Metal News for May 6, 2013
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37 news articles posted on this day.
Iced Earth announced that drummer Brent Smedley has split with the band due to personal family reasons. His replacement will be Raphael Saini (Chaoswave/Ex-Emergency Gate), who will start with the band on its tour dates this summer.
Smedley explained: "I have family members that are elderly and frail and need my help here in Jacksonville. It’s been one of the hardest decisions of my life but I simply cannot commit to the kind of schedule the band deserves and requires so I decided to ask permission to step down from my post."
The band commented: "Brent has been a valued member of the group for a long time. We thank him for his contributions, friendship and energy and wish him all the best for the future. We want to welcome Raphael with open arms and are expecting for our fans to give him the welcome he deserves."
In addition to live dates, the band's summer will also be spent recording and mixing the new studio album entitled “Plagues of Babylon." A headline tour for the new album will kick off in January 2014.
In Alcatraz 1962 has checked in with the following statement about deciding to officially call it quits:
"This isn't easy news to report, but our time has come to an end. We want to thank each and every one of you for coming out to a show, buying merch, letting us crash on countless floors, and supporting us throughout all these years.
"We've traveled across the entire USA and Canada, released three albums, and loved every second about being on the road. We want to keep this message short, and just want all of you to know it's been a pleasure, and one hell of a ride.
"Thank you for all of the memories that will last a lifetime. 'Find love in your sky, Find peace, Realize, Only you can find the colors that differ you from any other.' - IA62" More...
Excelsis will release new album "vo Chrieger u Drache" on July 5th, 2013. A teaser trailer for the album is now available below. The full track listing is:
1. Prologue (of Sintram & Bertram)
2. Brothers of War
4. Heathen Princess
5. The Fear
9. The Avenger
10. The Fall of the One
11. The Chapel
12. wissi Bärge
Mikael Åkerfeldt and Fredrik Åkesson of Opeth were interviewed by Australia's Maniacs while out on an Australian run of shows. Check out the video clip below.
You can also check out recent footage of the band's Newbury Comics Record Store Day performance at this location.
The night ended up being one of those really unexpected good times. I started in a mellow mood, listening to piano albums by Medeski and Mingus all day. The weather was unseasonably warm for a mid-April evening which made me want to be outside, not stuck in bar listening to four heavy metal bands I had never heard of until 1:00 in the morning.
I headed over to the V Club to check at 9pm. To my surprise, All Hail the Yeti, had dropped off the roster which pushed the start time back an hour, which gave me an hour to kill. I passed the time nursing a Corona and chatting up Mr. Duncan, the door man, about the show posters they had on the wall. Jimbo Valentine of Amalgam Unlimited had created a badass poster for the show that night. In retrospect I should have asked for a copy.
Among the Dead was the first band on stage. Among the Dead is a local band from Huntington, a 3-piece plus singer, in their early 20s maybe. The singer had a stubbled head, a beer belly, was wearing camo shorts and nerd glasses. The other three members looked like versions of a skinny jeans advert, all lanky and cropped hair. Their sound was heavy, death metal, with a loose playing style, though the songs stayed together well. The singer alternated belting out deep guttural bellows and sick screeches. The guitar player had some brief sweet spot solos, while the bassist bruised his instrument with interludes on a song or two. The drummer had serious technique with the double bass. The crowd liked these guys. They clapped and whistled and cheered. After their second song someone in the audience yelled, “Can we get more please?” Among the Dead delivered the request and much more. More...
Lingua Mortis Orchestra, full side band of Germany's Rage, posted the first studio report for the band's upcoming album "LMO." The album is now set for release on August 2, 2013 via Nuclear Blast Records. The video features guitarist Victor Smolski, and though the interview portions are in German only, there is is also footage of the band recording at Twilight Halls Studio and music snippets are heard throughout.
Check out the footage here:
Norwegian black ‘n’ roll legion Vreid will take their to the streets this June on a North American tour alongside headliners Melechesh.
Set to commence June 16th in Los Angeles, California, the long-awaited trek includes over two weeks of live assaults and will come to a close in New York City on June 30th. Additional support will come from Lightning Swords Of Death and Reign Of Lies.
Vreid will be touring in support of the "Welcome Farewell" full-length (reviewed here), released in North American via Indie Recordings on March 5th, 2013. Catch the band live:
6/16/2013 The Joint – Los Angeles, CA
6/17/2013 DNA Lounge – San Francisco, CA
6/18/2013 Hawthorne – Portland, OR
6/19/2013 Studio Seven – Seattle, WA
6/20/2013 TBA – Vancouver, BC
6/21/2013 Pawn Shop – Edmonton, AB
6/22/2013 The Exchange – Regina, SK
6/23/2013 TBA – Winnipeg, MB
6/24/2013 Station 4 - St. Paul, MN
6/25/2013 Mojoe’s – Joliet, IL
6/27/2013 Wreck Room – Toronto, ON
6/28/2013 Foufounes Electriques – Montreal, QC
6/29/2013 Railroad Tavern - Keene, NH
6/30/2013 Gramercy Theater – New York, NY More...
Poland's Vedonist has inked a deal with Witching Hour Productions to release new album "A Clockwork Chaos" on May 29th, 2013.
The album's nine songs were recorded at the end of last year in three different studios: Sophiria Studio, Huge Studio, and Top Secret Studio. The music was mixed and mastered by the Wieslawski Bros (Behemoth, Vader). Check out a song from the release below. More...
Sweden's thrash death metal 5-piece Darkane is going to release a brand new album this summer.
"The Sinister Supremacy" will be the band's sixth studio album and was recorded and produced by the band at the Darkane Studio. Daniel Bergstrand has mixed the album.
The new release is the first album since "Demonic Art," which was released in 2008. It's also the first album with Lawrence Mackrory on vocals since the band's debut album "Rusted Angel," released in 1999. Check out a brief clip from the studio at the band's Facebook profile here.
"The Sinister Supremacy" will be released in Europe via Massacre Records on June 28th, 2013. Stay tuned for further details.
In a recent interview with Kleanthis Papagiannopoulos of Rock Overdose, Sepultura frontman Derrick Green shed some light on the band's forthcoming, as-yet untitled new studio album, which will be the first with drummer Eloy Casagrande. An excerpt from the interview reads as follows:
Green: "We have written most of the music already and now we are working on lyrics for the album. We should have everything ready before we hit the studio June 1st. The album is sounding really sinister, dark, and metal as hell! It's been great working with (drummer) Eloy (Casagrande) in the writing process because it brings a whole different energy to the music. The many changes that have been going on in our lives and in the world also add to the making of the new album. We hope to have it released around the end of October/November on Nuclear Blast."
Read the full article at Rock Overdose.
The Agonist has been out on the road touring in support of latest album "Prisoners." The band has now posted the following message online about missing tonight's New York show:
"Attention BUFFALO, NY: Due to health issues The Agonist has been forced to cancel tonight's show at Broadway Joe's. We apologize to all of our fans affected and we will make it up in the future!"
Remaining dates on the tour include: More...
Finland's Vergil will release the "Life Is A Slow Death" album this coming May 31st, 2013. The album was recorded at MSP studio in Riihimäki, Finland and was mixed and mastered by Olli Haaranen at Gloomsound studio in Helsinki.
The album will be distributed in Europe by My Kingdom Music and in U.S. by CD Baby. The track listing is:
1. Hurt Still Stains Thee
2. Life Is A Slow Death
4. Nepenthean Kiss
5. The Vanity
7. Tomorrow Will Be Worse
9. Nightingale More...
Baltimore, MD’s very own Polkadot Cadaver is proud to announce the Last Call In Jonestown Tour being sponsored by Heavy Blog Is Heavy and Digital Tour Bus, which will be in support of upcoming full-length, "Last Call In Jonestown." The album comes out this May 14th via Razor To Wrist Records.
Supporting Polkadot Cadaver on the trek will be One Eyed Doll (on select dates) and Exotic Animal Petting Zoo. Catch the band live:
6/14 – Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar *
6/15 – Trenton, NJ @ Championships *
6/16 – Hartford, CT @ Webster Theater *
6/18 – Albany, NY @ Bogies *
6/19 – Middletown, NY @ Sounds Asylum *
6/20 – Syracuse, NY @ Three Fat Guys *
6/21 – Cleveland, OH @ Peabodys * w/ Diecast
6/22 – Emily City, MI @ Dalefest *
6/23 – Joliet, IL @ Mojoes #
6/24 – Saint Joseph, MI @ Czar’s 505 #
6/25 – Sauget, IL @ Pops #
6/26 – Peoria, IL @ Brass Rail #
6/27 – St. Paul, MN @ Station 4 #
6/28 – Des Moines, IA @ House Of Bricks #
6/29 – Oklahoma City, OK @ The Chameleon Room #
6/30 – Wichita, KS @ Lizard Lounge * More...
Wyoming powerviolence-seared hardcore audio terrorists Reproacher recently dropped their latest self-released full-length "Nothing To Save." Check out the track "Casemate" in the player below. The following press release was also issued about the album:
"The band’s misanthropic sophomore release delivers 11 merciless tracks of metallic hardcore mixed with rumbling blasts of low-end vocal snarls. Nothing to Save was recorded in 4 days in January 2013 in Salt Lake City by Andy Patterson (Gaza, Call of the Void), at the Boar’s Nest. Mastering was done by Jack Control at Enormous Door. Featuring a current member of Denver doom deviants Primitive Man, Reproacher breed hate and disease through sonic decimation."
Elaborates vocalist Joel of the track: “I was listening to an episode of Radio Lab where the topic was theories of consciousness after death, which I think is bullshit, and this guy, David Eagleman, described it as a place where ‘moments do not endure.’ In life, moments do endure. Things that happened in an instant years and miles away stretch out and follow me around wherever I go. A ‘casemate’ is a small space in something like the wall of an ancient city or a fortress which functions as an armored enclosure during battle or for storage. As I come to terms with my past failures and losses, I am increasingly skeptical and pessimistic and I think I just don’t try to connect with people anymore. It turns to shit every time and I don’t have anyone to blame but myself. I put up barriers to vulnerability and I thought a ‘casemate’ was a decent metaphor. It sucks during the times I’m lonely, but I just endure my days and carry on.” More...
Perpetual Dawn has checked in with the following recording update about the "Pale Blue Skies" EP:
"EP recording updates as of May 2013: Slight changes regarding the keyboard recording, I decided instead to complete the EP keyboards together with Josh Young (Astral Winter / Atra Vetosus).
"As a result, I have also just completed all of the guitar recordings; what remains left to do is one more drum track (for a new song composed after the initial drum recordings) and vocals.
"Many more updates to come / ideas in the mix. Thanks to everyone that has supported the demo over the years (and those who have since forgotten about it), I hope that this EP can revitalize the interest of the latter!" More...
Anachronaeon has released the first track off the upcoming 2014 album "The Oracle and The Keyholder." Check out the song "Trading Youth of the Soul for a Crown of Thorns" in the player below.
Anachronaeon 2013 consists of:
Patrik Carlsson - Guitars/Vocals
Andreas Åkerlind - Drums
Kenneth Johansson - Guitars
Mattias Balk - Bass
Necrotic Disgorgement will be releasing "Documentaries of Dementia" this coming June 25th, 2013. Comatose Music comments:
"After nine years since their debut release, Necrotic Disgorgement welcomes the inevitable apocalypse with their highly anticipated second full length release ‘Documentaries of Dementia.’
"Now with the addition of a new vocalist and bassist they have composed a death metal masterpiece that is certain to be the soundtrack for the extinction that awaits us all. Over forty minutes of technical blasting brutality documenting the most ruthless torture killers.
"This album was uniquely crafted and designed for maximum torment with heinous rhythms and intricate lead guitar solos by veteran axemen Tony Tipton and Ben Deskins. The wait is over, consider this your warning and prepare for the carnage…"
After a nearly 2 year long hiatus, Swedish-British modern metal superstars Sonic Syndicate are back in the studio to demo new songs. Check out a short trailer including a first sample of the new Sonic Syndicate sound below.
Commented the band: “The response has been over-whelming from everyone - Thank you! YES, we are back and we have started writing a new album! We always said we would return and never let our fans down; we just had to take a breather and relax because during this time some of us have become parents. Its not that easy to just ditch and jump on a tour bus or into the studio when you've just had a baby! But now we are comfortable to be able to continue - we can't wait to show you what we have planned! We'll be dropping some more video updates on the writing process soon!“
Sonic Syndicate 2013 is:
Nathan James Biggs - vox
Robin Sjunnesson - guitar
Karin Axelsson - bass
John Bengtsson - drums More...
After releasing a music video for the track "When I Lost My Bet," The Dillinger Escape Plan has now released a lyric clip for another track off new album "One Of Us Is The Killer."
Check out the lyric clip for "Prancer" in the YouTube player below. "One Of Us Is The Killer" is due out this coming May 14th, 2013.
On July 5th, 2013 the "Ecstasy of God" album from death metal act Spheron will be released via Apostasy Records. The cover artwork is available below, and the following press release was also issued:
"This challenging and absorbing album was produced together with Christoph Brandes at the Iguana Studios (e.g. Necrophagist, Deadborn, Imperium Dekadenz). The breathtaking cover artwork was painted by no other than the famous artist Eliran Kantor who has already worked with bands like Testament, Hatebreed, Sodom and Atheist. Look forward to more than 52 minutes of atmospheric death metal!"
The track listing is as follows:
01. A Means To An End
02. The Beheaded Coachman
03. Prestige Of The Mortals
04. Saturnian Satellites
05. Clasp The Thorns
06. Prelude To The Misery
07. Five Degrees
08. Pulse Of Instinct
09. Tragedy Of The Clerics
10. Choking On Incense
12. From Glint To Crackling More...
Estonian metal act Emerald has released the "Kharon" album online, which is now available for streaming below or can be purchased over at Bandcamp here. The track listing is as follows:
1. Acheron Pass 00:55
2. Draw The Line 03:53
3. Erased 04:06
4. Gatekeepers 03:56
5. Deviant 04:01
6. Cavaliers 03:21
7. Messenger 03:01
8. Leviathan (feat. Jon Howard) 04:17
9. Northern Sea 03:37
10. Hourglass 04:42
11. Hell Or High Water 03:01 More...
Revelation's Hammer will release a self-titled album via My Kingdom Music this upcoming June 3rd, 2013. Pre-orders are available here, and a teaser trailer can be found below. The track listing is:
1. Obsessed Onslaught
2. Revelation's Hammer
3. Den Blåøyde
4. Buried as Filth
6. The Crown of Malice
The Absence has checked in with the following announcement about releasing a new single:
"Today we are very excited to announced Tuesday, June 4 as the official release date of our new single, Oceans. Pre-orders of the single are now available via our Bandcamp page and bundles of the single with new merchandise are still available via The Absence Merch BigCartel store.
"While the scream for new music from The Absence has been loud enough over the last year, the anticipation level has quickly grown to a boiling point amongst our fans with the recent addition of Scar Symmetry’s Per Nilsson as a permanent member of The Absence camp. Make sure you place your order now and get it first!" More...
Kreator has checked in with the following announcement about a split release with Legion of the Damned:
"New split single with Legion of the Damned! Prior to the live DVD, Blu Ray, and album entitled 'Dying Alive' that will be released in August, this is what will happen:
"2012 was the year of the Kreator – so to speak. The teutonic thrash titans hit the charts worldwide with their highly anticipated new album and label debut 'Phantom Antichrist' and by the end of the year/early 2013 they also led pretty much every reader's poll near and far!
"During their extensive world tour, Kreator also played a sold out show in Oberhausen, Germany where they recorded the entire show. One track of this mind blowing performance in front of thousands of enthusiastic fans, is now available on 7“ vinyl – experience the brutal live force of 'From Flood Into Fire' and get a brand new track from Dutch thrash metal maniacs Legion of the Damned on the B side of this prestigious release, on top!
"Check the single cover, which is a part of the final DVD artwork below. More infos coming soon, so stay tuned!"
Acherontas has posted the song "Set Triumphant - Nubti" online, which can be heard in the player below. The track comes off the band's upcoming album "Amenti (Catacomb Chants & Oneiric Visions)," due out May 17th, 2013. The track listing is:
1. Voluntas Supra Materiam “Vocatio Prima”
2. Amenti - The Lamp Ov The Desert (streaming here)
3. The Stele Ov The Last Conjuration
4. Nebt-Het - Divulgence Of Her Sacral Temples
5. Set Triumphant - Nubti
6. Dissolution (In The Sands Ov Time)
7. Wines of Blood & Pestilence
8. Erset La Tari The Red Temple
9. Vocatio Ultima
Kvelertak is current on tour in the U.S. and the band has checked in with the following announcement about recruiting a fill-in drummer on the road:
"Our drummer Kjetil has been having trouble with his arm and was unfortunately unable to continue our ongoing North America tour. He left home for Norway yesterday to get treatment so that he doesn't permanently damage his hand, which would suck so much balls.
"But, we were lucky to get an awesome replacement in Jay Weinberg (Against Me, Madball, E-street) who learned all the songs and played an amazing set yesterday in Seattle. Kjetil is a hard drummer to replace, but Jay might just be the best replacement imaginable. Thanks Jay!!
"So, the tour will continue as planned, and tonight is our first show ever in Canada! Vancouver, Rickshaw Theatre to be specific. Come down and rage!!" More...
Rhode Island's Howl posted a new music video for "Demonic." The song appears on the sophomore release "Bloodlines," which was just released last week through Relapse Records. The video was directed by Connor Owens. "Bloodlines" is streaming in its entirety at this location.
Check out the video here:
Power Theory has parted ways with vocalist Dave Santini, citing musical differences as the main issue. The band comments:
"A new vocalist and guitarist will be announced in the next week for the forthcoming Warriors of Metal Festival, CD Release, and fall tour dates with Vicious Rumors, Leather Wolf, and Seven Witches. We thank Dave for his run with the band and wish him the best in the future."
Gothenburg's Bombus is currently on the road supporting Danko Jones. To commemorate this tour, Bombus has just released the first single from upcoming Century Media debut, "The Poet and the Parrot."
"Apparatus" gives fans a sneak peek into the full-length that is scheduled to drop worldwide in August 2013. Check out the music video at this location. You can also catch the band live:
5.7--NURNBERG Hirsch (DE)
5.8--2013 LINZ Posthof (AT)
5.9--2013 DORNBIRN Conrad Sohm (AT)
5.10--MILANO Factory (Area 3) (IT)
5.11--SAN ALBERTO DI ZERO BRANCO Parco Altroquando - Maximum Festival VI (IT)
5.12--MARSEILLE Le Moulin (FR)
5.14--BARCELONA Music Hall Barcelona (ES)
5.15--MADRID Sala Arena (ES)
5.16--PORTO Hard Club (PT)
5.17--LISBON TMN ao vivo (PT)
5.18--SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA Sala Capitol (ES)
5.19--GIJON Sala Acapulco (ES)
The Monolith Deathcult's new album "Tetragrammaton" is due out in North America on May 14th. The band has now made the entire album available for streaming through Metal Sucks here.
Pre-orders are also available via the Season of Mist e-shop. The track listing is as follows:
1. God Among Insects
2. Human Wave Attack
3. Drugs, Thugs, & Machetes
4. Todesnacht von Stammheim
6. Qasr Al-Nhaya
7. Aslimu!!! All Slain Those Who Bring Down Our Highly Respected Symbols To The Lower Status Of The Barren Earth More...
Jacksonville Florida's melodic metal quartet Artizan will release sophomore effort "Ancestral Energy" this coming May 10th via Pure Steel Records.
Today the band has teamed up with GuitarWorld.com for a full stream of "Ancestral Energy." Check out the album in its entirety here or via the player below. The following press release was also issued about the band:
"Founded in 2008 by drummer Ty Tammeus, Artizan have established themselves as one of the premier acts in their genre. Although they have created a truly unique sound for themselves, many comparisons to classic Iron Maiden, Queensryche and Fates Warning have been made. Clean, multi-octave vocals, classic riffing, spirited melodies and a touch of progressive elements are woven into the seven tracks on the new album. Matt Barlow (Ex-Iced Earth) is a special guest on the epic 10 minute title track. The album illustration was created by Berlin based artist Eliran Kantor (Testament, Evile, Hatebreed, Atheist, Sigh)." More...
August 6th has been announced as the international release date for Impiety's brand-new "The Impious Crusade" mini-album.
The Singaporean band's first studio recording for Hells Headbangers, "The Impious Crusade" is locked into the maxim of crush/kill/destroy across the five tracks and 22 minutes. The release includes a cult cover of Sorcery's "Lucifer's Legions" and uniquely noble artwork sculpted by Lord Sickness. The track listing is:
1. Arrival of the Assassins
2. Commanding Death & Destroy
3. Accelerate the Annhiliation
4. The Impious Crusade
5. Lucifer's Legions (Sorcery Cover)
Enthuses founding frontman Shyaithan, "Mission accomplished, and honestly really satisfied with how this record turned out! The Impious Crusade is a giant leap ahead from the last Impiety album, and to top this one is going to be severely difficult. But that is what I enjoy most, and shall continue to further challenge myself pushing wider, deeper, and even further beyond boundaries of untamed death and chaos." A release date for the Hells Headbangers vinyl edition of Impiety's Vengeance Hell Immemorial compilation shall be announced shortly. More...
American thrash metal veterans Hirax have posted an update regarding their new studio album, "Immortal Legacy," which will be their first release through their new record label, SPV Records.
A message from vocalist/founding member Katon W. De Pena reads as follows: "We record the new album with legendary producer Bill Metoyer. This is our most epic sounding record to date, sonically powerful and over-the-top. 14 new raging thrash metal songs that will make you bang your head!!!"
The new album is expected to hit the shelves on September 23rd in Europe (September 20th in Germany) with a North American release of September 24th to follow.
Swedish death act Paganizer is streaming the new track "Mass of Parasites." The song is featured on the band's forthcoming LP "World Lobotomy," the ninth full length LP, which is due out on May 10, 2013 via Cyclone Empire Records. Paganizer features vocalist/guitarist Rogga Johansson (The 11th Hour/Demiurg).
The track listing for "World Lobotomy" is:
1. Prelude to the Lobotomy
2. World Lobotomy
3. The Sky on Fire
4. Mass of Parasites
5. As Blood Grows Cold
7. You Call It Deviance
8. As the Maggots Gather
9. Trail of Human Decay
10. The Drowners
11. The Last Chapter
12. Hunt Eat Repeat
Check out "Mass of Parasites" here: More...
Every week we take a look at 3 unsigned bands that stand out from the crowd in our Unearthing the Metal Underground column. This week we take a look at the Los Angeles, California death metal scene.
Having recently moved to Los Angeles from New York, I was very impressed with the scene here. Promoters treating bands with respect and aggressively promoting their shows, grass roots marketing, bands helping each other out, everyone staying to hear every band at every show, and of course tons of talent. Of all the shocks I saw, it was the blending of scenes. There are shows with all genres of metal from brutal death, metalcore, thrash, traditional, and even some hard rock/metal cross over bands. The crowds love them all. The music is heavy and the bands are talented, what more do you need?
Today I am going to focus on three of the death metal bands I've come across from the Whittier area of Los Angeles: Syrebris, Insentient, and Infinite Death. More...
The Resistance, the new metal act featuring ex-In Flames guitarists Jesper Strömblad and Glenn Ljungström along with ex-The Haunted vocalist Marco Aro, posted up a new music video for the track "Clearing the Slate." The song appears on the band's upcoming full length debut LP "Scars," which is scheduled for release on May 10th (EU) via earMusic and May 14th (North America) via Armoury Records.
The track listing for "Scars" is:
1. Clearing the Slate
2. Your Demise
3. To the Death (streaming here)
4. Expand to Expire
6. I Bend - You Break
7. The Serpent King
8. Eye for an Eye
9. My Madness
12. (I Will) Die Alone
Check out "Clearing the Slate" here: More...
Finnish metal veterans Amorphis have announced that they will be embarking on a headling tour of Australia this October, for the first time in the band's twenty three year history.
The tour is in support of the group's latest studio album, "Circle," which was released last month through Nuclear Blast Records and topped the charts in their native Finland.
The scheduled tour dates are as follows:
October 11 - Sydney, Australia - The Factory Theatre
October 12 - Brisbane, Australia - The HiFi
October 14 - Melbourne, Australia - Billboard The Venue
October 16 - Perth, Australia - Capitol