Metal News for May 29, 2014
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38 news articles posted on this day.
Apparently there have been lots of casting calls for tattooed rock girls who like to strip and dance in their panties. Thankfully there have been lots of casting calls for tattooed rock girls who like to strip and dance in their panties. More...
Filming has now started for the seventh and final season of the biker gang drama Sons of Anarchy, and the show's last season will feature a new cast member: Marilyn Manson!
He will reportedly play a white supremacist who becomes involved with the MC.
The Sons of Anarchy Facebook page just issued this brief announcement:
"Singer. Writer. Provocateur. SOA cast member. Marilyn Manson as officially signed on for a recurring role in the final season."
Fit For An Autopsy has been out on a North American tour, but unfortunately will not be taking part in the Canadian dates. The band comments:
"Unfortunately Fit For An Autopsy has been turned away at the Canadian border. We tried our best, after getting turned away last night, by coming back today to speak to someone who could 'help.'
"Only to be turned away again. Sorry to all our friends and fan who made plans to see us, we hope to figure out a way to be back soon." More...
Britain's Kaine is proud to announce that the band's new album "The Waystone" will be released on CD and digital download this coming August 1st, 2014. The band's guitarist Rage Sadler had the following to say about the album:
"This is easily our best work to date, we spent a great deal of time crafting these songs in rehearsals and perfecting them before we went into the studio earlier this year. Akis K who produced the album did an amazing job with the production and I am really happy with the result.
"We hope that finally now the band gets some recognition after five years of being in the Heavy Metal wilderness! Many online reviewers have called this the 'Second Wave of NWOBHM,' the '80s Metal Revival' and compared us to the golden age of Iron Maiden, which has been great to read." More...
Belgian outfit Emptiness has released new album "Nothing But The Whole" via Dark Descent Records, and now the full album is available online for streaming.
Check it out below, or pick up your own copy of the release at Bandcamp here. The track listing is as follows:
1. Go and Hope 03:20
2. Nothing but the Whole 05:30
3. Behind the Curtain 06:08
4. All is Known 08:51
5. Tale of a Burning Man 03:01
6. The Past is Death 05:14
7. Lowland 06:51
With the official detonation of the band's forthcoming new full-length "The Sieve And The Sand" now less than a week away on June 3rd, Arizona punk/hardcore unit Run With The Hunted offers your ears a chance to hear the record in its entirety. Give it a listen below.
A name derived from classic dystopian novel "Fahrenheit 451" by Ray Bradbury, "The Sieve And The Sand" serves as the follow-up to the band's 2011 self-titled full-length. The track listing is as follows:
1. Silent Spring 03:16
2. Over the Footbridge 03:27
3. Line of Dissent 02:15
4. Red Queen 03:44
5. Mea Culpa 02:52
6. St. David 05:10
7. The Sieve and the Sand 05:38 More...
The comedy rock giants in Psychostick have posted a new promo video for "The 'Merica Fuck Yeah Tour," which is kicking off in Amityville, NY on May 29th and wrapping up in Columbus, OH on June 29th with Dog Fashion Disco and The Bunny The Bear.
Complete dates for the run are available after the jump, and you can check out the promo video below.
Rise Record's newest signing Nightmares is streaming debut album "Suspiria" in its entirely via YouTube. Check it out below. The album is out June 3rd and is currently available for pre-order via this location.
Nightmares recorded the album over the course of a full year with Drew Fulk at Think Sound Studios in Greensboro, North Carolina. The band also brought in producer and engineer David Bendeth (Bring Me The Horizon, Of Mice and Men, Asking Alexandria) to mix the album at House of Loud in Elmwood Park NJ. The track listing is as follows:
02. Let The Right One In
03. In The Mouth Of Madness (feat. Tyler Carter)
04. Tourist Trap
06. Carnival Of Souls
07. Enter The Void
08. The Tommyknockers
09. Hands Of The Ripper
11. Irreversible More...
Metallica's self-titled fifth studio album (commonly referred to as "The Black Album"), already the best-selling album since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking sales in 1991, has become the first album to scan over 16 million units in SoundScan's history.
In addition to this milestone, "The Black Album" continues to hold the record for the most weeks spent on the Billboard 200 chart in the Nielsen SoundScan era. At 307 weeks on the Billboard 200, it is also the third longest charting studio album (following the transcendent releases Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon" and Carole King's "Tapestry") and the sixth longest charting album of any kind in Billboard history.
A notable portion of those 307 weeks is the current run of 20 consecutive weeks that "The Black Album" has spent on the Billboard 200 in 2014. This is due in large part to the band's performance on the 56th Annual Grammy Awards on January 26th, followed two days later by the release of "Metallica Through the Never" on all home video formats. More...
South Florida's Abiotic is currently wrapping up song writing for a second full-length album for Metal Blade Records, which will follow previous album "Symbiosis" (reviewed here).
But before the guys head into the studio, fans will have a chance to see them live on tour with Suffokate. Abiotic will be performing two brand new songs: "Believe the Unseen" and "Falling Into Obscurity." The "Murder without Motive Tour" also includes support from Aegaeon and As They Sleep.
Abiotic guitarist John Matos offers the following: "The Murder Without Motive tour is going to be one of the heaviest tours of the summer. We're overwhelmingly excited to reveal our new line up on this tour and to share a headlining set with Suffokate! We'll be show casing two new songs off of our upcoming sophomore album that we'll be recording in the fall and cannot wait to shred some old faces along with some new ones on this run!" More...
Volumes has a new song out now titled "The Mixture," taken from the band's upcoming album "No Sleep."
Check out a lyric clip for "The Mixture" below. "No Sleep" will be available in stores and online July 15th through Mediaskare Records. Pre-orders are available at this location.
The third annual Monster Energy Aftershock Festival returns to Discovery Park near downtown Sacramento September 13th & 14th, 2014,
The lineup includes Godsmack, Weezer, The Offspring, Rob Zombie, Five Finger Death Punch, Limp Bizkit, Rise Against, Chevelle, AWOLNATION, Seether, Mastodon, Pennywise, Bad Religion, and many more.
After last year’s festival (sold-out with 32,000 in attendance), the festival is expanding to four stages in 2014, offering more bands than ever.
The daily band lineup for is as follows (with more bands to be announced on July 1st):
Saturday, September 13
Weezer, The Offspring, Limp Bizkit, AWOLNATION, Chevelle, Bad Religion, Pepper, Black Label Society, Hellyeah, Memphis May Fire, Fuel, Dead Sara, Nothing More, The Last Internationale, Butcher Babies, Emmure, Sleepwave, Anti-Mortem, Eyes Set To Kill, Viza, Dig The Kid
Sunday, September 14
Rob Zombie, Godsmack, Five Finger Death Punch, Rise Against, Seether, Mastodon, Pennywise, Theory of a Deadman, Buckcherry, Of Mice & Men, We Came As Romans, Black Stone Cherry, KYNG, Otherwise, Lacuna Coil, Redlight King, We Are Harlot, Burn Halo, Crossfaith, New Medicine, Cilver
Denver, Colorado's Vermin Womb is the new project from Ethan Lee McCarthy (guitar/vocals in Primitive Man and formerly of Clinging To The Trees Of A Forest Fire).
The band's debut EP "Permanence" fills the hole left by CTTOAFF's apocalyptic take on grind/death and sludge (same line-up, different drummer) in a darker, more metallic way, and still topped by some of the most terrifying vocals and brutal guitar tones around.
"Permanence" will be released as a 12" EP on September 1st via Throatruiner Records. Stream two tracks from "Permanence" below. More...
Denver, Colorado five-piece melodic hardcore band Victory Heights is gearing up to release "In Motion" on June 17th, 2014.
You can now pre-order the album here, and the track listing is as follows:
1. I Am Victory
2. For the Giants
3. The Fever
4. For the Birds
5. Some Peoples Kids
6. Young and Divine
7. Stay Young Forever
8. For the Lions
9. Miles Away
10. Born and Raised
12. Goodbye Old Friend
13. Revolution (Acoustic) More...
After debut EP "Rising" appeared in late 2012, Khaøs is now ready to release a brand new single entitled "After The Silence."
"After The Silence" will be released on July 14th, 2014 and is the first single from the forthcoming full-length album "Risen." The single was recorded by Rolf Munkes at his Empire Studios in Germany and mastered by Tom Coyne at Sterling Sound in New York. The band comments:
“’After The Silence’ is the anthemic track that kicks off the album. It’s about finding one’s self in a war-torn world and bonding together with like-minded people in order to start a peaceful revolution. We face a lot of difficulties throughout our daily lives and in a world where that seems to be the norm, sometimes the only thing we seem to have is ourselves and what we know.”
Alongside the single the band is going to release an official video clip directed by Can Isik (Beauty of Gemina). The video was shot in a burnt down factory area in Arbon Switzerland and will premiere on Youtube on July 14th. More...
New England outfit Within The Ruins has announced the release of fourth LP "Phenomena," due out July 22nd, 2014. The new effort will be the followup to the "Elite" full-length released early last year.
“We took six months off over the winter too eat, sleep and breath this album. It was by far the most in depth we've ever gone in the writing process. ” says guitarist Joe Cocchi.
Within the Ruins recently posted a studio report with Gear Gods that sheds more light on the blood, sweat and tears the band has poured into this release. Check it out below.
Cocchi continues, "Since the inception of this band our attitude has always been to completely trump our previous efforts in every aspect, and I think we did just that. We're beyond stoked for people to hear this one." More...
SinSquid Games today releases new mobile "Die For Metal Again," a fast and stressful platformer with a brutal soundtrack containing music from Novembers Doom, These Are They, and original tracks.
In "Die For Metal Again," Rob Grinderface experienced an exploding death trying to listen to the new Gory Wardeath album, but there were no more room in hell for him.
Check out the game's teaser trailer below and pick up your own copy at this location.
Italian thrash act Game Over has signed on with Scarlet Records for the release of the sophomore LP "Burst Into the Quiet." The album is the follow up to the 2012 debut album "For Humanity" (My Graveyard Productions). The band features Renato "Reno" Chiccoli (Asgard) on vocals and bass.
Inspired by the classic Bay Area thrash metal scene, Game Over mix those influences with modern sounds and a very distinctive personality, which the new album displays in full force. These 9 brand-new tracks are made of "sharp riffs, groovy rhytms and super-fast guitar solos," with lyrics ranging from the horror imaginary of the Eighties b-movies to social commentary and introspective thoughts. "Burst Into The Quiet" was produced, mixed and mastered by Simone Mularoni (DGM) at Domination Studios and features a cover created by Mario Lopez.
Check out the new track "Masters of Control" here: More...
Earth's career, like its music, has always been a slow, deliberate progression with each record slightly removed from the last, a constant refinement of a singular vision.
Dylan Carlson has remained focused throughout on coaxing moments of strange beauty and reflection from "the riff." With "Primitive And Deadly," Eearth's tenth studio collection, Carlson and long term cohort, drummer Adrienne Davies, manage to pull off the trick of completing an Ouroborean creative cycle, twenty-five years in the making, whilst exploring new directions in their music. The album will see worldwide release this September via Southern Lord Recordings, with a final street date to be announced shortly.
Prior to the album's release, Southern Lord shall be reissuing "Hex; Or Printing In The Infernal Method" and "The Bees Made Honey In The Lion's Skull" on LP on June 24th in North America. In the meantime, fans can listen to the opening track from Dylan Carlson's solo soundtrack, "Gold," which will see independent digital and LP release on June 17th, via Pitchfork.com here.
Earth shall embark on a run of international tours beginning next week, including June and July dates across Japan, New Zealand, Australia and Europe, followed by another European tour in support of Primitive And Deadly, with much more in store. More...
The Slovenian sleaze metal/horror punk newcomers in Ransom Call are streaming their first demo entitled "Creatures On The Loose."
Check it out below, or pick up a name-your-price download of the release at Bandcamp here. The track listing is as follows:
02. Vicious Mind
04. Cemetery Queen More...
Italian doom act In Aevum Agere posted a new music video for the track "The Shadow Tower." The song is the title track of the band's 2012 debut release, which is available now via Pure Steel Records (see review here).
The video was edited by Carmine Cuomo. Check out the video here:
This Summer, Glass Cloud and Scale The Summit will co-headline a North American tour, with support from Erra, Reflections, and Monuments.
The tour, presented by MerchNOW, will kick off in Glass Cloud's home state of Virginia on July 15th at The Empire. Tickets for the tour will go on sale this Friday, May 30th.
Glass Cloud is currently touring in support of the five-song EP, "Perfect War Forever." See the band live: More...
The Dutch death metal horror freaks in Nailgun Massacre have inked a deal with Xtreem Music for the release of their upcoming second album, which is being recorded at Saw Sound Studios in Leiden and will be finished during the Summer for an Autumn release. Xtreem Music comments:
"Formed back in 2010 and featuring a member that also plays guitars in bands like Grand Supreme Blood Court and ex-Abscess, the band released their debut album 'Backyard Butchery; on Slowrunner Records in 2011 displaying an ugly, grotesque and terrifying Death Metal mainly influenced by bands like Autopsy, Impetigo, early Death, Sempiternal Deathreign, Asphyx, Pungent Stench and in general the good old school Death Metal with lyrics and imagery dealing with B-Horror movies, zombies, 80's slashers, rednecks and power tools."
Full details on the album are forthcoming, and you can check out the previously released song "Backyard Butchery" below. More...
Sweden's Armageddon, featuring ex-Arch Enemy guitarist Chris Amott has announced that the band has returned with the new album "Captivity & Devourment." The album is expected out this year and is described as "10 awe-inspiring and ingeniously crafted songs, full of devastating riffs, soaring guitar leads and fist pumping choruses. Heavy, melodic, technical, and groovy: this is creative metal songwriting with one foot in deep in the classics and and one eye gazing towards the distant future."
Armageddon first came to life in Sweden in 1997 as a studio project, with cult album "Crossing the Rubicon," a sci-fi themed concept album. Two more albums followed, "Embrace the Mystery" in 2000 and "Three" in 2003, both featuring different line-ups and different musical directions, with Amott as the solo original member.
The band is now based out of New York City with a new line-up of musicians:
Matt Hallquist (Under A Serpent Sun) - Lead vocals
Christopher Amott (ex-Arch Enemy) - Guitars and clean vocals
Joey Concepcion (ex-Oath of Insanity) - Guitars
Sara Claudius - Bass
Márton Veress (Pokolgép) - Drums
More information on the new album is expected soon. The band has released the title track for streaming, which can be heard here: More...
Blackened doom metal outfit Forgotten Tomb today releases a live music video for the song "Shutter."
The video comes from band's new DVD, "Darkness in Stereo: Eine Symphonie Des Todes - Live in Germany," which is available now via Agonia Records. The clip can be viewed below.
The new DVD features three professionally-shot live shows, filmed during 2012, at Kings Of Black Metal Festival, Under The Black Sun Festival, and club K17 in Berlin (Germany). Cover artwork for the release was drawn by comic artist Mariano De Biase.
Italian melodic power metal act Kalidia announced that the band's debut full length album will be entitled "Lies Device." The album will be issued on June 27th via the band in CD and digital formats. Pre-orders for the release will commence on June 10th at this location. A teaser clip for the album can be heard below.
"Lies Device" was recorded at Eden Studios in Pisa, Italy and was produced, mixed and mastered by Vision Divine's Alessio Lucatti (Etherna). Guest stars include Etherna members Alessandro Lucatti (brother of Alessio) and Andrea Racco. The album's artwork (shown below) was created by Anna Cirillo with graphics by Matteo Bidini.
The track for "Lies Device" is:
1. The Lost Mariner
2. Hiding from the sun
3. Dollhouse (Labyrinth of Thoughts)
4. Reign of Kalidia
5. Harbinger of Serenity (feat. Andrea Racco).
6. Black Magic
7. Shadow will be Gone
8. Lies' Device
9. Winged Lords
10. In Black and White (feat. Alessandro Lucatti) More...
Negator has issued the following announcement about parting ways with the band's drummer:
"Samebrann is no longer a member of Negator. Due to several reasons, we had to come to this conclusion. We parted ways, but we'll still be comrades-in-arms. We wish him all the best for the future and we would like to thank him for his tremendous contribution to Negator."
Samebrann comments: "As I placed my assignment as Negator-drummer at the disposal a few weeks ago, the time has now come for me to thank all our supporters and fans around our band! I'm glad about still performing one last time with my comrades-in-arms at the Metal Moon Festival tomorrow!
"We've already taken care of a successor, so you can look forward to next week's Gahlen Moscht Metal Open Air, when our new band mate will start promoting Negator at 1000% strength firepower to the next level! More details will follow shortly!
"As for my part, I will assuredly continue to devote a large part of my work to musicianship & audio engineering." More...
New Orleans thrashers Goatwhore released a lyric video for the track "FBS." The song appears on the new release "Constricting Rage of the Merciless," the band's sixth studio release. The album is set to drop via Metal Blade Records on July 4th (G/A/S), July 7th (EU) and July 8th (USA). Pre-orders can be made at this location.
The track listing for the album is:
1. Poisonous Existence in Reawakening
2. Unraveling Paradise
3. Baring Teeth for Revolt
4. Reanimated Sacrifice
5. Heaven's Crumbling Walls of Pity
6. Cold Earth Consumed In Dying Flesh
8. Nocturnal Conjuration of the Accursed
10. Externalize This Hidden Savagery More...
Germany's Helrunar has checked in with the following announcement finishing up the recording for a new album:
"All recordings for the 'Niederkunfft' album are finished now, but we still have some studio-time left. Means: Today we will vamp two more songs, due to some kind of creative overflow... maybe they will be used as bonus material, sampler tracks or something like that. You´ll get to hear them anyway, sooner or later.
"Tomorrow a first rough mixing will be done, then we get home again. We hope to release 'Niederkunfft' this year. Thanks to Schwadorf and Klangschmiede Studio E for a great, inspired time and fantastic work, and to YOU for your attention." More...
Italian old school, Christ bashing death metal outfit Mind Snare has signed a new deal with The Spew Records (a division of Punishment 18 Records).
This deal will see the release of Mind Snare's new fourth full-length album before the end of the year. The Spew Records comments:
"Mind Snare is one of the most influential Italian death metal bands, but the band’s story started way back in 1989 when the band emerged from the Italian underground scene of the late 80s. New information will follow soon." More...
West Virginia outfit Byzantine has issued the following announcement about working on an upcoming album:
"It's been very quiet here in the Byzantine camp, and for good reason. We have taken the last few months to write what will become our 5th studio album.
"Tomorrow will be our first rehearsal in almost 3 months. We will begin learning the new songs, adding personal touches and making them true Byzantine songs. 7 songs have been written so far. We most likely will be adding a few more new songs along the way as well.
"With our new bassist Sean Sydnor and lead guitarist Brian Henderson both making their Byzantine recording debut here, this album will surely be a departure from our previous efforts. Stay tuned for more updates. Recording will begin in September when engineer/producer Jay Hannon lands back in WV."
Further details are forthcoming, and you can follow the band's recording process at Facebook here.
Seattle's Drawn And Quartered has issued the following announcement about working on a new album:
"I am very pleased to share the fact that tracking has begun for the next Drawn And Quartered collection of songs. I still call them records. In fact I only care about seeing it released on vinyl.
"Some of the writing for this record began several years ago, when Dario was still with us. In fact we'd gotten pretty far on writing some great material. But when he left, I didn't feel like we should use what we had in the form that it was in. Through trial and error, I began arranging some of the riffs and song ideas together. The thought I had was, 'let's record a few new songs and get a feel for what our new line-up would be like.' I thought we'd use some of the recordings for a split 7", maybe a compilation or two. We'd get a feel for how we wanted to sound and then write all new material for the full length record.
"Originally Drawn And Quartered would remain a 3 piece band, something that Herb and I had really enjoyed since Greg left in 2008. We(I am) are a bit anti-social, bringing in new people to our very personal art is not something we take lightly. I was excited that Beau had agreed to act as our drummer. Here is a person I had known for many years. Who was a devastating bass player/vocalist. He became an accomplished guitar player through years of hard work. And had developed some great drum chops. Soon after we started writing, Simon showed interest in playing drums. This would give me another shot at having the second guitarist I'd wanted as part of the band for many years, that due to timing or various reasons hadn't materialized on a record. More...
Dir En Grey has issued the following announcement
"Vocalist Kyo has set up a tremendous line-up to give birth to his solo project: Sukekiyo. Expectations have been huge right from the start, but Sukekiyo did not fail to meet those and even surpasses them. Kyo’s unique style is omnipresent in every single note which leads to a distracted, dark and vivid sound that will mesmerize their listeners.
"The first album Immortalis hit no.1 in the Japanese charts and after a completely sold out Japan tour, the band will now come to Europe for a select number of very exclusive and intimate live shows. This tour is the rare chance to discover the genius musical vision of Kyo closer than ever before! Tickets will go on sale on Friday June 6, 2014."
13.09.2014 – PIPL Club – Moscow
15.09.2014 – Nosturi – Helsinki
17.09.2014 – Divan du Monde - Paris
18.09.2014 – O2 Academy Islington - London
20.09.2014 – C-Club – Berlin
21.09.2014 – Zeche Bochum – Bochum More...
Zodiac is working on a new album to be released via Napalm Records, and the band comments:
"Hey folks! Good news from the studio… We just started with the vocals and it sounds amazing so far.
"We are pretty sure that you’ll like the new stuff. The title of the new album will be 'Sonic Child' and it’s gonna be a concept album. More details on that soon…
"To shorten the waiting time, we've got a little video for 'Free' from our last record 'A Hiding Place' for you. It was filmed on our road trip to the Desert Fest London!"
Suicide Silence has posted a trailer for the tour documentary featured on the bonus DVD of upcoming album, "You Can’t Stop Me." Check out the teaser clip below.
The album marks the debut of new vocalist Eddie Hermida (ex-All Shall Perish), and is the band's first full-length recording since the death of singer Mitch Lucker.
"You Can’t Stop Me" will be released on July 11th (Europe), July 14th (UK) and July 15th, 2014 (North America) via Nuclear Blast Entertainment. You can hear the "Cease To Exist" single over at this location.
Dutch power metal act Lord Volture inked a two-album deal with Mausoleum Records. The group’s yet untitled third album, is targeted for a fall release.
The band commented: “We are very honoured and happy to be affiliated with an established label with such a rich history as Mausoleum Records. We look forward to a cooperation with them and with their support we are sure the new Lord Volture album will drop like a bomb!”
The new album was produced/recorded by Bart Hennephof (Textures) and Yuma van Eekelen (Pestilence) at Split Second Sound Studio in Amsterdam and Final Focus Studio in Tilburg, Netherlands. It was mixed by Stephen van Haestregt (Within Temptation, Ambeon) and mastered by Peer Rave at Swamp Studio, Raamsdonk, the Netherlands.
More information on the album is expected soon. More...
German hard rock act Unherz released a preview clip of the band's upcoming new release "Sturm & Drang." The album is set to drop via Massacre Records on June 27th.
The track listing is:
2. Der Für Dich
3. Zeugen Der Zeit
5. Ein Lied Für Unsere Feinde
6. Der Erste Schritt
7. Wir Sind Hier
8. Drei Kreuze
9. Viva Rock N Roll
10. Krieger Des Lebens
12. Schmerz Neu Definiert - Live (Digipak Bonus Track)
13. Seite An Seite - Live (Digipak Bonus Track)
Check out the preview clip here: More...
Australian metal act Darker Half is streaming the title track from the band's upcoming release "Never Surrender." The album was recorded at Defwolf Studios in Sydney and tracked by the band along with engineer Matt Grave. The album was mastered by Tony Lindgren at Fascination Street Studios in Sweden. The album's official release date has not yet been announced, but it is expected in June via the band directly.
The track listing for the album is:
1. Nemesis (streaming here)
2. Never Surrender
3. End of the Line
5. As Darkness Fades
7. Blinded By Darkness
8. Lost in Space
9. Heads Are Gonna Roll
10. Anthem for a Doomed Youth
Check out "Never Surrender" here: More...