Metal News for June 1, 2012
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Metalhit.com, under license from Firebox Music, has reissued all three albums from Finnish doom metal legends Colosseum. The band is best known for its atmospheric and richly depressive doom compositions. The first album, "Chapter 1: Delirium," is often heralded as a "must have" for all doom enthusiasts. The band boasts Juhani Palomaki, of Yearning fame, on vocals, who sadly passed away in 2010, leading to the band's disbanding.
In spite of this, all three "chapters" of the band's career remain as monoliths for the doom metal scene to engage and appreciate to this day. These three albums are made available again, this time in digipak format with updated art and design. The band's last album, "Chapter 3: Parasomnia" features all new cover artwork. Go to Metalhit.com for more information.
Earache Records is celebrating 25 years of bringing extreme metal to the masses and, as part of the celebrations, has released the "World's Shortest Album," striking fear into the hearts of radio DJs everywhere.
Earache is no stranger to world records, having previously claimed two official Guinness World Records, for the world's shortest single with Napalm Death's "You Suffer," as well as the world's shortest music video with Brutal Truth's "Collateral Damage."
Now, Earache is taking the idea of "shorter, faster, louder" to the extreme, with the shortest, fastest and loudest album around. "Earache: World's Shortest Album" celebrates brevity as an art form, featuring 13 extreme, straight-to-the-point tracks totalling just 87 seconds, smashing the previous 121-second record held by Canadian dance group Chromeo.
The attempt at setting the new record for the world's shortest album has been rejected by Guinness however, which no longer recognizes "world's shortest" records, explaining:
"The nature of competing to make something the 'shortest' by its very nature trivialises the activity being carried out, and Guinness World Records has been forced to reject many claims of this kind. As such, we have been forced to cease listing records for the shortest song, shortest poem and indeed the shortest concert."
"Earache: World's Shortest Album" is still available to the public however, and is out now on iTunes at this location.
The full track listing and times for the album are as follows:
01. Napalm Death - You Suffer (00:04)
02. Napalm Death - Dead (00:05)
03. Napalm Death - Your Achievement (00:06)
04. Wormrot - False Grind Sodomy (00:04)
05. Wormrot - You Suffer But Why Is It My Problem (00:04)
06. Brutal Truth - Collateral Damage (00:04)
07. A.C. - Howard Wulkan's Bald (00:09)
08. Lawnmower Deth - Be Scene Not Heard (00:07)
09. Painkiller - Trailmarker (00:08)
10. Brutal Truth - Blockhead (00:07)
11. Morbid Angel - Bil Ur-Sag #2 Lava (00:06)
12. A.C. - Windchimes Are Gay (00:10)
13. Insect Warfare - Street Sweeper (00:13)
Total running time - 01:27
Vesperia, formerly known as Bolero, is now presenting the band's latest track "A Silence In Prolonging (In Longing)," which is the fourth and final free download from the new demo "The Swordsman." Check out the song in the player below or at this location.
Vesperia will also be on tour with fellow metal warriors Crimson Shadows playing the following dates in Ontario. "For the Glory of the Swordsman" Tour Dates:
June 1, 2012 – The Granite Club - North Bay, ON w/ Crimson Shadows, The Killing Field
June 2, 2012 – The Serbian Centre - Sudbury, ON w/ Crimson Shadows, Before the Black Gates
June 8, 2012 – The Corktown Pub - Hamilton, ON w/ Crimson Shadows, Deathmarch
June 9, 2012 – Dominion House Tavern - Windsor, ON w/ Crimson Shadows, Aeron's Wake
June 15, 2012 - Hard Luck Bar - Toronto, ON w/ Valfreya, Protokult, Nordheim
June 22, 2012 – The Atria - Oshawa, ON w/ Crimson Shadows
June 29, 2012 – The Brass Monkey - Ottawa, ON w/ Sonburst, Crimson Shadows, Signs of Chaos More...
Like an encompassing dust storm full of fire and broken whiskey bottles and expended weed smoke, Tucson, Arizona's Godhunter is preparing to suffocate the planet with devastating hymns this year. The following press release has been issued about Godhunter performing new tour dates and working on new material:
"Through diehard D.I.Y. ethics and self-promotion, Godhunter have preyed upon the weak-minded scenesters and have defied pigeonholing genre classifications through a savage amalgamation of sheer heaviness, both live and through recorded proof via several EPs, split releases and compilation inclusions since their 2009 formation. All five members of the band are heavily involved in the local scene and hail from other previous and current acts across the region, yet bring their most ferocious dynamics to life in Godhunter; the result is a sludge-bred sub-hardcore blend of caustic riffery laced with multiple scathing vocal approaches.
"Godhunter' latest output, the 2011-released 'Wolves,' showcases the band's most crushing material to date, and while considered by the band to be an EP, the beast clocks in with over 32-minutes of material. Stream Wolves in its entirety now at Godhunter's Bandcamp page.
"With local and regional touring a constant part of the Godhunter mission of intent, the band have supported national acts including St. Vitus, Crowbar, The Sword, Red Fang, Early Graves, The Atlas Moth, Intronaut and Black Tusk in addition to countless indie acts. 2012 will bring much more touring to the table for the band as new live assaults are announced over the coming months. The band will also record/release several other indie releases over the coming months before investing time into a brand new full-length late in the year." More...
Singaporean grindcore trio Wormrot is due to kick off a European tour tonight in Bath, UK. The band will be grinding its way around the UK for ten shows, before heading on to mainland Europe for a mixture of festival appearances and club shows, including three shows in Italy with Swedish grindcore legends Nasum.
Wormrot frontman Arif Tot recently spoke with This Thing Called Progress ahead of the tour. An excerpt from the interview follows: "When it comes to touring, no matter if it's in Europe, US or Asia, personally, I get nervous every single time dude. But knowing that we will be meeting our old and new friends across Europe is a pretty fucking amazing feeling. Touring is basically the only time off from reality. Not worrying about anything else and just grind the fuck out."
Read the full interview at this location. Don't miss Womrot on tour at the following shows:
Jun. 01 - Bath, UK - Green Park Tavern
Jun. 02 - Nottingham, UK - The Old Angel
Jun. 03 - Birmingham, UK - Asylum 2
Jun. 04 - Sunderland, UK - The Borough
Jun. 05 - Glasgow, UK - 13th Note
Jun. 06 - Leeds, UK - The Fox and Newt
Jun. 07 - Manchester, UK - Star and Garter
Jun. 08 - Cardiff, UK - Bogiez
Jun. 09 - London, UK - Unicorn
Jun. 10 - Plymouth, UK - White Rabbit More...
Having formed in 1988, Pittsburgh's Derketa are the first all-female death metal band. When Terri and Mary left in 1991 to pursue other musical interests, Sharon continued Derketa recordings with the help of friends, primarily Jim Sadist from NunSlaughter. In 2006 it was decided to reform Derketa with the original lineup, this time with Robin Mazen (ex-Demonomacy) on bass and Mary Bielich assisting on guitar.
Now, after having several split releases and the "Premature Burial" EP, Derketa has issued its first full-length album after only a 24 year wait, "In Death We Meet," on Necroharmonic Productions. Check out a fan-made tribute clip for the new album below. Coming later this year a new horror comic book called Death Shreik will be coming out, featuring five short horror comic stories, each based on a song each by Derketa and the following four death metal bands: Rottrevore, Grave Descent, Acrostichon and Hubris.
After a few weeks without any significant heavy presence, the Rock Band Network has again added some new tracks to help metal fans kick off their weekend. The following songs are now available on the Xbox 360 version of the game:
Asking Alexandria – “Reckless & Relentless” (160 MSP)
The Burial – “Pearls; The Frailty of Matter” (80 MSP)
The Burial – “Pearls; The Frailty of Matter (2x Bass Pedal)” (80 MSP)
Daas Bosh – “Eternal Divine Angel Death (RB3 version)” (80 MSP)
Hopes Die Last – “Never Trust the Hazel Eyed (2x Bass Pedal)” (160 MSP)
Wolfcrusher – “Skeletonizer” (80 MSP)
These tracks are also coming to the PS3 on 6/5/2012 (North America) and 6/6/2012 (Europe):
Anarchy Club - "Riddle Me This" ($0.99)
I Am Abomination - "Examination" ($1.99)
Italian power/progressive metal act Adramelch, featuring Time Machine drummer Sigfrido Percich, recently signed a deal with Pure Prog Records/Pure Steel Records for the release of the "Lights From Oblivion" album. You can now check out a trailer for the album in the player available below. Pure Prog Records also commented:
"With their new album Adramelch did not take the easy path by copying themselves, but developed their style with a great sense of phantasy, which gives them any possibilities for the future to come. With 'Lights From Oblivion' they will inspire their present fans as well as reaching new listeners, that were not used to the band before. This comes because Adramelch prove in 2012 once again, that they are one of these precious phenomena, that music history very rarely bears!"
Melbourne death metal horde Ignivomous has finally released its nine-track second album "Contragenesis" on Nuclear War Now! Productions/Sevared Records. This album features the drumming of ex-Abominator/Destroyer 666 percussionist Chris Volcano. Below is the full album which you may stream in the widget or head over to Bandcamp to do so.
Two separate anthems from grindsmiths Primate's debut LP "Draw Back a Stump" have been set loose on a public rampage this week. Today fans can hear the raging track "Pride" via a Relapse lyric video in the player below.
Recently, Metal Injection also included the album's opening/title track "Draw Back a Stump" on an exclusive twenty-song Relapse podcast downloadable right here.
After an initial 1000-run CD pressing released by the band directly in 2011 was quickly devoured by an immediately ravenous fanbase, Primate will re-unleash the debut album "Draw Back A Stump" via Relapse on July 3rd through CD, LP and deluxe digital download formats. The seven hymns from the initial version now include additional rhythm guitars and have been remixed and remastered, and are joined with three previously-unreleased bonus tracks for this edition. Pre-orders for the album are available here. More...
Australian noise-sludge pioneers Whitehorse begin their massive month-long American tour with New York’s Batillus this week.
The pummeling cross-country festivities kicked off in Austin last night at this year’s Chaos In Tejas where Whitehorse tore down Red 7 alongside Nasum, Phobia, Mass Grave and others, with a second CIT show scheduled for this Sunday with Dragged Into Sunlight, Cough, Cross, Theories and Batillus. From there Whitehorse and Batillus branch off together for another full month of devastating shows together, also joining a plethora of other incredible acts along the way including Northless, Unearthly Trance, Landmine Marathon, Brainoil, Vastum, Theories, their brothers/labelmates The Body and more.
6/03/2012 Hotel Vegas – Austin, TX @ Chaos in Tejas w/ Dragged Into Sunlight, Cough
6/04/2012 White Water Tavern – Little Rock, AR w/ Batillus, As Dogs, Firing Order
6/05/2012 Cafe Berlin – Columbia, MO w/ Batillus, Battlement
6/06/2012 Duffy’s Tavern – Lincoln, NE w/ Batillus, Ezra
6/07/2012 Rathole – Minneapolis, MN w/ Batillus, Svoboda, Lungs
6/08/2012 Quarters – Milwaukee, WI w/ Batillus, Northless
6/09/2012 Maritime Tavern – Appleton, WI w/ Batillus
6/10/2012 The Double Door – Chicago, IL w/ Batillus, Making Ghosts, Alma Negra, Lost Dog
6/11/2012 Kopec’s – Pittsburgh, PA w/ Batillus, Slices, Ljebestod
6/12/2012 Acheron – Brooklyn, NY w/ Batillus, Unearthly Trance
6/13/2012 Machines With Magnets – Providence, RI w/ Batillus
6/14/2012 Kung-Fu Necktie – Philadelphia, PA w/ Batillus
6/15/2012 Golden West – Baltimore, MD w/ Batillus, Mind As Prison
6/16/2012 Strange Matter – Richmond, VA w/ Landmine Marathon
6/17/2012 The Get Down – Asheville, NC
6/18/2012 Karate Dungeon – Greensboro, NC
6/19/2012 The 529 – Atlanta, GA w/ Hot Graves, Aku You, Überchiist
6/20/2012 The Brass Mug – Tampa, FL w/ Hot Graves
6/21/2012 C Level – Panama City, FL w/ Hot Graves, Coeur, Death Before Dying
6/22/2012 Siberia – New Orleans, LA w/ Hot Graves
6/23/2012 TBA – Austin, TX
6/24/2012 H and H Lounge – Shreveport, LA w/ Wall And Sky, Cosmic Naught
6/25/2012 Soundpony – Tulsa, OK w/ Senior Fellows, Common Fears
6/26/2012 1810 Broadway – Albuquerque, NM w/ Appalachian Terror Unit, Drought, Contortionist
6/27/2012 Yucca Tap Room – Phoenix, AZ w/ Rituals, Fanapth, OSSU
6/28/2012 The Shakedown – San Diego, CA w/ Sodomia, Looming
6/29/2012 The Joint – Los Angeles, CA w/ Sodomia, Pigeonwing
6/30/2012 Oakland Metro Side Room – Oakland, CA w/ Brainoil, Permanent Ruin, Reivers
7/01/2012 The Elbo Room (matinee show) – San Francisco, CA w/ Vastum, Laudanum
7/02/2012 The Alibi – Arcata, CA w/ Satya Sena
7/03/2012 Plan B – Portland, OR w/ Atriarch, The Body, Usnea
7/05/2012 The Shakedown – Bellingham, WA w/ The Body
7/06/2012 The Highline – Seattle, WA w/ The Body, Satya Sena, Golgothan Sunrise
New York's In The Casket has issued the following announcement about finishing the recording for a new album:
"Hello everyone, well we finished up recording the new CD today and we cannot wait to release it. We are working on mixing now and then we will be releasing it on July 14 at our CD release show at Trickshot Billiards in Clifton Park, NY.
"It will also be available online starting the same day, it will be available for digital download or you can order a physical copy as well. The album is called 'You Could get Hit By a Truck' and it is the first of two that we are releasing in 2012, the other is planned for December.
"We also have some great shows coming up, and in the past 2 weeks we got to play with some of our favorite bands as well, including Watain, Black Anvil, Mobile Deathcamp, and Macabre. We are doing a mini tour this month and we leave NY on June 13.
"Our first stop on the trip is New Orleans on June 14, then Dothan, Alabama on the 15th and 16th followed by a couple more last minute dates down south we are finalizing. Upcoming shows after that include dates with Municipal Waste, 3 Inches of Blood, Black Tusk, Fleshgod Apocalypse, Kataklysm, Vital Remains, Rose Funeral, and Deicide."
Germany's Into Darkness recently released its full-length debut, "Dysphoria," on Rising Nemesis/Sevared Records. The band is streaming four songs from this ten-track release over on YouTube. The official "Dysphoria" CD release party will be at Cafe Central in Weinhem, Germany on June 16th. Into Darkness will be supported by the bands Epicedium, Zombieslut, Bosedeath and Abrasive at the show. Check out an upload of the track "Change of Course" from "Dysphoria" below.
Despite Exile has posted a lyric video online for the song "Mechanical," which can be found below. The following press release was also issued:
"Tired of the same old lyric videos? Dig the concept of them, just need something new, fun, and different in order to watch one all the way through without turning it into background noise? Today, Italian progressive metallers Despite Exile have released their new music video for 'Mechanical,' which is being exclusively premiered via BlankTV. This interactive look of a video is a total blast, and whether you’re a vocalist, guitarist, bassist, drummer, or fan of music in general - take a few minutes to check out one of the fastest rising bands of 2012."
“Mechanical” is the 3rd and final track off of Despite Exile’s latest EP, "Re-Evolve," which was released on May 15th, 2012. More...
Saxon has issued the following announcement about postponing the band's show in Hatfield due to vocal issues:
"Hi everybody, we are in the middle of our studio work and recording right now some vocals. I have got a throat infection and it hurts quite a bit. We have made the decision to postpone the show in Hatfield into September/October.
"It would be too risky to play an hour and 45 minutes and drive after the show up to Donington as we are on quite early and this could be a serious damage to my voice. Because of this we are thinking that we shouldn't risk the Download appearance and album. We are very sorry to cause you problems with travel and hotels but hopefully letting you know early is better than finding out the night before. It's not cancelled! We will let you know a new date ASAP and maybe we play you a couple of new songs. I hope you all understand and have a great time at Donington!"
The band also followed that message up with the following addendum:
"Saxon is playing Download! To avoid any misunderstandings we want to let everybody know that Saxon only postponed their Show in Hatfield. That won't effect their appearance in Donington!
"Saxon are really looking forward to the Show at Download and are sure to celebrate a fantastic gig! See ya all in Donington!"
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Napalm Records has issued the following statement about wanting fans to vote for the "McMetal" burger to appear in Austrian McDonald's restaurants:
"Here it is – the official 'McMETAL!' Captain Napalm’s favorite burger! Don't hesitate and vote for it! With enough votes we can get this into the Austrian McDonald's!"
Check out the "McMetal" burger below, or head over to the voting page at this location.
Grammy nominated alt-metal group Spineshank has announced that the band will be heading out on a first headlining tour in over 6 years. Making up for the long absence from the road, the band has set dates for a lengthy tour spanning nearly two months. Support bands will be announced shortly and a list of confirmed dates can be seen below.
June marks a huge month for Spineshank. The band will also be releasing brand new album "Anger Denial Acceptance" on June 19th in North America via Century Media Records. The first single from the album, "Nothing Left For Me," can be heard in the player below. More...
Titans Eve is gearing up to unleash a second full-length album, titled "Life Apocalypse," and the band has now posted a preview of the album online, which can be viewed below. The album is available for pre-order with a free T-shirt on the Titans Eve bandcamp page for a limited time only.
After touring North America last summer in support of debut album "The Divine Equal," Titans Eve returned the studio to begin work on the 11 track follow-up thrasher "Life Apocalypse," produced by the band and recorded by Sacha Laskow of Divinity at Perfect Fifth Studios in Calgary, AB.
"We're all very excited to start sharing 'Life Apocalypse' with fans. This is just taste of what's to come from this head banging summer soundtrack. So turn it all the way up, grab a bottle of your favourite drink and start doing shots to the moshing sounds of Titans Eve," says guitarist Kyle Gamblin.
Following the release of "Life Apocalypse" this summer on Friday, July 13th, Titans Eve will once again pile into the “Titan Train” (i.e. the band's 2007 Ford E-350 van) and travel across Canada. More...
Vampires Everywhere! has been gearing up for the release of sophomore album, "Hellbound and Heartless," which will be out on June 19th via Hollywood Waste Records. Highlighting a darker side of the band two tracks from the new album, "Drug of Choice" and "I Can't Breathe," can be heard in the clips below.
While the band was in the studio recording "Hellbound and Heartless," Hollywood Waste had a chance to sit down with vocalist Michael Vampire to talk about the new album, lineup changes and more. A new video addressing the band's favorite horror flicks, favorite tracks on the new record and more are available after the jump. More...
Over the past few years, Nachtmystium has been heralded for a unique brand of psychedelic black metal, earning "album of the year" accolades and praise for "Black Meddle Pt.1: Assassins" (2008) and "Black Meddle Pt. 2: Addicts" (2010) (reviewed here).
But as a band that's always on the move, the Chicago outfit is ready to bring 6th full length album, "Silencing Machine," back to the more traditional black metal sound found on break-through album, "Instinct: Decay" (2006). Recorded at Engine Studios with the band's own synths/electronics specialist Sanford Parker (Yob, Pelican) handling Producer duties, "Silencing Machine is," as front-man/lead guitarist Blake Judd puts it, "A fuckin' black metal record."
"Silencing Machine" is set to be released on July 30th in Europe and July 31st in North America via Century Media Records. For a first preview of what's to come, the album's artwork (created by Rebecca Clegg), title track, and an exclusive interview with Judd are now available on Pitchfork.com's "Show No Mercy" at this location. More...
Chapel Hill, NC based act Horseback has teamed up with RCRDLBL to offer a song as a free download off the band's new album "Half Blood." Stream or download the song "Ahriman" in the widget below or by heding over here.
The new album "Half Blood" was released last month through Relapse Records and is available for ordering at this location.
"Half Blood" was recorded by Jenks at The Chateau and according to a press release is a "true synthesis of the eclectic sounds the band has explored in the past. The material on Half Blood is an amalgamation of drone, doom, black-metal, psychedelia, post-rock, noise, and ambience recorded with a wide array of instruments including guitar, bass, drums, keys, piano, bells, contact mics, field recordings, drum programming, noise and various signal processors." More...
Norwegian avant-garde rock outfit, Ulver, has updated the Childhood’s End mini-site here with a stream of the band’s rendition of We The People’s, “In the Past.” You can also check out the song in the player below.
"Childhood’s End," a 16-track collection of psychedelic rock covers recorded in unique fashion by one of Scandinavia’s most passionate and diverse bands, is due out June 5th via Kscope. The track listing is as follows:
1. Bracelets of Fingers (The Pretty Things)
2. Everybody’s Been Burned (The Byrds)
3. The Trap (Bonniwell’s Music Machine)
4. In the Past (Chocolate Watchband)
5. Today (Jefferson Airplane)
6. Can You Travel in the Dark Alone? (Gandalf)
7. I Had Too Much to Dream Last Night (Electric Prunes)
8. Street Song (The 13th Floor Elevators)
9. 66-5-4-3-2-1 (Troggs)
10. Dark is the Bark (Left Banke)
11. Magic Hollow (Beau Brummels)
12. Soon There Will Be Thunder (Common People)
13. Velvet Sunsets (Music Emporium)
14. Lament of the Astral Cowboy (Curt Boettcher)
15. I Can See the Light (Les Fleur De Lys)
16. Where is Yesterday (United States Of America) More...
In Solitude, after having spent several weeks crisscrossing North America with Behemoth, Watain, and The Devil's Blood, is finally ready to unveil the band's first music video. "To Her Darkness," the atmospheric new video directed by Johan Bååth, is streaming exclusively via Pitchfork's Show No Mercy feature. The track is the sixth cut from In Solitude's most recent album, "The World.The Flesh.The Devil." (reviewed here)
In Solitude's vocalist, Hornper, elaborates on the creative process behind the new piece of art, "We have now explored her further. This time in a field within which we've undeniably have had very little experience nor vocation. It's a series of portraits. Attempted visual translations. A fragile breach. Mirroring certain aspects and fragments of the experiences lying in the basis for the song's emergence, and its lyrics. The creative collaboration Johan Bååth and everyone involved was a very rewarding experience for us. And as our first attempt with this medium, we are very thankful to him for working with us. Not to mention his crew and the great contribution of Anna Norberg, Erik Danielsson and Marie Larsson, for which we are incredibly grateful."
Nonpoint has issued the following announcement about streaming a new advance track titled "I Said It" online:
"Here's a sneak peak for all of you patiently waiting for the next Nonpoint album! Stream 'I Said It' (advance mix) at the link below or head over to our website for a free download!"
Swedish black metallers Marduk will be releasing their 12th studio album, "Serpent Sermon" (reviewed here)on June 5th in North America.
To hear Serpent Sermon before release day, be sure to check out the exclusive album stream on CVLT Nation.com at this location.
The "Serpent Sermon" track listing is as follows:
1. Serpent Sermon
2. Messianic Pestilence
3. Souls For Belial
4. Into Second Death
5. Temple Of Decay
6. Damnation's Gold
7. Hail Mary (Piss-Soaked Genuflexion)
9. Gospel Of The Worm
10. World Of Blades
The limited-edition mediabook CD will also include the studio bonus track "Coram Satanae."
Wedding In Hades is streaming its second full-length album "Misbehaviour" over on Bandcamp. The eight-song outing, released on Solitude Productions/BadMoodMan Music, is another trapse into the gothic stylings of this Saint Brieuc, France band. Stream all eight songs below in the player.
Canada's The Agonist is streaming the entire new LP "Prisoners" exclusively over at Loudwire at this location. The album is set for release on June 4, 2012 (EU) and June 5, 2012 (North America) through Century Media Records.
The track listing for "Prisoners" is as follows:
1. You're Coming With Me
2. The Escape
3. Predator & Prayer
4. Anxious Darwinians
7. Lonely Solipsist
8. Dead Ocean
9. The Mass Of The Earth
10. Everybody Wants You (dead)
11. Revenge Of The Dadaists
Warriors of Metal, Inc. has announced the lineup and location of the Warriors Of Metal Fest V Open Air's Pre-Fest Showcase taking place on Thursday, June 28th at The Shrunken Head Rock Club at 251 West 5th Avenue in Columbus, OH. In order of appearance, the participating bands are as follows: Youngstown, OH power thrash metal band MeteorFall will kickstart the show, followed by Marietta, Ohio's KLNZR.
Chillicothe, OH veterans of WOM Fest I, II & IV, Age Of Distrust (AOD) will keep the audience warm for the "Massachusetts Metal Invasion of Ohio" which will be initiated by Worcester, MA's Skull Hammer playing direct support to the former Metal Blade recording artists and headliner of the night, Ravage. Carbondale, Illinois' ZüüL will keep the energy high and last but not least, Framingham, Massachusetts' speed metallers of Seax will bring the night to a high octane conclusion.
All attendees shall receive a raffle ticket at the door for a drawing of a "Bag'O'Metal" prize at the end of the show. For more information, head over to the Warriors Of Metal website.
Portugual's Shadowsphere releases their new album, "Inferno," today, June 1, 2012, and Metalunderground.com has an exclusive full album stream for our readers. “Inferno” is Shadowsphere's third full-length album, following two full length records and one EP. The band's previous release was six years ago with "Hellbound Heart" (2006). These releases garnered strong accolades in the band's homeland, but the band remains fairly obscure throughout the rest of the world.
The long gap between releases can be attributed to lineup changes, with a major reshuffling occuring in 2010. The band's current lineup for "Inferno" is as follows:
Luis Miguel Goulão - Guitar
Ricardo Trincheiras - Guitar
Emídio Ramos - Drums
João Sousa - Bass
Paulo Gonçalves - Vocals
Here's the complete "Inferno" track listing:
1. INFERNO (Intro)
2. Within The Serpent's Grasp
3. Sworn Enemy
4. Dead Behind My Eyes
5. Suicide Reign Of Salvation
6. Bullet Train
7. The Hurt Locker (Instrumental)
10. Screaming Silence
11. Alone At The End Of The World
You can hear more of the band's music and follow them on their Facebook page.
Brazilian power metal band Scelerata posted a new song entitled "Must Be Dreaming." The song features a duet with vocalist Fabio Juan along with Helloween vocalist Andi Deris. The song will appear on the band's third LP "The Sniper," due out this July through Voice Music. The latest release from the band is the 2008 album "Skeletons Domination."
Check out "Must Be Dreaming" here:
Chilean power metal band Inferis has been confirmed to support Rhapsody Of Fire this coming June 26th at Teatro Caupolicán in Santiago, Chile. The band will perform its new EP "Lead The Chain," which will be available via Digmetalworld Records for free download on June 18th. Before the release of the EP, Inferis will launch a music video for the title track "Lead the Chain" on June 11th via its website. Watch the promo video of "Lead The Chain," where you can see Oliver Garcia recording the vocal track for it, after the jump. The tracklisting of the EP "Lead The Chain" is as follows:
1. Lead The Chain
2. I've Been The Wind
3. When Men Collide (Live)
4. Think About it (Live)
Following their recent rampage across Europe for several weeks, Washington's whiplash-inducers Black Breath have just confirmed their first tours of Mexico and Japan.
Following a previously-announced headlining slot on the Southern Lord label package tour -- where Black Breath will rage the U.S. for a month with support from labelmates Enabler, Burning Love and Martyrdöd and tons more -- the newest set of dates will kick off just a week later. The Seattle stormtroopers will do a trio of dates in Southern California, including a set at the massive 3-day Sound And Fury Festival, before crossing into Mexico for a five-date trek. Less than a month after the band return from the Mexico tour, the 'Breath will trek across the globe for a five-date headlining assault on Japan. Upcoming dates are as follows: More...
Six years ago, Chris Hathcock was an established drummer for a death metal band in North Carolina when he decided to leave and create his own band. The project he created in his home studio, The Reticent, reflected a more acoustic and introspective side to him. Ever since the first album, "Hymns for the Dejected," Chris has carved out a niche as a dark balladeer with his band. Now on its third album, this one-man band/vehicle for Chris' inner musings has really started to create its own following. The Reticent's Chris Hathcock joins us today to discuss his latest album "Le Temps Detruit Tout" and gives us an inner look at what music and themes have been occupying his thoughts. More...
Udo Dirkschneider of U.D.O. will be appearing on Jettblack's new album "Raining Rock," which will be released this coming June 4th, 2012. Check out Udo with Jettblack on the bonus version of the title track "Raining Rock." You can also find the album's cover artwork below.
In other U.D.O. news, the band has released a 25th Anniversary album entitled "Celebrator," with the full track listing and a teaser trailer available at this location.
Bondage has issued the following announcement about releasing a new EP:
"Are we dead? The EP is ready, including 3 songs of our upcoming album + T-shirt and a Bondage sticker.
2. Dust of your Past
"It's heavy, rough, and raw!"
The moshing beast F.K.Ü. (Freddy Krueger’s Underwear) has signed a new contract with Napalm Records. Vocalist Larry Lethal from F.K.Ü. comments:
"Greetings moshoholics! We are proud to announce that we have partnered up with the mighty Napalm Records in order to spread the message of mosh worldwide. We started off as a DIY band but have now reached the point where it is better for us to focus on the art and let someone else handle the business. We hope this will be a long and fruitful relationship and we know it will be very beneficial to all you moshoholics out there. We salute Napalm Records and look forward to releasing our 4th album. More details surrounding this release will be coming soon, so stay tuned…"
Napalm Records also issued the following biography about the band:
"F.K.Ü. first raised its ugly head back in 1987. But after just a handful of something that was supposed to be rehearsals but more resembled cheap beer and pizza fights, the band fell into a hiatus. It wasn't until confronted with a strange guy called Larry in early 1997 that the band considered bringing the slumbering beast back to life again. After the overwhelming response of the 20-song demo "Beware of the Evil Underwear"recorded in 1998, the guys decided to put some more effort in, so they spent nine days in Dugout Studios with engineer Daniel Bergstrand to lay down the classic tracks that would come to complete their moshing magnum opus 'Metal Moshing Mad.' The 22-track mosher showed the world that it’s still possibleto have good, friendly, violent fun and create music that makes you diving to get to the nearest mosh pit. After the release and some successful festival the band slowed down the pace as the members also paid their dues in other metal acts, taking up more and more of their precious moshing time. More...
Kreator has posted the following message online about the band's Metalfest Austria show being cancelled:
"To all metalheads at the Metalfest in Austria. Unfortunately, the fire department didn't approve our show at the Metalfest in Austria due safety and security issues.
"After a short but fierce hailstorm, the whole stage and the stage environment where in the deep water (see picture), that the fire department had prohibited performances on this stage. Behemoth and Kreator had to cancel their shows.
"A new date within the Metalfest tour will unfortunately not happen. Kreator went directly to the next Metalfest (Dessau) due the strict festival schedule. We're very sorry, Austria. The Kreatorwill return!"
In other Kreator news, the band will be hitting the road with Morbid Angel and Nile for a European tour in November and December.
I Spit Ashes has issued the following update about releasing the new album "Inhaling Blackness - Reflecting Light" through Massacre Records:
"On August 24th it's time! Inhaling Blackness - Reflecting Light shows up in stores worldwide... and everything will turn to ashes! Here's the most important information, the tracklist:
3. Cracks In The Mirror
5. Crossing The Borderline
6. One Star per Tear
7. Error Concept I
8. Towards The Sun
9. My Ulysses
10. When Daylight Dies
11. Moonray Guidance
"Total running time: 40:24 min. Released vai Massacre Records and produced by Kristian 'Kohle' Kohlmannslehner (Powerwolf, Crematory, Benighted), Cover artwork by Jan Yrlund / Darkgrove Design (e.g. Apocalyptica, Manowar, Legion Of The Damned, Korpiklaani, Impaled Nazarene, Stratovarius)
"We're gonig to play a big release show at the Rumpsteak festival 2012 on August 25th (e.g. Suidakra, Orden Ogan)! Don't miss it and buy your ticket right here. Check out the new stuff at Facebook." More...
Canadian extreme metal outfit, The Devin Townsend Project, has announced that the band will be embarking on a co-headlining run of North America this Autumn, along with Swedish metal veterans Katatonia, with whom they will rotate headlining slots. British gothic metal legends Paradise Lost are also on the bill as direct support, with Stolen Babies confirmed as the trek's openers.
Speaking on the tour, Townsend stated: "So after a break in which we've managed to finish the live DVDs from the London shows (‘By A Thread’) as well as our surprisingly epic new record, 'Epicloud'...We're about to start getting into touring mode again, and it pleases me to announce that we'll be with some wonderful bands this Fall. I think this package pretty much covers the gamut of emotional heavy music, and really...It'll be nice to share the stage with some passionate folks who live for their music as much as we do. Again, we can't thank you enough for supporting what we do and allowing us to play for you. It will be nice to catch up, and we hope to see you there!"
Katatonia's Anders Nystrom adds: "A better bill than this will be hard to find!"
The tour dates are as follows: More...
American death metal legends Morbid Angel have announced their first headlining tour of North America in six years, which will be in support of their latest studio album, "Illud Divinum Insanus." Joining them on the trek will be Swedish acts Grave and Dark Funeral, as well as Vadimvon on the East Coast.
The tour dates are as follows: More...
This week Fuel From Hell offers up a new video, Ugly Kid Joe returns with “Devil’s Paradise” (as does the NEW Great White), and in the name of charity, a bonus SIXX:A.M. video makes an appearance. More...
Swedish apocalyptic post metal act AtomA posted a new music video for the track "Rainmen." The song appears on the debut album "Skylight," which was released at the end of March through Napalm Records. For a review of the album, head on over to this location.
Check out "Rainmen" here: