Metal News for May 30, 2012
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Huddersfield sludge band Wort is streaming its debut four-song EP "Wort's 'N' All!" over on Bandcamp. The band used to be known as Poison Dwarf until they changed their name to Wort after appearing on the Agony UK Tour with Fleshgod Apocalypse at the Parish club in March. Check out all four songs below.
Today Decibel Magazine unveils the sadistic sounds of “3rd Space Guerrilla Generator,” from Maryland powerviolence miscreants Strong Intention. The track comes off the band’s soon-to-be-unleashed "Razorblade Express" EP and features guest vocals by Eyehategod vocalist/wordsmith Mike Williams.
Comments Strong Intention’s founding frontman Zac Ohler of the tune: “The song was written as a quick blast of venom directed towards the ongoing concrete sprawl and urban development around the town I was living in. While the interior of the city and its neighborhoods fell into ruin, crime and squalor, the businessmen were riding the wave of the housing and commercial building boom at the beginning of the decade with no sense of intelligent city planning, destroying miles and miles of green space around the city I once knew.”
Listen to “3rd Space Guerrilla Generator” at this location.
"Razorblade Express" will be released via PATAC Records on June 1st, 2012 with the first pressing limited to just 500 copies. In addition, "Razorblade Express" features bass work by Cattle Decapitation’s Derek Engemann.
Strong Intention has the following upcoming tour dates with Phobia:
6/02/2012 Sonar – Baltimore, MD w/ Marduk, 1349 *
6/03/2012 Halfway House – Detroit, MI
6/04/2012 Now that’s class – Cleveland, OH
6/05/2012 Strange matter – Richmond, VA
6/06/2012 Millcreek – Philadelphia, PA
6/07/2012 El N Gee – New London, CT
6/08/2012 Sonar – Baltimore, MD
6/09/2012 Saint Vitus – Brooklyn, NY
6/10/2012 Radio – Somerville, MA
6/11/2012 Boagie’s – Albany, NY
6/23/2012 Café 611 – Frederick, MD w/ Agnostic Front, Sheer Terror *
* No Phobia
Russian act Shturm has posted a new official music video online for the song "Eagles Above Tibet," taken from the "Karmaruna" album released in April, 2012 via Darknagar Records.
Check out the video clip in the player available below. You can also watch the band's previously posted video clip for "Solitude Beside" at this location.
The band commented on the new video:
"Greetings Brothers! Today we present to you our new video for the song 'Eagles above Tibet' from the 'Karmaruna' album. The video's full of symbols and ideas, so its sense may be not very clear for you - we'll be happy to answer your questions!
"The video's and song's ideas are different at first sight. The song itself tells us about how compassionate may be human's heart even after great ties of exile, wars and humiliation. It also tells us about how important is freedom for everyone of us all! The video consists of few scenes in which the wise Buddhist parables are shown. We suppose their sence may be quite urgent for many people today, so the video may appear interesting for you!
"We hope for it! Nice viewing!"
As previously announced, this June Neurot Recordings will issue a special three-way split CD in tribute to late American folk music hero Townes Van Zandt in North America, the homage bearing contributions from Scott Kelly (Neurosis, Shrinebuilder, Tribes of Neurot, etc.), Steve Von Till (Neurosis, Tribes of Neurot, Harvestman, etc.) and Scott “Wino” Weinrich (Saint Vitus, The Obsessed, The Hidden Hand, Shrinebuilder, etc.).
As part of their weekly “Wino Wednesday” installment series, today The Obelisk is hosting an exclusive stream of one of Weinrich’s offerings from the Van Zandt homage, in the form of the record’s seventh song, “Nothing,” right here.
Also still available is Scott Kelly’s rendition of “St. John The Gambler” downloadable at this location.
After having performed material by Van Zandt solo and through various collaborations on stage over recent years, on solo releases and more, the aptly entitled "Songs of Townes Van Zandt" brings several songs each from Steve Von Till, Scott Kelly, and Wino together in praise of his deep musical influence on them all. Through a personal contact of the artists, newly-formed label My Proud Mountain was founded specially in order to release this tribute, with Neurot Recordings handling the North American release of the album on June 12th.
The master of the Earth—that is, GWAR lead singer Oderus Urungus—has a few choice words for humans who "take animals, rip their skins off, and make marmoset banana hammocks with them."
In a brand-new video for peta2, PETA's youth division, Urungus pronounces "a bitter doom on those who fuck with our furry friends"—who he says are humans' "superiors"—and announces GWAR's new plan for an all-natural alternative to fur: the pubic hair of prison inmates.
"GWAR is titillated to be working with peta2, in this, the latest thing that GWAR is doing," says Urungus. "We'll be providing the humans with an alternative to animal fur and also helping improve the hygiene of this country's vast prison industry, in a collaboration that is sure to rip off a few heads."
As you may recall, this is GWAR's second video for peta2. The first, titled "Fight Humans, Not Dogs," pitted a GWAR "slave" against The Red Chord's Guy Kozowyk in a no-holds-barred match. More information is available through peta2 at this location. More...
Riverside, CA melodic hardcore band No Bragging Rights will shack up at One Light Media recording studios in Las Vegas, Nevada next month. The band will start tracking a brand new album with Kelly Cairns (As I Lay Dying, Austrian Death Machine, Molotov Solution, Chelsea Grin, War Of Ages, Impending Doom, Sworn Enemy) who worked on the band's last album "Illuminator," which was released January of last year.
No Bragging Rights completed many tours this past year with appearances at the New England Metal & Hardcore Festival, The Jamboree, and many other notable festivals, and could not be more thrilled to take time off and start recording a new album.
Guitarist Daniel Garrow had the following to say, "We're excited to work with Kelly again because we know this record is a priority and he's sure to capture what we're going for. My personal goals for these songs weren't necessarily based on structure or 'rules' but what feels right; trying to stay within a melodic balance throughout the duration on the song. There's something for everyone in there if you liked our last two full lengths! We're very excited to release this material and tour heavily!"
A new label announcement is on the way, so stay tuned. More...
U.K. act We Are Knuckle Dragger has continued to post new entries in a series of making-of video clips from the band's time working on the "Tit For Tat" release.
Check out part three in the series from the recording at Electrical Audio in Chicago, IL below, or find the previously posted second entry by clicking here.
Relapse Records has unleashed the label's prestigious 20+ year catalog online via Bandcamp at this location. All of the albums from the catalog can now be streamed for free.
The official Relapse page features over 122 artists including Baroness, Dying Fetus, Pig Destroyer, Red Fang, Necrophagist, Revocation, and many more, each streaming their entire Relapse catalog for free in addition to offering the albums as high quality 320k mp3 or FLAC downloads.
Additionally, the label has made available a page for Relapse alumni including Mastodon, Neurosis, Amorphis, Nile, High in Fire, The Dillinger Escape Plan, and over 20 additional artists at this location.
The Canadian blackened death metal blasphemers from Weapon have completed the recording of their Relapse debut, entitled "Embers And Revelations." The band entered the studio on March 18th to self-record the new album along with producer Terry Paholek at The Physics Lab in their hometown of Edmonton, Canada.
Guitarist / vocalist Vetis Monarch commented on the upcoming album: "Weapon loyalists can expect no-holds barred, satanic death metal that the band displayed on it's previous work, but further refined and sharpened to ferocious perfection. Embers And Revelations will be the apex of malice via music."
Additionally, Weapon has confirmed a three week tour with black metal legends Marduk & 1349 with additional support from Withered. The tour begins on June 2nd in Baltimore, MD and ends on June 20th in San Diego, CA. Immediately following these dates, the band will headline a string of shows with support from Withered, HOD, Nightbringer & Blaspherian on select dates. More...
The "CVI" track listing is as follows:
1. Parsonz Curse
2. Whispering World
3. Shake and Shift
4. No Good
6. Sleeping Witch
7. South of Somewhere
10. Black Water Vision
Cincinnati's Close To Home has uploaded a new track online titled "Backstabbers Need Not Apply," which can be heard in the YouTube clip below. "Backstabbers Need Not Apply" is off the band's new album "Momentum," set to hit stores on July 17th, 2012.
Cleveland, Ohio thrash metal act Destructor has parted ways with guitarist Pat Rabid and bassist Jamie Boulder. Rabid was a founding member in 1983 and played on the band's "Maximum Destruction" debut album, released in 1985 via Auburn Records. Boulder joined in 2002 and appeared on the "Sonic Bullet" (2003), "Forever In Leather" (2007) and "Storm Of Steel" (2007) releases.
Commented vocalist/guitarist Dave Overkill:
"Matt Flammable and I would like to take the time to announce some changes in the band line-up. Pat Rabid has left the band sighting personal issues and is unable to keep his position. Jamie Boulder has also decided to leave. Jamie fronts his own metal band, Midnight, and decided to bow out shortly after Pat's announcement. Sometimes change happens but the heart and soul of Destructor continues to beat fast and strong. Matt and I wish them both the best and are thankful for their years of service to the band. We will be replacing the bass and guitar positions and are looking forward to being ready to support the new record shortly. Live shows are being tentatively planned, along with select auditions in the weeks to follow. Rest assured Destructor is here to stay and Matt and I are positive and moving forward with conviction. Stay tuned for updates to follow and as always keep the faith!"
Destructor is finishing up the recording of a new studio album, "Decibel Casualties," at Supernatural Sound in Kirtland, Ohio. Tomasz Scull, guitarist for the band Venomin James and owner of the studio, is engineering.
"We've had some recording delays due to the personnel problems," adds Overkill. "There is just some vocals and a little guitar work to tweak before mixing will begin. I am confident this will be the best Destructor release to date. There is so much energy to the songs and the production will be what our fans have come to expect from us."
Tattered Soul has teamed up with Varulv and Nightforest for the split "When Life Brings Sorrow Beyond Death," released through Naturmacht Productions. You can stream the pure underground black metal release in the player below or over at Bandcamp. The split's track listing is as follows:
1. Tattered Soul - Necromancer 03:07
2. Tattered Soul - The Art of Death 04:03
3. Tattered Soul - As Ravens Call 04:48
4. Varulv - Herbststurm 04:22
5. Varulv - Eternal Darkness 06:35
6. Varulv - Opfer 04:56
7. Nightforest - A Tomb so Cold 05:10
8. Nightforest - Into the Ancient Forest 05:07
9. Nightforest - Saeculum Timoris 05:21 More...
Washington, DC act Wings Denied has posted the new "Awake" album online for streaming. Check out the release through the player below, or by heading over to the group's Bandcamp page. The "Awake" track listing is as follows:
1. Maiden 04:57
2. Clockwork 04:50
3. Vultures 07:35 More...
Ohio metal heathens Skeletonwitch have announced plans to demolish North America this summer on a headlining tour, which will also feature classic rockers Barn Burner (Metal Blade Records). The tour, which includes two weeks' worth of dates in Canada, commences July 17th in York, PA, soon after Skeletonwtich returns from a European tour including festivals alongside the likes of Slayer, Megadeth, and Behemoth. Complete dates are listed below.
Barn Burner's Kevin Keegan comments on the dates, "We're really pumped to be on tour with such a ripping band like Skeletonwitch. We hope to forge an alliance that will cripple the continent!"
07/13 York, PA The Depot
07/14 Poughkeepsie, NY The Loft At The Chance Theatre
07/15 Hartford, CT Webster Underground
07/16 Portland, ME Genos
07/17 Trois Rivieres, QC Rock Cafe Le Stage
07/18 Quebec City, QC Agitee
07/19 Montreal, QC Il Motore
07/20 Ottawa, ON Mavericks
07/21 Toronto, ON Hardluck
07/22 Toledo, OH Frankies
07/23 Madison, WI High Noon Saloon
07/24 Thunder Bay, ON Crocks
07/25 Winnipeg, MB The Zoo
07/26 Saskatoon, SK Amigos
07/27 Calgary, AB Broken City
07/28 Edmonton, AB The Pawn Shop
07/30 Vancouver, BC Biltmore Cabaret
07/31 Spokane, WA The Hop
080/1 Billings, MT Manny's
08/02 Fargo, ND Nestor Tavern
08/03 La Crosse, WI The Warehouse
08/04 Joliet, IL Mojoes
Montreal metal radio show Burnt Offerings (CJLO 1690AM) has posted a video interview with Cannibal Corpse drummer Paul Mazurkiewicz, which can be viewed below. Mazurkiewicz was in the city for a meet and greet at Boutique Labryinthe and to be a special guest judge for round 5 of Heavy MTL's battle of the bands, presented by Dungeonworks Productions and Evenko.
Heavy MTL Battle of The Bands Finals will be taking place Friday, June 8th in Montreal at Theatre Corona with the following top five bands:
Trainwreck Architect More...
Terrorizer.com, the online portal for Terrorizer Magazine, is now streaming "Storms of War," the newest album from Swedish traditional heavy metallers Katana. Recorded, mixed and mastered at Sonic Train Studios by King Diamond guitarist Andy La Rocque, "Storms of War" is scheduled for North American release on June 19th. Visit Terrorizer to hear the album in its entirety. (Note - a link to the stream can be found on the right side of the main page and will appear in a pop-up window).
The Contortionist will release the new record "Intrinsic" on July 17th, 2012 via eOne/Good Fight Music.
"On 'Intrinsic', we've found ourselves focusing on the songwriting as well as the new textures and melody we're striving for. Each song has its own identity and flow, but the album is fun to listen through in order cause of the conceptual ties," says vocalist / keyboardist Jonathan Carpenter.
The was produced and recorded by Eyal Levi (Daath, Job For A Cowboy) and Jason Suecof (Trivium, DevilDriver) at Audiohammer Studios, and the track listing is as follows:
2. Feedback Loop
4. Sequential Vision
5. Geocentric Confusion
6. Dreaming Schematics
7. Anatomy Anomalies
10. Parallel Trance
Connecticut's Cyperna has posted two teaser trailers online for the band's upcoming new album, which can be viewed below. You can also listen to music from Cyperna over at the band's Facebook profile. And remember: stop listening to lame music, or the metal yeti will find you!
There is less than a month to go until The Forsaken is going to release new album "Beyond Redemption," which was recorded by the band, mixed by André Alvinzi, and mastered by Jens Bogren at the Fascination Street Studios. The artwork has been posted online and can be viewed below. "Beyond Redemption" is due for release on June 29th, 2012.
The Forsaken has also posted a couple of new videos from the recordings, which can be viewed below. The band also commented:
"The new material has been coming out to be a super-brutal and intense delivery with the finishing touches being added. It will be a seriously kick-ass album. You heard it before folks, but this is by far the best album to date by The Forsaken and we're looking forward to have it delivered to the masses this coming summer!" More...
Periphery's new album, "Periphery II," is set for a July 3rd release. A promo video for the impending release has now been posted online and can be viewed below. Pre-orders are available at this location.
Misha Mansoor (guitars) states: "We are very happy to announce the full track listing (see below) and show you guys the artwork for our sophomore release. We put so much hard work and time into this album and we thank all of you for your continued support and patience. The album clocks in at sixty-nine minutes exactly and has tons of brand new material, so I assure you it is well worth the wait. Make sure to keep on the lookout for the first track which we will be releasing in the coming weeks."
Periphery will also be headed out on the Summer Slaughter tour this July, with more details available here.
2) Have a Blast - Guthrie Govan guest solo
3) Facepalm Mute
6) Luck as a Constant
8) The Gods Must Be Crazy!
9) MAKE TOTAL DESTROY
10) Erised - John Petrucci guest solo
12) Froggin' Bullfish
13) Mile Zero - Wes Hauch guest solo
14) Masamune More...
Swedish act Age of Woe has issued the following announcement about an upcoming European mini-tour:
"This fall Switch Opens will join forces with Age of Woe to embark on a 4 day mini-tour in Scandinavia. More dates will follow soon, but here’s the plan for now.
October 31st – Oslo, Norway
November 1st – Copenhagen, Denmark
November 2nd – Gothenburg, Sweden
November 3rd – Stockholm, Sweden
"Switch Opens from Stockholm, Sweden recently released their new album 'Joint Clash,' which is the highly anticipated follow up on the bands self-titled album for which they won P3 Guld, an award from the Swedish national radio, for Best Rock/Metal 2010.
"The album was recorded at Garaget Studio in Solna, Sweden by Michael Nordström and mastered by Magnus Lindberg (Cult Of Luna). Over the years Switch Opens has made a reputation as a must see live act."
Trivium's popularity has gone from “Ember to Inferno” in five records on a quest for “Ascendancy,” all the while fighting “The Crusade” like “Shogun” warriors, to be able to have more and more fans flock “In Waves” to their shows. Though they are eternally cursed with detractors due to the unlucky fact that they hail from Florida (no Florida band gets a real break!), Trivium has made a big statement over the years by bringing a power-packed show to each venue they play. Lead guitarist/vocalist Matt Heafy is an especially charismatic force to see, as well as an expressive performer. The very last leg of their headlining shows in the US in early 2012 was in Nashville, TN at the Exit/In on May 25th, for which there was a show report written.
Before the show got rolling and was broadcast to viewers all across the world through Livestream.com, Trivium bassist Paolo Gregoletto caught up with MetalUnderground’s Frank Serafine for a video interview on the tour bus. More...
For the first time in its 17-year existence, Negura Bunget (translated as “Dark Foggy Forest) showcased its disparate mix of Romanian folk music and atmospheric black metal to an American audience. Hearing these songs on home speakers was simply not the same as witnessing the band live. One can’t fully comprehend the band’s primordial forests and grim folklore without seeing the group live. For many, this was the closest they’ll ever get to sift the earth of the Carpathian Mountains through their fingers.
Before Negura Bunget and its strictly-folk project, Din Brad took the stage in San Antonio; Metal Underground.com spoke with drummer and founder, Negru. We discussed the group’s restructuring, their first visit to the U.S., the making of recent recordings and new material on the horizon. He also explained the superstitions still practiced by some in his country and his country’s greatest celebrity, Dracula. More...
Vale of Pnath has checked in with the following update about canceling the band's previously scheduled tour dates in June:
"Sad status update:
"We regret to inform you that will have to cancel our west coast dates in June with Dissonance in Design. We have ran into problems that prevent us from physically and financially being able to do the tour. Sorry to everyone who was planning on seeing us.
"On the plus side, we are starting the writing process for our next album with hopes of recording it before the end of the year. In the mean the time, stay tuned for play through videos, live videos and pre-production tracks from the new album."
For more info on Vale of Pnath, head over to the band's official Facebook profile.
Fear Factory is streaming the new track "New Messiah" from the band's forthcoming LP "The Industrialist." The album is set for release on June 5, 2012 through AFM Records.
The track listing for "The Industrialist" is as follows:
1. The Industrialist
3. New Messiah
4. God Eater
5. Depraved Mind Murder
6. Virus of Faith
7. Difference Engine
9. Religion is Flawed Because Man is Flawed
10. Human Augmentation
11. Blush Response (Difference Engine) *
12. Landfill *
* (available on deluxe digi-book only)
Check out "New Messiah" here: More...
Batillus has now released a split 12" with Whitehorse, which is available through Vendetta Records. The two Batillus tracks from the split are available for streaming via Bandcamp or in the player below. The Batillus songs are:
1. Silver Mortar 09:11
2. Feral 11:19
Batillus also has the following upcoming tour dates with Whitehorse:
Wed 5/30/12 – Raleigh, NC @ Slim’s (no Whitehorse)
Thu 5/31/12 – Atlanta, GA @ Wonderroot w/ TBD (no Whitehorse)
Fri 6/1/12 – New Orleans, LA @ Siberia w/ Dragged Into Sunlight, Cough (no Whitehorse)
Sat 6/2/12 – Lafayette, LA @ The Wild Salmon w/ Haarp, Red Shield (no Whitehorse)
Sun 6/3/12 – Austin, TX – Chaos in Tejas @ Hotel Vegas w/ Dragged Into Sunlight, Cough
Mon 6/4/12 – Little Rock, AR @ White Water Tavern w/ As Dogs, Firing Order
Tue 6/5/12 – Columbia, MO @ Cafe Berlin w/ Battlement
Wed 6/6/12 – Lincoln, NE @ Duffy’s Tavern w/ Ezra
Thu 6/7/12 – Minneapolis, MN @ Medusa w/ Svoboda, Lungs
Fri 6/8/12 – Milwaukee, WI @ Quarters w/ Northless
Sat 6/9/12 – Appleton, WI @ Maritime Tavern
Sun 6/10/12 – Chicago, IL @ Double Door w/ Making Ghost, Alma Negra, Lost Dog
Mon 6/11/12 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Kopec’s w/ Slices
Tue 6/12/12 – Brooklyn, NY @ The Acheron w/ Unearthly Trance
Wed 6/13/12 – Providence, RI @ Machines With Magnets
Thu 6/14/12 – Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie
Fri 6/15/12 – Baltimore, MD @ Golden West w/ Mind as Prison More...
Mythological occult metal artisans Absu regretfully announce the cancellation of their set at this weekend's Chaos In Tejas festivities, where they were confirmed to headline the show at Red 7 this Saturday with support from Terrorism, Loss, Morbosidad, Ares Kingdom and Black Witchery.
Immediately following a bludgeoning performance at the opening night of this year's sweltering installment of Maryland Deathfest this past Thursday night, Absu drummer/vocalist Proscriptor had to rush back to Texas due to a knee infection.
Following two surgeries, Proscriptor will be in good health and back to 110% efficiency by the mid portion of June, but not in time to perform as scheduled on Saturday night.
This cancellation is disheartening to the band for the moment, as the act was fully planning on leveling all in earshot at the performance this weekend; however, this procedure will now ensure that the band will be fully operational for the previously mentioned forthcoming Absu live assaults throughout North and South America, which are being confirmed now to be announced in the weeks just ahead. Stay tuned to be inundated with new information on said events.
Spanish death metal act Mind Holocaust has revealed the cover artwork for the band's new album "Condemned Souls," which follows the previous full-length "Full Eye Horror Reflect."
Check out the Néstor Allende created cover below, or you can find more from the artist at this location. You can also check out music from the new album by heading over to the Mind Holocaust Reverbnation page here. More...
Denmark traditional/groove metal band Chainfist, featuring ex-Panzerchrist guitarist Michael Kopietz, is streaming the new track "10,000 Days." The song was recorded at Six String Studios with Søren Jensen and was mixed and mastered by Jacob Hansen at Hansen Studios. it will appear on the bands forthcoming, yet untitled, sophomore LP and follow up to the 2010 debut "Black Out Sunday," which is scheduled to be recorded this fall. The band promises that the new material will be "stronger, heavier and even more melodic" than the songs on the band's debut CD.
Vocalist Jackie Petersen commented on the song: "It’s time yet another new song from Chainfist. This time we’ll give a badass heavy song called “10K”. It shows the more melodic side of Chainfist, and like “Mass Frustration” we went for a more old-school sound like the good old 90’s. This song got it all, from body bouncing, neck breaking riffs too more melodic and slow breakdowns, you will love this for sure. The song will be featured on the yet no named 2nd cd from Chainfist, due to be recorded this fall 2012. So ladies and gents, we present to you: “10K” aka “10.000 Days” – Play it loud, share it and most of all, break your neck!!”
Check out the "10,000 Days" here:
Conspires To... has issued the following update about delays in the recording process for the band's new album due to computer issues:
"Technology when it is working can be really great, but when it isn't can be an absolute killer of creativity and productivity!
"Imagine our dismay when we got to about 90% of the vocals for our new album complete, when the PC melts down! No it is n't a complete disaster but not far off.
"All the music is safe, plus vox for 5 songs, but the other 8 lots of vocals hang in the balance. Still trying to resurrect the hard drive......so I will keep you posted.
"Apart from this trauma the album is coming on blindingly well, and we should be releasing another song on Reverbnation very soon.
"Further updates will follow shortly."
You can also check out the recently posted new song "City of Ghosts" via the band's MySpace page.
Italy's Aborym recently finished writing new material for an upcoming album, and the band has now checked in with the following update about entering the recording studio:
"Aborym will enter the studio in October to record their sixth album, the follow-up to 'Psychogrotesque'. The new album will be released in early 2013 through Agonia Records. Title, track-list, guests and tons of important details about the new release will be revealed soon.
"The band is also working on a special song in order to celebrate the anniversary of the first 20 years of the band's career, an assembly of riffs, ideas, lyrics, loops, grooves sent by fans.
"Furthermore a big fanwall poster is under construction, with hundreds of photos from the fans. You'll find all the infos and restrictions on sending audio and visual material inside the fanarea section on our website."
Crimson Glory vocalist Todd La Torre announced that he will join forces with Queensryche members Michael Wilton, Eddie Jackson, Scott Rockenfield and Parker Lundgren to form the new band Rising West. The band will perform hits from the first five Queensryche albums from the S/T EP through "Empire." In addition, the band will also record a debut studio LP in the summer.
La Torre set the record straight on his Facebook page amid rumors that he left Tampa based power metal band Crimson Glory:
"Hello my facebook friends :) Just for the record and for those asking about Crimson Glory, I am NOT leaving Crimson Glory, I am embarking on another musical endeavor with the members of Queensryche. I am proud and honored to be a part of this! CG is still writing new material for our record, DO NOT WORRY :) This is going to be an amazing new chapter \m/ Thank you for all of your support!"
The band will make its debut performances on June 8-9, 2012 at the Hard Rock Cafe in Seattle. For a taste of what La Torre would sound like singing old Queensryche, check out this performance of "Queen of the Reich": More...
New York based symphonic metal act HolyHell posted a behind the scenes video of the cemetery photo shoot for the the band's sophomore full length release "Darkness Visible." The album is set for a digital release on June 16, 2012, exclusively through iTunes and Kingdom of Steel. Physical CD's of the album are set for a July 27, 2012 release. The album will be mixed and mastered at the legendary Wisseloord Studios by long-time collaborators mixing engineer Ronald Prent and two-time Grammy award-winning mastering engineer Darcy Proper.
Check out the video here:
Greek avant garde/gothic metal band DaKryA posted a teaser clip for the band's upcoming music video for the track "The Urban Tribe." The song appears on the band's latest LP "Crime Scene" which was issued through Sensory Records in 2010.
Check out the teaser clip here:
Ohio metalcore act Miss May I posted a new music video for the track "Hey Mister." The song will appear on the band's new album "At Heart," which is scheduled for release on June 19, 2012 through Rise Records. The band is scheduled to play on the Vans Warped Tour! which starts in a couple of weeks. For dates and venues, head over to this location.
Check out "Hey Mister" here:
Italian post-rock/metal band L'Alba Di Morrigan posted a music video for the song "The Essence Remains." The song is the title track of the band's latest album that was issued this past March through My Kingdom Music.
Check out the video:
Deviated Instinct will be releasing its new four-song EP, "Liberty Crawls to the Sanctuary of Slaves," on June 10th via Profane Existence and has posted the track "Thorn in Your Flesh" over on Bandcamp. The band formed back in 1984 and was a highly influential group in the British punk/metal scene, along with such groups as Antisect and Amebix. They put out a few releases on Peaceville Records before disbanding in 1991. Back since 2007, Deviated Instinct is making up for lost time and has a few remaining tour dates that it has posted, below.
May 30th Chicago, IL @ The Ultra Lounge
May 31st Minneapolis, MN @ The Medusa
June 2nd Austin, TX @ Chaos In Tejas
Melbourne hardcore metal band Abreact hit the studios late last year to begin work on its new album "Dead on the Way," and is streaming a new demo version of the track "Cull" over on ReverbNation.
Abreact also has three live songs posted over on that site. Abreact has already played the Clash Of The Titans metalfest and several local gigs with other Australian bands such as King Parrot and Left 4 Wolves. More...
Pain…the pain affects your lower abdomen. When you sit, you do so very gingerly and even walking is uncomfortable. The ceaselessness pain is so intense it assaults your stomach to the point where your ribs start to separate and nausea forces you to succumb to even more painful, but ironically relieving, evacuation from both ends. Imagine experiencing this in varying degrees for a period of forty plus years while also creating honest, brilliant and universally underrated music for thirty six of those years. Through fourteen albums with Riot and three albums with Westworld, this was the life of Mark Reale. The endless struggle he had with such underwhelming media/fan reaction to his brilliant music only paralleled his near lifelong struggle with Crohn’s disease. Ironically, his epitaph was the eerily prophetic “Immortal Soul.” It was his finest moment and just as he reached that pinnacle of his career it was over. Now the world is left with a largely unappreciated legacy, one which I hold to be even more relevant than the tragic loss of Dimebag Darrell. As long as I am alive, the mastery of Reale will always be remembered. More...
Costa Rican death thrashers Advent Of Bedlam have been streaming their entire eight-song second album "Flesh Over God" at Bandcamp.
You can also stream the entire first album "Reborn in Chaos" at that site as well. Advent Of Bedlam is gearing up to be one of the support acts for the June 10th Malevolent Creation show at the Latino Rock Cafe in the capital city of San Jose. Also on the bill are two other Costa Rican bands, Corpse Garden and Reborn In Chaos. More...
Australian black/thrash band Assaulter posted a live video for the track "Exalt the Master." The song appears on the band's latest LP "Boundless!", which was issued last March through Poison Tongue/Metal Blade Records.
Check out the video here:
Montreal extreme metallers Kataklysm posted up a lyric video for the song "Iron Will." The track appears on the the multidisc 2CD/2DVD release entitled "The Iron Will: 20 Years Determined." The release is scheduled to drop on July 3, 2012 (North America) and July 6, 2012 (EU). For full details on the track list and contents, head on over to this location. To see the official music video for "Iron Will," click here.
Check out the lyric video here: More...
Swedish metal band Grand Magus posted a full album preview clip from the band's new album "The Hunt." The album was released on May 25, 2012 in Europe and will see a June 5, 2012 release in North America through Nuclear Blast Records.
The track listing for "The Hunt" is as follows:
1. Starlight Slaughter
2. Sword Of The Ocean
3. Valhalla Rising
4. Storm King
5. Silver Moon
6. The Hunt
7. Son Of The Last Breath Part I: Nattfödd Part II: Vedergällning
8. Iron Hand
Check out the preview here: More...
U.S. power metal band Iced Earth announced that it was forced to cancel the band's performance at the Bangalore Open Air Festival in India on June 16, 2012 due to visa issues. The band is continuing to tour in support of the latest release "Dystopia" (see Metal Underground's review here).
The announcement reads:
"Dear fans, friends and fellow metalheads in India.
"It is with a heavy heart and deep regret to announce that we will not be performing at the Bangalore Open Air festival on the 16th of June 2012.
"Unfortunately, we have been a victim of terminal visa issues for our American band and crew members, despite having followed every step given to us and retaining one of the top immigration firms in the world to do the job. It turns out some of the regulations have changed without this being made known to us and we are now no longer in a position to get the necessary paperwork in place. This has come as a huge disappointment since we were looking forward to performing for and meeting all of you for the very first time in your wonderful country.
"We would like to thank the team of BOA for all their help and support along the way. Unfortunately things are now beyond the control of the band and the organizers but we sincerely hope all the metalheads in India will continue to support Bangalore Open Air and all the fantastic bands scheduled to play there.
"Finally, a huge thank you to all the Indian metalheads for your kind words and wonderful support. We promise to make every effort to make it to India as soon as humanly possible and bang heads with each and every one of you.
Iced Earth Management Team"