Metal News for May 5, 2012
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27 news articles posted on this day.
British doom band Iron Void is streaming a new song, "The Mad Monk," which will be included on the band's forthcoming full-length album. Iron Void previously released the EP "Spell of Ruin," which will be reissued this year with bonus tracks before the release of the debut album. Stream songs from this EP over on Bandcamp. Stream three other tracks from Iron Void, two of them covers from St. Vitus and Black Sabbath, over on MySpace.
Blacksmith guitarist David Smith talked to ArmyOfOneTV on May 2nd at The Loft in Poughkeepsie, NY. The band has been supporting Sabaton for a few shows on its Swedish Empire Tour 2012. Blacksmith is currently located out of Albany, NY but was formed in 1985 in NYC. The band released a couple of albums in the late eighties/early nineties, "Fire from Within" and "Time Out of Mind," the latter being shelved before release. The band has now released that album via Heaven & Hell records. David Smith discusses the current status of the band, upcoming albums and the tour schedule for Europe and North America.
Frostwork has issued the following announcement about streaming a Burzum cover track online, which will be appearing on an upcoming tribute album:
"Ave Brothers and Sisters! Frostwork's cover of 'Dunkelheit' which will be appearing on 'Forsvunnet Filosofem: A Tribute to Burzum' is now uploaded on Reverbnation and Official Facebook page.
"Please follow this link to listen and to share and support the Uk underground! Please keep posted for more Frostwork related news very soon!"
You can also check out the artwork for the band's new album "Lore Of Winter - Ealdspell" at this location.
Following my interview with Andreas Kisser (Sepultura) at Higher Ground in South Burlington, Vermont, I seized the opportunity to speak with one of his Brazilian countrymen in death metal trio Krisiun. Guitarist Moyses Kolesne reflected on the extensive North American tour then nearing completion, spoke of near-term plans, discussed Krisiun's latest album "The Great Execution,"  and even managed to weigh in on a death metal-related controversy with a refreshingly different opinion. More...
Bolivian act Querembas has posted a new video clip online titled "Toxic Love," which is taken off the band's "Pornocracia" album. Check out the video clip in the player below. You can also find the band's previously posted music video for "Infierno" at this location.
Der Metal Krieger has posted a new video interview online with Celtic metal act Suidakra at the Los Angeles stop of Killfest 2012. Check out the video clip below.
Suidakra is touring in support of the "Book of Dowth" album (reviewed here) and still has the following upcoming shows:
5/5: Austin, TX @ Emo's East
5/6: Dallas, TX @ Trees
5/8: Orlando, FL @ The Club at Firestone
5/9: Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room
5/10: Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
5/11: West Springfield, VA @ Empire
5/12: New York, NY @ Best Buy Theater
On May Day 2012, Fear Factory ignited the “Noise of the Machine” tour in San Antonio, Texas. Formerly known as The Warehouse, Backstage Live’s industrialized setting seemed ideal for Fear Factory to get its gears churning. Even though “The Industrialist” isn’t due for another month (June 5), the group was “Recharging” its fans batteries for another dose of explosive cyber metal. Shadows Fall, The Browning, The Devastated and Legacy of Disorder served as support.
Having released “Soul of a New Machine” in 1992, Fear Factory has over twenty years of material to consider when creating a set list. Even though the group selected cuts from every full-length album except “Archetype” and “Transgression,” the set seemed a half-hour short. I’m not that guy who comes out to concerts to watch only the headlining band; however, the night’s billing of seven bands (two local and five touring) seemed to have stolen some of Fear Factory and Shadows Fall’s time in the limelight. Thanks to the gentleman who constantly photo bombed me with his camcorder, you can see video of four of the touring bands. More...
The Skull, the new band formed by two original members of Trouble (vocalist Eric Wagner and drummer Jeff "Oly" Olson, alongside the band's longtime bassist Ron Holzner) will play its debut show with Sacred Dawn guitarists Lothar Keller and Michael Carpenter. The Skull will headline the Dark Star Records' "15 Year Anniversary Bash" set to take place at the Tilted Kilt in Elgin, Illinois on Friday, June 15th.
The Skull's set list will consist 100% of music from Trouble, with emphasis on material from the albums "Psalm 9" and "The Skull". Visit The Skull's website for additional information. A U.S east coast tour will be announced next week. Also appearing at the event will be the cast of "Jezebeth", the 2011 horror film in which Eric Wagner receives a lap dance in a cameo appearance. The film was written, directed, and produced by Damien Dante of Satania 6 Films and co-produced by Dark Star Records President Jeffrey A. Swanson.
Memphis psychedelic/blues rock band The Heavy Eyes is streaming its new promo "2" over on Bandcamp. The new promo consists of two songs, "These Men are Wolves" and "Catfish Blues," hence it's name. Check out material from it's debut album and EP over on that page as well. Below is a series of a few dates The Heavy Eyes will be performing at in the South:
May 12th - Memphis, TN (Poplar Lounge)
July 27th - Nashville, TN (Foo Bar Too)
July 28th - Florance, AL (W.C. Handy Fest)
Swiss post-rock/ambient sludge band Katergon is streaming two tracks from its six-song album "Argonaut" over on Bandcamp, where its "Endless Life" album and earlier demo are also streaming. Check out those two tracks, "Shores of Redemption" and "The Mountains of Sin" below. Katergon describes its sound "an experience, a cosmos of sound, interwoven with subtle motives and a myriad of harmonies, born of the pure spirit of music."
New Zealand doom band Arc of Ascent is streaming one track, "The Celestial Altar," from its second album "The Higher Key." Arc of Ascent already has the 2010 album "Circle of the Sun" to its credit. Arc of Ascent just hosted a release party for "The Higher Key" at the Static Bar in Hamilton with special guests Stukazooka and J. Shima. Check out more material from the band over on Bandcamp.
Swedish blues/jam metal band Asteroid posted the following message on its Facebook wall regarding a new 7" and tour dates. Below the message, check out an upload of Asteroid doing an older track, "The Great Unknow."
"Since the departure of their former drummer in 2010 Asteroid has been planning their return! And now the time has finally come, with the talents of Henrik Jansson behind the drum kit the band is stronger than ever! As they embark on “The Mighty Asteroid Travelling Show”, a tour that will take them all across Europe during 2012, they bring with them a new 7” consisting of two tracks that show the more bluesy side to their signature style of 70’s hard/psychedelic rock! The song “Move a Mountain” has all the elements of a classic Asteroid track! A hard hitting blues anthem with lots of brilliant jams and a smooth spacious chorus. “One foot in the Grave” is the shortest Asteroid song to date and probably the fastest as well. A pure delight for those fond of heavy folk rock and psychedelic grooves! It has been showing up in live sets for some time. The single will be for sale exclusively on “The Mighty Asteroid Travelling Show” so make sure to catch one of their live shows this year! See you out there..."
25.05.12 Berlin - Bassy @ DusTownFestival
26.05.12 Halle - VL Club w/ Fake Blanche
27.05.12 Dresden - Bärenzwinger w/ MarsRedSky
28.05.12 Würzburg - Cairo w/ The Flying Eyes
29.05.12 Bielefeld - AJZ
30.05.12 Darmstadt - Oettinger Villa w/ The Baboon Show
31.05.12 Alkmaar - Merv's w/ Fill Bloom
01.06.12 Middelburg - DeSpot w/ A Generation After
02.06.12 Roermond - Ajzenfabriek
03.06.12 Paris - Les Combustibles
05.06.12 Innsbruck - p.m.k.
06.06.12 Wien - Shelter
07.06.12 Schwandorf - Grafenbeck
08.06.12 Wutha - Farnroda - JH Crocodile
09.06.12 Oostburg - The Lane @Massafest III
Chrome Division, which features Dimmu Borgir's Shagrath, has issued the following announcement about lineup changes and working on the follow-up to latest album "3rd Round Knockout" (reviewed here):
"When a bottle of Jack is dry, out & empty, you have to replace it with fresh new ones in order for the party to keep on going!
"Mr. Burn Luna, our long time bass player, increased members of his family some time ago and wanted to shift focus in his life. All respect to our musical brother ever since the inception back in 2004. We wish him all the best. Luna will work with us from behind the curtains of doom, and contribute on the lyrical side of things in the future.
"Ricky Black left us a while ago due to personal issues. Thanks for all the good times. Keep those licks going. More...
After previously posting the song "Remnants" online, Be'lakor has now uploaded another new track titled "Absit Omen." Check out the song in the player below, and the band also commented:
"Very happy to announce that the second song from 'Of Breath and Bone,' 'Absit Omen,' is now available to listen to on Youtube, with pre-orders also available.
"By heading to this location you can place your pre-order for either the standard jewel case version of the album or the special edition digipack. Each digipack will be individually numbered and signed by the band, and will also come with two Be'lakor guitar picks and a sticker with the album art.
"For those who would be interested in getting the very first copy of the 200 digipacks (clearly marked as 1 of 200), bids can be placed at eBay. If you have already purchased the digipack but would like to bid for copy number 1, we will gladly refund your initial digipack purchase if your bid is successful). Thanks for the great support, and we hope you enjoy the new music!" More...
Italy's Graveworm has announced the dates for the upcoming "Fragments of Death Tour 2012," which will include special guests Agathodaimon, Hellsaw, and Kadavrik. The dates are available below, and Graveworm's Stefano Fiori commented:
"I´m proud to announce that we will be on tour in autumn. It´s a great package with awesome support bands (Agathodamion, Hellsaw & Kadarvrik) and this will be our first tour since a long time. I´m sure we will have a great time.Thanks also to all our fans worldwide - I wanna see you all out there. let us make some party before, during and of course after the show... Cheers and rock on!"
08.11.12 (DE) Hamburg - Ballroom
09.11.12 (DE) Oberhausen - Helvete
10.11.12 (NL) Kerkrade - Rock Temple
11.11.12 (DE) Berlin - K 17
12.11.12 (CZ) Prag - Exite Club
13.11.12 (DE) München - Backstage Club
14.11.12 (CH) Pratteln - Z7
15.11.12 (DE) Siegburg - Kubana
16.11.12 (DE) Rostock - Alte Zuckerfabrik
17.11.12 (DE) Erfurt - Club Centrum
18.11.12 (NL) Rotterdam - Baroeg
Mexican metalcore band Waiting The Massacre has posted a teaser of its new self-titled four song EP, which you may view below. Waiting The Massacre formed in late 2011 and has already played a few gigs, most recently one at the Romma Music Club in Mexico City at the end of April with eleven other metalcore bands. Check for more updates on the band's Facebook page.
Serbian black metal act Samrt has posted a new song online titled "Sva odvratnost ljudskog bica njegovo je postojanje" (loosely translated to: "The Existence of all Human Beings is an Abomination"). Check out the new song in the player below. The track is set to appear on an upcoming full-length album, and the band commented:
"After a long period of inactivity (at least in public), we are glad to inform you that we recently recorded our first album. More information about it soon - in the meantime enjoy the new song."
Polish act Cloverfield has released a performance video clip online for the song "Border Line," which can be viewed in the YouTube player below.
Cloverfield is currently in the process of working on a debut full-length album, to be released later this year. Further details on the upcoming album will be announced as they are made available. You can also find more info on Cloverfield over at the band's Facebook page here.
Hungary's Sin of God has posted a new song online titled "The Violator," which can be heard through the SoundCloud player below. The band also commented on the new track:
"We proudly announce our first LP called Limbus is finally done!!! Very big thanks to István Simon at No Silence Sound Studio. Soon the album will be materialized with Grindesign cover! Till that here is a new song called The Violator! After the cover will be finished we"ll post an other new song." More...
Swedish act Six In Line is currently streaming the "U Shud Hev Invtd Me" EP online, which can be heard in the Bandcamp player available below. Six In Line also commented on the band's sound:
"Six In Line is a thrash metal/'early death'/hardcore punk (basically crossover) band from Hellsingborg, Sweden that's totally into fast riffs, fast solos, fast vocals, fast drums and big tits! Follow us on Facebook!"
The track listing is as follows:
1. You Should Have Invited Me
2. Plata o Plomo
3. We Intend To Hang You More...
Bahrain's Metaholic has released a music video online for the song "Lucid Dream," which is included on the soundtrack for, and features clips from, the student movie "Silveraven." The video was directed by Zeeshan Shah and can be seen below.
New Orleans, LA, black metal outfit Goatwhore has set up a donation page at Chipin.com to help pay for the rent of a new touring vehicle for the upcoming nationwide Summer Slaughter Tour this July through August.
The band issued a statement via Chipin: "We are embarking on a 7 week long national tour later this summer that will take us all over the United States and parts of Canada. Whilesome people may think that being active in the music business and going on tour may be financially prosperous, that is not always the case. Our goal is to be able to rent a new and different touringvehicle for this upcoming tour. Our usual mode of transportation is a 15-passenger van which gets roughly 9 mpg pulling our loaded trailer. This new vehicle will be much more comfortable and take some of the stress of the road off of us. More importantly, it gets upwards of 20 mpg pulling a loaded trailer. This will account for considerable fuel savings as well as a reduction in emissions due to the vehicles clean burning ultra low sulphur diesel engine. We are inviting fans to chipin to our cause to be able to feasibly rent this vehicle from mid-July to late August."
Goatwhore is currently on tour in Europe with 3 Inches of Blood and will be touring Australia with Impiety and Ruins before heading out on the Summer Slaughter Tour.
Hannibal has posted a new live video clip online for the song "Burn Me Alive," which is taken from the band's "Cyberia" album. Check out the clip below, filmed in Eindhoven on February 25th, 2012. To hear more from Hannibal, navigate over to the band's official Facebook profile.
Uneven Structure has posted a teaser trailer online for the band's upcoming U.K. shows, which can be viewed below. The group also commented on the run:
"We are pleased to announce that we will headline the Ramparts of Sageness U.K. Tour in July with our mates from No Consequence, Broken Torment, and Sentience of Eschaton!"
Mexican progressive deathcore band Culminated has posted a series of tour dates it will be performing in its country. Culminated put out its first EP, "Cenizas," back in the late summer of 2011. The band and Mexicore invites you to download it at this location. You may also stream most of the five tracks over at YouTube, or check out an upload of the title track below.
May 12 - Puebla (w/Here Comes the Kraken)
May 19 - Casa de la Cultura San Rafael Mexico City D.F.
June 2 - Zona Rosa Mexico City D.F.
June 3 - Winds of Plague - Guadalajara
June 17 - Tlaxcala
June 30 - Clandestino Mexico City D.F.
Anathema's Dan Cavanagh has now checked in with a new road report from the band's time touring in support of new album "Weather System" (reviewed here). The tour update reads as follows:
"Paris, Amsterdam, Milano, Poland, London, all the German shows, Antwerp, Pratteln... All the audiences will live long in the memory! Thank you so very much for coming out in such great numbers and supporting us. We hope we repaid you with some passionate performances and professional approach to what we do.
"London was remarkable for the sheer beauty of the venue as well as the number of dear friends who came.. Worth a mention each of them, the list is too long, but there at the "Camden Palace" was Christer Andre Cederberg, Petter Carlsen, Alx Leeks, the Kscope people, Duncan Patterson, Jenni from the Agency group, as well as the boys from Shadowlight and Uncaused Creation whose music I have been helping and overseeing where I can. Also special mention goes to Jo who I met before the show and told me of her personal connection to 'internal landscapes'...
"Friends came from all across Europe and some further afield, I recognized at least one face from the United States, which considering my new found love for that country was a welcome reminder that we have to go back!
"We worked really hard to get everyone involved at Koko, which may not have been as easy as all that, as I am guessing almost half of the audience in that packed venue were watching us for the first time.. An honour and a privilege to play for so many new faces. It was much the same in Amsterdam. That's the first time Anathema have played in such venues. We're happy. More...
Italian death metal act Humangled has released a video for the track "Needles of the Blind" from the band's forthcoming EP entitled "Odd Ethics," due out in mid to late May via Abyss Records. The clip was directed by Andrea Falaschi and points out the blindness of medical science, describing the unpredictable damages of combined collateral effects obtained with therapeutic obstinacy.
"Odd Ethics" was tracked at Italy's Mel-1 Studiosand mixed/mastered at Unisound Studio in Örebro, Sweden by Dan Swanö (Edge of Sanity, Hail of Bullets, November's Doom). Cover art for "Odd Ethics" was designed by artist Marko Somero.