Metal News for June 10, 2012
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13 news articles posted on this day.
Southern Georgia's most wretched sludge band Dead Southern Bishop is streaming it's entire recent second EP "Hymns of Malice and Discontent" over on Bandcamp. All five songs were mixed and mastered by Frank Sikes over at Red Rocket Sounds studios. Dead Southern Bishop first hit the scene in 2009 with its self-titled five-song EP. The trio, which hails from Douglas, Georgia, is currently unsigned.
Canadian melodic black metal band Wolven Ancestry posted a new music video for the song "March Forth Under Tortured Skies." The song appears on the band's second and latest LP "Silence of the Boreal," which was released in 2009 through Archaic North Entertainment. The video was filmed in Toronto at the Hard Luck Bar during the recently completed "Transilvanian Legacy Tour" with Negura Bunget.
Check out "March Forth Under Tortured Skies" here:
Kontrust has been seamlessly fusing together heavy metal guitars and vocals with upbeat, pop rhythms for just over a decade now. And in that time, Kontrust has also garnered awards and chart positions for their many singles and albums well-beloved by many. Kontrust released their third full-length this spring to the joy of their world-wide fanbase. I got to speak with male vocalist Stefan Lichtenberger about "Secondhand Wonderland," his multitude of influences, and what's on the plate for crossing the Atlantic. More...
Slipknot has continued to post new videos related to a project titled "Antennas to Hell," which hasn't yet been fully revealed. Check out the new clip below, or find some of the previous videos at this location. Slipknot had previously stated "Antennas to Hell" would be revealed on July 17th, but has now updated the video information with the short tag "Slipknot | Antennas To Hell | Coming 07.24.12."
Lita Ford is gearing up for the release of her new album "Living Like A Runaway," which will be unleashed June 19th in North America via SPV/Steamhammer. The album will be available in four configurations: a double LP, limited edition CD, standard CD and digital download.
Now a first look at the double LP edition of "Living Like a Runaway" has been unveiled. This exclusive double LP comes with colored vinyl including two bonus tracks as well as the CD version of the release. The track listing is available below, or you can find out more on the album by reading our recent interview with Lita here.
LP SIDE 1
3. The Mask
LP SIDE 2
2. Devil In My Head
LP SIDE 3
1. Living Like A Runaway
3. A Song To Slit Your Wrists By
LP SIDE 4
1. Love 2 Hate You
2. Bad Neighborhood
3. The Bitch Is Back More...
Italy's Helreidh has checked in with the following announcement about signing with Pure Prog Records:
"We're very glad to officialize what has already appeared on the news in the site of our new label. With great pride, we annouce the world wide deal between Helreidh and the German Pure Prog Records for the release and distribution of our new work: Fragmenta. The album, which in his style will merge prog and symphonic metal, will be out in November 2012, and give start to the return of the band as live act.
"'Fragmenta' seals the reunion of two of the founders of the band: Luca Roggi on drums and Yorick on guitars. Francesco 'Frana' De Paoli (formerly in Raising Fear with Yorick) on bass, Max Bastasi on vocals and the eclectic and talented keyboardist Aligi Pasqualetto (Aldo Tagliapietra Band) complete the line up.:
You can follow the band by heading over to the Helreidh Facebook profile here.
Syrian gothic metal band Ecliptic Dawn, which is currently recording a full-length album, has released a new single titled "Thorns Of Truth." The song is now available for streaming online through the player below, and the band also commented:
"Finally, our new single 'Thorns of Truth' is now released online! You can download it for free here. The line up for this song is:
Sam - Vocals, Guitar, Synth, Programming
Herman - Bass, Clean Vocals
"Sam did guitars in this song since Luke was busy recording lead guitar for our new album which will be released later this year."
Ophis recently wrapped up a European tour with Ahab, and the band has now checked in with the following recap:
"Back home from the tour. What a fucking blast! Billion thanks to Ahab and Esoteric for the very great time we had and for the invitation to join.
"Thanks to the crew Sarah, Manuel, Basti, Wittek and Ralf for an awesome job. And mostly, thanks to all the cool and dedicated people and fans we met on the way, especially those who traveled long distances to see us! You rule!
"Some pictures are soon to follow. Doom on!!"
Ophis is also releasing a split album with Officium Triste, with more details available at this location.
Doom act Black Magician recently signed with Shaman Recordings for the release of new album "Nature Is The Devil's Church." The band has now checked in with the following brief announcement about completing the release:
"We've just recieved the mastered album tracks back off the esteemed Tony Reed....it surpases our wildest expectations and even these melancholic old bones are ecstatic with the result. Expect a grim slab of olde English horror making it's way to wax very soon."
To hear more from Black Magician, head over to the band's official Facebook profile here.
Dubai's extreme metal heavyweights Nervecell will be kicking off their "Psychogenocide Middle East Tour 2012" this summer with exclusive shows scheduled to take place in Qatar, UAE, Bahrain, Egypt and Lebanon.
Commented the band "Given the immense support and great response we've received from the release of 'Psychogenocide,' we felt this was the perfect time for us to get out there and play to the fans in each of these countries who have all significantly contributed in one way or another towards the albums success. A Middle East tour has always been something we've wanted to do over the years, so we're glad to finally be able to pull this off and cant wait to join forces again with our loyal fans from this region."
The currently revealed shows are as follows:
June 22, 2012 – Qatar, Doha @ Qube - Buy tickets!
June 28, 2012 – Bahrain, Manama @ Rocky's Cafe
June 29, 2012 – UAE, Dubai @ Ratsky 3
Part 2 of the tour is scheduled to include Egypt, Lebanon, and more this August/September, with further details to be announced down the line.
Hugo Flores from Factory of Dreams has checked in with the following update about the band's upcoming new album:
"Factory of Dreams' 4th album will be a scifi adventure, where two main characters (Boy and girlfriend) will be fighting for survival in a World invaded by something very unique. Along the way they'll witness strange events in the sky and land, peculiar structures and valleys that hide incredible truths.
"The story will also connect with parts from Project Creation's mythology and Sonic Pulsar's 'Solitary Star' song and story. Who or what invaded Earth? What secrets lie within the strange Garden and Valley? What's reflected within the ocean waves and the Seashore?
"Be tuned for more, as the adventure unfolds. it'll be worth it."
For more details on the new album, you can also check out in-studio footage from the recording at this location.
Looking at how big and branched out the doom metal scene has become in recent years, one can't help but look back to the pioneers of the first wave of Black Sabbath/Coven worship. Besides Witchfinder General, Candlemass, St. Vitus and Pentagram, there is the almighty Trouble. I respect the hell out of this band for its sheer heaviness and iconic style, making them a true American treasure. I've had the pleasure of seeing this great band live three times in my life, each time a complete and total assault of my auditory senses.
Back in the late seventies, guitarist Bruce Franklin and vocalist Eric Wagner were in a high school band in Chicago by the name of Wisecrack and eventually joined guitarist Rick Wartell to form Trouble. The line-up was rounded out with Tim Brown on bass and Jeff 'Oly' Olson on drums. By 1983 the bass was taken over by Sean McAllister, who had ironically borrowed a bass guitar from the man who would become Trouble's bassist for sixteen years - Ron Holzner, who had went to school with Trouble's number one roadie. Jeff Olson was from Maine, but his family had relocated to Chicago where he attended high school. The rest is history. More...
Russian act Blackthorn has posted the new single "Era Obscura" online, which can be heard in the player below. The band also commented:
"An unexpected pleasure! We're pleased to announce the first single of the band, entitled ERA OBSCURA. The single contains two versions of the track; one in English and the other in Russian.
"The song was specially composed for the 5th anniversary of ZHELEZNYE DEVY festival (the biggest female-voice metal festival in Russia) and dedicated to all the metal maidens around the world.