Metal News for June 25, 2013
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Vandal Hearts has posted the new EP "Devils And Details" online, which can be heard below. The band also comments:
"We just released a new EP. It'd be really cool if you had a listen to it. At the very least, have a listen to the power ballad at the end, which will literally make your knickers spontaneously combust.
"This may cause extremely painful second degree burns. There is also the possibility of all other pairs of knickers within a twelve foot radius igniting, causing unwanted collateral damage. I would suggest watching it minus underwear, but would mean you risk slipping off your chair and injuring yourself. I guess what I'm saying, is if you're female and going to listen to this song, the safest way to do it is probably naked in a field." More...
Each week we check in with metal musicians to get their best stories from live shows.
While these tales usually center on the mayhem of the mosh pit, today guitarist Christian Larson from Venomous Maximus shares a story that takes place backstage during a Q&A with the infamous Glenn Danzig.
Christian had this story to share about an ill-advised question to Danzig regarding the Samhain box set that took years to finally see release:
In the late 90's in San Antonio at a metal fest, SOD headlined and saw some of my 1st Swedish metal bands. I sold my Peavy amp to get a ticket to the show. As we rolled up into the parking lot, a local Houston band asked us if we wanted to buy backstage passes for the whole fest. So we got to roll around back stage and further enticed me to get into playing music more.
We were allowed to sit in on a press conference with an interview with the singer of Morbid Angel and Glenn Danzig. Some magazine was asking Danzig when the Samhain box set was coming out. He was very annoyed by the questions and gave very smart ass answers back, obviously not wanting to talk about it.
So I guess my buddy Willow wasn't paying attention as he was gazing into Danzig's eyes (keep in mind this room is packed wall to wall with press and fans). So my buddy gets the last question and he asked the same question about the box set and all the press and attention is on him. No one could believe he asked it and Glenn didn't respond and just walked out the conference.
The Venomous Maximus album "Beg Upon The Light" is due out in North America on July 2nd via Napalm Records. For more info on the band and upcoming tour dates, head over to the Venomous Maximus Facebook profile here, and be sure to check back in next week for more heavy metal Pit Stories. More...
Swedish rockers The Quill have released a new music video for "Freak Parade," which comes of the "Tiger Blood" album. Check it out below.
"Tiger Blood" is out now on Metalville Records. The Quill features former Hanoi Rocks/Firebird drummer Jolle Atlagic and former Spiritual Beggars/Arch Enemy bassist Roger Nilsson. The band will also be heading out for a European tour this coming November with Mammoth-Mammoth.
Mouth of the South has premiered a new music video for the track “Uprooted” through HMMagazine. Check it out below. Vocalist Josiah Lyle also comments:
"When punk rock started it was all about community. Where all the misfits and people who didn’t feel welcomed could go and find a new home and we would absolutely love to see that community come to life again. Where no one cares what you dress like or how you look and they just welcome you for who you are. No clicks, no crews, just community and powerful music."
The band's previously posted lyric video for "Riddance" can also be found over at this location.
Aborted will be hitting the road in Europe this coming September/October 2013 as direct support to The Black Dahlia Murder. The tour dates are as follows:
Sept 18: Bochim, Germany @ Matrix
Sept 19: Paris, France @ L'Empreinte
Sept 20: London, UK @ Islington Academy
Sept 21: NQ Live @ Manchester, UK
Sept 22: Glasgow, UK @ Cathouse
Sept 24: Brussels, Belgium @ Magasin 4
Sept 25: Enschede, Holland @ Atak
Sept 29: Oslo, Norway @ John Dee
Sept 30: Copenhagen, Denmark @ Little Vega
Oct 01: Berlin, Germany @ Magnet
Oct 02: Hamburg, Germany @ Logo
Oct 04: Munich, Germany @ Hansa 39
Oct 05: Leipzig, Germany @ Conne Island
Oct 06: Vienna, Austria @ Szene
Oct 07: Milan, Italy @ Tunne
Oct 08: Solothurn, Switzerland @ Kofmehl
Oct 09: Stuttgart, Germany @ Universum
Oct 10: Frankfurt, Germany @ Batschkapp
Hatebreed will be hitting the road with Shadows Fall, The Acacia Strain, and Battlecross this Fall. Dates for the trek are as follows:
September 26 – Poughkeepsie, NY – The Chance
September 27 – Hartford, CT – Webster Theater
September 30 – Madison, WI – Orpheum Theatre
October 1 – Minneapolis, MN – Mill City Nights
October 2 – Des Moines, IA – Wooly’s
October 3 – Ft. Wayne, IN – Piere’s
October 4 – Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall
October 5 – Athens, GA – Georgia Theatre
October 6 – Greensboro, NC – Greene Street Club
October 7 – Norfolk, VA – The NorVA
October 9 – Cleveland, OH – Peabody’s Downunder
October 10 – Flint, MI – The Machine Shop
October 11 – Toronto, ON – Phoenix Concert Theatre More...
True to a life-long interest in underground extreme metal, Season of Mist will re-release Norwegian cult act Ildjarn’s first three full-length albums, "Ildjarn" (1995), "Strength and Anger" (1996), and "Forest Poetry" (1996), on August 16th (September 3rd in North America).
All three will be adorned with brand new artwork and are available for pre-order on CD, gatefold double LP, and CD + t-shirt bundles at Season of Mist’s e-shop.
These three albums, as well as Ildjarn’s whole back catalog and the Ildjarn-Nidhogg and Sort Vokter productions, are already available digitally on all legal download and streaming platforms.
Symphonic black metal act Erimha has teamed up with Terrorizer Magazine to premiere a full song stream for “Bewildering Nightmare,” taken from the band's forthcoming album "Reign Through Immortality." Check out the song here or in the player below.
Italy's Stormlord has posted a teaser online for an upcoming new album, which can be found below, and the band also comments:
"It's time for you to listen a bit of the new album! 'Hesperia' will be released on 20/09/2013, enjoy the preview!"
Canadian act Axxion has released a new music video for "Tonight." The Kevin MacAllister-directed clip is available below and features Justin Tran and Alessandra Salvati.
"Tonight" comes off the band's new album "Wild Racer," due out July 13th, 2013. Pre-orders can be found at this location.
Hopes Die Last released new EP "The Wolfpack" today - June 25th, 2013. The band has now teamed up with SubStream Music Press to make the entire release available online. Stream the the EP's tracks over at this location or in the player below. More...
Urna has checked in with the following announcement about releasing a new album later this year:
"After four years of silence, Urna strikes back, new album Mors Principium Est will be summoned on October 2013.
"Joined by eon from Progenie Terrestre Pura the band unleashes a new opus of unpredictable music showing off its best album to date; musical extremism merges with the band’s inborn avantgardish attitude in a new mind blowing sonic identity.
"Under the visionary artistic direction of Francesco Gemelli, produced and mastered at 322Studio and with special guest Greg Chandler from Esoteric, Urna marks the borders of madness in music.
"ATMF is going once again to support the band producing its third full length album and an artistic new beginning in doom, URNA was a founder band for this label and will continue in shaping dark art under this artistically independent banner."
The track listing is:
01. Omnis infinita mens est gremium et sepolcrum universi
02. Ego sum templum et principium omniae rei
04. Octo sunt grados ad càpere fine cycli magni
05. 137 = 73 + 64
06. Fui Sum Ero More...
Agathodaimon's "In Darkness" was recorded at the Kohlekeller Studio with producer Kristian "Kohle" Kohlmannslehner.
The album - due out June 28th - will include eight tracks, while a bonus track will be included on the limited edition digipak.
Guitarists Sathonys and Thilo are now offering som insight on the tracks off the album. Check out the track by track break down below.
Thilo: "Adio" is the first song that we rehearsed and composed with the new line-up. Right from the beginning, there was the idea to have a melodic chorus along with double-lead guitars and an aggressive verse with 'fast' vocals. Manuel delivered incredible drumming here! The piano-overdubs in the chorus were created in a late stage of the production - such things can happen if I'm left alone in the studio... luckily everyone did like this element. By the way, this song consists of half English, half Romanian lyrics."
Thilo: The intro of "Somewhere, Somewhen" was composed by Kohle and me during the pre-production. The horror-like character gets the listener directly into the proper mood. A very emotional song, the melodies come directly from the heart (maybe I should do folk music), besides, the lyrics are very melancholic. My personal favourite of this album! Oh, and it's the only song on "In Darkness" that features a classic guitar solo ;) My highlight: When the ride-cymbal starts at the end of the song and Ash cries out like a maniac! (I believe he still hates me for pushing him to the limits there.)
Dusk Of An Infinite Shade: More...
The Hysteria has posted a teaser for new album "Trojan Horse" online, which can be found below, and the band also comments:
"Today is the day, guys! It's the new chapter in the life of a band ... And this page is started started with only your help, thanks to each of you who came to our gigs, thanks to everyone who supported the band, thanks to everyone who helped us move forward we've done it. It all was done only be a common merit!
"And we are happy to announce that we're signed by Italian label - Memorial Records (Psychofagist, The Circle Ends Here, Gardenjia, etc.), and now we became a part of this young, but certainly progressive and awesome family.
"Very soon we will announce the date of the release of 'Trojan Horse' and about the possibilities to pre-order CDs and merch. Also there will also be limited editions with special bonuses and goodies. Before that, we will show you our new teaser clip for one of the tracks of the EP.
"Also, the news about the management will be available very soon. This fall you will see our new video, and after our next LP! This September, we are going to conquer Europe, to surprise and shock the local fans! Thank you for being with us guys, and thanks for the support!" More...
Following previous label-based festivals in its backyard over the past few years, Baltimore-based A389 Recordings has locked down a crushing gathering for mid-August. The label comments:
"Set up to offer an alternative to the frigid annual anniversary bashes the label throws in January, yet following the same blueprint of combining label priorities with personal favorites, this killer Summer throwdown has been dubbed the A389 Summer Extinction and is set to take place at Baltimore’s Ottobar club on Friday, August 16th.
"The ruthless all-ages event will feature blazing sets from A389 label acts including local thrash warriors Noisem and infamous noise/grind henchmen Full of Hell, and special guests including Texas d-beaters Impalers, Cleveland killers and label alumni Ringworm, an exclusive fly-in performance from Texas crossover crew Power Trip, and the first area appearance from Virginia-based thrash kingpins Municipal Wate in years. Purchase early bird tickets to the event now at this location."
A page dedicated to the A389 Summer Extinction has been posted by Stereokiller including a player with tracks from all six bands streaming. Check it out right here.
The A389 Summer Extinction
8/16/2013 The Ottobar - Baltimore, MD
w/ Impalers, Noisem, Full Of Hell, Power Trip, Municipal Waste, Ringworm
Seven Witches has teamed up with KNAC.COM to premiere the video for “Claustrophobic,” the new single taken from the band's forthcoming album "Rebirth." Check it out here or in the player below.
"Rebirth" is Seven Witches’ ninth studio album (first for new label home FrostByte Media) and is due out on July 16th in North America. The album was produced by Seven Witches founder/lead guitarist/mainstay Jack Frost and features a gritty, hook-laden sound and is a return to basics for the band highlighting Jack Frost’s signature ax work.
In addition to Frost this time around, Seven Witches is rounded out by Ronnie Parkes (Farcry) on bass, Johnny Kelly (Type O Negative, Danzig) on drums, and brand new frontman Anthony Cross. More...
With the release of debut LP "False Prism" still fresh, Philadelphia-based spiritualistic sludge duo Sadgiqacea will embark on a rigorous tour of the country beginning on the 4th of July, just a week and a half away.
"False Prism" was released via Candlelight on CD and limited edition vinyl via Anthropic Records in May, and can be streamed in its entirety right here.
Following sporadic regional shows supporting the release of the record, Sadgiqacea will take on as much of the country as possible this Summer for a brutal forty-two date trek with brethren Hivelords kicking off on Independence Day. View the full tour itinerary below and watch for additional updates on the band to be posted in the coming days. More...
Sworn In will release new album "The Death Card" this coming August 20th, 2013. Pre-orders are available at this location, and the track listing is as follows:
4. Dead Soul
6. A Song For The Nameless
7. Snake Eyes
10. Three Cheers
11. Bitter Blood
13. Return (Heartless) More...
Perpetual End has posted the song "I'm On Fire" online, which can be heard in the player below. The track comes from the upcoming album "Blood Complex" due for release July 26th, 2013. For more info on the band, head over to Facebook here. More...
Los Angeles thrashers Warbringer entered the studio today to begin recording the follow-up to "Worlds Torn Asunder."
The band will once again be working with producer Steve Evetts (The Dillinger Escape Plan, Sepultura, Symphony X, etc.) on this currently untitled new full-length at his studio, The Omen Room, in Garden Grove, California.
Set to record for a month’s time, Warbringer has already written 11 songs. Drummer Carlos Cruz comments about entering the studio:
"Moving forward with our 4th full-length album has been a tremendous feat for the band and we are proud of the album we've written. The growth of the band with two new members (guitarist Jeff Potts and bassist Ben Mottsman) has produced a very eclectic sounding album that covers a lot of musical ground within the Heavy Metal genre. It's been a true collaboration and all five members have been able to write and contribute something new to the collective WARBRINGER sound. We hope all our fans will keep an open-mind towards our musical growth, but we promise no one will be disappointed.
"Deciding to work with Steve Evetts again was the best decision for the group because of our prior experience with him. His personality, attention to detail and ability to sonically capture what the band represents will make for an amazing 4th album experience. Two years is a long time to improve upon your craft, so we're excited to see what has become of Steve as a producer, and for him to see what has become of Warbringer since our last album. Looking forward to recording in the Summer So-Cal heat!" More...
Wrath of Vesuvius has posted the track "Somber Silence" online, which is taken from the upcoming album "Revelation."
Check out the song below, or watch the previously posted live video for "Revelation" at this location. The new album "Revelation" is due out in stores this coming July 23rd through Rite Of Passage Records.
Halcyon Way has launched a new crowd funding campaign via IndieGoGo to help with the costs of a new music video, album, and tour. The band comments:
"Hello everyone! There's lots going on in the HW camp and we are asking for all of our fans' support. We are filming a new video in July, mixing our new album as we speak, and we are about to announce a pretty major tour.
"This all costs money and we have always done what we do without label support. So we're asking for you guys to help support what we're doing and we will give you epic stuff in return.
"Check out our modest Indiegogo campaign, and hopefully you will see fit to contribute a little to our cause!"
Relapse Records is proud to announce the signing of Charlotte, North Carolina death metal / grindcore outfit Columns. Relapse comments:
"Featuring former members of Relapse cult grinders Hemdale, plus renowned death metal bands Vehemence and Glass Casket, Columns,formed in 2003 and have released a series of blistering EPs since 2006. A song from their most recent EP 'Please Explode' is available for free download via the Relapse Records 2013 Bandcamp sampler here. The band will begin recording their Relapse debut soon in time for an early 2014 release."
The band also adds: “Columns is super stoked to be a part of the Relapse Records family! We have followed so many bands on the Relapse roster for so long - we are looking forward to our releases having the backing they need to reach a much bigger audience! GRIND!"
Columns consists of:
Adam Cody - Vocals
Michael Lehmann - Guitar
Jake Wade - Bass
Jason Skipper - Drums More...
Born of Osiris will release a new full-length album on August 20th and you can hear the new track "Machine" below.
Look for the band performing on this summer's Rockstar Mayhem Festival, which kicks off this Sat, June 29th. Lee McKinney (guitars) states:
"We couldn't be more excited to not only have a new record coming out this summer, but to have a new single available in time for the start of Mayhem Fest! 'Machine' to me is just a straight up in your face Born of Orisis song. It's got an epic intro, intense orchestral content, heavy keyboard breakdowns, a great structure, impactful vocals and of course some gnarly guitar shred. It definitely hits hard from beginning to end. We can't wait to head out and play it live all summer long." More...
From Afar has checked in with the following announcement about deciding to pack it in and call it a day:
"So, it's been a while... But to cut a long story short, this post marks an indefinite hiatus for From Afar.
"We are totally gutted to be calling it a day, but for many reasons (lack of money, and individual plans for the future being the main two) we can no longer put in the time required to take a band like this to a further level.
"Thank you so much to any of you who have supported us, whether from the beginning or if you're new to our world! We've had a blast for a few years, despite our member changes and general difficulty in finding our feet.
"We will continue to write music together in our spare time, nothing will change there. Maybe in the future we will have another stab and come back under a different name, with some ball/ovary crushingly badass riff filled tunes for your listening pleasure.
"In the meantime, it's peace out from us!" More...
Avant-garde metal act Vulture Industries has named the band's forthcoming third album "The Tower." The Norwegian outfit's Season of Mist debut will hit stores on September 27th in Eurpe (October 1st in North America).
"The Tower" was recorded at the Conclave & Earshot Studios in Bergen and produced by frontman Bjørnar E. Nilsen himself. Enslave’s Herbrand Larsen handled the mixing, and the album was mastered by Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studios (Opeth, Ihsahn, Katatonia, etc.)
Further details will be announced about "The Tower" as they become available.
After posting the song "Looking Back" online, Norway's Beyond The Morninglight is now streaming another track off the upcoming "Lifelines" EP.
Check out the song "Lifelines Part One" over at nrk.no here (site is in Norwegian) or via the player below. The full EP's track listing is:
1. Lifelines Part One
2. Lifelines Part Two
3. Looking Back
4. Ashes More...
IWrestledABearOnce has launched a pre-order today for forthcoming third studio album, "Late For Nothing," which is due out on August 6th from Century Media Records. Fans who pre-order the album from iTunes will get an instant download of the band’s new single, “Firebees.”
The previously posted track "Thunder Chunky" can also be heard by clicking here. IWABO is currently on tour in Europe and will return to the U.S. in July for The All Stars Tour 2013 with Every Time I Die. More...
Italian power metal band Dragonhammer announced the guest musicians to appear on the upcoming comeback LP "The X Experiment," which is due out this fall via My Kingdom Music (October 21st). The first is Francesco Fareri (Jeff Loomis/Vitalij Kuprij/Virtual Mind), who plays the solo in the new track "My Destiny." Secondly, Labyrinth/A Perfect Day vocalist Roberto Tiranti provided vocals in the duet with Max Aguzzi in the new song "The End of the World."
More details, including the album's track list and artwork are expected shortly. "The X Experiment" is the first release since the "Time For Expiation" album was issued via Scarlet Records in 2004. The album will see the first studio work for: Massimiliano Santori (drums; Kaledon), guitarist Marco Capuccini and Giulio Cattivera (keyboards, Joking With Fire). More...
The Defiled's crushing new album "Daggers," and first for Nuclear Blast Entertainment, is set for release on August 2nd.
In anticipation of the release, The AvD and Stitch D got in front of a camera to discuss the album and how each track came about. The first part in this series of track by track clips is now up online and can be viewed below. The full track listing for the "Daggers" limited digpak CD is:
1. Sleeper (4:00)
2. Unspoken (4:05)
3. Saints And Sinners (3:49)
4. As I Drown (4:41)
5. Porcelain (3:23)
6. New Approach (3:09)
7. Fragments Of Hope (4:30)
8. The Infected (4:01)
9. The Mourning After (4:14)
10. Five Minutes (4:38)
11. No Place Like Home (4:44)
12. I Destroy What Destroys Me (4:16)
13. Self Under Siege (3:25) More...
Canadian act Abide has checked in with the following announcement about calling it quits:
"Due to to differences the directions each of our lives are taking, we will be taking a break from this band indefinitely.
"We have had a great past 2 years, met some amazing people, played some amazing shows and had never envisioned we would ever even make it to where we did.
"To everyone who supported us through the past years and got us to where we did, keep doing what you do and support the metal scene, it needs more people like you. We may one day release something more... who knows!
"Anyways, peace from the boys in Abide." More...
German modern folk act Satatio Mortis posted a preview featuring clips from the band's upcoming new release "Das Schwarze Einmaleins." The album is set for release on August 16th via Napalm Records.
According to the press release: "The arrangements show a band at the height of its creativity offering the listener heavy rock guitars, sweeping bagpipe melodies and catchy refrains. Frontman Alea der Bescheidene presents the full range of human emotions with his characteristic voice. He presents himself ready to attack one moment and in the next second, soulful and vulnerable. Lasterbalk der Lästerliche wrote lyrics that are provoking, thoughtful and profound. He talks about the out of control desire for growth and profit or the creed ("Wachstum über alles") where the golden times lie only in the past ("Früher war alles besser"). In addition, straight forward titles like "Krieg kennt keine Sieger" state that in war, there are no winners. Songs like these show the masterful skill of the band to unite melodies of medieval times with topics of this day and age. Thus, making the band an important and relevant voice of our generation."
The album was produced by Thomas-Heimann-Trosien, who elevates the band's new tracks to a whole new level and gives them a crystal-clear and powerful sound. "The superior production creates the feeling of an energy-filled and crackling concert -- in your own living room!"
The band is planning a tour for October 2013, dates to be announced. Check out the preview clip here: More...
Germany's Thunder And Lightning posted a preview clip, featuring samples from the entire new LP "In Charge of the Scythe." The album is set for release on August 23, 2013 via Hammersound Records. The album is a twisted concept about Mary, a girl who kills The Grim Reaper and takes over his duties.
The track listing for the album is:
1. Booster Shot
2. The Unborn Truth (streaming here)
3. Wheel of Life
4. The Last Rite
5. Torn in Two
6. In Charge of the Scythe
7. The Day May Come
8. End of the Road
9. Soldier's Tired Eyes
10. Two Sons in My Sky
Check out the preview here: More...
Australian act Reflections of Ruin has checked in with the following announcement about recruiting a new guitarist:
"As you may know earlier this year, we had a large void to fill when Rohan left the band to move overseas... Well... We'd like to give a HUGE welcome to Drew Shepherd as our new full time guitarist!
"Drew is a long time friend and an insanely talented guitarist (don't believe us? check out his 3 piece instrumental band Prescient!) and we can't wait to get some new music to you guys! Get down to Amps this Thursday for this and give Drew the huge welcome he deserves!" More...
Krokus posted a new music video for the track "Doeg Song." The track appears on the latest LP "Dirty Dynamite," which is issued in February through Sony Music (EU) and The End Records (North America).
Check out the video here:
Canadian death metal act Gorguts posted a lyric video for the new track "Forgotten Arrows." The song appears on the comeback album, "Colored Sands," the first since 2001's "From Wisdom to Hate." The album also marks the first studio release for members: Colin Marston (bass; Behold the Arctopus), John Longstreth (drums; Dim Mak) and Kevin Hufnagel (guitars; Byla).
"Colored Sands" drops on August 30th (EU) and September 3rd (North America) via Season of Mist. The track list is:
1. Le Toit du Monde
2. An Ocean of Wisdom
3. Forgotten Arrows
4. Colored Sands
5. The Battle of Chamdo
6. Enemies of Compassion
7. Ember's Voice
9. Reduced to Silence
Check out "Forgotten Arrows" More...
North Carolina metal act Dogbane posted a new music video for the song "Ride the Serpent." The song is the lead track off the band's debut LP "Residual Alcatraz," which was issued back in 2011 via Heaven And Hell Records.
Check out the video here:
Schwarzer Engel, the German dark metal one man act of Dave Jason, is streaming the new track "In Brennenden Himmeln." The song is the title track to the third LP, which is scheduled for release on July 26, 2013 via Massacre Records. The album is fresh off the release of the EP "Schwarze Sonne," issued in May. A music video for the title track of the EP can be seen over at this location.
Check out "In Brennenden Himmeln" here: More...
Italian symphonic power metal band Rhapsody Of Fire has split with guitarist Tom Hess over "philosophical differences."
Hess replaced Luca Turilli, who left in the well known amicable split that resulted in Rhapsody of Fire (led by keyboardist Alex Staropoli), and Luca Turilli's Rhapsody (led by Turilli).
An announcement on the band's Facebook page read: "Alex Staropoli and Tom Hess announce that due to philosophical differences, we have mutually decided to respectfully part ways. Rhapsody Of Fire and Tom both sincerely wish each other the very best for their respective futures."
No word was mentioned whether the plan is to replace Hess or stick with one guitarist, Roberto De Micheli. More...