Metal News for June 2, 2012
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28 news articles posted on this day.
Doomed, the band created by German multi-instrumentalist Pierre Laube, has been streaming three songs from its recent album "The Ancient Path" over on MySpace. The Zwickau native has also posted a new song titled "Downward," which will be on a future release titled "In My Own Abyss," over on Bandcamp. You can stream that song below in the player.
Candlemass has issued the following statement:
"We are sorry to inform you that Robert Lowe is no longer the singer for CANDLEMASS. It has been a very difficult decision for the band and has mainly to do with the quality of the live performances.
"For the upcoming shows, Robert will be replaced with Mats Levén [YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, THERION, TREAT, ADAGIO, AT VANCE, KRUX], longtime friend of the band. We are convinced this will work out just great.
"The band is currently rehearsing new and old songs with Mats and we know that nobody attending the gigs at Debaser Slussen, Metaltown, Borås or Southern Discomfort will be disappointed.
"Bring you earplugs….it will be hard, massive and loud!
"Keyboard player Per Wiberg [OPETH, SPIRITUAL BEGGARS] is also joining CANDLEMASS onstage for the live shows."
This concludes Lowe's five-year run with Candlemass, whose ranks he joined in 2007. He performed on the band's three most recent studio albums: "King Of The Grey Islands" (2007), "Death Magic Doom" (2009) and "Psalms For The Dead" (2012).
"Psalms For The Dead," Candlemass' planned swan song, is set for release on June 8 via Napalm Records. Our review can be read here. The band will celebrate the new album with a June 5 performance at Debaser Slussen in Stockholm, Sweden.
Fear Factory releases its eighth studio album “The Industrialist” this week—June 5th, 2012. Although containing different cast members from the days of their defining record “Demanufacture,” “The Industrialist” is what singer Burton C. Bell describes as “Demanufacture”-plus.
As most of our readers know, Gene Hoglan is one of the most sought after drummers in metal. The list of bands he’s drummed with is longer than most paragraphs in this article. It’s for this very reason that Hoglan couldn’t make it out on Fear Factory’s first North American tour promoting “The Industrialist.” Malignancy’s Mike Heller filled in his vacancy. Matt DeVries replaced Byron Stroud as the group’s bassist, which should come as a surprise to Chimaira fans who know him as their guitarist.
Metal Underground.com caught up with Bell on the first stop of the “Noise in the Machine” tour with Shadows Fall in San Antonio. Bell gave us the scoop on the new record, lineup changes (he declined commenting on his relationship with ex-drummer Raymond Herrera) and sharing a bus with Shadows Fall. More...
Obscure Australian death metal band Ocean Of Zero released a couple of demos in 2010 and 2011. Those two demos, "The Wake" and "Shun the Light," are being reissued in the form of an album titled "Where Sickness Prevails" on Obscure Domain/Sevared Records. The track "Crawling Bastard" from the album has been streaming as an upload and is featured below. Another track, "Realm of the Deceased," is also making the rounds on YouTube.
The organizers of the upcoming Summer Breeze 2012 festival have issued the following update about confirming new acts:
"Italy is not exactly a hotbed for dark doom metal. Fortunately enough, there are always exceptions to confirm the rule. With the three albums they have released so far, The Foreshadowing have provided a master class in gloom and doom. Hailing from Rome, the band prove that it is indeed possible to write great atmospheric songs without falling into excessive pathos and kitsch. Especially singer Marco Benevento's clear, ear-piercing vocals take the group's material to a level which is only populated by bands such as Katatonia, My Dying Bride, early Anathema and even Opeth. Don't miss this black pearl of darkness! You will hardly experience anything bigger, darker and more epic at Summer Breeze 2012!
"Breakdowns aren't exactly the most innovative element in metal nowadays... However, if you use them with such conviction and vehemence as Bleed From Within, even the most athletically challenged of metalheads should soon mutate into pit fighter number one. The UK band have two albums out which should appeal to fans of As I Lay Dying, Bring Me The Horizon and Parkway Drive, while at times Bleed From Within are even more melodic than the aforementioned bands, only to dive into a brutal breakdown the very next second. All fans of metalcore and deathcore should highlight this band in their personal running order, as this is the perfect stuff for all of them!"
London's When Our Time Comes has released a new official music video for the song "We're Here For a Reason," which can be viewed below. The band commented:
"Here it is! Our first music video for 'We're Here For a Reason' shot by our good friends Joel Nundoo, Will White, Julian Sparrow and Kelsey Powell. Also, we are currently in the semi-finals of planetrox to win the chance to play Envol Et-Macadam festival in Quebec and would really appreciate your vote by creating a log-in on the site and vote for the video. Peace."
Finally released this year, "Severing Humanity" is the debut from Californian brutal death metal band Deadly Remains. The album is available on Deep Send/Sevared Records. Deadly Remains is streaming three tracks from it over on MySpace, plus another three songs have been uploaded to YouTube. Deadly Remains has a show scheduled for Saturday, July 21st with Sumerian Records recording artist Conducting From the Grave, who are making a one-off stop on the heels of the Summer Slaughter Tour. They will be performing at the Arlene Francis Center in Santa Rosa along with Osasuna, To Play At Arms and Ashkira. Check out an upload from the "Severing Humanity" album below - the song "Home Invasion."
Poland's Escape From is the latest act to be confirmed for the new Death Zone Compilation Album Vol 2, presented by Bloody Symphony. You can check out the first compilation volume at this location or in the bandcamp player available below.
The currently announced lineup for volume 2 is as follows:
Isolation In Infamy (USA Death Metal)
Vale Of Pnath (USA Death Metal)
Arsenide (Israel Melodic Death metal)
Lago (USA Death Metal)
Viscral (Indonesian Death Metal)
Bloody Symphony (Indonesian Death Metal)
Symbolik (USA Blackened Death Metal)
Agnostic (India Death Metal)
In Case of Carnage (Italy Technical Death Metal)
Death Stumble (Indonesian Death Metal)
Dark Desolation (India Black Metal)
Balescream (AUS Melodic Death)
Writhing (USA Death Metal)
Anachronaeon (Swedish Dark Metal)
Stark Denial (India Black Metal)
Escape From (Polish Death Metal)
The organizers of the compilation are currently looking for more Indonesian metal bands to include on the album. To submit your band, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. More...
Italian symphonic black metal band Evil Lucifera has released a new music video for the track "Desecration's Silence," which is taken off the new album "Atrium Infernalis." Check out the video in the player below. The "Atrium Infernalis" track listing is as follows:
1. Prelude to Agony
2. Alone in the Moonless Skies
3. Master of Tormented
4. Desecration’s Silence
5. Princess of Dissection
6. Triumph in Malice
7. Bloody Tears
Germany's Davidian has posted a teaser trailer online for the upcoming "Fake Society" music video, which can be viewed below. "Fake Society" comes off the band's "Our Fear Is Their Force" album, released earlier this year. Davidian also commented:
"Finally, the wait is over! Check it out now! The first official trailer, offering a sneak peek into Davidian's new video clip for the track 'Fake Society!' Stay tuned for part 2 on Wednesday!"
Swarm has posted a new track online titled "March to Alabastra," which can be heard in the YouTube player available below. You can also check out photos from the recording sessions online via the Swarm Facebook profile.
The band commented on its history and sound:
"We are SWARM! We used to be the guitar players for California's Jet Black Horror (myspace.com/jetblackhorror) from 2005 - 2011, which gave us the opportunity to experience years of touring, recording and networking with a lot of awesome people — though years of lineup changes with drummers going on to more successful endeavors (Oh, Sleeper and Vital Remains) put us on hiatus for a little over a year.
"With everything we've learned through the years of JBH, and with the addition of drummer Jordan Denning, we have created SWARM. We strive to play and write music and we will stop at absolutely nothing until we are out touring again. Spread the word, follow us and watch us grow."
This September, California avant-garde metal band Stolen Babies will be touring the United States with co-headliners Devin Townsend Project and Katatonia, and special guests Paradise Lost as part of the “Epic Kings & Idols Tour” (DTP and Katatonia will alternate in headlining each show). The tour kicks-off in Seattle, WA at Studio 7 on September 4th, 2012 and travels throughout the United States until September 24th when it comes to a close in Baltimore, MD at Rams Head Live.
“We're very excited about being on this tour with such a great line-up,” states Stolen Babies drummer Gil Sharone. “It's the perfect way to start the touring cycle for our new album that will be released later this year with No Comment Records.”
Stolen Babies will also perform select shows this summer before the “Epic Kings & Idols Tour” begins, including a special show with Dredg at The Roxy in West Hollywood, CA, the “Gothic Theatre Block Party” in Englewood, CO at Moe’s, and a special headline show at The Metro in Salt Lake City, UT. More...
Brazilian death metal band Poisonous originally issued the album "Perdition's Den" exclusively on vinyl via Sweden's Blood Harvest Records in 2010. Now this album is being released in a new CD edition with new cover art by Mark Riddick along with extra bonus tracks on Metalhit.com. Poisonous also has a couple of tracks streaming from "Perdition's Den" on YouTube, such as "Subterranean Rules" and "Black Clouds and Fever," which is featured after the jump. The new cover art is pictured below.
Twin Cities, MN act Your Memorial is set to release new album "Redirect" on July 17th, 2012 via Facedown Records. The band has now posted a lyric video online for the album's title track, which can be found in the YouTube player below. Fore more info on the band, head over to the Your Memorial Facebook profile here.
Although available in other parts of the world the past few months, the U.S./Canada digipak version of Deathronation's latest one, "Exorchrism," is now available via Metalhit.com. The "Exorchrism" release also features the "A Soil Forsaken" demo from Deathronation as a bonus. A couple of the tracks have been streaming on YouTube such as "Beg For Your God" and "One Once Forsaken," which is featured below. Deathronation's next confirmed live date will be at Regensburg, Alte Mälzerei with Mechanix, Rotting Empire, Accidential Suicide and Ripped Into Pieces on August 3rd.
British heavy metal act Kaine has issued the following update about the progress on the band's new album:
"The mixing of our album is near completion! We are excited about the results and really look forward to releasing it for you.
"It’s been nearly a year since we started recording it, and although we have had some drama along the way the end result has been a massive improvement on the original sessions!
"Moving on from that, we still have enough great material demoed for a second and third album at this stage, we just need the money to record all of these great songs! Thanks for the support!"
You can also check out footage from the band's time in the studio at this location.
Swiss act Promethee has posted a video road report, featuring a new song from an upcoming release, which can be viewed below. The band commented:
"New video out! This is a small look at what happened during our spring dates! The video contains previews from unreleased songs to be featured on our upcoming album 'Nothing Happens. Nobody Comes. Nobody Goes.' Big thanks to Renaud K for this awesome video!"
Cleveland melodic metal act Wretch has uploaded a sample from a new track to appear on an upcoming release, which can be heard in the widget below or over at the band's Reverbnation page. Wretch also commented:
"Here's a little piece of one of our new songs... what do you think? Also, we got stickers and we want you to have them. Message us your mailing address and we'll send you a few.
"Post a picture of your sticker in action, and you might even win a Wretch t-shirt (we're giving away two in August). Check out the pictures that have already submitted in our photo section..." More...
Caricature has posted a new teaser trailer online for the band's upcoming album "The Sound of One Man's World Collapsing," which has a release date TBA. Check out the teaser below, or you can find the previously posted song "Burning Damnation" over here. Caricature includes former members of Too Late The Hero, The Binary Code, and System Divide.
Latitudes is streaming a new song online titled "Shapeshifting," which can be heard in the player below. The band also commented:
"Our new album Individuation is out in one month and to celebrate, here is a full track from it featuring Adam Symonds. The album comes out through Shelsmusic on the 2nd of July."
For more on Latitudes, check out the band's official Facebook profile.
Denver's Before We're Done, which recently posted several new tracks online, has now announced a string of upcoming U.S. tour dates. Details are available below, and the band commented:
"Here is our tour. If on any of the days you have a show for us to play within a few hundred miles we would be down to play! Other than June 9th and June 11th."
Jun 03 Vientiane Nights - Amarillo, TX
Jun 04 The Gasworks - Albuquerque, NM
Jun 05 The Juggernaut - Gallup, NM
Jun 06 Cinnabar - Flagstaff, AZ
Jun 07 (Day Off) SoCal Hangs - SoCal
Jun 08 (Day Off) Beach Rats - Los Angeles, CA
Jun 09 (Day Off) Revelation Records Showcase - Pomona, CA
Jun 10 Riff Haus - Fullerton, CA
Jun 11 (Day Off) Disneyland - Anaheim, CA
Jun 12 The Hourglass - Oxnard, CA
Jun 13 CYC - Fresno, CA
Jun 14 (Day Off) Family hangs - Sacramento, CA
Jun 15 (Day Off) Friend hangs - Portland, OR
Jun 16 Quesadilla Factory - Centralia, WA
Jun 17 The Studio - Boise, ID
Jun 18 Foursquare Church - Salt Lake City, UT
Jun 19 The 4th Door - Grand Junction, CO
Jun 20 Evan's House - Cheyenne, WY
Metalinjection.com has posted a new video in the "Ask the Artist" series online, asking bands the question of "what is your favorite munchie while touring?"
Check out the answers from members of The Black Dahlia Murder, Oceano, Skeletonwitch, God Forbid, All Shall Perish, Fit For An Autopsy, Obey The Brave, The Acacia Strain, Last Chance To Reason, The Contortionist, Fleshgod Apocalypse, Holy Grail, Suidakra, Periphery, iwrestledabearonce, Hung, Overkill and Unearth at this location or in the player below. More...
Animals As Leaders was forced to miss their show in Toronto the other day when guitarist Javier Reyes had to return to Boston for a court date after being arrested. Eye witnesses say that he was assaulted by a police officer for filming an arrest they were making before being arrested and charged with assaulting an officer himself. Here's the update from Javier:
Javier Reyes here. I would like to personally apologize for canceling the Toronto show last night. I can explain. After the Boston show on May 26th, I was unlawfully arrested by the Boston Police Department. I had to return to Boston on May 30th for court. As much as we had looked forward to playing Toronto again, there was nothing I could do other than cancel the show and return to Boston to avoid having an arrest warrant filed against me.
I have included a complaint letter a friend/witness has written and sent to the Boston Police. It explains in more detail about the appalling and absurd encounter that occurred that evening. Again, to all our fans in Toronto, I am truly sorry for cancelling the show.
MetalSucks claims that arresting officer Rance Cooley has a history of using excessive force, abusing his power as an officer of the law, and lying to get convictions.
Gojira will be releasing new album "L'Enfant Sauvage" on June 25th, 2012 and the band has now posted a brief teaser online for the impending release. Check out the album trailer in the YouTube clip below, or you can also find the full music video for the title track at this location.
The album's track listing is as follows:
2. L’Enfant Sauvage
3. The Axe
4. Liquid Fire
5. The Wild Healer
6. Planned Obsolescence
7. Mouth Of Kala
8. The Gift Of Guilt
9. Pain Is A Master
10. Born In Winter
11. The Fall More...
Hungary's Insane has posted the entire new "Concord the World" album online for streaming, which can be heard in the SoundCloud player below. Insane is:
Gábor Érsek – Drums
László Kádár – Guitar
Balázs Szakonyi - Guitar, Backing Vocals
Bertalan Tóth – Lead Vocals
Csaba Zahorán – Bass, Backing Vocals
Metalhit.com, under license from Iron Bonehead Records, will be releasing the third album, "Into the Goat Vulva," from Bolivian blackened death metal band Bestial Holocaust. The band hails from Cochabamba, Bolivia and is fronted by female vocalist Sonia Sepulcral. Ever since its 2003 "Odio y Muerte" demo, Bestial Holocaust has released two EP's, three split releases and a couple of full-lengths. Below is an upload of one of the tracks from the album, "Sacrificio."
Brazilian death horde Grave Desecrator has just released "Deathspells Rising" on Despise The Sun Records/Metalhit.com. "Deathspells Rising" showcases the band's early history through rare demo and rehearsal recordings. The album also includes tracks from its vinyl releases as well as a new song. Grave Desecrator just finished the Parma the Desecrating European Tour 2012 and cancelled, along with six other bands, the Avalanche Metal Fest 2012 due to problems with the city hall in São Jose do Rio Preto and other things. Check out the artwork for "Deathspells Rising" below.
Boston occult rock band Velvet Robe, only a few months after issuing the full-length "La Seance Haunted," is now streaming its new 7" "Bartzabel's Fire" over on Bandcamp. You may also stream that full length release on their Bandcamp page. The 7" release features two songs - the title track and "The Door at the End of the Hall." Stream them both below.