Metal News for June 2, 2014
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35 news articles posted on this day.
Norwegian metal band Cognition just released a music video for "Fragility," a song from the band's upcoming album, which is expected later this year.
The video was filmed in the Czech Republic in a chapel containing the skeletons of between 40,000 and 70,000 people artistically arranged throughout the structure.
Now approaching two full decades of releasing albums, the Chicago-based outfit November's Doom is stoked to be officially unleashing latest monstrosity and ninth full-length "Bled White," which is due out July 15th (pre-orders are available right here).
You can read our review of the release at this location, and now front man Paul Kuhr himself has also teamed up with Metalunderground.com to explain the ins and outs of creating an album of this magnitude.
Read the full interview below to see what Kuhr had to say about changing up the lyrical perspective on "Bled White," bringing on a new drummer since the release of the band's previous album, and what's been happening with Subterranean Masquerade. More...
The CD version with the water reveal artwork insert of the new Atlas Moth album “The Old Believer” is now available to order via Profound Lore Records in advance of its June 10th official release date.
For a limited time, you can stream all of “The Old Believer” via Pitchfork.com here. The full album's track listing is as follows:
1. Jet Black Passenger
3. The Sea Beyond
4. Halcyon Blvd
5. Sacred Vine
6. The Old Believer
7. City Of Light
10. Blood Will Tell
Oakland's progressive doom powerhouse Secrets Of The Sky and Tucson's bastard sons of sludge metal, Godhunter, will converge for a co-headlining tour in Las Vegas this weekend at the Doom In June Festival this Friday, June 6th and Saturday, June 7th.
From there, both acts will traverse through the West Coast and Southwestern states on the tour sponsored by American Aftermath. The new trek will hit Oakland, San Jose, Glendale, Palm Desert, Tucson and Phoenix through June 14th.
A split cassette release between Secrets Of The Sky and Godhunter will be available for the first time in a limited run of 100 copies on the upcoming tour. This is the only place the album will be released until the Autumn months, when The Compound and Battleground Records will co-release a deluxe colored vinyl version and digital download, in time for Southwest Terror Fest III: The Western Front. More...
Portland, Oregon's extreme metal destroyers Vulture Locust have returned with "We Need To Talk" - an 11 track promo available for free download.
Following 2013's “Cold Civil War” EP, Vulture Locust regrouped as a three-piece with Ryan Bartek on vocals/guitar, Max Snyder on the bass, and the war drum Nathan Pogue.
“We Need To Talk” is the last promotional step before Vulture Locust records a fully mastered, full-on studio record. This self-funded D.I.Y. band didn't feel the need to let the clock tick away in the meantime, and “We Need To Talk” exacts revenge on the stagnant, sleepy, image-obsessed scenester hypnotism now clogging the arteries of the global underground. Vulture Locust occupies the stage and victimizes the audience, fueling infinite petrol to the worldwide riot.
1. Home Invasion
4. False Flag
5. Monsanto Is Gojira
6. They Live We Sleep
7. I Remember Building 7
8. Terror Alert Level
9. Minimum Wage
10. The Audacity Of Hoax
11. Brandishing The Scalp Of God More...
Kin Beneath Chorus just released a new music video for the "Session XII" single, which was filmed by Gabrilos Psaltakis and features motion graphics by Anthony Tsigonias. Check out the Greek band's new video clip below.
Godlfesh today releases a new EP, which is the band's first new studio material since 2001. The "Decline and Fall" EP can be heard below, and you can buy the release in various configurations at Bandcamp here. The track listing is as follows:
1. Ringer 06:23
2. Dogbite 03:52
3. Playing With Fire 06:01
4. Decline and Fall 04:17 More...
Mexican blackened death metal band Evilheart's new video "Selective Extermination" is now online and can be seen below.
"Selective Extermination" comes by way of the band's new album "Quinquaginta," which was directed by Hiram Manjarrez. Evilheart consists of:
Jorge Millán - Vocals & Bass
Adrián Urías - Guitar
Rodolfo Rogers - Drums
Whiplash has checked in with the following announcement about recruiting a new drummer:
"Whiplash is excited to announce drummer Charlie Zeleny has joined the band!
"Charlie Z, known widely as a must-see percussionist and performer, retains an impressive resume and growing catalog of work.
"Charlie Z has performed sold-out shows at The Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia, Metlife Stadium, Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Lollapalooza, Warped Tour, Prog Power Europe and Maryland Deathfest. He has also played on over 135 Records and Touring through 20 Countries and 41 US States.
"Charlie Z has toured/recorded with Joe Lynn Turner, Behold the Arctopus, Blotted Science, Suspyre, and Jurgen Blackmore among many others."
The band will also be embarking on new tour dates this Summer and Fall, with details available at Facebook here.
Celebrating its 10th anniversary, Decibel Magazine will host two exclusive concerts on Saturday, October 18th in Brooklyn and Manhattan. The first show will take place at the Best Buy Theater with Amon Amarth, Sabaton, and Vallenfyre kicking off the party; afterwards, Skeletonwitch and Evoken will headline Saint Vitus Bar (with another very special guest soon to be announced).
This special event marks Vallenfyre's first stateside appearance. The band will be playing in support of recently released sophomore effort, "Splinters."
Best known as a founding member of U.K. Gothic metal band Paradise Lost, Greg Mackintosh transformed the anger and sadness ensuing the loss of his father into Vallenfyre's death/doom/crust debut, "A Fragile King" (2011). The follow-up "Splinters" dropped May 13th in North America via Century Media Records. More...
Livin Garden has a new video clip out now for "Sing My Soul," which can be seen below. The band's new album "Bring It On" is due for release on June 16th via iTunes, with a physical release coming on September 9th in North America.
"Bring It On" will be released via Digmetalworld Records with distribution in North America by MVD Entertainment Group and Europe via Plastic Head.
Scare Don't Fear just shared new single "City Of Skeletons," which will appear on the forthcoming debut album "From The Ground Up." A brand new music video directed by Dale Anthony Resteghini, better known as Rage, is soon to follow. Vocalist Frankie Screamz comments:
“The whole band is beyond stoked to finally get our song 'City Of Skeletons' released to the world. We feel like it's one of the best songs we've ever written And it gives everyone a real taste of what the new album (From The Ground Up) will be like.
"Since forming this band 6 years ago we have grown tremendously and we feel that this song shows the progression. We were especially excited when we found out Rage was doing the video. Like us he doesn't put himself in a box. He has done videos for all kinds of artist and bands so we know together we will make a killer team and really come up with some dope visuals that bring City of Skeletons to life!”
"City Of Skeletons" is now available for digital download on iTunes, with an official street date of June 17, 2014. More...
Sick Of It All has just wrapped the recording process for the follow-up album to 2010's "Based on a True Story" and 2011's "Nonstop." The band comments:
"All the recording is done! Now it's all up to the master Tue Madsen!!! We had a blast making this one, put a lot of hard work into it.
"Thanks so much to Nova studios. Especially The Jerry Farley for going above and beyond to help make this recording a smooth fun experience! Can't wait for you all to hear it!"
Further details on the forthcoming release will be made available in the near future, and you can also look back at the history of the band in our Sunday Old School column here.
Jersey thrash outfit Overkill has been hard at work preparing for the release of a seventeenth LP, "White Devil Armory."
The band shot two videos over the weekend with esteemed director Kevin J. Custer. "Fantastic to have Kevin on board again, when he's directing the direction is intense!" says frontman Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth.
This is the fourth video Custer has directed for the band, most notably "Electric Rattlesnake" from previous LP "The Electric Age." Blitz continues, "Each time the prior results have been spot on, so our confidence is high for this shoot. From the directors eye to yours/ours, should be a killer!"
Overkill will release "White Devil Armory" on July 22nd via eOne Music in North America, and July 18th overseas via Nuclear Blast. More...
Wretched's has a new music video out now for "Cranial Infestation," a single taken from the upcoming album, "Cannibal."
"Cranial Infestation" is the product of societal disdain to the tune of some of thrash-influenced American death metal. Check out the clip below, and the new album "Cannibal" is due out June 10th, 2014.
Denver blackened sludge trio Primitive Man is delighted to spread negativity with a new video for "Antietam," which can be seen below courtesy of Bloody-Disgusting.com.
Filmed and created by Marcos Morales and Neil Barrett at Dirt City Studios in Austin, Texas, the graphic nine-minute clip combines live footage with blood, violence, cult rituals and nudity for an all-around uplifting viewing experience.
Following a June run of live takeovers through Europe set to kick off later this week, Primitive Man will levy misanthropic canticles upon North America for a twenty-three-date trek set to commence on July 19th. The band will be joined by Copenhagen hardcore/black metal merchants, Hexis. Dates are available after the jump. More...
Metal Injection correspondent Rob Pasbani sat down with Kirk Windstein of Crowbar to discuss the band's just-released new album, "Symmetry in Black," which is out now on eOne.
Check out the clip below, in which Kirk touches on many topics including 25 years in the business, how he writes a Crowbar song, his lack of regrets, and the lasting influence that Peter Steele's music has had on him. More...
Canadian blackened death metal band Vile Insignia has signed a production deal with Calgary-based extreme metal label Xnihilo Records.
Vile Insignia will begin production on new full-length album “Bestial Invocation” in late August after the conclusion of Summer festival dates. Sessions are scheduled to take place at Electric Park Studios in Calgary with engineer Nate Renaud and the album is slatedfor a fall release.
“Bestial Invocation” will be the band’s second effort, following a self-titled, self-released demo EP from 2012, which can be heard below. More...
Iced Earth's Jon Schaffer has issued the following announcement about cancelling all upcoming live activity due to having surgery:
"It is with sincere apologies that I write to inform you all that Iced Earth is forced to cancel this summer’s festivals and headline shows.
"As many of you know, I underwent surgery on my neck in the year 2000, due to an onstage injury that occurred in 1996. Since that time, I have battled with this problem, and it has begun to accelerate in the past several months, causing additional issues that can no longer be ignored.
"In February, while on tour in Europe, I underwent highly specialized treatment in Germany from a doctor who has helped, among many others, Tony Iommi and Eddie Van Halen. This treatment helped sustain my ability to perform so that we could complete our Worldwide Plagues Tour. However, I am now forced to take further, more invasive action sooner than I intended in order to maintain my overall health.
"Surgery was originally planned to take place in September during our break, but I have now been advised to have the procedure completed sooner rather than later.
"As much as it pains me and everyone else in our camp to have to cancel these dates, this is something that cannot be put aside any longer.
"Once the surgery and recovery are completed, we will be back to work – healthy, strong, and ready to bring the metal to you, our fans.
"Best wishes to you all." More...
The Eindhoven Metal Meeting is very happy to welcome U.S. death metal band Morbid Angel again at this year's edition, set to take place December 12th & 13th, 2014 at the reputable Effenaar venue in Eindhoven, The Netherlands.
The band will play the "Covenant' album in its entirety, followed by a shorter best-of set list. Also exclusively confirmed are Swiss atmospheric black metallers Bolzer! A few more bands will be announced soon. The festival billing is shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order):
One Tail, One Head
The Vision Bleak
This June 9th marks the return of instrumental post-rock duo Khuda and with it the arrival of the band's biggest and most fully realized album "Molasses Constricts The Clinostat." Check out the song "Phi Am" below, and the track listing is as follows:
Four years after the release of the debut album "Dzien Nocy" via Ataman Productions, Genius Ultor once again spits in the face of humanity and its idols.
"Nic Co Boskie Nie Jest Mi Obce" ["I Consider Nothing That Is Divine Alien To Me"] was recorded within the stale and moldy walls of a pre-war house, haunted by what it has witnessed – complete human humiliation and degradation.
Hate, pride, the reek of ethanol followed by the taste of warm blood – all of this is apparent within the seven tracks comprising the album. A teaser trailer is available below, and the track listing is as follows:
1. Nic co boskie nie jest mi obce
2. Koniec wszystkiego co znamy
5. Pijany krwia
6. Zlo przenajswietsze
7. Krew nie woda
Australian progressive metal quintet Voyager has teamed up with Revolver to stream the band's fifth studio album, "V," before it drops tomorrow in North America.
Stream the new release, which the band calls "heavy, groovy and super-catchy" in the player below. The Kickstarter-funded, 13- track album can be pre-ordered via Bandcamp.
"This is going to be pure, polished Voyager with a modern feel; we are insanely excited about unleashing this," added the band.
"V" was recorded at Templeman Audio with producer, Matt Templeman, and will see distribution through Nightmare Records. Check out the music video for the "Hyperventilating" track at this location. More...
Skynet has issued the following announcement about launching a crowd funding campaign after being in a van crash:
"Yesterday was one of the most tragic days in the history of Skynet. We are so thankful to be alive and walking away from the demolition we used to call our van/home.
"We can't thank everybody enough for the amount of support we've been receiving from every outlet. We will be playing Sudbury on the 4th still and are trying our hardest to finish the rest of this tour.
"We have set up an Indiegogo and posted a short video explaining everything that happened/happening because of the crash. To anybody who might be able to help us: anything helps. Thank you all so much thus far again.
"If anybody could please share this or tell a friend, Anything. It will help the Skynet machine stay alive. Because we are not prepared to stop anytime soon. We love you all so much." More...
The Swedish stoner rock hellions in Deville will bring their hazy hymns to U.S. shores this week for a new tour.
The seventeen-date journey will commence on June 5th in Madison, Wisconsin and wind its way through the East Coast and Midwest coming to a close on June 21st in Chicago, Illinois.
The band will be touring in support of third full-length, "Hydra," released via Small Stone last year. Check out a music video for "The Knife" below, or catch the band live on these dates:
6/05/2014 Wisco - Madison, WI
6/06/2014 Trumbullplex - Detroit, MI
6/07/2014 Pellegrin's - Altoona, PA
6/08/2014 TBA - Buffalo, NY
6/09/2014 Nectars (Metal Mondays) - Burlington, VT
6/10/2014 O' Briens - Boston, MA
6/12/2014 Ralph's Rock Diner - Worcester, MA
6/13/2014 Three Sheets - New Haven, CT
6/14/2014 Northside Festival - New York, NY
6/15/2014 The Boneyard - Atlantic City, NJ
6/16/2014 J.R.'s - Philadelphia, PA
6/17/2014 Cafe Bourbon St. - Columbus, OH
6/18/2014 Now That's Class - Cleveland, OH
6/19/2014 Blind Bob's - Dayton, OH
6/20/2014 Mainstay Rock Bar - Cincinnati, OH
6/21/2014 Grand Bar - Chicago, IL More...
The death metal / grindcore degenerates in Bukowski Family have made available an all new video for the track "Carne Humana."
The track is from the band's 2013 release "Unpleasantries Abundant." The video is graphic in nature and leaves little to the imagination, so it is business as usual on the Bukowski Family farm.
After pushing back the release of a first song and the official drop date for new album "Pale Communion," Swedish regressive rock band Opeth has now released the track "Cusp of Eternity" online.
You can hear the song along with an artwork video at Metal Hammer here, or check out the track in the YouTube player below.
"Pale Communion" is due out via Roadrunner Records on August 26th, 2014. The album's track listing will be as follows:
1. Eternal Rains Will Come
2. Cusp of Eternity
3. Moon Above, Sun Below
4. Elysian Woes
7. Voice of Treason
8. Faith in Others More...
Monuments posted a lyric video for the new track "Origin of Escape." The song will appear on the new album "The Amanuensis," which comes out June 23rd (EU) and July 8th (North America) via Century Media Records.
The album's track listing is as follows:
1. I, The Creator (streaming here)
2. Origin Of Escape
5. Garden Of Sankhara
6. The Alchemist
8. Saga City
10. I, The Destroyer
Check out "Origin of Escape" here: More...
Tellus Requiem has checked in with the following announcement about parting ways with Ben Rodgers:
"Attention! We're sorry to inform you that the band has decided to end the co-operation with now former singer Ben Rodgers with immediate action. We've had some fun times on the road and share some great memories together! But due to personal reasons we now choose to go on further without him.
"A replacement is already set and the band continues the work towards the new album. And we will be sharing stage with our great friends in Kamelot this Saturday! We can't wait to show his epic skills! Who's the new singer you ask? Well here's a spoiler for you below." More...
The last three years I've reported on Austin's extreme music festival known as Chaos in Tejas. Some of the bands I witnessed include Autopsy and Winter. Last year, I attended four consecutive days. Although it took place for five days, May 28-June 1, this year, I didn't recognize a many name as the past three years. This may be because festival promoter, Timmy Hefner decided to tone it down a bit after last year's mega blow out of bands that included Benediction and Bolt Thrower. More...
Dark Fortress has checked in with the following announcement about releasing an upcoming album:
"We will release our 7th studio album worldwide on September 1st, 2014 through Century Media Records. The record will bear the title 'Venereal Dawn' and will be a concept album in nine chapters.
"Three years in the making, 'Venereal Dawn' will take our traditionally rich musical spectrum further than ever. Always aiming for an innovative equilibrium between hellish black metal, sophisticated melancholy, atmospheres of metaphysical horror and a deep occult spirituality, the album will be a substantial offering to our already extensive back catalogue.
"We have never taken the challenge of making a new album lightly, and again took a radically uncompromising attitude in concept and composing. Many songs were written since 2010's YLEM, and many were discarded again to make sure the new material would be able to exceed previous releases in quality, relevance and authenticity. More...
Morgoth has checked in with the following announcement about recording a new album and gearing up for tour dates:
"We are happy to announce that we will be touring Europe with the mighty Bolt Thrower in September / October. This marks the first proper tour for Morgoth since 1997 and will be a killer package for all of you Death Metal maniacs!
"And yes, the rumours are true….Morgoth is currently in the studio working on new material. We decided to team up with Jörn Michutta at Sound Division Tonstudio in Sundern, Germany for these sessions and the results are sounding seriously heavy.
"The atmosphere and the creativity within the band have been inspiringly good in these past reunion years since 2011, so naturally new ideas started to come up. As consequence, we decided to take some months off from playing shows and properly focus on songwriting.
"We expect to already have a brand-new single out before the tour, so stay tuned for more news and details soon…and see you on tour!" More...
Cascadian duo Wolves In The Throne Room is gearing up to release "Celestite," the instrumental companion to the 2011 "Celestial Lineage" LP. Check out "Celestite Mirror" in the SoundCloud player below.
With over forty-five minutes of reworked versions of the powerful black metal anthems that surged on "Celestial Lineage," on "Celestite" the band members takes a deeper excursion into the crystalline synthesizer-driven domains that have long intrigued them.
"Celestite" will see release in North America on July 8th through the band's own newly forged label, Artemisia Records, with digipak CD, gatefold LP and digital download editions pending. Pre-orders are now available right here. More...
"Devilspeed Loathekill," taken of the second full-length album "The Sufferwell" from melodic/symphonic death metal act Meadows End, is now available online for streaming.
Listen to the new track below, and look out for "The Sufferwell" to be officially released on June 13th. The full album's track listing is as follows:
1. Kings of Greed (listen here)
2. Trench of Souls (streaming here)
3. Ur Askan
4. Devilspeed Loathekill
6. Under a Canopy of Stars
7. Hung in Gallows By Dawn
8. This Coming Nightfall
9. Funeral of a Porcelain Doll
10. Masses Flee
11. Insurrection More...
Swiss power metal act has named Aska vocalist George Call (ex-Omen) as its new vocalist, replacing Thomas Winkler, who left in 2013 to front Gloryhammer full time.
The announcement reads: "Amongst many great candidates, we finally found the perfect singer for our sound! Many of you may already know him! It's the great…….. (drum roll)…………. GEORGE CALL (Aska, ex-Omen)!!!
"We are beyond happy that one of the greatest metal singers of our times is now a part of our band! It's gonna be a whole new experience working with a singer that lives overseas, but everyone who has already heard his amazing voice knows it will be totally worth it! Just listen to his vocals on our song 'Eye of the Serpent'" [heard in the player below]
George Call commented: "It came to be that Emerald were in the unenviable position of having to look for a singer. They thought I was far too busy but I'm glad we talked because our collaboration on the song 'Eye of the Serpent' was, bar none, among the best songs in all of Metaldom in 2013. How could we not possibly further explore that potential? I met the guys, their wives and girlfriends when we performed together in their native Switzerland on tour some years earlier and we hit it off magnificently. We nurtured a friendship and mutual camaraderie which now takes one further evolutionary step, sprouting wings as we combine our respective talents and seek to take Emerald to new heights of Metal glory. Hail!"
For a sample of Call's vocals with Emerald, check out "Eye of the Serpent" from the 2012 album "Unleashed": More...