Metal News for May 6, 2012
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12 news articles posted on this day.
Uriel Aguillon, guitarist and vocalist of Mexican doom/death band Gutwrench, has posted a new rehearsal track for the song "Disrupting the Cemetery." Gutwrench is currently working on its debut album "Mausoleum...To Dwell & Rot In," which will be released later this year. Gutwrench hails from the town of Reynosa in the state of Tamaulipas and already has the 2011 demo "Domain of Pure Putrescence" to its credit.
Only a few times in my life have I been as worried about how my “vision” of future events would come to pass as when Sabaton rolled it’s Swedish tank division into the Palladium at Worcester on Saturday night. For starters, the band just had a major split with four members, all of which provided the power and part of the rhythm of a band that was all about force. Secondly, the split happened on the eve of two major career milestones for the band: the release of “Carolus Rex” (review forthcoming), which will see a U.S. release even before the European, and a bold North American headline tour with no support, save for local acts at only particular venues. Tack on the fact that the band was late with obtaining visas for the new members forcing the cancellation of the first three nights of the tour and the fact that there has been little no tour hype generated though the band’s Facebook page, which remained eerily quiet since the tour began (not even announcing where the band was playing each day). It also didn’t help that Arch/Matheos was playing the same night back in Hartford in one of very few show appearances, which certainly would make attendance at this show even less. Since there were no supporting acts on the bill, I can report on the VIP meet and greet with the band, which proved to be a smashing success. More...
Saskatchewan born Rob "Smiley" Doherty suddenly passed away, the cause of which is not yet announced. Doherty was a former guitarist with Canadian based band Into Eternity. He played on the band's LP "Buried In Oblivion," as well as guest starred on the band's latest singles "Fukushima" and "Sandstorm" providing death vocals. Doherty released his one man band project Final Darkness at the end of 2011.
Into Eternity's Tim Roth commented: "He was a special part of our band. Our condolences go out to all of Rob's family and friends, and to all those, who Rob's music touched."
Former Into Eternity vocalist Stu Block (Iced Earth) posted the following statement on his Facebook page: "It is a sad day RIP Rob Doherty. My good friend and former band mate from Into Eternity. Enter the gates with a strong soul and heart. I love u brother!!!!"
Italian epic power metal band Holy Knights will release its sophomore LP "Between Daylight and Pain" in June/July 2012 through Rubicon Music in Japan. The album marks the first album since the 2002 debut "Gate Through the Past." Holy Knights consists of the following:
Simone Campione (Nexus/Thy Majestie/Ex-Irencors): Guitars, Bass
Claudio Florio (Crimson Wind/Trinakrius/Ex-Synthesys): Drums
Dario Di Matteo: Keyboards/Vocals
The track listing for "Between Daylight and Pain" is as follows:
2. Frozen Paradise
3. Beyond the Mist
4. 11 September
5. Glass Room
6. Wasted Time
8. The Turning to the Madness
9. Resolution - Romantic Mode (Bonus Track for Japan)
The band posted a preview clip for the new release, which can be seen here: More...
Hungary's Touch of Death has now released a new three song single online titled "Harvester." You can download the tracks for free via the band's official website, or check out the track "Let Me Fall" in the player below. The "Harvester" track listing is as follows:
01. Alone in the night (03:27)
02. Let me fall (4:40)
03. Shut up (4:40)
Italian power metal act Metatrone has posted a new single online for streaming and free download. You can download the new song "Passione" by heading over to the official Metatrone website, or listen to the track in the player below. For more info on Metatrone, navigate to the band's Facebook profile.
Powerwolf, recently touring in support of the "Blood of the Saints" album (reviewed here), has now checked in with the following tour recap:
"The Wolfsnaechte tour is over, and what can we say? It was overwhelming. We look back on 14 great celebrations and memorable nights full of blood, sweat and heavy metal.
"Our friends, none of this would have been possible without all of you, our true believers who made the venues' wall tumble, raised your fists and celebrated the metal mass with us. So in Attila´s words we would like to say 'Vielen Dankeschön!'
"We also would like to say thank you to our companions in crime on this tour: Mystic Prophecy, Stormwarrior and the our french fellow pack Lonewolf, it was a pleasure to kill side by side with you.
"Last but not least we bow our heads to our fantastic crew, who set up the church, fought the demons and turned water into wine for us each and every day: Tomtom, Olli, Jan, Ralph, Anna and busdriver Bernd for finding all those timewarps on the highways."
Photos from the tour and individual updates from various stops can also be found online via the band's Facebook profile.
Hungary's Angerseed has released a new song online titled "Dawn of a New Kingdom," which can be heard in the player below. The band also commented:
"Our first EP called 'Dawn of a New Kingdom' is done at last! Check the title track of this raw and brutal death metal stuff! Enjoy it and join us! Support the Underground!"
Canada's Moonlyght has issued the following update about recording a new album:
"The recording process for the third Moonlyght album 'Return to Desolation' is taking form. All guitars are now recorded. We are doing a pre-production for the album with drums and all the other instruments at the moment.
"One of our original members on the very first Moonlyght line-up in 1995, Simon Rhéaume-Goulet, will be doing some guitar solos on the album!
"'Return to Desolation' will feature 9 songs and a total of 60min + playing time! If you think our song 'Messiah' on the 2008 album 'Shining' was a fast song, wait to hear the new album. Here's the song titles that will appear on 'Return to Desolation' (in no particular order)."
Return to Desolation
Dwelling in Earth's Shadow
The Sweet Poisoned Light
Revelations from the Other Side
A Distant Illusion of Freedom
(Towards A) Ghastly Future
U.K. based blackened death metal act Akkadian has issued the following announcement about deciding to call it a day:
"After recent events we have released Dave & Paul Hutchins from the band due to lack of commitment and our product being physically to demanding for them.
"After much thought Ant, Steve and myself have decided to end Akkadian as we are fed up of being held back and let down by others, in this case Dave & Paul. Akkadian would like to thank Grom Records for signing and believing in us and we would also like to thank our family, friends and everyone who has supported us over the years.
"James, Ant & Steve.
"RIP Akkadian (May 2005 - May 2012)"
To hear Akkadian's music, check out the music video for "Obsidian Dawn" posted online earlier this year.
Austrailian traditional metal band Dragonsclaw issued an update on the band's forthcoming sophomore effort. The band's self-titled debut was released last year at the tail end of 2011 (see Metal Underground's review at this location). In a post on the band's Facebook page, vocalist Giles Lavery gave the following update:
"SECOND ALBUM - STUDIO UPDATE #1 :
"Hello all , Well, a VERY long day of band photography and demoing new songs comes to an end.... we now have as of today 10 demos recorded...now the revising, re-working and re-writing begins... as we build upon what we have.
"There are at least 2 more tracks to be demoed in the coming weeks... so album 2 is well underway, the whole band is coming up with some fantastic songs, some sure to please fans of the first album and some others than can best be described as a growth songwriting wise... Ben is coming up with some great melodic (and very heavy) parts and really working hard on his already killer guitar work. Ray has a new Keyboard set up and it is limitless in its variety of sounds and what it can do, Aaron is contributing in a big way with loads of great ideas for the tunes.... I have recorded rough vocals for the tracks and continue to write and re-write lyrics and vocal melodies... it's all coming together nicely.
"This album will encompass a much great scope of sounds... from the Fast and heavy to the melodic and the truly epic to the traditional metal approach of much of the first album and some slower darker moments too
.... more to come
The month of May marks a couple of pivotal moments in the history of one of America's most classic power/thrash bands, Metal Church. It was in May of 1984 that the band played its first gig at the D&R Theatre in Kurdt Vanderhoof's native Aberdeen, Washington. It was also in May, nearly seven years to the day, that the metal world lost one of its most iconic metal singers - original Metal Church vocalist David Wayne. In this homage to the Seattle band, we will look at the history of this venerable old school band and how it ties in with so many other acts while fulfilling its history. We will also bring you the rich history that Metal Church and all of its offshoots have lived through. Because, with Metal Church there is six degrees of separation from several other groups.
Back in the late seventies, Aberdeen's son Kurdt Vanderhoof was living in the San Francisco bay area. He played for a hardcore punk band by the name of The Lewd. As he started listening to the early prototypes of the British invasion of metal, he had an epiphany. Kurdt decided he'd rather start playing metal music, so he began talks with a few of the members of another San Francisco act - Leviathan. Together they formed Anvil Chorus - The Church of Metal, later shortening it. The rest of Leviathan left and formed Vienna. More...