Metal News for June 2, 2015
Last updated on June 30, 2015 at 1:49 PM ET
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Every week we chat up musicians from throughout the heavy music scene to get their favorite Pit Stories from the mayhem of metal shows.
Today David Defeis of Virgin Steele shares the following tale of a fan who found a rather odd place to take a nap:
Virgine Steele played a place in Staten Island called The Paramount Theatre a couple of times with Manowar. On this one particular evening, during our set I noticed that a kid had passed out inside the bass bin of one of the PA stacks. I asked security to check on him, they said they would, and I assumed that they did and I went about my night doing all the things that one has to do at a gig.
When I finally had a moment to catch a view of the stage once again, somewhere near the end of Manowar's set, I noticed that this same kid was still passed out in the bass bin. I don’t know what happened to him, his hearing or his reproductive capacity… but it could not have been a terribly good thing for him to have been held in the grip of that sonic onslaught for all those hours from 2 very loud groups!
Virgin Steele is gearing up to release "Nocturnes of Hellfire & Damnation" on June 22nd in Europe and June 23rd in the USA via SPV/Steamhammer. Check out the lyric video for "Lucifer's Hammer" below. More info on the album can be found at this location. More...
With the June 23rd street date for Italian progressive metal sextet Kingcrow's sixth album, "Eidos," rapidly approaching, a new single from the record has been released online. Check out "At The Same Pace" below.
Boasting over an hour of material which closes the path-of-life saga of the band's prior two albums -- "Phlegethon" dealing with childhood, and "In Crescendo" about the end of youth -- "Eidos" carries a more foreboding, ominous edge than Kingcrow's other releases. The track listing is:
Fanatics of underworld doom and slow-motion classic metal rejoice in the impending wake of "Absolution," the debut album by Denver-based quartet Khemmis. Today you can also hear the first single, titled "Torn Asunder," in the player below.
Through the devastating clarity of the production by Dave Otero's Flatline Audio (Cobalt, Nightbringer, Cephalic Carnage), generations of doom influence are incorporated into the construction of "Absolution."
20 Buck Spin will issue "Absolution" on digital platforms and CD on July 7th with the LP version coming together to be released in August. A release show is also set for:
8/01/2015 Hi-Dive - Denver, CO w/ Native Daughters, Of Feather And Bone More...
Agalloch bassist and Self Spiller mastermind Jason W. Walton has been creating surreal and otherworldly soundscapes for over twenty years.
In the '90s he began working under the name Nothing and released four full-length albums and various EPs. He performed live as Nothing in the Midwest and the West Coast before retiring the name in 2003. Watlon remained busy with other musical endeavors knowing that a return to ambient noise was imminent.
In the summer of 2013, Walton began the songwriting process again by collecting field recordings from places he would visit. He captured the din of humanity on the downtown Portland streets, the rush of ocean waves in Southern California, and the mysteriously comforting monologues emanating from an AM radio.
During mid-2014, Walton manipulated and processed these sounds into disturbingly haunting pieces which would become the basis of his soon-to-be released "Mara" seven-inch. More...
Canadian grindcore outfit Fuck The Facts is returning to pummel your ear drums with the French track and first single "Solitude" from upcoming album "Desire Will Rot," set to be unleashed on August 25th via indie label Noise Salvation.
"Desire Will Rot" was recorded and mixed by FTF guitarist Topon Das at his Apartment 2 recording studio in Ottawa, ON. The track listing is as follows:
1. Everywhere Yet Nowhere (2:58)
2. Shadows Collide (2:49)
3. The Path of Most Resistance (1:34)
4. La Mort I (1:36)
5. La Mort II (1:34)
6. Prey (2:22)
7. Storm of Silence (2:38)
8. Solitude (3:11)
9. False Hope (5:46)
10. Circle (7:54)
11. Nothing Changes (6:20) More...
Moonreich will strike again in September with a new album titled "Pillars of Detest," coming out September 19th via LADLO Productions. The label comments:
"The gloomy and harsh atmospheres combined with thundering blast beats and crushing mid-tempo sections so prevalent in Moonreich's music have evolved and reached higher spheres with this third full-length. This new album asserts the band's identity through its dark and muggy atmospheres."
A new song from the album titled "Believe & Behead" is also now online right here:
"Stories From A Fallen World" - the new album from Serbian symphonic black metal band Carnival Of Flesh - is out now and available for streaming online. Grab your own copy at Bandcamp here or stream all the songs below. The track listing is as follows:
1. The Beginning 05:25
2. The Promise 04:52
3. The Horror 03:59
4. The Pact 05:39
5. The Battle 10:16
6. The Regret 04:02 More...
Long Island, NY thrash metal band To The Pain will be releasing "7" on June 16th, 2015. Check out the title track below.
Since the release of the band's debut record in 2013, To The Pain has been full throttle and hard at work preparing for "7," which is a heavy dose of Big 4 style thrash with some Testament, Iron Maiden, King Diamond and Racer X thrown in. It's classic metal with big choruses and loads of guitars. The album was produced at The Locker where Steve Shraver served as engineer and producer. More...
The Finnish black metal psychonauts from Abyssion will release "Luonnon harmonia ja vihreä liekki" via Svart Records on July 3rd.
Featuring members of Dark Buddha Rising and Oranssi Pazuzu and hand-picked by Kvohst (Beastmilk, Grave Pleasures, Hexvessel, ex-DHG/Code) as the first in a series of releases for his Svart imprint label Secret Trees, Abyssion is a rare treasure in a scene in nuclear meltdown.
The music on the recording is a mind-altering mix of Burzumic hypnosis and classic Finnish punk. It comes on like a dosage of the purest form of an early 90s black metal drug and kicks into a euphoric state of punk abandon, like the early morning hours of a drunken festival in the middle of a Finnish forest. The track listing is: More...
The Swedish hard rockers from Degreed have released a brand new video sampler, with tracks off the forthcoming album "Dead But Not Forgotten."
The band’s third album “Dead But Not Forgotten” is scheduled for an release on June 19 via Sun Hill Production, and the track listing is as follows:
1. The Scam
2. Face The Fact
4. Shame On Me
5. Better Safe Than Sorry
6. Love Me Love Me Not
8. Kill Your Darlings
9. Touch Of Paradise
10. Forgive You
11. Start Again
13. The Final Ride
14. Turn Around Don’t Back Down More...
Philadelphia's Nothing has announced a special vinyl repress of debut album "Guilty of Everything" in honor of LGBT Pride Month.
The new edition, features the original black and white album cover with a rainbow flag in place of the white flag. The special repress will be available in select indie stores on June 2nd while a limited rainbow colored version is available exclusively via Relapse online.
The band and Relapse Records will donate a portion of the proceeds from each sale to the LGBT awareness non-profits, the It Gets Better Project and New Alternatives. Frontman Nicky Palermo commented on the LGBT version of the album:
"We had just finished the fourth pressing of GOE on pink vinyl in collaboration with Insound/Gilda's Club NYC to support the fight against breast cancer. We were able to donate a portion of the sale and I thought that was a really great idea.
"Relapse and myself discussed options for the fifth pressing when we noticed the release date would end up falling in the middle of LGBT pride month, so we searched for a suitable non profit that we could do the same.
"We decided to split the proceeds among two charities and decided upon the It Gets Better Project and New Alternatives. It Get's Better focus' on the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans youth's struggle of growing up in a society where many do not understand them and in many cases turn to tormenting and torture. In that they show these teens that there is a bright side coming and that they are far from alone. New Alternatives provide support services for homeless LGBT youth." More...
Some people are born to rock; a few are born to thrash and Suicide Watch definitely belongs to the latter!
Late 2003 saw four guys - enthusiastic veterans of the thrash, hardcore and crossover scenes - get together in the back alleys of Cheltenham England to form Suicide Watch, a band committed to relentless musical mayhem.
The debut album, "Global Warning," was a demonstration highlighting the band's ability to distill its collective knowledge of the genre resulting in one of the most potent thrash releases outside of the Bay Area. The album was picked up and released in 2005 via Belgian metal label Mausoleum Records.
Having signed to Irish label, Slaney Records, in 2010 for the release of third studio record "The Culling of Humanity," the label would go on to release "The Alienation Zone" EP in 2014 and live album "This Cursed Earth" in March 2015. Marquee Records, (a sister label of Slaney Records), has now announced the label will breathe new life into the debut Suicide Watch record, re-issuing "Global Warning" on June 22nd, 2015. More...
Bassist Wesley Louwerse from As Prayers Fail has issued the following announcement about parting ways with the band:
"After 4 years of playing in the band I have decided to quit As Prayers Fail. I had doubts for a long long time but at the moment I have to get my priorities straight and cannot deliver the motivation and satisfaction the band deserves.
"I am so happy with what we've accomplished as a band. Looking back at my time I would've never thought that I would get to see all those countries and play with bands I look up to.
"There is absolutely no bad blood and the band fully understands my decision. I hope they will make a big step with the new album and wish them all the best!" More...
Bullet For My Valentine has a new studio video diary online for upcoming album "Venom," due to drop on August 14th through RCA Records. Check out part 1 of the video series below. The "Venom" track listing is as follow:
2. No Way Out (streaming here)
3. Army of Noise
5. You Want A Battle? (Here’s A War)
8. Harder the Heart
10. Hell or High Water
Deluxe edition bonus tracks
12. Playing God
13. Run For Your Life
14. In Loving Memory
15. Raising Hell More...
Italian blackened hardcore/metal outfit The Clearing Path has completed a debut full-length album, "Watershed Between Earth And Firmament," and is finalizing the details for its release for this coming summer on July 11th.
Born from the ashes of ThySolace, The Clearing Path's sole creator, one Gabriele Gramaglia, took the black metal and hardcore influences of that act into drastically more conceptual directions, in a more ambitious delivery.
Fully written, executed, recorded and mixed by Gramaglia, "Watershed Between Earth And Firmament" is a concept album about spiritual renaissance inspired by the beauty of the mountainous landscapes in the Italian Alps north of the creator's homeland. More...
Swedish death metal band Feral just released new album "Where Dead Dreams Dwell" via Cyclone Empire, and now another track from the release is online.
Geneva alternative metal band Ten Seconds Era is streaming the freshly released self-titled EP, which can be heard below.
Founded in 2013 in Switzerland, Ten Seconds Era continuously reshapes its sound and blends energetic metal carved in stone with soulful mellow lines. This first EP was recorded at Studio Downtone by Drop (Sybreed, Samael) and mastered at Sterling Sound by Ted Jensen (Deftones). The track listing is as follows:
1. Belabor 03:57
2. Touchdown 04:10
3. Hook It 04:08
4. Live It 05:26 More...
Septekh today presents an epic video for "Superheated Liquid Iron Core," which can be seen below and comes off the "Plan For World Domination" album. The band also comments on the clip:
"A high budget endeavour hearkening back to the golden days of real music videos. Fast cars, stunts and special effects. And above all a healthy dose of pure fucking metal!"
Machinergy has a cover of "I Don't Care" by the Ramones, which can be heard below. Vocalist / guitarist Rui Vieira also comments:
"Believe it or not, they are one of our major influences! Joey, Johnny, Tommy, Dee Dee, this one is for you, my friends! Ramones forever!!! 'I Don’t Care' from the Ramones is the first version of a song from another band made by Machinergy.
"This connection with the Raomnes comes from the time we started the three (Rui, Helder and Nuno, current members of Machinergy) playing in our first project called Mortalha. By that time (90/91), my uncle’s father offered me 'It's Alive,' purchased at the Feira da Ladra market in Lisbon. I think this album worked for all of us as the true definition of what rock n’ roll is.
"Of all the songs on this double gatefold vinyl, 'I Don’t Care' was the one that stood out and from there until we started playing it was a step. Looking back, 'I Don’t Care' was the very first full song we rehearsed. This after entering in our life... the mighty power chord! More...
Samael has been performing the full "Ceremony of Opposites" album at festivals, with the next full-album show to take place this Saturday at Sweden Rock Festival.
Footage has also come online now of the track "Celebration of the Fourth" taken off "Ceremony Of Opposites," shot during a performance in Geneva on May 23rd.
Check out this new clip below, and you can also see footage of the band performing "Mask of the Red Death" at this location. See Samael live:
06.06.15: Sweden Rock Fest - Norje, Sweden
19.06.15: Graspop Metal Meeting - Dessel, Belgium
21.06.15: Hellfest - Clisson, France
31.07.15: Wacken Open Air - Wacken, Germany
08.08.15: Party San Open Air - Obermehler, Germany
26.09.15: Shüür - Lucerne, Switzerland
12.12.15: Eindhoven Metal Meeting - Eindhoven, Netherlands More...
Striking while the iron is hottest, Belgium's Possession returns with a new mini-album, "1585-1646," set for international release on June 6th, with Iron Bonehead Productions handling the vinyl pressing and Invictus Productions handling the CD pressing.
Today the full album is available for streaming online via the Bandcamp player below. Through these four tracks, "Possession" tells the story of a witch who lived in France between 1585 and 1646. The track listing is as follows:
1. Obscurity - Visitation
4. Ablaze More...
The Austrian black metal outfit Amestigon is stream all of "Thier," the group's new album released last week via W.T.C. Productions. Check it out below.
A sprawling, wholly intoxicating mass of metaphysical might and mystical atmosphere, "Thier" comprises four vast, void-dwelling expanses of obsidian sound, with each track in the double digits and the title track itself topping nearly 20 minutes. The track listing is as follows:
4. Thier More...
Devin Townsend Project released the double album, "Z2," in late 2014 and will now issue each part, "Sky Blue" and "Dark Matters," in their own separate packages on August 7th, 2015.
A new lyric video for King Giant's "Trail Of Thorns," culled from the band's rapidly approaching "Black Ocean Waves" album, has been made publicly available and can be seen below.
Celebrating ten year as a band, King Giant's latest tales of blood, tears and revenge through a brooding, doom-drenched take on Southern rock/metal are ready for release as the mighty "Black Ocean Waves."
The album was recorded in July 2014 at Magpie Cage Studios in Baltimore with engineer J. Robbins of Jawbox and is due out June 30th. See King Giant live on these upcoming dates:
6/13/2015 Canal Club - Richmond, VA
8/21/2015 Metro Gallery - Baltimore, MD w/ Foghound, Midnight Ghost Train
8/22/2015 L&Bs - Dale City VA w/ Foghound, Midnight Ghost Train More...
Torture Pulse's "God Leash" album is out now via Xtreem Music, and now the second long player from this Finnish death metal outfit can be heard below. The track listing is as follows:
01. Myths of Belial Incarnated
02. On Lacerated Wings
03. Burst of Black Blood
04. Napalm to the Cross
05. Macabre Magister
06. Army of Pestilence
07. Plague Poetry
08. Glory that Was
09. Golgotha Revisited
10. Morbid Connection Through Flesh More...
High On Fire will release new album "Luminiferous" on June 16th via eOne Music. Recorded at Salem, Massachusetts' GodCity Studios with producer Kurt Ballou, the record is the follow-up to the group’s 2012 release, "De Vermis Mysteriis."
Today a new song from the album also comes online - check out "The Sunless Years" below (stream hosted courtesy of Entertainment Weekly). If you missed previously song "The Black Plot," be sure to check it out right here. More...
Nekrogoblikon, celebrating today’s release of new album "Heavy Meta," now share a hilarious video for “We Need A Gimmick."
The clip, fashioned as a lesson from band mascot John Goblikon on ways Nekrogoblikon can achieve internet fame, features the sextet in various scenarios – from smooth jazz crooners to hip hop impresarios to EDM ravers and finally, as a corpse-painted black metal band.
"For the last three years, Scorpion, Bready, Raptor, Fingers, Diamond Joe, John Goblikon, and I have been trying to come up with some kind of schtick to gain more notoriety for Nekrogoblikon,” explained guitarist Goldberg. “This video documents the process of us figuring that out." More...
Apparently moving from tongue-in-cheek fantasy to over-the-top science fiction in the vein of Warhammer 40K, the ever amazing Gloryhammer has checked in with the following update about releasing a new album:
"Today is a momentous occasion in the annals of Dundee...the new Gloryhammer masterpiece 'Space 1992: Rise of the Chaos Wizards' has officially been completed, and the master disc of the album is currently winging it's way to Napalm Records HQ in Austria, atop the back of a mighty galactic eagle.
"Soon we will be revealing more details, including full artwork, tracklist, and release date! Stay tuned...the countdown to universal annihilation has begun!"
German power metal act Powerwolf premiered a lyric video for the new track "Armata Strigoi" over at Blabbermouth (also in the player below). The song will appear on the new album "Blessed & Possessed," which was reviewed here.
The album drops via Napalm Records on the following release schedule:
GAS/AUS: July 10th
UK/NOR/FR/DK/IT: July 13th
US/CAN: July 14th
SE/ESP: July 15th
The track list is as follows:
1. Blessed & Possessed
2. Dead Until Dark
3. Army of the Night
4. Armata Strigoi
5. We are the Wild
6. Higher than Heaven
7. Christ & Combat
8. Sanctus Dominus
9. Sacramental Sister
10. All You Can Bleed
11. Let There Be Night
Check out "Armata Strigoi" here: More...
Swedish rock 'n' rollers Honeymoon Disease will release a 7'' single titled "Bellevue Groove." This release includes the title track as well as a cover of "Neat Neat Neat" by The Damned! Check out the song which is streaming below.
"Bellevue Groove" is set to be released on July 3rd via Napalm Records and promises to be one of "the finest groovy and speed rock masterpieces to date!"
Grab your exclusive & strictly limited 7'' copy at this location.
The band's new full length release is slated for a fall 2015 drop. More information is expected soon. Check out "Bellevue Groove" here: More...
Brazilian thrash act Nervosa has pushed the pedal to the metal since the release of the critically acclaimed debut "Victim Of Yourself" (2014, Napalm Records). The band just announced the first headline tour of the UK, which kicks off in Glasgow on August 15, 2015.
Fernanda Lira comments: "We're so excited to be on the road for the first time touring Europe! In my opinion, metal was born in the UK, so playing on the same ground where the first metal riffs were created it's both an honor and a privilege!!"
Dates and venues are as follows:
14th LONDON - The Dome w/ Brujeria & Cryptopsy
15th GLASGOW - Audio
16th LIVERPOOL - Krazyhouse
17th EVESHAM - The Iron Road
18th BIRMINGHAM - Asylum 2
19th CAMBRIDGE - The Portland Arms
20th NORWICH - Owl Sanctuary
21st BOURNEMOUTH - Anvil
In addition, on June 7th, the band hits the stage to play their last gig in São Paulo and one of their last in Brazil before the intensive European tour. "Live Stream Metal Fest," will feature the veteran Brazilian band Torture Squad headlining the night and the event will be streamed worldwide through the site at this location at these times: Central Europe (CET) - 10 pm/Central North America (CST) - 3pm/Japan - 5 am. More...
German doom merchants Ahab have dropped the first in a series of teaser clips for the upcoming new album "'The Boats Of The Glen Carrig." Check out a clip of the new track "To Mourn Job" below. The album is set for release on August 28th via Napalm Records.
"'The Boats Of The Glen Carrig" (referencing the 1907 horror novel from William Hope Hodgson) will be available as a standard CD, a limited 6 page digipak with a bonus track, a wooden box edition, an "ultra canvas" edition and a 2LP gatefold vinyl LP.
The track list is:
1. The Isle
2. The Thing That Made Search
3. Like Red Foam (The Storm)
4. The Weedmen
5. To Mourn Job
6. The Light in the Weed (Mary Madison)
Check out the teaser here: More...
Poland’s death metal veterans Disloyal have recorded their fourth album entitled "Godless" and premiere the album’s seventh track titled "Mors Imperator Mundi" below. The new album will be released on June 9th via Ghastly Music / Amputated Vein Records and officially distributed by Code7/Plastic Head in Europe and MVD Entertainment Group in the US.
Disloyal has previously revealed two other new tracks which can be streamed below. More...
Skinless today premieres the band's first new album in nine years in it's entirety below. Check out the official pre-release stream of "Only the Ruthless Remain" in the SoundCloud player. The album is out today via Relapse Records.
Nuclear Assault premieres the lyric video for the song titled "Analog Man In A Digital World" taken from the upcoming new EP "Pounder" which is out now via Dry Heave Records as digital release. The vinyl release is set for June 22nd 2015.
Check out now the new track below.