a look at three quality underground artists that haven’t gotten the exposure they deserve. This week I am exploring the shred scene in the tri-state area.
Now I wouldn't exactly call it much of a scene here, but there are quite a few talented guitarists in New Jersey and New York. From people posting their own solos/songs on youtube out of a bedroom studio to veteran musicians who book at high class studios to record their album. Today I'll be discussing three acts from across the spectrum. More...
The Transylvanian Forest e-zine is currently streaming a song online from Upon Shadows' latest album "Melodies in Grey Scale." You can check out the song "Nihilism is all That Remains" by heading over to this location.
The "Melodies in Grey Scale" track listing is as follows:
1. Melodies In Grey Scale
2. Nihilism Is All That Remains
3. Dim Halo Of Dead Hope
4. Air Of The River Plate
5. Between Shades Of Gray
6. Darkness (listen to my bones)
8. Desolate cold of the flesh
9. Piece To Ràn
Metalunderground.com is proud to premiere the title track off of Hate Eternal's upcoming fifth album, "Phoenix Amongst the Ashes." Check it out in the player below. "Phoenix Amongst the Ashes" is due out via Metal Blade Records on May 10th. The album is the first featuring new bassist J.J. Hrubovcak who joined the combo of Erik Rutan on guitar and Jade Simonetto on drums.
In terms of the writing on Phoenix Amongst the Ashes, Rutan stated: "it was my goal to expand upon what the band has done in the past, and add new dynamics and twists to the traditional, dissonant HATE ETERNAL style, yet keep it in the same vein. It took the three of us really pushing ourselves, and digging deep into the essence of who we are as musicians and writers and players to create something very unique and special. We cannot wait for everyone to hear what we have in store."
"Phoenix Amongst the Ashes" was recorded at frontman Erik Rutan's own Mana Recording Studios in St. Petersburg, Florida with mastering handled by Alan Douches of West West Side. Artwork was once again handled by Paul Romano (Mastodon, Chiodos, The Acacia Strain, Godflesh, Earth Crisis) who has also created cover art for Hate Eternal’s "I, Monarch," "The Perilous Fight (DVD)," and "Fury & Flames."
The tracklisting for "Phoenix Amongst the Ashes" is as follows:
2. The Eternal Ruler
3. Thorns of Acacia
4. Haunting Abound
5. The Art of Redemption
6. Phoenix Amongst the Ashes
9. Lake Ablaze
10. The Fire of Resurrection
Hate Eternal hit the road in support of "Phoenix Amongst the Ashes" starting things off in Europe in late April and carrying through to the end of May. Shortly after Hate Eternal returns to the States, the band will hit the road on a headline run out June through July with Origin, Vital Remains, and Abysmal Dawn as support.
Kylesa has issued the following announcement about upcoming festival appearances:
"We're about to embark on a short US tour that includes stops at Maryland Death Fest, Free Press Houston Fest, Chaos in Tejas and this year's Bonnaroo Festival. We're really excited for the opportunity to take part in this diverse array of great events! We also have dates in between those shows with The Sword, Orange Goblin and Hour of 13. Hope to see lots of familiar faces soon."
The dates are as follows:
05/25/11 Casbah@Tremont Music Hall, Charlotte NC w/Hour of 13
05/26/11 Strange Matter, Richmond VA w/Hour of 13
05/27/11 Maryland Death Fest @ Sonar, Baltimore MD
05/29/11 Pyramid Scheme, Grand Rapids MI w/Hour of 13
05/31/11 Southgate House, Newport KY w/Hour of 13
06/01/11 Firebird, St. Louis MO w/Hour of 13
06/02/11 Marquee Theater, Tulsa OK w/Hour of 13
06/03/11 Liquid Sludge Festival as part of Chaos in Tejas @ Scoot Inn, Austin TX w/Orange Goblin, Gates of Slumber, Naam
06/05/11 Free Press Summer Fest, Houston TX
06/07/11 Juanita's, Little Rock w/The Sword, Rwake
06/08/11 Hi Tone, Memphis TN w/The Sword, Rwake
06/09/11 Masquerade, Atlanta GA w/The Sword, Zoroaster
06/10/11 Bonnaroo Fest, Manchester TN
A new video trailer has been posted online to promote the forthcoming 2011 editions of the Metalfest Open Air events in Austria and Germany. Metalfest 2011 will take place between May 27th to 29th. You can view the trailer below.
Mayan, the new extreme metal act that features Mark Jansen of Epica, has posted some new studio footage online. You can view the footage in the player below.
Conspires To... has checked in with the following statement about the band's musical influences:
"So we have talked a bit in the past about what influences our lyrics but what about the music? Well this is about as random as the lyrics really. I listen to a lot of music every day, most of which is metal, but I do enjoy a bit of Jethro Tull, a bit of Jamiroquai if the mood takes me, and like the rest of us I am often subjected to mass (and over) produced Pop in our daily lives. So by the time I have picked up the guitar I will have been bombarded by many different rhythms and melodies, and subconsciously some of these will come out in the new riffs and chops.
"So is this an issue? It is interesting because sometimes I will listen back to some music I have written and will instantly know what band I was listening to before I wrote it, and I will start doubting the track for that reason. Yet I will then play it to others who will say 'man that sounds like band X or band Y,' which I cant hear the reference at all, or better still 'That doesn't sound like anyone else.' I suppose this all points to the basic fact that music is subjective. We don't all hear the same things whilst listening and because music is so emotive, listening to the same music on different days, will sound different dependent upon mood and experiences.
"Then there is the non-musical influences. Throughout the day your brain will soak up absolutely everything, every sight, every sound, every smell, every feeling, everything! I will lock it all away in different parts of the brain, some to be readily recalled, some that we never be replayed, and others that will affect the subconscious. These subconscious ones are the cool ones. They are most recognizable when they re-emerge as dreams. You can have the weirdest dream ever, but if you break it down you can probably track each element back to something you have seen or heard during the day.
"Musical influence works in the same way. Maybe you heard a train or a steam roller, or the pattern of someone's speech, maybe heard a bird singing, or a siren going off or something else that just lodged itself in the mind to be dredged back during a moment of musical inspiration. The reason I say that 'these are the cool ones' is because barring the bleeding obvious (i.e. train) no one will be able to tie your new best riff back to the seed of its inspiration. Hell, you'll be lucky to even realize that these have played a part at all! Anyway new album 'Redemption' is imminent, will keep you posted."
You can also check out the "Redemption" track listing and cover artwork at this location.
Metal Injection has posted a new video from The Ocean for "Roots & Locusts." The track is featured on the album, "Anthropocentric" (reviewed here), in stores now through Metal Blade Records. You can watch the video below.
Korpius has posted a music video online for the song "Awaking Terror," which is off the band's new album "Shades of Black." The video was filmed by Chad Archibald and Phil Carrer of Black Fawn Films Production.
The "Shades of Black" track listing is as follows:
1. Shades of Black 03:58
2. On the Edge 03:25
3. Fury 04:17
4. Stigmatized 04:23
5. Awakening Terror 03:20
6. Disillusion 05:07
7. At the Point of Death 04:01
8. Six Feet Deep 05:03
9. The Final Charge 05:22
Greek act Tardive Dyskinesia has issued the following announcement about gearing up to record the band's upcoming third full-length album:
"Recording 3rd full length album! We are very happy to announce that we will hit the studio in May for our 3rd full length album! Stay tune for updates, studio reports and all that shit!!
"Don't forget to add us on facebook at this location. Cheers!"
You can also check out the band's music by heading over to the Tardive Dyskinesia MySpace page.
Draugr has issued the following statement about the band's upcoming full-length album:
"The release of 'De Ferro Italico,' the second full length of the band, is expected for May 6th 2011. 'De Ferro Italico' is a concept album made up of two parts: the first one is marked out by folk and natural sonorities, the second one is more epic and aggressive; most of the lyrics are in Italian, the remaining ones are in English and 'osco' (the language spoken by most of the italic population in the pre-Roman age)
"The history is set in a para-historical contest. It tells about the deeds of a group of warriors, devoted to the archaic traditions and the italic cults, which found themselves having to fight desperately against Rome and the Theodosian decree of the year 391, which let the persecution of all the pagan cults begin, so to pave the way for the rising Christian cult.
"The album has been recorded between March and June 2010 at the ACME Studios in Raiano (AQ) by Davide Rosati and mastered in January 2011 at theFinnvox Studios in Helsinki by Mika Jussila. The artwork is by Augur Svafnir; Lore and Maurizio from Folkstone took part to the recordings as guests."
The track listing and artwork can be viewed below. More...
Sweden's One Without, which recently recruited a new drummer Oscar Nilsson, has announced the band's new album is currently available as a free download.
Head over to the One Without website here to download all the tracks from "Sweet Relief." The album's track listing and cover artwork can be viewed below.
1. Hunger 04:17
2. Forget Your Pride 03:23
3. Persistent 02:31
4. Catatonic 04:24
5. Accusing Eyes 03:34
6. Souls of Thousands 04:12
7. Sweet Relief 03:44
8. Spit it Out 03:27
9. Nothing to You 03:46
10. Burned Once Again 03:17
11. Pretender 03:44
12. A Bright New Insight 04:33
13. Open Wound 03:09
14. Burning with Your Hopes and Dreams 03:25
15. Leaving Traces 04:05
16. Stained With Your Words 04:22
17. This is War 04:40
Finnish death metal act Torture Killer has issued the following announcement about parting ways with the band's vocalist:
"Our cooperation with our vocalist Juri has ended. We thank him for the past years, all the shows we've played together and wish him all the best in his future endeavors. Like any band member would know, there's more to being in a band than just performing on stage. With these other things, we have had constant difficulties meeting each other eye-to-eye and these issues we have not been able to be resolved.
"This has once again put us in a situation where we need to evaluate our line-up and where we stand with the band. This decision is very unpleasant, but regardless of that, necessary and the right one. Because of this we are now looking for a new death metal vocalist. We hope you live in Western- or Southern part of Finland, and/or you are capable of coming to Turku whenever needed. Contact us via: serialtorturekiller(at)gmail.com
"We've been under these circumstances before and even if these situations have always been annoying & unpleasant, we've always managed to come back stronger and stand straight again. And so it shall be, again!"
You can check out the band's music or find information on applying for the vocalist position at this location.
Brazil's Escarnium has announced that label Till You Fucking Bleed will be releasing the band's new EP "Rex Verminorum" as a cassette tape edition. The track listing and cover artwork can be viewed below, or you can check out the band's music here.
1. Dark Clouds Above Hell's Fire
2. Self Proclaimed Messiah
3. Rex Verminorum
4. Covered in Decadence
5. Enfeeblement and Iconoclasm
6. His Final March
7. Slaves of an Ending Fate
Metal Sanaz has posted a video interview online which was conducted with members of Rammstein. You can check out the video clip below, or watch Metalinjection.net's interview with the band at the Revolver Golden Gods show at this location.
Footage has been posted online of a protest over an appearance by Greek metal act Rotting Christ, which can be viewed below. The band also commented:
"History repeats itself! And it proves that mankind still needs a hell of effort to break the shackles of tremors that still divides humanity into camps. Meanwhile we will keep on rotting any kind of organized religion worldwide…"
Rotting Christ also recently announced the band's upcoming summer festival schedule, which can be found at this location.
Finland's Corpsessed has announced that the band's debut six song EP "The Dagger And The Chalice" will be released on May 12th via Dark Descent Records. Pre-order information is available at this location, and the album artwork can be viewed below.
Finnish metallers Amorphis will be releasing the new album "The Beginning Of Times" on May 27th, 2011. The band, which recently shot a music video for the upcoming track "You I Need," is also streaming another new song online from the album.
1. Battle For Light
3. My Enemy
4. You I Need
5. Song of the Sage
6. Three Words
9. On a Stranded Shore
11. Crack in a Stone
12. Beginning of Time
13. Heart’s Song (digipack bonus)
Japanese act Vampillia has posted two songs online from the band's new Code666 release "Rule the World/Deathtiny Land" (reviewed here). You can check out the songs "Day of Departure, be a devil has no mercy and just move forward" and "Rebirth of Heart" in the players below.
In addition to the band's summer shows supporting Children of Bodom, Septicflesh has announced a run of upcoming headlining shows in France alongside Svart Crown, W.E.B., and Valet Parn later this month. The dates are as follows:
13.05 Durbuy - Durbuy Rock Festival
14.05 Colmar - Grillen
15.05 Lyon - Marché Gare
16.05 Marseille - Poste à Galène
17.05 Bordeaux - Complexe
18.05 Rouen - 106
19.05 Paris - Nouveau Casino
20.05 Lille - venue TBA
21.05 Caen - Espace Coisel
22.05 Nantes - Ferrailleur
23.05 Toulouse - Ramier
Septicflesh will be touring in support of the band's new album "The Great Mass" (reviewed here). You can also check out Metalunderground.com's interview with the band about the new album by navigating to this location.
Oregon's Oakhelm has issued the following update about "Echtra," the band's upcoming album:
"We finally have all the artwork, the session is mastered and the record is finally coming out. You can pre-order it from Forest Moon here. Also, we are currently booking a west coast tour for late July/early August."
California death metal act Arkaik has issued the following announcement about parting ways with drummer Keith Roylance:
"We are sad to say Keith Roylance will be leaving the band. We'd like to thank him for all his hard work and dedication to help get Arkaik where it is today. He will still be playing our upcoming shows, But due to his personal life he will be unable to tour with the band.
"So! That leaves us looking for a new full time drummer. We are looking for a dedicated drummer that wants to tour and take Arkaik to the next level. You must have a passport and a clean record so we can tour outside of the country. Dedicated and passionate about the music and your craft. Not only do we want someone who can play our material but also someone who can add some new flavor and a sick jazz fusion style to the band amongst the brutality. Serious inquiries only!
"If you or someone you know who might be interested please send us a message on Facebook or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org Here's a list of songs we would like to see covered for try outs...
The Divine Manifestation
Face of Regression
"Please help spread the word on looking for a new drummer so we can hit the road asap!
Also we are over halfway done writing for the upcoming album 'Metamorphignition.' This will not hinder the writing at all we are still very hard at work to finish the album and hit the studio in fall/winter time. Expect some pre-production teaser vlogs here very soon! Thanks for the support!"
You can also listen to the band's music by heading over to the Arkaik MySpace page.
A new video interview has been posted online with Job For A Cowboy vocalist Jonny Davy. You can check out the interview in the player below.
Canadian thrash veterans Sacrifice have posted some new rehearsal footage online. You can view the video in the player below.
AC/DC has posted a live preview clip online to promote its forthcoming live concert DVD titled "Live At River Plate." The set is planned for release on May 10, 2011 through Columbia Records. You can view a preview of the track "TNT" below as well as the DVD's tracklisting.
1. Rock N Roll Train
2. Hell Ain't A Bad Place To Be
3. Back In Black
4. Big Jack
5. Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap
6. Shot Down In Flames
8. Black Ice
9. The Jack
10. Hells Bells
11. Shoot To Thrill
12. War Machine
13. Dog Eat Dog
14. You Shook Me All Night Long
16. Whole Lotta Rosie
17. Let There Be Rock
18. Highway To Hell
19. For Those About To Rock (We Salute You)
American doom metal act YOB has posted the following update online, detailing its forthcoming new album as well as a new tour.
"This album is very aggressive. Certainly it has all of the elements of our other albums, but it propels and pummels in ways that are unique in our catalogue. We are very excited to share this new music with our friends worldwide.
"Yob has received many request over the years to tour again. This year, we will do exactly that. After we are done recording, we will begin rehearsing for a full U.S. tour beginning the first week of July, followed by a full European tour in September.
"We are thrilled to announce that our labelmates Dark Castle will be accompanying Yob on all of the dates both in the U.S. and in Europe, with Rob Shaffer of Dark Castle laying down drums for Yob on both tours.
"It is going to be a great year for us, and we can't wait to see you on the road! DOOM!!!"
Extreme metal act Vader has posted its third studio report online for streaming. The band entered Hertz Studio in Bialystok, Poland last month to begin recording its forthcoming new full length, "Welcome To The Morbid Reich". You can view the footage in the player below.
Whocares, the collaboration between Black Sabbath's Tony Iommi and Deep Purple's Ian Gillan, has posted a new teaser online for its debut EP. The EP, which features two tracks in "Out of My Mind" and "Holy Water," will see its North American release on June 27, 2011 through Eagle Rock Entertainment. A digital release will arrive on May 6, 2011. You can view the teaser trailer below.
Skold has posted a new video teaser online to promote his forthcoming new album "Anomie." "Anomie" is set for release on May 10, 2011 through Metropolis Records. You can check out the trailers below.
German heavy metal act U.D.O. has posted some new tour diary footage online from its recent trip to South America. You can view the footage in the player below.
Heavy metal icon Ozzy Osbourne has posted some backstage footage from his recent concert appearance in Panama City, Panama. The video features Osbourne meeting Panama president Ricardo Martinelli. You can view the footage in the player below.
Swedish melodic metal act In Flames have posted a new teaser online for its upcoming new single "Deliver Us." The full single will be released digitally on May 10, 2011 with the new album, "Sounds of a Playground Fading," arriving in North American stores on June 21. You can check out the song sample below.