Metal News for June 19, 2011
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12 news articles posted on this day.
Swedish metal act Devian has issued the following announcement about deciding to call it quits:
"It's time to break the silence… with eternal silence. We have decided to put Devian to rest. After the tour with Unleashed in 2009 we started to focus on the third Devian opus. After a few months of hard work on the album Legion announced that he'd leave the band. About that time we also parted ways with the label that released our two first albums, Century Media. Some months later we started to negotiate with various labels but never did found anything that would meet even our budget for recording.
"During this period of time we started to feel that we had lost the glow we once had for the band and the music. We recorded a demo with a new direction to more ordinary metal with lots of clean vocals, you can still hear it on myspace. This gave a new spark to the band, but it was only temporary.
"At this time Joinus decided to leave the band. He was 'tired' of the music Devian was playing. After all, 20 years playing death/thrash metal in various acts is a long time. And the step to the direction he (and some other members) was trying to reach was a step to far and would only disappoint all of you who listened to what Devian once started out as, a Death Metal act. And after Joinus left Emil, Tomas and Carl decided to put Devian to sleep, forever… More...
Nightrage has posted another recording studio clip online, which features the band's time in both Zero Gravity Studios, Athens and Studio Fredman, Gothenburg. You can check out the clip below, or watch the previously uploaded recording video blog here.
Nightrage will also be supporting Firewind on an upcoming North American tour. Details on the tour dates are available here.
Sothoth recently finished recording the new album "Rise to Conquer," and the band has now also posted the first single online. You can listen to the song "Syndrome 52" in the player below, or by heading over to the Sothoth Facebook page.
The band also announced a second single will be posted online in the near future, which will include a guest solo from Wacek "Vogg" Kieltyka of Decapitated.
Hexfire has posted several samples online from the band's recently recorded new album. You can listen to the samples of "Blamed," "Hexfire," "Wicked Men," and "The False Prophet" by heading over to the band's MySpace page.
A previously uploaded album teaser video can also be found in the player below.
I Spit Ashes entered the studio earlier this month to begin recording the new album "Inhaling Blackness - Reflecting Light." The band has now posted the first in a series of studio video clips, which can be viewed below. Information on the new album's track listing and release date will be announced as it is made available.
Bristol is a city which has unquestionably produced some of the best bands in their field. Thrash metal fans will know that Onslaught, perhaps Britain’s premier thrash band, hail from Bristol, as do trip-hop legends Massive Attack, but digging a little deeper, we find that the city also gave birth to one of the finest bands in the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal, Jaguar. The band was formed in 1979 by guitarist Garry Peppard, bass player Jeff Cox and drummer Chris Lovell, with vocalist Rob Reiss joining the group a few months later. The band set about building up a local following, an endeavour which proved to be successful, and followed up this accomplishment by recording two demos, the latter of which led to a short record deal with Heavy Metal Records, (the label which would release the bulk of Witchfinder General albums.) Through the label, Jaguar released the single, "Back Street Woman," which was able to sell over 4,000 copies, despite modest promotion.
The band’s big break came after they performed at a Dutch rock and metal festival in 1982, which was able to catch the attention of English record label Neat, which was known for releasing many singles and albums from fellow New Wave of British Heavy Metal artists including Raven, Venom and Tygers Of Pan Tang amongst many others. The deal resulted in the single, "Axe Crazy" being released, a single which is now considered to be amongst the best from the era, which resulted in extensive touring. The success of the single and tour allowed the band to record a full length studio album, which was released in 1983 under the title, "Power Games." Although it didn’t sell well enough to enter the British album charts like a host of their NWOBHM contemporaries, it was well received in the metal underground, and allowed the band to begin making appearances on television shows. A second album, "This Time" was released the next year, but owing to it’s change of direction, resulted in a critical backlash from a number of fans, so much so that the band decided to call it a day by the end of 1984.
Like many other New Wave Of British Heavy Metal bands, the group experienced a revival of interest in the late 1990s and a reunion soon followed. After performing at a number of festivals and small concerts, the band recorded a brand new studio album, "Wake Me," which was released in the year 2000, with another album, "Run Ragged" following in 2003. Since the reunion, the band has gone through a number of lineup changes, with guitarist Garry Peppard now the sole original member remaining. The band has also been able to keep their name alive by continuing to perform live shows and releasing live and compilation albums, with a brand new studio album planned for the near future. More...
Russian dance-metal act Xe-None has posted its entire new album online for streaming. The album, titled "Dancefloration," was released in May of this year through Chaotic Noiz Records. You can stream the album using the Soundcloud player below.
Here is the "Dancefloration" track listing;
4. Dance Row
6. I Seek You
7. Cyber Girl
8. Black Hole Time
10. Blood Fire Snow
A new video interview with Gwar overlord Oderus Urungus has made its way online. The entertaining interview was conducted by Thrash Hits TV during Gwar's appearance at the 2011 Download Festival and can be viewed in the player below.
Threat Signal drummer Alex Rudinger has posted the following studio video update online detailing his new drum kit and the recording progress for the group's forthcoming new full-length record. You can check out the video in the player below.
U.K progressive death metal act The Haarp Machine has posted a new song online. The track, titled "The Escapist Notion," is available for streaming in the player provided below and is to be included on the band's Sumerian Records debut.
Born Of Osiris has posted its own episode of the TV show "Cribs" in which the band take viewers on a tour through the home shared by the band. You can check out the clip, which also features some new rehearsal footage, in the player below.
Another new Chimaira track has been posted online for streaming. The song, titled "Born In Blood," features a guest appearance from Phil Bozeman of Whitechapel and is to be included on the group's forthcoming new album "The Age Of Hell." The album is set for its North American release on August 16, 2011 through eOne Music. You can view the track listing for the effort below. Long Branch Records/SPV will be issuing the album in Europe on August 26, 2011.
1. The Age Of Hell
3. Losing My Mind
4. Time Is Running Out
5. Year Of The Snake
6. Beyond The Grave
7. Born In Blood
10. Trigger Finger
12 . Samsara