Metal News for May 31, 2014
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17 news articles posted on this day.
Adelaide heavy metal crew Far West Battlefront has formally recruited a new vocalist into its ranks.
The band has been on the lookout for a new vocalist since Adam Atkins decided to bow out in July last year, formally departing at the end of 2013 with his last set at the Vans Warped Tour. In October, the band posted an instrumental track to YouTube and asked people to record their own lyrics over the top to audition.
“After having two members quit the band this year the rest of us are faced with one of the toughest decisions of our lives: retire the band, or push on wounded and fight the good fight. To sink or swim,” the band wrote with the video. “…But, after a few schnitzels and much deliberation we have decided to push forward with the band and search for a new singer. Our love for this is too much to let it all go, and we'd have nothing else better to do each afternoon after work anyway... except maybe burn game!”
All the tapes are in and they’ve scuttled to Victoria for a sneaky test trip. The verdict: Kieran Wright (to be known as “Ron”) will be taking the place behind the mic. In a statement published to the band’s Facebook page, Far West Battlefront said:
“First and foremost we would like to thank anyone who auditioned for the role and took the time to record his or her interpretation of the song. It was truly humbling to hear not only national participants but receive takes from those based internationally also.
"This is not a decision we rushed or took lightly and spent many months going through auditions and jamming with those candidates we thought suitable. After the completion of our recent Victorian tour it became apparent that Kieran is not only the right guy for the job vocally, but he also gels perfectly with the rest of us and is on the same wavelength with the new material."
Florida-based melodic metal band Artizan will enter the studio in September, once again with producer Jim Morris (Iced Earth, Crimson Glory, Death).
This will be the band's first fully realized concept album featuring a sci-fi theme. Fans can expect all of the musical elements that Artizan is known for: melodic heavy metal with dynamic, progressive passages and some serious hooks. The story will take the listener on an emotional journey of hope, struggle, adventure and discovery.
Artizan also announced that the band will be offering two versions of the physical release: a standard CD with artwork by Marc Sasso (Dio, Halford) who illustrated the first Artizan album "Curse of the Artizan" (reviewed here) and a special limited edition featuring the work of Berlin based artist Eliran Kantor (Testament, Hatebreed).
Eliran created the art for the current Artizan release "Ancestral Energy." The fans will essentially have a choice of how they can experience the visual representation of the new album. An extensive Indiegogo campaign is expected to launch in July giving exclusive access to both versions.
Junior Bruce has released a new 2-song digital EP called "The Nomad," which is a companion to the "The Burden" EP released this past July. Stream the songs below or at Bandcamp here. The track listing is:
1. The Promised Sleep 04:20
2. Nomad 05:03
These EPs are a prelude to the band's next full-length record, which will be released in early Fall 2014. More...
New York’s melodic hardcore band Until We Are Ghosts will be heading out on the road this summer with back to back tours.
The five-piece group will start off the first run with The Apprehended on June 2nd in Clarksburg, WV making its way down south ending in Lake Charles, LA on June 11th.
The band will then continue to a second run with Sail The Seven and Solomon on June 14th in Tulsa, OK at the Vanguard Hall. This two week leg will reach most of the West Coast, wrapping back around and ending in Fort Worth, TX on June 27th at Tomcats West.
June 2 - Clarksburg, WV @ Main Street Cafe
June 3 - Johnson City, TN @ Mecca Lounge
June 4 - Fayetteville, NC @ Drunk Horse Pub
June 6 - Augusta, GA @ HIC Skatepark
June 7 - Orlando, FL @ Bombshell Tavern (UWAG Only)
June 9 - Panama City, FL @ AM Theatre
June 10 - Tupelo, MS @ Goodtime Charlie's
June 11 - Lake Charles, LA @ Centerstage Bar More...
The Ohio thrashers in UnKured have partnered with Pure Grain Audio to offer up a free download of their track "Before Us Heaven Trembles." Taken from their EP "As Reality Melts," the song is 4 minutes of headbanging goodness.
Download your copy at this location or stream the track in the SoundCloud player below.
In further UnKured news, the band just finished recording new album "Mutated Earth." The album is currently slated to be released in the Summer of 2014. Pre-orders of the CD can be obtained at Bandcamp here. More...
Florida metal band Foreshadow has checked in with the following announcement about splitting with the band's drummer:
"With sad news, recently we have parted with our drummer Kelly 'Kraken' McCormick. He was a great asset to Foreshadow, and came to us in a time that we really needed someone with his skills to make our U.S. tours last year happen. We will continue to work with him as our booking agent for North America."
For info on upcoming shows from Foreshadow, head over to the band's Facebook profile here.
Wooden Stake is currently working on a new album, and now the band has released an unmastered demo of a track to appear on that release.
Check out "Rise From The Bleeding Coffin" below. The band's second album is currently slated for an early Fall release, with further details forthcoming.
Prepare to be crushed under the tank-treads of the most brutal death-crust record ever: Mutilated Veterans' "Necro Crust Warhead" 12" MLP, set for international release on August 5th via Hells Headbangers. The label comments:
"Exactly what its title says, Necro Crust Warhead is a hulking, heaving mass of utter D-beat destruction, galloping like the four horsemen of the apocalypse on the bones of the battlefield's dead. But far from being mere Discharge plagiarists, Mutilated Veterans up-ratchet the D-beat idiom with a molten metallic might that handily trounces even the most "brutal" death metal band - not surprising here, as erstwhile Machetazo founder Dopi is one of the Mutilated Veterans.
"The mission of Necro Crust Warhead is absurdly simple: get in, get out, and CRUSH-KILL-DESTROY. This is the future of No Future... Recommended for diehards of later Anti-Cimex, Disgust (UK), Wolfpack, Crude SS, and Warcollapse."
The track listing is as follows:
1. March of the Mutilated (intro)
2. War Funeral
3. Blood Militia
4. A Tank Full of Corpses
5. Triumph of Torture
6. Carnage Warfare More...
In just days, "Dog Years," the third LP from Montreal's The Great Sabatini, will be officially released worldwide via French noise metal experts Solar Flare Records, and today the entire album has been unshackled by Decibel Magazine. Listen in below.
The Great Sabatini is currently out raking the continent's stones over the coals on the nearly three-week-long Dog Years North American tour. Remaining dates are as followS:
5/31/2014 Cafe Infoshop - Fresno, CA
6/01/2014 The Rogue Bar - Scottsdale, AZ
6/02/2014 Sister Bar - Albuquerque, NM
6/03/2014 BarBar - Denver, CO
6/04/2014 Burt's Tiki Lounge - Salt Lake City, UT
6/05/2014 Black Sparrow Tattoo Club - Billings, MT
6/06/2014 Dicken's - Calgary, AB
6/07/2014 The Mercury Café - Regina, SK
6/09/2014 Black Pirate's Pub - Thunder Bay, ON
6/10/2014 Moose Lodge - Sault Ste Marie, ON
6/11/2014 Café Dekuf - Ottawa, ON
6/13/2014 Turbo Haus - Montreal, QC More...
The wait is over: the saga of Seattle sludge rock outfit Witchburn’s "Der Hexenhammer" premieres today on Revolvermag.com (check it out below).
Directed by Jeff Ferrell (Ghost Light) this music video takes us through the sacrificial and slaughterous history of those accused of practicing witchcraft in centuries past.
"Der Hexenhammer" is the very first video from the downtuned female-fronted four piece. The single comes off the current album "Bathed In Blood," which is available now on iTunes. More...
The Cabo Rock Fest featuring Cattle Decapitation, Rain Shatter, Zombie Realm, and many more has been moved to the famous Sammy Hagar (The Red Rocker)'s club Cabo Wabo in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Don't miss this rare Cattle Mexico appearance by the sea on Saturday, May 31st.
Cattle Decapitation's "Decade of Decapitation" vinyl series continues with the band's third album, "Karma.Bloody.Karma." The blood on blood vinyl (red splattered on blood red) is available for pre-order now individually, as well as in bundles with the exclusive "Decade of Decapitation" t-shirt, and vinyl collector's box at this location.
This is the third piece of vinyl in the series, which celebrates 10 years of releases on Metal Blade Records. The previously released "To Serve Man" and "Humanure" are already out now.
The band's entire Metal Blade discography: "To Serve Man" (2002), "Humanure" (2004), "Karma.Bloody.Karma" (2006), "The Harvest Floor" (2009), and "Monolith of Inhumanity" (2012) are all being prepared in lavish gatefolds for release. See the band live on these dates: More...
The Boston technical death metal tacticians in Pillory today sever spinal cords with the mutinous marvels of "Mass Enmity," now streaming below thanks to No Clean Singing.
The torrid tune comes via the band's sophomore full-length, "Evolutionary Miscarriage," set for release via Unique Leader Records on June 10th. The album's track listing is as follows:
1. And The Defeated Emerge
2. Mass Enmity
3. Evolutionary Miscarriage
4. Imbeciles In Defiance
5. Phantasmagorical Beasts
6. Purify The Commonwealth
7. The Mental Defective
9. Distorted Axiom
11. Bipedal Prosecution More...
Russian deathcore band Forget My Silence has released a new lyric video for the song "Not Perfect" (featuring Ivan Gromov), which can be seen below. You can also pick up the digital single at Amazon.com here.
Austin-based doom band Destroyer Of Light has announced a U.S. tour spanning from Texas to the West Coast in June.
Destroyer of Light formed in the beginning of 2012, and each member coming from different bands wanted to create slow, heavy, riff-induced music and wield it toward the masses. Gathering influences from a variety of different styles, each member brings their flavor to the table, and the music speaks for itself.
Destroyer of Light is a 4-piece band consisting of Steve Colca on guitars/vocals, Keegan Kjeldsen on lead guitar, Jeff Klein on bass, and Kelly "Penny" Turner on drums. The band's second EP, "Bizarre Tales Vol. 2" has been released both digitally and on vinyl through Heavy Friends Records. May the power of the riff compel you!
June 13th - Austin, Tx @ Holy Mountain
June 14th - Midland, TX @ VFW Hall
June 15th - Las Cruces, NM @ The Trainyard
June 16th - Albuquerque, NM @ TBA
June 17th - Tuscon, AZ @ The Rock
June 18th - Tempe, AZ @ Yucca Tap Room
June 19th - Spring Valley, CA @ The Bancroft
June 20th - LA @ TBA
June 21st - San Bernadino, CA - Black Flame Collective
June 22nd - San Francisco, CA @ Hemlock Tavern
June 23rd - Oakland, CA @ Eli’s Mile High Club
June 24th - Fresno, CA @ TBA
June 25th - Las Vegas, NV @ Cheyanne Saloon
June 26th - SLC @ The Shred Shed
June 27th - Colorado Springs, CO @ TBA
June 28th - Denver, CO @ Hi-Dive
June 29th - Haysville, KS @ KC’s Too
June 30th - Texarkana, TX @ Silver Dollar
July 1st - Dallas, TX/Fort Worth, TX @ TBA
The Skull - which just recruited former Pentagram guitarist Matt Goldsborough - recently entered the studio in Chicago, Illinois to begin recording a debut album for an Autumn, 2014 release. The band has posted the following daily updates online via Facebook:
May 28 - “The eagles have landed safely in Chicago just now with Jeff Olson from Kennebunk, Maine and Matt Goldsborough from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The crew is now all together and ready to start day one in the recording studio for the debut record to be released this autumn via Tee Pee Records!”
May 29 - “Got some good jams in yesterday. We are now all sitting out on Ron Holzner’s porch here in Chicago enjoying some coffee and sun... looking forward to record day 2 in the studio today for the debut album!”
May 30 - “Day 3 in the recording studio. Drums are sounding HEADY! Jeff Olson at his finest!”
May 31 - “It’s Saturday, day 4, in the recording studio. We are having a great experience.... everyone is on top of their game... three songs recorded. We think you’ll dig! Heavy, Heady, Fucking Rock! We are The Skull...”
Between touring the world with Soulfly and preparing the upcoming Cavalera Conspiracy album, Brazilian Metal icon, Max Cavalera, found the time to release an album with the super group Killer Be Killed and finally unveil his long-awaited autobiography, "My Bloody Roots."
It's fair to say that this 44-year-old metal legend isn't resting on his laurels but striving for new creative heights. For him, stopping isn't an option.
We had the opportunity to talk with Max about his experience with Killer Be Killed (which also includes members of Mastodon, The Mars Volta and The Dillinger Escape Plan) and the process of putting together "My Bloody Roots" with author Joel McIver. We found him eager and excited to talk about these two new projects.
Do you remember how Killer Be Killed was put together?
Yeah. It was (vocalist) Greg Puciato’s idea. He wanted to do a project and he invited me to do it with him and we did some demos and it was really cool. We added a drummer, David Elitch. He was Greg’s friend, great drummer and we wrote more songs with him and then we ended up inviting Troy from Mastodon, to be the bass player and singer and having three singers. I think that’s really the coolest thing about Killer be Killed, the band has three vocalists. That’s so unique in Metal and made the record really cool and we practiced a lot.
We practiced and wrote songs in different phases and finally we entered the studio and sit down and did the whole record. I’m really excited because I think is a really good record.
You are very well-known guys in the Metal scene. On top of that, the band has three vocalists. Was this an advantage or a problem while writing/recording? Were there big egos clashing during the process? More...
Pennsylvania's Beyond Fallen released a music video for the new track "Hatecrown." The song will appear on the upcoming release "Machines of Corruption," which is tentatively set for release this summer via Rock it Up Records. The band initially self-issued an EP with the same title back in September of 2013.
"Machines of Corruption" is the first release since 2007's "Mindfire" and will be the first full length release to feature drummer John "Jez" Jesuele (Forgotten Legacy) and guitarist Greg Baczmarga, who both joined in 2013.
Check out "Hatecrown" here: More...