Metal News for June 25, 2014
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35 news articles posted on this day.
Battleground Records has brought Phoenix, Arizona-based death metal collective Lago into its expanding label roster for the release of the band's upcoming debut album late in the 2014 Summer months. The label comments:
"Heavily influenced by the past, yet with eyes set firmly on the future, LAGO cites Morbid Angel, Decapitated, Aeon and Emperor as influences. The band was founded in January 2010 by guitarist and vocalist Cole Jacobsen, drummer Shawn Reiterman, and lead guitarist Manuel Dominguez.
"Upon completing the lineup with bassist and backing vocalist Garrett Thomas, the band released their first EP, Marianas, on Pale Horse Records to critical acclaim in November 2010. Changes to the lineup occurred throughout 2011 and early 2012, beginning with the departure of Manuel Dominguez.
"After a brief search for a replacement member, the band recruited Andrew Breshears of fellow Phoenix band Excessive Bleeding into the fold. Upon Shawn Reiterman leaving the group, LAGO briefly brought in Six Million Dead skinsman Helbert Trejo, and once he departed, the band welcomed Brian Miller, formerly of Deadspawn, into the family. Having since released a two-song demo in December 2012, and after welcoming Manuel Domminguez back into the fold in October of 2013, the band is set to release their debut full-length, entitled Tyranny, through Battleground Records. More...
The Portuguese grinders in Holocausto Canibal are proud to announce their live debut in Brazil this August. After 17 years, the devastating band will invade World Cup country for a 12 show run.
Holocausto Canibal is promoting latest release "Larvas," which is filled with four new songs and some live and experimental material, while the band works on the follow-up to the 2012 full-length "Gorefilia."
8/14 – Macapá – Amapá – Zombie Night IV
8/15 – Bragança – Pará – Lions Club
8/16 – Belém – Pará – Paranoise Fest III
8/17 – Imperatriz – Maranhão – Eventos.com
8/21 – Anapólis – Goiás – Vila Rica Eventos
8/22 – Brasilia – DF – Country Bar
8/23 – Belo Horizonte – Minas Gerais – BrutalDeathFest II
8/24 – Nova Iguaçu – Rio de Janeiro – Studio B
8/28 – Cambuí – Minas Gerais – CPB Pub Rock
8/29 – Curitiba – Paraná – Dalborga Festival
8/30 – Várzea Paulista – São Paulo – Rotten Foetus II
8/31 – São Paulo – Club Hangar 110 – IV Gore Supremacy Fest More...
WolveXhys, which parted ways with two members earlier this year, has now released new studio footage online. Check it out below, and the band also comments on the video:
"Here's the run down - We bring the riffs, play football, piss around with TRADING PLACES. You get to hear a part of the new track, and there's some studio footage in and amongst all of it to keep it relevant."
Pagan black metal outfit Zgard today streams the entirety of new album, "Contemplation," which can be heard below thanks to Zero Tolerance.
Released yesterday by Svarga Music, "Contemplation" is available in a regular jewel-case CD version and a digipack version limited to 100 copies. The track listing is:
2. Through the Forest
3. Incarnation Memory
4. Wedge of Cranes
7. Underworld Bells More...
England’s revered melodic rock band Anathema has premiered a live acoustic video for “The Lost Song Part 2” today at ArtistDirect.com (check it out below).
The video was shot on June 3rd at the "Distant Satellites" album release show at The Record Club in Camden, London.
The song is part of a 3-track arc in an overall story about life, love, loss and death that ties the new album together. You can also read our review of "Distant Satellites" over at this location. More...
This is the final chapter of the "Vilagvege" era: after having played it live for about a hundred shows and releasing it on vinyl, tape and CD, now is the time for the Swiss doom/black metal conspirators Rorcal to propose the very last version of the "Vilagvege" album - the live one.
The live record was fully self-produced by the band, recorded during the "Vilagvege" release party in Geneva on April 14th 2013, and includes special guests appearances of Japanese noise master KK-Null and Portugueses doom gods Process Of Guilt for an apocalyptic finale.
This version of the album will be released in very limited edition (300 copies only) as a 180 gram 12" black vinyl. Today you can stream the full release below, and the track listing is as follows:
1. I 04:40
2. D 08:49
3. II 03:50
4. V 04:07
5. IV 03:13
6. VII 06:16
7. VI 03:07
8. Rorcal, featuring KK Null & Process of Guilt - VIII 09:58 More...
Dutch death metal band Dictated has launched a landing page for the new album “The Deceived” to be released August 15th via Metal Blade Records in Europe.
Head over to this location to pre-order the album. The artwork can be seen below, and the track listing is as follows:
1. Forced Into Dismay
2. This is to All
3. No Absolution
4. The Basher
5. No Mercy For Cowards
7. The Deceived
8. Stonebreakers Rising
9. They Live, They Suffer, They Die
10. Rail Of Death More...
The German fun metallers in J.B.O. will release their new album "Nur Die Besten Werden Alt" on August 15th, 2014.
A lyric video for the track "Schule Aus" ("School’s Out") is available now and can be seen below or at the band's official website here.
The debut full-length "Mirrors For A Prince" from Wings Denied was recorded by Jamie King (Between The Buried And Me, Scale The Summit) and today a new lyric video from the album is available online.
Check out "The Machinist" below, courtesy of Kerrang Magazine. Wings Denied will continue to tour in support of "Mirrors For A Prince" throughout the summer. Dates are as follows:
6/29 Dirty Dog Bar – Austin, TX
6/30 The Library Northgate – Baton Rouge, LA
7/02 Insomniacs – Tampa, FL
7/03 Panama Hatties – St. Augustine, FL
7/04 The Cha Cha House – Athens, GA
7/06 Club Orion – Greensboro, NC
7/08 The Velvet Lounge – Washington, DC More...
Minnesota's Throw The Fight has issued the following announcement about deciding to call it a day:
"After 11 years of being a band, we have decided to move in another direction and focus on different areas of our lives (family, other careers, etc).
"We can look back on our years as Throw The Fight knowing that we have accomplished everything we set out to do and had a hell of a good time doing it! With that being said, it's time to see what else is out there for us personally and professionally. Change is good.
"We want to thank our families, friends, fans, bands we've shared stages with and our team behind the band for all of the support that you've given us since Day 1. It means the world to us.
"We will be playing a final show on August 23rd at The Fine Line in Minneapolis with Emergent, 5th Hour and The Missing Letters. Details and ticket info will be coming later this week. It's going to be a night to remember. Don't miss it!" More...
Tankard today presents the second part of the making-of series for the "Fooled By Your Guts" music video, which can be seen below.
"Fooled By Your Guts" was result of a special collaboration: The Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in Australia has spent 13 weeks working on a video for the first single from the new album, "R.I.B. (Rest In Beer)."
Devil You Know - which released debut album "The Beauty Of Destruction" back in April - has issued the following announcement about cancelling upcoming shows and confirming others:
"Some good news and some bad news from the Devil You Know camp. Bad news first. As you may or may not know, three members of Devil You know are not U.S. citizens: John is Australian and both Francesco and Roy are Italian. Howard and Ryan are American.
"Unfortunately, we have come up against some logistical problems in getting our work visas in time for all of our upcoming European dates. Sadly, we've been forced to cancel some of the shows Devil You Know is slated to play in late June/early July.
"The good news is that we will be able to perform at England's prestigious Sonisphere Festival on Friday, July 4th. We are also extremely excited to be performing on mainland Europe on Saturday, July 5th at Germany's With Full Force Festival. These are both hugely important shows for Devil You Know and we can't wait to play for our fans, both old and new there. We are currently rescheduling these cancelled European shows as well as mounting a full tour there for the near future.
"Devil You Know just completed our first full-fledged tour of the United States with Black Label Society, Down, and Butcher Babies. The shows were great and the audiences were fantastic. This is truly a new beginning for the five of us! See you soon!" More...
Mekanism has checked in with the following announcement about splitting with the band's vocalist:
"It saddens us to inform you that we have decided to part ways with lead vocalist Criss Valley on account of creative differences. We thank Criss for the great times and the great music we created together, and wish him the very best of luck in his future endeavors.
"It is time for Mekanism to turn over a new leaf. Rest assured that we are still 100% at work on the debut album.
"We are looking for a new permanent vocalist AND/OR a stand-in singer for a few upcoming gigs this summer. Contact email@example.com if you or someone you know is interested. We will announce the Ruler of Ashes contest winners shortly. We are sorry for the delay." More...
Always on the lookout for the foulest, filthiest sounds in the metal underground, Hells Headbangers is proud to unleash the debut EP from Louisiana black/death barbarians Abysmal Lord.
"Storms of Unholy Black Mass" is set for international release this coming August 8th on 12" vinyl format. Hells Headbangers also comments:
"Ever-accurately titled, Storms of Unholy Black Mass is a pounding, pulsing torrent of bestial frequencies, vomit vox, and nuclear explosions of noise. Abysmal Lord, however, are not your regular identikit 'bestial/goat metal' band, as they summon storms of filth 'n' fury firmly rooted in classic grindcore; meanwhile, their lead-guitar detonations suggest an understanding of agitated music outside of metal. At nearly 26 minutes, Storms of Unholy Black Mass is the perfect length to do the maximum cranial/spiritual damage, and is a lethal introduction to the black hole that is Abysmal Lord."
1. Terrorist Dawn (Introwehrmacht)
2. Gnashing of Teeth
3. Angels of Persecution
4. Storms View
5. Revelation More...
Swedish Viking black metal-tinged act King Of Asgard is set to release third album "Karg" on July 22nd, 2014 via Metal Blade Records.
"Karg" is the third album from King Of Asgard, following "Fi'mbulvintr" in 2010 and "...to North" in 2012. The new album was again recorded with Andy LaRocque at Sonic Train Studios. Comments Jonas Albrektsson and Karl Beckman:
"After well over a year of intensive writing, we finally reached the point where everything is put into finish. When countless hours of hard work and careful consideration has been completed. This completion, being our third album,which at an early stage was titled to 'Karg,' in English, 'Barren.' A word which later on came to form the atmosphere of the whole album and a sense that meanders through more or less all the material. More...
Richmond, VA based death metal powerhouse Cannabis Corpse has announced a string of U.S. tour dates leading up to a co-headlining set at this year's Denver Black Skies Festival alongside Brutal Truth, Phobia and more.
The tour, which begins on July 29th in Cleveland, will run for a week traveling through Chicago, Des Moines, Merriam, Denver, and St. Louis before concluding on August 5th. A full list of confirmed tour dates can be found below.
Cannabis Corpse is touring in support of new album, "From Wisdom to Baked," which can be heard in full below.
7/29 Cleveland, OH @ Now That's Class
7/30 Chicago, IL @ Cobra Lounge
7/31 Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville Mews
8/1 Merriam, KS @ Aftershock
8/3 Denver, CO @ Denver Black Skies Festival
8/5 St. Louis, MO @ Fubar More...
Portland, Oregon grind squadron Vulture Locust has released a compilation of live footage, which can be seen below. Shot from gigs throughout Spring 2014, this footage shows this killer three piece shredding through maximum thrashing deathgrind savagery.
Vulture Locust is also currently promoting a new 11 track promo titled "We Need To Talk," which can be heard at this location.
After signing to Sensory Records earlier this year, Malpractice is now ready to announce the release of a new album.
"Turning Tides" will officially see release this coming September 2nd, 2014 and now you can check out the cover artwork below.
The new Dark Fortress album “Venereal Dawn” is scheduled for release via Century Media Records in Europe on September 1st and in North America on September 2nd.
The cover artwork and track listing have now been revealed and can be seen below. Dark Fortress front man and lyricist Morean comments on the upcoming album:
“What happens to life on earth if the fragile laws of nature are altered even by a little bit? How can the human psyche deal with the perspective of inevitable extinction? How far can the human soul be stripped before its essence vanishes completely? Can we contain the implications of forced and radical evolution and the insanity it brings?”
1. Venereal Dawn
3. Betrayal And Vengeance
5. I Am The Jigsaw Of A Mad God
6. The Deep
9. On Fever's Wings More...
Swedish act Machinae Supremacy released a trailer clip for the band's upcoming new release "Phantom Shadow." The album is set to be released via Spinefarm Records/UMG on August 22nd (EU), August 25th (UK) and August 26th (USA). The album is the follow up to the 2012 release "Rise of a Digital Nation" and will be the first studio release for guitarist Tomi Luoma (Am I Blood/ex-Kill the Romance), who joined in 2012.
More information on the album is expected soon. Check out the trailer here:
The organizers of the Damnation Festival have checked in with the following announcement about Ahab performing at this year's edition:
"German doom titans, Ahab, and Icelandic progressive metal outfit, Solstafir are the latest names to be added to the tenth edition of Damnation Festival. The headline set will be an exclusive UK performance by Ahab and the first the band have played outside London."
Ahab adds: "We’re delighted to celebrate our 10-year anniversary with the only Ahab UK Show 2014 at Damnation Festival. Headlining the doom stage is an honour and a great birthday present for us!"
To Set Ablaze has signed on with Autumn + Colour to release new album "The Life We Lead" this coming August 5th, 2014.
Today the band also releases a new single from the album. Check out "Years of My Life" in the player below, or you can hear the previously posted track "Eighty Eight" at this location.
Cascadian outfit Wolves In The Throne Room is taking a break from the usual black metal and nearing the release of "Celestite," an instrumental companion to the 2011 "Celestial Lineage" LP.
"Celestite" will see release in North America on July 8th through the band's own newly forged label, Artemisia Records.
Today another track from the release has made its way online. Listen to "Initiation at Neudeg Alm" in the player below, thanks to Noisey.Vice.com. You can also listen to the previously posted track "Celstite Mirror" at this location. More...
American extreme metal/sludge powerhouse Bastard Feast (formerly known as Elitist) is now revealing the second crushing track taken from forthcoming new album "Osculum Infame" (due out July 22nd).
Check out the song "Fields of Black Cancer" in the SoundCloud player below, courtesy of Thrashocore.com. You can also pre-order "Osculum Infame" via Season of Mist, and the full track listing is as follows:
1. Bloated City (streaming here)
2. Old Father
3. The Rats Through Our Veins
4. The Serpent Spoke
5. Noose Of Smoke
6. A Tribute To What We Stole
7. Watchful Defiler
8. Claustrophobic Of This World
9. Fields Of Black Cancer
10. Synthetic Messiah More...
Decibel Magazine is currently hosting a stream of "Total Fucking Darkness" (reviewed here), the third demo from U.K. extreme metal miscreants, Cradle of Filth, which was just re-issued with bonus material. You can listen in to the full release below.
The grim revival of "Total Fucking Darkness" was directed by vocalist Dani Filth, former guitarist Paul Ryan (currently of The King Is Blind) and Cacophonous Records founder, Frater Nihil, who first signed Cradle Of Filth.
Given new life at Turan Studio in Oxford with the assistance of engineer Tim Turan, "Total Fucking Darkness" comes available as a digipak CD and double gatefold LP via Mordgrimm. For more info on the release, check out our in-depth interview with Dani Filth right here. More...
San Francisco's Black Cobra has unfortunately been denied access into the United States' northern neighboring country.
While amidst its current North American tour -- which was nearly entirely comprised of Canadian dates with Black Cobra co-headlining alongside Anciients and opening support from Black Wizard and Lo Pan -- the band was denied entry into the country.
Having invested thousands of dollars into merch for the tour, the band decided to tough it out and try again at a different access point, where again Black Cobra was denied, with no explanation, and after thorough inspections of vehicle and gear. This forced the band to return to California instead of performing in more than twenty cities across Canada.
Black Cobra today issued the following collective statement to their fans on the debacle: "As many of you already know, we were denied entry at the border of Canada. Because of the financial strain this has put on us, we were forced to cancel the remaining tour dates in the US as well. In the meantime, we will continue working on our forthcoming record and are looking into booking another tour in the US. We apologize to our fans and thank you for your continued support."
New U.S. Black Cobra tour actions will be confirmed immediately and announced in the coming days; no Canadian dates will be scheduled. Stay tuned for further transmissions.
Austrian black/death machine Belphegor posted a lyric video for the new track "Gasmask Terror." The song will appear on the band's upcoming new release "Conjuring the Dead." The album is set for release on August 5th (North America), August 8th (EU) and August 11th (UK/FR) via Nuclear Blast Records.
The track list is:
1. Gasmask Terror
2. Conjuring The Dead
3. In Death
4. Rex Tremendae Majestatis
5. Black Winged Torment
6. The Eyes
7. Legions Of Destruction
8. Flesh, Bones And Blood
9. Lucifer, Take Her!
10. Pactum In Aeternum
Check out "Gasmask Terror" here: More...
California hard rock/progressive metal act Faithsedge returns this fall with "The Answer Of Insanity" via Scarlet Records.
The band features singer/songwriter Giancarlo Floridia, former Dokken lead guitarist Alex De Rosso, drummer Tony Morra (Van Zant) and keyboardists Eric Ragno (Trixter/Fergie Frederiksen) and Alessandro Del Vecchio (Hardline). The album drops on September 1st in Europe and September 2nd in the rest of the world.
"The Answer Of Insanity" mixes hard rock, heavy metal and progressive, with plenty of melodic old school hooks, concept songwriting and stripped-down edgy, in your face production. The album was produced by Fabrizio Grossi (Steve Vai/Steve Lukather) and mastered by Peter Doell (David Lee Roth/Richard Marx) at Universal Mastering in Los Angeles.
The track listing for "The Answer of Insanity" is:
1. Now I Know The Truth
2. Revolve My World
3. The Way I Have To Let You Go
4. Are We Gonna Stand?
5. Comes Crashing Down (streaming here)
6. Saving Anything
7. Pray For This
8. Until Your Home
9. When I Lost You
10. Destroy You More...
Generation Kill, the band fronted by now former Exodus vocalist Rob Dukes, released a new music video for the track "There is No Hope." The song appears on the band's latest effort "We're All Gonna Die," which was issued last November through Nuclear Blast.
Check out the video here:
Cleveland melodic power metal act Sunless Sky has revealed the album art and track list for the upcoming debut album "Firebreather." The album is set to drop via Pure Steel Records on August 8th.
The track list is as follows:
6. The Whaler
8. Grind you Down
9. Human Time Bomb
10. Air Raid
11. Planet - X
14. Candy's Gone Bad (Feat. Sandy Kruger of Black Breath) More...
70,000 Tons of Metal promoters UMC added the 19th act to the 2015 edition of the world's largest heavy metal cruise: Norwegian power/progressive act Triosphere, which features vocalist/bassist Ida Haukland, who recently took part in the latest album from Epysode "Fantasmagoria." legendary Michael Schenker with the Temple of Rock and Canadian death metal act Kataklysm.
Michael Schenker's Temple of Rock will feature Michael Schenker on guitars, Herman Rarebell on drums, Francis Buchholz on the bass guitar, Doogie White on vocals and Wayne Findlay on Guitars and Keyboards.
The festival casts off on Thursday, January 22, 2015 from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida with a stop at Ocho Rios, Jamaica, returning on Tuesday, January 26, 2015 aboard a new ship, Liberty of the Seas (via Royal Caribbean), which will accommodate four stages. The All-Star Jam band will be back this coming January, which features members from the various acts aboard performing cover tunes live. There will also be two hot tubs on the pool deck stage.
All the information on the festival, along with booking information can be found at 70000tons.com.
Triosphere joins the previously announced bands below, with 41 bands still to be announced:
Michael Schenker's Temple of Rock
Colorado technical death act Allegaeon posted a performance play through video featuring the new track "Dyson Sphere."
The song appears on the latest album "Elements of the Infinite," which was just released yesterday via Metal Blade Records (see review here).
Check out the clip here:
Dutch symphonic metal act Epica announced a second leg of European Tour dates in support of the band's latest album "The Quantum Enigma" (see review here).
U.K.'s Dragonforce will be direct support for this leg of the tour. The first leg begins this November and dates can be found at this location.
Dates for the second leg will commence in mid-January in Germany and can be found here:
15-01-15 Zeche Bochem Germany
16-01-15 Markthalle Hamburg Germany
17-01-15 C-Club Berlin Germany
19-01-15 Hellraiser Leipzig Germany
20-01-15 Meet Factory Prague Czech Republic
22-01-15 Eter Wroclaw Poland
23-01-15 Progresja Warsaw Poland
24-01-15 Petofi Hall Budapest Hungary
26-01-15 Arena Vienna Austria
27-01-15 Theaterfabrik Munich Germany
29-01-15 Olympia Paris France
30-01-15 Salle des Fêtes de Thônex Geneva Switzerland
31-01-15 Essigfabrik Cologne Germany
01-02-15 Ancienne Belgique Brussels Belgium
A tour preview video was posted, which can be viewed here: More...
New York's Jack Starr's Burning Starr - featuring former Virgin Steele guitarist Jack Starr, Riot/Reverence vocalist Todd Michael Hall, bassist Ned Meloni and Ex-Manowar drummer Rhino - posted a new music video for the song "Sands of Time."
The video features footage from the band's performance at the Keep it True Festival in Lauda-Konigshofen, Germany on April 20, 2013. The song was taken from the 2011 release "Land of the Dead," which is available via Limb Music and on vinyl through Blood and Iron Records.
The video was directed by Oliver Barth and produced by Bart Gabriel. Check it out here:
French power metal act Elvenstorm posted a preview clip of the upcoming new release "Blood Leads to Glory." The sophomore effort is the follow up to the 2011 debut "Of Rage and War," and is set for release via Inferno Records on September 6th. The band previously released the new song "Werewolves of the East," which can be streamed over at this location.
Check out the preview clip here: