Metal News for June 15, 2011
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36 news articles posted on this day.
Bulldozer's comeback album "Unexpected Fate" is being released in a special edition format that includes 4 bonus Bulldozer classics ("Minkions," "Micro V.I.P.," "Willfull Death," and the "IX/Desert" medley) recorded live at the Rock Hard Festival 2010 in Gelsenkirchen, Germany.
The entire special edition version of the release is now available for streaming through AOL music by heading over to this location.
The track listing is as follows:
1. Unexpected Fate
2. Aces Of Blasphemy
3. Salvation For Sale
4. Use Your Brain
5. Micro Vip
7. Buried Alive By Trash
8. The Counter-Crusade
9. The Prediction
10. In The Name
11. IX/Desert (live at Rock Hard Festival 2010)
12. Minkions (live at Rock Hard Festival 2010)
13. Micro V.I.P. (live at Rock Hard Festival 2010)
14. Willful Death (live at Rock Hard Festival 2010)
Skeletal Spectre has posted a song online titled "Master of the Muck," which is taken from the band's new album "Occult Spawned Premonitions." The song features guttural female vocals from Vanessa Nocera and can be found below.
Italian black metal act Wunjo has issued the following announcement about appearing on a compilation album honoring Leonardo da Vinci:
"Wunjo are proud to announce their participation to the compilation in tribute of Leonardo Da Vinci. 8 Italian underground bands united for tribute to one of the most important persons of Italy of the Renaissance and considered one of the most genius of humanity. Moreover, Wunjo will give an anticipation of their new work 'Lvpvs In Fabvla' with the new song 'LVPVS LEGIO!'
Wunjo - Lvpvs Legio
Draugr - Furore Pagano
Kaiserreich - Cuore Nero
Ater - Spirito Divino
Asghath -Svb Magna Aqvilà
Ambs - Non c'è Tregua
Umbra Noctis - In Superficie
Handful of Hate - Reproach and Blame
Morbid Angel recently released the band's first full-length studio album in eight years, titled "Illud Divinum Insanus" (reviewed here). The band has now announced the following chart positions for the new release:
USA Billboard Top 200: #141
Top New Artists / Heatseekers: #3
Top Current Albums: #127
Independent Current Albums: #24
Current Hard Music Albums: #13
Top Hard Music Albums: #15
Top Current Rock Albums: #48
UK # 37 Top 50 Independent albums
UK #18 Top 40 Rock chart
Danish Album chart #49
Morbid Angel in Dutch Alternative Charts, week 24 #30 (charts entry), 1st week.
German Trend Chart #23
Norway Top 100 #85
Morbid Angel was also recently covered in our Sunday Old School column. Live footage of Morbid Angel performing the new song "Existo Vulgore" is also available here, or you can check out a humorous video of Adolf Hilter reacting to the album's musical direction at this location.
Hard rockers The Sword have quickly climbed their way to the top with their brand of seventies-inspired rock n' roll. The Sword tours non-stop and packs the house every time with a wide-range of fans clamoring to see their favorite band. I caught up with the band before a show in New Orleans for a quick talk about the act's recent set at Bonnaroo and the last album "Warp Riders." More...
Greek band Tardive Dyskinesia entered the studio last month to record a new album. The band has also now issued the following announcement about recent lineup changes:
"We'd like to announce that Nick Argyropoulos (Drummer of the Greek band Insane Court) and Steve Lado (Guitarist and producer of our new album) will replace Stavros Rigos (drums) and Fotis Tsakos (guitar) who left the band earlier this year. We'd like to thank Stavros and Fotis for being a part of Tardive Dyskinesia for about 10 years and we wish them good luck on their future plan. Our goal is to finish our new album which is already in process and give a massive and solid result!! Please welcome our new members! Our current Line up is:
Manthos S. - Vocals/Guitar
Peter N. - Guitar
Steve L. - Guitar
Kornelius K. - Bass
Nick A. - Drums
"Here is a drum cam videos with our new drummer Nick playing 'Downfall' & 'Complicity' Enjoy him!"
Warocracy entered the studio in May with guest musician Steve Tucker to record a new full-length album. The band has now issued the following brief update announcing the album's title:
"Hello metalheads, the name for our first full-length is set. It will be 'INHVMANITAS AMENTIA' and will contain three old songs re-recorded and re-remastered plus new works. Debut album will get out on September 2011. Stay connected for any news!"
More details on the upcoming release of "Inhvmanitas Amentia" will be announced as they are made available.
Germany's Thunder and Lightning has posted a video clip online for a new song titled "Shadowlight." You can check out the video clip in the player below. You can also check out Thunder and Lightning's music by heading over to the band's MySpace page.
U.S. metal/hard rock act No Sky Today has launched a brand new video for "Final Hour," which was taken from the band's self-titled debut album. The video, filmed and directed by Jason Meudt and Matt Biando from Vision 4 Films, can be viewed below.
The cover artwork and track listing for "No Sky Today" can be viewed below. More...
"Jade," the long-awaited new single from X Japan, one of the most influential rock bands in Japanese history, will be released in North America, Europe, and Latin America on Tuesday, June 28th in all digital formats. "Jade" is the first track from the band's English debut album, currently in the final stages of recording.
A "Jade" full-length ringtone will be made available exclusively in Japan on June 28, and the single will be released there and in Southeast Asia two weeks later on July 13.
"This is a years-long dream of X Japan's, to release a record in the Americas and in Europe," said Yoshiki, X Japan's leader/producer/songwriter/drummer/pianist. "Music is very powerful, and we believe it can help us bridge the gap between east and west. We hope that 'Jade' will be the first step."
Written and produced by Yoshiki and mixed by Andy Wallace, "Jade" was recorded in both Japan and at Yoshiki's Los Angeles studio, the same studio where Metallica recorded its classic Black album before Yoshiki bought it and turned it into a private facility.
The song features the thunderous drums and bass of Yoshiki and Heath, respectively, the searing twin guitar work of Pata and Sugizo, and Toshi's dynamic vocals. With most lyrics sung in English, "Jade" is a hauntingly romantic tale of embracing the beautiful sadness of death, and showcases X Japan's eclectic mix of rock, goth and classical music.
The release of "Jade" coincides with X Japan's June 28 sold-out show at London's Shepherd's Bush Empire and the kick-off of their world tour that includes stops in Europe and South America. Click here for the full itinerary.
X Japan is one of the most successful rock bands in Japanese history, having sold more than 30-million albums, singles and videos, and filled the 55,000-seat Tokyo Dome a record 18 times with its classic "Queen meets Guns 'N Roses meets 'The Matrix'" sound. The popularity of the band in Japan has made them a cultural phenomenon in music, fashion and business. X Japan made its North American debut at the 2010 Lollapalooza festival, and sold out their New York City debut at the famed Roseland Ballroom as part of the band's first American tour last fall.
Adam "Nergal" Darski of Poland's Behemoth received the "Metal As Fuck" award at the Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards in London this past weekend. Below is a statement from Nergal about his experience at the awards.
"Shit, I'm stoked! I couldn't be more proud of any other award…METAL AS FUCK. What a combination of words! I love everything about Metal and I love everything about…yes, you're right haha. Metal Hammer! You rule! Behemoth truly appreciates all the support given! Fans, thank you for voting…We'll be coming back to you shortly…rehearsals are starting early next week! I'm thrilled. By the way, I wanted to thank Jonathan for being a great host at this year's Awards! Thank you brother! Ah, I could talk forever about how awesome times it was…I got to meet one of my all time heroes, Jaz Coleman from Killing Joke…hung out with Jamie from Hatebreed, Suicide Silence guys, met Devin Townsend! (what a guy! Utmost respect!), Alan from Primordial, Adam Sagir, Alex from Metal Hammer…Great times, great people…you all made my day. Bah! Did I mention it was ALICE COOPER himself handing me the award? Alice, your poison is running thru my veins…"
A video interview with Nergal at the awards show, posted by Soundshock.com, can be seen below. Behemoth also recently announced upcoming Polish shows, which will be the band's first since Nergal underwent a bone marrow transplant due to be diagnosed with leukemia.
Erik Rutan and co. will be joining fellow death metal legends Origin for a North American tour throughout June and July. The tour kicks off today in Austin, TX at Emo's and wraps up on July 14th in Orlando, FL at Firestone Live. This tour will be the first in Hate Eternal's North American campaign in support of the band's latest album, "Phoenix Amongst the Ashes." The tour is being presented by Decibel Magazine and Metal Injection in association with Sick Drummer, Scion, Laboga, and Choosing Death.
Erik Rutan comments, "The response to our new album 'Phoenix Amongst The Ashes' continues to be incredible, and we hope to see all you guys out on this U.S./Canadian tour. The show each night is gonna be awesome! Thanks so much for all your support. It is what keeps us strong!"
The dates are as follows:
Hate Eternal and Origin with Vital Remains & Abysmal Dawn
June 15 Austin, TX @ Emo's
June 16 Amarillo, TX @ Sorority House
June 17 Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater
June 19 Tempe, AZ @ Clubhouse
June 20 Hollywood, CA @ Key Club
June 21 San Francisco, CA @ Slim's
June 22 Sparks, NV @ The Alley
June 24 Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
June 25 Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theater
June 26 Kelowna, BC @ The Sapphire
June 27 Calgary, AB @ The Distillery
June 28 Edmonton, AB @ Pawn Shop
June 30 Regina, SK @ The Exchange
July 1 Winnipeg, MB @ The Royal Albert
July 2 St. Paul, MN @ Station 4
July 3 Madison, WI @ The Annex
July 5 Chicago, IL @ Reggie's Rock Club
July 6 Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's
July 7 Toronto, ON @ Wreck Room
July 8 Montreal, QC @ Les Foufounes Electriques
July 9 Worcester, MA @ Palladium
July 10 New York, NY @ Santo's Party House
July 11 Baltimore, MD @ Otto Bar
July 13 Charleston, SC @ The Oasis
July 14 Orlando, FL @ Firestone Live
Bay Area thrashers Dekapitator are currently streaming the official re-issue of their 1999 full-length album "We Will Destroy…You Will Obey!!!" online now. Head over to the Dekapitator Bandcamp page at this location to check out the album.
The long out-of-print album has been repackaged, remastered, and includes four new bonus tracks. "We Will Destroy…You Will Obey!!!" will see its CD and digital re-issue on June 21st and is available for pre-order here.
Leaves' Eyes has issued the following announcement about the upcoming Heilig's Blechle 2011 festival changing venues:
"Because of developments concerning the festival location, the organization had to move the festival. Heilig's Blechle will now take place at the Arena Ludwigsburg!
"Also the festival has some awesome updates: 5 extra bands added to the bill, 2 full day festival, Aftershow Party at the RockFabrik in Ludwigsburg (with all bands). The stage will be double the size! Same ticket price! All previous sold tickets will stay valid for both days!"
Additional details on the festival are available here, and the bill is shaping up as follows:
Watch Me Bleed
Sweden's Malfeitor has posted the cover artwork online for the band's upcoming cassette release of "To Hell, Farewell." You can check out the art below. The band also commented on the release:
"Totally rare! True collectors item! Make sure to book yours now! Send your pre orders to: firstname.lastname@example.org. One of the tracks will NOT be released on any other media, so make sure to book this one! The other five tracks will be re-recorded and placed on our debut 'Dum morior orior,' that is planned for release during first quarter of 2012."
Season of Mist has issued the following announcement about signing one-man black metal band Arckanum:
"The Swedish black metal act just joined the roster! Season of Mist's Underground Activists division will unleash the one-man band's seventh album on next September 16th in Europe, September 27th in North America."
The new album will follow-up the 2010 release "Sviga Lae." Details on the new album's title, track listing, and artwork will be announced as they are made available.
You can also check out Arckanum's music by heading over to the band's MySpace music profile.
Norwegian black metal act Tsjuder recently reunited after a five-year long hiatus. The infernal trio's forthcoming album is entitled "Legion Helvete" and has been scheduled for an October 14th release date (October 18th in the U.S.). Additional details on "Legion Helvete" will be announced as they are made available.
In the meantime, you can catch the band live this weekend at France's Hellfest, as well as at Germany's Wacken Open Air on August 7th and at Brutal Assault in Czech Republic on August 11th.
Season of Mist has announced today the signing of American grindcore quartet Misery Index, which will be writing a new album later this year.
"Needless to say, we are very excited to start working with Season of Mist and to join an exceptional roster that includes many of our favorite bands," bassist / vocalist Jason Netherton states. "We will commence later this year to writing the next album, and with luck will enter the studio in 2012. Thanks to everyone who helped us get to where we are today, and cheers to Season of Mist for supporting us in our present and future endeavors."
Misery Index also recently announced Eastern Canadian tour dates. Details on the run of shows are available here.
Germany's But We Try It has posted a trailer online for the band's debut "Dead Lights" album. You can watch the clip below. "Dead Lights" was produced by Waldemar Sorychta (Grip inc., Tiamat), recorded at Woodhouse Studios Germany, with mixing and mastering handled by Siggi Bemm (Tiamat, Lacuna Coil).
Italian act Trails of Sorrow has posted another track online, titled "See My Blood Flowing," which can be viewed in the player below. You can also check out the previously posted songs "Wonderful Memories," "A Grave of Loneliness," and "Living as to Live is to Suffer."
Fan filmed footage has been posted online of Iced Earth performing live at the Rock Hard festival on June 11th, 2011. You can check out the clip below.
Iced Earth also recently announced the band's new album will be titled "Dystopia." You can find a statement from Jon Schaffer about the album by heading over to this location.
Massacre Records has issued the following announcement about inking a deal with thrash act Vendetta:
"The Bavarian thrash metal band Vendetta was born in the 80's. After two demos, 'System Of Death' (1985) and 'Suicidal Lunacy' (1987), Vendetta released their debut album 'Go And Live... Stay And Die' in 1987. The songs on the album were about social problems like drugs, corruption and violence as well as immigration, war and politics.
"Within the next year, the band was on the road again. They've also released their second album, 'Brain Damage,' which was produced by Harris Johns. The songs became more complex and melodic.
"Vendetta also played a lot of gigs and supported bands like Paradox, Tankard, Exumer and Helstar.
"In 1990 Vendetta disbanded, but reunited 8 years later. In 2003 they recorded their 4-track demo 'Dead People Are Cool.' Vendetta have now signed a record deal with Massacre Records.
"Their new album, which is more aggressive and progressive than the band's previous releases, will be mastered by Dan Swanö at the Unisound studio and is scheduled to be released in winter 2011! Welcome to the Massacre Records family, Vendetta!"
You can also check out Vendetta's music by heading over to the band's official MySpace page.
Symphonic black metal act Carach Angren has been posting re-recorded 2011 versions of older songs, including the recently uploaded track "The Ghost Of Raynham Hall." You can check out the new version of the "Ethereal Veiled Existence" single in the player below.
American thrash metal outfit Warbringer has announced that the band is currently putting the finishing touches on a new studio album, which will be entitled, "Worlds Torn Asunder." Speaking on the new album, frontman John Kevill stated:
"With this record we were trying to do 2 things, to make something that progressed in new directions from our previous work, but also to keep all the speed and intensity at the forefront. I really think we've pulled that off with this record, we have a great and diverse batch of songs. Musically I think we have songs on this record that move forward from the styles of both our previous records, and some that go in completely new directions that the band has never done before. We are really excited to put this record out, we are really trying to raise the bar with this one."
The track listing is as follows:
Shattered Like Glass
Wake Up... Destroy
Future Ages Gone
Echoes From The Void
Enemies of the State
Behind the Veils of Night (instrumental)
Legendary American grindcore outfit Terrorizer has announced that they will be returning to the metal scene soon with a brand new album, their first since 2006's, "Darker Days Ahead." The album will be released next year through French label, Season of Mist, whom the band have just signed a new deal with. This will mark the first Terrorizer album not to feature founding member Jesse Pintado, who passed away in 2006, during the same week "Darker Days Ahead" was released. Speaking on the new label and album, the band stated:
"We are happy to team up with SoM for the worldwide release of the next Terrorizer album! We are currently finishing the recordings and expect to mix down the record by the summer! We are also determined to finally bring Terrorizer on tour all over the globe to support the album's release."
The current Terrorizer lineup is as follows:
Anthony Rezhawk - Vocals
Katina Culture - Guitar
Dave Vincent - Bass
Pete Sandoval - Drums
South Africa based melodic blackened metal band Crow Black Sky is currently offering the debut album "Pantheion" as a free download. You can get the album by heading over to the official Crow Black Sky website here.
Several tracks are also available for streaming, along with additional details on the band, by navigating to the Crow Black Sky Facebook page.
Angrymetalguy.com commented on the album, "Obviously having huge Opeth and Amon Amarth influence, these tracks essentially sound like the best way you could blend those two bands... The song-writing here isn’t just a fluke — these guys have serious potential."
The album's track listing is as follows:
1. Vita Satus
3. The Oppressor’s Fortune
4. A Shadow Consumes the Desert Sun
7. Stars of God
8. Our Path Disdained
11. Our Path Disdained (Instrumental)
Hollenthon has issued the following announcement about playing a benefit show at the upcoming 2011 edition of the Arena Bierwoche festival:
"The best things in life are free, therefore Hollenthon will be playing at this year's Arena Bierwoche Festival! But please note that this is a benefit performance for our dear friend Chris, who's fighting for survival after a fatal motorcycle accident, so we kindly ask you to donate a few Euros to help him win this battle!"
Sweden's Rev 16:8 recently released the band's sophomore album "Ashlands." The act has now issued the following announcement about both "Ashlands" and debut album "Grand Tidal Rave" seeing a double CD release in Japan:
"Both current albums of REV 16:8, 'Ashlands' and 'Grand tidal rave', will be released as a 2CD limited edition for the Japanese market. The street date is set to July 6 and made available through Blind world records. For more information on the release and BWR visit Sidemilitia."
Rev 16:8 issued a track-by-track breakdown of the new album "Ashlands" last month, which can be found here. A music video for "Flame Salvation," taken from "Grand Tidal Rave," is also available below.
Live footage of Ghost performing for the first time on US soil at this year's Maryland Deathfest IX has been posted online. Check out the video below, courtesy of Return To The Pit. More photos can be found here.
Live performance footage has been posted online featuring Polish death metal act Vader performing a new song. The track, which is titled "Come and See My Sacrifice," is to be included on the band's forthcoming new album "Welcome To The Morbid Reich." You can check out the song in the player below.
Black Tide has posted the music video for its new single "Walking Dead Man." The track is the first to be released from the band's upcoming new full length album "Post Mortem" which will hit store shelves on August 23, 2011. You can check out the video at this location with behind-the-scenes footage from the shoot being featured below.
New iTunes preview clips of the forthcoming Limp Bizkit album "Gold Cobra" have been posted online. The album is set for a June 28, 2011 release date through Interscope Records. You can check out the previews in the soundcloud player below.
New high quality, multi-camera live footage featuring Belgian death/grind act Leng Tch'e has made its way online. The footage was captured during the band's recent performance at K17 in Berlin, Germany. You can check out the video in the player below.
American metal act Machine Head has made its new single available online for streaming. The track, titled "Locust," will appear on the band's as-yet-untitled new full length album - which is currently planned for a September 27, 2011 release date through Roadrunner Records. You can check out the song in the player below.
Times of Grace, the project between Killswitch Engage guitarist Adam D and former Killswitch Engage vocalist Jesse Leach, has posted some new footage from its recent appearance at the 2011 Nova Rock event in Austria. You can check out the footage in the player below.
Swedish melodic death metal act Arch Enemy has revealed the dates for its upcoming headline tour of North America. Support on the trek is set to come from Devildriver, Skeletonwitch and Chthonic. You can view the list of currently announced dates, cities and venues below.
09/08 Baltimore, MD – Rams Head
09/09 New York, NY – Best Buy Theater
09/10 Worcester, MA – The Palladium
09/12 Quebec City, QC – Imperial
09/13 Montreal, QC – Metropolis
09/14 Toronto, ON – Phoenix
09/17 Winnipeg, MB – The Garrick Center
09/19 Calgary, AB – McEwan Hall
09/20 Edmonton, AB – Edmonton Events Centre
09/22 Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom
09/23 Seattle, WA – Showbox
09/24 Spokane, WA – Knitting Factory
09/26 San Francisco, CA – Regency Center
09/27 Los Angeles – Nokia Theatre
09/29 Phoenix, AZ – The Marquee
09/30 Albuquerque, NM – The Sunshine
10/01 Denver, CO – The Gothic
10/03 Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
10/04 Chicago, IL – House of Blues