Metal News for June 13, 2011
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Each week in Unearthing the Metal Underground, we'll be putting a few quality underground bands in the spotlight in an attempt to get the word out about them. This week I am delving into the ferocious metal offered up to the music gods via the Salt Lake City underground metal scene.
In the past, Utah has been known for many things, such as the majestic Rocky Mountains, the Mormon (LDS) culture (really Utahn’s don’t have horns) and of course… polygamy (which 99% of our population does not practice, even if many them would like to). But unbeknownst to the world, it also contains an amazing array of music. From rock, to alternative, to death metal, local bands are showing the world that Utah/Salt Lake City has far more to offer to the Gods of Metal than terrain, religion or quirky lifestyles.
A Balance of Power
A Balance Of Power is one of the first metal bands I came across upon delving into the local scene. They have a very distinct sound combined of progressive and thrash, whcih culminates into pure metal mayhem. Their sound has take them to great heights in Utah and beyond as well as procuring them the honor of being Utah’s first offical Jagermiester sponsored band. From small intimate stages in clubs to opening Rockstar Mayhem festival in Idaho, A Balance Of Power bring out the metal fans in hordes.
Their music is charged with an intense energy that is catapulted to amazing heights at live shows. They recently released their newest CD in April of 2011, "Pride Preceded the Fall." With fierce vocals, guitar and bass riffs that burn into your soul and powerful drum beats, A Balance Of Power is a band to gratify your metal loving soul. A Balance Of Power is Chuck Stone (vocals), Chris Margetts (guitar), Shane Garner (guitar), Adam Fowler (bass), Marvin Dixon (drums). Check them out at ReverbNation.
Dark Order has issued the following update on In Malice's Wake's "The Thrashening Oceanic Assault Tour 2011:"
"We've just had the two most enjoyable gigs with In Malice's Wake in Sydney and Canberra, the best shows in a long time, AND a personal best for Dark Order with the Canberra show having a near perfect sound front house and side of house, and hence we played a killer set. SEE WHAT HAPPENS WHEN A SOUND ENGINEER GET IT RIGHT AND DOESN'T TELL TO TURN DOWN????"
Dark Order has one more upcoming date announced:
24-06-2011 - SYDNEY @ THE VALVE BAR Tempe
In other news, Dark Orderis preparing to shoot video clips for songs from "Cold War Of The Condor" very soon.
Darkest Hour has just wrapped up the video shoot for "Love As A Weapon," which is off the band's latest release "The Human Romance." Directed by Scott Hansern, the video takes on a very traditional performance approach to metal videos.
Guitarist Mike Schleibaum comments, "Filming the video with producer Scott Hansen was totally bad ass! Filming on a rooftop above our hometown of Washington, DC, with hail and lightning storms in the distance made for an epic filming experience. The final product will include us performing coupled with time lapsed montages of both majestic and disgusting footage. The contrast of these will surely make for a sick piece of metal videography."
The band has also announced its participation in this year's Summer Slaughter tour. Darkest Hour will be supporting The Black Dahlia Murder and Whitechapel alongside Six Feet Under and Dying Fetus. The dates are as follows: More...
On Friday, June 24th the "Resurrected in Festering Slime" death metal compilation will become available in CD format. This compilation album was originally released only on vinyl through Soulseller Records and rapidly sold out. The CD edition is limited to 800 copies world wide and features revamped artwork.
The compilation features 16 tracks from Tormented, Darkcreed, Stench, Mr. Death, Maim, Bombs Of Hades, Morbus Chron, Crucifyre, and more. Ordering information is available at email@example.com.
The new, as yet untitled album from The Devil Wears Prada, has been completed and is set for a September 13th release through Ferret Music. This will be the band's first full-length album since 2009's "With Roots Above and Branches Below."
"Born to Lose," the first song to be released from the album, is available for streaming through Alternative Press's website beginning today. Log onto this location to check it out.
Adam Dutkiewicz (Killswitch Engage) engineered and produced the album and singer Mike Hranica described it by commenting, "The new record contains the heavy aspects of the 'Zombie EP,' meshed with the melody of the full lengths. 'Born to Lose' captures some of those elements and serves as a comprehensive preview to the album. By all means, I'd call it our most emotional, well-written album to date."
The band's upcoming tour dates are as follows: More...
"Of Tides And Desert," the new video from the Italian death metal band Ritual of Rebirth is now online and available for viewing below. "Of Tides And Desert" is the title track off Ritual of Rebirth's new album, which was released on February 28th, 2011.
The album is now freely available for download by navigating to this location.
Arizona based metal act Rising Pain, which recently released the "War of Souls" EP, has posted a recording studio video blog online. You can check out the clip below.
The recording process was handled at Villain Recording in Phoenix, Arizona, with mixing and mastering done by Byron Filson. Rising Pain's next show will be opening for Origin, Hate Eternal, Vital Remains, and Abysmal Dawn on June 19th at the Clubhouse music venue in Tempe, AZ.
Russian satanic metal act Cobra has posted three songs online dubbed the "trilogy of horror." You can check out the tracks "I Wanna Be a Serial Killer," "Devil Possess Our Bodies," and "Sadistfaction" by heading over to the Cobra Facebook page.
The band also announced it has participated in the making of a documentary about Russian satanic cults and mysteries which will be shown on the Russian TV channel "Ren-TV."
Cobra's next release will be new single "Mannequins Of Flesh," which will be distributed online for free in July, 2011. The single will include two new songs "Mannequins Of Flesh" and"No Death No Fun," along with a remix of Cobra's demo song "Necrophilicon."
Australian thrash metal veterans Mortal Sin have announced that their forthcoming new studio album will be entitled, "Psychology Of Death." You can check out a trailer for the album below, as well as the front cover artwork. In a recent update, the band stated:
"We're currently in the studio mixing the new album with producer/engineer Darren 'jENK' Jenkins. We would also like to welcome guitarist Ryan Huthnance to the Mortal Sin ranks. Ryan joined the band back in August 2010, replacing Mick Sultana."
The track listing is as follows:
Psychology Of Death
Blood Of My Enemies
Burned Into Your Soul
Doomed To Annihilation
Kingdom Of Pain
Down In The Pit
Vancouver's female fronted act Without Mercy will be assaulting Western Canada for the "Devolution" tour. To get a taste of Without Mercy's music, you can also check out the song "Chasm" in the player below.
The "Devolution" tour poster can be viewed after the jump, and the currently confirmed dates are as follows:
June 29, 2011 - The Red Room - Vancouver, BC
July 1, 2011 - 2nd Annual Hell Mend Ya Festival - Prince George, BC
July 2, 2011 - Spirit Square - Burns Lake, BC
July 4, 2011 - Filthy McNasty's - Edmonton , AB
July 7, 2011 - The Distillery - Calgary, AB
July 8, 2011 - O'Malleys Irish Pub - Red Deer, AB
July 9, 2011 - TBA
July 11, 2011 - TBA
July 13, 2011 -The Park Theatre - Winnipeg, MB
Jluy 14, 2011 - TBA - Saskatoon, SK
July 15, 2011 - Reckless - Fort McMurray, AB
July 17, 2011 - The Club - Regina, SK
July 18, 2011 - TBA
July 19, 2011 - TBA
July 20, 2011 - TBA
July 21, 2011 - TBA
July 23, 2011 - Armstrong Open Air Fest - Armstrong, BC
August 4, 2011 - TBA - Abbotsford, BC
August 13, 2011 - Metal Mountain Festival - Hinton, AB More...
Moonspell has recently uploaded making-of clips for the "Scorpion Flower," "Finisterra," and "Everything Invaded" videos. The band has now also posted a behind-the-scenes video clip online for "Nocturna," which can be viewed below.
Oakland, California metallers All Shall Perish have posted the song "Procession Of Ashes" online, which is from their upcoming album "This Is Where It Ends." Head over to this location to check out the new song.
All Shall Perish also recently participated in a live chat in which the band answered questions from fans. You can watch the clip here.
The new album "This Is Where It Ends" is set to drop on July 26th, 2011. The album was recorded and mixed once again at Castle Ultimate Studios in Oakland with producer Zack Ohren (Decrepit Birth, Suffocation).
Christchurch, New Zealand metallers Human (who were also highlighted in the New Zealand edition of our Unearthing the Metal Underground column) have completed the tracking of a new set of demo songs for their 4th studio album, which they will begin recording in July of this year.
The band randomly selected 20 of it's Facebook fans to preview and rate the songs. Guitarist / vocalist / founding member Scott Spatcher-Harrison says, "We had a slew of songs to pick from for our next release and decided that this time around we would prefer to see what the metal fans really wanted to hear from us. It's all very well and good for us to go and pick the songs we like for an album, however we're not the ones buying it so we wanted to get a look into what the people want from us instead. And if it ends up being full length or an EP at least we'll know we've got a solid recording anyway. I'm looking forward to seeing what reaction the songs will get."
Songs include: "Dawn of The Braindead," "Death Comes Shuffling," "Teenage Bonesaw Massacre," and "Retardo The Avenger," among others.
The band's forthcoming album will be a follow up to the 2009 release "Cadaver Academy."
Fleshmadesin has posted a brand new track online, titled "In the Worship of My Death," which is from the band's upcoming album "Delirigion." The track can be heard on the band's official website here. "Delirigion" was recorded and mixed at Aftermath studios by Marco Stubbe,and mastered at Necromorbus Studio (WATAIN, DESTRÖYER666) in Alvik, Sweden.
Frontman Twan van Geel also commented on the album: "'Delirigion' combines the sinners own somewhat unique approach of aggression and groove, which was already noticeable on their forerunners 'Dawn of the Stillborn' 2004 and 'The Aftermath of Amen' 2009, together with the sharpness and anarchistic transcendence of harsh blackened metal. 'Delirigion' is Fleshmadesin's next step on our highway to hell, but we rather see it as the first step into the new flesh.
"This reptile changed skin, so the band's logo made way for a more suiting armor to maintain it's venomous innards on the right place. We are ready to bring back the danger once again and set ablaze the hearts of true metal heads still breathing for that bloody taste of hell's metal! "
An official release date has not yet been announced for the new album "Delirigion."
Stonelake, which recently signed a deal with Massacre Records, will be releasing the "Marching On Timeless Tales" album on July 1st, 2011. The band has now posted the album artwork online, which can be viewed below.
Black metal act Winterus has announced it will be embarking on the "Lone Wolves" tour later this summer alongside The Convalescence. The tour poster can be found after the jump, and the currently announced dates are as follows:
24th @ Woodchucks (Toledo,OH)
25th @ Spanky's (Defiance,OH)
26th @ The Sterling Hotel (Allentown,PA)
29th @ Zakk's Coffeehouse (Murfreesboro,NC)
30th @ The Rock Shop (Fayetteville,NC)
1st @ House Party (Myrtle Beach,SC)
2nd @ Leapin Lizards (Rincon,GA)
3rd @ The Chamber (Daytona,FL)
5th @ Burro Bar (Jacksonville,FL)
7th @ The Handlebar (Pensacola,FL)
8th @ Safehaven Skatepark (Alexandria,LA)
9th @ The Soundstage (Conway,AR)
10th @ The Muse (Nashville,TN)
11th @ The Coup (Clarksville,TN)
13th @ House Of Bricks (Des Moines,IA)
16th @ The Rail Club (Fort Worth,TX)
17th @ Cains Ashes (Houston,TX)
18th @ Zombies (San Antonio,TX)
21st @ Amped Performance Space (Albuquerque,NM)
22nd @ The Juggernaut (Gallup,NM)
23rd @ Meatheads (Las Vegas,NV)
25th @ Whiskey Dicks (South Lake Tahoe,CA)
26th @ Yesterday's Plaza (Klamath Falls,OR)
27th @ The Wasteland (Salem,OR)
28th @ The Red Room (Portland,OR)
30th @ The Hop (Spokane,WA)
31st @ The Shredder (Boise,ID) More...
Finland's Skirmish has signed to Violent Journey Records for the release of the band's upcoming debut album "Through the Abacinated Eyes." The album was recorded, mixed, and mastered in D-Studio, Finland by Jarno Hänninen.
Jani Niskanen - Vocals
Mikko Kupiainen - Guitar
Kalle Raijonkari - Bass
Waltteri Väyrynen – Drums
The "Through the Abacinated Eyes" track listing is as follows:
4. Mystery in a Blazing Dream
5. Death Beyond
6. Astral Infinity
8. The Forlorn Masque
Australia's Lord has posted a music video online for the song "Set in Stone," which can be viewed below and is the title track off the 2009 album of the same name. The video was directed by Lord Tim for Dusk Music Video Production and produced by Lord Tim and James Lopes.
Suicide Silence has posted a third studio video update online from the band's time recording the new album "The Black Crown," which can be viewed below. The album is set to hit store shelves on July 12th, 2011. You can also check out the previously posted second studio clip here.
The new album's track listing is as follows:
1. Slaves To Substance
3. Human Violence
4. You Only Live Once
5. Fuck Everything
6. March To The Black Crown
7. Witness The Addiction feat. Jonathan Davis of KoRn
8. Cross-Eyed Catastrophe
9. Smashed feat. Frank Mullen of Suffocation
10. The Only Thing That Sets Us Apart
11. Cancerous Skies
Norwegian black metal act The Konsortium has announced its debut self-titled album will see release on June 24th in Europe and August 2nd in the U.S. You can check out a track from the album, titled "Lik Ulven," by heading over to the Agonia Records Facebook page here.
The track listing is as follows:
1. Gasmask Prince
2. Lik Ulven
3. Under the Black Flag
6. Slagens Barn
7. Onwards! Onwards!
Detroit Michigan's Battlecross announced its signing with Metal Blade Records in May. The band has now released the artwork and track listing for the full-length debut "Pursuit of Honor," which can be viewed below. "Pursuit of Honor" is due out on August 2nd in North America.
The band comments on album artwork that was created by Josh Schroeder: "The album artwork for Pursuit of Honor was created by the same mastermind who co-produced, mixed, and mastered this album, Josh Schroeder. He made a few merch designs for us in the past and we knew we wanted him to create the album art as well, first of all to keep everything cohesive and relevant, also because we love his unique style and vision, and lastly because he knows us so well. We feel the artwork depicts a strong sense of power and aggression with a leader among warriors. The Pursuit of Honor refers to the ongoing battle within us and the struggle to overcome, to crush all obstacles, and prevail at all costs."
Also available today is the band's first single Push Pull Destroy. Vocalist Gumby commented on the single: "When I sing this song I think about how hard it was to even get to this point and the hard road still to come. It's about overcoming all and coming out on the other side stronger. Push Pull Destroy is in your face with a blend of intense rage and epic power from the first scream to the ending bass line."
Check out the first single "Push Pull Destroy" in the player below.
After previously posting the new songs "Divisions" and "Internal Cannon" online, August Burns Red is now streaming another new track off the upcoming "Leveler" album. You can listen to "Poor Millionaire" in the player below. "Leveler" is set for release on June 21st, 2011 through Solid State Records.
The "Leveler" track listing is as follows:
2. Internal Cannon
4. Cutting the Ties
6. Carpe Diem
7. 40 Nights
8. Salt & Light
9. Poor Millionaire
11. Boys of Fall
So Hideous, My Love... will be releasing an EP titled "To Clasp A Fallen Wish With Broken Fingers" through Play the Assassin Records. The band's publicist commented on the EP:
"Lurking beneath the surface of metal underground, NYC’s own So Hideous, My Love... have created a devastating musical hybrid of heart racing proportions. Fusing post rock leanings (Envy, Mono, Godspeed You! Black Emperor) and adventurous black metal (Wolves In The Throne Room, Celeste) with classical beauty (Arvo Part, Beethoven), So Hideous, My Love... lay claim to the appropriately termed buzz moniker 'post-black metal' with their newest offering, To Clasp A Fallen Wish With Broken Fingers.
"Born out of home recordings in the winter of 2008 by composer/guitarists Brandon Cruz and Jack Marshall, So Hideous, My Love... self-released their debut EP, I Balance A Daydream On An Edge Of A Knife, in the Spring of 2010 to an outpouring of love from the heavy music community. To Clasp A Fallen Wish… serves as a companion piece to the band’s first release and showcases a further maturation of engaging daydreams and paralyzing musical nightmares."
Said Cruz of the EP: “The word epic gets thrown around quite a bit online when listeners/press/bloggers/ describe what they hear and for me that’s the greatest compliment. I wrote the songs and the string arrangements to sound urgent, emotive and ‘huge’… a full layered production that was the most destructive and beautiful storm…would’ve used a larger orchestra if possible. For what was trying to be conveyed with the EP, I remember mixing in the studio throughout December and January and watching the trailer for Terrence Malick’s The Tree Of Life on my laptop and thinking, ‘If we could get this record to be the guitar band equivalent of that I could die happy.’”
A limited run (250 copies) of To Clasp A Fallen Wish With Broken Fingers will be available on Snow White or Blood Red 10? vinyl via Play The Assassin Records on June 21st. More...
New Jersey’s El Drugstore and A Fucking Elephant have completed a split EP, which will ooze into the public on July 26th in both CD and digital formats. This will be the maiden voyage for newly formed Nefarious Industries, a label imprint founded by members of both bands. The artwork for the release was completed by Eric Nyffeler, who has also been responsible for all of East of the Wall’s cover artwork to date.
The track listing is as follows:
A FUCKING ELEPHANT:
01 Blue Crab Fantastic
02 Football With Ukrainians
03 Furious E.
04 Just the Tip
05 Holla! No Babies
06 Those Arm Rests Are Fire
08 Shit-Eating Dog Kisses
From July 14th through 21st both bands will also team up to infest the Northeast with a rash of dates in support of the split EP, with confirmed stops in Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Massachusetts, New York and more as the final details are being sorted this week.
7/14/2011: *TBA – Baltimore, MD w/ Time Columns
7/15/2011 Siren Records - Doylestown, PA w/ Carved Up, Cadaveric Spasm
7/16/2011 The Updog – Pennington, NJ w/ The Vandelles, So Is The Tongue
7/17/2011 United Unitarian Church - Fitchburg, MA w/ Hivesmasher
7/18/2011 *TBA, MA/ME/RI/CT
7/19/2011 Black Watch Pub - New Bedford, MA w/ Mother Night, Good Citizens
7/20/2011 Ric Jamison’s - Mt. Sinai, NY w/ Bangladeafy, Pluto & the 2012’s
7/21/2011 The Charleston - Brooklyn, NY w/ Zevious, Father Figures
Letters From the Colony has posted several tracks online from the band's self-titled EP. You can check out the track "Vulpes" below, or listen to the other songs by heading over to the band's YouTube page.
Hungary's Toscrew has posted a music video online for the song "Mohó száj," which can be viewed below. "Mohó száj" is off the band's latest album "Antiego."
You can also check out Toscrew's music by heading over to the band's official MySpace page.
Iced Earth's Jon Schaffer has issued the following statement revealing the band's upcoming album title:
"Hello gang! Just a quick update for you from the road. We had a great weekend playing at Sweden Rock Friday and the Rock Hard festival in Germany on Saturday. The band’s having a lot of fun, and today we begin rehearsing the new songs for the forthcoming CD, titled 'Dystopia.' We begin master tracking in Florida in 2 weeks and will be traveling between Europe and the US this summer to play festivals and finish the new album. I can honestly say that I haven’t had this many songs give me goose bumps since we recorded Something Wicked This Way Comes, way back in 1998, so this is also very exciting.
"As you can imagine, it’s a very busy time for us. I think we’re all having emotional ups and downs as we’re coming to the end of an era with Matt’s retirement, and we’re also very excited about the future with Stu coming onboard, so it’s a little bit of a roller coaster ride for us. However, we are having a killer time, and Matt is performing at his absolute best and going out with pure class and style, which is always the way he rolls.
"We also had a great time hanging out with the guys in Down last night at the Rock Hard festival. Freddie and my manager joined them onstage for a nice jam at the end of the show. It was brilliant and a lot of fun.
"We’ll be keeping you posted on updates as things move along through the summer. Best to you all!!"
Xtreme Zine has posted a new 40 track compilation album online, which is currently available as a free download. You can snag all the tracks from the compilation by heading over here. The track listing is as follows:
1. Lost Another - Perang Suci (Indonesia)
2. Havenside - Havenside (USA)
3. Authority - Corpse Of Bucthery (Indonesia)
4. Road to Ransome - Blinding Lights (Australia)
5. Dead People Dance - Dansa Manusia Suci (Indonesia)
6. Shock Therapy - Sparrows (India)
7. Anachronaeon - Wasting Love (Sweden)
8. The Last Outlaw - Fast Animal Slow Children (Australia)
9. Eyecult - Skuld (Sweden)
10. Trophy Knife - Gun Knife Snake (Australia)
11. Satanized - Terror Prophecies (Turkey)
12. Death Remains - Laid To Waste (UK)
13. Blood Stained Host - Hatred (Italy)
14. Aegnor - Aegnor (Turkey)
15. Damned Spring Fragrantia - Breathe (Italy)
16. Define Our Fate - The Truth (USA)
17. Zora - Hipocrisy (Italy)
18. Nightred - When We Collide (UK)
19. Last Vigil - Soaking Intestines Fluids of the Dead (Philippines)
20. The Unanswered - Two Face (UK)
21. Phlegmatic - Conscientious Outcast (India)
22. The Obscene - The Final Silence (UK)
23. Exaleips - Putrefaction Of Insane (Indonesia)
24. Hollow Demise - Darkness Turns The Faithful Blind (UK)
25. Blemish Gore - Bloody Human Tortured (Indonesia)
26. Escape Through Decades - L.O.V.E (Italy)
27. Putrified J - Contagium (Canada)
28. Rebirth Of Triumph - Lamia (Indonesia)
29. Raped By Pigs - Let Me Penetration You (Peru)
30. Descend the Gods - Etheric Impregnation (USA)
31. Vortex Of Clutter - The Land Without Sunshine (Turkey)
32. A Catalyst For Destruction - Waking Lucaya (USA)
33. Requiem For A Nightmare - Gorrila's Dont Exist (USA)
34. Deprive The Deceased - Full Moon Bloodthirst (USA)
35. Tortured - Oyagna Bumi Ku Dosa Sia (Indonesia)
36. Nephrolith - Abandoned Essence Part II (Slovenia)
37. Rùsùah - Sinner (Indonesia)
38. Decrepancy - Silent Armageddon (Serbia)
39. Praying For Suicide Tragedy - Incest (Indonesia)
40. Reflections - Advance Upon Me Brethren (USA) More...
Sweden's Daemonicus has checked in from C.C.H.B. Studio with the following brief update about recording bass parts for the band's upcoming release:
"Bass duty is on! The guitars are finally ready and now we have rigged the bass for some heavy duty pounding! Martin Pudas has entered the C.C.H.B. studio with a bang. Our producer Krille Krilltrack Englund has put two thumbs up for the bass sound and we are off!!"
The last Daemonicus studio report, which includes a video clip, is available at this location.
Recently uploaded photos from the band's time in the recording studio can also be found by heading over here.
Two more bands have been announced for this year's edition of Wales' Hard Rock Hell festival, both of which made their names in the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal Movement. Cirencester based act Dealer will be performing at the event, as will fellow new confirmations Bronz. The festival boasts a host of other NWOBHM acts as well as others and will take place at Pontins in Prestatyn, North Wales from December 1st-4th.
The lineup is as follows:
Black Stone Cherry
Million Dollar Reload
Tygers Of Pan Tang
Memoria has posted a second studio video blog online, which can be viewed below. This clip, titled "Don't bang the sticks together," shows the band recording drums for an upcoming release.
The band's previously uploaded first studio video clip is also still available to be seen at this location.
Polish death metal act Vader will play a show in Tel Aviv this coming August 26th, 2011 at the Sublime Club. Vader will be supported by local death metal band Eternal Gray, (who's new album is coming in October through Season Of Mist), Spawn Of Evil, and Phantom Pain.
The event, titled the "Summer of Death in Israel," is Vader's second coming to the holy land after a successful show in 2002. Vader will play tunes from all the band's albums and will of course headline the night.
Promoter Yishai Swearts of Raven Music commented on the show: "When I first heard Vader's demo tape, many many years ago, I knew that the band will grow to be one the main forces in extreme metal, I follow the band since the beginning and with fantastic albums as 'Litany,' 'Black To The Blind,' 'De Profundis,' etc. they became what I knew they will - A top death metal act, without betraying the style, without lose faith, always stick to their guns. It was Vader's latest album 'Necropolis' that finally moved me to invite the band again to Israel, to play for the many extreme metal fans who are looking forward to bang heads to the massive Vader artillery. I am proud to invite and promote a band with agenda, with an honest belief, and well respected roots, I am sure both the Israeli fans, and VADER will have a night to remember!"
Zemial front man Vorskaath has issued the following update about the band's new single "Dusk:"
"Lyrical themes continue to lead the listener along the vastness of Sumerian cosmogony and existentialism and the symbolism of the Cthulhu Mythos. Mixing analogue synthesizer soundscapes with dreamy guitar melodies and harmonies this EP signifies Zemial's music direction toward the mysteries of space and is the direct precursor to the vastness of NYKTA.
"Both Dusk and Nykta will be presented live in their entirety to Greek audiences in September 2011. More details to come.
"Dusk comes in full colour gatefold, with lyrics and is available in two limited vinyl editions. Featuring outstanding fractal art by respected artist and fractal expert Damien Jones, the EP marks a highlight in Zemial's discography.
"Order your copy from Hells Headbangers or directly through the band by writing to: merchandise (at) turelur.de Previews of Dusk can be heard here on MySpace or you can check out the Zemial page on Last FM here."
Spanish black metal act Dantalion has checked in with the following announcement about a limited edition re-release of the band's "Call of the Broken Souls" album, which also features a Bathory cover:
"Dantalion announces the official re-release of their second album, 'Call of the Broken Souls,' with Mexican label Concreto Records. After finishing the first pressing of the album, Concreto Records launches this re-release (as well as they did with 'When the Ravens Fly Over Me') in a limited edition of 500 copies, with a cover of Bathory's 'Enter the Eternal Fire' as bonus track.
Don't lose your opportunity to get a copy of this release!
"There's also copies left of Dantalion's most recent album, 'All Roads Lead to Death,' released by Xtreem Music. For orders, booking, promotion or any kind of info about the band, please contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org."
Sample Dantalion tracks are available for streaming by navigating to the band's official MySpace music profile.
The Psyke Project has posted a video interview (English subtitles) and footage of the band performing live in Copenhagen, which can be viewed below. The band commented on the clip:
"Nice video footage plus interviews with the band taken from the Copenhell Festival 2010 in Copenhagen, Denmark. The interviews are mostly about the severe accident Martin had with his leg in London around that time. Enjoy and take care!"
A video of the band rehearsing the song "Forget the Forgotten" is also available by heading over here.
U.K. progressive/industrial metal act Biomortal has posted a new video, which heavily features cats, for the band's cover version of Berlin's classic "Take My Breath Away."
This also coincides with the release of the five track "Breathe EP," which can be downloaded for free from the band's site. It features the song "Take My Breath Away," as well as four other songs.
"Take My Breath Away isn't on Genesynthesis (forthcoming Biomortal album) so we thought we'd give it away for free with some new versions of old songs in better quality for you to listen to and enjoy (or be violently sick)," commented Paul, the guitarist, synth player and backing vocalist. "This is not meant to be a major release from us, merely some stuff we thought the fans might like to hear," he continues.
"We're very nearly finished our new album, Genesynthesis, we just have to record one more song, which will be the last song on the album." states Robert the main vocalist. "The album will be over an hour long and we're hoping it weighs in at around an hour and a half but it depends on this last song which is going to be pretty epic."
You can also check out the band's previous music video for the song "Letter" off of the forthcoming album "Genesynthesis," directed by Daniel Brand of Neskin Industries.