Metal News for June 20, 2011
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Jens F. Ryland has checked in with the following update about I.C.S. Vortex and Asgeir Mickelson working on the Artisan project:
"What a day! It’s exciting to see the first Artisan project evolving like this. As I said yesterday I picked up Vortex and Asgeir and we did the vocals in Toproom studio. I’m not going to say to much about this session now, lets just see the video I made from the recording session :)
"If you’re wondering when you can listen to this song, it’s not decided yet. I’m going to work out the progression as soon as I can and I’ll keep you posted."
One Without has issued the following announcement about postponing the physical release of the band's new album:
"The physical release for 'Sweet Relief' has been post-poned to September 23rd this year worldwide. This does not include Germany. More info about the release date for Germany will come later.
"The reason is that we got contacted by a cool label that offered us a great opportunity to release 'Sweet Relief' on a bigger scale, and at the same time the label concerned has ideas and forward-thinking that is exactly in line with how we feel. We are really looking forward to see where this will take OW. More info will be revealed in the next months.
"We apologize for the delay, but this is a big opportunity that will take One Without to the next level. While at the same time we keep our integrity and respect for our fans. Hope you guys can stand to wait a little longer, it will be worth it in the end, believe us!"
Details on the free digital release of "Sweet Relief" can be found by heading over to this location.
For this week’s edition of Unearthing the Metal Underground we’ll take a look at a style that is generally less heavy than our normal offerings, but still of interest to the average metal fan.
Satanic or occult rock bands such as Ghost and Blood Ceremony have been landing recording deals and making it toward the forefront of the metal scene lately, even though their music falls less on the extreme side of the spectrum. Something about the themes and the arrangement of the music calls out to metal lovers though, whether it’s the invocations to Satan to bring about the end or just simply the catchy tunes.
This week we’ll be unearthing three bands who may go about it in slightly different ways, but all of these groups evoke the mood and tone of a different time, not to mention of something supernatural and slightly sinister.
The Devil’s Blood
Dutch female-fronted act The Devil’s Blood has been gaining momentum over the last year since the release of the full-length album “The Time of No Time Evermore” (reviewed here). Clearly drawing on the pioneers and rock acts from the ‘60s and ‘70s, The Devil’s Blood infuses its sound with more of a modern aesthetic and clearer production, which can be heard on the band’s MySpace page.
You can also check out an interview Metalunderground.com conducted with the Devil’s Blood here, or listen to several songs in the players below.
“Christ or Cocaine”
The Obelisk is currently streaming the title track from Swedish metallers The Quill's first new album in over five years. "Full Circle" is not only the title track, but also has a lot of meaning to all the members of the band as they truly feel that they have come "Full Circle" with their new line-up and new record label. "Full Circle" at this location.
The Swedish four-piece has been around since the nineties and went on to release three albums on SPV: "Voodoo Caravan" (2001), "Hooray! It's a Deathtrip" (2003), and "In Triumph" (2006).
Gun Shy Assassin is currently streaming "Fangs," the first track off Sourvein's Black Fangs full-length. Scheduled for North American release tomorrow, June 21st via Candlelight Records, the latest long player from the North Carolina sludge act features ten bottom-heavy, feedback-soaked, doom-tinged odes of heavy.
Check out "Fangs" as well as some words about the track from Sourvein ringleader T-Roy, by heading over to this location.
In related news Sourvein will kick off a near three-week U.S. tour this July. The chaos will commence in Philadelphia with Jucifer on July 6th and hit 16 more cities before finishing up at Ground Zero in Spartanburg on July 23rd. Dates are as follows:
7/06/2011 Kung Fu Necktie - Philadelphia, PA w/ Jucifer
7/07/2011 Heirloom Arts - Danbury, CT w/ Jucifer
7/08/2011 St. Vitus - Brooklyn, NY
7/09/2011 Popeye's - Peekskill, NY
7/10/2011 Big Jar - Rochester, NY
7/11/2011 Sidebar - Baltimore, MD
7/12/2011 Now That's Class - Cleveland, OH w/ Nachtmystium
7/13/2011 Mac's - Lansing, MI w/ Nachtmystium
7/14/2011 31st St Pub - Pittsburgh, PA
7/15/2011 Ravari Room - Columbus, OH
7/16/2011 Volrath - Indianapolis, IN
7/17/2011 Pyramid - Grand Rapids, MI
7/18/2011 Frank's Power Plant - Milwaukee, WI
7/19/2011 The Empty Bottle - Chicago, IL w/ Nachtmystium
7/20/2011 Fubar - St. Louis, MO
7/22/2011 The Hideaway - Johnson City, TN
7/23/2011 Ground Zero - Spartanburg, SC
Seattle based hard rock/metal act Stabbingback has posted a new song online. You can check out the recently uploaded track "Visions of Clarity" by heading over to the official Stabbingback Facebook profile.
Stabbingback's last full-length releases came in the form of dual albums, one a heavy metal album titled "Redeemer" (reviewed here) and one an acoustic release titled "Absolution."
The band also recently recorded a cover of Type O Negative's "Halloween in Heaven" for Metalunderground.com's Peter Steele Tribute album. Details on that digital-only release can be found by heading over here.
Joonas "Jope" Koto has officially joined Omnium Gatherum as a new guitarist and backing clean vocalist, so the band is a twin guitar squad again. The band commented on the new addition:
"He has been playing already a big bunch of gigs with Omnium Gatherum as session live member as the previous guitarist Harri Pikka left the band over a year ago, and Jope was even filling up Harri in some gigs even before we separated ways.
"Jope has been Markus' partner in crime in a progressive metal band Malpractice for many years by now, so he was the first, the most natural and the only candidate for the job for us and gladly we got him on board! He has been playing and recording previously in To/Die/For and Hateframe too, so he is a hard core professional dude."
Joonas also added, "After two years as a session guitarist the guys finally asked me to join Omnium Gatherum and I didn't hesitate one second! From the get-go I have felt like part of a family. The guys are very great as persons and professional as musicians. I'm very happy and proud to be a part of such a great band of brothers."
The band's upcoming festival appearances are as follows:
01.07 With Full Force Open Air, Germany
16.07 Ilosaarirock Festival, Joensuu, Finland
22.07 Tuska Open Air, Helsinki, Finland
29.07 Qstock Festival, Oulu, Finland
06.08 Kokkolarock Festival, Kokkola, Finland
Omnium Gatherum's Lifeforce Records debut album "New World Shadows" was released in February, 2011.
Polish death metal act Mass Insanity has announced its new album "The Hypochrist" will be released at the end of the month through Brewery Distro. You can check out the cover artwork below, or listen to Mass Insanity's music by heading over to the band's MySpace page.
Lisbon based metal band Blacksunrise has posted a music video online for the song "Physalia Physalis," which can be viewed below. The track is taken off the band's 2011 album "Oceanic."
Finnish act Unkind recently finished work on the band's new "Harhakuvat" album. A new song from the album has now been posted online and is available for streaming. You can check out the new track "Laumasielut" by heading over to the official Unkind Facebook profile.
Beyond Our Skies has announced the band's new EP "Vessels" will be released this coming July. The new track "FLDSMDFR" can be heard by heading over to the band's Facebook page. You can check out the cover artwork below and the track listing is as follows:
2. Everyone's an Orphan in Zombieland
3. You Shall Call Me Space Ranger
4. There's No John Here
5. I Open at the Close
The Way of Purity has issued the following update about recording "Equate," the band's second full-length album:
"On July the 25th we will start recording our new album between Europe and USA. Our second chapter will be titled 'Equate' and will feature 11 new songs (2 bonus tracks will be added on the Japanese version). We truly believe that this very long and complex songwriting process has lead us to a new vision of our music, due to both introduction of massive melodic parts and claustrophobic explosions of violence and darkness.
"The extreme mix of DoomCore and New Wave is the key to understand 'Equate' and everyone not looking far will fail. Depressive moods are created to succumb in front of the violence of reaction: every song structure is meant to have this further signification. A big work has been done on lyrics too and our message is becoming even more effective day by day. Number '11' in the cover artwork represents 1 against 1 so animal against human, the album is titled 'Equate.'
"The Anti-Human symbols come from a long study and have been transmitted to us by the powers of nature. We will not issue any further press release until the album will be ready since song titles, artwork, release dates, cooperations will be revealed directly with the first song preview around October. A studio diary will be updated on our facebook and youtube pages. We will be on tour in UK from October the 15th to October the 31st."
Dutch act Sinister recently announced several lineup changes, recruiting three new members. Vocalist Aad has now also issued the following update about bringing on a new bassist:
"Hailz! Aad here with some more news. We would like to welcome Mathijs Brussaard as the new Sinister Bass player. We are now a 5 piece band and hope with this to bring our new songs to a higher level."
You can also check out Sinister's music by navigating your browser over to the band's official MySpace music profile.
ThrashHits.com has posted a video interview online with The Devil Wears Prada, which was conducted at the Download Festival 2011. You can check out the video clip below.
The Devil Wears Prada also recently finished recording a new album set for release on September 13th, 2011 through Ferret Music, and has posted the first single titled "Born to Lose" online.
The Haunted has issued the following brief announcement about canceling the band's previously announced tour dates in Spain:
"We are sorry to announce that our tour of Spain in October is cancelled for reasons beyond our control, but we hope to reschedule at a later date."
The band also recently posted a video track-by-track breakdown of the new album "Unseen," which can be found here. The "Unseen" track listing is as follows:
1. Never Better
2. No Ghost
3. Catch 22
7. The Skull
8. Ocean Park
9. The City
11. All Ends Well
Multinational heavy metal act Powerwolf recently finished shooting a video clip for the song "We Drink Your Blood" from the band's upcoming album "Blood Of The Saints."
According to the band's sacral image and the concept of "Blood Of The Saints," Powerwolf shot the video in an ancient monastery church. "Shooting the video in such a special and atmospheric place was incredible," comments organist Falk Maria Schlegel. "The combination of the sacral interior of the church, including altar, confessional box and a church organ with a lot of fire, fog and metal insanity was the perfect set for a Powerwolf video!"
The song title "We Drink Your Blood" is an allusion to the congregation in the Christian liturgy "Take this, all of you, and drink from it: this is the cup of my blood, the blood of the new and everlasting covenant."
To give you a first glimpse about things to come, Powerwolf has revealed some making-of photography on the band's website here. "Blood Of The Saints" will be released July 29th/August 1st via Metal Blade Records in Europe. The album will be released as a regular CD, a limited edition Digibook 2-CD and on vinyl. More...
Udo Dirkschneider shouldn't need an introduction, but here's one anyway. Coming from the legendary band Accept ("Metal Heart" was my first tattoo), Germany's powerhouse vocalist Udo Dirkschneider has just released his band U.D.O.'s thirteenth masterpiece "Rev-Raptor."
Just before U.D.O. sets off an a huge European tour, I got a chance to talk to the legendary Udo Dirkschneider about the new album, constant touring, and just how you make a set list with thirteen albums of material to choose from. More...
Alternative Press is hosting a worldwide album premiere of Unearth's upcoming "Darkness In The Light" full-length, which is scheduled to hit North American record shelves on July 5th, 2011 via Metal Blade Records. Head over here to check out the album.
The 11-track long player was recorded at Zing Studios in Westfield, Massachusetts with producer (and Killswitch Engage guitarist) Adam Dutkiewicz and mixed at Audiohammer Studios in Sanford, Florida by Mark Lewis (The Black Dahlia Murder, Whitechapel, Trivium, et al). Sitting in on drums during the recording was Justin Foley (Killswitch Engage/Blood Has Been Shed).
Comments vocalist Trevor Phipps of the record: "This album is without a doubt some of the heaviest, most dynamic and memorable tunes we've ever written. The disc is littered with the shred 'n' stomp-filled songs our fans would expect from us, as well as some added vocal hooks, guitar melodies, guitar solos and some different paths taken in style and structure. We knew we had to continue to separate ourselves from the pack and to cement our place in the heavy metal world as one of the leaders and not as one of the many followers that seem to hop on the trend wagon and give up so easily when the going gets hard. We are here to stay and collectively we couldn't be any more fired up to play these songs around the world for our fans new and old. So check it out, spread the word of underground metal and leave some feedback. See you on the road!" More...
Cyanide Serenity has posted a video clip online of the band performing an unreleased song titled "Conflict from Within." You can check out the clip below.
The band also recently recruited new vocalist Travis Neal, who will be appearing on the re-recorded version of the "Consume Me" album.
Helhorse has checked in with the following update about posting a video online and gearing up to support Danzig in July:
"Helhorse is having one hell of week! First we rock out in front of the amazing Copenhell audience. It was an awesome experience - thank you so much! A short video snippet is up here now, more to come.
"Then, Thursday night, we received the word that we are to support the amazing Danzig at Amager Bio July 6th. Danizig is one of our greatest heroes, and we are truly humbled and honoured to get such an opportunity. Tickets are on sale now - they are going fast, so click here and buy now. Later this week we will publish more amazing reviews from Germany, stay tuned. Rock on!" More...
Malfeitor has posted a new teaser clip online for the cassette release of "To Hell, Farewell," which can be viewed below. A message from the band about the release also reads:
"Till you fukkin bleed and Sufficiently Studios presents: Swedish Death Metal veterans Malfeitor! The tape 'To Hell, Farewell,' features 6 tracks, limited to 66 copies only, and is an appetizer for the 2012 upcoming full-length called 'Dum morior orior'."
Saxon has issued the following announcement about donating money to the Nordoff-Robins charity that was raised during the band's meet & greet events on tour:
"We are very pleased to announce that Nordoff Robbins will be receiving over € 6,000 from Saxon for the charity soundcheck / meet & greet events that were held during the UK & European legs of the Worldwide 'Call To Arms' 2011 tour.
"The band wants to send out a big 'Thanks' to all fans who participated in making this happen and we are all looking forward to continuing with this very special charity around the World wherever it is possible."
You can also check out footage of Saxon performing at the Sweden Rock Festival by heading over to this location.
In Flames is currently streaming the band's entire new album "Sounds of a Playground Fading" online (reviewed here). You can check out the tracks from the album by heading over to AOL Music's website at this location. Previously uploaded footage of the band in the studio recording "Sounds of a Playground" fading is available here.
The album's track listing is as follows:
1. Sounds Of A Playground Fading
2. Deliver Us
3. All For Me
4. The Puzzle
5. Fear Is The Weakness
6. Where The Dead Ships Dwell
7. The Attic
8. Darker Times
10. Enter Tragedy
11. Jester’s Door
12. A New Dawn
13. Liberation More...
Swedish progessive band Opeth is getting ready to release the band's 10th full-length album "Heritage" this coming September. Frontman Mikael Åkerfeldt sat down with both Bravewords.com and Lithium Magazine to talk about the new album.
Speaking with Bravewords.com, Mikael explains, "The songs are all over the place. I'd like to think that all of the songs have their own identity so to speak. One song is a little tribute to Ronnie James Dio(called 'Slither')." Later in the interview Mikael also stated, "The other songs move from folk music to prog-rock to jazz, crossed with Pink Floyd and fusion like Herbie Hancock or Weather Report. "
The full interview will Bravewords.com is available at this location.
In addition, while talking with Lithium Magazine, he stated "This time around, when I started writing, I was a bit disillusioned with what I wanted to do and what we should do as a band. I didn’t want us to get stuck with a sound. I get restless and when that happens it’s just time to move on and try something different, and that’s what we did with this album. We just wrote eleven or twelve songs that sounded like stuff that I would want to listen to now, rather than writing stuff that sounds like things we’ve already done before. We have always tried to do records that we want to hear. There’s no exception to that rule with Heritage, but it’s a different sounding album than our previous ones."
The complete Lithium Magazine interview can be found by heading over here.
In other news, Opeth will be touring North America alongside Katatonia in support of "Heritage." Details are available here.
Several video clips have been posted online showing front man Andy Biersack of Black Veil Brides injuring himself while jumping onto the stage during the band's June 18th performance in California. The first clip is available below and the rest can be found after the jump.
Biersack's twitter account was updated with the following message about the incident: "Shattered 3 ribs on my left side. I will keep everyone updated when I know more..4 now I'm resting so I can get back to rockin onstage asap"
Leaves' Eyes has posted a new video tour blog online, which contains behind-the-scenes footage as well as segments of the band performing live. The clip can be viewed below, or you can check out the previously uploaded tour video here.
Destroying Divinity started shooting a new music video earlier this month. The band has now checked in with the following update about the video clip and the band's current activity:
"Destroying Divinity is currently working on post-production of the first official vision of horror. The video is made for the song At War with Two Worlds. More news to come, we are considering leaving roster of Brutal Bands records because this label seems dead and rotted to us. The music shall be, the label not!
"Another news is that it seems we are gonna have new lava spouter because our great former singer Erik is off due to serious medical reasons. Get well soon, old mate! And of course we are composing new material, darkness will return in 2012!!
"We are still receiving more reviews from around the globe and most of them are positive beyond any expectations, we appreciate that! Here is short list for your amusement. Please notice, this is not full list of reviews and diabolical talks, full list will be unleashed on our official facebook profile, which came to life recently. More...
Primitive Graven Image has released a free download of the single "March Of The Cattle," the first taken from the bands "Celebrating Impending Chaos" album, which was released last year through Envenomation Records. The free download is currently available from the band's web site at this location.
Drummer Matt Platts spoke of the release: "We have become more and more aware over the last year that this album has a greater reach than our immediate black metal following, with people regularly discovering it who are generally more into other genres, such as thrash and death metal, even punk. We wanted to try and spread the word a bit but didn't want to lose our DIY approach to things, we are just from that ethic really, so we came up with an idea and then spent a great deal of time on our own trying to make it work. A large portion of that was trying to learn video editing software it has to be said! It was a bit more of a task than we bargained for actually, but I think that it's a good thing for bands to take control of their creative output. We're pleased with the results." More...
Sweden's Spawn of Possession recently announced the band has signed to Relapse Records for the release of an upcoming album.
Spawn of Possession has now checked in with the following update about entering the studio to record the follow-up to the "Noctambulant" album:
"Alright people, today we begin the recording of the next Spawn of Possession album. Henrik 'Morris' Schönström has entered Pama Studios to kick off the drum production together with engineer Mankan Sedenberg. Former drummer and now vocalist Dennis Röndum will also be present to lend his ear and keep the coffee fresh. Stay alert for photos and updates."
The new album is currently set to drop later this year in the fall, although the title, track listing, and exact release date have not yet been announced.
More tour dates have been added to the upcoming Animals As Leaders headlining North American tour package. The trek, which kicks off July 7th, also features Intronaut, the U.S. live debut of new Sumerian artist Dead Letter Circus, Last Chance To Reason and Evan Brewer (Faceless bassist) who will be delivering a solo bass set.
Dead Letter Circus is set to release their album "This Is The Warning" in North America on July 26th. The band teamed up with Australian producer Forrester Savell (Karnivool) to record their much anticipated debut full-length release, "This Is The Warning." The offering debuted at #2 on the Australian charts alongside a #1 iTunes debut. Numerous sold-out tours around the country quickly followed, which was capped off with stadium support shows with Muse and Linkin Park. "This Is The Warning" is quickly approaching gold certification for the Australian territory.
7/07 - San Diego, CA @ Soma
7/08 - Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction
7/09 - Sacramento/San Francisco, CA/Oakland, CA
7/10 - Los Angeles, CA @ Key Club
7/11 - Scottsdale, AZ @ Martini Ranch
7/13 - Colorado Springs, CO @ Black Sheep
7/14 - Wichita, KS @ The Oz
7/15 - Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville Mews
7/16 - Joliet, IL @ Mojoe's
7/17 - Grand Rapids, MI @ The Intersection
7/18 - Buffalo, NY @ Mohawks Place
7/19 - Long Island, NY @ Crazy Donkey
7/20 - Albany, NY @ Northern Lights
7/21 - Lancaster, PA @ Chameleon Club
7/22 - Baltimore, MD @ The Ottobar
7/23 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Diesel
7/24 - Covington, KY @ Madhatter
7/26 - Greensboro, NC @ Greene St
7/27 - Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
7/28 - Charleston, SC @ The Oasis
7/29 - Orlando, FL @ The Backbooth
7/30 - Mobile, AL @ The Alabama Music Box
7/31 - Memphis, TN @ Hi Tone
8/01 - St. Louis, MO @ Fubar
8/03 - Oklahoma City, OK @ Conservatory