Metal News for June 23, 2012
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21 news articles posted on this day.
Colorado's Centimani is now streaming the band's entire "Aegaeon" album online. Check out the stream, which will only be available for the duration of the weekend, over at SoundCloud. The track listing is as follows:
2. Serpents Coil
3. Self Aggrandizement
4. Thyestean Banquet
5. Flames of Gehenna
6. Fields of Karelia
7. Non Servium
Nokternal Hemizphear Records has announced the signing of Armath Sargon for the release of the band's latest production “Under the Moon and the Sun,” which is set to drop late summer 2012. The following press release was issued about the black metal band:
"From the northern Scandinavian lands of Finland, welcome a passionate and yearning underground production that is Armath Sargon. Toss aside any preconceived notions about extreme metal and the dogma of black metal origins. Armath Sargon’s latest creation 'Under the Moon and the Sun' is a fresh and uniquely new listening experience that cannot be rightfully compared to other artists of adjacent metal genres.
"The entire album is a unique touch of subtle melancholic-introspection in the wake of utter eternal truth, besprinkled with a touch of Scandinavian black metal roots, elements of the symphonic and laced with catchy doom atmospheres. Straight to the heart of the matter and biblically based on the truths of ancient scripture and the love of Jesus Christ, Armath Sargon will uplift your soul amidst the mire of filth around you.
"Purely uplifting music, 'Under the Moon and the Sun' is the healing balm for the soul and the peace for your mind. Unlike Armath Sargon’s pervious material, 'Under the Moon and the Sun' is superior in every form and fashion. This is a big step up in production efforts and sound for Armath Sargon. The songwriting and lyrical content are more in-depth and intentional then precious albums resulting in a more fuller, mature sound with high-quality packaging and artwork that will become a favorite to all who love Scandinavian music but want something more and something different. More...
Total Rock has posted a new video interview online with the members of Godsmack, recently conducted in London. Check out the video clip below, in which the band discusses upcoming touring and releasing new material.
Godsmack will be performing on the upcoming Rockstar Uproar Festival this August and September. Check out the full tour routing at this location.
Metallica held a press conference on Friday, June 22nd, to talk about the band's inaugural Orion Festival in Atlantic City. Artisan News Service has posted a video clip from the press conference, which can be viewed below.
The Orion Music + More festival takes place today and tomorrow in Atlantic City, and a teaser trailer for the event is available here.
Portland, Oregon subsonic psychedelic doom duo Taurus, featuring Stevie Floyd of Dark Castle and Ashley Spungin, formerly of Purple Rhinestone Eagle, have announced the release of their debut full-length entitled "Life."
Set for release on July 5th, Life is one 35-minute movement recorded live at A Studio With No Name by Dave French and mastered by James Plotkin. "Life" will be released on LP and CD formats with an included poster, photographs and Floyd-crafted screen print on a recycled chip board case. A special limited box will also be available with further details to be released in the coming weeks. Pre-orders are available via bandcamp.
In conjunction with the release, Taurus will hit the stage this Summer with Agalloch. The month-long journey will begin on July 11th. See confirmed dates below. More...
The Armstrong Metal Fest will be taking place on July 20th and 21st, with full details available over at the festival's official website. The organizers of the event have now issued the following statement:
"On July 20th-21st, the beautiful Okanagan will play host to the largest metal festival in Western Canada. Over the past few years. metal fans from even the farthest depths of North America have dragged themselves out of their dingy bars, wiped the stale beer from their mouths and joined together in a two day long journey filled with beer, boobs and heavy metal. In the past, Armstrong Metalfest has welcomed bands such as Three Inches of Blood into our small community, and this year will be joined by bands such as Thor, Into Eternity, Nylithia and Ninjaspy. Our list of notable bands will only increase as the years go on.
"In only a few years, Armstrong Metalfest has grown from a locally known one day event, to two days of unforgettable music and events. Beginning as Armstrong Open Air, AMF was founded in the parents' driveway of a dedicate metalhead. The first year featured locally known bands, who performed on a hastily built stage in front of a barn. Over a hundred people battled the rain and moshed on the gravel driveway, creating a soup of blood, rain and dirt that surely must have seeped into the towns water supply. The first event was such a success that there was an immediate cry for more. Soon word spread over British Columbia and filtered into the surrounding provinces and the United States.
"By the third year Armstrong Metalfest had evolved into a two day festival and moved onto festival grounds at the Hassen Arena, in the heart of Armstrong. Our new location was met with a public outcry, as local churches rallied against us. Accused of encouraging crime, Satanism and rape, churches held town meetings demanding that we be expelled from the city. Our website and promotional videos were attacked, as church goers expressed worries that their children would be beaten up, raped and sodomized if they were to attend. More...
After postponing the recording of the new album "424," Project Silence is now ready to hit Astral Studio on June 28th to record the upcoming release with Leo Melin. The cover artwork can be viewed below, and the track listing is as follows:
1. 424 (intro)
3. Stardancer (Raven's whore)
5. My Reality
6. Alone (Crushed by Your Lies)
8. Sky, Space and Twilight Zone
9. Cage of Hate
11. Promise (outro) More...
Croatian black metal battalion Prognan has released a first single from the band's upcoming new EP "Jama." Check out the track below. The band also commented on the song:
"The title track is an arrangement of famous Croatian poet I.G. Kovacic. Originally, the song was written during World War II when he joined Partisans. He died in 1943. The song was banned for several years during communism."
The EP's track listing is as follows:
04. Za Korak Paklu Bliže (The Stone cover)
Canadian act Intervals has checked in with the following brief update on the band's progress recording a new album:
"...aaand drums for our upcoming release are finished! Anup is a machine. We'll be heading into Sundown Studios in a month to record and mix everything else. We're all excited and stuff."
Intervals also commented on the band's drummer hitting the road for upcoming tour dates with The Contortionist:
"Our drummer Anup will be filling in for Chimp Spanner on tour next month with 7 Horns 7 Eyes, Jeff Loomis, and The Contortionist. We'll have him back right in time for a tour which we'll be announcing shortly ;) Check out a video of him running through Bad Code. Groooooove."
To hear what Intervals has to offer, you can stream the band's "The Space Between" EP at this location.
Australia's Kunvuk has released the song "Teeth Swallower" for streaming and as a free download. Check out the track in the player below. The song comes off the band's 2nd record "Consume Rapture," which was released earlier this month. Kunvuk also commented:
"After touring nationally in support of debut album 'Immute: Jackals,' Kunvuk retreated to their Shadow Mekanik Studios for six months to carve out their stomping and screaming sophomore punch-in-the-face. Recorded, engineered and mixed again by the band’s guitarist and singer David Hart 'Consume Rapture' represents a leap forward in intensity and chaos for the band’s sound.
"The album was mastered by Alan Douches at West West Side Music (DEATH, SWANS, MASTODON, CONVERGE, BARONESS, THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN, CLUTCH) in New Windsor, New York."
As previously stated by Kunvuk they will be donating 50% of all profits from “Consume Rapture” to the the “Save the Tasmanian Devil Program.” More...
Skynet is currently offering the band's self-titled EP as a free download. You can stream or download the songs over at the band's official website. The track listing is as follows:
7. Break Stuff
The following press release was also issued about the EP:
"Skynet, the next big metal act to come out of Hamilton. With the hype off their debut video 'Deception,' the boys from Skynet went to Plain City, Ohio to record their debut 6 song EP with Dan Smoldt at URC Studios, and guitarist Adrian Levasseur as producer. They entered the studio drunk, and without distraction, to deliver the most raw and brutal album possible. Straight Reads the Line alumni Blake Prince and Adrian Levasseur’s songwriting shine over this album. Talented is something that more than describes Pete Chernets and Fraser Stephenson, their technical skill will astound and atrophy. Skynet’s debut EP will make you listen again and harder. They are ready to wreck your city on the Blind Witness' farewell tour and continue to rule the road this summer/fall."
Fallen Martyr has posted a new video webisode online from the band's recent live shows and the release party for the band's new album "Shadows" (reviewed here), out now through Siegen Records. The video is available below.
You can also check out a teaser trailer for the band's new album "Shadows" over at this location.
Facedown Records is currently offering a Summer sampler for free download featuring eight bands from the label's roster. You can download the sampler by clicking here. The track listing is as follows:
1. Your Memorial "Redirect"
2. Gideon "Prodigal Son"
3. War Of Ages "Redeemer"
4. Altars "Scum"
5. Letter To The Exiles "Retribution"
6. The Burial "Pearls; The Frailty Of Matter"
7. Leaders "Conviction"
8. xLooking Forwardx "Down With The Ship" More...
Peaceville Records will be re-releasing the "Mørke Gravers Kammer" album from Khold on July 16th, 2012. Pre-orders are available here. The label also commented on this edition of the album:
"Norwegian black metal band Khold formed in Oslo in the year 2000, by Gard & Sarke (currently seen in his own, self-named act, alongside Darkthrone’s Nocturno Culto), as Khold emerged out of the ashes of the cult band Tulus. They have recorded 5 albums to date, & have successfully toured with bands such as Satyricon & Behemoth in the past. Khold is also notable for their use of old Norse for song-titles & lyrics.
"‘Mørke Gravers Kammer’ was Khold’s third album, recorded in late 2003 & originally released in 2004. By now Khold was fast becoming one of the premier Norwegian acts of the new millennium, mixing old school riffing with groove-laden black metal & a completely stripped down production, often classed as a fine mix of Darkthrone & Celtic Frost.
"This edition of ‘Mørke Gravers Kammer’ includes a bonus, previously unreleased track from the band’s ‘Demo 2000’, as well as the music video to the song ‘Død’."
The track listing is as follows: More...
Japanese thrash act Fastkill will be releasing the "Bestial Thrashing Bulldozer" album through Pulverised Records on August 14th, 2012. Check out a song from the release, titled "Die in the Pentagram," in the player available below. Pulverised Records also commented on the band:
"Utterly demented and dangerously fast, Bestial Thrashing Bulldozer comes by way of Japanese schizoids, FASTKILL. Their first full-length in four years, the ten-track long player is a merciless display of first-class, rapid-fire thrash metal madness! Recorded, mixed and mastered by Keisuke Okada (Disconformity, Gridlink, etc.) at Sound Studio Noah in Tokyo, and bearing macabre cover art by Kei Gomi (viewable here), Bestial Thrashing Bulldozer oozes with rapid-fire riffing, pulverizing drum work and morbid screams. Includes a cover song from Hokkaido cult thrashers Nigarobo."
The track listing is as follows:
1. Kill Fast
2. In Thrash We Trust
3. Die In The Pentagram
4. Stench Of Hell
5. Terminal Disease
6. Guillotine Attack
7. Toxic Tormentor
8. Endless Game (Nigarobo cover)
9. Tortured Again
10. Merciless Onslaught More...
Norway's Trollfest has begun recording a new music video for a track off the band's upcoming album "Brumlebassen," which is due out August 24th via NoiseArt Records. The first photo from the video shoot can be viewed here. Trollfest also commented:
"Good morning fellow trolls! Starting the day early as we are recording the first official musicvideo for the new album! The song we have chosen is 'TrinkenTroll.'
"Stay tuned for more pictures and hillarious updates as we go along!!! So to all of you, from all of us, a merry merry Saturday! Cheers!"
The band also recently posted making-of footage online from the recording of the album. Check out the clip at this location.
Seattle's Numbers has posted a new music video online for "Please The Senses," which is taken off the band's self-titled EP. The clip can be viewed below, and the band commented:
"This is our first music video for our new song, with the new produced self-produced audio of Please the Senses. We really busted our butts for you guys on this one. Yes, it is ALL self-produced, the music, the video, the graphics, all done by us!
"We'd like to throw a special thanks to the following: Carly (Bish) Chaney for lending her lenses, and operating the camera 90% of the time. George Chaney for being handy, hitting that play button, and being overall helpful throughout the shoot. Epifanio Martinez for operating the dolly rig, as well as the added Mexican support. Katie Lynne for attending the entire 4-5 hour shoot, and supporting us.
"Kelly Mason for having dinner with us post-shoot, and being one of the key reasons we are even a band (thanks to her and Katie's Seattle music blog, Rain City Ambience). Nozomi for her friendly greetings, and yummy homemade Japanese snacks to keep us going! Lab51 Media for letting me use the dolly / camera mount for our MacGyver'd panning rig...
"Thank you everyone, for helping us make this happen! Your support means so much." More...
Sweden's Age of Woe has issued the following brief announcement online about entering the studio to record a new full-length album:
"In about 3 weeks we will start recording our upcoming album. We have been working hard on this and we know that this album will be awesome.
"We will reside in outside of Nyköping together with producers Carlos Sepulveda (NO HAWAII, JOE BARESI, PSYCORE etc) and Lennart Östlund (LED ZEPPELIN, CANDLEMASS etc) for the tracking of this album. We are so excited!"
To follow the recording process and find upcoming Age of Woe tour dates, head over to the band's Facebook page.
Dark metal act Sylvan Realm has posted the band's entire new album "The Lodge of Transcendence" online for streaming. You can check out all the tracks from the release over at Stereokiller.com. The track listing is as follows:
1. Sylvan Realm
2. Disappear into the Landscape
3. Temple of Not
4. The Lodge of Transcendence
5. Twilight Kingdom
For more info on Sylvan Realm, head over to the band's Facebook profile here.
As I Lay Dying premiered the new song "Cauterize" on Friday, June 22nd through Sirius Radio's "Liquid Metal." This Sunday, the song will debut on the As I Lay Dying website for free starting at midnight PST for 24 hours only. It will then be available for download on iTunes and online everywhere the next day. The artwork for the single can be viewed below.
As I Lay Dying is currently holed up in the Blasting Room with producer Bill Stevenson, who's also the drummer for Descendents (and has played with Black Flag); and mixer Colin Richardson. The group is putting the finishing touches on the new album "Awakened," due out September 25th on Metal Blade. More...
Canadian gothic extreme metal band The Beckoning has released a brand new 2 song demo for streaming and free download at bandcamp or through the player below. The track listing is as follows:
2. Battle Cry More...