Metal News for June 24, 2013
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41 news articles posted on this day.
Italian power metal act Trick Or Treat, featuring Luca Turilli's Rhapsody frontman Alessandro Conti, posted a new music video for the track "Bright Eyes." The song appears on the band's latest LP "Rabbit's Hill, Pt. I," the conceptual album based on the 1972 novel "Watership Down" by English author Richard Adams. The album is available through Valery Records.
Check out "Bright Eyes" here:
Lesbian's third full-length offering and Translation Loss debut "Forestelevison" will be a single 44+ minute track recorded at Avast! Studios with long time producing collaborator Randall Dunn (Wolves in the Throne Room, Earth, Boris) and featuring artwork by Arik Roper.
"Forestelevison" will see a June 25th release on CD (Digipack), digital, and 2xLP formats. The album is available for pre-order right here.
Over the past weeks, Lesbian has teamed up with different outlets to premiere segments of the album. Today the track is presented as a whole for the first time online courtesy of CVLT Nation. Give it a listen here or in the player below. More...
Wisconsin act Rogue Empire has released new album "Overlord," and now you can stream the entire release online. Check it out at Bandcamp or in the player below. The "Overlord" track listing is as follows:
1. Overlord 06:29
2. New Dawn 05:03
3. Deceivers 01:04
4. Dominion 04:39
5. Empyrean 05:08
6. Dissolving Liberty 05:48
7. Legion 06:31
8. Ghost 05:45
9. Divine 07:37 More...
After a stint with Napalm Records for 2010 album "The Return of the Witch," Canadian death metal horde Necronomicon is back in the extreme metal scene with a new label home and a new dose of blasting heaviness.
The band just released fourth full-length album "Rise of the Elder Ones" earlier this month via Season of Mist, but was unfortunately hamstrung in promoting the release due to a series of show cancellations.
Despite the setbacks, Necronomicon is still working its dark magic on the metal masses, garnering strong reviews for the new release. Find out more about "Rise of the Elder Ones" together in our recent interview with vocalist/guitarist Rob "The Witch" Tremblay below. In the interview, Rob explains the role that Jean-Francois Dagenais of Kataklysm played in the creation of the album and its release through a new label, the Montreal metal scene, and more. More...
Altanta, Georgia's Atilla has released a new uncensored video for the track "Break Shit." You can watch all the lap-dancing breakdowns via Vevo here or in the player below (contains nudity, super NSFW). More...
August Burns Red is due to release upcoming new album "Rescue & Restore" this coming June 25th, 2013.
Another song off the album is now available for streaming - check out "Count It All As Lost" in the player below. A lyric video for the track "Spirit Breaker" can also be found at this location.
Unique Leader Records has inked a multi-album deal with The Zenith Passage. The record label comments:
“It was in early 2012 that a small recording collaboration between two friends (Justin McKinney and Greg Hampton) began to coalesce into something that would prove to be well more than the sum of its parts. The Zenith Passage may have come about from humble beginnings in a stuffy Los Angeles apartment, but the produce thereof is anything BUT humble. Even the earliest demo tracks delivered a relentless torrent of technical guitar work accompanied by a distinctly frenetic and brutal vocal delivery that has since become an unmistakable hallmark in a scene that is all too often the victim of stagnation.
"Far from being strictly a shredfest, TZP also incorporates a thematic backbone that draws inspiration from the chaotic and awesome destructive powers of our universe. Progressive interludes invoke a palpable sense of abstract dread and reverence for things beyond mortal comprehension. The atmosphere created clearly nods to inspiration drawn from legendary acts such as Deeds of Flesh, Soreption, Fallujah, Severed Savior, and Aeon. More...
Today sees the release of the first ever MetalRecusants digital compilation titled "Chants of Death: Vol. 1." The compilation is completely free to stream or download at Bandcamp or in the player below. Artwork was designed by MetalRecusants reviewer Ricardo Esparza. The track listing is as follows:
1. Masachist - Drilling the Nerves
2. Corpse Garden - Burnt by the Light
3. Gortal - Crimens Sollicitationis
4. Nephelium - Burial Ground
5. De Profundis -Dead Inside
6. Decaying - Code Name Overlord
7. Sphere - Homo Hereticus
8. Praesepe – Weakness
9. Haiduk - Black Wind
10. Embrional - The Last Step Into Nothingness
11. Tyrants Blood - Spiral Sea
12. Deivos - Absolute of Hatred
13. Annihilation - Sacrifice of Existence
14. Dismanibus - Blood From A Stone
15. Into Darkness - Levy 9's Death
16. Blood Mortized -Unleashing the Hounds
17. Desolator - Infernal Gathering
18. Just Before Dawn - As Death Breaks the Surface
19. Dormant Ordeal - The Animal
20. Auroch - Slaves to a Flame Undying
21. Resurgency - Craniums of Slain Disciples
22. Engulfed - Supreme Lord of Blasphemy
23. Ectovoid - Splintered Phantasm More...
New York-based metal band Pirosaint has released a lyric video for the new track "Tonight." The video was created by Digmetalworld Records and can be viewed below.
The "Tonight" track was recorded at Oily Sound Studios in New Windsor, NY by Ignacio Orellana while vocals were recorded at Nacrur Studios by Andres Nacrur in Santiago, Chile. The mixing and mastering was done at Ignacio Figueroa's studios in Viña del Mar. Drummer Ignacio Orellana commented:
"We have uploaded our newest promos and also all our older material remastered (Demos and Eps done in Chile) to our Bandcamp page, so the people that don't knows us can do it easily. Now, we will continue to work on the rest of the recordings and all what is need it to complete the project. We hope to be able to play live for everyone pretty soon! We would like to thank to everyone that has been supporting and we won't disappoint you with our new material."
The new album will be called simply "Pirosaint" and will have 10 new tracks. The album is expected to be release late 2013 or beginning of 2014. More...
Spanish act Quaoar has released an official music video for "Memento Mori," which is taken from "The River & The Soul" album released via Noma Records. Check out the music video in the player below.
Nordvis Productions has checked in with the following announcement about signing a deal with Sweden's Lustre:
"As the midsummer sun stands high and transcends night into day, Nordvis is proud to announce that the label will work together with Lustre for two albums.
"After Lustre's successful EP Of Strength & Solace, released by Nordvis last year, it has become a natural step to strengthen the collaboration between the two parties. The work of multi-instrumentalist Nachzeit, Lustre has brought a fantastic amount of atmosphere to the Nordvis family, and so it is with great inspiration and curiosity we look forward to walk even further along this trail…
"The fourth and next Lustre album will be released during 2013. More details and information regarding this will be revealed in a near future!"
J.D. Overdrive has released a new music video for "Shadow of the Beast," which can be viewed below. The band also comments:
"Time for another video, people! This time we just mashed up together several scenes from some old-school horror movies. The inspiration came from Vagitarians and Deftones – both bands did a similar thing and we can see why - it's definitely cheaper that way... But in all seriousness, the result ain't bad at all! Check out our video for 'Shadow of the Beast' - the longest track on our new album – below!"
Relapse Records this week officially unleashes "Flies Will Starve," the third full-length from Swiss grind battalion Mumakil.
Today, Decibel Magazine is hosting a track-by-track breakdown of release alongside a stream of the entire gutting album. Listen to the song below or check out the track breakdown right here.
You can also see the band perform live on these dates:
6/28/2013 Moloko - Geneva, Switzerland *Flies Will Starve release party
7/05/2013 Obscene Extreme Festival 15 - Trutnov, Czech Republic
8/11/2013 Sylak Open Air Fest @ Stade Regis Perrin - St Maurice de Gourdans, France
8/30/2013 La Neuville @ Festival des arts bourrins 2013 - Chant d'Oisel, France More...
Stockholm's Dysangelic has released a new music video for "All In Vain," which was produced at Solna Studios with Mike Wead.
Dysangelic's full-length album "The Dysangelic Principle" is coming out via Sliptrick Records. The label comments: "The Dysangelic Principles features 8 tracks of pure, undiluted Scandinavian Metal the way it’s got to be. The album is currently available on Spotify, will soon be re-published through all platforms worldwide and available on CD as well." More...
Israel's Whorecore has posted a new song online titled "Release Through Torture," which appears on the band's "Headless" album, to be released via Spread the Metal Records. Check out the track in the player below. The album's track listing is:
1. Lost All Humanity
4. Thy Kingdom Will Come
5. Born Headless
6. Deprived Childhood
8. Rebirth of Destruction
9. Show Some Respect For the Dead
10. The Rage Within
11. Release Through Torture
12. Departure More...
Canadian black metal terrorist unit A.M.S.G. has completed work on debut full-length “Anti-Cosmic Tyranny.” According to the band, the album's mission is to “hail and push forth the awakened era of Esoteric Luciferion Draconis Supremacy.” Profound Lore Records also comments:
"Helmed by black metal crime lord Angelfukk Witchhammer (also of the legendary and now-defunct Ouroboros cult and who is also involved in the mighty Gloria Diaboli), A.M.S.G. play brand of primitive old-school black metal that summons the ancient spirit from an age and era where black metal was deemed for ritual use and unabashed devil worship.
"Reminiscent of the vibe of such cult black metal luminaries as Mortuary Drape, early Samael, early Rotting Christ, Necormantia, and Varathron, with their debut full-length A.M.S.G. have created an audial Satanic ritual steeped in raw and harsh unique polarizing black metal unlike anything being released in the genre today.
"It is an album that conjures twisted, uneasy, and deranged mid-paced progressive wierded-out song structures while incorporating dark melancholic drear and into its sound canvas of total death worship. And through its myriad of layered and subliminal sounds, noise, whispers and chants which culminate to form this black metal ritual of sonic invocation to honor the endless dark Aeon and the chaotic black light." More...
Apostasy Records has issued the following announcement about inking a deal with Nailed To Obscurity:
"Since 2005 the name Nailed To Obscurity stands for an inventive mélange of hard riffs, atmospheric melancholy and a distinctively unique sound. They already presented all these qualities on their debut album 'Abyss' - recorded at the Soundlodge Studio with producer Joerg Uken (God Dethroned, Izegrim a.o.) - abundantly clear.
"Since then a lot of things happened and the band grew a lot through numerous shows and their consistent pursuit of musical refinement. This year the band is going to put their long-awaited label debut up for discussion.
"From this day forth, Nailed To Obscurity is part of the Apostasy family! We are excited to announce first details on the album soon."
For more info on the band, head over to the Nailed to Obscurity Facebook profile here.
At the Amnesia Rockfest on June 15th, Cryptopsy was rejoined by former vocalist Lord Worm to perform a medley of tracks from the band's first full-length album "Blasphemy Made Flesh."
Footage from the performance has been posted online, courtesy of MontrealMetalShows, which can be viewed below.
Embassy of Silence has released a new music video for "Straight Up Crazy Amazon," which can be viewed below. The following press release was also issued about the track:
"Embassy of Silence is a Finnish band on a purposeful mission to create beautiful metal / rock music. Catchy melodies filled with grandeur, as well as experimentation are key elements for this ensemble.
"The band has composed a song to be the official anthem for IFAF American Football: Women´s World Championship games 2013. Embassy of silence has also finished making a music video for the anthem. The video was directed by Jarno Keski-Jylhä and a part of the Finnish national WWC team participated in the video shoot." More...
Havok has teamed up with MetalSucks.net to stream the band's full new album "Unnatural Selection." Check it out right here or in the player below.
"Unnatural Selection" is set to be released in North America on June 25th and is currently available for pre-order at this location.
"Unnatural Selection" was produced by Terry Date (Pantera, Overkill, Deftones) and was mastered by James Murphy (Testament, Death). More...
New York underground metal band Grey Skies Fallen has begun an Indiegogo campaign in efforts to raise money for the band's forthcoming EP/album "The Many Sides of Truth."
This will be Grey Skies Fallen's first physical release since 2006's "Two Way Mirror" full-length. "The Many Sides of Truth" follows 2012's "Introspective" and 2010's "Along Came Life" which were digital-only releases available for free on the band's website.
"The Many Sides of Truth" will be released on both CD and vinyl. The vinyl version, (a first for the band) will be pressed in limited numbers, and come in a variety of colors. As a vinyl-exclusive bonus track, Grey Skies Fallen will record the Death song "Perennial Quest." Cover artwork will be crafted by Travis Smith.
Though unsigned for their entire history, (save for a brief relationship with the late Don Decker and Nightfall Records in 2000) the band is now seeking assistance from fans. Many interesting perks are offered, ranging from band merchandise, to having the band play a show in your house for you and your friends. More...
Steamhammer / SPV is proud to announce the signing of East Bay rockers SpiralArms. Their second album "Freedom" is scheduled for an October 2013 release.
Tim Narducci (SpiralArms) comments: "We're very proud to be a part of the SPV/Steamhammer records! SPV is the perfect home for us to grow into the band that we had envisioned when we started. Their belief in SpiralArms has only inspired us to rock harder then ever! We always felt like we just needed a crack in the door so we can kick it all the way open with our brand of heaviness."
Georg Schröder (A+R Steamhammer/SPV) ads: "This band rocks hard! Their debut album'Highest Society' which was released in 2010 already showed that these guys are really able to deliver some true, honest and super heavy melodic Rock. The upcoming album 'Freedom' goes one step further and just blew us away. The songs recall on the times of the really big rock songs of the past but the band managed it to sound amazingly fresh and modern. We can't wait to release this Rock Monster in October!" More...
Bassist Manuel Alarcon has announced a new side project titled Maldito. The new release "Mutilation of the Soul" is now available for free download via Digmetalworld Records. Check it out at Bandcamp or in the player below. Manuel Alarcon comments on the project:
“Maldito is a compilation of old death metal songs written years ago, some recorded years ago as well, remixed but trying to catch the essence from old and raw death metal sound. Maldito features the collaboration of Paulo Becerra on guitars (Naioth) and Cristian González (Inferis) on drum programming."
The track listing is:
1. Mutilation of the Soul
2. Territory (Sepultura cover) More...
As They Burn has released a new music video for "Frozen Vision," which can be seen below. Vocalist Kevin Trevor comments: “Frozen Vision is completely different than anything we’ve done. Shooting was an incredible experience: painting, aquarium diving and face scanning."
Don’t miss As They Burn perform live on the band's 21 date headlining European tour beginning September 5th in Pau, France. Dates are available after the jump. More...
Dragonsclaw has posted the band's full new album "Judgement Day" online for streaming via YouTube. Check out the tracks through the playlist available below.
"Judgement Day" is available now on iTunes and will see physical release this coming August 2nd via Killer Metal Records Germany. The track listing for "Judgement Day" is as follows:
1. Watching My Every Move (Feat. David Reece)
2. Onset of War
3. Judgement Day
6. Fly: Defenders Of The Skies, Part II
7. Lucifer's Hammer (Warlord Cover)
8. Battle Cry (A Tribute to Mark Reale) (Feat. Jack Starr)
American/German thrashers Exumer will return to Europe in the fall to co-headline the Slaughterfest Tour alongside Onslaught. Exumer frontman Mem von Stein comments:
"The Slaughterfest tour will be the most important step for us to re-establish Exumer as a household name and finally promote our last album 'Fire & Damnation' in the correct way, reaching fans Europe wide. We want to give fans the opportunity to check us out in an memorable event that people will talk about for some time to come."
Support will come from M-Pire of Evil and Master. Dates are as follows: More...
Relapse Records has checked in with the following announcement about signing a new deal with Dying Fetus:
"We are proud to announce that we have officially re-signed death metal legends Dying Fetus! The band will be on tour all year long in Europe, Canada and the US so be sure to catch them on the road!"
Headlining European + Festival Dates
July 24 Tolmin, Slovenia Metaldays Festival
July 25 Bolzano, Italy Point Open Air
July 27 Steenwijk, Netherlands Stonehenge Festival
July 30 Moscow, Russia Plan B More...
Machine Head, which parted ways with Adam Duce earlier this year, has checked in with the following announcement about officially recruiting a new bassist:
"It is with great pride and excitement that Machine Head announce Jared MacEachern as their new bass player.
"Jared has already begun rehearsals for the upcoming Rockstar Mayhem U.S. summer festival tour and will soon relocate from North Carolina to Northern California to begin pre-production for Machine Head's upcoming 8th studio release."
You can read a full statement from the band about Jared coming on board over at the Machine Head website here.
Motorhead recently updated the band's official website with this announcement about canceling an upcoming live show:
"We are sorry to report that Motörhead will be forced to cancel the appearance in Milan, Jun 25th. The band regret it very much but will make it up to all the fans as soon as possible."
However, according to the See-Rock Festival Facebook page, this cancellation is due to serious health issues with vocalist Lemmy. The post (translated from Italian) reads as follows:
There are very sorry to announce that the Motörhead have their appearance at the Lake Rock Festival tomorrow Saturday to cancel!
Mastermind Lemmy Kilmister can not perceive his appearance! Due to acute hematoma which cause great pain and therefore him his doctor then fly has granted.More...
Israel's Orphaned Land has now premiered a track-by-track video for new album, "All Is One," on Decibel Magazine.com. Check it out here or via the YouTube player available below.
Due out tomorrow (June 25th) in North America, "All Is One" can still be pre-ordered at CM Distro in a variety of album formats. You can hear the song "Let the Truce be Known" at this location.
"All Is One" was mixed by Jens Bogren (Kreator, Amon Amarth, Opeth) and was recorded in three different countries: Israel, Turkey, and Sweden. More...
The Black Dahlia Murder has unleashed a brand new music video for "Goat of Departure." The video, directed by Ben Mayer, was filmed in the band's hometown of Detroit, MI last month
Trevor Strnad adds: "It's our pleasure to release our latest exercise in music video stupidity to you all at long last… We'd like to thank Guiness the Goat for penciling us in and all of the rabid TBDM fans for getting wild with us. Press the play button and embrace the glory of the goat!"
The Black Dahlia Murder's new album, "Everblack," debuted at #32 on the Billboard Top 200. The cover art for "Everblack" was painted by renowned artist Nick Keller with Weta Workshop, whose recent projects include The Hobbit, Avatar, Chronicles of Narnia, and more.
Recording was completed at Audiohammer Studios (lead guitars and vocals), Rustbelt Studios (drums), and Regal Fecal (guitar and bass). Mixing was handled by Jason Suecof and Ryan Williams, while mastering was completed by Alan Douches at West Westside. More...
Blood Music has checked in with the following announcement about Belarus act Serdce completing work on a new full-length album:
"Serdce has finally finished mixing their magnum opus - 'Timelessness' - and it's now going off for mastering. For those of you that missed this fucking stellar band from Belarus, no one will believe the kind of insanity they're about to unleash upon the world.
"Any fans of classic prog death, such as Cynic's 'Focus,' early Pestilence, and Atheist are not going to believe their ears. This is everything those bands have ever done and more. We're not joking. No need to check their earlier works, as this will be a new benchmark in prog metal history.
"This is so incredible that we almost don't want to even share it with you and just keep it for ourselves."
Further details on "Timelessness" will be announced as they are made available, and a brief studio clip is available below. You can also check out Serdce's music via the band's Facebook profile here. More...
Iowa's Green Death will release new album "The Deathening" via Confuse & Offend Records later this year. The band has now revealed the cover artwork, available below, and also comments:
"Here it is! Our full-length album cover! 'The Deathening' is coming this Fall! Artwork painted by Eliran Kantor (Testament, Sodom, Hatebreed). Can anyone guess which street corner this takes place at in Death Moines, IA?" More...
Finland's Omnium Gatherum has checked in with the following announcement about heading to China for a string of live shows:
"China tour confirmed for September - OG will be playing 3-dates in China, presented by Nike Pan & Xoundforce Entertainment. Also the venue is confirmed for the Seoul, Korea date - KT&G Sangsangmadang Live Hall."
Dates are as follows:
19.09. China - Sheng yang - live house
20.09. China - Beijing - Yu Gong live house
21.09. China - Shanghai - Mao live house
22.09. Korea - Seoul - KT&G Sangsangmadang Live Hall More...
Dream Theater already completed a 14-month tour with 110 shows through 34 different countries from 2011-2012 in support of the band's eleventh studio album "A Dramatic Turn Of Events."
Now the Grammy-nominated progressive metal titans have announced the first leg of their European tour launching January 15th in Porto, Portugal. This coming trek will be in support of a new self-titled studio album being released September 24th. The upcoming tour will encompass 30 cities in 16 countries. The band is also planning to tour North America beginning in March 2014.
The "Dream Theater" album was recorded at Cove City Sound Studios in Glen Cove, New York, with John Petrucci producing and studio luminary Richard Chycki (Aerosmith, Rush) engineering and mixing. The album is the first to have been written and recorded with drummer Mike Mangini (who joined the band in 2010) wholly integrated into the creative process from the start.
"I see every new album as an opportunity to start over," says Petrucci. "To either build or improve upon a direction that has been evolving over time or to completely break new ground. This is the first self-titled album of our career and there is nothing I can think of that makes a statement of musical and creative identity stronger than that. We've fully explored all of the elements that make us unique, from the epic and intense to the atmospheric and cinematic. We're incredibly excited about DREAM THEATER and can't wait for everyone to hear it." More...
Shreddertron has posted a full new EP online for streaming, which can be heard below, and the band also comments:
"Ladies and Gentlemen! Our new EP The Big Drilling is now available to download or stream from our bandcamp page!
"The E.P. is available at 'name your price,' so it’s up to you how much you pay for our music. We suggest a BIG amount! :)
"The CD version of The Big Drilling will also be available very soon from the same location, and we will be updating our merch page to include some very powerful merch and music deals over the next few weeks!
"So get streaming, downloading and sharing, and let us know what you think on our Facebook page. MORE POWER!!!!"
The track listing is:
1. Back From The Future 05:08
2. The Late Heavy Bombardment 03:21
3. Giant World Engine 03:57
4. Nuclear Power Prelude 02:19
5. Nuclear Power Planet 04:34 More...
Demoraliser has released a new video clip for "Reap What You Sow," which was filmed at Download festival 2013. The music video is available below.
"Reap What You Sew" comes off the band's debut album "A Living Nightmare," available now through Siege Of Amida Records.
Swedish black metal act Watain posted a lyric video for the new track "All That May Bleed." The song appears on the upcoming release "The Wild Hunt," which is due out August 19th (EU) and August 20th (North America) via Century Media Records.
The album's first single is now available in the following formats: Black 7" vinyl (limited to 2,000 copies worldwide), Red 7" vinyl with sticker (only available from wolfwear.net and limited to 500 copies worldwide), *7" Picture disc (limited to 500 copies worldwide from CM Distro) and via digital download from iTunes.
The track listing for "The Wild Hunt" is:
1. Night Vision
2. De Profundis
3. Black Flames March
4. All That May Bleed
5. The Child Must Die
6. They Rode On
7. Sleepless Evil
8. The Wild Hunt
10. Ignem Veni Mittere
11. Holocaust Dawn
Check out "All That May Bleed" here: More...
German death metal/hard rock act Debauchery posted a trailer for the band's upcoming eighth release "Kings of Carnage." The album is set for release on August 2, 2013 via Massacre Records, which the band recently signed to.
The track list for "Kings of Carnage" is:
1. Coming of the Dragons
3. Let There Be Blood
5. Kings of Carnage
6. Man in Blood
7. Blood God Kills
8. Victory Awaits
9. Murder Squad
10. The Last Crusade
11. Debauchery Motherfuckin' Family More...
Bulgarian power/progressive act Krossfire has posted the first installment of a studio diary series chronicling the making of the yet untitled sophomore LP. The album is the follow up to the 2011 debut "Learning to Fly," available from Pure Steel Records (see review over at this location).
Most of the songs for the new album have been written, but the band still has work to do on a few more ideas before entering the studio. The following showcases the rehearsal stage: More...
As a child growing up in the late sixties/early seventies listening to Emerson Lake & Palmer, Yes and Jean Luc Ponty, progressive rock was and is a large part of my musical foundation. The orchestration of prog rock expanded music from anthemic songs with a simplistic chorus-verse structure into compositions that took on a life of their own through arrangements that incorporated elements of jazz, folk and other forms of music in atypical time signatures. These musicians represented a skilled genre, one where a band had to know how to play far beyond 'adequate' and know all types of music. More...