Metal News for May 21, 2013
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35 news articles posted on this day.
British hard rock legends Uriah Heep have announced that bass player, Trevor Bolder, has passed away after a lengthy fight with cancer. He was sixty two years old.
Bolder was previously a member of David Bowie's band, The Spiders From Mars, before joining Uriah Heep in 1976 and remaining with the group until earlier this year when his health forced him to take a break. A message from his bandmates reads as follows:
"It is with great sadness that Uriah Heep announce the passing of our friend the amazing Trevor Bolder, who has passed away after his long fight with cancer. Trevor was an all time great, one of the outstanding musicians of his generation, and one of the finest and most influential bass players that Britain ever produced. More...
Today Seth unveils a second song from forthcoming album "The Howling Spirit." New track "One Ear to the Earth, One Eye on Heaven" can be heard in the player below or over at WingsofDeath.net.
Ken Mode has announced new tour dates with Torche and Black Cobra. The new dates include West Coast performances in Long Beach, Santa Cruz, San Francisco, CA and a new date in Brooklyn, NY. Additional support on these dates will come from Lo-Pan.
Additionally, Ken Mode's participation in this year's Sled Island and Pitchfork Music Festivals have been announced. A full list of confirmed tour dates can be found below.
The band's new album "Entrench" was released in North America on March 19th. You can listen to the whole album through the player below. More...
Southern sludge rock quintet Kylesa is now streaming the band's forthcoming Season of Mist record, "Ultraviolet" in its entirety. Check it out at Metal Hammer here or through the player below.
The album will hit the stores on May 24th. The Savannah-based group recorded "Ultraviolet" at The Jam Room in Columbia, SC with the band's guitar player/songwriter Phillip Cope once again overseeing production. More...
After supporting Testament in March and doing a U.K. headlining tour, Bleed From Within has just been confirmed as direct support for the upcoming Megadeth tour in the U.K. in June.
The band is psyched about joining the metal legends on tour and comments: "We are very proud to announce that we will be supporting Megadeth on all their UK dates from June 3rd - 6th. We are truly honored to be on stage with one of the Big Four and we cannot wait to bring more of the new songs to these big venues. Bring it on!"
Bleed From Within is touring in support of latest album "Uprising" that was released via Century Media Records in March. Dates are as follows:
03.06.2013 (UK) Newcastle - O2 Academy Newcastle
04.06.2013 (UK) Glasgow - O2 Academy Glasgow
05.06.2013 (UK) Manchester - Manchester Academy
06.06.2013 (UK) London - O2 Academy Brixton
Additional Bleed From Within festivals and tour dates:
01.06.2013 (UK) Dundee - Upload Festival
14.06.2013 (UK) Interlaken - Greenfield Festival
16.06.2013 (UK) Donington Park - Download Festival
06.07.2013 (D) Münster - Vainstream Rockfest
20.07.2013 (B) Dour - Dour Festival
23.07.2013 (SLO) Tolmin - Metaldays
27.07.2013 (UK) Redhill, Surrey - Robin Cooks Farm, Redfest
10.08.2013 (UK) Oxford - O2 Academy 2
11.08.2013 (UK) Bridgend - Throwfest
24.08.2013 (AT) Kapfenberg - Overdrive Encore Festival
Philip H. Anselmo will take to the road for his first-ever solo tour, "Technicians of Distortion," which will kick off July 31st in Tulsa, OK.
On this tour, Anselmo will be joined by his back up band The Illegals - guitarist Marzi Montazeri, bassist Steve Taylor, and Jose Manual Gonzalez on drums. Tickets go on sale this Thursday, May 23rd.
The Technicians of Distortion tour is in support of Anselmo's upcoming solo release, "Walk Through Exits Only," due out July 16th (Housecore Records/Megaforce) and will take the group to a total of sixteen markets over a three-week period.
Warbeast, which is signed to Anselmo's Housecore Record label and just released new album "Destroy" (produced by Anselmo), along with industrial doom and drone metal one-man band Author and Punisher, will provide support on all dates.
"It is an incredible pleasure to do my first solo tour with my brothers in Warbeast and to introduce the mighty Author and Punisher to the Extreme Music audience properly," said Anselmo. "This is a killer program of insane variety, so come out and support the gigs!"
The confirmed dates are as follows: More...
Rob Zombie's website has been updated with the following statement about the death of former White Zombie/Last Crack member Phil Buerstatte:
"It has been reported that White Zombie drummer Phil Buerstatte was found dead in Madison, Wisconsin this past weekend.
"Phil was drummer for White Zombie from 1992 to 1994. He played on the La Sexorcisto tour, as well as playing on tracks 'Feed The Gods' on The Airheads Soundtrack, 'Children of the Grave' and
I AM HELL' from the Beavis and Butthead soundtrack.
The cause of death has not yet been announced. You can check out the "Feed the Gods" song featuring Phil in the player below. More...
Italy's Indecent Excision has checked in with the following announcement about parting ways with the band's bassist David Cetorelli:
"Unfortunately we have to communicate that our bass player David left the band. We are now in search for a new live-bass player! everybody seriously interested please contact us!"
The band will also soon release new EP "Rise of the Paraphiliac Demigod" via Permeated Records. Check out the artwork below. More...
White Wizzard has released a brand new track online, ahead of the release of upcoming new album, "The Devils Cut." Check out "Strike the Iron" below. White Wizzard bassist and mainman Jon Leon comments:
"Strike the Iron is my favorite White Wizzard song I have ever written, along with The Sun Also Rises, which closes the new record. I am very proud of the arrangement. I had the verse melody in my head and chorus line before I even picked up the guitar and started writing it. It has stunning leads by Jake and Will, and Joseph interpreted the vocal melody fantastically and gave so much character to it. This song really exemplifies everything this line-up is capable of and everyone's talents really came through on it. It never lets up and we are very excited to get this one out there live... I expect it to be our opening song for the next couple of years."
"The Devils Cut" is due to be released on June 3rd in Europe on Earache Records, and on June 25th in the USA via Century Media/Earache Records. You can also listen to the previous song "Kings of the Highway" at this location. More...
The Burial has posted a lyric video online for the song "Wretched Restless Forms," which can be viewed below. The track comes off upcoming album "In The Taking Of Flesh" due out July 9th on Facedown Records. Pre-orders are now available at this location.
This June Colombian metal act Eshtadur will release sophomore album "Stay Away From Evil and Get Close to Me" on Gate of Horror Productions. A video clip for the title track can be viewed below. The track listing is as follows:
1. Beyond the Shadows
2. Stay Away From Evil and Get Close to Me
3. Another Alien Messiah
5. Nightmare in a Church
6. Son of a Witch
7. Take Me to the Morgue
8. The Girl Who Hated a Priest
9. Mas Alla de las Sombras (Spanish Version of "Beyond the Shadows") More...
Drugmetal.ru has posted a 13 minute video report from the latest Arkona show in Moscow, featuring parts of the performance and mini-interviews with the band's members in which they discuss an upcoming new album. Check out the clip below.
Fuck the Facts has posted the new song "L'enclume et le marteau" online, which can be heard below. The track comes off upcoming EP "Amer," due out June 18th, 2013. The track listing is as follows:
1. Une triste vue
2. Vent du nord
3. Panser la plaie au lieu de soigner le mal
4. A void
5. Jour de souffrance
6. L'enclume et le marteau
Finnish act Nox Ultima will release new album "From Delirium to Catharsis" next month via Inverse Records. The label has now issued the following statement about the album:
"Nox Ultima was born in 2009 with the simple agenda of creating and manifesting black metal. As time sped by the form of the black metal has changed, but the heart and core remains the same: influenced by old-school sounds, more modern structures and a cold, cavern-like atmosphere that characterizes Nordic black metal, Nox Ultima still sounds like the beast it was maent to be. Nox Ultima has tried to be as prolific with releasing new material as it possibly can be – spewing forth unholy sounds into the world with zealous abandon, experimenting with all the available sounds and themes that black metal can and should manifest.
"The lyrics are made by A.H and deal with themes that relate to the occult, philosophy, psychology, societal issues and religion – mostly from a personalized viewpoint. Music is a great shamanistic journey into the heart and being of humanity, and as such, offers infinite expressive possibilities, that can be utilized with narcotics to expand one's consciousness. Such shamanistic and even 'neo-pagan' views have heavily influenced our compositions, with most songs seeking to emulate or support trance-like states.
"From Delirium To Catharsis is an album that takes this process to its current peak, with nearly all of the songs discussing themes of transformation, either from a man to a beast, or from a man to a transcendent being. The process of transformation and the enlightenment therein is
hidden in the notes and structures of the songs." More...
Californian instrumental crushers Abnormal Thought Patterns are currently working on three videos with Wayne Joyner of Ghost Network that take up the whole “Velocity and Acceleration 4-8" off upcoming Lifeforce Records debut album “Manipulation Under Anesthesia.”
A still from one of the videos can be viewed below. "Manipulation Under Anesthesia" will be released next month on June 25th via Lifeforce Records. A teaser trailer for the album is available here. More...
Russian act Graillight has posted the pre-production track "Homo Divinus" online, which can be heard below. The band also comments:
"Our new album will be called 'Sic Luceat Lux!' which translated from Latin to English as 'Let There be Light!.'
"And today, the Day of Tribog on Slavic calendar, the feast of the end of spring and the birth of summer, when for the relief the spring god of the Sun Yarilo swaps over with three-brighted summer sun god Dazhdbog - comes a New Light, in whose honour we want to symbolically give to all of Ye our new track called 'Homo Divinus.'
"This version is not from the album, but from the album's pre-production, what's on the album it is re-arranged and decorated with additional goodies." More...
Code666 has announced the signing of Italian occult metal band Ecnephias. The band just completed the recording of "Necrogod," the follow-up to the “Inferno” album.
Formed in 1996, Ecnephias (Mancan - guitar and vocals; Sicarius - keyboards and piano; Demil - drums; Nikko - guitars; Miguel - bass) has built a reputation for the band's mix of extreme occult metal and Mediterranean influences.
The group commented on the signing: “It’s great to be back with code666, whose roster of incredible talent is one we’ve long followed. We’re so excited to announce that our new album titled 'Necrogod' is ready and will be released worldwide in June 2013!”
Ecnephias will hit the road for a string of shows starting September, and is now working on a video for the track “Kukulkan.” More...
Swiss metallers Omophagia have checked in with the following update about working on a new album:
"Time to give a brief update what's happening at Omophagia's sluthouse: I'm sorry that I didn't write that often (which I usually don't do anyway) but at the moment I have a serious reason ;-): we currently have some technical problems with the website. This is also the reason why we can't post any gigs anymore. I hope that we will be able to fix that very soon...
"But now to the interesting part: to sum up we can say that 2013 is and will be a special year for us: As you probably know we have been working on our studio (for more infos have a look at our photo gallery). We spent many sleepless nights, rivers of sweat and blood (and sometimes tears) to complete this shit. However we are very pleased that the result turned out to be great!
"We bought a new mixing console and will invest some money on good outboard equipment, especially analogue compressors. Then we added some acoustic treatment to the live room (especially for higher frequencies), the recording room will follow in a few weeks. After that we will do some fine tuning by acoustic measurements. As you see there are still some minor tasks to do but we are at the point where we can say IT'S DONE!! More...
London progressive metallers The Safety Fire have been hard at work on their forthcoming second album and have been documenting the process through a studio diaries.
The fourth and final studio diary has now been released, and it shows the band enlisting the help of what has been dubbed the "Vest Choir." Check it out below.
Guitarist and producer Derya "Dez" Nagle comments about this uniquely dressed choir: "Nothing says community like a bunch of dudes hanging out in vests. If said dudes all decide to sing and shout in unison all the better. I would argue that church choirs would be much more popular if they encouraged members to wear vests. Vests are the future." More...
One month from now, Evoken will begin the "Procession Of The Plague" European tour. The tour begins at France’s Hellfest and also features Ophis and Evadne on a number of dates.
As part of the itinerary, Evoken will also appear at Finland’s Tuska Open Air and The Czech Republic’s Obscene Extreme fest. Dates for the Procession Of The Plague tour are as follows:
06/21 – Clission, France @ HELLFEST
06/22 – Arnhem, Holland @ Willenmeen (w/Ophis, Evadne and Faal)
06/23 – London, UK @ Boston Music Room (w/Ophis Evadne and INDESINENCE)
06/24 – Mechelen, Belgium @ Kamikaze (w/Ophis Evadne)
06/25 – Copenhagen, Denmark @ Grey Hall (w/Neurosis)
06/27 – Riga, Latvia @ MELNA PIEKTDIENA (w/ Ophis Evadne Frailty and Eschatos)
06/28 – Vana Vigala, Estonia @ Hard Rock Laager Fest
06/29 – Helsinki, Finland Tuska Open Air
07/01 – Hamburg, Germany @ Hafenklang
07/02 – Erfurt, Germany TBA
07/03 – Trutnov, Czech Republic @ Obscene Extreme
07/04 – Vienna, Austria @ Escape (w/ Iron Heel and Vortigan)
07/05 – Zurich, Switzerland @ Werk 21 (w/ Schammasch and Excruciation)
07/06 – Bresso (Milano), Italy @ Blue Rose
Vancouver thrash act Terrifier (formerlly known as Skull Hammer) posted a preview clip for the band's upcoming EP "Metal Or Death." The EP is the follow up to the 2012 self-issued debut (as Skull Hammer) "Destroyers of the Faith." The new EP will be available via the band on July 1, 2013.
Check out the preview clip here:
Caro will release new album "Letchworth Village" this coming July 17th, 2013 via Rogue Records America. Today the band has released a new single from the album titled "Blacklisted," which can be heard at the Caro Facebook profile here.
According to a press release, "Letchworth Village" is a "9 song thrash metal assault, showing the band's growth as a thrash band and also showing that Caro is dead serious about the music they create." More...
Canadian thrash monsters Fatality have revealed the track listing for their upcoming album "Psychonaut," which is set for release on June 28th, 2013 along with an epic tour of Canada and the USA that will kick off in Oshawa, ON June 21st and wrap up in Buffalo, NY on August 28th.
The first single "Thoughts Collide" is now streaming below. The full "Psychonaut" track listing is as follows:
1. Enter Purgatory
2. Thoughts Collide
4. Before the Collapse
5. Towards Disaster
7. Satan's Shepherd
8. Thrashterpiece II
To fund the new album, upcoming tour, and music video, Fatality is reaching out to fans to raise $10,000 by June 4th through a crowd funding campaign on Indiegogo.com here. Successfully raising over $3,500 in just a few weeks, fans continue to support the campaign and album through this new initiative. More...
Korn recently revealed the band had reunited with former guitarist Brian "Head" Welch to record a new album and perform upcoming live shows.
A Sound Of Thunder is streaming another new track - "My Disease" - a duet between vocalist Nina Osegueda and Ex-Iron Maiden/Wolfsbane vocalist Blaze Bayley. The song appears on the upcoming LP "Time's Arrow," which is scheduled for release on June 4, 2013 via the band's own label Mad Neptune Records.
The track listing for the album is:
1. Power Play
2. Time's Arrow
3. I Will Not Break (see lyric video)
4. Broken Bridge
5. Queen of Hell
6. Let's Start a Fire
7. I'll Walk With You
8. My Disease (featuring Blaze Bayley)
9. End of the Road
11. Reign of the Hawklords
Check out "My Disease" here: More...
Brutal Truth has announced a run of summer and fall European festival appearances and tour dates. Kicking off July 24th at Metal Camp in Slovenia, the grind veterans will perform a string of 10 dates before heading back in September for another run. A complete listing of dates is included below, with more to be announced shortly.
Brutal Truth released last full-length "End Time" in 2011. That album along with numerous other Brutal Truth releases is available for streaming via Bandcamp here. The band also recently remixed a track from "End Time" featuring numerous guests, which will be released in the near future via Relapse as a split with powerviolence vets Bastard Noise. Details on this split will be announced shortly.
Brutal Truth's Danny Lilker comments: "Brutal Truth is psyched to head back over to Europe this summer to grind! We hope to see all the grindfreaks coming out to witness the mayhem. SMOKE GRIND SLEEP."
Dan O'hare adds, "I can't wait to get out and play brand new songs from our upcoming release for all the sick grindfreaks in Europe. This will be my first summer festival tour as the new guitarist in Brutal Truth and I can barely contain my inner grind animal! Grind until you're dead!" More...
North Carolina quartet ASG will release "Blood Drive," the band's first new album in nearly six years, on May 28th, 2013. The band is now streaming the 12-song release via Pitchfork Advance. Give the full album a listen at this location.
ASG was just added to Scion’s Rock Fest on June 1st in Memphis and will also play the Hopscotch Festival in Raleigh in early September. ASG plays a hometown, record release show on Friday at The Soapbox in Wilmington, N.C.
Pre-order bundles for the CD/2xLP/Digital album are available now via Relapse here. The 2xLP version of Blood Drive features an exclusive bonus track: “Mourning of the Earth.” The album's track listing is: More...
Detroit post hardcore act We Came As Romans will release third full-length album, "Tracing Back Roots," in Europe on July 26th via Nuclear Blast Records.
In March, the band traveled to Los Angeles to record the new album, teaming up with producer John Feldman. "It was a true joy to be included in Tracing Back Roots," notes Feldmann. "We Came As Romans push the boundaries of what modern alternative music should be, while staying authentic to their roots. One of the few new bands to keep true to their vision while developing as artists."
Lyricist/guitarist Joshua Moore adds, "It was honestly a dream come true for the band to be working with John Feldmann, with him being so well-respected and having produced some of our favorite CDs growing up. He brought this amazing new perspective to our group and really pushed me to step outside the box as a writer. I truly believe that this next record is all of the best elements of what we have done so far in music, combined with where we want to go and the music we want to play going forward."
Moore further elaborates on the band's musical evolution stating, "Though we've grown as individuals, musicians, and as a band over the years, we have never changed the meaning behind what our band is, and if anything, on this record we found greater meaning and purpose in the message we are trying to send to listeners. I think our fans will really understand and see that once they hear the album." More...
Los Angeles' blackened sludge act Black Sheep Wall is streaming three new tracks - "Ancient Fvck," "Provider" (8:35) and "Angelic Exorcism" (14:09) - which make up the band's new EP "It Begins Again," which is available via Season of Mist Records.
Check out the stream here:
Italian symphonic metal band Sound Storm posted a preview clip for the upcoming music video for the track "Promises." The song appears on the band's 2012 sophomore LP "Immortalia," which is available now via Scarlet Records (see Metal Underground.com's review over at this location).
The release date for the video has not yet been announced. Check out the trailer here:
Norwegian symphonic metal band Sirenia posted a second trailer for the band's upcoming LP "Perils of the Deep Blue" (the first can be seen over at this location). The album drops June 28th via Nuclear Blast Records and is the first to feature lead guitarist Jan Erik Soltvedt.
The track listing for the new release is:
1. Ducere Me in Lucem
2. Seven Widows Weep
3. My Destiny Coming to Pass
4. Ditt Endelikt
5. Cold Caress
8. Stille Kom Døden
9. The Funeral March
10. Profound Scars
11. A Blizzard Is Storming
Check out the latest trailer here: More...
German metal act SuidAkrA posted a track-by-track video for the band's upcoming release "Eternal Defiance." The album, he band's eleventh full length studio effort, is scheduled for release on May 24, 2013 via AFM Records and is the first to feature new guitarist/clean vocalist Marius Pesch (Kingdom of Salvation) and bassist Tim Siebrecht (Ex-Sleeping Gods).
Here, Arkadius (vocalist/keyboardist/founder) comments on the entire album:
Swedish thrash act Invasion announced that the band will release its debut LP "...And So It Begins" on June 28, 2013 via Pure Steel Records. The three piece was founded in 2006 and features Gehennah bassist Kalle Sundin (a/k/a Charley Knuckleduster), here on guitar.
According to the press release: "You will experience 40 minutes of powerful, uncomplicated thrashing, which will hit you right on your head. Some songs have blastbeat-passages and some borrowings from death-metal some parts can be compared somewhat with the Brazilian Torture Squad. Invasion's songwriting is based regardless of the modern and powerful production on old pioneers: the riffing reminds of Slayer in their phase between 1986 and 1990; the vocals show some influences by Kreator and Sodom."
The track list for "...And So It Begins" is as follows:
2. …And So It Begins
4. In The Trace Of The Warhead
5. Dystopia Arise
7. 50 Megatons Later
8. After The Disaster
9. Unholy Grounds
11. A World Gone Dead
12. Day After Doomsday
13. Let The 1st Bomb Fall More...
Finnish melodic death metal act Omnium Gatherum posted the second music video for the latest LP "Beyond" (released in February via Lifeforce Records). The album's fifth track "Formidable" was chosen for the latest and features footage from the band's hometown gig record release party for "Beyond." The video directed and shot by Hannu Mikkola from Visual Vortex.
The band's previous video, for track eight "The Unknowing," can be seen over at this location. Chck out "Formidable" here:
Finnish act Battle Beast posted a new music video for the track "Black Ninja." The song appears on the band's sophomore LP entitled "Battle Beast," which was issued in Europe in the last couple of days via Nuclear Blast Records. The album is the first to feature new vocalist Noora Louhimo.
Check out "Black Ninja" here: