Metal News for May 24, 2013
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Evile has been confirmed for this year's Formoz festival in Taiwan, which takes place on August 3rd and 4th. The festival will mark Evile's first appearance in eastern territories. Lead guitarist Ol Drake comments:
"We can't wait to finally get over to the east side of the world. We'd like to thank Formoz festival for inviting Evile! Get ready Taiwan! Evile are coming!"
For tickets and more information about Formoz festival, head to this location. Evile's new album, "Skull," is due to be released on Monday, May 27th in Europe via Earache Records, and on June 11th in the USA via Century Media/Earache Records. More...
In a recent video interview with Fuse, the dangerously aroused members of Steel Panther throw out some possible names for their upcoming album and insist that they'll play "Asian Hooker" at Ozzfest Japan. Check out the nonsense below.
Ukrainian black metallers Balfor are streaming pre-production versions of two tracks as a demo of what is to come on the band’s sophomore full-length album.
“Heralds of the Fall” and “Wolfbreed” were recorded in November 2012 at the Blacklight Studio, Ukraine, with long-time Balfor producer Dmitry “Yrt Glormkhaoth” Shulgin recording the bass guitars, while the band’s former guitarist Alexander “Agnarr” Takhmazov recorded lead guitars. Keyboards are by Ivan Popov.
Balfor is expected to enter the studio to record the full album later this fall. Having recently announced a lineup change that saw all the former members aside from founder and frontman Thorgeir leave the band, Balfor is set to play its first show with its new lineup on June 23rd at the Kilkim Zaibu Festival in Lithuania. More...
Polish act Scarlet Moon has posted the song "Plomienie Wojny (Wogastisburg 631)" online, which can be heard below. The track comes off the band's new album "Tam Gdzie Siega Slowo." The track listing is:
1. Lechicki Zmierzch (Intro)
2. Plomienie Wojny (Wogastisburg 631)
3. Duchy Cienistego Lasu
4. Baltyckie Wybrzeza
5. Tam Gdzie Siega Slowo
6. Wicher Falami Ognia [Sacrilegium Cover]
7. Bursztynowe Bramy Nawii
Just in time for the holiday weekend, California's Warbringer will play four select "War Without End 5th Anniversary" west coast dates starting tonight in Stockton, California at Plea for Peace with special guests Vektor and Hatchet.
Following these shows, the band will head to Anaheim, California to begin recording newly penned material with producer Steve Evetts. In addition to new tunes, this fall will see Warbringer back on the road supporting Kreator and Overkill. More...
I Am Novelist has posted a lyric video online for the track "I.D.G.A.F." Check it out below. The track comes off the band's new release "The Unheard," which is available for streaming/download at Bandcamp.
Charlemagne's new album "The Omens of Death" is being released May 27th, 2013. The band features renowned actor Christopher Lee, who has now posted a teaser trailer online for the release. Check it out below. More clips from the album and further details can be found at the Charlemagne website. The track listing is as follows:
1. The Portent
2. Charles the Great
3. The Siege
4. Massacre of the Saxons
5. Dawning of a New Age
6. Let Legend Mark Me As the King
7. The Betrayal
8. The Devil's Advocate
9. The Ultimate Sacrifice
10. Judgement Day
Xstrophy has posted the band's entire "My Tortured Past" album online, which is available for streaming at the Xstrophy website here. The track listing is as follows:
1. Inject Me With Pain
2. Intro To My Life
3. Devil's Nightmare
4. Forgotten Soul
5. No Peace Within a Shell
6. Raising the Brow
9. Until the End
10. Death Dishonored
11. The Age of Change
12. Gates of Shame More...
Icelandic metal act Skalmold has announced upcoming tour dates in support of latest album "Börn Loka" (reviewed here). The band comments:
"Europe, we are coming - Prepare for an Invasion from the North! We are glad to announce that Skálmöld will be joining Finntroll and Týr in September/October for 40 days of touring around the continent. The Icelandic, The Faroese and The Finnish + Metal and Beer = The best party you will ever attend! See you there!" More...
Trinidad based act Apokrypha has posted the new single "Condemn And Obey" online, which was recorded at Distressed Mobile Studios and can be heard below. The band also comments:
"Fans, it has been a very long time since you've last seen us, and as you were probably aware, there were many difficulties going on within the Apokrypha camp that had no doubt slowed our progression. But fear not. Now a year or so removed from all our problems, we are happy to report that all is well within the Apokrypha camp and this time we're back for good. With a new line-up - (ZN, Guitars and Drums), and an updated sound, along with the band revitalized as a unit, expect to see lots more of us in 2013 and beyond."
A new lyric video has been posted online for "Broken" by Massachusetts act Handsome Bastards. Check it out below. For more info on the band, head over to the Handsome Bastards Facebook profile.
Sweden's Wall of the Eyeless has posted the full "Wimfolsfestta" demo release online, which can be heard below or over at the group's Bandcamp page. The track listing is as follows:
2. The Longest Winter
3. Revulsion Fever
4. Piercing Mist More...
As the hometown of bands like Nachtmystium, Avichi, and Twilight, Chicago is no stranger to weird, off-kilter black metal, and it's no surprise to see a project like Surachai spring up amidst the ashes.
As the sole vision of tech wizard Surachai Sutthisasanakul, Surachai incorporates elements of noise, electronic, industrial, and ambient music into its black metal foundation. The three tracks that comprise "Embraced" span almost 35 minutes, and mark the beginning of a new chapter in Surachai's musical odyssey.
"This is the first time I’ve worked with a band and the result is pleasantly extreme," he comments. The formidable list of collaborators includes the following:
Drums – Charlie Werber (Guzzlemug, Murmur, Lovely Little Girls)
Guitars – Shane Prendeville (Guzzlemug, Murmur)
Guitars – Andrew Markuszewski (Nachtmystium, Avichi, Lord Mantis)
Acoustic Bass – Tom Kelly (Guzzlemug)
Sound Design – Richard Devine (Warp, Schematic)
Buchla Easel – Alessandro Cortini (Sonoio, NIN)
Guitars, Bass, Vocals, Synths, DSP – Surachai More...
Rabid Dogs has posted a documentary clip online covering the band's "Perpetual Hangover" 2013 mini-tour. Watch the band grinding and rolling across central Europe while partaking in alcohol, weed, and Norwegian reggae at full blast.
Oniricous has posted a teaser trailer online for the new album "Ritos Diabolicos," which can be viewed below. The album is also available for ordering via Razorback Records here.
"Ritos Diabolicos" was recorded and mixed at Moontower Studios in Spain and mixed and mastered by Dan Swano at Unisound Studios in Sweden.
Norwegian black/jazz rebels Shining will release new album, “One One One,” in North America on Tuesday (May 28th) via Prosthetic Records.
Mixed and co-produced by Sean Beaven (NIN, Marilyn Manson, Slayer), the album — which has been hailed by PopMatters as a “work of brilliance by an exciting band at the top of its game” — serves as the conclusion to the group’s “Blackjazz” trilogy.
You can stream the entire album (with a track-by-track commentary by frontman Jørgen Munkeby) through the playlist below. You can also catch the band live:
6/29 Steinkjer, NO – Steinkjerfestivalen
7/20 Tromso, NO – Bukta Festival
7/26 Oulu, FL – Qstock
7/27 Gamle Fredrikstad, NO – Manefestivalen
8/9 Haugesund, NO – Sildajazz
8/10 Oslo, NO – Oyafestivalen More...
Oklahoma City's Dischordia has a debut full-length recorded and ready for July release on Rogue Records America, and now the band will break in the new songs via the Speaking Ring Tour. The trek will take Dischordia across 13 states for a total of 18 dates in the USA.
"After the great success of the Waystation Tour, we know all the best places to play to break in our new material," comments Dischordia guitarist Keeno. "We can't wait to get back out on the road and shred it up again on the Speaking Ring Tour."
May 24 - San Antonio, TX - Fitzgeralds w/Wings of Abaddon, Fumar, Collect Your Dead
May 25 - Corpus Christi, TX - Zeros Hard Rock Club w/Modern Explorations, Circle of Vultures
May 26 - Metairie, LA - The Cypress w/Two-Day Nation, My Machine, Routine Fiend, Defy Me
May 27 - Pensacola, FL - The Handlebar w/Sarcophagi (FL), Obsydeon (AL)
May 30 - Birmingham, AL - The Nick Rocks w/A Day Worth Dying For, Deleo, Blindmute
May 31 - Gainesville, FL - Mars Pub & Arcade w/Through the Eyes of Servents (IL)
June 01 - Cocoa, FL - The 321 Local w/Thought of Redemption, Blame the Tyrant, Waverly Hills
June 02 - Tampa, FL - Pegasus Lounge w/Human Abolishment Theory, Judicator, Deathtruck
June 05 - *TBA*
June 06 - Raleigh, NC - The Maywood w/Escher, Ectomb
June 07 - Newark, DE - Mojo Main w/Alustrium, Seeds of Perdition, Last Nail Driven, Curser
June 08 - Secaucus, NJ - The Blue Room w/I Am The Trireme, Helcaraxe, Anticosm, Ominous
June 10 - Pittsburgh, PA - The Shop w/Slaves BC, Dope Lake
June 11 - Indianapolis, IN - Beale Street Live w/Summon the Destroyer, Wrath Incarnate
June 12 - Chicago, IL - The Mutiny w/Everything Must Die, Jacky Boy's Head, Venus Bear Trap
June 13 - Chicago, IL - Grandbar w/Everything Must Die, Air Raid, Wounds
June 14 - *TBA*
June 15 - OKC, OK - The Chameleon Room w/Broken Flesh, Commotio Cordis, Indeed Sir
Illinois act Relentless has recruited new vocalist Carlee Jackson. Relentless will be re-recording the band's debut album "Souls of Charon" with the new vocalist and hopes for a release in July / August 2013.
"Souls of Charon" will be released on Chicago based label Do Or Die Records. A preview of the track "United in Darkness" with the new vocalist can be heard below. Relentless consists of:
Carlee Jackson - Vocals
Tim Pearson - Guitars, Bass
Dan Klein - Drums
The "Souls of Charon" track listing is:
1. Trapped Underground
2. Better off Dead
3. United By Darkness
4. Final Wishes
5. Forever Damned
6. Souls of Charon More...
Portuguese metallers Shadowsphere will enter Wrecords Studio on June 5th to begin the recordings of a new EP, which will include two new songs and three cover versions and is set for release in September.
The new EP will be produced by Wilson Silva (More Than A Thousand), who previously worked with the band while recording the cover of Dark Tranquility’s “Focus Shift” for the tribute album “The Final Resistance,” out now via Suspiria Records.
The band will also open up for Unearth on July 9th at Republica da Musica in Lisbon, Portugal.
Shadowsphere’s last album “Inferno” was recorded and produced by Tiago Canadas at Poison Apple Studios and mastered by Jim Fogarty. You can stream the full album at this location.
Debauchery and Eisregen are joining forces and will embark on tour together in November and December 2013. During the Todestage tour 2013, both bands will play gigs in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland:
08.11.2013 DE Peine / OT Gadenstedt - Black Hand Inn
09.11.2013 DE Würzburg - Posthalle
16.11.2013 CH Zürich - Dynamo
22.11.2013 DE Hamburg - Markthalle
23.11.2013 DE Essen - Turock
29.11.2013 AT Wien - Szene
30.11.2013 DE München - Backstage
13.12.2013 DE Berlin - K17
14.12.2013 DE Erfurt - From Hell More...
Canada's Final Trigger is proud to announce the release of new album "Skrap Metal Vol. II" on July 9th via Boonsdale Records. The album is the follow-up to 2009 debut "Skrap Metal." Drummer JJ Tartaglia comments:
"This new album is definitely the closest we've gotten to capturing the energy of Final Trigger on record. It's heavier than the last one, but also more dynamic. There's something for everyone - the anthem, the epic, the metal, the hip-hop, the catchy. Our overall sound has matured nicely, and I'm confident the fans will be satisfied. It's a flagship release for cross-over metal, a testament to Final Trigger's vision and a trophy for Canadian music."
The track listing is as follows:
1. Face It
2. Through The Darkness
3. Knock Somebody Out
4. Just A Freak
5. Time I’ve Wasted
7. T.H.C. More...
My Kingdom Music has checked in with the following announcement about inking a deal with Dragonhammer:
"My Kingdom Music is absolutely delighted to announce that they have signed one of the best Italian bands ever: Dragonhammer. The new album titled 'The X Experiment' will be released on October 21st, 9 years after the last band's release.
"The album could be defined an explosive mix of power, epic, and progressive metal in the real Dragonhammer tradition and style, and is based on a great futuristic concept, a modern fantastic story set in a post-nuclear world where the chaos reigns.
"'The X Experiment,' recorded by a completely renewed line-up leaded by the talent of Gae Amodio and Max Aguzzi, will have great special guests of international level and we are sure will sign the return to the glorious past of a historical reality of the Italian Metal scene.
"The release will be followed and promoted by a series of live shows in Europe. More details and news soon." More...
Having recently inked a deal with Nuclear Blast Entertainment, The Defiled can now reveal the artwork for forthcoming album "Daggers," set to be released on August 2nd.
The artwork was designed and executed by Scott Chalmers, the band's long time photographer. Keyboardist The AvD explains the concept:
“Daggers were made for only one thing - killing or betraying your fellow man. And one stab is almost always never enough… The flowers symbolize goodwill with the prospect of a co-operative future. The dagger behind the back symbolizes the ulterior motives, the insincerity and the impending disappointment that surrounds us all. This theme runs through all the tracks on the album.
"The concept was born out of a scene we wanted in our new video for 'Unspoken.' We wanted the two main characters shaking hands with daggers behind their backs. We were originally going to call the track 'Daggers' but then opted to go for 'Unspoken.' The song is about the politics of life and it seemed more fitting. We also didn't want to limit the word 'Daggers' to only one song on the album, as it is the overall feeling we wanted for the full project.”
"Daggers" is The Defiled’s second studio album and debut release on Nuclear Blast Entertainment. It follows the debut "Grave Times" (2011). More...
Decibel Magazine has recently conducted an interview with French black metallers Aosoth concerning new album "IV: Arrow In Heart" (out now on Agonia Records) and the band's stateside debut at the Maryland Deathfest this weekend.
"Our set now consists of a majority of material off IV: An Arrow In Heart," comments the band on their first-ever US show. "We’re using samples and things like that, to complete that feeling of immersion and oppression. It should be a pretty interesting experience for the listeners, although it might also be unpleasant to some."
The full interview, along with a new song premiere "One With The Prince With A Thousand Enemies," is available here, or you can hear the song below. The new album's track listing is:
1. An Arrow in Heart
2. One With The Prince With A Thousand Enemies
3. Temple of Knowledge
4. Under The Nails and Fingertips
5. Broken Dialogue 1
5. Broken Dialogue 2
6. Ritual Marks of Penitence More...
Swedish blackened metal outfit Pest has premiered the first song off forthcoming album "The Crowning Horror." Check out "Volcanic Eyes" below.
The release will hit shops on June 18th in Europe and July 9th in North America via Agonia Records. "The Crowning Horror" will be available on a noble 8-panel digipack CD, digitally, and on vinyl (first 100 copies on a solid, purple wax vinyl)
The band commented: "After years of silence, a new wave of black death will finally strike the world. The plague is upon us. Bring the darkness!"
1. The Funeral Hours
2. A Face Obscured By Death
3. Volcanic Eyes
4. Devil’s Mark
6. The Abomination of the God
7. Thirteen Chimes
9. The Crowning Horror
10. Eternal Curse More...
New York hardcore legends Biohazard have announced a string of upcoming European tour dates for this summer, in addition to the previously announced North American shows in June.
Check out full details in the tour poster below. The band continues to tour in support of the 2012 comeback album "Reborn In Defiance." More...
Finnish metal monsters Children of Bodom have just uploaded a making-of video for the “Transference” video, providing behind-the-scenes impressions of the video shooting in Poland. Check it out below, or watch the full music video at this location.
The track is taken from the upcoming album "Halo Of Blood" set for a June 11th North American release via Nuclear Blast Records. The track listing for the album is:
1. Waste Of Skin
2. Halo Of Blood
3. Scream For Silence
5. Bodom Blue Moon (The Second Coming)
6. Your Days Are Numbered
7. Dead Man's Hand On You
8. Damage Beyond Repair
9. All Twisted
10. One Bottle and a Knee Deep
On June 17th, Dutch black metal veterans Countess will release a new EP entitled "Sermons Of The Infidel." The EP will be exclusively available digitally through the group's official Bandcamp site.
"Sermons Of The Infidel" features 35 minutes of metal spread over eight tracks: six brand new versions of Countess classics and two new songs. The EP is the first Countess release since 2011’s full-length "On Wings Of Defiance," and two tracks from that album will be featured in new renditions.
The track listing is:
1. Hymn To The Gods Of Yore
2. Trumpets Of Dawn
3. I Am The Infidel
4. Sermon Of The Devil Preacher
5. Son Of The Dragon
6. Child Of The Millennia
7. City Of Satan
8. Chosen By The God
"Sermons Of The Infidel" also marks the return of guitarist Zagan, who was last heard on the "Revenge" album over a decade ago. More...
Ensiferum just recently returned to the stage after Markus Toivonen experienced a health issue, and now the band has issued the following update about keyboardist Emmi Silvennionen missing upcoming shows:
"Unfortunately, it will not be possible for Emmi Silvennoinen (keyboards) to perform on the South American tour starting next week due to personal reasons.
"The shows will go ahead as planned and the band will perform with Emmi's parts as backing tracks, so you needn't worry about the shows missing the signature Ensiferum melodies! We'd like to assure you that everything is fine within the band - Emmi is healthy and this is just for this tour because of circumstances beyond her control. She will be performing at future Ensiferum shows.
"We hope to see as many of you as possible at the shows and look forward to playing in South America for the first time!"
Combining melodic guitar solos with speed and technicality, while throwing in the snarl of death metal, U.K. act Cryostorm works all angles for a listen that's brutal and endlessly energetic.
"Version" is Cryostorm's debut full-length album featuring all of the band's earliest material, with three tracks previously being demoed on the "Destroyer Of Ardor" sampler CD released at Bloodstock 2011.
Today Metalunderground.com is proud to bring you the final finished product - check out all the tracks from "Version" in the player below!
A launch party for the "Version" CD will also take place at The Cavern in Exeter on the 27th of May. Full details are available at the show's Facebook event page.
The band's upcoming second album has already been written and recording will begin sometime in the not too distant future, so stay tuned for further news. More...
"Cancer Eradication," the second album from Christ Denied, is finished and ready for its release on June 15th va Xtreem Music. You can now hear the new song "Weak Lunatics" below.
Just two weeks after this, the band will perform its very 1st show ever in Christ Denied's almost 20 year history! This will be at the Move Your Fucking Brain Fest in Barcelona, followed a week later by the Obscene Extreme Fest in Czech Republic and later on, in October, at the Ritual Zombi Fest in Madrid.
The "Cancer Eradication" track listing is:
1. Weak Lunatics
2. Blasphemic Blessings
3. Putrid Christian Blood
4. Christ is Gone
5. Limbless God
6. Prophylactic Execution
7. Beheading the Abomination
8. Infidel's Triumph
9. Of the Underworld (Imprecation) More...
Brazilian power/progressive act Perc3ption is streaming the first single from the band's upcoming debut full length LP "Reason And Faith." The song "Surrender" can be heard streaming in the player below. The album was produced by Almah frontman Edu Falaschi (Ex-Angra) and is expected for release in the second half of 2013.
Falaschi commented on the album: “I’m very happy to present my new work as a Producer! It has been luck to be invited by this great band to produce their debut album, we have worked hard together and the result is amazing! I’ve done my best to offer all my experience to the band and to join our forces with these great musicians and friends. Of course, this result wouldn’t be possible without them. This debut will give a lot to the rock scene of today!"
Check out "Surrender" here: More...
Chthonic premiered its second music video from the upcoming "Bú-Tik" release, scheduled to drop June 3rd via Spinefarm Records. The video is for "Sail Into Sunset's Fire," which originally premiered over on Terrorizer's website, but which is also shown below. The band recently issued a music video for "Defenders Of Bú-tik Palace".
The track listing for the album is:
1. Arising Armament (Intro)
2. Supreme Pain For The Tyrant
3. Sail Into The Sunset’s Fire
4. Next Republic (streaming here)
5. Rage Of My Sword
6. Between Silence And Death
7. Resurrection Pyre
8. Set Fire To The Island
9. Defenders Of Bú-tik Palace
10. Undying Rearmament (Outro)
Check out the video here: More...
Gothminister posted a new music video for the track "Someone Is After Me." The video is the second for the latest LP "Utopia" - "Horrorshow" can be seen at this location. The album is available as a CD and a limited edition CD, which includes a bonus concert/movie DVD.
The concept of "Utopia' was inspired by Bjørn Alexander Brem's life and nightmares (lawyer by day/Gothminister by night). Check out "Someone Is After Me":
German act Suidakra unleashes it new LP "Eternal Defiance" today via AFM Records. Coinciding with its release, the band posted a 6+ minute preview clip, which can be heard below. Fans can get the first glimpse of inew guitarist/clean vocalist Marius Pesch (Kingdom of Salvation) and bassist Tim Siebrecht (Ex-Sleeping Gods) with the band.
The track list for "Eternal Defiance" is:
1. Storming The Walls
2. Inner Sanctum
3. Beneath The Read Eagle
4. March Of Conquest
5. Pair Dadeni
6. The Mindsong
7. Rage For Revenge
8. Dragon’s Head
9. Defiant Dreams
10. Damnatio Memoriae
11. Mrs. McGrath (Bonus Track)
Check out the clip here: More...