Metal News for May 3, 2013
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36 news articles posted on this day.
Besides acting as the backing band for the legendary Ihsahn, the members of Leprous are becoming Norwegian prog metal icons in their own right, and now have another opportunity to bowl over the metal masses with upcoming album "Coal."
The band's third full-length album and follow-up to 2011's "Bilateral" is coming May 28th in North America and May 20th in Europe via InsideOut Music.
Keep your eyes peeled, because Metalunderground.com will also be premiering new music from the coming release soon, but in the mean time check out our interview with Leprous member Einar Solberg below. More...
Northern Ireland based metal metal band Selene has posted a lyric video online for the track "End of it All," which can be heard below. You can also get a digital version of the track over at the Selene Bandcamp page here.
The Dead Lay Waiting's official video for "Blind Preacher" has been posted online, which features Katy Jackson from The Hype Theory. Check it out below.
The song is taken from the upcoming EP "Ascent of the Murder," coming May 13th, 2013 as an independent release.
U.K. metal act Dendera is streaming the new track "Senlac Hill." The song appears on the band's forthcoming debut release "The Killing Floor." The album is set for release on May 6, 2013 through Metalbox Recordings.
The track listing for the album is:
1. For Vengeance
2. My Mercy
3. Senlac Hill
4. The Killing Floor
6. The Predator
7. Bridges Will Burn
8. Till We Fall
Check out "Senlac Hill" here: More...
Cadaveria's new music video for "Death Vision" is out now and can be seen below. The band comments: “We had never released a ‘classical playback video’ before and it was time to do it. No story here, just the band and his music. Enjoy!”
“Death Vision” comes off Cadaveria’s latest album "Horror Metal," released in 2012 on Bakerteam Records. The exclusive "Undead Edition" of “Horror Metal,” featuring two bonus tracks, “Whispers Of Sin (Ancestral Remix)” and “Hypnotic Psychosis (Chaotic Remix),” will be released on May 7th, 2013.
Dark Tranquility has posted new song "The Science of Noise" online, which can be heard below. The track comes off new album "Construct," coming May 27th in Europe and on May 28th in North America via Century Media Records.
To find out more about the album, check out our recent interview with front man Mikael Stanne at this location.
Depths of Hatred has posted a tour video online, which can be viewed below. The band also comments:
"Since the band started we've always had our cameras/phones out filming anything and everything from live sets to road footage. We never really thought about what we wanted to do with the footage until recently. Here's an inside look at the band over the past 3 years, we'll be posting more of these in the future!"
U.K. death metal act Acrania has checked in with the following announcement about the band's tour with Desecravity being cancelled:
"Due to unfortunate circumstances, the tour starting today with Desecravity has now been cancelled as they have not arrived for the tour.
"This is completely out of the hands of Acrania and the promoters and we're looking to get something else booked up ASAP in its place to make up for the cancellation.
"We're very sorry to everyone that was going to be coming out to see us at any of the shows, but this is completely beyond our control. Although we are already making plans to get another UK/Europe tour sorted." More...
Finland's Valonkantajat has checked in with the following announcement about the band's upcoming album:
"How to translate 'PIMENTOLA?' A village/region without light? In Finnish Pimentola means something far more complex, but to get a hint one must know what kind of place 'Pohjola' is in Kalevala national epic. Anyhow, Pimentola is the name for next Valonkantajat album to be released early 2014."
"Pimentola" will follow the 2012 album "Tuomittu Elämään." Further details will be announced as they are made available.
Yesterday, the news broke that the world of heavy metal had lost a true giant. The death of Slayer guitarist, Jeff Hanneman was a shock to many followers of metal, and especially for fans of the band, who are known to be amongst the most manically devoted in the history of music.
Almost immediately after people learned of the news, fans of Jeff and Slayer celebrated in a fashion befitting of the man: By getting drunk and blasting "Reign In Blood" as loud as they could. Hanneman's death is arguably the hardest hitting news since Ronnie James Dio passed away three years ago, and perhaps the biggest shock to thrash fans since Metallica bass player Cliff Burton was killed in an automobile accident in 1986, and at only 49 years of age, he will be considered by many to have been taken from us too soon.
Jeff Hanneman's journey began on January 31st 1964, when he was born in Oakland, California to a German father who fought for the Allies in the Second World War. This, along with the participation of his brothers in the Vietnam war, forged a lifelong interest in all things military for Jeff, a subject he would regularly cover in his lyrical contributions to Slayer. In 1981, Hanneman went to audition for a local band where he met another young guitarist named Kerry King. The two got on well and began jamming covers of songs by the likes of Iron Maiden and Judas Priest, before deciding to form their own band, the lineup of which was completed by the addition of King's former Quits bandmate Tom Araya, and pizza delivery guy, Dave Lombardo. Hanneman stated that one of his favourite memories of the early days was whenever people booed them, assured by his confidence to actually get on stage and perform. Of the four members, he was the one who enjoyed punk music the most, a genre he claimed he "forced" onto Dave Lombardo to the point where in 1984, the two of them, along with future Suicidal Tendencies guitarist Rocky George, formed a punk band named, Pap Smear, which folded a year later on the advice of producer, Rick Rubin. More...
Power thrashers Sanktuary are proud to announce they will be unleashing their debut album "Something Fierce" this coming July 2nd, 2013 via Canadian metal label Spread The Metal Records. Bassist Cole Hume comments:
"This journey has been quite the experience and we are incredibly stoked to unleash Something Fierce to the masses. So crack a cold one, strap on some clean undies and grab an umbrella 'cause this shit storm's coming soon to a record store near you."
Spawning from high school friendship and growing into something much more epic, Sanktuary kicked things off with two back-to-back EPs – 2009's self-titled release and 2010's "Black Magic Brew" – and soon followed that up with a massive move from Whitehorse, Yukon to Halifax, Nova Scotia. More...
After posting the "Eternal Reborn" track online, Re:Inanimate has now released another song online. Check out the new track "Alma" in the SoundCloud player below.
Today Zed has teamed up with Metal Insider to give fans another preview of what they can expect from "Desperation Blues." Check out the premiere of the song "Killing Machine" right here.
"Desperation Blues" is due out this coming May 21st and the track listing is as follows:
CVLT Nation is now offering a stream of “Vicious Consolation/Virtuous Totality,” the debut album from Portuguese crust/grind-metallers Utopium, which is scheduled for release on May 13th via Bleak Recordings/Raging Planet.
Check out the album here or through the player below. The following press release was also issued about the band:
"Utopium gathered in Lisbon, in 2007, with the initial line-up comprising R. on vocals, T. and JR. on guitar, J. on drums and D. on bass. The five-piece recorded and released their first demo in late 2008, followed by the first live performances before B. replaced D. on bass. Almost a year later, the group sees its version of 'My Philosophy,' from the iconic 'Inhale / Exhale,' included in the compilation 'A Tribute to Nasum' released through indie German Power-It-Up.
"Still totally DIY, they self-financed the recording and release of their highly anticipated debut EP in 2010. Titled 'Conceptive Prescience' and limited to 100 copies on CD, the album quickly sells out and gathers a lot of praise by the press.
"2011 marks another line-up change – with P. replacing B. on bass – and the release of a split 7” with Lifedeceiver. Over the years, Utopium established a solid reputation live thanks to devastating performances, having shared stages with internationally renowned bands like Rotten Sound, Misery Index, Despised Icon or Wormrot and played festivals like Bracara Extreme and Milhões de Festa."
Victorius is due to release "The Awakening" this coming July 16th, 2013 via SPV/Sonic Attack in North America. The following press release was issued about the band:
"Except for Heaven Shall Burn, the Saxonian metal scene was mostly obscure in the past. This all changed when retro metal outfit Alpha Tiger appeared on the scene a year ago. Now the scene is breeding hot metal on an assembly line. The latest talent: Victorius from Leipzig. A bunch of young metal heads full of power and energy.
"Their second self-produced album, titled fittingly 'The Awakening' landed them a deal with Berlin based Sonic Attack Records, the new label of former Noise Records Boss Walterbach, and an off-shoot of his new Management firm.
"Victorius, formed around composer Dirk Scharsich and singer David Baßin, understands itself in line of the European Power Metal School of the likes such as Mystic Prophecy, Stormwarrior, Hammerfall, and Gamma Ray. Since 2006 the band has been active in the local metal underground in Saxonia and neighboring states. The first self produced recordings for their first 3-track CD where produced in the same year and used for securing a series of live-appearances throughout 2007 and 2008. More...
My Dying Bride will released "The Manuscript" via Peaceville Records this coming May 13th on CD & vinyl. Samples of all the tracks are now available for streaming via Amazon here. The track listing is as follows:
1. The Manuscript
2. Var Gud Over Er
3. A Pale Shroud Of Longing
4. Only Tears To Replace Her With More...
The Devil Wears Prada, which signed to Roadrunner Records earlier this year, has now posted a new studio video update online. Check out the clip below, or follow the band's recording process over at Facebook here.
Almah has posted a pre-production teaser clip online as the band works on an upcoming album. Check out the clip below. Almah's Edu Falaschi comments:
"Hello guys, the new album is almost ready, we are finishing the last songs now! We'd like to show you one part of a new song: it's a guitar duel with tapping and right now we are working at this idea! Very soon the whole new material will be ready for the recording!"
Eyes On Fire has released a new video clip for "In The End," which can be viewed below. The band also comments:
"In The End is the lead single from Eyes On Fire's newest album release 'Victimizer.' The video showcases the band's live performance, as well as powerful concept footage focusing on our country's Armed Forces."
Evile has confirmed a mini U.K. tour for this September in support of the band's upcoming new album, "Skull."
The band will be playing four special shows around the U.K. and Ireland, with ticket prices for all dates available for just £5 in advance (€7.50 Euros for Dublin).
As a special thank you to their loyal followers, Evile is giving fans a chance to vote on Facebook for five tracks which the band will add to the set each night. The band will also be playing the "Skull" album in its entirety at the show in Manchester. Catch the band live:
Jun. 14 - Wervik, Belgium - SkullFest
Jun. 28 - Lesmahagow, UK - Les Fest
Aug. 24 - Werrington, UK - Scar Fest
"Skull" U.K. Tour
Sep. 26 - Cardiff, UK - Cardiff University
Sep. 27 - Dublin, Ireland - Button Factory
Sep. 28 - Manchester, UK - Academy 2
Sep. 29 - Glasgow, UK - Audio More...
Bermuda will be headlining "The Lone Wolf Tour" this coming June with support from Legion, Seeker, and Sessions. Confirmed dates are as follows:
6/8 Columbus, GA - Summer Side Show Festival
6/9 Fayetteville, NC - Drunk Horse Pub
6/10 Fredericksburg, VA - KC's Music Alley
6/11 Virginia Beach, VA - Club Relevant
6/13 Lemoyne, PA - The Championship
6/14 Trenton, NJ - Championship Bar and Grill
6/15 Hartford, CT - Webster Underground
6/16 Albany, NY - Bogie's
6/18 Buffalo, NY - Broadway Joe's (No Legion) More...
Italian solo experimental doom act Narcotic Luxuria has released a new five song promo EP. Check out the "Rain" release in the player below, or over at Bandcamp here.
A full-length album is also currently in the works, with details forthcoming. The "Rain" track listing is as follows:
1. Into the Narcotic Apocalypse 05:22
2. A Dripping Gutter 03:31
3. Your Bread, My Flesh 04:36
4. As the Ship Docks 08:56 More...
Latvian/British melodic progressive metal band The Mascaron has released the new "Beginnings" EP. Check out the full release below or over at Bandcamp. The following press release was also issued about the EP:
"'Beginnings' is a five-song melodic progressive metal EP, mixing atmospherics with a modern metal sound, dynamically utilizing strong clean singing with brutish growling vocals to create unique, interesting melodies. 'Beginnings' can be downloaded in a digital format from the band's official BandCamp page.
"The EP includes three unpublished songs and two singles previously released - 'Out of Time' became available at the end of 2012 which drew attention to the band from both Latvian and foreign media in Europe, the U.S. and even China; the second single, 'The Night Before,' drew the attention of both the public and the media. The writing process for the EP took a period of several months. During this time most of the ideas and views exchanged between band members was done so via the internet, due to the fact that the members reside in different countries. All the tracks on 'Beginnings' are The Mascaron's own compositions, written, produced and recorded by the band." More...
Spanish thrash metal newcomers Trallery have reached an agreement with Xtreem Music for the exclusive worldwide distribution and promotion of debut album "Catalepsy." The label comments:
"Coming out from various local acts and previously playing as a Metallica cover band, Trallery finally decided to start the recordings of their album in summer 2012 finishing in December of the same year that's when they got in contact with Xtreem Music who immediately shown interest in the band.
"After some months where the band had to deal with various matters, specially the making of the cover art by renowned artist Andrei Bouzikov (Municipal Waste, Cannabis Corpse, Skeleton Witch, Deathraiser…) and their participation on the Wacken battle of bands of which they were winners of the whole Spanish territory, resulting on the band's inclusion on Wacken 2013, Trallery is ready to release this album and June 1st is the chosen date for its release date.
"Trallery plays and stunning brand of classic thrash metal with a fresh sound and varied dynamics resulting on extremely catchy yet both melodic and aggressive tunes with an outstanding instrumental and vocal performances that makes of this band one of the most hopeful formations on the healthy Spanish Thrash Metal scene." More...
Hammercult, Israel's explosive thrash export and Wacken's Metal Battle Winner in 2011, will appear for a second tour in Europe this Spring with Sepultura.
Following the tour on July 16th in North America, fans will be treated with a limited edition red vinyl edition of debut "Anthems of Damned." The SPV distributed Sonic Attack Records-release will come with new cover artwork and will have three new songs.
The dates are as follows:
05.05. Tilburg - Neurotic Death Fest (Netherlands)
07.05. Poitiers - Confort Moderne (France)
08.05. Le Harve - Magic Mirror (France) with Sepultura
09.05. Utrecht - Tivoli (Netherlands) with Sepultura
10.05. Den Haag - Paard (Netherlands) with Sepultura
11.05. Essen - Turock (Germany) with Sepultura
12.05. Berlin - SO36 (Germany) with Sepultura
14.05. Nürnberg - Rockfabrik (Germany) with Sepultura
15.05. Mühltal/Darmstadt - Steinbruch Theater (Germany) with Sepultura
16.05. Lindau - Club Vaudeville (Germany) with Sepultura
17.05. Aarau - Kiff (Switzerland) - with Sepultura
18.05. Eichstätt - Open Air am Berg (Germany) with Sepultura
14.08. Dinkelsbühl - Summer Breeze Festival (Germany) More...
Means End has posted the song "Arbiter of Time" online, which can be heard in the player below and comes off new album "The Didact." The album is also available for ordering at this location, and the track listing is:
01. Candle in the Dark
02. Omega Barrier
03. Crimson Interloper
06. Mourning Star
08. Lied von Leid
09. Nox Aurumque
10. Sun Wukong
11. Arbiter of Time
12. To Love
U.D.O., featuring legendary former Accept vocalist Udo Dirkshneider, posted a new music video for the track "Metal Machine." The song appears on the forthcoming new LP "Steelhammer," which is scheduled for release on May 21st in the United States (May 24 in EU) via AFM Records.
The track listing for "Steelhammer" is:
2. A Cry Of A Nation
3. Metal Machine
4. Basta Ya
5. Heavy Rain
6. Devil's Bite
7. Death Ride
8. King Of Mean
10. Never Cross My Way
11. Take My Medicine
12. Stay True
13. When Love Becomes A Lie
14. Book Of Faith
15. Shadows Come Alive (Digipak Bonus Track)
Check out "Metal Machine" here: More...
Berlin-based classic rockers Kadavar proudly present the official video clip for "Come Back Life," taken from recently released second studio album and Nuclear Blast debut "Abra Kadavar."
The clip was shot, directed, and edited by Nathini van der Meer and Annikki Heinemann of "Oddisee Films" during the band’s journey through the USA in March 2013. Kadavar comments:
"It was the trip of our lives, swaying between heaven and hell. Our baggage got lost and neither did we have a place to sleep for the time of the South by Southwest Festival in Austin, nor a backline or money. As if this wasn’t enough, the ’64 Ford Galaxy that we had bought after a long search blew up in our faces after ten minutes on the highway. Still we met many kind people whose help made it possible for us to reach San Francisco in the end. Our friends Nathini and Annikki have accompanied us during the entire three weeks and have captured footage that’ll stick in our memories forever. After this trip, one of the song’s lines fits even better: Come back life, all is forgiven now…”
The new Asgeir Mickelson led project God of Atheists, which was named our most anticipated release of 2013, is currently in the process of recording tracks for a debut album. God of Atheists posted the following message online about the vocal recording process:
"Wow, it was a pleasure hearing I.C.S. Vortex sing in the studio today! The God Of Atheists album is coming along nicely. Vocals on three songs are pretty much done. Lots of grim and lots of signature Vortex clean vocals. More recording next week. Now off for some poker.
The band also issued the following announcement about bringing on another vocalist:
"God Of Atheists has been joined by a female singer! She's Norwegian - and she's (obviously) great! Sorry for not letting you know who it is, but I'll let you know when we've recorded something and know it will work. Very excited!"
The currently known lineup (not including the new vocalist) is:
Asgeir Mickelson - Guitar
Trym - Drums
ICS Vortex - Vocals
Carl August Tidemann - Solo guitar
Keyboards - Ihsahn
Dishonour the Crown has checked in with the following statement about the band's computer being stolen and update about new releases:
"Update on what's going on with DTC! Last week Ron's Mac was stolen from his house, this had all the album pre-production tracks on.
"7 of the tracks were backed up but the rest have gone. So instead of recording an album we've decided to go ahead with two 7 track EPs! Doing this means we can get a release out to you quicker, while the next 7 tracks are re-written.
"So the hunt begins of what studio we go to, to lay down the magic!"
You can also stream the band's previous "Gone to the Dogs" EP over at this location.
Canadian death metal act Necronomicon posted a trailer for the upcoming release "Rise of the Elder Ones," the band's fourth LP and first since 2010. The album is slated for release on June 7, 2013 (EU) and June 11, 2013 (North America) via Season of Mist Records.
"Rise of the Elder Ones" marks the first studio release for new basisst Armaros (Ex-Hollow). The track listing for the album is:
2. The End of Times
3. The Living God (Pharaoh of Gods Part II)
4. The Nuclear Chaos
5. From Beyond
6. Rise of the Elder Ones
7. The Valley of the Lost Souls
8. Celestial Being
9. Dark Corners of the Earth
10. The Fallen
Check out the trailer here: More...
Children of Bodom posted a new lyric video for the track "Transference." The song appears on the upcoming release "Halo of Blood," which will be released June 7th (EU), June 10th (UK), and June 11th, 2013 (North America) via Nuclear Blast.
The track listing for the album is:
1. Waste Of Skin
2. Halo Of Blood
3. Scream For Silence
5. Bodom Blue Moon (The Second Coming)
6. Your Days Are Numbered
7. Dead Man's Hand On You
8. Damage Beyond Repair
9. All Twisted
10. One Bottle and a Knee Deep
Check out "Transference" here: More...
Battle Beast posted the second part of a track-by-track video series on the band's upcoming sophomore LP simply entitled "Battle Beast." The album is slated for release on May 17, 2013 (May 20, 2013 in UK) via Nuclear Blast Records. The first part of the series can be seen over at this location.
In this part, the tracks 5-9 are discussed ("Raven," "Into the Heart of Danger," "Machine Revolution," "Golden Age" and "Kingdom"). Check out the video here: More...
Finnish act Kalmah posted a new music video for the track "Seventh Swamphony." The song is the title track of the band's upcoming new LP, which is due out on June 14th (Finland & Europe), June 17th (UK), June 18th (USA & Canada) and June 26th (Japan) via Spinefarm Records. The video was directed by Jukka Vidgre.
The track listing for "Seventh Swamphony" is:
Swedish power metal act ReinXeed, featuring guitarist/vocalist Tommy Johansson (Golden Resurrection), announced that the band is working on a new LP entitled "A New World." The album is targeted for release after the summer of 2013, with recording finished ahead of the band's first ever and exclusive U.S. appearance at the upcoming ProgPower USA Festival in Atlanta this September. The album is the follow up to the 2012 movie themed release "Welcome to the Theater" (see review here).
The band posted the first studio vlog, showcasing the drum recordings of Alfred Fridhagen. Check it out here: More...
The south is known for working hard, playing hard, and eating hearty. Steel Panther is known for getting hard, playing hard, and eating lots and lots of hot, wet, and readily available... food. (Yeah, let's say "food", because the south is real polite-like.) It was only natural that the band would make Tennessee a stop on a tour eventually -- this one was the band's first ever in Nashville. Vocalist Michael Starr commented mid-set that it was also their best show ever in Nashville.
Admitting in public that you take an interest in the music of Steel Panther is similar to announcing to everyone that you think about sex and guitar solos more than the average college freshman, which is usually a risky move. However, if you have protection (others who like Steel Panther with you) and you're not a sexual predator, you'll be fine. Nashville knew this and came out in droves to Marathon Music Works on the night of May 1st to celebrate the indulgent feelings that go along with raising the horns in the air for the band most synonymous with the word "sex" (so much so that porn production company Brazzers sponsored the band's 2012 Australian tour). More...