Metal News for May 21, 2012
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Nachtvorst just released its new album "Silence," for which the band has been streaming a trailer. "Silence" was just released on Aural Music/Code 666 Records and incorporates elements of post-rock, shoegaze and ambient black metal music. Nachtvorst is also streaming the track "The Serpent's Tongue," which you may listen to below.
The band is composed of Erghal on lyrics/vocals and Leopold on composition/instruments, and has released the debut "Stills" in 2009 and then a series of EP's entitled "Medtiations," exploring some of the more abstract influences of the band. The first "Meditations" EP was an experiment in the field of drone/doom, released by the dark label Dunkelheit Produktionen. Nachtvorst makes its home in Rotterdam.
Vein is streaming its new "Crux Calvaria" 7", which features that song plus "Out In Twilight" on the b-side. The project Vein is a trio composed of Felipe (Plaza) Kutzbach from the Chilean doom band Procession, Una Bruniusson from In Solitude and Jonas Pedersen from Strychnos. This new 7" was recently released on Burn records. Stream the title track from the single below.
Austria's Chaos Beyond has posted a new video clip online for the song "Crawling In The Dark," which can be viewed below.
The song is taken from the band's "Confessions Of A Twisted Mind" album. The track listing is as follows:
2. I Owe You Nothing
3. Crawling In The Dark
4. My Sacrifice
5. As I Foretold
6. Spread Your Wings
8. Desecrating Essence
9. My Black Heart
10. Sick of You
12. Deny My Existence
Renowned multi-instrumentalist Devin Townsend will be releasing his DVD box-set, "By A Thread - Live in London 2011," on June 18th in Europe and June 19th in North America through HevyDevy Records / InsideOut Music. In anticipation of this release, the Devin Townsend Project has now posted a teaser trailer with video clips from the DVD, which can be viewed below.
"By A Thread - Live in London 2011" contains a 4-DVD set with footage from the unique, sold-out UK shows from last fall where Devin performed all four DTP albums (Ki, Addicted, Ghost, Deconstruction), along with a 5-CD set with the four DTP albums and one disc of encores. All of the box-sets are autographed and numbered with a collector's certificate of authenticity.
In addition to the 4 DVDs and 5 CDs, all pre-orders of "By A Thread - Live in London 2011" will include an exclusive 7" with take 2 of the track "Coast" (Devin's hand-drawn etching is on the B-side), which was taken from the Ki performance. To pre-order By A Thread - Live in London 2011, head over to CM Distro.
More information about By A Thread - Live in London 2011 will be revealed soon, so stay tuned. More...
Texas Hippie Coalition, which recently released a lyric video for the track "Turn it Up," has now posted another making-of clip from the creation of the band's new album "Peacemaker."
In the video available below, watch Big Dad Ritch and producer Bob Marlette discuss the evolution of the album and band.
The Cory Smoot Experiment was recorded in 2010 at Corys Karma Studios, where GWAR, Municipal Waste, and many others have laid down tracks. The songs were originally meant for a concept album called "Religion is Fiction" featuring several guest musicians, and unfortunately this didn't happen due to scheduling problems, but that didn't mean the end of the project. Cory went ahead and recorded the vocals himself and re-named the project The Cory Smoot Experiment, completing the entire package just before his final tour with GWAR in the fall of 2011.
Today GuitarWorld.com is hosting an exclusive premiere of a track from "When Worlds Collide." Get a first listen to the song "Mutilation" at this location.
After his passing, GWAR and Metal Blade set up the Smoot Family Fund to help provide for Cory's family. All proceeds from this album will be donated to this fund. Metal Blade Records Chairman and CEO Brian Slagel commented on the album's release:
"Metal Blade Records is donating all the proceeds of the Cory Smoot solo album to the Smoot family. Please help us by getting the CD and enjoying the immense talent he was."
Dave Brockie, a.k.a. Odrus Urungus, lead singer of GWAR shared his memories of Cory: "Cory Smoot is one of the great unsung heroes of metal. His musical abilities transformed GWAR from a splatter-thrash phenomena into a top metal act. And though he may have left us way too early, he left us a lifetime of music to listen to. He tore it up like few others, and will always be remembered as the true Flattus Maximus. We really loved the man, and there is not a day that goes by or a GWAR show that is played where he is not sorely missed."
The "When Worlds Collide" track listing is as follows:
1. The Blood Red
2. Fortunate Son
3. Religion is Fiction
6. Mandatory Purgatory
7. Countdown to Oblivion
8. The Gauntlet
9. When Worlds Collide
11. Hollow Tree
12. Sloth Loves Chunk
Denmark based power metal act Seven Thorns has issued the following announcement about gearing up to record a new album:
"The drums have been tuned, the guitars have new strings, the bass and the keyboard has been plugged in…
"Seven Thorns starts recording their second studio album Tuesday May 22nd 2012!
"The album will have faster songs, more fantastic guitar work, lots of double bass drums and melodies that will keep you awake at night humming the catchy tunes… Metal Is Your Destiny!"
You can also check out the band's music by watching the previously posted music video for "Liberty" at this location.
Icelandic technical death metal act Ophidian I has posted the title track online from the band's upcoming debut album, "Solvet Saeclum," which can be heard below. The album is scheduled for release this summer on SFC Records.
Ophidian I also commented on the band's themes and history:
"The lyrical themes include eschatology (the study of ideas that are believed to be the final events in history, commonly referred to as the end of the world), the past and future of human history and the fate of the universe.
"In January 2011 the first recording sessions began in Studio Sýrland, one of the biggest recording studios in Iceland, where drums and acoustic instruments were recorded. Guitar, bass and vocals were recorded with the help from one of Iceland's finest black metal bands, Atrum. When all tracks had been laid down it was mixed and mastered by Jóhann Ingi (Beneath) in Sweden. In June of 2011 it was announced on sfcollector.ru that Ophidian I had signed a deal with SFC records and that a full length album is scheduled for an early 2012 release."
Kill Devil Hill, the new project featuring acclaimed drummer Vinny Appice (Black Sabbath, Heaven and Hell, Dio) and bassist Rex Brown along with (Pantera, Down) guitar slinger Mark Zavon and lead vocalist Dewey Bragg, will be released tomorrow in North America via SPV/Steamhammer. The album will be available in a standard CD edition, iTunes digital download, and Double Gatefold LP.
A live video clip has been posted online of Moscow's Sobaki Tabaka performing "Live in Me" during the band's mini-tour with Sludge in Switzerland. Check out the clip below. "Live in Me" is taken off the band's latest album "The New Body" and the clip was recorded during a show in Geneva on January 29th, 2012.
Canadian progressive metal band INTO ETERNITY has announced more tour dates with Pennsylvania based metal band Single Bullet Theory and Riksha. The complete tour dates are as follows:
8/09 – Blue Pig – Cudahy, WI
8/10 – The Reverb Rock Garden – Waterloo IA
8/11 – Another Hole in The Wall – Steger, IL
8/12 - I-Rock - Detroit, MI
8/13 - The Foundry, Lakewood, OH
8/14 - California Brew Haus - Rochester, NY
8/15 - Hard Luck Bar - Toronto, ON
8/16 - Petit Campus - Montreal, QC
8/17 - Middle East, Boston, MA
8/18 - The Loft - Poughkeepsie, NY
8/19 - Saint Vitus – Brooklyn, NY
8/20 - Empire (formerly Jaxx) - Springfield, VA
8/21 - Mojo 13, Claymont, DE
8/22 – Evansville, IN – Duck Inn - Into Eternity and Riksha
8/23 - Planet Rock, Battle Creek, MI - Into Eternity and Riksha
8/24 - Station 4, St Paul MN - Into Eternity and Riksha
Every Monday we take a break from the news to highlight three lesser known bands that deserve a moment in the spotlight and can help expand your metal horizons.
Last year we showcased three side projects from black metal icon Ihsahn, but there are plenty of musicians from throughout metaldom who have a host of additional projects outside their most well-known bands. This week we’ll take a look at bands covering a range of sounds from the members of Borknagar, Katatonia, and Samael that all show a different side than what fans may be expecting from their favorite musicians.
While many may be aware that Vintersorg from Borknagar has had his own self-titled, folk leaning and clean singing focused project for years, it’s not as well known that he was also involved in a folk metal project called Otyg prior to his solo releases.
Otyg had a very ‘90s, proto-metal feel as the musicians were starting to explore the boundaries of the genre, and is a must hear if you want to explore the roots of folk metal or are into the early works of bands like Amorphis or Borknagar. The band released two full-length albums titled “Älvefärd” and “Sagovindars Boning” before going on hold indefinitely. The music is a little on the lo-fi side and not quite as bombastic or epic as the intricately arranged folk and orchestra stuff that has come out of metal in the interim, but just listen to that atmosphere!
Female fronted extreme Christian hybrid metal band Adorned In Ash is streaming a new single, "Human Torch," over on ReverbNation. The band is currently in the process of recording its debut album, which should come out in 2013. Adorned In Ash will be featured in the Hammer of Redemption Tour of Mass Destruction, which will be from June 8th through July 27th and cover most of South Africa between Johannesburg, Pretoria and Durban. Head to that event page for more information. More...
Paul Kuhr and Mike Feldman of U.S. doom/death pioneers Novembers Doom have officially launched Charred Owen, a record label catering to vinyl enthusiasts and collectors. Below is a statement from Paul about the label.
"Having a mutual love for what is collectable and a vinyl format now considered classic, Novembers Doom members Paul Kuhr and Mike Feldman have brought to life a newly formed record label. Charred Owen was created out of nostalgia and a desire to see our own work released on a timeless format, vinyl. Not only is it collectable, but no other format has even been able to capture the full beauty of cover art, along with a tonal warmth only vinyl could bring."
"We will start with a collaboration with The End Records to release select Novembers Doom titles, starting with "Aphotic" available June 19th, but we won't stop there. Plans for other releases in the future are already in the works, with other bands in consideration. As musicians in the metal industry and fans of the same genre, our goal with Charred Owen is to create collectable quality vinyl from talented bands. We have many plans for the future, and we're looking forward to seeing it all come to life."
For more information, visit Charred Owen's website.
Decrepit Birth has issued the following brief statement online about missing the last three shows of the Occupation Domination tour:
"We'd like to apologize for missing the last three days of the Occupation Domination tour. We ran into a multitude of issues after the Denver show, and unfortunately we had to end early...
"We'll be back out on the road again soon and plan to make up the missed dates. Hopefully the fans who showed up to those dates will forgive us, and please come see us next time! Thank you."
If you missed the Occupation Domination tour, check out our show report from the New Jersey stop here.
Hardcore act Hollow Earth has posted the band's entire new EP "We Are Not Humanity" online for streaming. Check out the release in the player below or over at the Hollow Earth Bandcamp page. The track listing is as follows:
1. The Great Forgetting
2. On The Bounty Of The Gods
3. Unfamiliar Cage
4. There Will Come Soft Rains
5. On The Precipice
6. The Great Remembering More...
After almost 8 years of silence, the "Force From The North" is ready to return to the throne with new drummer Tanner (ex-Thorazine, Operation Winter Mist) and a new album. The new Bloodaxe album will be titled "For Those Who Hunt The Wounded Down," and you can check out a recently uploaded song titled "Bleeding Ymir" in the YouTube player below. Further details on the upcoming album will be announced as they are made available. More...
Mesa, AZ based act A Distant Calm has posted a new music video online for "The Agnostic," which can be viewed in the player below. "The Agnostic" is taken off the band's "Disguised Signs" EP, which has the following track listing:
1. Set In Stone
2. Take This Back
4. Disguised Signs
5. The Agnostic More...
Alabama metal powerhouse MyChildren MyBride is excited to share the band's new video for "God of Nothing," taken off the band's recently released self-titled album, premiering today in conjunction with Hot Topic. Check out the video here or in the player below.
"We chose 'God of Nothing' as our premiere video because we feel like it encompasses all aspects of our band, new and old," says MCMB frontman Matthew Hasting. "Fans of metal, hardcore, and nu-metal can all find a part of the song they can really get into! Plus it's one of our favorite, more experimental songs from the self-titled release!"
Produced by Jimmie Myers, the darkly powerful clip finds the band giving a savage performance while doused in black latex paint that, Hasting assures, is much more fun to look at than it was to wear.
"I'm not going to sugarcoat anything, probably one of the worst moments of my life," Hasting laughs. "It was freezing outside, and tons of performance takes made the paint dry in our hair and skin, making it almost impossible to get off. To remove it from my eyes and face, to insure no health hazards, I had to crawl into an ice-cold creek near our shoot at 3 a.m. in 30 degree weather. Definitely will remember this video for the rest of my life. Everyone better watch it!" More...
Nonpoint has posted a sneak peek online of vocalist Elias Soriano recording the track "I Said It" from the band's forthcoming new album. Check out the clip below.
Further details on the upcoming new album, expected to be released later this year, will be announced as they are made available, and you can also find more info on Nonpoint at the band's Facebook profile.
Deathspell Omega will be releasing a new EP titled "Drought" this coming June 22nd, 2012 via Season of Mist. The band has now teamed up with Decibel Magazine to premiere a new song online titled "Abrasive Swirling Murk." Check out the track at this location.
The "Drought" track listing is as follows:
1. Salowe Vision
2. Fiery Serpents
3. Scorpions & Drought
5. Abrasive Swirling Murk
6. The Crackled Book of Life More...
Helhorse has issued the following announcement about working on a new album:
"Throughout the last six months Helhorse has been working intensively on writing new material for their second album, the follow up to the debut album 'For Wolves And Vultures.'
"This time the band has chosen the young talent, Emil Buus Saur, as their producer. Although relatively unknown in the producer circuit, Emil, who has just graduated as sound engineer from the Royal Danish Academy of Music, has already worked on underground productions like Hexis and Stream City, but also mayor Danish rock acts such as Dizzy Mizz Lizzy's 'Live in Concert 2010' og D-A-D's 'DIC.NII.LAN.DAFT.ERD.ARK.'
"We would like to take Helhorse into a tighter, more organic and even more rocking direction. It's still going to be energetic, hard-hitting, southern inspired metal, but with more room for melodies, riffs and composition. After some long good conversations with Emil, we agreed that he is the one that can take us in the direction we want." More...
Century Media Records is proud to announce the signing of the London quintet Monuments, with the band being equally excited to join the family: "We're looking forward to working with Century Media and getting our music to every corner of the world. Expect to have your ears and minds destroyed before the end of 2012. Get ready planet Earth, we're coming to fuck you!"
Monuments is also pleased to announce that singer Matt Rose has joined as the new front-man after they went through a long, grinding, and global search. "We have found the perfect guy right here in our own back yard, we couldn't be happier with the work Matt has done so far," says John Browne.
For the past seven months, Rose has been working with the band to make this a monster of an album. Rose will enter Fortress Studios for final vocal production and recording with Dan Weller (SikTh) later this month.
Upcoming Monuments live shows are as follows:
15.07.2012 - (UK) Alton - UK Tech Metal Fest
20.10.2012 - (GER) Cologne - Euroblast Festival Vol.8
Italy's Wrong Way to Die has posted a new video clip online for the band's "Hard to Believe" single. Check out the video clip below.
Wrong Way To Die is:
Federico Candeo - Guitar
Vittorio Rispo - Bass
Marco Violato - Drum
Pam The Cosma Hai - Vocals
Andrea Zamperlin - Guitar
Swedish black metal act Patronymicon has issued the following announcement about splitting with the band's guitarist Kvist:
"Kvist is no longer part of Patronymicon, due to his illness he can't provide what the band expects from him as a full member and therefore is asked to step out and fully focus on his recovery and health.
"Alot of members have left the band recently and you may wonder why? Well Patronymicon needs dedicated members and if you cant keep up, you are out. simple as that.
"There is alot of work to get things done and it wont work if members just lay back and wait for everything to get served! All those people can go fuck themselves!
"And for the gigs in Aug/Sep we are still rehearsing with live members. its going to be fucking evil events so make sure you are there to witness hell unleashed!"
Portugal's Disaffected will be releasing a second album titled "Rebirth" this coming Friday through Massacre Records.
The album was recorded, produced, mixed and mastered by Fernando Matias and the band at The Pentagon Audio Manufacturers Studio in Lisbon, Portugal. "Rebirth" will feature guest appearances by Moonspell's Miguel "Mike" Gaspar (percussions), Before The Rain's Joaquim Aires (percussions) and Mons Lvnae's Célia Ramos (vocals).
Marc Niederhagemann of ArtWars Mediadesign is responsible for the artwork, available below. You can also listen to the song "C.ult O.f M.y A.shes" after the jump. The track listing is as follows:
01. Mankwala (Intro)
02. C.ult O.f M.y A.shes
03. Getting Into The Labyrinth
04. Dreaming III (A Nightmare)
05. Evilution Within
06. Miracle Dance
07. Our Will
08. Hypnotic Prophecy
09. The Rebirth Of...
10. 1460 Steps To Divine
11. Arrival (Outro) More...
Metal Blade has just announced that Swedish death metal band Entrails has signed to its roster to release its upcoming third album. Comments guitarist Jimmy Lundqvist on the deal with Metal Blade: “Being on Metal Blade has been a dream since Slayer´s Hell Awaits came out and given the chance to be there as well is just pure magic! It is with honourable excitement that we have signed to Metal Blade!”
Right now Entrails is in the final stages of songwriting for their third studio album to be recorded during the summer! “Our upcoming third opus is filled with old-school and rotten bastards of songs. Groovy and heavy like a pile of flesh that will be like a punch in your face. To us it's the perfect step from "The Tomb Awaits" album...beware!”
Entrails formed in the 90's, but split up before they were able to release a demo or even an album. It took them until 2008 to come back when guitarist Jimmy Lundqvist rediscovered some old tapes. In a moment of nostalgia he decided that they deserved to be released as they should have been originally. With modern recording technology, the first Entrails demo could finally take shape. After releasing another demo in 2009 Entrails recorded and released its debut album "Tales From The Morgue" in 2010.
Fan-filmed footage has been posted online of occult rock act The Devil's Blood performing the song "Come, Reap" in San Antonio, Texas on April 29th, 2012. Check out the clip below. In other news, The Devil's Blood will soon be appearing at the upcoming Maryland Death Fest 2012.
Sweden's Diabolical has issued the following announcement about entering the studio to record a new album:
"We are entering Necromorbus Studio in June to begin the recording sessions that are supposed to lead up to the fifth Diabolical album.
"More than enough material has been written over the past year, so we are right now in process of figuring out what material to leave out. We will try to keep you posted here on the development. The album will be considered finished as soon as it's the GOAT." More...
Portugal's Requiem Laus has posted a new teaser trailer online for the band's new "Impulse" mini-CD. Check out the sampler available below.
The mini-CD's lyrics were handled by young Portuguese writer Maria Rodrigues and all music was recorded by Requiem Laus, except drums taken care of by Jörg Uken. The mixing and mastering duties were overseen by Jörg Uken at Soundlodge in Germany.
Gotthard has posted a new track-by-track breakdown of the band's upcoming album "Firebirth," which can be viewed below. The band also commented:
"Here's part 3 of our Track-By-Track Special 'Remember It's Me' online now! Get some background info on our new song by watching this video below.
"Check back tomorrow for the next part and follow our daily series until end of this month by checking out each song of the upcoming 'Firebirth' album, out June 1st on Nuclear Blast!"
Aussie stoner/sludge band Law Of The Tongue is streaming its seven song debut over on Bandcamp, or stream it in the widget. The band features a couple of ex-members of the now defunct Australian band Pod People. Law Of The Tongue has also posted a couple of live dates it will be performing at in its hometown of the capital city of Canberra, which follow below.
May 27th Phoenix Bar w/ Mammon & Canberra Cannons
July 13th Pot Belly Bar w/ Clagg & Simmonus
Russian power metal band Gran-Kurazh is streaming the band's sophomore LP "Hearts in Atlantis" in its entirety (heard below). The album is scheduled for release on May 28, 2012 through Metalism Records.
Check out the album here: More...
Swedish viking metal band King of Asgard posted the first studio report on the band's forthcoming sophomore effort entitled "....To North." The follow up to the 2010 debut "Fi'mbulvintr," is slated for a July 2012 release through Metal Blade Records.
Check out the studio report here:
Nightrage posted a new music video for the track "Delirium Of The Fallen." The track appears on the band's latest album, "Insidious" (see review at this location), which was released last fall through Lifeforce Records. The video was filed on April 28 at the Eightball Club in Thessaloniki, Greece and was directed by Gabriel Psaltakis.
Check out "Delirium Of The Fallen" here:
Swedish power metal band Sabaton posted a series of clips from the current "Swedish Empire" North American tour, which wraps up at the Key Club in Los Angeles on Wednesday, May 23, 2012 with the band's official release party for the new LP "Carolus Rex" (see review at this location) which is due out tomorrow (May 22, 2012) through Nuclear Blast Records.
Check out the videos here:
French black/shoegaze act Alcest posted a music video for the title track of the latest LP "Les Voyages de l'Âme." The video was written, directed and edited by Toshadeva Palani. The album was released this past January through Prophecy Productions.
Check out the video here:
British metalcore act Bury Tomorrow posted the third new music video from the band's upcoming Nuclear Blast debut, "The Union of Crowns." The video is for the track "An Honourable Reign." The album is set to drop on July 13, 2012 (EU) and July 17, 2012 (North America).
The album's track listing for "The Union Of Crowns" is as follows:
2. The Maiden
4. Message to a King
5. An Honourable Reign
6. Knight Life
7. Royal Blood
9. Abdication of Power
13. Vacant Throne
14. A Curse
Check out "An Honourable Reign" here: More...
Amaranthe posted a new music video for the track "1.000.000 Lightyears," the latest single from the band's 2011 self-titled debut release. The album is available through Spinefarm Records. The band will make its U.S. live debut at ProgPower in Atlanta this September.
Check out the video here: