Metal News for May 2, 2013
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46 news articles posted on this day.
New Jersey female fronted metal band Infernal Opera has posted their debut video for their song "Uncreator" online. The video was produced by Joe Paciotti. "Uncreator" comes off of their debut album "Emissary Of Steel."
Watch the video for "Uncreator" below:
This week a tribute to Guns N’ Roses, eighties hair, and David Lee Roth’s version of California; a few guitars are mixed in as well. More...
Slayer has posted the following message online via Facebook about guitarist Jeff Hanneman dying earlier today:
"Slayer is devastated to inform that their bandmate and brother, Jeff Hanneman, passed away at about 11AM this morning near his Southern California home.
"Hanneman was in an area hospital when he suffered liver failure. He is survived by his wife Kathy, his sister Kathy and his brothers Michael and Larry, and will be sorely missed.
"Our Brother Jeff Hanneman, May He Rest In Peace (1964 - 2013)."
Hanneman had also been hospitalized back in 2011 when he contracted necrotizing fasciitis, likely caused by a spider bite, and underwent surgeries, skin grafts, and intense rehab.
Hanneman was replaced on Slayer's subsequent live shows by Gary Holt of Exodus and Pat O'Brien from Cannibal Corpse. More...
The Philadelphia-based progressive metal outfit Surgeon, featuring Sean Bolton (vocals, bass), Lydia Giordano (guitars) and drummer Ruston Grosse (who also doubles as the touring drummer for seminal death metal act Master, ex- Rumpelstiltskin Grinder, Woe), is set to release sophomore effort "Chemical Reign" on May 21st, 2013.
The album was produced by Surgeon and Kevin Antreassian (Dillinger Escape Plan, Mike Portnoy, Russell Allen of Symphony X) at Backroom Studios in Rockaway, New Jersey. According to a press release, "Chemical Reign" finds the group "pushing the sonic envelope by mixing hooks with intricate melodies and crafting each song as an individual piece of art, but still creating a cohesive album that is both ambitious and bold."
“We are super excited to release this record because we see it as the beginning of a new era of what we can create. We've really grown together as a band recording this record and can't wait to reach our fans and new audiences alike,” says guitarist Lydia Giordano. More...
Recently formed act Relentless will release debut album "Souls of Charon" on Do Or Die Records. The band entered Arcane Audio Studios in Chicago to record "Souls of Charon" during the months of March and April of 2013. A mid May release is expected. The track listing is:
1. Trapped Underground
2. Better off Dead
3. United By Darkness
4. Final Wishes
5. Forever Damned
6. Souls of Charon More...
Argentina's Granada has released a new music video for the track "Cementerios," which comes off the band's "Apocalyptic Metal" album. Check out the clip below, or find more info on the band over at Facebook here.
The fourth LP from Japan’s death/doom act Coffins will arrive this Summer in the form of "The Fleshland," the band’s maiden LP under the banner of Relapse Records. The following press release was issued about the band:
"The Fleshland will be the first proper studio album from Coffins since their commended Buried Death album, released by 20 Buck Spin in 2008, undoubtedly making it one of the most awaited death/doom albums of 2013. Recorded late 2012/early 2013 at Tokyo’s Noise Room Studio with engineer Shigenori Kobayashi, and produced by Bungo Uchino and the rest of Coffins, The Fleshland shows the revamped and expanded band lineup smashing down everything in their path, having upped the lineup from a trio to a quartet with a new drummer and full-time vocalist since Buried Death. Nine grisly numbers thunder with the unbeatable mid-paced Coffins stomp, laying down over forty-five minutes of bruising low-end sludge-infiltrated, plodding doom with possibly the best production values in the band’s meaty catalog of carnage. More...
Cvlt Nation has premiered “Eyes of Zamiel,” a new song from Las Vegas-based doomsters Demon Lung. Check out the song here or via the player below.
The track is taken from the band’s forthcoming full-length debut, titled "The Hundredth Name." Recorded with Adam Myatt and Billy Anderson (Neurosis, The Melvins, Sleep) with artwork by English illustrator Tom Bates (Vision of Disorder, Amorphis), the conceptual album will be released via Candlelight Records on June 4th.
Discussing the song, drummer Jeremy Brenton reveals, “‘Eyes of Zamiel’ is the third song in the album’s storyline and sets up the plot lyrically. As a song, it represents a little of everything that we did on the album with groove in the verses, slower epic parts, and vocal harmonies.”
You can also catch the band live:
5/09/2013 Cheyenne Saloon - Las Vegas, NV w/ Cauldron
5/30/2013 Hemlock Tavern - San Francisco, CA w/ Castle
5/31/2013 Whisky Dicks - S. Lake Tahoe, CA w/ Castle
6/01/2013 Doom in June Festival/Cheyenne Saloon - Las Vegas, NV
6/02/2013 Pubrock – Scottsdale, AZ w/ Castle
10/10/2013 Southwest Terror Fest – Tucson, AZ w/ Ancestors More...
20 Buck Spin this week verifies the pending release of the debut album from Bay Area doom crew Lycus on July 9th, 2013. The "Tempest" track listing is:
1. Coma Burn
The following press release was also issued about the band:
"Having existed since 2008 in some form or another, Lycus relocated to Oakland from Sacramento and recorded/released their Demo MMXI two years ago. The brooding, quality material of the demo not only saw eventual cassette release by Graceless Recordings (run by Mike Meacham of LOSS) and a vinyl release on San Francisco-based Flenser Records, but it immediately caught the attention of Olympia-based 20 Buck Spin -- the label having originated in the East Bay Area and continually having a soft spot for bands of the region -- who brought them onto the label’s roster for the release of their debut album.
"Late in 2012, Lycus entered hometown Earhammer Studios with Greg Wilkinson (Brainoil, Asunder, Pallbearer, Vastum, Samothrace, High On Fire), who captured and mixed the band’s immense Tempest LP. An incredibly mature, diverse and utterly monumental album, the three massive hymns on Tempest range between nine-and-a-half minutes to over twenty. The canvas of this masterwork is classic funeral doom in the territory of Mournful Congregation, Asunder and My Dying Bride, yet the template is varied as LYCUS' palette includes shades of hysteric black metal, old-school death doom pummeling, and even a bit of pull from noise/drone realms. More...
Power metal act Cardiant will release third album "Verge" this coming May 31st, 2013. A new music video for the song "Heaven's Calling" has been posted online and can be found below. The following press release was also issued about the album:
"The material is more versatile and a bit more progressive compared to the previous albums. However, the band still trusts in the power of strong choruses and catchy melodies. Supporting the renewed style, Cardiant recorded real grand piano for the album at Vanajasali, Hämeenlinna. For the first time Cardiant also used an external producer, Janne Saksa. Outi Jokinen joined the band in 2012 as a backing vocalist and along with the backing vocals, she also has lead parts on the new album."
The track listing is:
01. Justice Turns Into Revenge
02. Thought's Inception
03. Heaven's Calling
04. Ever Since
06. Beat Of Heart
07. Love's Not On My Way
08. Stranger In Me
09. Break Your Mind
10. While The Ice Is Cold More...
Behexen and Woe have been added to the already extensive lineup for the Dutch Incubate festival, which takes place this coming September. Full details and tickets can be found at this location.
Other bands playing Incubate include Immortal, Mayhem, Gehenna, Khold, Tulus, Chaos Invocation, Dragged Into Sunlight, Brutal Truth, Worship, and many more. The currently announced lineup is:
Friday September 20th
Dragged into Sunlight
Terzij de Horde
Downfall of Gaia
Age Of Woe More...
Southern California's Throwdown will be entering the studio next week to begin working on a new full-length record, with Zeuss mixing.
The new, currently untitled effort is the follow up to “Deathless,” which came out four years ago. Vocalist Dave Peters offers a statement on the current state of the band and the mindset behind making this next record:
"It's really exciting, if not a little nerve-wracking to be recording again. It has been almost 4 years since 'Deathless' came out, which is about twice as long as the time between albums before it. While that has probably been annoying for fans that have been waiting and expecting a new record, it has also been the best thing for the writing process for the new album.
"I'm really meticulous when writing and arranging even the simplest riffs and songs, so I like to take my time. It has been strange and nice having the freedom to come back to a song or part several weeks later with a different perspective after hitting a wall with it.
"We're taking a very minimalist approach with these songs, more like Vendetta and (the first half of) Haymaker. I avoid putting the cart before the horse, but I see the songs on the record coming out stripped down and yet still refined. A two-minute song can arrive at the same place as one that fucks around for six, and while it’s more challenging to get there in less time, it is a lot cooler when you do. I’ve been going back to that when I find myself maybe adding parts or lines that are at risk of being superfluous.
"I’m very proud of 'Deathless' and all the work that went into it, but it wasn't a record that Throwdown fans expected. It was really polarizing on account of that. I’m simply not looking to continue down that stylistic road with these songs. This is going to be a hard record. I look forward to making it as much for myself as for longtime fans of the band."
Transhuman has revealed the artwork for an upcoming new album, which can be viewed below. The band also comments:
"We are extremely pleased to reveal the artwork for our upcoming album, which will feature every single track from the 'Fall of Man' and 'Recreation' EPs, remixed and mastered, plus the 5 brand new tunes. We hope you love this as much as we do. Courtesy of the genius that is Sam Hayles of DOSEproductions." More...
In a new interview with Metal Injection, The Dillinger Escape Plan frontman Greg Puciato and guitarist Ben Weinman discuss the band's upcoming album, "One of Us Is The Killer," which hits stores May 14th.
U.S. act The Lurking Corpses has checked in with the following announcement about parting ways with the band's bassist:
"We are sad to announce that the show we are playing with Viking, Vindicator, and Swamp Squat this Friday at The Brass Rail will be the last show for our long time bass player, The Nameless Horror.
"He has been with us for a long time, and has been an extremely important member of this band - he wrote 3 of the songs on our upcoming album, is a great player, amazing live presence, great dude, etc.
"There is no bad blood, drama, or any of that kind of stuff. He is leaving to focus more attention on his other band, Ptahil (excellent black metal/doom/death/thrash/punk stuff- check them out!) Please come out and wish The Nameless Horror a fond farewell. He will be missed..." More...
After canceling the band's appearance at Hexentanz, Markus Toivonen of Ensiferum has now checked in with the following update about missing the Headbangers Weekend:
"Unfortunately Ensiferum have been forced to cancel the show at Headbangers Weekend in Istanbul 5.5.2013, because of my medical condition. My right ear has been blocked and I've been half deaf for nine days now. There is also constant buzzing/noise.
"The whole issue began around 10 days ago, whilst flying back home from our North-American tour. During these nine days I met four different doctors and I've been having hearing tests. Until this point, they had given me hope that my ear would be fine before this upcoming show in Istanbul, but unfortunately it has not recovered.
"Today I met with a second ear doctor who told me that I cannot fly because of the pressure. It seems that the problem is in the inside of the ear. There was also infection in the middle of the ear, which has cleared up since. More tests (including x-rays) will follow next week.
"This cancellation is nothing to do with the promoter. They did everything 100% correct (including payments and booking flights). This is strictly about my medical condition. We were forced to cancel one show last Sunday in Germany (Hexentanz festival) as well because of the same issue.
"We really hope to get another chance to perform in Turkey soon and I am very sorry about this unexpected cancellation."
Philadelphia sci-fi thrashers Vektor have released a free 15-minute live EP in collaboration with Scion A/V, which is available to download now. Snag the release at this location.
The free EP was recorded during the Earache Records label showcase at The Glass House in Pomona, California on January 12th, where Vektor celebrated Earache's 25th anniversary alongside label-mates Bonded By Blood and Oceano. The EP features two live tracks: "Cosmic Cortex" and "Tetrastructural Minds."
Vektor's 2009 debut album, "Black Future," has just been re-issued and is out now on CD as well as limited edition double gatefold vinyl in the following quantities and colours:
100 - Oblivion Clear (SOLD OUT)
200 - DNA White
300 - Nebula Purple
400 - Future Black
You can also catch the band live:
May 24 - Stockton, CA - Plea for Peace (w/ Warbringer)
Jun. 21 - Clisson, France - Hellfest
Finnish melodic death metal act Iliac Thorns will be releasing a new album via Inverse Records later this month. The band comments:
"The band was formed in the summer of 2010 by Samu, Ilkka & Antti after they found a mutual ambition in music. Finding a bass player was more of a challenge and first year IT remained as a trio until Jere was found behind some bush in the summer of 2011.
"Even thou IT plays melodic metal of death, their music isn't meant to sound like this faceless mainstream genre, what melodeath has unfortunately become over the years. In guitar riffs you can hear the sound of mid 90's melodeath mixed to their distinctive 'blackish' expression. Also the production, song writing and vocal performances has taken reflections of raw and extreme black metal, as this side is also important to some IT members.
"Iliac Thorns self-released EP named Prevailing Shapes of Hell in winter 2012 and it received good feedback from media and the listeners and this lead to a decision to record a debut full-length album in co-operation with Inverse Records. Album, simply named IT, contains 8 songs of blackened melodeath which attacks the core of listeners like a ton of black sludge. The release date will be May 20th in Finland and June 26th in the rest of the world."
The track listing is as follows:
1. Decimate Prayer
2. Brutal Seizure
3. Euphoria Lost
5. The Serpents Calling
6. Enter Parasites
7. The Shining
8. Itsetuntosi More...
Fan-filmed footage has made its way online of Blodarv supporting Carpathian Forest live at Musik Loppen on April 19th, 2013.
Check out the clip of Blodarv performing "Surrounded By Dust" below. The track comes off the band's latest album "Gâst."
Norway's Sahg recently released the new single “Firechild,” which will appear on an upcoming album due out in October. The single is now available for streaming and can be heard below. Further details on the upcoming album will be announced as they are made available.
Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian will hit the U.K. on his spoken word tour, simply entitled "Speaking Words." Commented Ian:
“I guarantee everyone who comes to my show will have a good time. There’s a saying, ‘there’s no story so good a drink won’t make it better.’ My stories, plus drink, equals killer night out. Besides, don’t you want to know how tomato sauce can kill any STD? I have the answers.“
24.05. UK Oxford - O2 Academy
25.05. UK Cardiff - The Gate
26.05. UK Gloucester - Guildhall
27.05. UK Plymouth - White Rabbit
28.05. UK York - The Dutchess
29.05. UK Rugby - The Vault
02.06. UK Stoke - Underground
03.06. UK Manchester - Sound Control
04.06. UK Newcastle - The Cluny
05.06. UK Glasgow - The Arches
06.06. UK Coke - Cyprus Avenue
07.06. UK Belfast - Limelight
08.06. UK Dublin - Button Factory
10.06. UK Bournemouth - O2 Academy
11.06. UK London - The Garage More...
The Romanian thrash/death metal band Decease has released an official video for the song entitled "Atrocious Deeds," which can be viewed below.
The song is included on the band's first album "Exhort to Obliterate," released back in February, and features Andy Ghost from hardcore/thrash metal band Altar on vocals. For more info on the band, head over to Facebook here.
Cypriot metal act Arrayan Path posted a drum playthrough video, which features drummer Stefan Dittrich recording the drum tracks for the new song "Midnight and the First-born Massacre." The song appears on the band's upcoming LP "IV: Stigmata," which is set for release on June 10th via Pitch Black Records (details on the album can be found at this location.
The footage was recorded at Maranis Studio Backnang. Check it out here:
Romanian progressive death metallers Illuminati have released a debut album titled "The Core," which is now available for streaming in the player below or can be bought via Bandcamp here.
The album features special guests such as Patrick Mameli (Pestilence), Mike Browning (After Death, ex-Nocturnus, ex-Morbid Angel), Daniel Mongrain (Martyr, Voivod), Kelly Shaefer (Atheist), Tony Choy (Atheist, ex-Pestilence, ex-Cynic), Tymon Kruidenier (Exivious, ex-Cynic)and Luc Lemay (Gorguts).
Andrei Popa (ex-Negura Bunget, ex-Cyborg, ex-My Shadow) - vocals, guitar, synthesizer
Petre Ifitimie (Taine, ex-Spectral, ex-Cyborg, ex-Rising Shadow) - guitar
Matei Tibacu-Blendea (Lost Society, Cyborg) - drums, bass, percussion, vocals, other instruments
The track listing is: More...
International melodic metal band Masterplan is posted a lyric video for the new track "The Game." The song will appear on the band's new LP "Nova Initium," which is due out June 14th via AFM Records. The album marks the first to feature new members: vocalist Rick Altzi (At Vance/Thunderstone), Ex-Stratovarius bassist Jari Kainulainen (Cain's Offering) and Cradle of Filth drummer Marthus Skaroupka (Inner Fear).
The track listing for "Nova Initium" is:
1. Per Aspera Ad Astra
2. The Game
3. Keep Your Dream Alive
4. Black Night Of Magic
6. No Escape
7. Pray On My Soul
8. Earth Is Going Down
9. Return From Avalon
10. Through Your Eyes
11. Novum Initium
12. 1492 (Bonus Track) (Digipak Only)
13. Fear The Silence (Bonus track) (Digipak Only)
Check out "The Game" here: More...
The 2013 All Stars Tour will feature Every Time I Die, Chelsea Grin, Veil of Maya, Terror, Stray From The Path, Volumes (July 26 - Aug 11), Capture the Crown, IWrestledABearOnce, For All Those Sleeping, Structures (July 19 - 25 & Aug 12 - 17), Ice Nine Kills, and Dayshell. The dates for the tour have now been revealed and are as follows:
7/19 - Long Island, NY @ The Paramount
7/20 - Worcester, MA @ The Palladium (NO SFTP)
7/21 - Albany, NY @ Upstate Concert Hall (NO SFTP)
7/22 - Buffalo, NY @ Town Ballroom
7/23 - Toledo, OH @ Rocket Bar
7/24 - Chicago, IL @ Toyota Park
7/25 - Minneapolis, MN @ Cabooze
7/26 - Lawrence, KS @ Granada
7/27 - Denver, CO @ Summit
7/28 - Salt Lake City, UT @ In The Venue (NO TERROR)
7/30 - Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
8/01 - San Francisco, CA @ The Regency
8/02 - Los Angeles, CA @ House of Blues
8/03 - Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory
8/04 - San Diego, CA @ Soma
8/05 - Phoenix, AZ @ Nile Theatre
8/08 - Dallas, TX @ The Door
8/09 - San Antonio, TX @ Backstage Live
8/10 - Houston, TX @ House of Blues
8/12 - Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
8/13 - Raleigh, NC @ Lincoln Theatre
8/14 - Silver Spring, MD @ The Fillmore
8/15 - New York City, NY @ Irving Plaza
8/16 - Reading, PA @ The Reverb
8/17 - Hartford, CT @ The Webster More...
Korn has posted the following brief message online about recording a new album with former member Brian "Head" Welch:
"Head, Munky, JD, Fieldy, and Ray are not only together again on-stage for shows beginning May 15, but Korn is also in the studio recording a new album!
Broken Hope has finished all recording work on upcoming 6th studio album, "Omen of Disease," and one of the many surprises that this album offers is a special guest appearance by Trevor Strnad of The Black Dahlia Murder on the track "Rendered Into Lard."
Trevor Strnad comments: "I am beyond excited to be involved in the rebirth of this legendary Death Metal monster. BROKEN HOPE has been one of my favorite bands since I was a young metalhead, it's an absolute honor and pleasure to be a small piece of the action! The best part is that my contribution allowed me to hear a new song before everyone else, and I can proudly say this: They're baaaacccckkk!!!!"
Broken Hope has also tapped James Murphy (Death, Testament, etc.) to mix and master "Omen of Disease" at Murphy's studio, Safehouse Production. Broken Hope's Shaun Glass comments: More...
Speedwolf has announced dates for the "Spring Speed Overdose" tour. Still riding high on debut album, "Ride With Death," released during the autumn of 2011, and touring the continent multiple times now, Speedwolf's latest conquest sees the band hitting both the esteemed Maryland Deathfest and Chaos in Tejas festivals, with many points in between during this month and next.
Along the way, the band will play alongside such heavy-hitters as Manilla Road, Rotten Sound, Abigail, Cruciamentum, and HOD among others.
Says Frontman Reed Wolf, "After three months of hibernation, Speedwolf is back on the road and set to play the two biggest punk and metal festivals in the US - Maryland Deathfest and Chaos in Tejas. So polish your chop, gas up the tank, and prepare for an injection of speed that just might kill you just in time for summer. Join us for a shot of the Spring Speed Overdose!" More...
U.K. "Caveman Battle Doom" act Conan, featuring ex-Black Magician bassist/vocalist John McNulty, have signed on with Napalm Records for the band's sophomore full length release, the followup to the 2012 debut "Monnos." No time frame was announced for the new LP.
Napalm Records commented: "Conan's unique style of Doom/Drone/Stoner Metal won over audiences at the Roadburn Festival 2012 consequently resulting in the release of the live album 'Mount Wrath: Live at Roadburn 2012'. Past shows with label mates AHAB and an invitation to play Desertfest London 2013 have further established CONAN as the DOOM Powerhouse to watch out for! Welcome to the Napalm Family!"
The band commented: "We are very happy to associated with a label such as Napalm Records / Spinning Goblin and are looking forward to seeing how the new record comes out. We turned down two other record deals, both from labels that we could have quite justifiably agreed terms with, but for several reasons we wanted to move on with Napalm once they showed interest.
"We have enjoyed excellent relationships with every label we have worked with and it would have taken something extremely special to convince us to move away from Burning World Records, with whom we have enjoyed a particularly happy period. Thanks to JP, Jurgen and Desiree for helping us into this position and supporting us so far.
Everything that comes our way is a huge bonus, for we give everything and expect nothing. To be considered worthy of a label such as Napalm Records is a pretty big thing for us so we'll give it our best shot." More...
German power metal band Powerwolf unveiled the album artwork for the new LP "Preachers of the Night" (seen below). It was created once again by guitarist Matthew Greywolf. The album is expected for release this year through Napalm, but the official date has not yet been announced.
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 More...
PTSD posted a new music video for the track "Event Horizon." The song appears on the band's new album "A Sense Of Decay,"which drops May 20th, 2013 via My Kingdom Music. A teaser clip for the release can be heard over at this location.
The track listing for "A Sense of Decay" is:
1. Event Horizon
2. A Reason To Die
4. Staring The Stormwall
5. Suicide Attitude
6. A Sense Of Decay
8. Solar Matter Loss
9. By A Thread
10. Heavy On My Heart (Anastacia cover)
12. Event Horizon (Forgotten Sunrise rmx)
Check out "Event Horizon" here: More...
Swedish hard rock/melodic metal act Saffire posted a new music video for the track "Magnolia." The song appears on the band's upcoming debut full length LP "From Ashes To Fire." The album is set for release on May 17, 2013 via Inner Wound Recordings.
The track listing is as follows:
2. Kingdom of the Blind
3. Freedom Call
4. End of the World
5. What If
6. A Symphony Unheard
8. Modus Vivendi
9. The Betrayer's Fate
10. She Remains a Mystery
11. Say Goodbye
12. The Redemption
13. Stormy Waters
Check out "Magnolia" here: More...
Artlantica, the band formed by Artension/Angel of Eden guitarist Roger Staffelbach, keyboardist Mistheria (Angel Of Eden/Rob Rock/Tommy Vitaly) and vocalist John West (Artension/Emir Hot/Ex-Royal Hunt), is streaming the new track "Devout." The song appears on the band's upcoming debut LP "Across the Seven Seas," which is scheduled for release on May 24th (Germany), May 27th (EU) and June 4th (North America) via SPV/Steamhammer Records.
"Across the Seven Seas" also features guest stars: drummers Dani Löble (Helloween) and John Macaluso (Malmsteen/TNT/Ark) along with former Artension member and bass icon Steve DiGiorgio (Sadus/Testament), as well as guitarist Chris Caffery (Savatage/Trans-Siberian Orchestra).
The track listing for "Across the Seven Seas" is as follows:
3. Across The Seven Seas
4. You're Still Away
5. Ode To My Angel
6. Fight For The Light
7. Demon In My Mind
8. Return Of The Pharaoh, Pt. III
10. Nightmare Life
Check out "Devout" here: More...
Italian symphonic metal band Infinita Symphonia announced that the band's sophomore LP will entitled simply "Infinita Symphonia." The album will be released June 18, 2013 via Scarlet Records.
According to the press release: "Following the success of their critically acclaimed debut ‘A Mind’s Chronicle’ (2011), Infinita Symphonia have announced the release of their new self-titled album, keeping faith to their trademark Power/Symphonic sound but also adding an Hard Rock edge to the mix and a fresher, more modern approach. ‘Infinita Symphonia’ was recorded and mixed at Outer Sound Studio by Giuseppe Orlando (Novembre) and mastered by Henkka Niemistö and Svante Forsbäck at Chartmakers Studio (Sonata Arctica, Apocalyptica) and features a very special guest appearance by legendary singer Michael Kiske (Helloween, Unisonic) on the song ‘Fly.'"
The track listing for the new album is as follows:
1. If I Could Go Back
2. The Last Breath
3. Welcome To My World
5. In Your Eyes
8. Waiting Fo A Day Of Happiness
9. X IV
10. Limbo More...
German melodic power metal act PowerWorld is streaming the new track "Slave to the Powerworld." The song will appear on the band's third LP "Cybersteria," which will be released in Germany on May 24th, in Europe on May 27th and in the US/Canada on June 4th through SPV/Steamhammer as CD and digital download.
"Cybersteria" was produced by Ilker Ersin at his MusikundWeb studios in Hirschaid near Bamberg, Germany, and mastered by Tommy Newton (Victory/UFO). It features new vocalist Michael Bormann (ex-Jaded Heart/Redrum).
The track listing for the album is:
1. Children Of The Universe
2. Slave To The Powerworld
3. Back On Me
4. World Knows Your Secrets - Virtuality
5. You Gotta Hold On
6. Am I Digital? (Intro)
7. Coast Of Tears
8. Black Ash
9. Like A Shadow
11. You Will Find A Way
12. Not Bound To The Evil
Check out "Slave to the Powerworld" here: More...
Avalon, the new metal opera project by former Stratovarius guitarist Timo Tolklki, posted a new studio sessions video featuring the opening track "A World Without Us" off the debut "Land of New Hope." The album drops via Frontiers Records on May 17th (EU) and May 21st (North America) (check out our interview with Tolkki at this location). The single itself is available now as a digital download.
The video shows the studio sessions for the song, which features drummer Alex Holzwarth (Rhapsody of Fire), vocalist Elize Ryd (Amaranthe) and Tolkki. Vocalist Russell Allen (Symphony X) is heard on the track, but does not appear in the video itself.
The track listing for "The Land Of New Hope" is:
1. Avalanche Anthem
2. A World Without Us
3. Enshrined In My Memory
4. In The Name Of The Rose
5. We Will Find A Way
7. The Magic Of The Night
8. To The Edge Of The Earth
9. I'll Sing You Home
10. The Land Of New Hope
Check out "A World Without Us" here: More...
Chilean band Silverjack has released the music video for the track "Apostando a Ganador," which comes off its latest album of the same name. The video was directed by Jaime Dutrey and Lucas Roncatti with the video camera and editing of Lucas Roncatti. Watch the music video below. The album contains nine tracks and several guest musicians such as Claudio Cordero, Victor Escobar (Alto Voltaje), Elias Jaramillo (Los Muertos) and Rocardo Tampier (No Hay Trato). The art work was done by Roberto Jaras.
Chicago-based modern thrash powerhouse Trials has self-released its sophomore effort, "In the Shadow of Swords." Available as a digital download or CD Digipak, "In the Shadow of Swords" features ten tracks of modern metal of the highest caliber. To mark the occasion, Trials has teamed up with New Noise Magazine for a full album stream of "In the Shadow of Swords." Check it out at this location, or below.
Freedoms Reign, featuring Fates Warning's original guitarist and founding member Victor Arduini, has released its self-titled debut on Cruz Del Sur Music. The release of Freedoms Reign coincides with the 29th anniversary of the release of Fates Warning's debut album, "Night on Bröcken." The band is now streaming a second track from the release, "Brother," at this location or below in the player.
Keeping his original, charismatic and unmistakable guitar-style untouched, Arduini returns to the spotlight with fresh enthusiasm and dedication, producing a notable effort of true American-styled heavy metal with a classic Ozzy/Sabbath's flavor. Besides Arduini (guitar/vocals) , Freedoms Reign also consists of Tommy Vumback (Guitars), Michael Jones (Bass) and Chris Judge (Drums).
Kaotoxin Records will release a new single from French death metallers Darkall Slaves on June 3rd (June 4th in the UK). "Abysses of Seclusion," from the revamped, two-vocalist band featuring past and present members of Unsu, Amputated Repugnance and Visceral Carnage - began as a pre-production demo (Tsun Tsun Productions) that Kaotoxin decided to release as a single featuring two tracks (plus an "intro") performed in a style that is distinctly American.
With only a self-released EP under its belt (2008) in eight years of existence mostly spent going through a long list of line-up changes, Darkall Slaves has nevertheless managed to be noticed and get invited to play such famous death metal festivals as Germany's Death Feast, Belgium's Mass Deathstruction, Holland's Neurotic Deathfest (official after-party) and Houten Deathfest. Check out the tracklisting and cover art of the single below.
2. Mindless Damnation
3. Abysses of Seclusion
WeLoveMetal.com has posted the exclusive world premier of "Lucifer" off the full-length debut "Lucifer Leviathan Logos" from Norway's Magister Templi. That song, the third on the release, is now streaming at this location. Italian label Cruz Del Sur Music will release Lucifer Leviathan Logos on May 7th in North America. This follow-up to 2012's self-released Iao Sabao! EP.
Magister Templi is a Norwegian heavy metal band characterized by a strong lyrical imprint inspired by Western mysticism, ritual magic and alchemy. The band was founded in 2008 by singer Abraxas and Guitarist Baphomet, and released a digital demo (Lucifer/Restoration) in 2010. After finally recruiting a full set of five members in the fall of 2011, the band played some concerts in Norway supporting bands such as Pagan Altar (UK), as well as performing at the Inferno Festival 2012.
In June 2012, they self-released their first EP titled Iao Sabao, with a concept mainly centered on the ancient Greek Bornless Ritual and the alchemical picture series Splendor Solis; shortly after, they signed a contract with Cruz del Sur Music.
Cruz Del Sur Music is giving vinyl treatment to the debut full-length from acclaimed Swedish doomsters Void Moon. The gatefold vinyl edition, which features an unreleased track exclusive to this release, will be available this Spring. The digital release of the debut, "On the Blackest of Nights," is streaming over on the Cruz Del Sur bandcamp page, or below in the player.
Void Moon was formed in early 2009 by bassist Peter Svensson and vocalist/guitarist Jonas Gustavsson, along with drummer Thomas Hedlund. The work on the first demo began in the end of 2009, with the recording finished and mixed during the spring 2010. In October 2010 four of these tracks were released as the "Through the Gateway" 7" EP on the German label Metalbound Records.
Following the release Erika Wallberg joined the band as lead guitarist. In April 2011, a second demo was released, entitled "The Mourning Son." The band made its debut gig in Malmö on the 14th of April and played in Gothenburg the week after supporting Pagan Rites. In November 2011 Void Moon played at the renowned Malta Doom Metal Fest.
Taiwanese symphonic extreme metal act Chthonic posted a teaser clip for the band's upcoming new music video for the song "Defenders Of Bú-tik Palace." The song appears on the band's new LP "Bú-Tik," which is scheduled to drop on June 3, 2012 via Spinefarm Records. The video is expected to be issued on May 6, 2013.
The track listing for the album is:
1. Arising Armament (Intro)
2. Supreme Pain For The Tyrant
3. Sail Into The Sunset’s Fire
4. Next Republic (streaming here)
5. Rage Of My Sword
6. Between Silence And Death
7. Resurrection Pyre
8. Set Fire To The Island
9. Defenders Of Bú-tik Palace
10. Undying Rearmament (Outro)
Check out the preview clip here: More...
Brazilian progressive metal band Maestrick will have its debut LP "Unpuzzle," originally released through Die Hard Records in Brazil at the tail end of December 2011, released worldwide through Power Prog Records on July 26, 2013. "Unpuzzle" will also be adorned with new album artwork (shown below).
According to the press release: "This high-class work is not only suitable for Metal or specially Prog fans, the wide range of the used elements and styles makes this album exciting for a bigger audience and should reach fans from many genres. Maestrick knows how to combine various musical worlds and giving all an own character."
Fabio Caldeira (Vocals, Piano, Keyboards)
Renato “Montanha” Somera (Bass, Vocals)
Heitor Matos (Drums, Percussion)
Paulo Pacheco (Guitars)
Beto Vanella (Guitars)
The track list for "Unpuzzle!" is:
4. Sir Kus
7. Treasures Of The World
8. Radio Active
10. Yellown Of The Ebrium
11. Lake Of Emotions More...
Brazilian thrash metal legends Sepultura have announced a campaign on Kickstarter to fund a band documentary. The film, which has been in a work in progress for the past few years, is said to chronicle the highs and lows of the band's entire nearly thirty year history, including tours, economic problems and personal conflicts. An excerpt from the Kickstarter page reads as follows:
"Finally: The long awaited documentary about Sepultua’s incredible journey from Brazil to the world. Filmmaker Otavio Juliano has been following Sepultura for the better part of 2010-2013, a time of tension and triumph for the band, as they toured and recorded their album Kairos. Nothing has been off-limits. This amazing story will go through Sepultura’s history, myths, conflicts, personnel changes and struggles with the Internet economy in the early 2000s as well interviews and rare footage. This documentary is certain to bring fans closer to the band they love.
"About 50% of the film has been shot so far. We have witnessed this historic band experiencing wrenching transformations and unprecedented growth. We opened Sepultura's vault and dig into the best rare and unseen footage of the last 30 years. We will see them at their most vulnerable and human, and also as idols of the heavy metal genre. Those elements make the overall film an uncommonly powerful statement."