Metal News for June 1, 2015
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35 news articles posted on this day.
Although the band is set to hit North American venues in October and November, Blind Guardian has cancelled two upcoming Russian shows. The band comments:
"Considering unfavorable Russian currency rate, current period of time and other economic reasons we cannot carry out Blind Guardian shows in Yekaterinburg and Samara in a way they must be carried out.
"The decision has been made to postpone the shows in these cities till things go better. We apologize for the inconveniences. The refund information for the Yekaterinburg and Samara shows will be provided by your ticket agent.
"At the same time we inform you that the shows in Moscow, St Petersburg and Minsk will take place as planned, at the same venues and on the same dates. No changes there.
"We would also like to point out that that you can come to the shows in Moscow or St. Petersburg with the Yekaterinburg and Samara tickets at no extra cost."
Helsinki's At The Hollow has a new music video out now for "Numbed," taken off debut album "What I Hold Most Dear."
The clip is stark, filmed in black + white, and features a graceful ice skater. Check it out below. The "What I Hold Most Dear" track listing is as follows:
1. Was It Worth It
4. Dead Memories
5. Withered Speech
6. Second Time
8. Last Hour
9. Watch & Learn
11. Let's Eat Them More...
Brazilian guitarist Luís Kalil has a song online featuring Edu Falaschi and Iuri Sanson, titled "Mr Fire." Check it out through a lyric video available below, produced and edited by Dudu Oliveira.
The song comes from Kalil's debut album, "Insight," produced by Renato Osorio, with mixing and mastering handled by Benhur Lima, both of Hibria.
Chicago/Baltimore-based avant black/industrial experimental trio Locrian has issued "An Index Of Air," the first single from impending "Infinite Dissolution" LP, due out July 24th.
Amidst the band's nearly two-dozen releases over the past decade, "Infinite Dissolution" will mark Locrian's second album Relapse Records.
One of the most determined tracks on "Infinite Dissolution," the nearly eight-minute-long "An Index Of Air" is subdivided into three movements -- i. Divinations, ii. Air Structures, iii. and Watcher Of The Clouds -- the track encompassing the apex of the record. The track delivers a permeating vision of our planet in environmental peril, as does the rest of the album, which is inspired by the book, "The Sixth Extinction," a futurist look at the current mass extinction of Earth which our generation attempts to thrive within every day.
Locrian is here joined by Dana Schechter of Insect Ark on slide guitar and Erica Burgner-Hannum of The Holy Circle on vocals, whose contributions help shape the segments of the song. Issues Locrian on the intense track:
"'An Index Of Air' was written as a three part suite with the first part, 'Divinations,' being the calling forth of the atmosphere and trying to read the future from it. 'Air Structures' takes its name from a Brian Eno/Robert Fripp live bootleg but is a narrative about the realization that the air being called forth will kill us and that we have brought this on ourselves. And 'Watcher Of The Clouds' is a play on the Genesis song 'Watcher Of The Skies,' but is also the shift in narrative voice where we predict a new atmosphere must be formed after humanity is extinct." More...
Kill Ritual has finished work on new CD “Karma Machine,” encompassing 10 tracks finding the band going from heavy to melodic while retaining thrash roots.
The CD was once again produced by guitarist Steven D. Rice and mixed/mastered by King Diamond guitarist Andy LaRocque. Artwork was completed by longtime Kill Ritual artist Jobert Mello. The CD also marks the debut of new vocalist David Reed Watson and drummer Koryun Bobikyan. Due out later this year, the track listing is as follows:
1. Just A Cut
3. The Enemy Inside
4. The Key
5. Karma Machine
6. My Green Room
8. Feel The Cycle
9. Land Of The Dead
10. The Camera’s Eye More...
Dark Suns has released studio footage of the band working on new material, with the group also briefly commenting: "Big hugs and high fives! A monster is tamed! All drums and bass recorded! Great job guys!!!"
Finnish outfit Children Of Bodom has released the following message online about parting ways with guitarist Roope Latvala:
"Dear COB Hatecrew, we need to share something with you at this point. Our friend, brother, and a guitar player for 12 years, Roope, is no longer with the band.
"As we parted ways with no bad blood, we wish him nothing but the best and thank him for allowing us to share the last 12 years of our lives with him.
"Hope you know that this will not affect the upcoming shows or the new album as we recorded it as a four piece and it is already mixed, mastered, heavy as shit and ready to go! Enough said, See you soon!"
This upcoming new album, with details on the horizon, will follow the 2013 release "Halo Of Blood" (reviewed here).
Hortus Animae has released live footage of the band performing a cover of Jethro Tull's "Aqualung," shot at the BloodRed Cave Fest MMXV. The Hortus Animae live lineup consists of:
Martyr Lucifer – vocals
Hypnos – guitars
Bless – keyboards, backing vocals
MG Desmadre – guitars, backing vocals
Adamant – bass
Klaus Spellthrower – drums
Aversions Crown has a new lyric video online for the track "Parasites," which was mixed and mastered by Jesse Kirkbride at Kirkbride Recordings.
Eden's Curse has released an 18 minute video tour diary online showcasing the band's recent shows in Germany and Holland with Freedom Call and Rebellious Spirit. Check it out below.
The band also recently dropped "Live With the Curse" and you can see a clip from that live release over at this location.
Chicago's Pound Of Flesh (featuring former Ministry keyboardist Darrell James) recently released latest album "Pills" via WuLi Records and INgrooves Music Group.
Today, the band is dropping a brand new music video for the track “Everybody,” directed and edited by POF keyboardist Steve McIntosh and filmed by Beth Hollander and Elizabeth Fraiberg from e3Photography. Check it out below, courtesy of Bloody-Disgusting.
Vocalist Darrell James states, “The video is about being over everyone’s bullshit and self-serving attitudes. The last straw was drawn—sending people to release their anger and frustration in confession and therapy only to find more of the same.”
James adds, “The little girl framing the video is a running nod to youth—innocence, curiosity, impulsiveness, playfulness, and raw emotions. She’s not meant to be anyone in particular—just a reminder of how we change and how we stay the same." More...
Pacific Northwest death / grind unit Theories will kick off a live takeover with Goatwhore, Ringworm, and Black Breath on June 6th. Theories will be touring in support of the debilitating fruitage of the "Regression" full-length released earlier this spring via Metal Blade Records.
Captured at The Red Room and The Boiler Room with producer/engineer Derek Moree (The Sword, Pelican, Minus The Bear et al) with mixing and mastering conducted by Visceral Sound's Scott Hull (Pig Destroyer, Agoraphobic Nosebleed), "Regression" delivers ten violent psalms of antagonistic, crust-infused death grind centered on the wanton truths of a society gone terribly wrong.
See the band live: More...
Dead Inside Records artist Salythia has released a lyric video for the song "Dementia," which can be seen below and follows a video for "Affliction" (still available here).
Both "Dementia" and "Affliction" appear on Salythia's EP "Death D’core” released back in February. The track listing is:
2. Interlude I: Of Great Disdain
4. Shattered (A New Beginning)
5. Interlude II: An Evil Within
7. Chaos By Design
8. Epilogue More...
The doom metal progenitors from Saint Vitus have kicked off a new European headlining tour. The tour, which begins tonight in Livorno, Italy, sees the band being joined by former frontman Scott Reagers following Scott "Wino" Weinrich being deported during a European trek earlier in the year.
Regarding the tour, the band comment: "Scott Reagers will be joining us on our 2015 summer dates in Europe. We will play a special set for the fans; one comprised mostly of Reagers’ pre and post era as Saint Vitrus’ singer. We hope that the Vitus family, fans and friends, are eager to revisit the Reager's sound for this brief tour and we especially thank you for your continued support!” More...
Following the late spring release of debut full-length album, "Karma Sown," Washington DC-area modern progressive trio Iris Divine has confirmed a mid-summer tour through the Northeastern U.S.
Touring alongside the band's friends in MindMaze, Iris Divine will begin the trek in Worcester, Massachusetts on July 30th, followed by show in New York City and Baltimore over the next two nights, before the tour closes down in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on August 2nd.
7/30/2015 Ralph's Diner - Worcester, MA
7/31/2015 Gussy's - New York, NY
8/01/2015 Club Orpheus - Baltimore, MD
8/02/2015 Howler's - Pittsburgh, PA More...
There's an ear-catching new sound resonating out of New Hampshire's burgeoning underground music scene compliments of metal/hardcore outfit, Ana Sapphira.
The New England-based quintet has been hard at work preparing for the release of new album "Edge Walker," due out later this summer. Today, Ana Sapphira has unveiled an official music video for the second single from the album, titled "Man of War."
When asked about the inspiration behind the song lead vocalist and lyricist, Jonathan Lamper, shared, "Man Of War is about acknowledging how our beliefs affect our responses. Every shot in the video is a single person in front of a black backdrop, the only thing that changes is perspective. Sometimes the difference between giving up and pushing through is the believing right perspective."
With the title and release date just announced for Slayer's "Repentless," due out September 11th via Nuclear Blast, today the thrash icons announce their heaviest release ever - literally - the "Repentless" Metal Eagle Edition.
Made of aluminum alloy, measuring 15" X 17" X 3" and weighing in at a hefty seven pounds, the Metal Eagle Edition will house a deluxe digipak of the new "Repentless" CD plus exclusive bonus content to be detailed soon.
The limited (only 3000 copies worldwide) and numbered Metal Eagle Edition will be a direct-to-consumer item and available exclusively via the Nuclear Blast mail-order here.
"Repentless" is Slayer's 11th studio album, the first since 2009's "World Painted Blood" and the first with producer Terry Date (Pantera, Slipknot, Soundgarden). The band (Tom Araya/bass, vocals, Kerry King/guitar, Paul Bostaph/drums, and Exodus/Slayer touring guitarist Gary Holt, who recorded lead guitar parts for about a half-dozen of the album's new tracks) started recording "Repentless" in March 2014, and made the track "Implode" available as a free download in April of that year. More...
King Leviathan has a new music video online for the title track to "The Shrine" EP, which is out now and can be picked up at this location.
The Brighton, England band consists of devout worshipers of speed, violence, and the occult who recorded the new EP over a week long period at Brighton Electric with producer Paul "Win" Winstanley at the helm.
The band comments: "We knew we wanted the next EP to be bigger and better in all aspects – and Win’s work with ‘Sea Bastard,’ ‘Whitemare’ and early ‘Black Peaks’ stuff really impressed us! So we hit the studio, and before we knew it we were smashing beer kegs with hammers, scoring violin stabs and laying down choir vocals… Nuts!”
The track listing is:
3. Born of the Blackest Hearts
4. Skin from Bone
5. Madness Made Divine
6. The Shrine More...
Maverick (a Spanish band formed in 2014 not to be confused with the Irish outfit of the same name) features ex-Wild member Javier Endara as bassist.
Endara gathered together Ángel Muñóz (ex-Steel Horse, Nigromante) on lead and rhythm guitar, Alejandro Gabasa (Leather Heart) on additional guitars, Chris Giardino (ex-Eldorado) on drums, and David Requejado (ex-Perfect Smile, Alborea) on vocals.
Endara says: “Our vision of the best elements of the great hard n’ heavy rock era of the 80’s, with the 80’s production sounds, like a mix between Thin Lizzy, Whitesnake’s early albums, Judas Priest’s hard n’ pounders songs with the elegance of bands like Boston or Foreigner.”
Maverick is currently finishing the recording of first release "Break It Up," due out through Inferno Records. More...
Carnalation just released a new music video for "Against The Burning Sky" from upcoming EP "Ghosts."
The video gives a taste of the versatility and renewed sound of Carnalation, which will be heading on a Finnish tour this fall after performing some summer festival gigs.
"Ghosts" is set for release on June 12th through Inverse Records and it is now available for pre-order at this location. See the band live:
20.6.2015 Kauhajoki, Nummirock
26.6.2015 Helsinki, Virgin Oil Co., Tuskan jatkot
21.8.2015 Turku, Rokbar
22.8.2015 Tampere, SaariHelvetti
29.8.2015 Seinäjoki, Seinäjoki Metal Festival
11.9.2015 Jyväskylä, Musta Kynnys
12.9.2015 Oulu, Hevimesta
17.9.2015 Kuopio, Henry's Pub
18.9.2015 Seinäjoki, Bar 15
19.9.2015 Tampere, Dog's Home
25.9.2015 Helsinki, Bar Loose More...
Theocracy is currently working on the follow-up to the band's previous self-titled album, and now the band has issued the following brief recording update:
"Hope you had a great weekend! We did. Matt finished recording vocals for the title track for the new album, and it's sounding killer! Can't wait for you to hear it. Another week of hard work on the way. Have a great day, and look for more updates soon!" More...
Mancan from Ecnephias has issued the following announcement about working on a new album:
"My friends and supporters, I'm writing new material, an incredible period of continuous inspiration. There are some important changes in our sound, perhaps this time the Ecnephias will start again from where Tiamat art stopped a few years ago: a gothic sound, a melancholic approach and a Mediterranean feeling, in another new direction for the band. Four songs finished and more new chapters soon.
"The intention is to have a great promo album/demo within this summer. It's time to change, at any level. And as always I will go straight to my road, oblivious of all judgment. I occupy all day and all night for my music and that's why I left facebook and many other unnecessary things.
"Music, always, all time... for my spirit and for the consolation of kindred souls. In life we are all alone: even if we are married, have a family, friends, a band, a job. The rest is illusion. Music is our spiritual medicine. GRAZIE." More...
Up-and-coming thrash outfit Gomorrah is streaming new track "Phantom Sun" online - listen in below, courtesy of TheSludgeLord.
"Phantom Sun" hails from the band's yet-to-be-titled album, which is due later this year. The band's frontman Colton Deem had the following to say about the new track:
"This song is but a sample of the new refined Gomorrah sound we're trying to encompass with the new record. A lot of the new tracks are a bit more diverse in their flow and construct than our prior work. 'Phantom Sun' is one of the first songs we finished writing for the album and it's a good representation of what's to come." More...
After departing the all-bass band Extinction Level Event, Ryan Reedy has issued the following statement online about the Nysiis project:
"I am proud to announce that I will be returning to Nysiis. For close to 10 years of my life I have been writing the most personal, passionate material for Nysiis. Before ELE exploded onto the scene I was going to return and finish what I started. As many of you know that obviously got delayed. More...
Acclaimed extreme metal drummer George Kollias has embarked on a drum clinic tour in Italy, showcasing music taken from his new solo album "Invictus," featuring intensive workshop-style sessions alongside fans.
The dates, which begin tonight in Milan, see Kollias trek throughout the country before concluding in Montebelluna. A full list of performances and clinic schedules can be found below.
George Kollias is touring in support of his ambitious solo album, "Invictus," available for streaming in full after the jump. Regarding the new album, Kollias comments:
"This album definitely stands for the best that I have done in music. 'Invictus' represents exactly who and where I am today, my playing, my sound, everything. More...
Canadian death metal legends Kataklysm are streaming the new track "Thy Serpents Tongue" online. The song appears on upcoming album "Of Ghosts And Gods," set for a July 31st (Europe, UK, US) drop via Nuclear Blast Records.
The track list for the album (which will be the first to release a conceptual music video for every single track) is:
1. Breaching The Asylum
2. The Black Sheep
3. Thy Serpents Tongue
4. Soul Destroyer
6. Marching Through Graveyards
8. Hate Spirit
9. Carrying Crosses
10. The World Is A Dying Insect
Check out "Thy Serpents Tongue" here: More...
Ghost has declared the release date of third sacred psalm, "Meliora," will be August 21st on Loma Vista Recordings. The body of work is the follow up to 2013's "Infestissumam."
Late last week the congregation revealed a video of the summoning of Papa III, and the band also just released first hymn "Cirice" (streaming below). The song is available for free download by visiting the Ghost website in exchange for an email address. Expect more proclamations to be made in the coming weeks. More...
Tridroid Records has teamed up with Black Metal and Brews to premiere "Night Arises" by Italy's Dogmatic Absolution (also available for streaming below).
The eleven minute track is from forthcoming album "The Poetries of Oppression," which will be released digitally on June 9th. The title track can also be heard at this location, and the track listing is as follows:
1. Ventus Mortis
2. Bringer of Light
3. The Eternal Promise
4. Poetry of Oppression
5. Almighty Solitude
6. Night Arises More...
Hell yes! After some cryptic teasers went online, black metal outfit Dodecahedron has finished the writing process for a sophomore full-length album.
Dodecahedron will enter the studio at the beginning of August to begin the recording process. The new album, currently untitled, will follow the band's self-titled debut, which is streaming in full below.
A statement from the band reveals that the forthcoming album revolves around the five geometrical forms called "Platonic solids" - one of these is the dodecahedron. A 2016 release date is expected. More...
After contributing to that Game Of Thrones mixtape release awhile back, the members of Mastodon also appeared on the show last night as wildlings beyond the wall. Did you catch it? The band comments:
"Yes, that was us on Game of Thrones tonight. It was an incredible experience to be on set. Thanks to Dan Weiss, the cast and crew, and everyone else involved.
Venom is scheduled to make at appearance at Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin, Texas on the weekend of November 6-8. This will mark their only U.S. performance. The group comes to town in support of their "From The Very Depths" album released in January via Spinefarm.
Other artists billed to play Fun Fun Fun Fest include Jane's Addiction, Wu-Tang Clan, Fucked Up, Skinny Puppy, NOFX, Cheap Trick and many more. View the flyer below for the complete lineup. Last year's lineup included performances by King Diamond and Judas Priest. More...
Italian melodic death metal act Graveworm is streaming the new track "Blood/Torture/Death" from the upcoming new album "Ascending Hate." The new album is set to drop on June 19th (EU) and July 7th (USA) via AFM Records.
The track listing is as follows:
1. The Death Heritage
2. Buried Alive
4. To The Empire Of Madness
5. Downfall Of Heavens
7. Liars To The Lions
8. Rise Again
9. Son Of Lies
10. Nocturnal Hymns Part II (Death’s Anthem)
Check out the track here: More...
Luca Turilli's Rhapsody released a new song excerpt featuring the orchestral bridge and guitar solo from the new track "King Solomon and the 72 Names of God." The song appears on the new album "Prometheus - Symphonia Ignis Divinus," which is set for release on June 19th (EU), June 22nd (UK), June 30th (US) via Nuclear Blast Records.
"After the hermetic words of the Codex Nemesis, the code of the codes, the quantum key partially revealed through the encrypted lyrics of the single 'Prometheus,' it is now time to travel to Middle East and discover more about an ancient secret covered by the sands of time: the legendary tale of King Solomon and the spiritual mystery related with the 72 Names of God."
The music, lyrics, orchestral and choral arrangements by are by Luca Turilli and the guitar solo was performed by Luca Turilli and Dominique Leurquin.
The track list for "Prometheus, Symphonia Ignis Divinus" is:
1. Nova Genesis (Ad Splendorem Angeli Triumphantis)
2. Il Cigno Nero
3. Rosenkreuz (The Rose And The Cross) (see lyric video here)
5. Il Tempo Degli Dei
6. One Ring To Rule Them All
8. Prometheus (see lyric video here)
9. King Solomon And The 72 Names Of God
11. Of Michael The Archangel And Lucifer’s Fall Part II: Codex Nemesis
Check out the clip here: More...
Australia’s Thy Art Is Murder's drummer Lee Stanton and vocalist Chris "CJ" McMahon recently met up with Impericon to answer some questions and talk about the new album "Holy War", which is set to drop this month via Nuclear Blast.
Check out the chat below.
Thy Art Is Murder also just released an official music video for the track "Light Bearer" off the upcoming new album "Holy War". More...
Danish death metallers of By The Patient are streaming a brand new music video for the track "Ruled by the Dead" taken from the band's Lifeforce Records debut "Gehenna", which was released earlier this year.
Check out now "Ruled by the Dead" below.