Metal News for June 21, 2013
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After posting the song "The Prince" online for streaming, Warfect has now released another track from new album "Exoneration Denied."
Give the album's title track a listen in the player below. The "Exoneration Denied" track listing is as follows:
01. Exoneration Denied
02. Drone Wars
03. Filled with Hate
05. Retribution Unfold
06. The Prince
07. Nation Divided
08. Slit With Razor
09. Roman Disfigure
10. Pried from Earth More...
With the unleashing of their "Endless Night" LP just days away (June 25th), the blackened death sorcerers in TOAD offer up a stream of fourth track “Boundaries of Flesh” via Cvlt Nation. Check out the song right here.
Comments the band of the deviant tune: “This was the last song written for Endless Night. It was surreal to know we had neared the end of our vision, so this tune is definitely special for us. Those of you with a keen ear and familiarity with the scores of John Carpenter may pick up on some parallels. As with every song on the album, this song is an unpredictable journey. Enjoy.”
Adds Cvlt Nation: “‘Boundaries of Flesh’ snaps with tight rhythms and a head-nodding beat that’s difficult to forget after your first listen. Heady sections of stripped back and echoing vocal lines gives the whole track a different and intriguing mood that calls to mind extreme doom-sensibilities and lends a deeply effective ‘70s B-Movie soundtrack quality to the song before the title track lurches into being with slow, weighty and dastardly destructive proportions. The song swirls with extended motions of climbing guitar wails and gruff vocal bellows that grind with a distinct resonance and the hurtling speed of the closing seconds is enough to raise the dead themselves. Excellent fun indeed.”
"Endless Night" was captured by returning producer/engineer Bob Hoag at Flying Blanket Recording in Mesa, Arizona, who worked with the band previously on the mammoth "Rotten Tide" EP, and offers up a strikingly grim cover by Sean R. Williams (Animetalphysical). The album's track listing is:
1. Taste of the Grave
3. Howling House
4. Boundaries of Flesh
5. Endless Night
I've been a writer for Metalunderground.com for almost six years, (I joined on June 25th 2007, for those who care to know,) and in that time I’ve written over eight thousand articles, including memorials and tributes to Ronnie James Dio, Phil Lynott, Gary Moore, Jeff Hanneman and Chuck Schuldiner, but this piece is unquestionably the hardest I’ve ever had to write, as I, and a number of others, will be paying tribute to not only a lover of metal music and a MetalUnderground.com reader, member and devotee, but also a friend named, Tom Humber, who posted on MetalUnderground.com under the moniker, "TomHimself," a handle he regularly used. It might have seemed like an arrogant name to use, but there really was nobody else like Tom.
Despite the fact that we live in the same town, I was introduced to Tom through this website. He hosted a rock and metal show on Swindon105.5, during which he would bring his listeners the latest news in metal. It turned out he’d been getting his news from MetalUnderground.com and as soon as he found out that the only English writer for the website lived in the same town as him, he excitedly invited me on the show. As soon as I met him, I liked him. He was a big man with a bigger smile and was so welcoming and eager to talk about metal, what had been going on in metal recently and what metal CDs I’d brought with me (Motorhead’s, "Inferno," Celtic Frost's, "Monotheist" and a third, which I can’t remember right now.) He opened the show with “Deliverance” by the British goth rock band, The Mission U.K. and I instantly loved the song. After I asked him what it was called, he coolly but happily informed me before telling me to stick around after the hour was up. As soon as he wrapped up the first hour, he burned the entire show we’d done on to a CD for me, just so I could have a copy of "Deliverance." Name me one other DJ that would do that!
We had a great time together on the show, playing all kinds of rock music and discussing the week’s events, along with the forthcoming FIFA World Cup, whereby he informed me that he didn’t like the same football as me, he liked American football. Correction: He LOVED American football! While it’s a sport I’ve never had much interest in, every time I mentioned it he’d be there to talk about it, encourage me to watch more and cheer on his beloved Vikings. Tweeting each other during this year’s Super Bowl half time show was particularly fun. In November 2011 he parted ways with Swindon105.5 though his radio career continued through his contributions to Dark Asylum Radio. It was a job that he and his frankly awesome voice were simply made for. The man was like Tommy Vance, he just sounded so cool. When he spoke, people listened and usually, they’d laugh when he finished. I could go on about Tom but ultimately the things I’ll remember most about him was that he was one of the most genuine people you could meet. He didn’t accept charity, he had an infectious enthusiasm, a passion for music rarely seen and was honestly one of the nicest men around. The Metalunderground.com community, my town and indeed, the world, has lost a true gentleman. Tom Himself is simply too big of a personality to forget. More...
Vancouver, BC’s West of Hell, featuring vocalist Chris Valagao of Zimmers Hole on vocals, is pleased to announce the band is adding to its already tireless touring schedule. The band will head out on a headline tour of Canadian cities beginning July 18th, 2013. See below for all dates.
A new music video for the track "Water of Sorcery" is scheduled to be unveiled next week, and you can check out a teaser trailer below. The track is cut from the band’s debut album, "Spiral Empire," which was produced by Rob Shallcross (3 Inches of Blood, Strapping Young Lad) and hit stores in May 2012 via Reversed Records.
July 18th – Edmonton, AB @ Wunderbar w/ Holy Grail.
July 20th – Armstrong, BC @ Metal Fest
July 22nd – Regina, SK @ The Exchange
July 23rd – Winnipeg, MB @ The Zoo
July 25th – Sault St. Marie, ON @ TBA
July 26th – North Bay, ON @ TBA
July 27th – Trois Rivieres, QC @ TBA
July 28th – Ottawa, ON @ TBA
Aug 1st – Montreal, QC @ Piranha Bar
Aug 2nd – Belleville, ON @ Belle Pub
Aug 3rd – St. Catherines, ON @ The Vintage
Aug 4th – Toronto, ON @ Bovine
Aug 9th – Saskatoon, SK @ Rock Bottom
Aug 10th – Lloydminster, AB @ The Pussy Cat Club
Aug 15th – Red Deer, AB @ The Vat
Aug 17th – Lethbridge, AB @ TBA
Sept 7th – Vancouver, BC @ The Rickshaw More...
Toronto, ON metallers Where Giants Once Stood have shed the skin of years past, when they were known as Absence of Fear. Reborn, re-amped and heading your way, WGOS are gearing up for the release of their debut EP "The Changing" on Tuesday, July 30th.
Vocalist Reshaun Page explains, “As soon as we set foot in the studio to record this new EP, the material sounded so fresh and heavy that we knew this was going to be a whole new beginning for us."
Check out the music video for "The Heavens Tremble" below, and the EP's track listing is as follows:
2. The Heavens Tremble
5. A Broken Memory
7. The Changing More...
Threat Signal will hit the road with Chimaira in July, and now the band has launched an IndieGoGo crowd funding campaign to help out with the costs of touring.
Details are available at this location, and perks for donating include signed albums, hour long music lessons with band members, and more.
As was previously announced, Caladmor's new album "Of Stones And Stars" will feature a guest spot from Chrigel Glanzmann and Päde Kistler of Eluveitie.
"Of Stones And Stars" follows the 2010 album "Midwinter," released by the German label Twilight Zone Records. This upcoming new album is set to drop in August, 2013. The following press release was also issued about the band:
"Epic tunes creating epic wideness, thundering guitar riffs and stirring melodies meet the vocals of Babs and drummer Maede, leading the listener on a philosophical path through the land of myths from exhilarating heights down to the edge of an abyss.
"Not only towards linguistic concerns (lyrics in English, German, Middle High German and Old Norse) but also in matters of style, the music of Caldmor shows great diversity and contrasts and thus giving breath to the distinctive and typical Caladmorian Epic Folk Metal" More...
Roadrunner Records group Stone Sour has released a lyric video for "The Uncanny Valley," a track taken from latest album, "House of Gold & Bones Part 2." Check it out below. The album arrived this past April and debuted at #10 on The Billboard 200.
Furthermore, the first three issues of "House of Gold & Bones" (Dark Horse Comics) are available now. Written by Corey Taylor, the comic book follows and develops the story contained within the two part album, and features covers from Jason Shawn Alexander (Empty Zone, Batman, Abe Sapien). This limited four-issue series marks Taylor’s debut in the comics genre. More...
July 30th, 2013 marks the date of All Else Fails' new release "Fucktropolis," which will be unleashed via Suicidal Bride Records. Vocalist / guitarist Barrett Klesko comments on the EP:
"I'm proud to say that we have never made the same album twice, and this is no exception, easily our heaviest effort to date. This album is not only much heavier, but also much more sonically diverse. It's extremely angry, but it has this grave, dark, beauty to it as well.”
2. Better Left Undead
3. La Demencia Violenta
4. Obedience At The Altar of Sacrifice
5. A Most Unwanted Reprieve
You can also catch the band live:
July 1 - St. Albert City Hall - St. Albert, AB (St. Albert's Canada Day Youth Event - Outdoors)
July 20 - Starlite Room - Edmonton, AB - Fucktropolis CD Release Party
Aug 24 - Loud As Hell Festival - Drumheller, AB More...
Adrenaline Mob has checked in with the following statement about parting ways with Mike Portnoy, opening for Avenged Sevenfold, and working on a new album:
"Adrenaline Mob is proud to announce that we've been added as the opening act for Avenged Sevenfold at the LaCrosse Center Arena on July 16th in LaCrosse,Wisconsin! Also on the bill is Fight or Flight featuring Dan Donegan, Mike Wengren of Disturbed fame. We would like to thank everyone in the A7X Camp for this incredible opportunity & we're extremely excited to perform alongside these awesome bands!!
"After coming off an amazing run in South America w/Halestorm, we have unfortunately parted ways with drummer Mike Portnoy due to scheduling conflicts as you all know. We had an incredible run with Mike & made 2 great albums together as well as many great shows & tours since we've launched Adrenaline Mob.
"It was a pleasure to share the stage with such a great talent but as a band we need to be able to move forward & work as hard as we can to take Adrenaline Mob to the next level. We wish Mike all the best in everything he does!
"As far as filling the drum position... we will not be announcing a permanent replacement just yet. We are currently seeking out the right person to fill the spot at this time & will use a fill in for the A7X Show on July 16th.
"We'd also like to announce that Mike Orlando & Russell Allen have been hard at work writing the next Adrenaline Mob album & will enter the studio late summer, early fall to begin tracking the new release! Russell, Mike & John would like to send out a huge special thanx to all the amazing Adrenaline Mob fans worldwide for their incredible support at this time! We're extremely excited to unveil the next phase of Adrenaline Mob real soon!!"
Los Angeles metal band Malaki has posted a music video for the song "Crutch" online. The video was produced by the band and directed by Matt Zane and Trey Astbury.
Watch the video below:
Today West Coast metal miscreants Armed For Apocalypse unveil the official lyric video for “The Starting Line Is A Trip Wire.”
The relentless audio punishment comes by way of the band’s soon-to-be-detonated sophomore full-length, "The Road Will End." The follow-up to the band’s 2009 "Defeat" debut was recorded with Chris Keene at Cutters Cathedral in Chico, California. All drums were tracked with Matt Pedri at Old Sailor Studios (also in Chico).
The album is set for release in North America via Ironclad Recordings on July 23rd, 2013. In related news, Armed For Apocalypse will take to the streets on a short run of live assaults next month. The trek will commence on July 11th in Chico, California where the band will be performing The Road Will End in its entirety. Entrants will also be given free individually numbered and signed show posters made by Matt Loomis (while supplies last).
7/11/2013 Cafe Coda – Chico, CA w/ Death Valley High, Horseneck *ALL AGES.
7/12/2013 SAC: Blue Lamp – Sacramento, CA w/ Death Valley High, Horseneck.
7/13/2013 The Night Light – Oakland, CA w/ Death Valley High, Horseneck.
7/14/2013 SF: Thee Parkside – San Francisco, CA w/ Name
7/15/2013 The Oak Park Boiz House – Sacramento, CA
7/16/2013 Ryan's Saloon – Reno, NV w/ Glacier
7/19/2013 Lasalles - Chico, CA 21+ More...
In case you weren’t able to make it to the annual Roadburn festival this year in The Netherlands, where female-fronted doom rock trio Castle appeared alongside the likes of High on Fire, Pallbearer and Royal Thunder, audio of the band’s entire performance is now available for streaming right here.
Along with the Roadburn appearance in the midst of a European tour supporting Intronaut, Castle was also recently seen on the stages of London’s Desertfest and the Doom In June festival in Las Vegas, NV.
The band will continue to support 2012 release “Blacklands” — produced by Billy Anderson (EyeHateGod, Neurosis, Cathedral) — by joining labelmates Scale The Summit on the last week of Intronaut’s U.S. tour before supporting The Sword on a full North American tour later this summer. A complete list of Castle’s upcoming tour dates can be found below. More...
Prog metal outfit Haken has announced the follow-up to the "Visions" album (reviewed here), will be titled "The Mountain." The new album is due out this coming September 2nd, 2013. Further details will be announced as they become available.
With their Prosthetic debut “Doomed to Destroy, Destined To Die” due out Tuesday (June 25th), Boston thrashers Ramming Speed have teamed with Lambgoat.com to premiere a track from the new album.
The song “Dead Flags,” along with more exclusive behind-the-scenes footage of the band's GodCity Studio recording sessions with Kurt Ballou, can be found here or in the players provided below.
Ramming Speed can currently be seen touring alongside Valient Thorr and Gypsyhawk in addition to hosting a series of in-store contests at local record shops where the group will give away a timed and filmed $100 shopping spree along with other prizes. A list of tour and contest dates can be found below. More...
When Kvelertak came to New York recently, the band took time out to get tattooed and drink exotic beer in Brooklyn.
Check out the clip below to see the Kvelertak members talk about their ink, reveal some of the worst things they've ever drunk, and more.
For more Kvelertak, you can also check out the band's recently released self-titled music video at this location.
Florida technical death metal act Abiotic has checked in with the following announcement about missing tonight's tour date due to vehicle problems:
"We regret to inform that due to our current van trouble, we will not be able to make the show in Henderson, NV tonight. We really apologize, as the matter is out of our hands. The show is still going on with some amazing bands, headlined by the mighty Within the Ruins, so get your asses out there and support metal! Mesa, AZ we will be ready for you tomorrow!"
The remaining dates on the tour are as follows:
06/22 Mesa, AZ The Nile Theatre
06/23 Amarillo, TX The Wreckroom
06/24 Abilene, TX The Backroom w/ Impending Doom
06/25 Houston, TX Walters
06/26 Tupelo, MS Good Time Charlies
Pennsylvania Deathbed Festival w/ Impending Doom, Texas In July, Within The Ruins
06/29 Allentown, PA Maingate Nightclub
The Summer Slaughter Tour special appearance
07/29 Lake Buena Vista, FL House of Blues
You can also catch Abiotic on tour at the tail end of the summer with Wretched, Allegaeon, and Rivers of Nihil. Dates are available at this location.
New York City's Tiger Flowers has already released one self-titled EP and is currently at work on the band's debut full-length album with producer Elliot Geller (Malignancy, Dim Mak) and mastering engineer Shane Frisby (Turmoil, Revocation). There is no label confirmed to release the album as of yet.
The band has now teamed up with Lambgoat.com to reveal the first glimpse of the as-yet-untitled new album, in the form "Cruisin' 'Til the Wheels Fall Off." Check it out here or in the player below.
Kicking off with the lyrics, "Goddamn, it was crazy / Deep in the jungle at eighteen / For the American dream," the song is apparently inspired by Sylvester Stallone's John Rambo character. Frontman Jesse Madre explains:
"There's the scene in First Blood where Rambo is talking with the colonel about how he thought it was going to be different when he got back, how he and his buddies were going to go cruisin'. They were just going to cruise until the wheels fell off but all his friends had died, some of them right next to him. I have friends who are in Iraq and Afghanistan right now. I have friends who have kids over there and their kids are watching their buddies get blown up. Whether you believe in the war or not, motherfuckers are dying. I think Rambo nails it in that first movie, what it was like to come home to a country that didn't want you." More...
Minneapolis, MN hard rock/industrial metal outfit American Head Charge proudly announces new EP, "Shoot," which is slated for release on July 23rd.
Along with the release comes the first leg of the “Shoot Tour” kicking off on August 2nd in Madison, WI @ The Regent State Theater.
The "Shoot" EP was recorded by Don Debiase at Studio D Productions in Cleveland, OH, and mixed by Dave Fortman at Balance Productions in New Orleans, LA. Artwork was created by Sam “Mister-Sam” Shearon. The EP will be self released by the band.
“We're extremely proud of this little gem. For an EP, it was a long, arduous process that spanned 5 states and 6 studios, but we persevered and succeeded." notes bassist and co-founder Chad Hanks. "This is our first major step back into the game, and the next step in serving up a full-length AHC record. The “heavy music scene” is even worse off than we left it 6 years ago. We're looking to rectify that."
"Shoot" can be pre-ordered from the American Head Charge website here and fans can bundle the CD with an exclusive poster and t-shirt. All pre-orders will receive a code to digitally download the EP a week prior to its release.
Joining AHC on select dates will be fellow Minneapolis heavy rockers Blue Felix and humorcore kings Psychostick. “We're all very excited to go out and tour the U.S. in support of our new EP." continues Hanks. "It's been a year since we've been on the road, and we're more than ready to deliver the goods. Prepare yourselves, America." More...
Still Falling from Athens, Greece is currently streaming a new track online titled "The Red Giant," which is taken from the group's upcoming EP "The Three Suns." Check out the track courtesy of Metalrecusants.com here or in the player below. More...
Nightmare Records is proud to announce the new signing of female fronted Austrian symphonic metal band Siren's Cry. The band will be touring Europe in October with Masterplan and Mystic Prophecy (dates available here). Nightmare Records also comments:
"A perfect balanced fusion of complexity and symphonic beauty, uniquely creative, unifying the best of all metal worlds: virtuosity, enchanting melodies and powerful riffs. ingeniously combining a perfect circle of spectacular sounds.
"Influences such as Dream Theater, Metallica, Nightwish, Threshold, Angra and Symphony X are realigned in a completely new way: every song takes the listener on a thrilling journey through a picturesque landscape. More...
Culminated from various wastelands in the New York City region, a mysterious and atrocious occult metal entity has infiltrated humanity. Teloch Vovin, a cult of harbingers with fully malicious and maniacal intent, has unleashed its introductory recording in the form of “I.” The following press release was issued about the album:
"A collection of off-kilter hymns summoned in an organic and spontaneous environment, 'I' rampages with nearly thirty-five minutes of low-fi, dispirited blackened filth as simultaneously bizarre and unhinged as it is triumphantly iniquitous. Teloch Vovin's jagged, high-speed buzzsaw riffing and vomitous vocals clash with doom-laden slow-motion dirges, the tone giving one the feeling these warriors’ amps are literally about to explode in an electrical inferno, the anomalous ring of bells chiming through the melee.
"With influences of Gorgorth, Funeral Mist, Black Sabbath, Celtic Frost and Bathor coalescing into something devotees of Furze, Peste Noire, Striborg, Leviathan and the like will flock to, this sect freakishly travels its own path. 'I' has been made available in a limited run of 333 copies, hand-numbered and baptized in sacrificial blood." More...
Female fronted stoner rock outfit Beef Supreme has released a new four-track EP titled "Royal Bitch." The EP is available for streaming in the SoundCloud player below.
You can also find more info on the band over at Facebook here. Beef Supreme is:
Niki BelGrande: Guitars, Vocals
Lou Chalupa: Drums
Macho Grande: Bass More...
Slipknot member Joey Jordison has unveiled details of his new project, titled Scar The Martyr.
Recorded at Sound Farm Studios in Des Moines, IA, Scar The Martyr's as-yet-untitled debut album was produced by Rhys Fulber, whose production and mixing credits include Fear Factory, Rob Zombie, Mindless Self Indulgence, Front Line Assembly, and more.
The album is slated to arrive later this fall via Roadrunner Records. The label also comments:
"Recognized globally as one of the best drummers in rock, Jordison is both a primary songwriter and the drummer for the Grammy Award winning Slipknot. The Scar The Martyr recording sessions saw him behind the drum kit, while also playing bass on all songs, and rhythm guitar on all but two songs.
"The album was written by Joey and lead vocalist Henry Derek, and joining them in the studio were keyboardist Chris Vrenna (Nine Inch Nails), as well as guitarists Jed Simon (Strapping Young Lad) and Kris Norris (Darkest Hour) who collectively handled all lead guitars on the album.
"Scar The Martyr sees Jordison treading in new sonic territory and expanding upon his already remarkable abilities as songwriter and performer. A searing rock record that draws elements from post-punk and industrial music to create an immersive and modern attack, Scar The Martyr creates a menacing and enveloping palette of surging synthesizers layered under heavy guitars and Jordison's trademark precision drumming. More...
Germany's Dreadlink has issued the following announcement about lineup changes within the band:
"After a short but intense search, Dreadlink is now complete! The new line-up includes André Tiesler (ex-gum-hen & cry my name) and Börbel (ex-vocation, fake, B.G.T. & Blackwater). First publications (single songs for free download) are planned for this year! It should be interesting!"
The new linup is:
Tiesler - Vox
Börbel - guitar/backings
Brüggn - guitar
Hamman - bass
Mossa - drums/samples More...
Sweden's Eternal Oath is releasing the band's fifth album "Ghostlands" today, June 21st. You can check out a teaser trailer for the release below, or hear more from the band over at Facebook here.
Until Dawn will unleash latest album "Horizon" on Tuesday, August 6th to follow-up the band's 2011 self titled breakthrough. Vocalist Adam Macleod comments:
"We started working on Horizon two years ago, and the concept came together fast. As a touring band, we are always staring into the horizon geared towards the next show. That’s what we are trying to convey with our next record. We spent an immense amount of time writing and doing pre-production to ensure we lived up to our own expectations and our fans. We believe this is the best representation of what Until Dawn is right now. We are extremely proud and excited to get this record to our fans, to make new ones and hit the road to play the new songs live.
"Our single 'This Fallen Fortress' started as a song about being from Fort McMurray and the struggles we face as a band secluded so far north. But quickly turn into being about gaining strength through out any obstacle you are faced with. We as a band believe you can find strength and perseverance in any situation, and turn it into a positive. Let this dawn awaken."
The band is now streaming their first single "This Fallen Fortress" below. More...
Swedish viking metal act Ereb Altor posted a lyric video for the new track "Nifelheim." The song appears on the band's upcoming fourth album "Fire Meets Ice," which is scheduled for release on July 26, 2013 via Cyclone Empire Records.
Ereb Altor features Isole members Crister Olsson (as Mats) Daniel Bryntse (as Ragnar) and Jonas Lindström (as Tord).
Check out "Nifelheim" here:
Wilson is a band that has toured relentlessly since 2010, through big cities and little podunks. A band that records its albums the ol' fashioned way: with instruments. And analog gear. Fifth and sixth and twentieth takes. A band that brings that last Friday night on Earth mentality equally to huge crowds and audiences of two solitary dudes.
Today the band has premiered another track from debut "Full Blast Fuckery," entitled "My Life, My Grave." Check out at Absolute Punk here.
You can also read Wilson's recent addition to our catalog of Pit Stories at this location. The track listing for "Full Blast Fuckery" is as follows:
1. My Life My Grave
2. Better Off (Strictly Doods)
3. Passing on the Left
4. College Gangbang
5. Snake Eyes
6. I Can Beat Your Dad
7. Viking Pussies Fuck Off
8. If You Ever Leave Me I Will Find You
9. Susan Jane
10. Live in Corpus Christi
U.K. outfit Malevolence (not to be confused with the Portuguese band of the same name) has checked in with the following announcement about inking a deal with Siege of Amida Records:
"We have signed a worldwide deal with S.O.A.R in partnership with Century Media Records for our debut full length album that will be coming out this autumn.
"Release date, artwork, title and track-listing will be announced in the coming weeks. Thank you to everyone that has backed this band so far. we are extremely proud of this album and you can expect more RIFFS and more SHRED than ever before."
You can check out Malevolence's music over at the band's Facebook profile here.
While it was recently announced that vocalist Mike Lessard had permanently joined The Contortionist as that band's new vocalist, Last Chance To Reason has also now announced July tour dates with Evan Brewer.
Last Chance To Reason drummer Evan Sammons commented: "We're pumped to become further pair-bonded with our metal life mates The Contortionist. Not only is Mike joining up with those dudes as their permanent singer, but we've got Robby 'Smooth Talka' Baca filling in on guitar on our upcoming tour with Evan Brewer."
Dates are available after the jump, and you can also check out the band's newly released music video for "The Escapist" below. More...
Canadian doom act Cromlech (no relation), signed on with Italy's My Graveyard Productions. After a demo and a split release with Into Oblivion and Shoor, the band is set to release a debut album entitled "Ave Mortis." The album is scheduled for release in September, the exact date to be announced later.
The band was founded in Toronto, Canada in 2011 and presents a dark gloomy epic/doom sound. "Thunderous drumming, extended dual guitar melodies and songcrafting on a truly epic scale sets Cromlech apart in a genre plagued by generic rock clichés and fashion conscious trendsters. Ave Mortis – Hail Death!."
The track list for "Ave Mortis" is:
1. Ave Mortis
2. For a Red Dawn
4. To See Them Driven Before You
5. Of the Eagle and the Trident
6. Lend Me Your Steel
7. Amongst the Tombs
8. Shadow and Flame More...
Milan-based traditional metal band Ruler entered Elnor Studio in Magnago, Milan, Italy to record the forthcoming second album "Rise To Power." The new chapter, following the debut LP “Evil Nightmares," is scheduled to be released via My Graveyard Productions on September 21, 2013.
Ruler features the following lineup:
Daniele 'DFV' Valentini (former guitarist for N.I.S) (Vocals)
Mattia 'Heavy Matt' Baldoni (Guitars)
Paolo Pontiggia (Rapid Fire) (Bass)
Rosario Alcaro (Drums)
For a taste of Ruler, check out "We Rule The Night" from the debut album "Evil Nightmares" here: More...
The Contortionist has announced Mike Lessard of Last Chance To Reason as the band's new permanent vocalist, replacing Jonathan Carpenter who exited earlier this year.
"We're very excited about this announcement. The run of dates we did with him as a fill-in were a much needed breath of fresh air. He brings to the table all kinds of new dynamics that will help fuel the progression of the band's sound onto the next record and onward," says Guitarist Robby Bacca.
"I've been a friend and a fan of the band for a long time, so these are exciting times. I can't wait to hit the road and the studio with these talented gentlemen. I believe this to be the start of a beautiful experience," says Lessard himself.
The band just announced new tour dates supporting Between the Buried and Me this fall. Dates stretch coast to coast kicking off in Winston Salem, NC on September 13th and will wrap up more than a month later in Nashville, TN. Pre-sale has begun here and general ticket sales start July 12th. More...
California traditional metal act Night Demon, formed in 2011 by members of The Fucking Wrath John Crerar (drums) and Brent Woodward (guitars), will see its 2012 self-released/self-titled debut EP released on August 6th through Shadow Kingdom Records.
"British metallic stylings reminiscent of Angel Witch, Raven and Iron Maiden are kicked into overdrive with an edgier and gritter dose of American venom. Consider NIGHT DEMON mandatory listening for any NWOBHM fan." The Shadow Kingdom Records CD release is remastered from the digital version and offers an undeniably superior sound.
Since 2011, the band developed an online presence that caught the eye of the organizers of Germany's Keep It True Festival, who offered a place in the lineup for the 2014 installment.
The track list for the EP is:
1. Night Demon
2. The Chalice
3. Ancient Evil
4. The Ritual More...
With Amon Amarth's "Deceiver of the Gods" less than a week away, the entire album has now been made available online for pre-listening. Hear for yourself, for a limited time, courtesy of Ultimate-Guitar at this location or in the player below.
"Deceiver Of The Gods" was recorded at Backstage Studios in Derbyshire, U.K. and produced, mixed, and mastered by Andy Sneap (Opeth, Megadeth, Exodus, Arch Enemy, Killswitch Engage).
The album will be released in North America via Metal Blade Records June 25th, in Europe June 21st/24th and Japan on June 26th. Special preorder packages are still available at this location.
Amon Amarth is also preparing to return to North America next week opening the main stage of this year’s edition of the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Fest set to commence June 29th in San Bernardino. See confirmed dates below. More...
German metal act Wolfs Moon has detailed the upcoming return LP entitled "Curse the Cult of Chaos." The album drops on July 12th via Pure Steel Records. It is the first in a five year absence ("Unholy Darkness," 2008). The band welcomes new vocalist Robert Rogge, who joined last year.
According to the press release: "Five years and one change of vocalist later, the quartet has recorded a new album. 'Curse the Cult of Chaos' features twelve sons which are of a somewhat dark and often very groovy power metal, with some unobtrusive insertions of thrash, which all fans of bands like Iced Earth will love. Robert Rogges vocals are mostly rough and sometimes growled, which makes them outstanding. The highlight of the album is definitely the rock-like, very melodic tribute-song 'Undying Legends,' which features lots of quotations from other songs and reminds us of metal legends like Ronnie James Dio and Dimebag Darrell. The catchy title track, 'Apocalyptomania' (which features some verses in German), or the fat grooving 'Ultra Rebel' must not be left unmentioned, because they really offer you good sound. The album has a powerful, contemporary production which does not take away the soul of the guitars and drumming and leaves some necessary edges to the sound."
The track listing for "Curse the Cult of Chaos" is:
1. Dead Eyes – Blind Justice
2. Corpses In Candlelight
3. Curse The Cult Of Chaos
4. Undying Legends
6. Moribund Vision
8. Young At Heart
9. Ultra Rebel
10. Omen Of Nightfall
11. Chaly Skull – Wing
12. Boring Life Of The Undead More...
Swedish death thrashers Facebreaker posted a lyric video for the new track "Carving for Brains." The song appears on the upcoming new release "Dedicated to the Flesh" album, which is scheduled for release on June 28th via Cyclone Empire Records. Facebreaker features Scar Symmetry vocalist Robban Karlsson.
The track listing for "Dedicated to the Flesh" is:
1. Meat Freak
2. Dedicated to the Flesh
4. Zombie Flesh Cult
6. Nuclear Outbreak
8. Carving For Brains
9. Swarm of Zombies
10. Legions of Doom
11. World Cremation
12. Tomb of the Hungry Dead More...
German progressive metal band A Life Divided posted a new music video for the track "Space." The video is the second for the latest LP "The Great Escape," out now via AFM Records. The first video for "The Last Dance" is available to view over at this location.
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Norwegian symphonic metal band Sirenia posted footage on the making of the music video "Seven Widows Weep." The video can be seen over at this location. The song itself is to appear on the band's upcoming LP "Perils of the Deep Blue," which drops June 28th via Nuclear Blast Records.
The track listing for the new release is:
1. Ducere Me in Lucem
2. Seven Widows Weep
3. My Destiny Coming to Pass
4. Ditt Endelikt
5. Cold Caress
8. Stille Kom Døden
9. The Funeral March
10. Profound Scars
11. A Blizzard Is Storming
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Lingua Mortis Orchestra, the side project of German power pioneers Rage and the first band to mix orchestra with metal, posted a lyric video for the new track "Cleansed By Fire." The track is to appear on the new LP "LMO," which is due for release on August 2, 2013 via Nuclear Blast. The album is a conceptual release written by vocalist/bassist Peavy Wagner and is based on the true story of the burning of witches in Gelnhausen in 1599.
The tracklisting for "LMO" is as follows:
1. Cleansed By Fire: a) Convert The Pagans, Pt. I; b) The Inquisition (instrumental); c) Convert The Pagans, Pt. II
3. The Devil´s Bride
5. Oremus (instrumental)
6. Witches` Judge
7. Eye For An Eye
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