Metal News for May 20, 2013
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Roadrunner Records act The Devil Wears Prada is currently hard at work on a new album in Atlanta’s Glow In The Dark Studios.
The as-yet-untitled new LP, executive produced by Adam Dutkiewicz of Killswitch Engage, with producer / engineer Matt Goldman, is set to arrive this fall and will mark the first LP to be released by The Devil Wears Prada since 2011’s "Dead Throne," which debuted at #10 on the Billboard Top 200.
To chronicle the record’s progress, The Devil Wears Prada will be releasing studio updates regularly, completely shot, edited, and scored by the band members themselves. In Studio Update #2, we hear from drummer Daniel Williams and take a look at his progress on tracking the album’s drums. Watch the clip below, or find the last video in the series here.
WormHoleDeath has issued the following announcement about inking a deal with DunkelNacht:
"We are extremely honored to announce the long awaited signing from French black/death band Dunkelnacht. Wormholedeath will release their massive debut album titled 'Revelatio' worldwide through Aural Music Group/Wormholedeath Japan. The album was mixed at Realsound Studio (Italy) by Wahoomi Corvi. Release date is due during 2013, still to be scheduled. You can stream the album preview below."
The band also comments: “DunkelNacht is very pleased to start working with Worm Hole Death. From the very first contact, the label has shown a serious and impressive response. Then, Worm Hole Death made a proposal that we could not refuse. Finally, the atmosphere is there and for us, it is very important to work in these conditions, gathering the seriousness and the frienship. We sincerely believe that this deal is perfect for our new album called Revelatio. Now, let’s give way for music and art. “
WormHoleDeath's A&R “Worm” stated: “I have been a fan of Dunkelnacht since I’ve known them and at the end I decided to sign the band since they produced such an intense, emotional and spooky album. They are serious guys, some of them have a school of music and somehow live with and for music, just like me. I also like their visual concepts that are always dark and gloomy. I am really looking forward to release this album that after their mix at Reasound has become a monster. Check the preview out and taste the darkness.” More...
Desecrated Sphere has launched the first single from the band's upcoming album "Emancipate." Check out the song "Departure From Flesh" over at Desecrated Sphere's newly revamped MySpace profile.
The "Emancipate" album is due out this coming July 13th, 2013 via Eternal Hatred Records, Rapture Records, and Digmetalworld. More...
Hatebreed has posted a new music video online for the track "Honor Never Dies," which can be viewed below. "Honor Never Dies" comes off the band's "The Divinity of Purpose" album, released early this year. The track listing is as follows:
1. Put It To The Torch
2. Honor Never Dies
3. Own Your World
4. The Language
5. Before The Fight Ends You
7. Dead Man Breathing
8. The Divinity Of Purpose
9. Nothing Scares Me
10. Bitter Truth
11. Boundless (Time To Murder It)
12. Idolized and Vilified
Queensrÿche, the progressive metal band now fronted by Todd La Torre (Ex-Crimson Glory), is streaming the second new track "Where Dreams Go to Die." The song appears on the band's highly anticipated new self-titled LP, which is scheduled for release on June 24, 2013 (EU) and June 25, 2013 (North America) via Century Media Records.
The track listing for "Queensrÿche" is:
2. Where Dreams Go To Die
4. In This Light
5. Redemption (streaming here)
7. Midnight Lullaby
8. A World Without
9. Don’t Look Back
11. Open Road
Check out "Where Dreams Go To Die" here: More...
Venezuelan outfit Haboryn has checked in with the following announcement about recording a new album:
"Haboryn has started to record this May thy 3rd an LP which will carry the name 'The Chapter Unread' and will feature 10 tracks of thrash / death metal accompanied by a dose of density and melody. The album is being recorded in the city of Coro (Venezuela), with details coming soon!"
Photos from the band's time in the recording studio have also been posted online via the Haboryn Facebook profile here.
Finland's KaaosTV has posted a video clip online of Bring Me The Horizon drummer Matt Nicholls being interviewed before the band's show at The Circus in Helsinki on May 14th. Check out the video below.
Bring Me The Horizon recently released new album "Sempiternal," which is available for streaming in its entirety at this location.
Wodfreca Records, which included among its roster Hrafnblod, Frostwork, and Cruelty’s Heart, has posted the following announcement online about closing down:
"As most of you know, Wodfreca Records was soon to cease its operations. Originally this was planned for after the release of ‘Ealdgesegena – A Tribute to Forefather’, but unfortunately due to a seeming lack of interest and my inability to get any form of confirmation from most of the artists whom originally agreed to take part, I must regretfully now cancel this CD. I apologize to the five or six bands that did confirm, and were already underway with their recordings. I hope these covers will still see the light of day.
"No further copies of any Wodfreca release will be made available through this label. Each was limited to only one hundred, and in the case of Cruelty’s Heart, just fifty. Each was outstanding in its own right, and the artists are free to re-release these albums, or otherwise use the tracks on them, in any way they see fit – so do not despair if you did not manage to get a copy during the label’s brief flurry of existence.
"I’d like to wish each artist that worked with me the best of luck for the future – Hrafnblod has unfortunately ended, and there are extremely limited copies of their last release, a split with Ulfarr left at UKEM Records. Gareth is working on other projects, I believe. Frostwork and Cruelty’s Heart have both now signed with UKEM Records, and a split is planned featuring them both. Aethelruna, my own project, is indefinitely on hold."
The Black Dahlia Murder has released a live clip from the band's Columbus, OH show on November 9th, 2012. Fans can watch Trevor Strnad, Brian Eschbach, Ryan Knight, Max Lavelle, and Alan Cassidy perform "Moonlight Equilibrium" below.
The Black Dahlia Murder's brand new album, "Everblack," will be released in less than a month. You can check out the new song "Rape in Hatred by Vines of Thorn," an ode to one of Trevor Strnad's favorite horror movies, Evil Dead, at this location.
The Black Dahlia Murder will be touring in support of "Everblack" all summer long as part of the Van's Warped Tour. Dates can be seen after the jump. More...
U.K. death metal act Acrania has posted a teaser trailer online for the band's new album, which was filmed at Camden Burning Fest by Doug Anderson of Visceral Videos. Check it out below, or find more info on Acrania via Facebook here.
As Portland’s bastardized brew crew Drunk Dad prepares to belt the public right in the mouth with the "Morbid Reality" 12” via Eolian Empire on June 11th, today the enablers over at Pitchfork want you to start off the week with a total bender, cracking open a new track from the EP.
Bail early, drink on the job or do whatever you gotta’ do, but be prepared to pay Drunk Dad the “Scum Fee” right here.
The band also recently spilled the song “S.O.U.” at this location.
Drunk Dad is currently getting its shit together for a July tour with local brethren Big Black Cloud, and in the meantime plans on meandering around Pacific Northwest dive bars, with several June gigs locked and more shows coming together.
6/07/2013 Ash Street Saloon - Portland, OR w/ Rohit, Diesto, Redneck
6/21/2013 Victory Lounge - Seattle, WA w/ Terminal Fuzz Terror, Same Sex Dictator
6/22/2013 East End - Portland, OR w/ R.I.P., Terminal Fuzz Terror
The organizers of the 70,000 Tons of Metal Cruise have checked in with the following announcement about confirming Carcass for the lineup:
"Only Your Dead And Lifeless Carcass Will Return! Please welcome Carcass with their new line-up with Jeff Walker on vocals and bass, Bill Steer on lead guitar, Daniel Wilding on drums and Ben Ash on guitar on board 70,000 Tons of Metal, the World's Biggest Heavy Metal Cruise!
"Just imagine: In January 2014, 40 Heavy Metal bands and 2,000 fans from all over the World will go to the Caribbean to take over the luxury cruise ship Majesty of the Seas for 5 days and 4 nights.
"Book your cabin now at this location and be part of Heavy Metal History made in the Caribbean once again on 70,000 Tons of Metal!"
The first 14 out of 40 bands have been announced: More...
Canada's Deformatory has checked in with the following update about working on an upcoming new album:
"Recording update: we officially started the recording process for our full-length album (artwork and title to follow sooooooon!)
"Neil 'One Take' Grandy laid down the drums for all 9 songs in 2 days. This guy is a beast and so far, it's sounding BEASTLY.
"We got video footage of Neil's work which we'll be posting in the very near future. Up next week - GUITARS! Stay Deformed!"
For more info on the band, head over to the Deformatory Facebook profile.
Derek Kovacs from Ten of Swords is picking up guitars and vocals in a new project titled Inconsolable Wretch.
The band has now released a new song online called "Enslaved." Stream or download the song for free over at the FFTC Records website.
Further details on an upcoming release from Inconsolable Wretch will be announced as they are made available. In the mean time, find out more about the group at Facebook here.
Sterbhaus has posted a new music video online for "Frogboiler" taken from the new album "Angels for Breakfast ...And God for Lunch." The clip was written, directed, and produced by Marcus Hammarström, and filmed and edited by Brightbear Productions. Check it out below.
Sterbhaus has also launched a contest to name the nameless waiter in the video. The video introduces three new characters: "Hellmut the Goatard," "Hellga," and one character yet unnamed. Enter the contest and suggest a name here.
In celebration of the release of new album "Desperation Blues," Zed has teamed up with Decibel Magazine for a full album stream on the Deciblog.
Head over here to check out "Desperation Blues" in its entirety, or give the album a listen via the player below. You can also catch Zed live:
May 31 - Album Release Show - Neto's Santa Clara, CA
July 18 - The Black Forest - Eugene Or
July 19 - The Red Room - Portland OR
July 20 - El Corazon - Seattle WA More...
A Pale Horse Named Death will release sophomore album "Lay My Soul to Waste" tomorrow in North America on Steamhammer/SPV. Once again the artwork was commissioned by Sam Shearon, who is also responsible for artwork on the band's first release "And Hell Will Follow Me."
Today the band is giving fans a chance to check out one more song from the new album. Bloody Disgusting is now hosting a premiere of the song "In the Sleeping Death." Check it out here or in the player below.
The album's track listing is as follows:
1. Lay My Soul to Waste
2. Shallow Grave
3. The Needle in You (streaming here)
4. In the Sleeping Death
5. Killer by Night
6. Growing Old
7. Dead of Winter
8. Devil Came With a Smile
9. Day of the Storm
11. Cold Dark Mourning More...
A series of posts appeared earlier today on Shavo Odadjian's Facebook profile calling out Serj Tankian for slowing down the process of a new System of a Down album.
System of a Down has now issued the following statement about the situation:
"Earlier today, Shavo posted a few statements on his personal Facebook page that do not reflect the sentiments of System Of A Down as a collective band. These were misleading statements that were made during a temporary state of bad judgment on his part alone.
"To be clear, the full band lineup of Serj, Daron, Shavo and John will be performing all scheduled tour dates. With respect to new SOAD music, although we have not agreed on a timetable for a new album, we all believe that having the four of us do it together is the way to be true to the band and our fans."
The original string of comments on Shavo's page follow:
ok..... Ill come clean.. Its not us(meaning Daron,John Or Shavo!! Its Sej, who doesn' want to do a new album!!!! so please stop harassing us about it!!! We are just waiting for SERJ! Now He might hate me for exposing the truth but i Had too.. Sorry folks!!! we're trying to get a new album out, its just not passing Serj's RULES! . Kinda funny, since we started the band and now he's holding us back!! I think we should should release another album again??? As for me.. I'm ready to release one with someone who wants to be the singer of SYSTEM. not soeome we have to beg to be a part of SYSTEM!! So with that in mind, what do you guys w should do? Just remember, Hes been holding us back for 7 years so far.. wanna wait another $-5 years? or shall we release a record without Serj? u tell us?????More...
Hopes Die Last has released first single "Cheaters Must Die" off newly announced EP, "The Wolfpack," which is due June 25th. Pre-orders for the EP are available at this location.
Check out "Cheaters Must Die" below. The band also comments on the track: "This was the 2nd song we wrote after we left Standby. At the time, we were euphoric to be free, but on the flip side our future was unknown. This song explores those feelings. Sometimes you have to do things on your own." More...
Japanese melodic death metallers Gyze have signed a deal with Coroner Records for the release of their forthcoming album entitled "Fascinating Violence" on June 4th, 2013.
The album was mixed and mastered by Ettore Rigotti at The Metal House Studio (Disarmonia Mundi, Blood Stain Child, Slowmotion Apocalypse, Destrage). Claudio Ravinale (Disarmonia Mundi) appears as a guest vocalist for several songs. The track listing is as follows:
1. Desire (available for streaming here)
3. Fascinating Violence
5. Trash My Enemy
6. A Dynasty
7. Final Revenge
8. Trigger Of The Anger
9. Day Of The Funeral
10. Midnight Darkness
11. The Black Era
German Heavy Metal force U.D.O. has recorded a special song for upcoming album "Steelhammer," which will be released on May 24th (May 21st USA). “Basta Ya” comes up with a hot topic - the lack of perspectives for the youth in a united Europe.
“The youth in Europe is in a unique situation at the moment,” vocalist Udo Dirkschneider explains. “They are the first generation to grow up in a united Europe and therefore the first who have to deal with the circumstances this brings. Also, however hard their respective situation might be, they hold the future in their hands.“
Dirkschneider himself lives in Ibiza, Spain, a country where the effects of the Euro crisis left unmistakable marks, with an unemployment rate of 50% among the adolescents. "This is something I really think about a lot," Dirkschneider speaks out. "I’m a family father myself, a father of two now adult kids who both just started their working life. Young people need chances, opportunities to reach something. What happens in Spain right now, is far away from this. It’s obvious that a whole generation is in fear of losing their livelihood."
This is the first track Udo Dirkschneider has recorded in Spanish. "Basta Ya" is a typical shout in Spanish speaking countries to protest against injustice. At the same time it’s a shout of motivation, to force a change. Vitor Garcia of Spain’s Warcy sings “Basta Ya” in a duet with Dirkschneider. More...
More than thirty years after the start of his career with Savatage, and successive projects/bands like Trans-Siberian Orchestra and Jon Oliva’s Pain, songwriter and performer Jon Oliva releases his new solo album, titled "Raise The Curtain."
On June 21st (USA: July 2nd) the new piece of work will be available as CD Digipak and 2-vinyl (gatefold, limited to 800 copies worldwide). The album will be released simply under the banner Oliva and you can expect a mixture of Jon Oliva’s early influences and the material he wrote and recorded throughout his whole artistic career. The track listing is:
01. Raise The Curtain
02. Soul Chaser
03. Ten Years
04. Father Time
05. I Know
06. Big Brother
10. The Witch
11. Can’t Get Away
12. The Truth (Bonus Track) More...
Mercenary has now revealed the track listing for new album "Through Our Darkest Days" (due out on July 30th, 2013 via Prosthetic Records):
1. A New Dawn
2. Welcome The Sickness
3. Through Our Darkest Days
4. Dreamstate Machine
5. A Moment Of Clarity
6. Beyond This Night
7. Starving Eyes
8. Generation Hate
9. Forever The Unknown
10. Holding On To Serenity (Bonustrack)
The album was recorded with longtime collaborator and friend Jacob Hansen (Volbeat, Heaven Shall Burn) at Hansen Studios in Denmark.
Gehenna had been set to hit the road with Full of Hell and Integrity later this month, but the band has now posted the following message online about canceling the trek:
"Due to pressing legal matters Gehenna will be canceling their entire U.S. tour. Once things are cleared up the tour will be rebooked.
"Keep your ears to the ground for new releases from Gehenna and while you're waiting download some of their music for free from Bandcamp here.
"Also check out the fully remastered and re-packaged, limited edition reissue of 'Negotium Perambulans In Tenebris' on A389 Recordings and Magic Bullet Records." More...
After the less than positively received title track from "Super Collider" made its way online, Megadeth has now posted another track from the upcoming album release. Check out "Kingmaker" in the player below.
"Super Collider" is due out June 4th, 2013 and will also feature a guest appearance on the track "Dance in the Rain" by Dave Draiman from Disturbed/Device. Pre-orders are available at this location.
Luxembourg's Scarred has posted a guitar playthrough online for the song "Mosaic," taken of new Album "Gaia-Medea," released through Klonosphere/Season of Mist on May 10th. Check out the video below.
Sacred Mother Tongue has checked in with the following announcement about recruiting a new bassist:
"So... we're pleased to announce that following 2 weeks of video auditions we have found our new bass player to replace Josh.
"When we announced that Josh would be leaving we were left with a very daunting prospect of trying to find someone that fits the bill and of course, the huge shoes of Joshy himself. It was a scary place for us to be in especially with the timing, having just released our second album... not to mention our Main Stage Download appearance getting ever closer.
"We have been humbled by the amount of extremely talented applicants for the position, and we're pleased to say we've found the perfect man for the job. In a stroke of luck we found a dude that ticks all the boxes for us and he has been offered the full time position, as bass player for Sacred Mother Tongue.
"Keep your eye out for a full press release regarding the identity of our new bass monster. Thanks for everyone who took part in the auditions and helping us through this difficult time."
Today melodic death metal legion Amon Amarth reveals a trailer for the band's forthcoming mini documentary which can be viewed below. Fittingly titled "Forging Mjölnir," the short film will appear as a three-part series with each official segment slated to premiere via the band’s microsite here.
The "Forging Mjölnir" documentary comes in anticipation of Amon Amarth’s ninth studio offering, "Deceiver of the Gods." The album will be released in North America via Metal Blade Records June 25th, in Europe June 21st/24th, and Japan on June 26th.
Following a run of European festival dates next month, Amon Amarth will be opening the main stage of this year’s edition of the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Fest set to commence June 29th in San Bernardino. See confirmed dates below.
In anticipation of the band's upcoming release, Israel's Orphaned Land has premiered a new track, "Let The Truce Be Known," on Brave Words.com. Check it out here or via the player below.
The track is taken from the band's new 6th studio album, "All Is One," which is due out June 24th in Europe and June 25th in North America via Century Media Records. You can also listen to the previously posted song "Our Own Messiah" at this location.
"All Is One" was mixed by Jens Bogren and was recorded in three different countries: Israel, Turkey. and Sweden. The track listing is:
1. All Is One
2. The Simple Man
4. Let The Truce Be Known
5. Through Fire And Water
9. Ya Benaye
10. Our Own Messiah
11. Children More...
Australian avant-garde black metal outfit Germ will be releasing new album "Grief" via Eisenwald in late 2013.
A rough mix audio snippet of the track "Butterfly" can now be heard below as a teaser to the impending release.
Brazilian power metal act Hibria posted a new music video for the song "Silence Will Make You Suffer." The song features André Meyer from Distraught on vocals will appear on the band's forthcoming, as of yet untitled LP.
The album will be released in Japan on June 26 (via King Records) and in Brazil on July 13th. No European or North American dates have yet been announced. The band is recording the album at Undercity Studios with producer and new guitarist Renato Osorio (Ex-Scelerata/Magician/Fighterlord).
The video was directed by Luís Mário Fontoura, with cinematography by Lívia Santos, art direction by Ana Musa and color correction by Denise Marchi. Check out video clip here:
Black Star Riders, the new band featuring Thin Lizzy members Ricky Warwick, Damon Johnson, Scott Gorham, and Marco Mendoza together with drummer Jimmy DeGrasso (Alice Cooper/Megadeth), posted a second lyric video for the new track "Kingdom of the Lost." The song appears on the band's debut LP "All Hell Breaks Loose," which is expected for release on May 24, 2013 (EU), May 27, 2013 (UK) and May 28, 2013 (North America) via Nuclear Blast Records.
For the latest tour dates, head on over to this location. Check out "Kingdom of the Lost" here:
Connecticut progressive extreme metal act Priapism (one of the bands featured in last years Unearthing The Connecticut Metal Scene, Pt. 2) has emerged from the vibrant New England Metal scene as one of its most proficient technical progressive death metal act. Hailing from New Haven county, the band is made up of:
Paul Marak - Vocals
Alani Shaperow - Drums
Mike Schick - Guitarist
Mike Schupp- Frettless/Bass
Priapism has been playing and recording since 2001, attempting to shatter the boundaries of conventional metal ever since by combining influences of death metal, hardcore, funk-rock, and even jazz into their multi-layered, dynamic, and often brutal songs. The quartet isn't bound by any particular genre or style they're just dead-set on expanding their boundaries and playing the most powerful, hard-hitting music they can.
In July of 2012, label Ear One Productions released the band's debut album "Prey|Pay|Obey." The album is available at most digital retailers, like iTunes, and is streaming on Spotify. More information can be found at Ear One Productions and the band's Facebook Page.
Today, Metal Underground is proud to premiere the band's first music video for the track "Reset Or Cease."
Drummer Alani Shaperow describes the song and the video: "This video is our raw and powerful depiction of what our society/human race is made up of today when it comes to greed and power. 'Reset or Cease' is about understanding our screwed up ways and changing them for the better if possible."
The video was filmed in Norwalk CT at The Norwalk Underground. The videographer/editor is Charlie Winthal for Ear One Productions. Check it out here: More...
Swiss melodic death metal act Dreamshade posted a new music video for the track "Your Voice," the second full production video from the band's latest (and second) LP ""Gift of Life," which is out now via Spinefarm Records.
"Your Voice" was directed by Andrea Todaro. Check it out here:
Pennsylvania metal act Sinsister Realm posted a new music video for the track "World of Evil." The song is the title track to the band's upcoming release, the band's third, which is scheduled for release on August 6th via Shadow Kingdom Records. The video was written and directed by Stacy Feit and filmed and edited by Lisa Koza.
The track list for "World Of Evil" is as follows:
1. Dark Angel of Fate
2. Bell Strikes Fear
3. World of Evil
4. The Ghosts of Nevermore
5. Prophets of War
6. Cyber Villain
7. The Forest of Souls
8. Four Black Witches
Check out "World Of Evil" here: More...