Metal News for May 27, 2012
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13 news articles posted on this day.
Rocky mountain stoner metal band Low Gravity is streaming its entire six song debut EP "Incarnadine" over on Bandcamp. This recent EP was recorded at Motaland Studio in Denver, Colorado and engineered by Bart McCrorey. Low Gravity refers to itself as "three drinkers with a music problem." They have an upcoming show at Bender's Tavern in Denver on August 3rd. Stream all six songs from "Incarnadine" below.
San Diego's Fates Demise has posted the "Red Eyes" single online for streaming, which is taken off the band's debut album "Sins Of A Life Past" released late last month. Check out the song in the player below, or hear more from Fates Demise via Facebook.
The track listing is as follows:
1. The Devil's Water
2. Sins of a Life Past
3. All in
4. Red Eyes
5. Vatican Skies
Gotthard has continued to post more track-by-track video clips online explaining each song from the band's upcoming new album "Firebirth." You can check out the latest two clips below covering the songs "The Story's Over" and "Shine," or find the previously posted sixth video for "Tell Me" at this location.
Italian alternative metal band Klogr has posted a new tour webisode online from the band's trek to the U.S. Check out the tour video footage in the YouTube player available below.
Klogr also has the following upcoming European shows:
Jun 06th - L'Appart Cafe - Reims (FRANCE)
Jun 07th - K-Fées - Valdoie (FRANCE)
Jun 08th - Le Korigan - Luynes (FRANCE)
Jun 09th - L'Altherax - Nice (FRANCE)
Jun 28th - Sea Legend Steak House – Pozzuoli (NA)- (ITALY)
July 12th - Festa PD – Correggio (RE) – (ITALY)
July 19th - Happyness Festival – Castelfidardo (AN) – (ITALY)
July 20th - Torino Metal est – Collegno (TO) – (ITALY)
Florida act Adaliah has issued the following announcement about parting ways with drummer Mark Abbacchi:
"For those of you who haven't heard already, we have parted ways with our drummer Mark due to personal differences within the band. We wish him the best of luck with whatever he chooses to pursue.
"We will be dropping our upcoming shows such as june 3rd at transitions and june 9th at state theater. Our next show will be florida fest 2 on june 17th at transitions.
"We are also hitting the road again in July with Legend, Dr. Acula, Delusions and Bermuda! Check out these shows and come hang out because this is a tour you don't want to miss!"
For more info on upcoming Adaliah tour dates, head over to the band's Facebook profile.
Danish power metal band Evil Masquerade (featuring Firewind vocalist Apollo Papathanasio) posted a new music video for the track "A Silhouette." The song appears on the band's new LP "Pentagram," out now on Dark Minstrel Music.
Check out the video here:
Thy Darkened Shade is releasing debut album “Eternvs Mos, Nex Ritvs” though W.T.C Productions, and a track from the album titled "The Great Serpent Self" is now available for streaming in the player below.
The album's track listing is as follows:
1. Deceased Ambience
2. Reconstruction of Soul and Matter
3. The Great Serpent Self
4. To Suffer the Perpetual Curses
5. Narrow Fields of Life
6. For Sinister Might
7. Inferior Deathplan
8. The Clandestine Insight of Immorality
The band sums up the concept of “Eternvs Mos, Nex Ritvs” as follows:
"Thy Darkened Shade's Eternvs Mos, Nex Ritvs signifies the eternal quest for the freedom of pneuma ((Eternal Will)) and the death of life ((Rites of Death)) along with the end of the limited cosmic re-birth and the final restoration of what once was and what will become. The energies that this ancient grimoire summons therein begin from Gamaliel, after the permission of our Goddess Naamah has been granted, in order to open the gates of the unconscious. It is from Gamaliel that our Spider Goddess grants us the wisdom to manipulate our dreams and the dreams of our opfers by giving back to Her the life-force of the enemies of ageless light.
"Hence, the path starts from the astral plane and with the guidance of Abnukta (Deceased Ambience) our darkest desires begin to unveil themselves. From the Black Moon She weaves her spider web to the other Qliphotic shells, while She endeavors eternal union with Samael by the awakening of the Kundalini force (Tanin'iver) in order to unite the Black with the Red Dragon (Taninsam). They (Samael-Lilith) construct in that way The Great Serpent Self (Qayin) and the 11 headed manifests.
"Moreover, it is through Daath that the personal Wyrd of the magician (Reconstruction of Soul and Matter) uncovers itself and the gate to Sitra Ahra opens (To Suffer the Perpetual Curses). For this is the gate that has been empowered by the curses (Narrow Fields of Life) and the Sinister Might of our evil deeds will eventually summon warfare that will lead the cosmic nothingness (Inferior Deathplan) to the Primordial Waters of Tehom, thus the pleroma arrives and the dreams become soundless again (The Clandestine Insight of Immorality)." More...
Katatonia, which is currently working on a new album to be released in September, has issued the following announcement about Anders "Blakkheim" Nyström missing the band's upcoming show in Russia:
"We are currently on our way to Russia, but we have some bad news. Unfortunately Anders is very sick and unable to travel with us, so we send our regards and wish him a speedy recovery.
"The show must go on and we didn't want our fans to miss out so we have decided to carry on and play the concerts without him. We look forward to seeing you all over the next couple of days!"
For more info on the upcoming album, check out our recent interview with Katatonia while the band was still in the recording process. In related news, Diabolical Masquerade, the former side project from Anders Nyström, was recently covered in our Unearthing the Metal Underground column.
Dutch act Massive Assault, which will splitting with the band's drummer Gideon at the end of the year, has now issued the following brief announcement about canceling upcoming tour dates due to guitarist Fredde Kaddeth's girlfriend being injured:
"Some very sad news - Massive Assault has cancelled every gig between now and the 10th of June. The reason is, as stated before, because Fredde's girlfriend was involved in a terrible car crash. She has had surgery and is still in the hospital."
Details on any rescheduled upcoming live appearances will be announced as the band reveals them. In the meantime, you can find more details on Massive Assault and listen to the band's music at MySpace.
Germany's Thorngoth has issued the following announcement about delays in the release of the "Schwarz-Karg-Kalt" album:
"In February we announced to expect some samples of our upcoming album 'SCHWARZ-KARG-KALT' in May. The album isn't finished yet and we're still working on it. We will upload those samples on our sites ASAP."
The band also commented on canceling a previously announced festival appearance:
"We're saddened to announce that we have to cancel the show at Zwergenaufstand 2012 Festival due urgent professional reasons."
More details on the upcoming album will be announced as they are made available. You can also listen to Thorngoth's music over on the band's MySpace page.
Sepultura guitarist Andreas Kisser recently joined German thrash metal veterans Kreator on stage at the Rock in Rio Lisbon festival in Lisbon, Portugal, to perform the classic songs, "Extreme Aggression" and "People Of The Lie." You can check out fan filmed footage below. Kreator will be releasing their brand new studio album, "Phantom Antichrist" in Europe on June 1st, with a North American release of June 5th to follow. More...
In March, former Kyuss members Josh Homme and Scott Reeder filed a federal lawsuit against ex-bandmates John Garcia and Brant Bjork over their involvement in the band Kyuss Lives!, alleging "trademark infringement and consumer fraud."
Garcia and Bjork have largely kept silent since the lawsuit's filing, but they recently agreed to answer questions from Rolling Stone over email. Here's an excerpt:
Rolling Stone: Did the federal lawsuit filed by Josh and Scott in March come as a surprise?
John Garcia: Completely. Originally, the suit was only filed by Josh. Scott was not even involved; just recently, he has decided to join Josh in the suit.
Brant Bjork: Was I surprised? As far as Scott is concerned, yes, I was very surprised. I wasn't surprised by Josh at all. They don't want to mention that they trademarked the name Kyuss after I left the band, assuring that I had no rights in Kyuss' future. They're both accusing John and I of doing something that they actually did themselves. Their inner conflict is this: both Josh and Scott want control and money from Kyuss Lives!, but they don't want to participate and they ultimately don't want us to exist. The double standard is unbelievable.
Due to Nick's [Oliveri's] personal legal issues, Scott played multiple shows with us last year. The shows were great, the fans were stoked and we gave Scott the salary he asked for, which made him the highest-paid member of the band. We have a lot of respect for Scott as a musician and had a lot of respect for him as a person. Based on the fact that John and I jammed with Nick at Hellfest in 2010, we asked Nick to be the bass player and its quite obvious Scott is bitter about that. Scott's stance is weak and shameful.
In the summer of 1987, I started a band with my best friend, Chris Cockrell. This band would ultimately become Kyuss. Kyuss was a name I found in a Dungeons and Dragons book called Fiend Folio. Kyuss is a big part of my life as a musician, and when someone asks me formal questions about Kyuss, or wants to discuss the band casually, I can't help having a point of view that is naturally inherited by someone who is the original founding member.
Josh filing this lawsuit is not an issue of today … it's an issue that began over 20 years ago. That is why the band was short-lived. Josh and I were the creative force within the band and after the completion of our second record, Blues for the Red Sun, we developed an opposing view on how the band should exist and operate. In 1992 Josh discovered publishing, which is the financial revenue stream for songwriting. After that, he wanted to write all the songs. As a drummer I couldn't make him play my songs. I wasn't going to compromise my heart and soul and play drums for Josh to make money in a band I started. So I left the band. I was a confused, angry and sad 19-year-old idealist who sacrificed my love of my band for what I believed in. Two-and-a-half years later, Josh would break up the band after John confronted him about the same thing; his need to control the band for personal gain.
After Kyuss broke up, Josh started a new band where he could have ultimate control. This band was Queens of the Stone Age, and with this band Josh arrived at the level of success and rewards that he was in pursuit of with Kyuss. It's very clear that Kyuss was not meant to be his vehicle for personal gain. Queens of the Stone Age was the effort that was proper for bringing him his fame and fortune. For years, understandably, there has been a misconception that Kyuss was Josh's band. I assume this is the result of his controlling the songwriting on the remaining records. This untruth has affected Josh's ability to accept historical fact to the point that he truly believes he is entitled to dictate what we do with a band that we are all responsible for. The simple fact that we got the band back together and successfully brought Kyuss back to the people without him has left Josh's ego bruised. Even though I respected the music Kyuss made without me, I swallowed the bitter pill of watching the band carry on after I left, and now Josh is getting a taste. I dealt with that taste by learning the music business and carrying on with new bands and a solo career for the last 18 years. Josh is dealing with this taste by taking John and I to federal court. I've known Josh since I was 10 years old. How a person who has experienced the richness of life that he has would take the time to take his past band members and friends – guys who directly contributed to his ability to go on to have his own successful career – is sad. I feel sorry for him. But no, I'm not surprised. This is a classic conflict fueled by power, control, money and greed and this lawsuit leaves no question who is part of the problem and who is part of the solution.
Brant and John also go so far as to say that they plan to continue touring and hopefully even writing new records with Kyuss Lives!
Read the full article at RollingStone.com.
Let it never be said that heavy music only appeals to a small demographic. If it weren’t for four Rastafarian Black Sabbath fans, hardcore music wouldn’t be what it is today, and perhaps nor would heavy music in general. When the four young men from Washington D.C. discovered punk music, they would form a band that would influence thousands of others, with several of these becoming popular or influential acts themselves. Indeed, where would music be today without the Bad Brains?
The band originally formed as a jazz funk outfit named Mind Power in 1975 but their path was altered forever two years later when a friend introduced them to the punk rock sounds of the Sex Pistols and The Dickies amongst others. They soon became obsessed with the genre and changed their name to Bad Brains, inspired by the song, "Bad Brain" by The Ramones. Punk was not the only interest that gripped the four young men either. After witnessing a Bob Marley concert, they became enthralled by reggae music and the Rastafari movement. The groups original singer, Sid McCray left soon after the bands inception, and guitarist H.R. (Human Rights) took over the role as frontman. Their shows were notorious for their extremely high level of intensity and they became an influential force in the D.C. hardcore scene, particularly H.R. who claims he encouraged Ian MacKaye to spread the Straight Edge philosophy with his band Minor Threat and inspired Henry Rollins to join Black Flag. Such was the craziness of their live shows that they soon found themselves on the receiving end of an unofficial ban from many clubs in the D.C. area, and soon decided to relocate to New York. They were instantly accepted in New York and performed regularly at the legendary CBGBs club and with other young hardcore acts like Reagan Youth and the Beastie Boys (yes, those Beastie Boys.)
In January of 1982, the band finally released their first album, a self-titled effort available exclusively on cassette at first through ROIR Records. The album has since been hailed as one of the greatest albums in the history of punk and hardcore, if not the greatest. Its breathtaking blend of hardcore punk and reggae music made them stand out from their contemporaries, not least thanks to their obvious musical ability. They released their second album, "Rock For Light" the next year through PVC Records, and re-recorded several songs from their self-titled debut for the release, as well as including older songs such as "At The Movies" in addition to new material. More...