Metal News for June 16, 2012
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20 news articles posted on this day.
Tentacle, the side project of Boston band Ice Dragon, is streaming its recent four song EP "Void Abyss" over on Bandcamp. Stream all four tracks of noisy, lo-fi doom below. The cover illustration of "Void Abyss" was done by Adam Burke. The album version contains a bonus fifth track that kicks in after the fourth song "The Ruler of All Space and Time."
Montreal's Blackguard has stated the following via the band's Facebook page:
"Unfortunately we must officially announce the departure of lead guitarist Kim Gosselin from Blackguard.
"For those of you who have seen us play during our last few tours, this will not come as a shock, seeing as Kim has been absent from the live lineup for quite some time.
"Kim has decided not to continue with the band, and we'd like to thank him for his invaluable contribution to this group over the years.
"As hard as it is seeing a brother go, this is truly the best thing for both parties as Kim’s interest in touring and writing have been waning over the last year.
"We wanted to wait until we had found a suitable replacement before making any official announcement and we’re very happy to finally be able to let everyone in on what’s going on.
"Blackguard is very happy to welcome Mr. Louis Jacques of the band Kemilon to the family as new lead guitarist.
"Louis made his live debut with Blackguard yesterday at the D-tox Rockfest in Montebello, QC . This was an amazing show and a great way to kick off our journey together.
"From Louis: 'I’m very glad to be joining the mighty Blackguard! Together we'll get to a new level. Expect more violence, originality and shred...!'
"Here’s a small taste of what Louis will be bringing to the team.
"We’re hard at work on our followup to last year’s 'Firefight' record [read Metalunderground.com's review here]. We already have songs demoed and we expect an early 2013 release through Victory records.
"The next few months are going to be very busy for us. We do have a few shows planned so keep your eyes on our tour section of our Facebook and come welcome Louis in style.
See you all on the road!!
Glam parody/tribute band Steel Panther has posted a video clip online of the band performing an acoustic version of the song "Weenie Ride" at this year's edition of Download Festival, which can be viewed below. "Weenie Ride" is taken off the band's latest album "Balls Out" (reviewed here).
Sodom has issued the following announcement about a brief delay in the release of the band's new 30th anniversary box set:
"The release of the limited (3.000 worldwide) deluxe boxset named '30 Years Sodomized - 1982-2012' for the 30th band anniversary will be delayed to June 25th in Europe and July 17th in the USA. But the content will stay the same:
- 2 LPs 'Official Bootleg – The Witchunter Decade,' red marbled vinyl
- 1 CD 'Official Bootleg – The Witchhunter Decade'
- 2CD 'Thirty Years War' best of - compiled by Tom Angelripper
- 30th Anniversary poster
- 32 page book in LP format about the history of the band incl. unseen photos and complete discography
- Size: 35 x 35 cm, hard cardboard material with top
"Get your copy and share the news. Support Thrash!" More...
Germ has posted the song "So Lonely, Dead Lonely" online, which can be heard in the player below and is taken from the upcoming "Loss" release. The band also commented:
"Artwork complete, master CD arriving in Germany any day now. Not long now until we have a release date for 'Loss'. Also, I just realised today the running time is almost 35 minutes!"
To hear more from the release, check out the previously posted song "Cold Grey Dawn" at this location.
Sweden's Opeth has issued the following announcement about front man Mikael Akerfeldt recording a new collaboration with Steve Hackett of Genesis:
"Mikael has recorded some vocals in collaboration with legendary Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett. Mikael is featured on a re-recording of the classic mega-epos 'Supper's ready' from 1972's 'Foxtrot' album. Watch this space for further details about the upcoming release.
"Due to popular demand Mikael has recorded 8 further shows for Swedish national radio. 'De bortglömda mästerverken' (The forgotten masterpieces) is a series of shows where Mikael flips vinyl on air, playing mostly obscure progressive and psychedelic rock.
"The show is being produced by Andreas Matz for Radio P4 and will start airing on the 15th of July. You can also catch it online at this location."
In other recent coverage of Opeth, the band was looked at for our Sunday Old School column, and we also featured opposing and supporting opinion articles on the band's change in style with latest album "Heritage."
Thrash/groove act Antari has now revealed the track listing for the band's upcoming new album "Campaigns of Misinformation," which can be viewed below. You can also check out the previously posted song "Ecocide" at this location. A release date for the album will be announced as it is made available.
1. The Opiate Of The Many...
2. ...And The Rehabilitation Of The Few
3. Battle Scars
4. Dying 'Til Death
5. Campaigns Of Misinformation
7. Four Years
8. Symbolic Revolver
9. The Cradle Of Civilisation
10. Conjuring Of The Curse
11. Skinless Conflict
Saxon's Biff Byford spoke with Total Rock Radio backstage following the band's 5th historic Donington appearance at this years Download Festival. Video from the interview has now been posted online and can be viewed in the player below.
Swedish act Nethebird, which split with the band's drummer and bassist back in April, has now issued the following announcement about recruiting new members:
"We are proud to announce that Netherbird officially has a complete lineup. Bassist Tobias Jacobsson has been close to the Netherbird camp for quite some time contributing lead guitar for the 'Blood Orchid' EP back in 2007 and filling in as our live bassist on tour across east and central Europe in February 2012.
"Drummer Nils Fjellström needs no further introduction. He premiered with Netherbird on the Stockholm gig in June 2nd and we are sure everyone present could instantly see how naturally he fit the band and how fantastic we sound as a unit with him on the drum throne.
"We are proud to have two amazing musicians joining our ranks, but more important to us is that we have a great chemistry on the personal level. The rehearsals for the upcoming recordings have been fantastic and we cannot wait to start the recordings to share our new material with the metal community.
"Needless to say, both Fjellström and Jacobsson will continue to work with the other bands they are involved with. The dark ride continues and we hope to see you all soon!"
Nephente – Vocals
Bizmark – Guitars
Nord – Guitars and vocals
Jabocsson – Bass
Fjellström – Drums
Toronto, Ontario's Titan is currently streaming the "Burn" album in its entirety at Exclaim! Magazine. Check out "Burn" at this location. "Burn" will be released June 29th (Europe) / August 3rd (Canada) on double LP vinyl in addition to being made available for digital downloads worldwide on June 23rd.
The album's track listing is as follows:
5. Warmer Months
7. Little Seeds
10. The Fire Sculpture
The band is also touring across Europe in support of the new release between June 29th - July 22nd. This will be Titan's third journey to Europe, following devastating trips in 2008 and 2010. Upcoming shows are as follows: More...
Xozo is about to release the new album "Farsight," and the band has now posted the full album online for streaming through bandcamp. You can also check out the release through the player below. The "Farsight" track listing is as follows:
5. Existence Diminished
7. Suffocating Consumption
9. Quark Star
10. Skull Fortress More...
New Jersey death metal act Edifice has posted the cover artwork online for the band's upcoming debut album "Agony Universal," which can be viewed below. Edifice also commented:
"Check out the majesty that is our debut full-length due out later this year. Stay tuned! Thank you to all our fans who support pure underground brutal music from around the world."
Downspirit has announced the band will be supporting Adrenaline Mob on the following German dates later this month and in July:
25.06.2012 - Germany Aschaffenburg (Colos-Saal)
26.06.2012 - Germany Hamburg (Knust)
05.07.2012 - Germany Ludwigsburg (Rockfabrik)
06.07.2012 - Germany München (Theaterfabrik)
07.07.2012 - Germany Bochum (Matrix)
Downspirit, the German/Swiss modern heavy-rock band formed by ex-Symphforce/ex-Freedom Call guitarist Cedric "Cede" Dupont, recently confirmed that the band has just finished recordings for a new album tentatively to be released by the end of July via Metalville Records. Release dates and further information will be given in the next days. You can check out in-studio footage from the recording of the album at this location.
Everybody has stage moves, but does that mean they are good? As part of Metal Injection's ongoing "Ask The Artist" series, the question of best and worst stage moves was posted to members of Dragonforce, Black Dahlia Murder, All Shall Perish, Fit For An Autopsy, Obey The Brave, The Acacia Strain, Skeletonwitch, Last Chance To Reason, The Contortionist, Holy Grail, Periphery, iwrestledabearonce, Hung, Overkill, God Forbid and Unearth.
Theatre of Night, which features three members from End of Existence, has announced the band is in the final mixing and mastering stages for the new album "The Dawn's Early Light." The cover artwork can be found after the jump, and "The Dawn's Early Light" is due out on July 1st, 2012.
To get a taste of the upcoming release, listen to a promo clip in the player available below. You can also check out the band's previously posted metal rendition of the Christmas song "Carol of the Bells" by clicking here. More...
Shots For Bands has posted an unofficial live video clip online of Darkest Hour performing the song "Violent By Nature," which can be viewed below.
The video includes footage of Darkest Hour playing at Basement 243 in Brisbane on May 4th, 2012. In related news, Darkest Hour recently parted ways with bassist Paul Burnette.
Atlanta-based trio Sons of Tonatiuh released their second LP, "Parade Of Sorrow," via Hydro-Phonic Records earlier this week. Memorializing its release, today online portal Ad Hoc is hosting a stream of the massive seven-and-a-half minute album closer "Fallout," at this location. The following press release was also issued about the album:
"The follow-up to their 2010 self-titled LP, Parade Of Sorrow which Creative Loafing fondly compared to 'a plague of locusts swarming for the attack,' offers an even filthier, more dirge-ridden Southern-fried Sons of Tonatiuh than ever, making it a must-have for fans of Eyehategod, Buzzov*en, Floor and the like. The album was recorded in Athens, Georgia by Kyle Spence of Harvey Milk and features artwork by Chris Parry."
The band's upcoming live appearances are as follows: More...
Dying Fetus is set to release new album "Reign Supreme" this Tuesday, June 19th and the band recently completed work on a video for the song "From Womb to Waste." The video features 12 camera angles from a recent live show at Maryland Deathfest held at Sonar in Baltimore, MD.
The clip was filmed and directed by Scott Hansen (Animals as Leaders, A Day to Remember) and is receiving its premiere on GuitarWorld.com, the online home of Guitar World Magazine. Check out "From Womb To Waste" at this location or in the player below. More...
French metal virtuosos Hypno5e have released new album "Acid Mist Tomorrow," and have now surfaced their first music video for the release, “Story Of The Eye.” The video was directed by Emmanuel Jessua, the Hypno5e lead vocalist/guitarist, and this epic look into the “Story Of The Eye” is being premiered via our friends at got-djent.com.
Watch the video at this location or through the player below. Be on the lookout for the U.S. release of "Acid Mist Tomorrow" with bonus material. In the mean time, the album is available digitally at bandcamp. More...
Kick your weekend off in ghoulish style with a stream of “I Am The Reaper,” taken from Zombiefication’s latest platter of death metal delectables, "Reaper’s Consecration." Slated for a North American takeover via Pulverised Records on August 14th, the EP was mixed and mastered at Necromorbus Studios (Watain, Interment, Demonical, etc.) in Sweden and features artwork/layout direction by Zombiefication throat Mr. Hitch.
“I Am The Reaper” comes by way of Axestogrind.com. Crank it up and piss off your neighbors at this location.
Having risen from the grave in 2009 following the release of debut, "Midnight Stench," Zombiefication wasted no time in concocting a venomous brew that makes up "Reaper’s Consecration."
Mr. Hitchcock – Vocals
Mr. Jacko – Bass / Guitars
Mr. Kim – Guitars
Mr. Brain – Guitars
Mr. Hammer – Drums