Metal News for May 27, 2014
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For this week's Pit Story, we caught up with German metal outfit Holy Moses, which was also covered in our Sunday Old School column last month.
The pit usually takes place apart from the band, but at a festival stop last year the fans had to share the mosh directly with Holy Moses! Vocalist Sabina Classen shares this story of a circle pit breaking out on-stage while the band was still playing:
We had a cool pit story in August 2013 at Oulu Festival in Finland. We already played there a few years before. A Holy Moses tradition is to bring up a few people to the stage for the last song to headbang with us. This seems to be rather unusual there and the Finnish rules are strict. Back then the security was a bit overwhelmed with all the people coming unto the stage. When we showed up this time, the first thing they asked us, was if would do that again. We said “of course!”
At this festival there were special areas a bit further in the back, where people could drink alcohol. It wasn’t allowed in front of the stage. So there were a lot of people rather in the back having a beer and some thirsty people in the front. At the last song we invited, as usual, some people to join us on stage. These people were on fire. They started doing a circle pit on stage. We never had that before. We had to be a bit careful to not get run over, haha. We all had great fun. I think some the guys stole some of our stage beer, but that was OK. We were done anyway and they were not being allowed drinking in front of the stage and they were thirsty.
You can see the on-stage circle pit for yourself via the video below (at about the 50 second mark). Check it out, and let us know about your favorite time at a show that the band and the fans collided for some good old fashioned moshing.
Holy Moses has a new album titled "Redefined Mayhem" out now via SPV/Steamhammer, with the artwork available below the video clip. More...
Hush. has revealed "We Left Like Birds," the next new song off the band's upcoming debut full-length, "Unexist." Stream "We Left Like Birds" below, courtesy of Revolver Magazine.
Out June 24th, "Unexist" was mixed by Scott Evans (Old Man Gloom, Ladder Devils) and mastered by Brad Boatright (High on Fire, Nails).
Huish., based in Albany, NY, features former and current members of From Ashes Rise, Self Defense Family, and Endicott. You can also hear the previously released track "Solus" at this location, and the full "We Left Like Birds" track listing is as follows:
2. Eater of All Things
3. We Left Like Birds
4. Infinite Recursion
5. Waves of Exultation
7. Splendor More...
Norwegian outfit Among Gods today releases new album "Monument" via PRC Music, and you can stream all the tracks in the player below or over at Bandcamp here. The track listing is as follows:
1. Malstrøm 03:10
2. Cold Pathetic Eyes 03:47
3. Monument 04:13
4. V8 04:37
5. Summon Them Back 06:00
6. Hands of Williams 05:44
7. Four Paths to Hell 05:59
8. Eternal 05:17
9. Feathers and Doom 04:33 More...
Breaking two years of silence since the release of a self-titled debut LP, today New York City-based morbid sludge metal band Serpentine Path unleashes second album, "Emanations," once again through Relapse Records.
To unveil "Emanations" to the masses for its street date, The Obelisk is now exclusively streaming the album in full at this location. The new album's track listing is as follows:
1. Essence of Heresy
2. House of Worship
3. Treacherous Waters
5. Disfigured Colossus
6. Systematic Extinction
7. Torment More...
Sovengar will release "Vindicta Et Gloria" on June 16th, 2014 via Art Gates Records. Pre-orders are available at this location, and the track listing is as follows:
1. Call to the Batlte
2. Battle of Asgard
3. Thor's Legacy
4. Fight or Die
5. Master of Wind ft. Molna (Wyrdamur)
6. Brutal Battle
7. Vindicta et Gloria
8. Legion of Fire
9. Final Conquest ft. Thomas Quilez (Black Jack) More...
Helgardh has a new video clip out now for "The Aberration Scars," which can be seen below and comes off the upcoming "Mallevs Maleficarvm" release. For more info on Helgardh, head over to the band's official Facebook profile here.
Arch Enemy's upcoming album "War Eternal" - the first to feature new vocalist Alissa White-Gluz, who replaced Angela Gossow - is due to be released on June 9th in Europe and June 10th in North America.
Today a new video clip was released for the track "You Will Know My Name" has been released onlien, which can be seen below courtesy of Metal Hammer UK.
The “You Will Know My Name” clip was once again directed by the band’s long time friend and collaborator Patric Ullaeus. The full "War Eternal" album track listing is as follows:
1. Tempore Nihil Sanat (Prelude in F minor)
2. Never Forgive, Never Forget
3. War Eternal
4. As The Pages Burn
5. No More Regrets
6. You Will Know My Name
7. Graveyard Of Dreams
8. Stolen Life
9. Time Is Black
10. On And On
12. Down To Nothing
13. Not Long For This World More...
For the third installment of “The Making Of Cannibal” series, Wretched bassist Andrew Grevey delves into what makes fourth full-length album, "Cannibal," the band's most dynamic release to date.
Grevey touches on the group's drive for perfection through meticulous preparation and how much it means to perform and give back to the fans.
"Cannibal" is due out June 10th, 2014. You can also watch the previously posted video in the making-of series at this location.
Wovenwar has released the second in a series of studio videos covering the band's time recording an upcoming self-titled album.
Wovenwar, featuring the talents of Jordan Mancino (drums), Nick Hipa (guitar), Phil Sgrosso (guitar) and Josh Gilbert (bass) of As I Lay Dying, and Shane Blay (vocals) of Oh, Sleeper, also just released the first single titled "All Rise." Give it a listen at this location.
Over the last year, Wovenwar completed work on the new material recorded with producer Bill Stevenson (Descendents, Black Flag) with mixing duties currently being handled by Colin Richardson (Slipknot, Machine Head, Trivium). Wovenwar's debut self-titled release will be dropping in late summer 2014.
Greek extreme metal act Septicflesh released the third part in an ongoing video series on the making of the band's upcoming new opus "Titan." This part discusses the album's photography and artwork. "Titan" will drop on June 20th (EU) via Season of Mist and June 23rd (USA) via Prosthetic Records.
The track list for the album is:
Check out part three of the video series here: More...
Recently wrapping up the "Rated M For MaTour," Ottawa's video game rock nerds in Double Experience are taking no time to rest before hitting the road again and going South to the USA for the "Smells Like Freedom" tour this June.
The trek includes performances at Pegasus Records Store in Florence, AL and video game stores Game Over in Houston, TX and Austin, TX.
"Though this won't be our first time touring in the USA, each show we booked was in a city or state we have never played before. We've already compiled another list of dream locations to visit based on the Food Network, too," comments bassist Tim Kealey.
The band is gearing up for the August 1st release of forthcoming album "721835," recorded by fellow science-fiction aficionado Al Jacob (He is Legend, A Skylit Drive) in North Carolina. A curious collection of songs that are inspired by everything the band loves and considers nerdy, the album showcases a creative sound influenced by geeky comic books, trading cards, and classic 8 bit games. See the band live on these dates:
June 13 - Chesapeake, VA @ Roger's
June 14 - Chapel Hill, NC @ Chapel Hill Underground
June 19 - Florence, AL @ Pegasus Garage Records Tapes & CDs, Comics
June 20 - Pensacola, FL @ The Handlebar
June 21 - Houston, TX @ Game Over
June 22 - Austin, TX @ Headhunters
June 24 - Austin, TX @ Game Over
June 27 - Kansas City, KS @ John Barleycorn's Bar
June 28 - Overland, MO @ Just Bill's Place
June 30 - Chicago, IL @ The Elbo Room More...
Mexico's CemeteriuM is gearing up to release new album "As Death Consumes The Earth" on June 13th, 2014. Today the band has also released a new lyric video for the track "Breathing Poisoned Air," which can be seen below.
The Southwest noise punks in American Standards just released a new song from the band's upcoming EP "Hungry Hands."
The video for the song "Casket Party" is the first of three tracks from the EP, due out May 30th on CD, vinyl, and cassette. Pre-orders are available at this location and the track listing is as follows:
1. Casket Party
2. Circus Rats
3. The Complex Death Machine More...
Portland, Oregon's Bastard Feast is streaming the first track off forthcoming new album, "Osculum Infame" ("The Shameful Kiss"). The track, titled "Bloated City," is streaming below.
"Osculum Infame" will be released by Season of Mist on July 22nd (July 18th worldwide), and is available for pre-order at the Season of Mist E-Shop. The track listing is as follows:
1. Bloated City
2. Old Father
3. The Rats Through Our Veins
4. The Serpent Spoke
5. Noose Of Smoke
6. A Tribute To What We Stole
7. Watchful Defiler
8. Claustrophobic Of This World
9. Fields Of Black Cancer
10. Synthetic Messiah
Bastard Feast's forthcoming full-length was recorded, mixed, and mastered by Stephan Hawkes at Interlace Audio in Portland, Oregon. Regarding the new album, guitarist Taylor Robinson had this to say:
"The new record is a change in the path for us. We have dialed in our sound even more and sold our souls to hell to channel more darkness. The album is lyrically bleak and filled with contempt. Adding a 2nd guitar and finding our new bass player Jesse has completed our brotherhood for this band. We feel that everyone who will hear this music will be drawn in...its truly hateful and inspired." More...
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Rob Scallon, who recently posted a ukelele cover of Slayer's "War Ensemble," is at it again, this time covering "Raining Blood" on the banjo. While the playing might not be quite as good as in "War Ensemble," the video and props make up for it and result in a fun watch.
Belgian melodic black metal act Saille has set "Eldritch" as the title of the band's third full-length album, which follows sophomore release "Ritu" (reviewed here).
The CD is currently being recorded and cover artwork will be created by Dutch designer Negakinu. Saille vocalist Dennie Grondelaers comments: "We have created what we hope will be a step up from 'Ritu'. A tight concept with the right audial and visual stimulation, our most interesting lyrics to date and the best songwriting thus far. Saying that we're excited would be an understatement."
The album will again be released by Code666/Aural Music on November 10th, 2014 accompanied by a Belgian releaseshow. The band will also perform on Eindhoven Metal Meeting 2014. Regarding the new Saille album title, Grondelaers says:
"Since the beginning of storytelling man has been fascinated with the fearful, the uncanny and the weird. Things that go bump in the night. Things that in their very nature can best be described as 'Eldritch.' More...
Unleashed, One Tail One Head, Sinister, The Vision Bleak, Cruachan, Saille, and Evil Invaders are the latest bands to have been confirmed for this year's Eindhoven Metal Meeting festival.
The festival is set to take place December 12 & 13th, 2014 at the reputable Effenaar venue in Eindhoven, The Netherlands. More bands will be announced soon. The festival billing is shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order):
At The Gates
One Tail, One Head
The Vision Bleak
Germany's Unisonic, the reunion of ex-Helloween members Kai Hansen (Gamma Ray) and Michael Kiske (Avantasia/Place Vendome), is streaming the new single "For the Kingdom" (available in the player below). The song was released last week as an extended single/EP and will appear on the upcoming sophomore full length release "Light of Dawn." The full length release will be issued via earMUSIC on August 1st (EU), August 4th (UK) and August 12th (USA).
The album will issued in four different formats:
- Standard CD featuring 12 tracks
- Deluxe digipak edition CD which contains 13 tracks
- Gatefold double vinyl (also feat. 13 tracks plus a download code)
- A strictly limited boxset.
The album's artwork (shown below) was again created by Martin Hausler, who created the cover for the 2012 self-titled debut album. More...
Powerman 5000 released new album "Builders Of The Future" today on T-Boy Records/UMe, with orders available at this location.
To celebrate the new release, Powerman 5000 has teamed up with Revolver to stream the 10-track album in its entirety. Listen to the album below.
"I never would have imagined that after all the albums, the band members, the ups-and-downs of the always changing music business, I'd still be here doing this, which is thanks to our most diehard fans," marvels band leader Spider One, who founded Powerman 5000 with a 4-track and a drum machine. "We've replanted our flag as the weird, sci-fi, electronic band. This is what we are. This is what we do best. This is clearly what people like from us the most, too. So I'm going to love it like they love it. We're back. The fan base has really rallied around us again. The enthusiasm feels like it's picked right up from the year 2000. The electronic-metal-dance thing, we've locked it down once and for all with this one." More...
Dead Horse Trauma has issued the following announcement about recruiting a new guitarist:
"Some of you observant people may have noticed a sixth member in our picture. Please welcome Dead Horse Trauma's newest member, Jayson Kempf!
"You may know Jayson and his guitar work from Mindrite, The Boston Hell Mask, Eyes Last Glance and other projects. We happy to have him on board and can't wait to incorporate him on the stage soon! Come celebrate w/us this weekend."
See the band live on these dates:
Friday 5/30 - Cedar Rapids, IA - Otis' Tailgators
Saturday 5/31 - Burlington, IA - The Washington More...
Swedish act Entombed, now going under the moniker Entombed A.D., is streaming the new track "Bedlam Attack." The song appears on the new release "Back to the Front," the band's first studio release since "Serpent Saints - The Ten Amendments" was issued 2007, which is set for release on August 4th (EU) and August 5th (USA) via Century Media Records.
The song is available as a free download from this location (email address required for download).
Check out track here:
Finnish melodic deathcore band What Awaits Us has released the track "Ascend," which will appear on upcoming album "AWAKE" ("As We All Know Existence").
The album consists of ten songs and will be released later this summer. Check out the track below. You can also check out the previously released video for the "Victims" single at this location.
The organizers of the Bloodstock Festival have checked in with the following update about confirming more bands for the 2014 edition:
"Things are hotting up at Bloodstock HQ and even more bands are unveiled for 2014!! Joining the main stage bill are the newly renamed, Entombed A.D. After having to change their name from just ‘Entombed’, LG Petrov and his fellow band members are once again ready to let the music do the talking after a year of internal struggles. They release the highly anticipated new album ‘Back to the Front’ on 4th August via Century Media and are eager to get back on the road.
"Getting the heads banging on the Sophie stage on Thursday are British trad metalheads Monument, and bringing their own brand of theatrical madness and extreme metal are former ‘Metal 2 The Masses’ winners, Gethika. Bringing an international flavour on Sunday are death/thrash metallers Krow, who hail all the way from Brazil. Fancy something a little different? Then check out 16-yr old blues star in the making Aaron Keylock, also performing on Sunday’s Sophie stage.
"Not content with that, Bloodstock can also reveal six killer bands for the Jagermeister stage! Grab a couple Jagerbombs and come headbang to Undersmile and King Creature on Friday, plus Massive Wagons and a special acoustic set from Orphaned Land on Saturday. If you’re still standing come Sunday, be sure to catch Rabid Bitch of the North and The Heretic Order."
Mayhem's new album "Esoteric Warfare" is out today via Season Of Mist, and now you can stream the full release.
Check out all the tracks from the newly released album at Terrorizer.com here. Dates for the band's current European tour can be found after the jump, and the "Esoteric Warfare" track listing is as follows:
7. Throne Of Time
8. Corpse Of Care
10. Aion Suntelia More...
Hells Headbangers has set August 19th as the international release date for Sacrocurse's "Unholier Master," to be released on CD format worldwide and vinyl LP in North America (Iron Bonehead Productions is handling the European vinyl pressing). The following press release was also issued about the band:
"Hot on the heels of their internationally acclaimed Sulphur Blessing demo, black/death barbarians Sacrocurse deliver their highly anticipated debut album, Unholier Master.
"Much like that debut demo, Unholier Master sees scene veteran Zolrak Montes - most known for Nodens and Unholier, but also a former member of Morbosidad and Obeisance - now joined by drummer LZ, both men unleashing one furious, fiery barrage of bestiality after another, their surging onslaught whipping the listener into a diabolical possession.
"But here, Sacrocurse receive the properly crushing production their maniacal metal so deserves: robust and rounded, full yet feral, highlighting the red-eyed and rabid performances rendered by Zolrak and company. Immediately memorable from beginning to bloody end, Unholier Master proves who the new masters are..."
The track listing is as follows:
1. Sepulchral Desolation
2. All Existence Perishes
3. Command Demonic Prayers
4. Rites Of Perverted Idolatry
5. Oath For Eternal Damnation
7. Unholier Master
8. Ripping Death Solution
9. Sulphur Blessing
10. End of Mankind Universe More...
Opeth has now officially revealed the new Travis Smith-created artwork for upcoming eleventh album "Pale Communion," which has been pushed back to an August 26th release date. Check out the art below.
Pre-orders will become available on June 3rd via Roadrunner Records, along with the online release of first single "Cusp of Eternity."
This new album follows previous release "Heritage" (reviewed here), and the full track listing is as follows:
1. Eternal Rains Will Come
2. Cusp of Eternity
3. Moon Above, Sun Below
4. Elysian Woes
7. Voice of Treason
8. Faith in Others More...
French hardcore/crust outfit Direwolves has unveiled footage documenting the band's recent European tour, which can be seen below.
The debut Direwolves full-length "Aegri Somnia" was released March 31st on vinyl, CD and free download via Throatruiner Records.
Hellenic Live Chaos has uploaded footage of Moonspell performing live in Greece, which can be seen below. The band comments:
"Here's a fan video that really reflects the great atmosphere of the Night of the Wolf in Athens, Greece. Again, we are so thankful for this response and all the great reviews and praise we received both on location and via social networking.
"Now it's time to write some more for the next album and gear up for the Out and Loud festival in Geiselwind, Germany, next Saturday, our next stop. Under the spell, enjoy!"
Alestorm has checked in with the following announcement about upcoming tour dates:
"Ahoy dudes and babes! We can finally reveal to you the first dates of our massive headlining world tour to celebrate the release of our upcoming album 'Sunset on the Golden Age!'
"In September and October 2014 we are gonna be hitting the shores of mainland Europe, joined by the German power metal wizards Brainstorm, and the Australian wacky folk metal psychopaths of Troldhaugen.
"But wait, there's more! We'll be adding a few more gigs to this tour in other countries as soon as they're confirmed, and for those of you in the rest of the world...stay tuned! We'll be coming to party in your cities very soon."
"Sunset on the Golden Age" is due out August 5th in North America, and you can catch the band live on these dates: More...
Indian progressive black metal act Demonic Resurrection released a preview for the upcoming new release "The Demon King." The band's fourth studio effort is set to drop on July 13th (India), July 14th (EU/UK) and July 15th (USA) via Candlelight Records.
"The Demon King" marks the studio debut for new lead guitarist Nishith Hegde (Albatross), who joined this year, and bassist Ashwin Shriyan (Blood Meridian), who joined in 2012.
The track listing for the album is:
1. The Assassination
2. Facing The Faceless
3. The Promise of Never
4. Death, Desolation and Despair
5. The Demon King
6. Architect Of Destruction
7. Trail of Devastation
8. Shattered Equilibrium
9. Even Gods Do Fall
10. The End Paradox
Check out the preview clip here: More...
Nerve End has issued the following announcement about releasing an upcoming new album:
"Our upcoming full-length debut album will be called 'The Cycle!' It will consist of 10 brand new (and shall we say AMAZING) Nerve End tracks, and the complete album length clocks around 45 minutes.
"It will be a theme album, where we explore various cycles through every song. We've never before payed this much attention to interconnecting the lyrics, arrangements and compositions, so it's definitely going to sound like something you haven't heard before.
"One of our main goals is to capture distinctively different, personal moods and soundscapes for every song, so listening to the album will almost feel like a real life adventure. More...
Dutch death metal act Dictated has signed on with Metal Blade Records for the release of the upcoming sophomore album "The Deceived." The album is set for release on August 15th. A teaser clip for the release can be seen below, which also reveals the album artwork and track list. "The Deceived" was recorded in September 2013 at Studio Soundlodge.
The band commented: "Dictated is very honored and proud to have signed with the mighty Metal Blade Records! We have just finished our album ‘The Deceived’ and we are thrilled to see it being released amongst legends. A great step in our musical careers and we would like to thank Metal Blade for welcoming us into their world and all who believe in us!"
York Keijzer – vocals
Sonja Schuringa – guitars
Yessica Otten – guitars
Henri Sattler – (session) bass
Michiel vd Plicht – (session) drums
Check out the preview clip for "The Deceived" here: More...
Swedish power metal act HammerFall announced that the band's new studio release will be entitled "(r)Evolution." The album is set to drop on August 27th (SWE), August 29th (EU), Sept. 1st (UK) and Sept. 2nd (USA) via Nuclear Blast Records.
The album's artwork, once again created by famed artist Andreas Marschall, can be seen below. The band will release the first single "Bushido" on July 18th. HammerFall will play three live shows in 2014 before embarking on a European tour in 2015: Wacken Open Air in Germany on July 31st, Lleyendas del Rock in Spain on August 9th and Stora Scenen Liseberg in Sweden on August 29th.
The track list for "(r)Evolution" is:
1. Hector's Hymn
4. Live Life Loud
5. Ex Inferis
6. We Won't Back Down
7. Winter Is Coming
9. Tainted Metal
10. Evil Incarnate
11. Wildfire More...
The new Greek symphonic progressive act Enemy Of Reality, formed in part by 2013 by former Meden Agan vocalist Iliana Tsakiraki and drummer Philip Stone, is streaming the new track "Torn Apart." The song appears on the debut release "Rejected Gods." The album is expected soon, though the official release date has not yet been announced.
"Torn Apart" is the final part of a 4-track sequence, inspired by the Myth of Orpheus & Eurydice. The track is about the death of Orpheus whom, after having lost Eurydice for a second time, was torn apart limb by limb by the Maenads (female followers of Dionysus).
"Rejected Gods" features guest appearances by: Ailyn Giménez (Sirenia), Mike LePond (Symphony X), Androniki Skoula (Chaostar), Maxi Nil (Jaded Star/ex-Visions of Atlantis). The album was recorded, mixed and mastered at Artemis studios by Mark Adrian.
The track list is:
2. My Own Master (feat. Mike LePond)
3. Lifeless Eyes
4. Needle Bites (feat. Ailyn Gimenez)
5. One Last Try (demo version streaming here)
6. Her Descending Ghost
7. The Bargaining (feat. Androniki Skoula)
8. Grief Divine
9. Torn Apart
10. Twist of Time
11. Step into the Light (feat. Maxi Nil)
Check out "Torn Apart": More...
Finnish symphonic metal act Amberian Dawn released a preview clip of the upcoming music video for "Magic Forest." The song is the title track of the band's upcoming new release, which is set to drop via Napalm Records on June 27th (EU) and July 8th (North America). The full video is expected soon.
An interactive preview, featuring clips from the entire release can be found at this locaiton.
The track list for the new release is:
1. Cherish My Memory
2. Dance Of Life
3. Magic Forest (streaming here)
4. Agonizing Night
6. Son of Rainbow
7. I'm Still Here
9. Endless Silence
Check out the video preview here: More...
Swedish blues/stoner rock act Blues Pills is streaming the new track "High Class Woman." The song appears on the upcoming self-titled debut album which is set for release on July 25 (EU), July 28th (UK) and August 5 (USA) via Nuclear Blast Records.
Blues Pills is:
Elin Larsson - Vocals
Cory Berry - Drums
Dorian Sorriaux - Guitar
Zack Anderson - Bass
Check out "High Class Woman" here: More...
Australian progressive metal act Voyager released a music video for the new track "Hyperventilating." The song is the opening track of the new release "V," which is set for release on June 2nd (EU) and June 3rd in North America via Nightmare Records. The video was created by A Storyhorse Production, produced by Natalie Lewis and directed by Ben Berkhout.
The track list for the album is:
2. Breaking Down (see lyric video)
3. A Beautiful Mistake
4. Fortune Favours the Blind
5. You the Shallow
6. Embrace the Limitless
8. The Domination Game
10. It's a Wonder
11. The Morning Light
12. Summers Always Come Again
13. Seasons of Age
Check out the video here: More...
Canada's Cauldron issued a new music video for the track "Summoned to Succumb." The song appears on the band's latest release "Tomorrow's Lost," which was issued in 2013 in North America via Century Media.
Check out "Summoned to Succumb" here: