Metal News for June 14, 2013
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In his latest studio diary, Sepultura guitarist, Andreas Kisser has confirmed that drummer, Dave Lombardo, who recently parted company with American thrash legends Slayer, will be appearing on the new, as-yet untitled, Sepultura record. An excerpt from his post reads as follows:
"Next morning we were preparing to record the second guitar when Ross received a message on his phone, he was really excited about it so he stopped everything to tell us what was going on: Dave Lombardo, the one and only ex-drummer from Slayer, also plays with Mike Patton on Phantomas, was real close to the studio with his kids and his dog enjoying some time at the beach, Ross asked if he would like to come to the studio and jam something on our album and he said YES! We were so excited, we could not believe that one of our great idols was ready to be a part of our new album.
"He came and it was so nice, so special, so awesome! He is one of the nicest guys in business and he enjoyed the idea a lot. Ross and Mike prepared two drum sets on the living room, facing each other, no cymbals, just tribal drums! When the mics were all ready and running Eloy and Dave started playing and the magic was on, so great! The part they recorded will be a special part on the middle of one of the songs, it came out crazy!
"We just have to thank Mr. Lombardo and his family for this opportunity. Thank you Dave, we will never forget this, it’s a real honor to have you on the album!"
You can read the full blog at Diario de Pernambuco.
Solo metal act Autumns Eyes, which consists of sole member Dan Mitchell, is gearing up to cap the summer with the release of new EP "Broken Leaves and Haunted Streets," which follows last year's full-length album "Please Deceive Me" (reviewed here).
The EP comes out August 6th and consists of instrumental re-imaginings of some of the project's earliest material, which has never before been officially released.
As we near the release date, Dan got in touch with Metalunderground to chat about "Broken Leaves and Haunted Streets," along with a nerdly talk about upcoming epic movies, anthology horror flicks, and movie scores.
Trollfest has released a track-by-track video breakdown for latest release “A Decade of Drekkadence,” which is a limited edition ten year anniversary picture disc containing new and unreleased material spanning the band's entire career.
Performing the voice over on the video are Eric & Mark Dow from American folk metallers Helsott, who were on the recent PaganFest America tour alongside Trollfest. The video can be seen below. More...
"Aeonic Obliteration," the debut full-length from Erie, Pennsylvania-based death metal henchmen Extinction Protocol, is out now via NYC-based D.I.Y. label P2. "Aeonic Obliteration" can now be streamed in its entirety below or purchased at the P2 Bandcamp here. The track listing is as follows:
1. The Merging of the Titans 03:44
2. As Life Turns To Ash 03:06
3. Engineering the Nemesis 03:10
4. Pyroclastic Reformation 02:50
5. Chained to Oblivion 04:11
6. Heir To An Apocalypse 04:52
7. Malignant Existence 03:10
8. Arrival of the Black Sun 02:43
9. Unraveling the Human Aether 04:35 More...
Sargatanas Reign has posted a teaser clip online as a teaser for the band's upcoming EP and album release. Check it out below, and the band also comments:
"News update! Our work with the album has come to an end. It's mixed and mastered, and sounds awesome! Looking forward to releasing it.
"We will release an EP in a couple of weeks as an appetizer. So stay tuned, you don't wanna miss this one! Check out this youtube clip, maybe it will give you an foretaste of what will come."
Soreption has posted a teaser trailer online for the band's upcoming album, which can be heard below, and the band also comments:
"Greetings! Your patience through our silence is much appreciated. The new album 'Engineering the Void' is complete. We are currently exploring avenues and options to make this release proper so that it reaches as many ears and hands as possible.
"We do not feel arrogant at all in saying that this is our best work to date. We will be sharing some sounds with you all very soon to hold you over. Thank you all very much for your support, and please continue to spread the word about us."
Celebrate your Friday with a hearty dose of "Seventh Swamphony," the impending new full-length from Finnish death metal instigators Kalmah, currently streaming in its entirety via Revolver Magazine. Check it out here or in the player below.
Recorded at Tico-Tico Studios in Kemi, Finland, the follow-up to 2010’s "12 Gauge" release was mixed and mastered at Sweden’s Fascination Street Studios by Jens Bogren (Opeth, Soilwork, Paradise Lost, et al).
"Seventh Swamphony" will be released in North America via Spinefarm Records digitally on June 18th, 2013 and on CD June 25th, 2013. More...
The entire "Brezhnev's Cocktail" EP is now available for streaming via Concrete Swine's Reverbnation profile. Check it out in the player below.
The EP was recorded by Jani Loikas at Cursed studio in Finland, mixed by Paul Bento (Type O Negative, Carnivore) at Beak Owl Sound Studio in New York, and mastered by Maor Appelbaum (Sepultura, Halford, Yngwie Malmsteen, Adrenaline Mob, Queensryche) in Los Angeles. The track listing is:
1. Thin Line
2. High Octane
4. Democrazy More...
Michigan's Taproot has announced a new string of tour dates to wrap up the band's headlining "Gift" tour. The three-week run, which will see the band perform the "Gift" album in its entirety, will kick off June 21st in Toledo, Ohio. A full list of confirmed dates can be seen below.
"We are extremely excited to get back on the road and play Gift in its entirety one final time for this last leg of the Gift tour," said vocalist/guitarist Stephen Richards. "This has been a treat for us and our fans, a journey back in time we've been told, and we're looking forward to seeing some new and familiar faces out East."
Taproot also plans to release its seventh studio album in early 2014. Catch the band live on the following dates: More...
Canadian metal legends Annihilator (covered last year in our Sunday Old School column) are gearing up for studio CD #14, simply titled "Feast," which will be released in August 2013 via the UDR label. UDR comments:
"9 brand new tracks that will kick your ass. The deluxe ECO-book version will also feature a Bonus CD containing a 15 song 'Best Of Annihilator' track listing… a grand total of 24 songs in one package - with a 3D cover! More...
Indianapolis-based sludge/rock riff-mongers Devil To Pay have announced a string of live dates in support of their recently released fourth album, "Fate is Your Muse."
The dates will see Devil to Pay sharing stages with the likes of Lo-Pan, Venomous Maximous, Earthen Grave, Soulfly, and ZZ Top. Catch the show on one of these dates:
6/20 - Indianapolis, IN @ Indy's Jukebox w/ Venomous Maximous, Teenage Strange
7/04 - Dayton, OH @ Blind Bob's w/ Lo-Pan, Neon Warship
7/05 - Chicago, IL @ Cobra Lounge w/ Lo-Pan
7/06 - Madison, WI @ Mr. Roberts w/ Lo-Pan, The Garza
7/07 - Indianapolis, IN @ Indy's Jukebox w/ Lo-Pan, Stealing Volume, Death Trap
7/11 - Detroit, MI @ PJ's Lager House w/ Lo-Pan
7/12 - Cleveland, OH @ The Foundry w/ Lo-Pan, Venomin James
7/13 - Columbus, OH @ Kobo w/ Lo-Pan, Barely Eagle, the Girls!
7/19 - Indianapolis, IN @ Rock House w/ Phoenix on the Fault Line, Dell Zell
8/10 - Chicago, IL @ Mayne Stage w/ Earthen Grave
8/11 - Indianapolis, IN @ The Vogue w/ Soulfly
8/25 - Noblesville, IN @ Klipsch Music Center w/ ZZ Top, Kid Rock
9/21 - Indianapolis, IN @ Old National Center w/ Indy Metal Fest More...
Check out the new clip of behind-the-scenes studio footage from Boston's Ramming Speed below, which features video of the drum-tracking session at GodCity Studio with Kurt Ballou (Skeletonwitch, Converge, Black Breath). The new album "Doomed To Destroy, Destined To Die” is due out June 25th on CD, LP, cassette and digital download.
Ramming Speed just hit the road again, this time with Valient Thorr and Gypsyhawk. Full details can be found after the jump.
Ottawa, ON melodic death thrashers Chariots of The Gods have posted a teaser for their next music video "Starborn," which is off their debut full length "Tides of War" (reviewed here).
The album was produced by award winning producer/engineer/mixer Glen Robinson, who has worked with names such as The Ramones, AC/DC, GWAR, Annihilator and Voivod.
Chariots of the Gods will also be hitting the road this summer and performing in Ontario and Quebec for the "Ride The Tides Tour" in support of the release. Dates are available after the jump. More...
By popular demand, Prosthetic Records will soon issue gatefold double-LP editions of the two albums that rocketed the French quartet Gojira from the European underground to international stardom.
“From Mars To Sirius” and “The Way Of All Flesh” will be released on vinyl on August 27th, 2013. Pre-orders are available now at this location.
Originally issued overseas in 2005, “From Mars To Sirius," released by Prosthetic in 2006, and never before available on LP in North America, was the Western Hemisphere’s formal introduction to Gorjia. One of MetalSucks’ Top 10 “best metal albums of the 21st Century so far,” the album was supported by U.S. tours with the likes of Lamb of God, Children of Bodom, Machine Head, Behemoth, and Amon Amarth. The gatefold 2LP set will be available in three 180-gram variants: “Eco-Green” (600 copies), “Mars Red” (200 copies) and “Sea Blue” (200 copies), the latter two of which are mail-order exclusives.
Engineered, mixed, and mastered by Logan Mader (Five Finger Death Punch, DevilDriver, Fear Factory), the follow-up was “The Way Of All Flesh” (2008). The band’s first release to crack the Billboard Top 200, the album — which features a guest appearance by Lamb of God front man Randy Blythe — was supported by tours with In Flames and All That Remains, in addition to a month touring North American arenas with Metallica. The gatefold 2LP set marks the first time in three years that the album will be available on vinyl, and it will be offered in two new variants: 180-gram clear (500 copies), and a mail-order exclusive, standard-weight blue/white split vinyl (500 copies).
Following the unleashing of the first "Dark Gods" installment, the second in the malevolent trilogy from black/death corruptors Von is nearly upon us.
Entitled "Dark Gods: Rise Of The Ancients" and completely envisioned and created by Von’s sole entity Venien, part two of the "Dark Gods" trilogy infiltrates the classic low-fi blackened monstrosities with which Von is synonymous, with more demonic rock, guttural vocal torment, and a plodding/maniacal occult doom murkiness.
The first plague from the trilogy comes as an advance single titled "Ritual Of The Black Mass." Initially released via Terrorizer Magazine’s covermount Fear Candy #121 CD compilation inside issue 127, the audio for “Ritual Of The Black Mass” is now streaming via VON’s official Bandcamp page. Check it out below.
Full details on the upcoming release of "Dark Gods II: Rise of The Ancients" will be revealed shortly in the bleak Summer months ahead. Von will manifest material from the "Dark Gods" trilogy live on foreign shores this Summer on the now seventeen-city Ritual of The Black Mass European Tour 2013, beginning this Wednesday, June 19th in Oberhausen, Germany. More...
Oklahoma's AdiaphorA has posted the entire "Annexation" EP online for streaming via YouTube. Check out the release through the player below, or find more info on the band at Facebook here.
Today Australian rock band Karnivool announces the release of third full-length album, "Asymmetry," via Density Records. The exact U.S. release date along with pre-order information will be announced shortly.
"Asymmetry" is the band’s first new release in over four years (following sophomore release, "Sound Awake") and the 14 tracks were recorded and mixed by producer Nick DiDia (Pearl Jam, Rage Against The Machine, Mastodon) in Byron Bay, New South Wales.
“I think each time Karnivool walk into another record we all want to explore new ground,” explains vocalist Ian Kenny. “We want to open the door to our musical basement, switch the light off and tumble down the stairs into god knows what. Each time we switch the light on again we are a different band.”
“We wanted this record to be a natural evolution from Sound Awake,” adds guitarist Drew Goddard. “It needed to be more honest and raw, sound wise and song wise, exploring unchartered territory for the band while holding true to the things that make Karnivool... Karnivool.” More...
Austin, Texas-based classic rock sensation Scorpion Child has released a track-by-track video trailer in which vocalist extraordinaire, Aryn Jonathan Black, talks about all the songs on the band's upcoming self-titled debut album. Check it out below.
"Scorpion Child" is due out June 21st, 2013 and has the following track listing:
01. Kings Highway
02. Polygon Of Eyes
03. The Secret Spot
04. Salvation Slave
07. In The Arms Of Ecstasy
09. Red Blood (The River Flows)
10. Keep Goin’ (Lucifer's Friend cover)
11. Lover's Leap (iTunes version only) More...
Andreas Kisser, founding member and guitarist for Sepultura, is currently issuing updates of the sudio sessions for the band's upcoming album over at Brazilian site Pernambuco.com. Check them out at this location.
The band has also released 3 video updates, the latest one featuring drummer Eloy Casagrande destroying his kit. Check them out in the playlist below. The as-yet-untitled record is scheduled for a fall release via Nuclear Blast.
Detroit, Michigan act We Came As Romans has been confirmed to be among the bands of the European edition of this year's Vans Warped Tour in November. The first announced dates will be:
09.11 D Berlin - Arena
10.11 NL Eindhoven - Klokgebouw
16.11 UK London - Ally Pally
23.11 CH Bern - Festhalle
24.11 A Vienna - Stadthalle
For more info on the European Vans Warped Tour, head over to this location. We Came As Roman's new album, "Tracing Back Roots," will be released July 26th, 2013 via Nuclear Blast. The band also has the following upcoming live shows:
Aug 14 Hamburg, Germany @ Logo
Aug 15 Dinkelsbühl, Germany @ Summer Breeze
Aug 16 Hasselt, Belgium @ Pukkelpop
Aug 17 Grosspösna, Germany @ Highfield Fest
Aug 18 Biddinghuizen, Holland @ Lowlands
Aug 20 Köln, Germany @ Underground
Aug 21 Übersee am Chiemsee, Germany @ Chiemsee Rocks
Swedish old school death metal act Desolator will release debut full-length album "Unearthly Monument" on June 30th via Hellthrasher Productions.
According to a press release, the album consists of 12 tracks (including re-recorded versions of some of the band's earlier songs as well as several brand new pieces). "Unearthly Monument" was mixed and mastered by Nikos G. at Hellish Music Productions and features the following track listing:
1. Thy Flesh Consumed
4. Mass Human Pyre
5. Infernal Gathering
6. Feeding Frenzy
7. The Triumph of Death
8. Bludgeoned, Beaten and Berated
9. Second Killing of Christ
11. Age of Annihilation
12. Antimortem Autopsy More...
Darkest Hour has signed a worldwide deal with Sumerian Records and is hard at work on the band's much anticipated new full-length album.
Darkest Hour states: "To say that Sumerian Records and label owner Ash Avildsen are big supporters of this band would be a huge understatement. We have been proud to call Ash our friend since our early years and this friendship has flourished greatly since then via our relationship with his sister company, The Pantheon Booking Agency.
"When you start a band you dream that one day you can do what you love with great friends and family around you. Now it all seems to have come full circle. With the good people at Outerloop Management, Sumerian Records and the Pantheon Agency we finally feel right at home. Every aspect of the group is being handled by long-time trusted friends and is in reliable hands. This safe haven has given us the shelter we need to put together a life-changing new album. More...
Today an official new video from Mumakil has been unleashed just in time to get you fired up for the weekend. Check it out in the player below. Relapse Records also comments on the clip:
"The 'Death From Below' video matches the immaculately captured yet crushing audio direct from the album to brutal live footage of the band performing the album’s whirlwind opening track, filmed by Schlep at L'Usine located in the band’s hometown of Geneva, Switzerland, with a legion of the town’s finest grindfreaks going berserk in the pit.
"Produced by the band at Terrier 5 Studio in Geneva, and the first Mumakil album to be released in four years, Flies Will Starve will hit the streets June 25th in North America, preceded by its release June 21st in Germany/Benelux/Finland and June 24th in the UK and abroad. The album devastates the listener with twenty-four tracks of precision grindcore teetering on the edge of insanity in the vein of Birdflesh, Misery Index, Antigama and Kill The Client. The oppressive percussion only lets up to build-up to the next blinding blast, the strings jackhammering forth the band’s most death-influenced riffing yet and of course the razorchoked vocal bloodbath is nothing short of nauseatingly awesome."
Formed in the summer of 2010 in the heart of Cascadia, "Winterwheel" is the second offering from blackened folk metal duo Moss of Moonlight and will be released this summer solstice on June 21st, 2013.
Described as "a true rarity in the black metal genre" by Pure Gain Audio, "Winterwheel" follows debut "Seed," a concept album about a band of Pacific North Western rebels that rise up and create the Republic of Cascadia.
According to the band, the "Winterwheel" album "reaches far beyond 'Seed', into colder and darker territories." Moss of Moonlight's Jenn Grunigen recently discussed the upcoming album in more detail and touched on the writing process:
“Winterwheel is a ritual put to song. It embraces the turning of the seasons, and the necessary, vicious loop of birth and death. Each song delves into the nature of a different Anglo Saxon god or goddess, and is steeped in the old, cyclic roads of our Pagan ancestors, as well as the very language of the Anglo Saxons. With this wisdom and craft, we made new rites--in other words, Winterwheel, this sacrifice to the gods, the cosmos. With each play, the ritual is brought to life once more, and anyone willing to listen is a participant in the offering.” More...
Between the Buried and Me will be embarking on a headlining tour across North America this Fall. This tour will be the first time the band will be performing "The Parallax," both parts I and II, in their entirety (check out our reviews of part I and part II).
Joining the band for this tour will be The Faceless, The Contortionist, and The Safety Fire. The tour is scheduled to begin on September 13th in North Carolina and will wind its way across the U.S. and Western/Central Canada before wrapping up in Tennessee on October 25th. More...
WolveXhys has released a new music video for the track "Mumakil," which comes off the "Servants of Penance and Purification" album released via FivebyFive Records.
Check out the new video clip below, or find more info on the band over at Facebook here.
The Infinite Staircase has checked in with the following announcement about finishing work on a new EP:
"So, earlier this week, shy of a few last minute surprises yet to be announced, we have officially finished recording our EP with Morgan Rose at Architekt Music in Butler, New Jersey and the mad scientist Mike Ferretti has officially begun the process of mixing the songs.
"Going into this we thought we already knew what our single would be at the end of the month, but the magic of the studio has since changed that. It goes to show, you really never know what's going to happen when recording. More details on that coming soon!
"There are officially 6 brand new songs which will be featured on this EP with at least one or two special bonuses planned as well. An official tracklisting will be announced shortly, along with the EP title and release date.
"In true TIS fashion, we've assembled a team of amazing musicians & friends to collaborate with us. This list includes the album's Producer/Drummer Morgan Rose (Sevendust, Call Me No One) as well as Sean 'Memphis' Hennesy (Candlebox, The Gracious Few), John 'JD' DeServio (Black Label Society, Cycle of Pain), Chris Caffery (Savatage, Trans-Siberian Orchestra) and Troy Cromwell (Cycle Of Pain). More...
Pelgrim has posted a new lyric video online, which can be viewed below, and the band also comments:
"The wait is over! With this lyric video we release our single 'For Better Or Worse' from our debut EP. The EP will be released on September 7th at our release party in Poppodium 013. More info about that soon."
Deadlock has checked in with the following brief announcement about a lineup change:
"LINE UP NEWS - our former bass player Ferdinand will continue as second guitarist to replace Gert, who left the group in early 2013 for family reasons."
Here is Ferdinand's statement:
"It's been 4 years now, since I joined the Deadlock family. I started as the merch guy, did the tour-management and took over bass, when John hooked up with the mic - so it was just the logical step, to fill the vacant guitar slot. Recording with Basti is always a huge challenge for every musician, but we had a great time while writing 'The Arsonist.' I already like my new job and I'm glad to know, that everybody else in the band is happy with the solution we found."
The band's new LP "The Arsonist" is due out on July 26th, 2013 via Napalm Records. The track listing is as follows: More...
Melodic death metal pioneers Dark Tranquillity have teamed up with Decibel Magazine to give fans a silver-on-green flexi disc for the exclusive b-side "Sorrow's Architect."
This track will be available to Decibel subscribers in the magazine's August issue (out in July), and it comes from the recording sessions of "Construct" (reviewed here), the band's 10th studio album.
U.K. based power metal act Gloryhammer, featuring Alestorm frontman Christopher Bowes on keyboards and Emerald vocalist Thomas Winkler on vocals, announced a string of U.K. tour dates dubbed the "Epic Tour of Furious Thunder." The tour is in support of the 2013 debut LP "Tales From the Kingdom of Fife," which is available now via Napalm Records (see review at this location).
The announcement reads: "Hail, my mighty warriors. Today we are thrilled to announce our first ever tour; a headlining quest through the United Kingdom this Autumn. HOOTS! Starting in the Mighty City of Dundee, and ending in the Legendary Citadel of Bilston, we will be enthralling the nation from north to south, in which we will play our ENTIRE debut album, from start to finish! Support bands to be confirmed at a later date. Here's all the details:"
Gloryhammer & Guests:
25th Sept - DUNDEE @ Reading Rooms
26th Sept - GLASGOW @ Classic Grand
27th Sept - SHEFFIELD @ Academy
28th Sept - MANCHESTER @ Sound Control
29th Sept - BRISTOL @ The Fleece
30th Sept - LEICESTER @ Academy
1st Oct - LONDON @ The Garage
2nd Oct - BILSTON @ Robin 2 More...
Finland's Turisas announced that the follow-up to "Stand Up & Fight" (reviewed here) will be entitled "Turisas2013." The album is scheduled for release on August 26th (EU), September 2nd (UK) and September 3rd (North America) via Century Media Records.
The album was produced again by vocalist Mathias Nygård, with the majority of the album recorded by Mathias Nygård and guitarist Jussi Wickström in a remote house outside of Helsinki that worked as the “Turisas2013” command centre and head quarter.
Additional recordings were done in other studios: the drums at Atomic Spa Studio and orchestral recordings at 5 by 5 Studio, both in Helsinki. A large portion of the vocals and numerous additional acoustic elements were recorded at Sound Supreme Studio in Hämeenlinna where Turisas also recorded “The Varangian Way” and “Stand Up And Fight”. The mix and mastering was done by London based producer Jaime Gomez Arellano who has previously worked with Ghost, Primodial and Ulver, just to name a few.
According to a press release, the band "deliberately aimed for a more organic sound" this time around, and Mathias “Warlord” Nygård further comments: 'When it comes to the production it's just the opposite of the polished and massive ‘Stand Up And Fight’. It's raw and dry and in your face, but still maintaining that Turisas-largeness. People attest us that we are a great live band and we wanted the album to be based more around that than orchestral massiveness. It's our most varied record to date and even if some of the songs sound very different, I think the common thread is that every single one has a lot of energy to it.'"
While the band will be playing selected festivals during the summer season the release of “Turisas2013” will be supported by extensive European touring with the band joining the Heidenfest 2013. Dates are available after the jump. More...
Swedish act Månegarm is streaming a new track "Sons of War" from the upcoming new LP "Legions of the North." The album is scheduled for release via Napalm Records on June 28th (ESP/SWE/NOR, G/A/S, FIN & Benelux), July 1st (Europe), July 2nd (USA/Canada) and July 5th (UK).
The track list for "Legions of the North" is:
2. Legions of the North (streaming here)
3. Eternity Awaits
5. Hordes of Hel
6. Tor Hjälpe
7. Wake the Gods (Bonus Track)
9. Sons of War
10. Echoes from the Past
12. Forged in Fire
Check out "Sons Of War" here: More...
Italian based metal act Mastercastle posted a lyric video for the track "Platnium." The song features Labyrinth/A New Day vocalist Roberto Tiranti. The song appears on the latest LP "On Fire," which is available now through Lion Music. A music video for the song "Chains" was previously issued and can be seen over here).
Check out "Platinum" here:
Pennsylvania's Sinsister Realm is streaming the opening track from the new LP "World of Evil." Check out "Dark Angel of Fate" in the player below. The band's third release is scheduled for release on August 6th via Shadow Kingdom Records.
The track list for "World Of Evil" is as follows:
1. Dark Angel of Fate
2. Bell Strikes Fear
3. World of Evil (see music video)
4. The Ghosts of Nevermore
5. Prophets of War
6. Cyber Villain
7. The Forest of Souls
8. Four Black Witches
Check out "Dark Angel of Fate" here: More...
Progressive rockers Blacklands, featuring Ex-Heavenward drummer Thomas Kelleners (Ex-Lucifer's Heritage - the original inception of Blind Guardian), posted a new music video for the track "Dance of the Witches." The song appears on the debut LP "A New Dawn" (see review over at this location. The album is available digitally through Amazon, iTunes, Spotify, Simfy and via Pure Steel Records for the physical release.
Check out "Dance of the Witches" here: