Metal News for May 23, 2011
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Diving head first into tales of secret governments and even alien intelligences, Swedish metal act Scar Symmetry continues to provide both melody and extreme death metal with the latest conspiracy theory themed album "The Unseen Empire."
Guitarist Per Nilsson recently corresponded with Metalunderground.com to explain the interesting ideas behind the album and discuss where it lands in Scar Symmetry's discography. Speaking on the idea of secret reptilian intelligences and how the band approached the lyrics, Nilsson stated: "We don't tell people the point where fact transcends into fiction, that is for each and everyone to decide for themselves. A lot of people actually believe in the theories of David Icke, and I don't know if that's more absurd than believing in the first book of Moses, or believing that the God Vishnu came riding on the giant snake Ananda with the God of creation, Brahma, emerging from a lotus flower in his belly button!"
Below you can find the complete discussion, which also includes Nilsson covering the band's split with former vocalist Christian Älvestam, the recruitment of two new vocalists, and how the band has evolved over time. More...
Nostalgic Darkness, the two man metal act featuring the Reverend John Hex (formerly of Vintage Flesh) and Juno Bloodlust, has posted a new song titled "Black Blizzards" online. The song can be heard in the player below.
After releasing an EP as a free download back in March, Himalayan black metallers Weird Anxiety have started working on their new album. The new album, titled "The Plot Thickens," has the following track listing:
1. An Odyssey In Remorse
2. Mama, Don’t Let Me Drown Away
3. Sorrows On The Wind
4. Flower In Lapel
5. A Sonnet In The Airs Of Suffocation
6. The Lonely Daffodil
The band has announced the album will take a different direction, with the song "Mama, Don’t Let Me Drown Away" being completely acoustic. Guitarist Hitesh commented, “This album comes in continuation with our previous album 'Act I Scene I' and signifies the flow of events not only in our lives but also in our music. The name itself signifies a change in events, musically it shall portray a different side of Weird Anxiety and a very integral one. The last album was heavier, contrary to that a lot of acoustic material shall find place in this album. The heavier songs are more heavy, have more punch and for sure there shall be some surprising material in the vocals. Yes, we shall be going clean in some of our songs but the suspense doesn’t die over here. All in all it would be a full length album not just in context with the playing time but also in terms of quality material.
“Now coming onto the cover, we wanted something obscured and dark. The particular sketch was a go-go on the first sight as it met our every expectation. The sketch signifies more of a journey, in this context our musical versatility.”
Each week in Unearthing the Metal Underground, we'll be putting a few quality underground bands in the spotlight in an attempt to get the word out about them. This week I am exploring various talented bands in the New York scene.
First up is Staten Island thrash metal band Sanitarius. At first listen it may sound like a some Metallica/Testament clone, but Sanitarius takes influences from melodic death metal and progressive metal, this band surely isn’t a run of the mill band. The singer Robb Quartararo’s rasp is very similar to that of James Hetfield, but he’ll add in screams ala Slayer. Musically they explore more progressive arrangements and the drummer Dave Cordero adds in interesting fills. Both guitarists are extremely talented and are very tasteful. Check out their songs on MySpace and Reverb Nation pages.
“Slaves of Liberty” Live @ The Delancey, New York City, NY on March 23rd, 2011:
Drummer Craig Smilowski (ex-Immolation, ex-Goreaphobia) has teamed up with the Cazz Grant (Crucifier), Matt Dwyer (Rellik), and Chris Milewski to form the band Masada. The group has just released its first demo titled "Suffer Mental Decay," which contains two tracks of old school death metal.
The demo is available for streaming and as a free download through the Masada Bandcamp page at this location. The track listing is as follows:
1. Suffer Mental Decay
2. Toxic Unreality
Eric Horner of Throne of Malediction has checked in with the following update about the band's current lineup and upcoming activity:
"Throne of Malediction is down to two members at the moment. Eric and Jessica Horner, both on guitars and vocals. We have moved to Ozark, Missouri (near Springfield) and are soon to be looking for new members to get some live shows going soon.
"Our album 'Ceremonial Blood' is on order from the manufacturer and should be released by mid-June, after a long wait (available through our label). In addition, our label, Ziekte Records is now part of Victory By Fire Records (Holland). So Throne is through Victory By Fire, officially as of now.
"Me and Jessica are also recording a few new songs already with a few guest musicians (one is a legend in his own right...) for Throne's 2nd album. We are also going to release an extra, free download EP through Black Metal Agenda (Norway) with extra songs and covers (including a planned cover of 'The Prize of Beauty' by My Dying Bride). So, even without a full lineup, Throne of Malediction is very much active and looking forward to the future."
Throne of Malediction also recently contributed an entry to our Pit Stories column with a story about the hair extension battle royale at a Cradle of Filth show. You can check out Throne of Malediction's interview with Metalunderground.com about the art of black metal and religion's role in the musical style here.
Amorphis has posted a teaser trailer online for the band's upcoming album "The Beginning of Times," which can be found below. The album is set for release on May 27th, 2011 (Europe) and June 7th, 2011 (North America) via Nuclear Blast Records.
Amorphis also recently posted a music video online for the new single "You I Need," which can be found by heading over to this location.
To commemorate the failed weekend rapture, Brutal Truth has posted the title track from the band's forthcoming album "End Time" online now. Head over to the band’s Facebook page to listen to "End Time."
The "End Time" album was recorded with Doug White at Watchman Studios in Lockport, NY, mixed by Jason P.C. at Goatsound Studios, and mastered by Scott Hull at Visceral Sound.
In the current issue of Terrorizer magazine (#210) Brutal Truth vocalist Kevin Sharp explains that "End Time" lyrically “follows the world’s environmental shake that seems to be going on…obvious changes in our world could shed a bit of light on how everything will unravel…our expansion of population meets environmental issues.”
The album will see a September 27th, 2011 release through Relapse Records, and the track listing is as follows:
2. Simple Math
3. End Time
4. Fuck Cancer
5. Celebratory Gunfire
6. Small Talk
7. .58 Caliber
8. Swift And Violent (Swift Version)
9. Crawling Man Blues
11. Warm Embrace Of Poverty
12. Old World Order
14. Killing Planet Earth
16. All Work And No Play
18. Sweet Dreams
19. Echo Friendly Discharge
20. Twenty Bag
22. Drink Up
23. Control Room
Howl has premiered a new music video online for the song “Heavenless” via Bloody-Disgusting.com. The video was filmed in Brooklyn, NY with director Charlie Scharfman and producer Alex Sharfman for ScharfmanProductions.com. You can check out the video clip by heading over here.
Exclusive behind-the-scenes photos from the video shoot can be seen now via the Howl Facebook page here, including the special effects make-up process and making of prosthetic heads. “Heavenless” comes from Howl’s debut full-length "Full Of Hell," which is currently streaming in its entirety at this location.
Howl has just completed a full U.S. tour in support of "Full Of Hell" alongside Helmet, St. Vitus, Crowbar, Red Fang, and more. The band is currently home working on new material with plans to record later this year.
American modern metal act All That Remains has announced that it will be appearing as a direct support act on the forthcoming headline tour of Hollywood Undead. You can view the currently announced dates, cities and venues in the list below with more concerts expected to be added in the coming days.
07/09 Ft. Wayne, IN – Piere’s
07/20 Allentown, PA – Crocodile Rock
07/22 Clifton Park, NY – Northern Lights
07/23 Fitchburg, MA – Central Mass Expo Center
07/24 Hampton Beach, NH – Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
07/26 S. Burlington, VT – HIgher Ground Ballroom
07/30 Madison, WI – Alliant Energy Center
08/04 Asheville, NC – The Orange Peel
08/05 Nashville, TN – Nashville War Memorial Auditorium
08/07 Knoxville, TN – The Valarium
American hard rock act Staind has announced that "Seven" will be the title of its forthcoming new full length album, due out by the end of the year through Atlantic Records.
Staind guitarist Mike Mushok commented on the new album by saying:
"It's completely different than the last record 'The Illusion Of Progress.' It's more of a throwback to where we came from. You know, [the] 'Dysfunction' and 'Tormented' albums. I don't think there's any rehashed riffs; I definitely think it's fresh. It's a modern-sounding version of a heavy Staind record. It's pretty cool."
Stream of Passion has posted a track-by-track break down of the band's upcoming album "Darker Days." You can check out the thoughts from the band on the new album below.
LOST: A very dramatic and heavy song. We mixed huge guitars with tango influences and this was the result; so on one side you have the very melodic verses, led by the bandoneon and string quartet, and on the other the choruses driven by the guitars and the drums.
REBORN: A song Marcela wrote thinking about her hometown Monterrey. Almost every day I read another terrible story about my old hometown in the news; about murders, kidnappings, persecutions and all other kinds of horrible things going on because of the constant war against drugs and fights amongst cartels. This song is inspired in the hope things can change.
COLLIDE: While thinking about all the tours we've done, the heaviest gigs we've played, we came up with the riffs of the song; we tried to reflect that energy we feel on stage. Lyric wise this song is about paranoia and persecution delirium, and trying to find comfort in the people you trust.More...
Pirate metal act Alestorm has posted a music video online for the song "Shipwrecked," which is off the band's latest album "Back Through Time." You can check out the clip below.
The cover artwork for the album can be viewed at this location, and the track listing is as follows:
1. Back Through Time
3. The Sunk'n Norwegian
4. Midget Saw
5. Buckfast Powersmash
6. Scraping The Barrel
10. Barrett's Privateers
11. Death Throes Of The Terrorsquid
12. I Am A Cider Drinker (bonus track)
Polish progressive hard rock act Riverside has posted a new song online taken from its forthcoming new EP. The track, titled "Forgotten Land," is available for streaming in the player below. The band has also signed on with The Laser’s Edge Records for the North American release of the new EP, titled "The Memories In My Head", which is being released in celebration of the band’s 10th anniversary on June 28, 2011. The track listing can be viewed below.
1. Goodbye Sweet Innocence
2. Living In The Past
3. Forgotten Land
Denver based act Clinging to the Trees of a Forest Fire has announced the release a new EP titled "Visceral," which is set to drop via Prosthetic on July 19th. "Visceral" has six tracks and will be available digitally and on 10-inch vinyl, limited to 500 pieces. A new track titled "Lower Than Life, High As The Sky" - about which MetalSucks gushes, "It's the aural equivalent of having a cheese grater run along your most sensitive parts. You're gonna love it" - is streaming on the band's Facebook page now.
Clinging to the Trees of a Forest Fire also recently announced upcoming Summer tour dates. Details are available at this location.
Norwegian act The Konsortium has posted a new song online titled "Lik Ulven," which is off the band's upcoming debut album. You can check out "Lik Ulven" by heading over to The Konsortium's official MySpace music profile at this location. The band also issued the following brief statement:
"The song 'Lik Ulven' from the upcoming album is now available for streaming. In a couple of weeks we'll add some more new stuff as well. Enjoy (?)"
The band is currently set for a European release June 23rd, 2011. Additional details on the album's title, track listing, and artwork will be announced as they are made available.
American modern metal act Straight Line Stitch has posted its new music video online. The video was shot for the track "One Reason" and can be streamed in the player below.
Hatebreed frontman Jamey Jasta has posted his debut solo single online for streaming. The new track, titled "The Fearless Must Endure" is available for streaming in the player provided below. The song features a guest appearance from Zakk Wylde and a video for it was recently shot with director Dale Resteghini. Jasta's debut self-titled solo album will see a July 26, 2011 release through eOne Music.
Swedish black metal act Marduk has checked in with the following announcement about canceling the band's previously scheduled appearance at the Metal in the Forest festival:
"Marduk not appearing at the Metal in the Forest festival... Due to the fact that the promoter of the Metal in the forest festival waited for to long to buy the flight tickets (2 days before and still no flights were booked), it became a situation where there were no longer returning flights available for Marduk's other obligations. It doesnt affect any other show then the Metal in the forest festival."
U.K. hardcore act Heights has posted its new music video online. The video was shot for the track "Eye For An Eye" and is taken from the group's forthcoming new album, titled "Dead Ends," which will see a North American release on June 21, 2011 through Mediaskare Records. You can view the video in the player below.
North Carolina power trio Black Skies recently kicked off a near-four-week U.S. tour earlier this month. The band so far has ravaged its way through over 13 cities, including two sets in New York City.
Commented Michelle Temple (bass, vocals), from the road: “We’re really excited to be back on the road after spending most of the Fall and Winter recording and mixing the new record. So far all the shows have been great. The promoters and venues have all shown us great hospitality. My favorite so far was a show in Harrisonburg, Virginia at the Crayola House. Check out the band Earthing from there. Very talented guys. We played several dates with our good long time friends, Backwoods Payback and were sad to say goodbye.”
Added John Byrd, an honorary member of Black Skies who helps the band out on tour: “Some things about these trips with Kevin, Michelle and Tim are consistent: The near constant rain for the first week; the regional potato chip comparisons (this time I brought along six bags of Zapps from Louisiana. I’m pretty sure they’re the best) and the daily doings that are the work of touring: driving, loading, waiting, loading, driving, etc. There’s music in there too but that’s their job, not mine.
"The highlights are always meeting new friends in good bands and finding interesting venues we’ve never been to. It doesn’t sound like a decadent rock ‘n’ roll fantasy, I know – but that narrative is strictly for kids I’ve found. [At the time of this writing] we’re in Providence and there’s an old guy doing a jig in front of the venue while the first band sound checks. Such are the things I see on tour from my perspective at the merch table. In fact, if it isn’t painted on the side of a semi going down the interstate or wandering downtown after dark, it wont exist for me. Of things painted on trucks though, we seem to be touring New England at the same time as a group of Christian Evangelicals who were spreading the good news about the end of the world. I’m a bit jealous of their elaborately decorated R.V.s and trying not to covet them.” More...
American extreme metal act Arsis has posted a new demo track online titled "Since The Shadows." The band commented on the track by saying;
"We are indeed writing a new Arsis album and we want to offer everybody a glimpse into the music that we’ve been building for the last few months. This is a demo of a new one called ‘Since the Shadows‘ and it’s from the first batch of songs for the album. It’s still early but a musical direction has emerged from the work so far and we think it speaks for itself without any grand pronouncements, so enjoy it and we will see you on the Firewind tour this fall!"
American deathcore act Emmure has revealed the dates for its impending tour of Australia. The band will arrive in the country for its first gig on June 10, 2011. You can view the full list of announced dates, cities and venues below.
06/10 Gold Coast, AUS – Expressive Grounds
06/11 Brisbane, AUS – Thriller
06/12 Sydney, AUS – Bald Faced Stag
06/14 Wyong, AUS – Oasis Youth Centre
06/15 Canberra, AUS – Tuggeranong Youth Centre
06/16 Mt Gambier, AUS – City Band Hall
06/17 Adelaide, AUS – Enigma Bar
06/18 Melbourne, AUS – The Corner Hotel (early show)
06/18 Melbourne, AUS – The Corner Hotel
06/19 Perth, AUS – HQ (early show)
06/19 Perth, AUS – Amplifier Bar
Capital Chaos has posted footage online of In This Moment performing live at the Ace of Spades in Sacramento, California. You can check out the clip below.
Warbringer has posted another video report online from the band's time recording an upcoming third full-length album. You can check out the clip below, or watch the previously posted video update at this location.
Massacre Records is currently offering a free song download from Supreme Pain. Head over to the Massacre Records Facebook page here and click "Like" to download the song "The Dark Army," which is off the band's new album "Divine Incarnation." The album is set for release on May 27th, 2011.
Swedish gothic metal outfit Lake Of Tears has posted a new music video online for the song, "Illwill." You can check it out below. The song is the title track from the group's latest studio album, which was released through AFM Records on April 29th.
Germany's Neuborn Open Air Festival will take place on August 26th and August 27th in Wörrstadt. Burden of Grief is the latest band to be confirmed to the open air festival's lineup. The current billing is as follows:
Burden of Grief
For further information on the festival (in German only), head over to this location.
Dutch metallers Sinister have checked in with the following announcement about canceling a festival appearance and parting ways with three members:
"Oh well, we've got bad news for you. First of all Sinister have to cancel their appearance at Mexico's Metal In The Forest Festival, because some members aren't able to leave their work. The band did everything to make it happen, but in the end it didn't work out.
"Unfortunately this would have been the last show in the current line-up from Sinister, which means this would have been the last chance to see the band live in this formation. As you may already have heard guitarist Alex Paul, drummer Edwin van den Eeden and bassist Joost van der Graaf have left the band. Vocalist Aad Kloosterwaard is now the only remaining band member.
"But don't be afraid the band will go on with a new line-up and will let the Sinister flame burn for some more years to come."
Germany's Voices of Destiny is currently recording a new full-length album, and the band has checked in with the first in a series of video studio diaries. You can check out the recording footage in the player below.
California based extreme metal outfit All Shall Perish has announced that the band has decided to cancel the previously planned tour of Europe, citing scheduling conflicts for the new album and the restructuring of band management as the reason.
All Shall Perish was scheduled to tour with Suicide Silence and After The Burial next month, as well as making appearances at such festivals as Graspop Metal Meeting.
The band's new album, "This Is Where It Ends" will be available on July 29th in North America and July 28th in Europe.
Dutch death/thrash metal outfit Legion Of The Damned has announced that their former bass player, Twan Fleuren has commited suicide. The details of his death have not yet been revealed. Twan Fleuren was at the beginning of the succes of Legion Of The Damned and recorded with the band the album "Elegy For The Weak" with Andy Classen in 2003, that was later re-released under the name "Feel The Blade" in 2007, as well as the recording of "Malevolent Rapture" in 2004, which was released in 2006.
Singer Maurice Swinkels stated: "Another very sad day in the Legion camp, Twan has been a great friend and we lost contact for several years because he was in some difficult times, only a few weeks back we were all back in contact again and it felt like these great old times were about to return, even Erik and me joined him on a terrace for a beer or two a few weeks ago, he even wanted to join us to With Full Force in July, where I was really looking forward to, he even showed alot of intrest in our new guitar player and the departure of Richard Ebisch. The bad news that came in today struck as a bomb, not for me only personally but also for the band Legion Of The Damned. Of course we wish his family and kids all the strength they need in this process. We will miss you brother and of course all of the upcoming Legion Of The Damned shows will be dedicated in his name!"
Drummer Erik announced following: "Yet another sad day in the history of Legion Of The Damned. We knew that Twan had to face some extreme difficult times, but we certainly did not expect this, he was about to join us at some upcoming festivals and we were really looking forward to that. Maurice and I are happy that we still had a nice chat and drink with him at a terrace not so long ago after a really long time of not seeing each other, rest in peace my friend and my sincere condolences to his family"
Andy Siry / Boomer Entertainment (management) states: "When Maurice informed me this afternoon that Twan commited suicide I was totally shocked and speechless. I remember when I met Twan at the first Legion Of The Damned tour in 2006 (with Cannibal Corpse, Kataklysm). Twan was a very kind and nice man and a good bass player. Our 'beer talks' were always funny. Twan made the decision to leave the band during this tour to take care of his wife and his two kids… and now this terrible news… and the big open question is of course, why??? What moves through us is a silence, a quiet sadness, a longing for one more day, one more word, one more touch, we cannot understand why Twan left this earth so soon, but little by little, we will begin to remember not just that Twan died, but that he lived. And that his life gave us memories too beautiful to forget. Twan will always stay a member of the Legion Of The Damned! RIP – brother , see you on the other side, and my condolances to Cristel, Nina & Joep and his family."
After posting the official music video online for the song "My Sacrifice," Chaos Beyond has now also posted two video clips of the band performing live. You can check out the live version of "My Sacrifice" below, and the clip for "Desecrating Essence" is available after the jump. The songs were performed during a live show on May 21st, 2011.
Leaves' Eyes has checked in with the following recap after the end of the "Meredead" tour:
"Back from a FANtastic tour! The grand final in Hannover was an unforgetable concert! A magic moment: The duet with Tarja and Liv singing 'Don't Give Up' (P. Gabriel)!
"We had a great time on the first part of the 'Meredead' tour! Thanks to all fans for the wonderful support! More tour dates will be announced soon! We would like to thank everybody involved and the bands we toured with: Tarja, Midnattsol, Serenity, The Kells and Markize."
A video update from the road during the tour is available for viewing here. Leaves' Eyes will also be performing at the Military Camp Festival, which is set to take place in Warsaw, Poland at the Amphitheatre in Sowinskiego Park on September 2nd. Tickets and further details are available here.
Borknagar recently signed with Century Media and re-recruited vocalist I.C.S. Vortex to the band's lineup. Asgeir Mickelson, who recorded the drums for the band's "Quintessence" album, has now posted a blog online discussing writing the lyrics for the "Colossus" track. You can listen to the track in the player below and read Mickelson's thoughts after the jump.
Sweden's Anachronaeon has revealed the cover artwork for the band's upcoming album "The Ethereal Throne" through Death Metal Baboon. You can check out the artwork below. A teaser trailer for the album is also available by heading over to this location.
German based act Hackneyed has now uploaded a third studio video clip, which features the band recording its 3rd album for Lifeforce Records. The studio footage can be viewed below, and the new album is currently slated for release this coming August, 2011. You can also check out the two previously posted studio reports here and at this location.
Conspires To... has issued the following statement about the release of the band's debut album:
"Well at long last our debut album Redemption, has been released and is now available for download via iTunes.
"Most of the tracks have been re-recorded or remixed so are different to the versions that have been kicking around on the net for some time now.
"Hope you pick up a copy and enjoy. Thanks for all the support we have received so far, it has been greatly received and has really spurred us on! This is only the beginning."
Conspires To... also recently posted an update discussing the band's musical influences, which can be read here. The track listing and cover artwork for "Redemption" can be viewed below.
3. The Path To Redemption
4. Falling Down
5. Voice In The Storm
7. Soul Destroyer
8. Death or Dishonour
9. From the Deep
10. Kill The King
11. New Born Day More...
Nightfall has posted footage online of the band performing the song "Espilon Lyrae" from the "Astron Black and the Thirty Tyrants" live at the Fuzz Club in Athens, Greece on April 8th, 2011. You can check out the clip below.
The band also recently announced an upcoming appearance at the Sonisphere festival in Athens, and also recruited two new band members.
A Perfect Circle, who kicked off their 2011 tour dates with a headlining set at Rock on the Range last night, has added three new dates to their upcoming six week swing across North America. The new dates are as follows:
August 1 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Kingsbury Hall
August 8 - Cincinnati, OH @ PNC Pavilion
August 10 - Wallingford, CT @ Oakdale Theatre
Tickets are on-sale June 3. VIP packages go on-sale simultaneously but can only be purchased through this website.
Here's the full list of the latest A Perfect Circle tour dates: More...
The World We Knew has announced a small batch of tour dates set to take place across the United States this June. Support on the trek is set to come from Legend. You can view the list of currently announced dates, cities and venues below. The latest studio report from The World We Knew is also available over at this location.
06/20 Tucson, AZ – Skrappy’s
06/21 Albuquerque, NM – El Rey Theater
06/22 Midland, TX – The Pine Box
06/23 San Antonio, TX – The White Rabbit
06/24 Conway, AR – Soundstage
06/25 St Louis, MO – Fubar
06/26 Des Monies, IA – Vaudeville Mews
06/27 Joliet, IL – Mojoe’s
06/28 Milwaukee, WI – The Miramar Theatre
06/29 Mt. Clemens, MI – The Hayloft
06/30 Indianapolis, IN – The Dojo (no Legend)
07/02 Barnesville, OH – The Senior Center (no Legend)
Bury Your Dead has revealed the dates for its forthcoming trip to Europe and the United Kingdom this coming august. The band will be touring in support of its upcoming new full length titled "Mosh & Roll." You can view the full list of dates, cities and venues below.
08/05 Wiesbaden, GER – Schlachthof
08/06 Leisnig, GER – Suck ‘N’ Summer
08/07 Essen, GER – Brotherhood Fest
08/08 Berlin, GER – Magnet
08/10 Wien, AUT – Viper Room
08/11 Augsburg, GER – Kantine
08/12 Comacchio, ITA – Voodoo Club
08/13 Stuttgart, GER – Juha West
08/14 Ieper, BEL – Ieperfest
08/15 Birmingham, UK – HMV Institute
08/16 Manchester, UK – Academy 3
08/17 Glasgow, UK – Ivory Blacks
08/18 London, UK – Underworld
08/19 Trier, GER – Exhaus
08/20 Kassel, GER – Hot Spot