Metal News for June 23, 2011
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Detroit metallers The Black Dahlia Murder have just dropped their fifth full-length album "Ritual," which has already garnered its fair share of rave reviews across the web (you can also check out Metalunderground.com's review here.)
Prior to the album's release, bassist Ryan Williams spoke with me about the band maintaining its core musical direction while trying to throw in new elements as well. In the interview below, you can find Ryan's thoughts on working with Jason Suecof, the ritualistic theme of the album, the band's upcoming tour with Cannibal Corpse, and even find some insight into why front man Trevor Strnad always seems to be missing his shirt. More...
Dallas, Texas electronic deathcore act The Browning has been confirmed for the first ever "Metal, Arise!" U.S. tour. The Browning, which is currently on the road in the U.S. on the "Get Nude & Tattooed" tour, will be heading back out on the road in August for the "Metal, Arise!" tour, which also features The Devastated and Allegaeon.
The Browning also commented:
"It's a pleasure and an honor for The Browning to be featured on the 'Metal, Arise!' tour! What a great opportunity for us to be performing alongside such amazing talent and working with some awesome companies in the industry. We can't wait to get out there and show the metal community what we're made of, meet some new people, and broaden our fan base. We're coming for you!"
The "Metal, Arise!" tour dates are as follows: More...
Black metal act Patronymicon has issued the following announcement about the release of the band's debut album:
"Our debut album 'Prime Omega' will be released in the begining of august! Since the album is recorded and sent to the label, meanwhile we decided to do some gigs and write new material for the next recording session.
"This far we have done one gig. One song from the upcomming album is recorded and available on youtube. The main goal for the band at this point is to get more gigs and record the new songs. we are aiming for a EP with 4 brand new songs. "
New York City hardcore act Madball has announced several upcoming headlining summer tour dates and festival shows. The band will kick off the run in St. Louis, MO on August 8th and will tour through the Midwest, ending in Philadelphia, PA on August 14th at “This Is Hardcore” Fest.
“We're excited to be doing more festivals like this in the states,” states vocalist Freddy Cricien. “I think these kinds of shows are great for the genre/scene. We just came back from Europe from doing a few big festivals and we'll be back there in July for more, before the states tour. Europe has been on to something for years, with regard to having hardcore bands on this kind of platform. Hopefully this trend continues and grows in the states. I am one of the promoters of the BnB bowl in NYC. We've tried to set an example for years now with that event. Hopefully, we can do it 'open air' proper style some day! See you all in the Midwest, either at a fest or club show. Come through!”
The details are as follows:
6/24 Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge – “The Rumble, Day 1”
8/08 St. Louis, MO @ Fubar
8/09 Omaha, NE @ Sokol Underground
8/10 Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock
8/11 Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave Bar
8/12 Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick – “Fucking Awesome Fest”
8/13 Cleveland Heights, OH @ Grog Shop
8/14 Philadelphia, PA @ Starlight Ballroom – “This Is Hardcore”
Metalinjection.net was granted the first ever video interview with the nameless ghouls of Ghost at the band's recent New York show. In the video clip below, Ghost discusses the message of its music, the apocalypse, getting the thumbs up from Fenriz of Darkthrone, and more. The members only agreed to do the interview if Metalinjection masked their voices to protect their anonymity.
Italy's Fleshgod Apocalypse has revealed the cover art for the band’s Nuclear Blast Records debut "Agony." Marco Hasmann, who worked with the band on the previous releases "Mafia" and "Oracles," crafted the record’s cover design.
The band comments, “The album cover is about the eternal struggle of mankind; we’re condemned to live facing our evil side, which dwells in every one of us. We are like tied to the ground, forced in chains that can't be broken, so the man in the cover is representing all humanity and its eternal agony, knowing that it's almost impossible to liberate ourselves from the obscurity of our nature. Unless we decide to admit to ourselves who we are and face our doom, that would be the only way to free our kind and rise to an higher conscience, someday.”
Fleshgod Apocalypse will also be appearing on the upcoming Summer Slaughter tour. Details are as follows: More...
French act Breed Machine has posted a new video online for the song "Âme Perdue," which is from the band's latest album "3." The clip is available below. "Âme Perdue" was directed by Etienne Muller and Olivier Coll.
The "3" track listing is as follows:
1. 0 802 11
3. La Main de Sang
4. Le Choc des Titans
5. Coeur Meurtri
6. La Race des Machines
7. Les Pleins Pouvoirs
8. Dernières Prières
9. 210 80 3
10. Âme Perdue
11. Le Peuple d'en Bas
12. L'Ombre Noire
13. Echec et Mat
14. Mon Ennemi
15. Le Temps est Maître
Sleeping Giant is gearing up to release the band's first album since joining forces with the newly formed Ain't No Grave Records, as "Kingdom Days in an Evil Age" is scheduled to hit shelves on July 12th. The band has now teamed with MetalSucks to give fans their first glimpse at the new video for "Dead Men Walking."Direct your browsers to this location to check out what the band has created.
Sleeping Giant is also set to hit the road in support of the new record, landing the direct support slot to Norma Jean on this year's Scream the Prayer tour. Support on the trek will come from The Chariot, War of Ages, Close Your Eyes, Texas In July, I The Breather, The Great Commission, Sovereign Strength, and As Hell Retreats. Dates are as follows:
7/1 Nashville, TN @ Rocketown
7/2 Bushnell, IL @ Cornerstone Festival (Not all STP bands on festival)
7/3 Bushnell, IL @ Cornerstone Festival (Not all STP bands on festival)
7/5 Allentown, PA @ Crocodile Rock
7/6 Baltimore, MD @ Sonar
7/7 Charlotte, NC @ Amos7/8 Douglasville, GA @ The 7 Venue
7/9 Jacksonville, FL @ Murray Hill Theatre
7/10 Pratville (Montgomery), AL @ The Blue Iguana
7/11 Little Rock, AR @ Riverfront Pavilion
7/14 Willmar, MN @ Sonshine Festival
7/15 Winnipeg, MB @ Garrick Centre
7/16 Willmar, MN @ Sonshine Festival
7/17 Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave
7/19 Dayton, OH @ The Attic
7/22 McAllen, TX @ Las Palmas Racepark w/ The All Stars Tour
7/23 San Antonio, TX @ The Backstage Live w/ The All Stars Tour
7/24 Dallas, TX @ The Palladium w/ The All Stars Tour
7/25 Tulsa, OK @ Cains Ballroom
7/26 Lawrence, KS @ Granada Theatre
7/27 Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall
7/28 Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex
7/30 Tucson, AZ @ The Rock
7/31 Pomona, CA @ Glasshouse
Northern California-based heavy metal group "All Shall Perish" has posted a new video blog on YouTube, offering some exclusive commentary on the first four tracks of the band’s forthcoming release "This is Where it Ends." You can check out the video clip below.
"This is Where it Ends," All Shall Perish’s fourth full-length record, will hit stores on July 26th via Nuclear Blast Records. The album was recorded and mixed once again at Castle Ultimate Studios in Oakland with producer Zack Ohren (Decrepit Birth, Suffocation), with album art being brought to life by Brent Elliott White (Death Angel, Job For A Cowboy, Whitechapel).
Two brand new tracks, “Divine Illusion” and “Procession of Ashes,” can also be streamed online at this location.
Epysode has posted a teaser trailer online for the new album "Obsessions," which will be released through AFM Records on August 26th, 2011. A trailer for the release, which is based around a "supernatural thriller" concept, can be viewed below.
Vocalist Samuel Arkan also previously commented on the band signing to AFM:
"I'm very excited to announce to everyone that I signed with AFM Records for my new project Epysode! This label is the home of so many of the great bands I've loved throughout the years. I'm looking forward to working with the AFM team on this upcoming album, which will be called 'Obsessions.'
"Epysode is a very special project to me. It can be described as a supernatural thriller concept album, which was composed & written by me. It's something very deep, a strong story with characters, clues & secrets behind, to involve the listeners into the adventure. With an amazing team of 5 musicians & 5 singers from the Progressive & Metal scene who were all involved in the creation of the album, the music of Epysode is intense and melodic, with lots of small nuances, emotional as well as high-energetic! Prepare to get lost in your 'Obsessions'…”
Frost Despair has posted a video clip online of the band recording vocals for the new album "The God Delusion." You can check out the clip below. A previously posted music video for the song "Splendor War" is also available at this location.
The album's track listing is as follows:
1. The Dark Ages
2. God Delusion
4. Splendor War
5. Dark Bachiana
6. The Final Breath
7. At The Gates
Denight has issued the following announcement about offering a remixed version of the "Ceremony" track as a free download:
"You can download a remix of our song 'Ceremony' for free on our Facebook page now. The original version of 'Ceremony' is on our debut album 'Above and Beyond.' To get to our Facebook Page click here. We hope you enjoy it! Dark greetings."
The "Above and Beyond" track listing is as follows:
3. The Tool
4. Changes of Life
6. The Crown
Norway's To Cast A Shadow has issued the following announcement about parting ways with vocalist Gunnhild:
"We are sorry to inform you all that Gunnhild is leaving To Cast a Shadow after our concert in Gjerdrum, Norway on the 24th of September. It is, however, very important for us to stress the fact that To Cast A Shadow will continue, and future shows have already been booked.
"Even though it is a cliche, we must admit that musical differences made it difficult to continue this collaboration. It has been 2 exciting years with Gunnhild in the band, and she has managed to make herself and the band noticed with her fantastic vocals on our last album, In Memory Of.'
"There is no grudge between Gunnhild and the band, we have simply decided to set a new course. We wish all the best for Gunnhild and her music-projects, and we thank her for all the good times we shared in To Cast a Shadow.
"The 'new' To Cast a Shadow will appear at the Rocktober festival in Hamar, Norway on the 8th of October, with London Prog/Death metal band Talanas. More live shows are being planned this autumn in Italy and England and will be confirmed soon.
"We have received a lot of wonderful reviews so far, and it is an unfortunate time to announce Gunnhild's farewell. We are however confident in this decision and the future is looking bright and very exciting for To Cast a Shadow."
Dark Funeral announced its split with drummer Nils "Dominator" Fjellstrom in September of last year. Dominator has now issued the following statement about returning to the band:
"After a short break of focusing on other aspects of my life, it’s a great privilege for me to announce my return to Dark Funeral. The time off has fueled my inspiration and urge to get back behind the kit and annihilate. It’s an honour to play alongside my fellow brothers again. May Dark Funeral rise to Dominate once more."
Lord Ahriman comments: "It feels absolutely killer to be working with Dominator again. He's not only an amazing drummer, but also a very good friend. And I'm glad he's back in the band. A massive welcome back brother! Now, let's together set the world ablaze and conquer the universe once and for all!"
Guitarist Chaq Mol also added, "Finally, a missing brother is back from his walkabout. And the search for a drummer is officially over. Once again we have the honor to play with the best drummer ever. Welcome back Dominator, my brother! More news and announcements coming shortly..."
The re-issued edition of General Surgery's 1991 debut EP "Necrology" is currently streaming online in its entirety. You can check out the tracks from the "Necrology" re-issue by heading over to General Surgery's Bandcamp page.
The long-out-print EP has been completely remastered by Scott Hull and repackaged with three previously unreleased bonus tracks. The "Necrology" re-issue saw its North American release this past Tuesday, June 21st, on CD and digitally.
General Surgery, one of the first bands to carry on along Carcass' gore-grind path, formed in 1988. After releasing "Necrology," the band was mostly inactive until 2003 when the group began recording and touring again.
The track listing is as follows:
1. Ominous Lamentation
2. Slithering Maceration Of Ulcerous Facial Tissue
3. Grotesque Laceration Of Mortified Flesh
4. Severe Catatonia In Pathology
5. Crimson Concerto
6. The Succulent Aftermath Of A Subdural Haemorrhage
7. An Orgy Of Flying Limbs And Gore
8. Slithering Maceration of Ulcerous Facial Tissue - Bonus Track
9. The Succulent Aftermath of a Subdural Haemorrhage - Bonus Track
10. Grotesque Laceration of Mortified Flesh - Bonus Track
In Flames has posted the sixth and final studio webisode online from the band's time recording the new album "Sounds of a Playground Fading" (reviewed here).
You can check out the clip below, or find the previously posted fifth webisode by heading over to this location.
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
Pythia has issued the following announcement about releasing a limited edition box set version of the "Beneath the Veiled Embrace" album:
"Hi all, we have two very special items currently available to pre order in the Pythia shop. The first is a very special limited edition box set commemorating our first album 'Beneath the Veiled Embrace.' The items contained in this limited run of just 100 boxes, which is priced at £60 plus postage and packing, is as follows:
12" Double Sided Picture Disc Vinyl
Japanese Edition CD
Exclusive A2 Poster
Exclusive Art Print (Hand Screened 12" by 12")
Signed & Numbered Hand pressed Letter From The Band
Oversized Art Prints (Personalized By Emily Alice)
Boxed & Sealed With A Satin Ribbon More...
A re-mixed version of Death's cover of the Kiss track "God Of Thunder" has been posted online at RevolverMag.com. Head over to this location to check out the song.
"God Of Thunder" originally appeared as the Japanese bonus track on the band's 1991 release of "Human." This re-mixed version comes from the 20th anniversary re-issue of Human that saw its North American release on June 21st, via Relapse Records.
"Human" has been entirely re-mixed by longtime Death producer Jim Morris and mastered by Alan Douches (MASTODON, CONVERGE, THE MISFITS). The deluxe re-issue comes complete with expanded packaging featuring liner notes from Morris as well as former Death / current Cynic guitarist Paul Masvidal and over an hour of newly unearthed, previously unreleased early demo tracks. "Human" is available on 2- and 3- disc sets as well as digitally. More...
Sweden's Valkyrja has issued the following update about the band's activity and announcement about recruiting a second guitar player:
"As there has been a noticed decreased activity on Myspace, a Facebook page has been established which will act as a mirror of information at this location.
"An event in Stockholm including Valkyrja will take place after the summer. This event will be presented here in its whole when all details has been affirmed. For updates and alike regarding the evening, see this link.
"The gallery section will be updated Within a near future, presenting both visuals from the Ragnarök Festival and promotional footage with the 2011 line-up.
"The second guitar will be performed live by Björn Thelberg, who made his first appearance with us at the Gahlen Mosht Festival. Media from this festival are sought after. Contact us if you have any in possession."
Weedeater has issued the following update about filming a new music video:
"Hey all, although we can't let you see it quite yet, the Mancoon / Turkey Warlock video is finally complete! Big thanks to Scion for funding it, big thanks to David Brodsky and My Good Eye for coming down to the swamp to film it, and big thanks for all of you who showed up at Reggie's (including the owners/employees, who also rule) to participate in the action.
"After viewing, those of you from the old school might recognize that some portions of the filming took place out in the swamps of Hampstead at the old Weedeater house (thanks, Jimmy!). Aside from the water moccasins, the alligators and the giant Hampstead mosquitoes, we couldn't have asked for a more suitable location. The video will be released July 13th, so stay tuned for more info.
"There will be other news soon too, including a tour of the US and Canada in September and October and a new website coming this summer. More on all of that soon folks. And please don't forget to stop by our Shirtkiller store to check out the brand new shirt and hat designs by Guerilla ('Moon Ape' and 'Crest' being the newbies), plus if you're lucky you can still pick up one of the very last green vinyl *Jason* LPs anywhere. Just go here OK, that's it for now. Thanks as always for your support!"
A Dream of Poe has issued the following announcement about performing at the upcoming Dutch Doom Days festival:
"The Azorean Doom-Metal band A Dream of Poe is now confirmed to play at the international doom-metal festival Dutch Doom Days that will take place between November 11th and November 13th in Rotterdam, Netherlands. This is a giant step for A Dream of Poe since never, in the history of the Azorean Heavy Metal scene, a band made through from the local stages to the international stage!
"Dutch Doom Days started back in 2002 with a total of 6 bands including the doom-metal references Pantheist, Officium Triste and Jack Frost. The festival has been growing internationally with the inclusion of important bands of the doom-metal scene such as Evoken, Ataraxia, Reverend Bizarre, Mourning Beloveth, Isole, Saturnus, Pagan Altar, Esoteric.
"Dutch Doom Days is now the biggest and the most important festival on the doom-metal scene, being a reference all over the world! After 6 years and 5 words, A Dream Of Poe sees its efforts recognized with the invitation to play in such an important festival as Dutch Doom Days.
"This is the first date confirmed of our first European tour that will take place between the 10th and 19th of November. Soon, as other dates are confirmed, we will announce it. Until now the tour has the support of the Azorean Government, Bar/Pub Evolution and Insania Events."
You can also check out more information on the festival by heading over to this location.
Iraqi thrash metal band Acrassicauda has announced a few more U.S. shows out west. Here are the latest:
7/01/11 San Francisco, CA @ COCOMA
7/7/11 Los Angeles @ The Whiskey A Go-Go!
7/9/11 Las Vegas, NV @ The BUNKHOUSE
7/17/11 Eugene, OR
7/18/11 Portland, OR
7/23/11 Boise, ID
7/26/11 Denver, CO
7/29/11 El Paso, TX
7/30/11 Albuquerque, NM
The band completed a longer run of U.S. tour dates back in May.
Taiwanese death metal band Revilement has a string of Taiwan tour dates lined up in August:
8/12 - Masquerader, Deaflock (Japan), Losing Art, Revilement at The Wall, Kaohsiung
8/13 - ? solemn, Masquerader, Bloody Tyrant, Deaflock, Flesh Juicer ?????, Najash, Revilement at Sound Live House, Taichung
8/14-Masquerader, Bloody Tyrant, Deaflock, Revilement at The Wall, Taipei
The band will also be playing the 2011 Asia Metal Festival at Seoul this weekend on June 25th and has announced a show on Thursday, July 7, 2011 at 7:00pm at APA 808 in Taipei, Taiwan.
As previously reported, Revilement is working on a new album, "Pillars Of Balance," and initial details such as the tracklisting has been announced here.
Revilement contributed a cover version of Carnivore's "Sex and Violence" as part of Metalunderground.com's Peter Steele tribute album. An interview with Revilement discussing the cover track can be here.
Footage of Turisas' entire Hellfest concert has been posted online, courtesy of Arte Télévision. The footage was captured during the band's June 19th appearance at the Hellfest festival in Clisson, France and can be streamed using the player provided below. Turisas' latest album, "Stand Up and Fight," was released in North America on March 8, 2010 through Century Media Records.
A new video interview with Skindred members Benji Webbe and Dan Pugsley has made its way online. You can check out the interview in the player below. Skindred released its latest album, "Union Black," on April 25, 2011 through BMG/7pm Records.
German guitarist Axel Rudi Pell has revealed details behind his forthcoming new album. The album, titled "The Ballads IV," is set to be released on September 26, 2011 through SPV/Steamhammer Records. You can view the album's track listing below.
1. Where The Wild Waters Flow (5:34) (new recording)
2. Holy Diver (4:49) (new recording)
3. Hallelujah (4:16) (new recording)
4. Northern Lights (6:22)
5. Noblesse Oblige (Opus #5 Adagio Contabile) (4:08)
6. Love Gun (4:03)
7. Glory Night (5:44)
8. In The Air Tonight (8:37)
9. Touching My Soul (6:32)
10. Like A Child Again (4:47)
11. No Chance To Live (6:17)
12. Haunted Castle Serenade (Opus #4 Grazioso E Agresso) (3:51)
13. The Curse Of The Damned (9:57)
Swedish dark metallers Katatonia have posted the following statement online, announcing the release of its new iPhone/iPad app:
"Some of you might have missed that there is a Katatonia dedicated iPhone/iPad app to grab. All features that Katatonia.com have can now also be found in the app and there's also a smooth integration between Facebook and Twitter accounts. Furthermore, this free app will be expanded on the following areas: songs (full songs to be on rotation), videos (hooked up directly to our YouTube account), photos (hooked up directly to our Flickr account), tour dates (all upcoming shows with ticket links) and maybe most important of all — the very latest news of the band delivered to you as they happen. So, if you haven't grabbed it already, go ahead! Remember it's free to keep up with all the latest updates in the world of Katatonia directly in your iPhone."
Dutch symphonic black metal act Carach Angren has posted its new music video online. The video was shot for "The Sighting is a Portent of Doom" which is included on the band's 2010 release "Death Came Through A Phantom Ship." You can check out the video in the player below. The band commented on the video by saying;
"Finally, after months of not-so-hard work and unholy procrastination, the first Carach Angren videoclip for the track 'The Sighting is a Portent of Doom' from the 2010 album "Death came through a Phantom Ship" has appeared from that place between life and the lifeless void.
"Shot over a period of about six months by Carach Angren and Erik Wijnands/Negakinu Photography on different locations (some lost forever as we speak). The dedication and creative view of Erik Wijnands combined with everything that Carach Angren represents, materialised into those few minutes of footage you now see before you. Take this for what it is: a glimpse into the haunting rituals of Carach Angren, a new chapter for the band and a promise of things to come!
"Thank you all for your amazing support! STAY HAUNTED!" More...
U.K. progressive metal group Tesseract has posted some behind-the-scenes footage online from its time spent at the recent Metal Hammer Golden Gods awards in London, England. You can check out the clip in the player provided below.
The Chariot have released an all-new live video for its track "Evan Perks." The footage was captured during 3 of the band's tour stops in Australia by Her Name Is Murder Productions and is available for viewing below. "Evan Perks" is taken off of The Chariot's latest full length "Long Live" which was issued in 2010 through Good Fight Music.
Norway's Wolves Like Us has posted its new music video online. The video was shot for the track "Deathless" which is taken off of the group's album "Late Love." "Late Love" will see its North American release on September 13, 2011 through Prosthetic Records. You can view the video in the player provided below.
Metalcore act We Came As Romans has made its new single available online for streaming. The track, titled "Mis//Understanding," is to be included on the group's forthcoming new album "Understanding What We’ve Grown To Be" which is set for a September 13, 2011 release. Guitarist/lyricist Joshua Moore commented on the song by saying;
"All of the lyrics on the new album are pages out of my personal diary. Each song holds different meanings that are all very close to my heart. This song in particular is about the feeling of giving everything I have, but not seeing any change in the world as a result of it. It’s about how I’ve tried to be a positive light, but still see so many wrong things happening around me. It has allowed me take a step back and realize what I can do to improve things and have better control over my life."
American thrash metal act Toxic Holocaust has revealed the dates for its forthcoming headline tour of Canada and the United States. You can view the full list of dates, cities and venues below. The band will be touring in support of its upcoming new studio album, "Conjure and Command," which is due out in stores on July 19, 2011 through Relapse Records. More...
American nu-metal veterans Korn have posted a new lyric video online to promote its latest single "Get Up." The track, which features a collaboration with dub-step producer Skrillex, is to be included on the band's forthcoming dub-step themed full length due out by the end of the year through Roadrunner Records. You can check out the clip in the player below.