Metal News for May 3, 2011
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We've been talking to bands and fans everywhere to get their favorite mosh pit stories from metal shows. This week new The Accused frontman Kevin Cochneuer tells us about not just one broken nose sustained in the mosh pit, but two:
I was at The Showbox Market venues here in Seattle catching a Motorhead/C.O.C show, this had to of been like 5-6 yrs ago. I'm rock'n out and going totally crazy in the pit, anyone who has been to a Motorhead show knows that the pit can get pretty crazy! So I'm bebopping around and decide that I'm going to run the other way only to slam face first into the top of some guys head! Instantly knowing I broke my nose! I made my way out of the pit, which seemed to be a mile long at this point, and headed to the restroom to see the damage. Sure enough it was broken. My nose was totaled and hanging out on the right side of my face. As I'm standing there assessing the damage' a passer buy walks in and asks " Hay man are you okay!" To his reply I grabbed my nose and with a quick tug forced it back in to a seemingly normal position. With a gush of blood I said " No problems here buddy!" Then like a true soldier or a total idiot I went back into the pit!
But wait, there's more! Just last year I was at another show with a friend of mine. I want to say it was Overkill at the El Corazon in Seattle and we were both in the pit. Word to the wise just because you have a friend in the pit does not mean its any safer! Okay so I'm rock'n out like usual and my "friend" comes up from behind and pins my arms to my side. Now I'm helpless to any oncoming battery from the nearest caveman. Sure enough, BANG! We get slammed and hit the ground. With my face smashed against the floor and my buddy flailing on top of me like a turtle on his back once again my nose was broken! I know now that if I want to go in to a pit that I stay clear of my friends and keep my head down because you never know who or what is going to come around a brake your face!
I was actually caught on video in a pit at the American Carnage tour that happened last year! You can view it here!!! [-ed: or below] I'm the big guy with the shaved head clearly dominating the center of the pit and yes the long haired guy that is standing next to me is the "friend" from the Overkill show!
That is my pit stories! I hope you enjoy the and I hope you learn something from them!
The Accused recently posted a new music video for the track "Hemline," which appears on the band's 2009 album "The Curse Of Martha Splatterhead."
In addition to new frontman Kevin Cochneuer (previously unannounced), the band added drummer Warren A. Pease earlier this year.
Check back next Tuesday as we share more Pit Stories.
Although normally predisposed towards eating or enslaving human beings, the green skinned monstrosities in A Band of Orcs can still occasionally mourn the passing of members of the pink and squishy race. Giving an orctastic salute to the gothic metal giant Peter Steele, the band recorded a death metal version of "Green Man," which appeared on the recently released "All For None, None For All: A Tribute To Peter Steele."
The orcs weren't satisfied just by causing metal mayhem alone, however, and now the creatures have decided to, um, "speak" about Type O Negative and rampaging in the recording studio. Read on to find out about the real cause of the Deepwater Horizon disaster and what can lead even an orc to feel sad, in-between threats of world domination and taunts of the band's zombie member, of course.
Art of Dying's fifth video update from the band's Avalanche Tour has been posted online and is available for viewing below. You can can also head over to this location to watch the previously uploaded fourth tour video.
Elitist, the latest addition to Season of Mist's Underground Activist roster, will see the release of the band's debut album on June 20th (one day later in North America). This wild piece of old school death metal mixed with sludgecore influences is entitled "Fear in a Handful of Dust." Season of Mist also commented on the band:
"Elitist is emerging on top of a new scene growing rapidly in the United States of America. Hailing from Portland, Oregon the quartet has its roots in the Hardcore scene. Yet under the influence of early Death Metal in the vein of Morbid Angel and a strong dose of Black Metal their sound shifts to something as fresh as radical. The crusty spirit of Sludgecore transparent in chaotic structures, is vomited upon the world with screams of anger and disgust by vocalist Joshua 'Josh' Greene. This is met by the burning hatred of blazing guitars carrying the force of Death and darkness of Black Metal.
"Loud and passionate, Elitist force the world to listen first with their self titled EP 'Elitist' in the year 2009, which was followed by a split 7" with Transient (2011). Having shared stages with Gaza, Trap Thame, Transient and others, the Americans are now ready to unleash the fury of their debut album 'Fear in a Handful of Dust' with the help of Season of Mist."
Elitist also commented on the album: "This is for those of us who observe and recognize the evidence of evil in faith, hypocrisy of government and the poisons of herd mentality. We’ll scream our message of discontent from bloody throats and open wounds."
The cover artwork can found here and the album's track listing is as follows:
1. Burning The Unspoken Gospel
2. Cult Malevolence
3. Ivory Shavings Of The Tools Unknown
4. Black Wool
5. Watch As They Worship, Yet Be Silent
6. Slowly Fucked And Force Fed
7. A Howling Wind
8. Human All Too Human
9. Bound And Bent
10. Toothless And Yawning
11. Tower Of Meth
Texas metal act Feral Rex has posted the song "I, Impurity" online, which is off the band's "Awaken the Elderbeast" demo. You can listen to the song in the player below.
Jungle Rot vocalist Dave Matrise has issued the following brief update about the band shooting a new music video:
"We're shooting a video next week for the song 'Rise Up And Revolt' from our upcoming album 'Kill On Command.' Be on the lookout for it, as well as videos from the makings of the album and video soon!"
A teaser video announcing the band's signing to Victory Records can also be seen at this location. "Kill on Command" will be released on June 21st, 2011.
Denmark's Corpus Mortale has issued the following recording update:
"Due to various reasons the recordings has been delayed a bit after the recording of the drums. The last month (or so) we've been recording guitars and they're about halfway through.
"The band is working towards a deadline in June so the rest of the guitars + bass & vocals should be tracked and ready for mix by that time. More up-dates will follow as we proceed - maybe a few photos will be added as well..."
Sample Corpus Mortale tracks are also available for streaming by heading over to the band's MySpace page.
Atlanta-based sludge collective Sons of Tonatiuh recently unleashed a video for "Consumed," the third track off the band's self-titled debut full-length.
Commented drummer Tim Genius: "Do yourself a favor: When making a video, don’t choose the longest possible song you might have.... unless you plan to test your audience’s attention span. That said, we are pleased to announce that our new video for 'Consumed' turned out rather awesome. It’s minimalistic and we like it that way. At the very least, it’s now more clear that a Sons of Tonatiuh show does not involve little children and traditional Mexican folk-dance -- not always, anyway. Mission accomplished!"
In related news, the band is set to embark on a stretch of spring and summer shows. Confirmed dates thus far include:
5/13/2011 Drunken Unicorn - Atlanta, GA w/ Primate, Javelina
5/27/2011 Memphis Hates You Fest @ Hi Tone - Memphis, TN
5/28/2011 Jackson, MS.... TBA
6/02/2011 529 - Atlanta, GA w/ Black Skies, Royal Thunder
6/24/2011 Little Hamilton - Nashville, TN w/ Across Tundras
6/25/2011 Gutfest - Jackson, TN
The band is also working on new tunes for an as-yet-untitled full-length, which is tentatively slated to be recorded in Athens, Georgia courtesy of Harvey Milk’s resident drum bludgeoner/knob tweaker, Kyle Spence.
Mortiis has issued the following announcement about launching a website that allows fans to remix the band's songs:
"The Mortiis Remixed site has now been launched, with remix kits available for anyone looking to manipulate, abuse, and perhaps even improve Mortiis´ songs.
"Get access to separated audio tracks and create your own mixes. Wether you´re a weathered pro or just starting out - as long as you have access to a music program (Live, Cubase, Logic, Garageband, etc) you can try your hand.
"When you´ve created your masterpiece, you can upload it back to the Mortiis Remixed site, and we´ll put it in the remix player"
Mortiis also recently announced upcoming U.K. tour dates with Combichrist. Details are available here.
Montreal tech-death act Neuraxis, which is currently on tour supporting Sepultura, has posted a second guitar instructional video. This time, guitarist Rob Milley demonstrates "Savior and Destroyer" from the band's new album, "Asylon." Check out the video below.
Rob Milley also commented on the band's tour: "The Sepultura tour has just begun and Eastern Canada/USA was, as usual, nothing but amazing. It's really cool to play with such a varied amount of bands and also all the different nationalities; Brazilian, Austrian, Polish, Norwegian, Canadian and American. Neuraxis is playing some new songs in our set from the new album 'Asylon' and the reaction has been awesome. Speaking of our new album, here's a video guitar lesson of the song 'Savior and Destroyer' for all the guitar freaks out there. Enjoy! "
Tombs has posted the track “Silent World," taken from the band's forthcoming album "Path Of Totality," online now through NPR.org at this location. "Path Of Totality," the follow-up to "Winter Hours," was recorded at Elmwood Recording studios in Dallas, TX with engineer John Congleton and has been set for a June 7th North American release date. "Path Of Totality" will be available on CD, 2xLP, and digitally and features artwork from Thomas Hooper of Hoopers Electric.
The band had also previously posted a "Path Of Totality" track titled “Vermillion” online via the Tombs Facebook page at this location.
Additionally, Tombs has announced the details for the "Path Of Totality" record release show for June 9th at The Studio at Webster Hall in New York, NY. This show will include guests A Storm of Light, Panzer Bastard, and more. The band has also confirmed a number of northeastern tour dates around this record release show. Details are as follows:
06/08/11 Allston, MA United States Great Scotts w/ Motherboar, Death Ray Vision, Blacktail
06/09/11 New York, NY United States The Studio @ Webster Hall record release show w/ A Storm of Light, Bastard Sapling, Panzer Bastard
06/10/11 Montreal, QC Canada Katakombes
06/11/11 Toronto, ON Canada Sneaky Dee's
06/12/11 Hamtramack, MI United States Smalls
06/13/11 Chicago, IL United States Panchos
06/14/11 St. Louis, MO United States Fubar
06/15/11 Oklahoma City, OK United States The Conservatory
The organizers of the Summer Breeze festival have issued the following announcement about Crowbar canceling the band's appearance:
"Unfortunately, New Orleans' sludge/doom/core heroes Crowbar have to cancel their scheduled appearance at Summer Breeze Open Air 2011. There has been a death in the band's closer circle which has forced them to change their plans for July/August.
"A big sorry goes out to all those who were looking forward to seeing Kirk Windstein and his crew. We will not rest until we are able to book the band for Summer Breeze in the years to come."
Additional details on the festival, which takes place from August 18th-20th in Germany, are available at this location.
U.K. black metal sorcerers The Meads of Asphodel are currently filming what is absolutely sure to be a controversial visual display of their anthem "Apocalypse of Lazarus." "Apocalypse of Lazarus," is taken from the band's recently-released anti-puritanical full-length album, "The Murder of Jesus The Jew" (reviewed here). The video is set for completion in early June.
In the words of the band's central creator Metatron, on the content of the upcoming video, "It will be about the 'end of days fire and brimstone' bullshit Christianity spouts towards other denominations. A God-fearing anthem to the ignorant."
Stay tuned for more info on the video as it is completed and unleashed upon the world during the hellish Summer months ahead. Metalunderground.com's interview with Metatron about the album is also available for reading at this location.
Mayan, the new band that features Mark Jansen of Epica, has posted a third studio teaser trailer online, which can be viewed in the player below.
You can also check out previously uploaded studio footage by heading over to this location.
Autopsy recently posted online the new song "Always About To Die." Footage has now been posted online of the band performing the song at the Neurotic Deathfest in Tilburg, Holland.
Autopsy’s new album will see release on May 31st, courtesy of Peaceville Records. The track list for "Macabre Eternal" is as follows:
1. Hand Of Darkness
2. Dirty Gore Whore
3. Always About To Die
4. Macabre Eternal
5. Deliver Me From Sanity
6. Seeds Of The Doomed
7. Bridge Of Bones
8. Born Undead
9. Sewn Into One
10. Bludgeoned And Brained
11. Sadistic Gratification
12. Spill My Blood
Jamie of Hardrockchick.com interviewed Amon Amarth drummer Fredrik Andersson outside of the White Rabbit in San Antonio before the band's show. They discussed Dethklok comparisons, American bands potentially playing viking metal, and the Norway/Sweden metal rivalry, landing on the Billboard charts with their latest album, "Surtur Rising," and the band's current tour, of course. Check it out below:
Hartke Bass has posted footage online of Frank Bello (Anthrax) and David Ellefson (Megadeth) at the Big Four show in Indio, CA. You can check out the clip below.
The Big 4 also recently announced an upcoming show in New York on September 14th. Details are available at this location.
Swedish death metal band Daemonicus has issued the following update about entering the recording studio:
"Hell-O! Daemonicus have finally entered C.C.H.B. studio for the recording of the second full length album. The producer is the all mighty Krille Krilltrack Englund. Krilltrack was also the producer and mix/master of our latest EP '11th Hour.'
"This full length album will contain 10 tracks off pure brutality. Stay tuned for more updates as we go along!"
Images from the studio can also be found by heading over to this location.
Sweden's Fullforce is currently streaming a new song online titled "Wall of Secrets," which is off the band's upcoming album "One." You can listen to the track by heading over to this location. "One" is set for release on June 28th in North America and June 20th in Europe through SPV/Steamhammer.
The "One" track listing is as follows:
1. Mythomaniac (4:02)
2. None Of Your Concern (3:35)
3. Heart And Soul (3:31)
4. Oblivion (4:53)
5. Open Your Eyes (4:25)
6. Rain (4:33)
7. Suffering In Silence (3:06)
8. Walls Of Secrets (4:33)
9. Father spirit (4:51)
10. Bleed (5:07)
11. Into The Cradle (5:01)
Seven Witches will be releasing the band's new album, titled "Call Upon The Wicked," on June 3rd, 2011 through Screaming Ferret Wreckords. You can listen to the album's opening track "Fields of Fire" by heading over to this location.
The album's track listing is as follows:
1. Fields Of Fire
3. Call Upon The Wicked
5. End Of Days
6. Mind Games
7. Harlot Of Troy
8. Eyes Of Fame
9. White Room
Steelwing, which is currently working on a new album, has issued the following announcement about recruiting a new bassist:
"Sometimes what you seek is closer than you think. As we have already hinted, the search for the new Steelwing bassist is over. We'd like to thank all the groovy bass players from all over Europe who applied for the job, it's been an honour to get to hear so many talented musicians.
"Eventually though, we realized that we already knew someone who felt and looked like one of us, knew all our songs by heart and - to our surprise - could also play the bass! Meet Nic Savage, blond bass thrasher and devoted US metal disciple. Armed with a scarlet Kramer 4-string, he will henceforth handle the bass duties of Steelwing.
"Left to right: Nic Savage, Alex Vega, Riley, Oskar, Robby Rockbag Take care friends and we'll see you all again in time!"
Italy's Trails of Sorrow has posted a song online from the band's latest demo, titled "Living as to Live is to Suffer." You can check out the track in the video clip below.
You can also check out the previously uploaded song "Wonderful Memories" by heading over to this location.
Kamelot, which recently announced its official split with vocalist Roy Khan, has checked in from the road with the following tour report:
"Hi all, we are in Budapest tonight and the tour is going great! Many of the shows have been SOLD OUT and it still looks like some others will as well. Thanks to all the fans support, the shows have been something extra special, each and every night.
"We have received several hundred emails from singers, some unknown and some very well known. We are looking at all of them, but in the mean time Fabio Lione is kicking ass every night and also guest singer Tommy Karevik from Seventh Wonder. Need to state that our crew has been amazing!
"In addition Elize Ryd, Simone Simons and the bands Evergrey, Amaranthe and Sons of Seasons are doing a killer job every night, a fantastic package to say the least. See you on the tour!! Watch KamTV for Kamelot On The Road Tour segments. Cheers!"
You can also check out footage of the band on tour by heading over to this location.
Russian symphonic black metal act Arcane Grail has issued the following brief update about posting drum cam footage online:
"Hi, our loyal army! Please, look the new video of our session drummer Alex Smirnov from our concert with mighty Keep of Kalessin in Moscow here."
French act Destinity has issued the following statement about working on a new album and appearing at upcoming festivals:
"Hi to all of you people, some news of the band: A big thanks to all of you for coming and supporting Destinity during the month of April 2011 with our friends of Loudblast! We are currently working on the next album and it looks really devastating ! You have to wait for the album should be released in 2012...
"In the meantime, Destinity will appear on few festivals this summer (announced shortly) and we will join a final tour in Europe with Darkane (Sweden) and Devastating Enemy (Austria) during September / October 2011.
"There will be some dates in France too and this is the last chance for you to come support us before 2012 ! We hope to see you on the road! Last point, we have new merchandise including new tees and hooded zip, so feel free to contact us to order it: email@example.com. Thanks to all of you for your support and see you soon on the road."
You can also check out Metalunderground.com's review of the band's latest album "XI Reasons to See" at this location.
Grayceon has issued the following announcement about the song "Shellmounds" being included on a free digital compilation album:
"We are pleased to be a part of Prog Sphere's Progstravaganza Compilation of Awesomeness-Part V! This compilation includes bands from all over the world and is FREE to download from their site.
"Grayceon's track, 'Shellmounds,' is included in the compilation, so get over there and download it today and enjoy some great music for FREE!"
The album can be downloaded directly at this location and the track listing is as follows:
EXIVIOUS – Waves of Thought
MIOSIS – The Lucid
AGNOSIA – Adrift Into Lie
FORNOST ARNOR – The Tragedy of Delusion
AZURE AGONY – Mystic Interiors
RELOCATOR – The Alchemist
DARKWATER – Breathe
ECHOES – Despair
BLOTTED SCIENCE – Laser Lobotomy
HOOKAHTHEFUZZ – (D)Illusion
HEMINA – And Now to Find a Friend
NEUROMIST – Reason Crusade
EXIST – Writhe
ALLEY – Days for Gray
HESUS ATTOR – Senorai
A FOREST OF STARS – Raven’s Eye View
FINNR’S CANE – The Hope for Spring
ERYN NON DAE. – Existence Asleep
CHRONEIROS – Zeuhl
7th NEMESIS – Distorted Mass (of Unformed Matter)
GRAYCEON – Shellmounds
Septicflesh has posted a video preview of the collector's limited artbook edition of the new album "The Great Mass" (reviewed here). You can check out the clip below.
The band also recently announced upcoming French headlining tour dates with support from Svart Crown. Details are available at this location.
Guitarist Alex Skolnick of Testament and the Alex Skolnick Trio has posted the following message discussing the "Cost of Free Music" on his blog:
"Everyday, I get a daily ‘alert’ informing me whenever my name is mentioned on a blog or website. Usually these are on-line reviews, recent interviews being posted, or just a mention on a web forum."
"Well, for the past several weeks, I’ve been seeing increasing numbers of links next to the words ‘Alex Skolnick Trio,’ with words like: ‘Download All You Want, ‘Free MP3’s’ ‘Free Full Albums.’ These are usually accompanied by tags such as hotshare, rapid file, mega-upload etc… The picture is one of countless examples. In other words, more and more illegal sites are joining in every day to, without our permission, give away our new album for free."
"My first instinct was to just stand idly by and accept it. ‘There’s nothing we can do, it’s just what’s going on right now, it’s how it is, blah blah…’ But then, as I was running on the treadmill at my gym, I thought about it deeply. And I got pissed. I realized I’ve been standing idly by at things my whole life. No more." More...
Boston metalcore act Vanna has posted its new single "I, The Remover" online for streaming. The song is taken off of the band's forthcoming full length "And They Came Bearing Bones" which will arrive in stores on June 21, 2011. You can check out the song in the player below.
American metalcore act The Crimson Armada has posted a new song online for streaming. The track, titled "Call To Arms," is available for streaming in the player below and is taken from the band's forthcoming new studio album "Conviction." "Conviction" is set to be released on June 21, 2011 through Artery Recordings.
"Death metal party rockers" Attila have posted some new footage from the studio online. The band are currently preparing its new studio album, which is expected for a late summer release through Artery Recordings. You can view the studio footage in the player below.
Maligno is streaming its entire new album "The Funeral Domine" online for free. The album was released on April 29, 2011 and was recorded at La Nave studios in Monterrey, Mexico with mixing being done at 7hertz Studios in Los Angeles, California with producer/engineer Billy Anderson. You can access the album stream in the player below.
Thrash metal veterans Metallica have posted the following update online, announcing its first ever concert appearances in India.
"At this stage in the game, there are very few places in the world that we have not dragged our gear and crew to, so that makes this show announcement extra special. For the first time ever, we will be visiting India for two shows! It's about time, wouldn't you say?!?!
"Up first will be Delhi on October 28, 2011 at F1 Rocks, held in Leisure Valley, Sector 29, Gurgaon as we help to celebrate the first Grand Prix race ever held in India. Night number two will find us at the Bangalore Palace Ground, Main Palace, Bangalore, on October 30 as part of the Sonisphere festival. "
German heavy metal act U.D.O. has posted its second tour diary footage online from its recent trip to South America. You can view the footage in the player below.
A new video trailer has been posted online for the reissues of Ozzy Osbourne's classic albums "Diary of a Madman" and "Blizzard of Ozz." The new versions of the albums will hit store shelves on May 31, 2011 and will include exclusive bonus content. You can view the trailer for the albums below.
European hard rock act TNT has posted its new music video online. The video was shot for the track "Refugee" and can be viewed in the player below.
Live footage featuring Canadian thrashers Sacrifice performing in Europe for the first time ever has been posted online. You can view the video below, which features the band performing its track "In Defiance."
Seven Witches has announced the tracklisting for its forthcoming new full length album. The album, titled "Call Upon The Wicked," will hit store shelves on June 3, 2011 through Screaming Ferret Wreckords. The album's tracklisting can be found below.
1. Fields Of Fire
3. Call Upon The Wicked
5. End Of Days
6. Mind Games
7. Harlot Of Troy
8. Eyes Of Fame
9. White Room
Sleeping Giant has revealed the details for its upcoming new album "Kingdom Days In An Evil Age.' The new full length will see its North American release on July 12, 2011 through Ain’t No Grave Recordings. The tracklisting for the effort can be found below.
1. Throne Room Militance
2. Dead Men Walking
3. Eyes Wide Open
4. The Cross Is Suicide
7. Tongues Of Fire
8. Jehova Shalom
9. The Unnamable Name
10. Morning Star
Christian metal act The Great Commission has revealed the tracklisting for its upcoming new album. The album, titled "Heavy Worship," will see its release on July 12, 2011 through Ain’t No Grave Recordings. You can view the album's tracklisting below.
1. Don’t Go To Church, Be The Church
2. The Walking Dead
3. When It Rains It Pours
4. Draw The Line
5. Preaching To The Choir
6. Weight Of The World
7. The Prodigal Son
8. Road To Damascus
9. The Juggernaut
10. Reap What You Sow
11. Came To My Rescue (Be Lifted High)
Detroit metal act Battlecross has announced its signing with Metal Blade Records. The signing comes in time for the band to release its Metal Blade debut in the late summer months. The band commented on joining Metal Blade by saying;
"We are extremely honored to join such a respected label and humbled by their belief in our music. We’re stoked to be part of a label that has a great roster of bands we all admire and respect. We understand the hard work and pavement pounding that is required of a Metal Blade band and we are going to work our asses’ off to show the world what we’re about."
Christian progressive metalcore act Underoath has posted some new touring footage online. You can view the band's European tour diary in the player below.
Underoath also recently announced upcoming tour dates with Times of Grace and Stray From the Path. Details are available here.
Vancouver modern metal act Quartered has posted its new music video online. The video was shot for the track "Nothing Without Love" and was filmed, edited and produced by Charles Schrodt from Full.Speed.Ahead Productions. You can view the video in the player below and read a review for Quartered's latest full length album "Walks Like A Ghost" at this location.