Metal News for May 31, 2012
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32 news articles posted on this day.
Civil War, featuring ex-Sabaton members Rikard Sundén (guitars), Oskar Montelius (guitars), Daniel Mullback (drums) and Daniel Mÿhr (keyboards) along with vocalist Nils Patrik Johansson (Astral Doors/Wuthering Heights) and bassist Stefan "Pizza" Eriksson (Volturyon/Ex-Cryonic Temple), posted the band's first videoblog report. The video shows studio footage and samples from the band's upcoming debut EP.
Check out the video here:
Insaniter is an upcoming heavy metal band based in Rethymno, Crete and the band has now posted a new demo track online titled "Alley Of Fear." Check out the song in the YouTube player below. For more info on Insaniter, head over to the band's Facebook profile here.
Guitarist Dan DeLucie of U.S. power metal act Crescent Shield has issued the following announcement about vocalist Michael Grant passing away:
"Today I have lost a dear and close friend, a band mate, and a heavy metal brother. Michael Grant passed away on May 31, 2012 at Glendale Memorial Hospital in Glendale, CA after a relatively brief but serious illness. He was 39 years old. He was peaceful and surrounded by family at the time of his passing. Michael recorded and toured with several bands throughout his career most notably Onward on Century Media Records and more recently Crescent Shield on Cruz del Sur Music.
"Michael’s rich and powerful baritone and clean melodic vocal style made him a distinct voice in heavy metal. He was known for crafting memorable vocal hooks and layered harmonies. He often weaved multiple vocal phrases together creating a complex and striking tapestry of vocal melodies. Perhaps most notable however was the passion Mike sang with. He could evoke the strength and grandiloquence of the mightiest metal warrior or the mournful atmosphere of a passing life.
"Mike was more than just a singer though. He was a greatly talented songwriter and lyricist. Although he didn’t play an instrument, he would often write complete songs by humming guitar lines and vocalizing drum beats. His lyrics were profound, evocative and often personal. He was a true lover of heavy metal and would sing its praises with a sense of poetry and grandeur. No matter the topic: journeys into the unknown, the choices we make in life, religious dogma, or a crimson moonrise, Mike always delivered a moving message with unique elegance.
"Writing, recording, and performing music with Mike in Crescent Shield was a joy. We were in synch creatively and complimented each other’s abilities very well. We produced music for the love of it. We performed for the love of it. Crescent Shield’s pinnacle performance at Keep It True 08 in Germany was a dream come true for both of us. More...
After months of paperwork, hoop-jumping, and making the appropriate sacrifices, today Slave Pit is pleased to announce that the GWAR-B-Q is 100% completely legal and confirmed, and set for August 18th at Hadad's Lake. As you may recall, last year's GWAR-B-Q was switched from Hadad's to the National Theater because of problems getting the correct permits.
"All the proper arrangements have been made in triplicate and the proper demonic sponsorships attained," said GWAR spokes-thing Oderus Urungus. "It's going to be a stinking hot, beer and beef-smeared metallic murderfest of unprecedented debauchery...the most splat-tac-cular GWAR-B-Q!"
The following press release was also issued:
"This marks the third consecutive year for the growing festival, and like last year GWAR will headline the event. As Best Friends Day, the hugely popular Richmond music fest, is taking this summer off, the GWAR-B-Q is set to be the hugest heavy music event of the Richmond summer scene. Bands will be spread across two stages and feature such acts as The Casualties, GHOUL, Valient Thorr, Occultist, Lionize, Highness, Antietam 1862, MUTWAWA, and Black Naked Wings. There will also be Spew-O-Lympics, numerous food vendors, endless streams of golden nectar, pools to cool your fevered sun-burn, and much much more, including the return of the Sexecutioner to the GWAR stage for the first time in twelve years. Sexy has completed a lengthy sabbatical beneath the catacombs of Paris with his good friend, Prince Ray Pierre, better known as 'Frenchy,' the demon of France. His return to the rock stage provides the promise of attaining unprecedented levels of naughtiness." More...
King's X will return to the North American tour circuit this fall as direct support to Kansas. In regards to this upcoming trek, King's X bassist/vocalist Doug Pinnick comments: "I've been a huge Kansas fan since the beginning. I remember sitting on the floor with my friends listening to the just released record 'Song for America'...Fast forward to years later, King's X is going on tour with them!! It is an honor to be doing shows with them. This is gonna rock!!"
With King's X drummer Jerry Gaskill and lead guitarist Ty Tabor also onboard for the North American trek, these dates will mark the band's first tour since Gaskill's remarkable recovery from a major heart attack earlier this year. "Not too long ago I was thinking I might not ever get back on a stage, now I'm ready and with the ok from all my doctors," says Gaskill. "What better way to get back than to tour with the legendary Kansas. Let's rock..."
King's X will be touring in support of "Live Love In London," the live CD/DVD follow-up to the band's latest studio release, "XV."
Kansas original member and guitar virtuoso Richard Williams adds, "We are really looking forward to the upcoming shows with King's X. They're a great band and a force to be reckoned with. It's a tour like this that allows us to dig a little bit deeper into our catalogue and play a few songs that Kansas fans haven't heard for a while. It's gonna be a lot of fun!" More...
Vancouver BC's grind death metallers Auroch have announced they will be pillaging Western Canada for their upcoming "Canadian Abomination Tour" and will be conquering dates in British Columbia, Alberta, and Saskatchewan.
"As always the band is eager to be back on the road, and to be supporting this new record. Expect naught but a total death metal assault!" comments vocalist / guitarist Sebastian Montesi.
The band recently released a studio update on a forthcoming first full-length album, set to be unleashed later this summer. Check out the video at this location.
July 13, 2012 - Armstrong, BC @ The Branding Iron w/ Odinfist, Breathe Knives
July 14, 2012 - Kamloops, BC @ Pogue Mahones w/ Fenrirs Thirst, Pangaia
July 16, 2012 - Lethbridge, AB @ The Slice w/ Psycomantium, The Avulsion
July 17, 2012 - Medicine Hat, AB @ Oly's Pub (Headlining Medicine Hat Metal Fest) w/ Ted Bundy
July 18, 2012 - Leader, SK @ The Leader Inn w/ Naraka
July 20, 2012 - Edmonton, AB @ TBA w/ Begrime Exemious + More TBA
July 21, 2012 - Calgary, AB @ Vern's w/ Begrime Exemious, Ominosity, Savage Streets
Vancouver metal act Tribune, which recently completed the two month North American "Dark Arts Tour" in support of new album "Elder Lore/The Dark Arts," is now offering the band's latest single "Man On The Outside" for free download.
Italian melodic hardcore act Fear the Sirens has posted a lyric video online for the song "Odissea," which can be heard below. "Odissea" is taken off the band's new album "The Ruins We Used To Call Home," due out on June 15th, 2012.
Danish sludge metallers Rising are preparing for a tour across Ireland and Northern Ireland, on their way to tackle festivals in Denmark and Sweden later this month.
Set to embark on June 6th, Rising will storm four Irish cities before performances at Copenhell Festival in Copenhagen, Denmark with the likes of Slayer, Mastodon, Anthrax, Immortal, Meshuggah and tons more, followed immediately by Hultsfred Festival in Hultsfred, Sweden with an eclectic lineup including The Cure, The Stone Roses, The XX, Slash featuring Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators and countless others.
The crushing trio will present material from the "To Solemn Ash" LP, released via Exile on Mainstream in Europe in late 2011 and on North American soil in January of this year. You can also stream "To Solemn Ash" in its entirety now via the Exile On Mainstream website.
6/06/2012 TBA – Belfast, Northern Ireland
6/07/2012 Kelly’s Bar – Galway, Ireland
6/08/2012 Fred Zeppelins – Cork, Ireland
6/09/2012 The Pint – Dublin, Ireland
6/15/2012 Copenhell Festival – Copenhagen, Denmark
6/16/2012 Hultsfred Festival – Hultsfred, Sweden
Trollfest has checked in with the following announcement about parting ways with two members:
"Time to unveil the new promo photos and you must be wondering why there are two of us missing. Well, we’ve had to bid a fond farewell to two of our members whose personal and work commitments meant that they could no longer dedicate the amount of time needed for a band that’s as active as TrollfesT. So please join us in wishing PsychoTroll and St Beinhard lots of luck for the future. We have lots of musicians waiting to fill in on stage for us, some of whom you know and love, some of whom you don’t know yet, but you’re bound to love them once you do.
"And don’t worry everyone, as you can see from the photo we’ve been celebrating the next phase in TrollfesT’s career. All of us are having the time of our lives not only because we get to play the music we want. Not only because we get to work with the fantastic people at our label NoiseArt, our Booking Agency Rock the Nation and our Manager Patricia Thomas. Not only because we get to travel round and share the stage with some fantastic bands. But also because we get to meet all of you (well some of you anyway), and you are the best fans that any band could have.
"So put our party photo up on your screens, blow up a few balloons, put on your party hats and pretend you’re sitting round the table with us making a mess of your beards with the cream cakes and getting happily drunk on the beer (naked hairy legs optional).
"Skäll everyone to a bigger, brighter, and better future with Trollfest. Love, kisses, hugs and other manly things from
"And remember, as Drekka Dag is saying below 'TrollfesT wants YOU' – or Trollmannen will break your window." More...
Dallas-based thrashers Power Trip today officially announced their induction into the Southern Lord family, confirming a multi-album with the label. The following press release was issued about the band:
"Having amassed a diehard following since their 2008 formation through their crushing live shows, as well as several compilation inclusions, demos and EPs released via Lockin’ Out, Withdrawal Records, Triple B Records and other indie labels, Power Trip channel the old-school crossover energy of legendary acts like Cro-Mags, Nuclear Assault and Leeway through modern thrash warfare.
"This weekend Power Trip will invade the sweltering Chaos In Tejas fiesta in Austin, Texas for two crushing shows, performing Saturday night alongside their allies in Toxic Holocaust and Midnight, and Sunday flanking Boston Strangler, Rival Mob and The Abused. And as previously announced, POWER TRIP will also terrorize all three Texas shows of the forthcoming Southern Lord label Summer package tour, joining now-labelmates Enabler, Burning Love, Martyrdöd and Black Breath."
The band's upcoming tour dates are as follows:
6/02/2012 Beerland – Austin, TX @ Chaos In Tejas w/ Toxic Holocaust, Midnight
6/03/2012 Red 7 – Austin, TX @ Chaos In Tejas w/ Boston Strangler, Rival Mob, The Abused
6/27/2012 Club Dada – Dallas, TX w/ Wild//Tribe, Enabler, Burning Love, Martyrdöd, Black Breath
6/28/2012 Red 7 – Austin, TX w/ Wild//Tribe, Enabler, Burning Love, Martyrdöd, Black Breath
6/29/2012 Walters – Houston, TX w/ Wild//Tribe, Enabler, Burning Love, Martyrdöd, Black Breath
Power Trip's forthcoming recording and live schedule will be updated in the weeks ahead.
Gorgoroth will return to South America in September of 2012 for a tour of Brazil, Colombia, and Ecuador, with further details to be announced soon. The currently revealed tour routing is as follows:
06.09.2012 - Brazil, TBA
07.09.2012 - Brazil, Belo Horizonte/MG @ Music Hall
08.09.2012 - Brazil, São Paulo/SP @ Carioca Club
09.09.2012 - Brazil, TBA
10.09.2012 - Brazil, Porto Alegre/RS @ Beco
12.09.2012 - Colombia, Medellin @ TBA
13.09.2012 - Colombia, Cali @ TBA
14.09.2012 - Colombia, Bogota @ TBA
15.09.2012 - Ecuador, Quito @ TBA More...
Fans in Canada and select cities in the northern part of the U.S. will finally have a chance to see what reviewers have called "The Best Metal Tour of the Year," when co-headliners Anthrax and Testament, joined by Death Angel, kick off a late-summer trek on September 14. Starting in Portland, OR, the bands will work their way north, cross into Canada, and play all of the major Canadian cities before wrapping up in Montclair, NJ on October 5. Tickets go on sale this Friday, June 1.
This run will be the third leg of the Anthrax/Testament/Death Angel hat-trick; the three bands packed five weeks worth of venues coast-to-coast last Fall, marking the first time Anthrax and Testament had shared a stage in more than a decade; again, earlier this year, the line-up played another dozen dates to headbangers in cities from Las Vegas to New York.
According to Anthrax's guitarist Scott Ian, "We played to sold-out shows, raging crowds and EPIC war dances, and we can't wait to do it again, especially for our Canadian fans who have been waiting a long to time 'worship music' with us."
"There have been very few three band bills in which the acts are so compatible and the shows so consistent that a second leg of the tour is a 'no-brainer'," said Testament's lead guitarist Alex Skolnick. "But in the case of Anthrax, Testament and Death Angel, that's been the case. Things have gone so well, in fact, that it's made sense to add a third leg with this exact same line up. All three bands are excited to take this show into new territory with a trek across Canada, and a few spots in the US we missed last time around. And this time, Testament will be armed with a brand new album with music that we're eager to share with everyone. Hope to see you out there!"
"We've been tight with the guys in Testament for a long, long time, and had a great time touring with them before," added Anthrax's drummer Charlie Benante. "And all of us in Anthrax are big Death Angel fans, so this is going to be a monster of a great time, for us and for the fans."
Said Testament's frontman Chuck Billy, "It's good to see that metal is alive in 2012 and the fans want a third leg of the Anthrax, Testament, Death Angel tour. Don't fucking miss it! Metal Forever!"
With more dates to be confirmed, the upcoming Anthrax/Testament/Death Angel tour dates are as follows:
September 14 Ace of Spades, Sacramento, CA
September 15 Roseland Theatre, Portland, OR
September 16 Toyota Arena, Kennewick, WA
September 17 Knitting Factory, Spokane, WA
September 20 Vogue Theatre, Vancouver, BC
September 21 MacEwan Hall Ballroom, Calgary, AL
September 22 Events Center, Edmonton, AL
September 24 The Odeon, Saskatoon, SK
September 25 Burton Cummings Theatre, Winnipeg, MB
September 29 Danforth Hall, Toronto, ON
September 30 Capitole du Quebec, Quebec City, QC
October 2 Metropolis, Montreal, QC
October 3 State Theatre, Portland, ME
October 5 Wellmont Theatre, Montclair, NJ
Signal The Firing Squad has posted a new song online titled "Abominator," which features guest vocals from Alex Erian of Obey the Brave. Give the song a listen in the player below. "Abominator" is taken off the band's upcoming full-length album "Abnegate," set for release on June 22nd, 2012.
Uneven Structure will set out on the band's first headline tour of the U.K. in July, with Basick Records label mates, No Consequence.
Primed and ready to embark on the headlining "Ramparts of Sageness" tour, the band will kick things off on the 12th July in Reading, in what promises to be an experience not to be missed. For the first time the band will play a full 70 minute back to back set of the 2011 debut album, "Februus" and the 2009 EP, "8."
Comments guitarist, Igor Omodei: "We're truly thrilled to be able to do our first ever headline tour in the UK! We've had the chance to tour the country twice previously and it's a great step up for us to finally be able to offer a completely uncut show to one of the most energetic audiences we've ever met. Having support from our friends and label mates No Consequence as well as Broken Torment and Sentience of Eschaton will ensure to make each night a real delight for both the crowd and us!" More...
Bradenton, FL based metal act Visionaries is currently streaming an instrumental, pre-production version of the title track off the band's upcoming album "The Corrupt Mindset."
Check out the song in the player below, or head over to the group's Facebook profile for more info on Visionaries.
Italian thrash/death act Tales of Deliria has issued the following announcement about recruiting a new guitarist:
"Tales of Deliria are glad to announce Marco -Cranio- Pragliola as new lead guitarist. Born in 1976, he picks up his first six-string at 16 and, completely self-taught, studies and develops his style in a very eclectic environment, mainly 80's thrash and NWOBHM but also blues, rock, and progressive.
"In 20 years he succeeds in developing a solid experience in the most different genres, drawing from a wide palette of stylistic influences, but keeping metal as his main passion and purpose.
"Marco has been chosen for his musicianship and musical maturity, for his human qualities and his mentality, completely aligned with future targets of the band.
"See you on the road!"
For more info on Tales of Deliria, head over to the band's official Facebook profile here.
Mastic Scum, which recently signed to Massacre Records, is going to co-headline Austria's Eine In Teich Festival.
The festival takes place from July 27th until July 28th at the Neugarten Almseehütte Gerlitzen and will also feature Irdorath. More information is available here and the lineup is as follows:
Dutch act Beyond Reproach has issued the following announcement about parting ways with the band's vocalist:
"We're sad to announce that our vocalist Cyril 'The Bill' left Beyond Reproach. We respect his personal considerations and wish him all the best. It was a blast mate!
"ATTN: We won't cancel the current shows! We will arrange something with Cyril and our friend York from None Shall Pass!
"Meanwhile we will search for a new vocalist. Are you interested? Or do you know someone who might be interested? Give us a message or mail to beyondreproach1 [@] gmail.com. Please spread the word."
Cyril also commented, "Even though I have always really enjoyed playing in Beyond Reproach, the time has come for me to focus on other things. I would like to thank the boys for all the great times and wish them the best of luck in the (near) future."
For more info on Beyond Reproach, head over to the band's official Facebook profile.
Pennsylvania act Heartless has issued the following statement about the band's van being broken into during a Portland tour stop:
"As some of you might already know, the van being used by us and Dead In The Dirt was broken into last night in Portland.
"Several personal bags containing computers, passports, and most of our band fund are gone. This is a shitty situation, but it is a risk we face everyday, and we are thankful it was not worse.
"This sets us back in so many ways, so we ask that you please do what you can to support the rest of this tour so that we can get back on our feet and carry on with the rest of the things we have planned for the year. The rest of the dates are posted here." More...
Detroit based power metal act Reverence (featuring Burning Star/Harlot vocalist Todd Michael Hall, Ex-Tokyo Blade guitarist Bryan Holland, Ex-Savatage drummer Steve "Doc Killdrums" Wacholz, guitarist Pete Ross and Burning Star bassist Ned Meloni) posted a new music video for the song "Too Late." The track will appear on the band's debut LP "When Darkness Calls," which is due out soon on Razar Ice Records.
Check out "Too Late" here:
Australia's Be'lakor has posted the entire new "Of Breath and Bone" album online for streaming, which can be heard in the playlist below or by heading over to the band's YouTube page here. Be'lakor commented:
"On the eve of the launch of ‘Of Breath and Bone’, we have decided to make the whole album available on YouTube for your listening pleasure. Be sure to subscribe to our channel and share with your friends! The album officially launches tomorrow and will be available for purchase digitally and physically – stay tuned."
The track listing is as follows:
4. Absit Omen
5. To Stir the Sea
6. In Parting
7. The Dream and the Waking
8. By Moon and Star More...
While at Maryland Deathfest X this past weekend, I heard about Rwake singer C.T. getting sick and throwing up on the stage. Someone caught this on video and posted it online, and you can see for yourself. Vomiting starts around the 2:20 mark, but the whole song is worth checking out.
You can hear the band's entire discography on bandcamp.
Keep of Kalessin guitarist Obsidian C. has posted an update on his blog about starting the writing for a new album and follow-up to "Reptilian." He comments:
"I have taken some time out to really start focusing on the new Keep Of Kalessin album. For the last few months I've been focusing on other projects, more of which you will hear about later this year and in the coming years as a few of them are quite large undertakings so it won't happen over night.
"But right now I have arrived in Spain for a month of writing and creative flow with main focus on the new Keep Of Kalessin album. I brought my laptop, a soundcard and my guitar and the plan is to start jogging and swimming as well as writing music. I need to get my body and soul back into shape! ;)
"I already have some songs, bits and pieces ready so I need to sit down and be structured about finishing those ideas in the coming days. I always write new guitar riffs and many of them I'm satisfied with, but I always aim to have a good structure in a song which often mean that I actually leave my best riffs out of the album because they never fit into any song.
"It is also a fact that lately I've been kinda worn out regarding metal productions. Normally I easily write 10 riffs a day or a full song in 30 minutes, but lately I've just felt empty. Nothing I've written has been good enough. Understand me correctly, I've written good stuff, but not for Keep.
After the two years of touring since Reptilian was released I think my mind just shut down on this project and only lately has the harddrive started to reboot concerning this band. Maybe it's because I've set the standards for the next album so high that anything I write is not good enough, but inspiration to do another album has started to come back and I'm ready to start pushing the limit once again.
"Today's task is simple though. I need to go out and buy a new external harddrive which I'll install the Native Instruments Komplete 8 pack on with it's 250gb of sounds. I also need a harddrive to store all the audio tracks and new ideas on. Let's call this one the 'Project Drive' which will follow me through the entire production of the new album.
"I also need some new shoes for jogging. ;) So, off shopping then...."
Dutch symphonic death metal band MaYaN announced that Re-Vamp/Star One vocalist Floor Jansen (Ex-After Forever) will perform with the band as a special guest vocalist for the band's first performance in the U.S.A. at ProgPower USA this September along with Henning Basse (Sons of Seasons), Laura Macrì and Simone Simons (Epica/Sons of Seasons).
The ProgPower USA event this year (September 12-15, 2012 @ Center State in Atlanta, GA) will feature first ever U.S. performances for many of the acts including Amaranthe, Solution .45 and Beyond the Bridge.
Finnish symphonic black metal band Chaosweaver posted a new music video for the track "Maelstrom of Black Light." The song appears on the band's sophomore LP "Enter The Realm Of The Doppelgänger," which is due out on Napalm on the following schedule:
June 27, 2012 - FIN/SWE/ESP
June 29, 2012 - GER/AT/CH/BE/NL/LU
July 2, 2012 - rest of EUROPE
July 10, 2012 - USA/CAN
The track listing for "Enter The Realm Of The Doppelgänger" is as follows:
1. A Red Dawn Rises
2. Wings of Chaos
3. Maelstorm of Black Light
4. The Great Cosmic Serpent
6. A Requiem for a Lost Universe
7. Crystal Blue
9. Ragnarök Sunset
10. Enter the Realm of the Doppelgänger
11. Satan Klaus ja tuomion tontut (Blood-Red Doom and Death Remix 2011)
Check out "Maelstrom of Black Light" here: More...
Legendary NWOBHM act Tank is streaming the title track to the band's eighth studio album entitled "War Nation." The album is scheduled for release on June 4, 2012 (Europe) and June 5, 2012 (USA) through Metal Mind Production. This is the second album to feature Ex-Yngwie Malmsteen/Ex-Rainbow vocalist Doogie White (Cornerstone/Empire) and follow up to 2010's "War Machine."
The track listing for "War Nation" is as follows:
1. War Nation
2. Song for the Dead
3. Justice for All
4. Don't Dream in the Dark
5. Grace of God
6. Wings of Heaven
7. Hammer and Nails
8. One Good Reason
9. State of the Union
Check out "War Nation" here: More...
Finland's Sadistik Forest has posted the song "Radiation Cloud" online for streaming, which is the first track off the band's new album "Death, Doom, Radiation" released through Violent Journey Records. Check out the song in the player below.
The album's track listing is as follows:
1. Radiation Cloud
2. Fabrics of Lies
3. Code for Liberation
4. Down Pours the Rain of Blood
5. Pit of Debris
7. It’s Raining Napalm
8. Lacking Capacity
9. Violent Confrontation More...
Mexican heavy metal act Split Heaven has posted a video clip online for the single "Vuelo Nocturno." Check out the video clip below. You can also download the English and Spanish versions of the song over at the band's SoundCloud page here.
Synaptical Glitch has issued the following announcement about streaming new songs online:
"The upcoming EP, 'Desolate,' is now available for streaming via Bandcamp. Pre-orders are available as well as digi-packs including CD and digital download. The EP will be released on June 5th, 2012 via Bandcamp. Stream/pre-order the album here."
You can also check out the songs in the player below, and the track listing is as follows:
5. Cynical More...
Road's End has checked in with the following announcement about recruiting a new guitar player:
"After long silence, we are proud to announce great news from Road's End band (Marcin 'Novy' Nowak - ex Behemoth &Vader) project. Guitarist, Mattia Mariotti, joined the band and is an amazing and talented musician from Italy. He contributed to Road's End recordings a few weeks ago - more details to follow."
"Mattia Mariotti: guitarist, composer, arranger and teacher. Mattia started to play classic guitar at the age 14 and electric guitar when he was 16 years old. He played and recorded as band member, solo artist, and session player in various situations from progressive to metal, metal to folk and from rock to pop music.
"Also we have more exciting news which we will announce next week. You can expect more to come from the band Road's End!"
You can also check out the band's previously posted song "Fallen" at this location.
Lowell, MA based deathcore 5-piece A Wanted Awakening has just unveiled a trailer for the band's upcoming new album "Catharsis," which is coming out June 24th, 2012. Check out the video clip below. You can also find a previously posted studio video update from the recording of the new album at this location.