Metal News for May 31, 2011
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We've been talking with bands and fans everywhere to get their mosh pit stories. This week, LoNero shares a great mosh pit story with us:
I went to see Iron Maiden with a friend of mine. It was an outdoor venue. The pit was crazy! There was one girl that was brutal. She was shoving people all over the place. My friend said “she’s just a chick.” So he walks to the pit, proceeds to push his way in and then he disappears. About 45 seconds later he comes out holding his hand over his right eye. I asked him what happened and he said “that bitch hit me in the eye and knocked me down.” I couldn’t stop laughing all night. Before the show was over his eye looked like it went a few rounds with Mike Tyson. I think that taught him a lesson.
LoNero's new album, "J.F.L.", was just released on Nightmare Records. You can read our review of "J.F.L." here.
Be sure to check back every Tuesday for more pit stories.
Swedish heavy metallers Portrait are streaming all of their new album "Crimen Laesae Majestatis Divinae" online through Zero Tolerance. You can check out the whole album at this location.
Portrait guitarist Richard Lagergren also commented on the album, "The eight songs on 'Crimen Laesae Majestatis Divinae' constitutes Portrait's by far darkest, hardest and most intense material to date. This album is an outburst of a long time of targeted hard work, an intense creative process and pure black magic. To Hell and back and to Hell again! To achieve the goals we had for this album, working with someone not being the obvious choice for our type of music proved to be just the right (or if you will, wrong) decision. 'Crimen Laesae Majestatis Divinae' sounds like Portrait was always meant to. It is hate, and it is love. And in many ways, it is our true debut album."
The track listing for "Crimen Laesae Majestatis Divinae" is as follows:
1. Beast of Fire
2. Infinite Descension
3. The Wilderness Beyond
5. Darkness Forever
6. The Nightcomers
7. The Passion
8. Der Todesking
Today marks the release of Pagan's Mind's follow-up to 2007's "God's Equation." The band's latest album "Heavenly Ecstasy" (reviewed here) is available in stores and online via SPV/Steamhammer.
As an added bonus, AOL Music is giving fans the chance to listen to the entire album as part of their full album listening party series. Get your first listen to "Heavenly Ecstasy" in its entirety at this location.
Pagan's Mind also recently completed work on the video for the song "Intermission." The video is available by heading over here.
The album's track listing is as follows:
2. Eyes Of Fire
4. Into The Aftermath
5. Walk Away In Silence
6. Revelation To The End
7. Follow Your Way
8. Live Your Life Like A Dream
9. The Master's Voice
10. Never Walk Alone
11. When Angels Unite
Footage has been posted online of Lisbon based metal act Blacksunrise performing the songs "Physalia Physalis" and "I Am the Sea" from the 2011 album "Oceanic." You can check out the first clip below and the second after the jump.
Anthropia has posted a video clip online for the song "Take Me Home," which includes footage from the band's time recording "The Chain Reaction." You can check out the clip below.
Anthropia actually recently released an update about working on a new Lovecraft themed album.
A new video has made its way online that features Mastodon guitarist and vocalist Brent hinds appearing in a television ad for the Atlanta area bar and restaurant Elmyr. You can view the commercial in the video below.
Detroit quintet The Black Dahlia Murder has just released the final single from "Ritual," the band's fifth full-length album hitting streets June 21st in North America and June 17/20 in Europe. Alternative Press Magazine is hosting the premiere of the track "Malenchanments of the Necrosphere," which can be heard here.
Vocalist Trevor Strnad comments: "This stomper of a track is about a man who has been trapped in a body of stone… a golem, so to speak. He is driven insane by his bondage, and begins a violent rampage against human kind in search of the druids who condemned him. This song is one of the heaviest on the album… the main riff reminds me of Robocop marching along. Pump your fists!"
Shining has previously announced the upcoming June release of the new single "Förtvivlan, Min Arvedel," which will also include a cover of Alice Cooper's "Prince of Darkness." The artwork for the single is now available online and can be viewed below.
Shining also recently posted a music video online for "Förtvivlan, Min Arvedel." You can check out the clip by heading over to this location.
California metal act Embers is currently streaming its new album "Shadows" online in its entirety, as well as offering the album as a "pay what you want" digital download. Head over to the Embers Bandcamp page to check out the album. The artwork and track listing can be viewed below.
1. Drone Intro
10. Outro Drone
Dutch metal act Martyr is currently back in the studio recording a new album, which is expected to be finished next month and will include 11 new songs as well as one re-recorded song from 1985. The latest recording update from the band is as follows:
"Recording update: guitar parts are almost done now……3 songs still need vocals parts and then it will beup to producer Jack Nobelen to mix the tunes someweher around the end of June."
You can also check out a preview of the new song "Circle Of 8" in the video clip below.
Mortiis released the “Perfectly Defect” album as a free download last fall. Mortiis supported the release with a winter European tour with Combichrist and will return to the U.K. this summer for another jaunt with Combichrist. Additionally, four mainland Europe dates have been added to the tail end of the tour.
“It’s been too long since we played in the UK,” Mortiis said in a previous statement “We’re bringing over a new sound and a new band since we were last there. I think people will be surprised. It’s a new monster now. We’ve turned our backs on a dark past and we look forward to a brighter future. What better place to start than the UK?”
The dates are as follows:
June 28 Southampton, UK @ Talking Heads
June 29 Leamington Spa, UK @ The Assembly
June 30 Manchester, UK @ Academy
July 01 Glasgow, UK @ The Classic Grand
July 02 Nottingham, UK @ Rock City
July 03 London, UK @ Koko
July 07 Nouveau Casino, Paris, France
July 06 Rockfabrik, Ludwigsburg, Germany
July 07 Paradox, Ingolstadt, Germany
July 08 P60, Amstelveen, The Netherlands
Finland’s progressive death metal act Barren Earth has entered Helsinki’s Sonic Pump Studios to record the follow-up to last year’s debut album, "Curse of the Red River" (reviewed here).
The band has written 12 new songs, and is currently laying them down with engineer/co-producer Jukka Varmo. Dan Swanö (Katatonia/Opeth) will once again be at the mixing helm. A video report from the studio is also available here. Barren Earth has now commented on the new album:
"The tracks mainly continue in the vein of the previous record, having perhaps even more 70’s prog influences, but maintaining the basic heaviness and brutality one has come to associate with Barren Earth. The album is due for release in autumn 2011 on Peaceville Records, and the artwork will be made by Paul Romano (Mastodon, etc.). Studio reports will be updated at Barren Earth's Facebook page which you can follow here."
Tombs is currently streaming the band's entire new "Path Of Totality" album online now through NPR.org. Head over to this location to listen to the songs.
"Path Of Totality," the follow-up to the band's "Winter Hours" release, was recorded at Elmwood Recording studios in Dallas, TX with engineer John Congleton (Baroness, Explosions in the Sky) and is 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.
Two-piece metal act The Neologist has checked in with the following brief update about recording an In Flames cover track for the band's upcoming album:
"James has finished recording guitars for the cover of Ordinary Story. We have decided to make an In Flames cover album while we are recording the new album. The title is still yet to be figured out."
Additional details on the upcoming album will be announced as they are made available. You can also check out the band's music by heading over to The Neologist's MySpace page.
J.D. Overdrive has issued the following announcement about streaming the songs "Stoned to Death" and "Boot Hill" online:
"Greetings! Yesterday we celebrated the Polish premiere of 'Sex, Whiskey & Southern Blood' and on this occasion we decided to share two more tracks from the album - 'Stoned to Death' (which you may recall from our EP 'Pure Concentrated Evil' from 2008) and 'Boot Hill.' Enjoy!
"We'd also like to invite y'all to Progresja in Warsaw, where on June 18th we'll be playing a gig with Testor and Taliban Monkey Soldiers. More details coming soon!"
You can check out the tracks by heading over to the band's MySpace page. The songs are off the band's new album "Sex Whiskey & Southern Blood," which has the following track listing:
1. A Taste Of The South…
3. Boot Hill
4. Truth Teller
5. No Man’s Land
6. The Art Of Demolition
7. Stoned To Death
8. Guilt And Redemption
9. Purple Haze
11. Into The Same River
Swiss act Breach the Void has issued the following announcement about band lineup changes:
"Hey guys, we've got good and bad news. The bad news is that Fabian decided to part ways with BTV for personal reasons. Fair to say it's a big loss for the band and we're very sad about his departure, even though we can understand and respect his choice. We wish him all the best luck through his upcoming musical projects and career.
"The other big news concerning BTV is that we decided to part ways with guitar player Frederic De Cecco due to musical divergences concerning the project. Ralph Salati (guitar player of Destrage as well) will for now on be our official guitar player, which will invest his musical aspirations into BTV and will have a very important role into BTV's upcoming artistic vision.
"We've decided Ralph was the best choice after auditioning him as a session guitar player with whom we've had one of the best musical feelings we ever had. Alex and Ralph already started writing new shit and let us tell you, it sounds groundbreaking as hell. We'll announce our new bass player as well in the upcoming weeks so stay tuned!"
You can also check out Breach the Void's video clip for "Propagate" by heading over to this location.
The Interbeing has posted a video clip online for the song "Pulse Within the Paradox," which can be viewed below. The band also commented on the video:
"We have received a new video for 'Pulse within the Paradox' created with scenes from Ricardo de Montreuil's short film 'The Raven.' This short film is very cool and a source of inspiration. Check out the video right here. Thanks to GreatChimpire for making the video."
The album's track listing is as follows:
1. Elusive Atmosphere
2. Pulse within the Paradox
3. Tongue of the Soiled
4. Face Deletion
5. Fields of Grey
6. Shadow Drift
7. Swallowing White Light
8. In the Transcendence
9. Celestial Flames
10. Rhesus Artificial
11. Ledge of Oblivion
Japanese cyber-melodeath band Blood Stain Child recently posted a new song online titled "Sirius VI" from its upcoming album "Epsilon." The band's fifth album will be released worldwide on June 30th, 2011 (July 1st 2011 in the UK) via Coroner Records in Digipak format and as a digital download.
The album was produced, mixed, and mastered by Ettore Rigotti (Disarmonia Mundi, Destrage, Slowmotion Apocalypse, Stigma) at The Metal House Studio. "Epsilon" also features guest appearances by Claudio Ravinale and Ettore Rigotti (Disarmonia Mundi).
The track listing is as follows:
1. Sirius VI
2. Forever Free
5. Unlimited Alchemist
8. Moon Light Wave
9. Dedicated To Violator
13. Royal Sky (Exclusive Digipak Bonus Track)
Consfearacy recently inked a deal with Massacre Records for the release of the band's self-titled album, which is due out on July 1st, 2011. The cover artwork, which was handled by graphic designer Dennis Sibeijn, is now available online and can be viewed below.
A new August Burns Red song titled "Internal Cannon" is up now available for streaming courtesty of CraveOnline.com. You can check out the song in the player below or by heading here.
The track is taken from the band's upcoming album "Leveler," which will be available in stores and online June 21st, 2011. In other recent August Burns Red news, the band also announced the cancellation of previously scheduled shows in Turkey and Tel Aviv. More...
Sweden's Vildhjarta recently inked a deal with Century Media Records. The band has now posted a (bare chested fireman themed) spoof video clip online explaining how it managed to snag the record deal, which can be viewed below.
Liv Kristine of Leaves' Eyes has issued the following statement about the "Mine Tåror Er ei Grimme" song from the band's new album:
"Dear Fans & Friends, the basic idea behind this song is the medieval ballad. Musically, we decided to base the instruments on the vocals, as the vocal lines and the lyrics came first in the composing process of this track. That s rather an exception to the rule, by the way; normally music comes first, and then vocal lines with lyrics.
"Thematically, the lyrics are of elegiac content: It is a melancholic poem, in which a wife mourns a lament for her dead husband, fallen in battle. We follow her in the mental processing of the pictures of his brutal death, but as the same time she is trying to forget them, i.e. to move on with her life somehow. She is trying to find the answers in her elegy, and in her heart. The red gold surely refers to the sun, however, has a connotation to blood , both essential for the existence of life.
"It was quite an emotional experience to record this song, as it has a sad content. Moreover, I sung it in Nynorsk (New Norwegian or Norwegian Nynorsk), which is the majority language form of Western Norway, including Stavanger, where I grew up. Have fun reading Nynorsk!
"PS: Thank you, Anette, for adding traditional feel to the vocals."
You can also check out a trailer for the "Meredead" album by heading over to this location.
Live footage of a new Chimaira song, entitled "Trigger Finger" has been posted online. The footage was filmed on May 28th at Peabody's in Cleveland. "Trigger Finger" is off of Chimaira's upcoming album "The Age of Hell."
Defeated Sanity has checked in with the following recap of the band's recent U.S. tour dates and Maryland Death fest stop:
"Back from our second US Tour. It was packed with cool people, great audiences, some mad experiences and overall good times. We want to thank the following people that helped us in the US:
"Blue - for all the work you put in setting up the tour for us. You did a great job and we also can't thank you enough for sharing your backline with us.
"Sexcrement guys - it was a great time being on tour again with our brothers. You're such a bunch of cool dudes! Wish you all the best!
"Colin Marston - HUGE thanks for giving us a place to sleep, to rehearse, sharing your gear with us, recording our rehearsal and helping with everything. You're one of our best friends in the USA, this wouldn't have been possible without your help!
"Vanessa - for the hospitality and setting up the show in NY. It was a fun night and the venue was a good choice.
"Sean Murphy - for driving our asses around in the states. You did a great job and it was cool hanging out with you again! see you in europe brother! More...
Stonelake has inked a deal with Massacre Records for the release of the new album "Marching On Timeless Tales," which is currently set to drop on July 1st, 2011. A previously uploaded teaser trailer for the album can be found over here. Massacre Records also commented on the band's history:
"Guitarist Jan Åkesson and vocalist Peter Grundström met in August 1984 at a gig. Jan played in a band called Ravage and Peter was the vocalist of the band Whitelight. Soon Jan joined Whitelight.
In 1987 Jan and Whitelight parted ways and Jan focused on playing more guitar-oriented hard rock.
"Peter continued as a member of Whitelight but Jan wasn't replaced. Soon Whitelight changed their name to Kee Avenue. In 1994 Jan established his own studio and retired from playing live shows. Kee Avenue split up when several band members left the band in 1991. Peter continued writing songs and played in cover bands.
"When Jan and Peter met again, Stonelake was born. The band has already released four albums and they continue building a fan base all over the world. Their fifth album 'Marching On Timeless Tales' is going to be released on July 1, 2011!"
Additional info and music from the band can be found at the Stonelake Facebook page. The band's lineup is as follows:
Peter Grundström: Vocals
Jan Åkesson: Guitars
Lars Johansson: Bass
Jens Westberg: Drums
Annika Argerich: Keyboard
A Forest of Stars has checked in with the following announcement about performing at the Bram Stoker International film festival and update about working on a new album:
"Greetings! First of all, our first two albums are now available to purchase from Prophecy Productions, (as well as lots of other places more local to you). To celebrate this, we also have a new T-shirt & hooded top as well, in the theme of Opportunistic Thieves, with a back print that reads 'May all your bloodlines clot!' If you're into wearing such casual garments, you need to go to the Prophecy store and no doubt they will take very good care of you. All prices include worldwide shipping, which is nice of them. See what I mean?
"Lastly, we have one new gig for the year, a very prestigious event, and one we are rather excited about. We shall be performing at the Bram Stoker International film festival on 30th October in Whitby, England. We'll be playing an extended set, with hopefully a few extra things thrown in here and there. Before our set, there will be a Victorian Vampire play 'The Feast of Blood' and afterwords, at midnight, a live Victorian seance with the very nice spooky Paul Bell. More details can be found here and tickets (£10) can be purchased from here. Doors are 7pm.
"Other than that, we are staying indoors this summer to write our new album. More information and updates on this at a later time.
As Autumn Calls has checked in with the following statement about the release of "An Autumn Departure:"
"We are pleased to announce that An Autumn Departure (CD Version) is now out and available for purchase from Naturmacht Productions.
"An Autumn Departure has been in the making since 2005 and we are pleased and quite relieved to finally get it out there. It has taken a lot of patience and hard work to get to this point. We had originally intended to release the album in 2008 (before the Emotionless EP) but troubles with production and various personal reasons made it all but impossible. Quiet honestly we never thought this album would see the light of day…"
The cover artwork and track listing can be viewed below.
1. Initium (Intro)
2. Closer to Death
3. The Shadows Follow
4. The Demons Therein
5. Wither Away
6. In the Emptiness
7. Without You
8. Unearth My Sorrow
9. Murder (Katatonia Cover)
10. An Autumn Departure (Outro) More...
Norwegian female-fronted metal act Tristania has issued the following announcement about performing at the upcoming Wave Gotik Treffen festival:
"It is now confirmed that Tristania will play Wave Gotik Treffen on June 10th 2011. The band has also confirmed that they will bring violin master Pete Johansen to Leipzig.
"Showtime for Tristania is 21:00 in Halle 15. Wave Gotik Treffen is a perfect festival for us right now. We have the chance to play for lots of both old and new fans there, and it is always a great joy to bring Pete Johansen to play with us live. Tristania will line up right before Anathema at the 6.000 capacity Halle 15!"
After announcing the track listing for a new album several months back, front man Accuser of Revelation's Hammer has issued the following update on the album's progress:
"Greetings! I'm sorry that it's been a while since my last update regarding our proclaimed album. Thank you all for your patience. Instead of explaining why things have been such delayed, I will rather announce our album as 100% finished, finally. As some of you may have noticed; I've exchanged our earlier uploaded songs 'Obsessed Onslaught' and 'Buried as Filth' with new and final editions already last month.
"I am a man of perfection, always been.. Since my revelation started back in 2006/2007 I said to myself that if I am going to do this (transform my sinister vision into noise and infect our world of lies), I am definitely going to do it properly and in my way. I've never been into compromises and it's important for me to create something I feel I can stand behind and totally support. After about four years of toil I believe that I am as close as it's possible to be my intended result. I surely hope some of you will get an understanding of what this is all about.
"R.H. is dependent in finding a supporting label to get our shit released. The sooner we find our partners in crime, the sooner you will experience our supremacy. I inquire every interested label to take contact through: email@example.com
"Continue to spread our wrath and stay fucking true to yourself!"
A new video has made its way online featuring Canadian hardcore act Cancer Bats performing a new song live for the first time. You can check out the clip of the as-yet-untitled track in the player provided below.
A new video interview featuring Barn Burner vocalist Kevin Keegan has been posted online. The interview, conducted by Rock N Metal News, can be viewed in the player below.
New live footage has made its way online featuring Vancouver metal act 3 Inches of Blood performing its newest song "Lords of Change." The video was filmed during the band's hometown gig in Vancouver, BC , Canada on May 28, 2011. You can check out the clip in the player below.
New live footage featuring European progressive death metal act Mayan has been posted online. The performance includes the band playing its track "Symphony Of Aggression." The track is taken off of the band's upcoming full length, titled "Quarterpast," which will be released on May 20, 2011 through Nuclear Blast Records. You can view the album's tracklisting below.
1. Symphony Of Aggression
2. Mainstay Of Society
4. Course Of Life
5. The Savage Massacre
6. Essenza Di Te
7. Bite The Bullet
8. Drown The Demon
9. Celibate Aphrodite
10. War On Terror
European extreme metal act Leng Tch'e has posted its new music video online. The video was shot for the track "Totalitarian," which features a guest appearance from Napalm Death frontman Barney Greenway, and can be viewed in the player below.
The Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza has posted the following update online;
"IN THE RECORDING PROCESS FOR DANZA IV! We’ve been in the studio since the 23rd and Joshua Travis has tracked drums in 4 hours, bass in 2, and guitars until he finished yesterday. BEAST MODE! Jessie Danza will be here on Wednesday for vocals. Credits to Nicholas Scott at NS Studio! Details to come. We’re not playing around on this album."