Metal News for June 26, 2013
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Nails will take its combative anthems back to the streets again in the coming months with several new tours and shows confirmed.
First up, the band will return to the annual This Is Hardcore in Philadelphia, with Nails performing alongside All Out War, Ringworm, Judge, World War 4, and countless others on Saturday, August 10th. Upon returning to California the band has locked down a pair of shows in Lancaster, California at the end of August.
Nails also recently confirmed the band has been invited to support industrial/metal pioneers Godflesh on four West Coast dates this Fall, the package also featuring experimentalist act Prurient. Nails will assault the crowds attending these special Godflesh appearances in Seattle, Portland, Oakland, and Los Angeles as the tour makes its way south in late October.
Just two weeks later, the American tyrants will invade the U.K. for the first time in three years for a string of dates across the country on the Campaign For Elimination U.K. Tour. Catch the band live: More...
Canadian metallers Vesperia have released another song from upcoming release "An Olden Tale." Spanning a solid 7 and a half minutes, the new song "To Times End We Ride" is available for streaming below.
Vesperia boasts: "This song by far has the most tracks running simultaneously than any other song on An Olden Tale!"
Pre-orders for the album are available at this location. Vesperia's new album "An Olden Tale" was recorded between October 2012 and March 2013 with Thomas Ireland (Icehouse Studios, Battlesoul) in Goderich, ON. The cover artwork for the album was done by Jan Yrlund, whose art credits include Tyr, Manowar, and more. More...
Achillea has posted a short studio session clip online for the new track "Eternity," which features the vocals of Darkyra Black. This will be the first track to be released since the "Fight or Fall" album.
Italian doom metal band The Foreshadowing posted up a new music video for "The Foresaken Son." The song appears on the band's third and latest LP "Second World," which is available via Cyclone Temple in Europe and Metal Blade Records in the U.S.
Check out "The Foresaken Son" here:
Satyricon has announced a self-titled album, and follow-up to 2008's "The Age of Nero," is due out this coming September 9th, 2013.
Speaking about the band's new album and return to the live fray in Europe, front man Satyr comments:
"We are back! Sorry it took so long, but we needed the time to be able pull off a record like this. Comparing this one to previous records is time wasted, it is Satyricon; constantly on the move. Naming this record 'Satyricon' was the most obvious thing in the world. We have never done a record which captures the spirit of this band in such a way. Ever.
"It will demand a lot from you as a listener, but I know you will love it. It will grow on you and that is why it will stay with you forever. We won't tour as much in the future as we used to, and that will just make every tour more special. This album and this tour is for you and ourselves. It is our moment!"
"Satyricon" was produced by Satyr and recorded in the band's native Norway, and then mixed by Adam Kasper.
Footage has been posted online, courtesy of YouTube user bisounours666, of God Seed performing the track "Aldrande Tre" online at France's Hellfest 2013. Check it out below.
The track comes off the "I Begin" album (reviewed here), and the track listing is:
1. Awake (4:43)
2. This From the Past (5:18)
3. Alt Liv (4:08)
4. From the Running of Blood (5:19)
5. Hinstu Dagar (4:55)
6. Aldrande Tre (4:45)
7. Lit (5:17)
8. The Wound (4:45)
9. Bloodline (3:44)
July 30th, 2013 will mark the release of All Else Fails’ "Fucktropolis," due out via Suicidal Bride Records. This five track EP will be the band’s 4th release, and now a new single from the release is available online. Check out "Better Left Undead" in the player below. The EP's track listing is as follows:
2. Better Left Undead
3. La Demencia Violenta
4. Obedience At The Altar of Sacrifice
5. A Most Unwanted Reprieve More...
Five Finger Death Punch has posted the second webisode in "The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell Vol. 1" track-by-track series.
In this episode, we take a look at "Lift Me Up" featuring Rob Halford of Judas Priest and the title track, "The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell." Check it out below.
The new album from Five Finger Death Punch is set to be released on July 30th, 2013. Pre-order info is available at this location.
Last Chance To Reason is gearing up for the August 6th release of new album "Level 3." Now the band has posted another track from the album online. Check out "Rebirth" at AbsolutePunk.net or in the player below. The "Level 3" track listing is:
2. Adrift I: A Vision Begins
3. Cosmos: Patterns Form
4. A Glimpse of Omniscience
5. Adrift II: A Vision Ends
6. The Escapist (watch the music video here)
7. The Dictator
8. The Artist
10. Transcendence More...
Portland-based Eolian Empire will yield "Street Eagles," the new LP from local trio Honduran, in the coming weeks. The following press release was issued about the album:
"Street Eagles is a dark, dangerous trip through Rip City: a labyrinth of blasted beats, chunked-up chug-a-lugs, and warrior cries—with nary a solo in sight, all meat and bone. The recording by Fester (Rabbits, Nux Vomica, Knelt Rote) at Haywire Studios in Portland captures the band clear, heavy, and sick like never before. Experience a brutal sonic bludgeoning in all its fine detail! Riff after riff of palm-muted madness and finger-clicking bass over a volatile bed of beats both lightning fast and super slow from three twisted technicians way down in the frontline trenches. When you finally emerge from your rites of initiation --battered, bruised, beaten down -- you too will be a shitizen of Honduran.
"Be a good 'Shitizen' and get your Honduran hankering fixed up at Cvlt Nation, who confirms the track is 'great piece of audio destruction' right here. The shit gets real on July 30th when the Eolian deviants drop that sonofabitch via 180-gram LP and digital."
The album's track listing is:
1. Never Forget (Ben Bratt)
3. Pregnant Skeletons
4. Burnt Vestry
6. The Corpse
8. Hiding from the Idiots
9. First World Problems
10. Street Eagles
11. Stampeded by Fear More...
Solo artist StarOfAsh (Heidi S. Tveitan from Peccatum) has been releasing an interconnected series of songs throughout the year, rather than grouping them all together in a full album, which is serving as the follow-up to the 2011 album "Lakhesis" (reviewed here).
Now a new StarOfAsh track from the series has been posted online. Check out "The Awakening" in the player below or over at the band's website here.
Vasaeleth has revealed the cover artwork for the band's upcoming album, which can be viewed below, and Profound Lore Records also comments"
"This is the cover for the upcoming new Vasaeleth release 'All Uproarious Darkness' (out August 20) painted by Antichrist Kramer. A lot of hard work was put into this and we think it's easily one of Kramer's best album cover paintings to date." More...
TOAD (Take Over And Destroy) released the "Endless Night" LP yesterday, and now the band has made the full release available for streaming via Bandcamp. Check it out below, and the album's track listing is:
1. Taste of the Grave
3. Howling House
4. Boundaries of Flesh
5. Endless Night More...
Brazilian act Krucipha has completed work on new album "Hindsight Square One," and now a teaser trailer for the coming release is available online. Check it out below, or find more info on Krucipha over at the band's Facebook profile here.
In September/October 2013 Alcest will take a break from working on an upcoming fourth album to embark on a double-headlining USA and Canada tour with the masters of atmospheric rock, Anathema. This is what Alcest's Neige has to say about the tour:
"We feel honored to tour with Anathema and Mamiffer. Since years Anathema is making this unique mix of prog and emotional rock. Mamiffer is the post-rock/experimental band of Faith Coloccia and Aaron Turner, talented Isis founding member and founder of Hydra Head Records. Sounds like a diverse and attractive billing! And this will also be the opportunity for us to play a few songs from our next album. See you in a few months!" More...
Asking Alexandria will return to the U.S. for a short headlining record release trek starting August 6th. The group's third full-length album, "From Death To Destiny," is also set for an August 6th release and Motionless In White, Upon A Burning Body, and Crown The Empire will be the supporting acts on all dates.
Ben Bruce states: "America, we're fucking back and we're better than ever. We have a very short headlining run throughout the Midwest to celebrate the release of our brand new album 'From Death to Destiny'. Sex, Drugs and Rock n' Roll doesn't even cut it here, so join us starting Aug 6th for two weeks of utter sin and debauchery. We are stoked to be back, so lets fucking do this."
8/6-Fargo, ND @ The Venue
8/7-Des Moines, IA @ Wooly's
8/8-Bloomington, IL @ Castle Theatre
8/9-Louisville, KY @ Expo Five (w/o MIW)
8/10-Birch Run, MI @ Dirt Fest
8/12-Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
8/13-Columbia, MO @ Blue Note
8/14-Little Rock, AR @ The Rev Room
8/16-Kokomo, IN @ Center Stage
8/17-Madison, WI @ WJJO Bandcamp
American thrashers Black Magik have set July 2nd, 2013 as the official release date for sophomore album "The Apocalypse."
Black Magik is a three piece Pennsylvania band that burst onto the scene in February of 2012 with the release of the debut "Words of Prophecy." Vocalist and guitarist Kevin Kelly stated:
"This is where Words of Prophecy left off, we have straight ahead thrash tracks, 7 and 8 minute songs, a tribute to Jeff Hanneman, ‘Legend,’ and kick ass riffs all over the place.”
1. Old Bridge
2. Emerald Green
3. Hate Machine
5. Sailing Into Cygnus
7. The Apocalypse
9. Forever Forsaken (bonus alternate version)
10. Lug 420 (bonus track) More...
Legion has announced new tour dates supporting Fit For An Autopsy, surrounding the release of new LP "Woke," which drops July 30th.
Kicking off in Toledo in late July, the tour will hit the eastern seaboard before finally coming to a halt in Pittsburgh three weeks later. Opening duties will come from Beyond the Shore for the final nine dates. Details are as follows: More...
Karnivool will release new album "Asymmetry" in physical format this coming August 6th, 2013, while the digital version will be coming July 23rd.
Fans can pre-order the deluxe CD version of the album starting today from the Workhorse Music webstore. The pre-order will include a 90-minute live DVD featuring a full concert from The Forum in Melbourne, Australia.
The album will also available for pre-order from iTunes beginning Tuesday, July 2nd, and includes the new single “We Are” as an instant-grat track.
“We Are” is also the first video from the album and was directed by longtime Karnivool collaborator Christopher Frey. Watch it below. More...
Aeon Zen has released a playthrough video for the single "Downfall," which can be viewed below. Main song writer Rich Hinks had this to say:
"We recently released a lyric music video for this song, so this video shows the flip-side of that, with me playing the grooving, technically challenging, and straight up rocking guitar parts found in this track. Not to mention using a beautiful piece of new gear in the Sabre Guitars Ghost HB-1. Check it out!"
Aeon Zen's new album "Enigma" was released January 22nd, 2013 on Nightmare Records, distributed via Sony / RED.
Blackout has released a three-track album sampler, which can be heard below or over at Bandcamp. The band's publicist also issued the following press release:
"With food, beer and America at the forefront, it only makes sense guitar player/vocalist Christian Gordy and drummer Taryn Waldman would meet at Gordy's 2011 July 4th cookout in the Bushwick neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York. Waldman, a former Hooter's waitress turned big time commercial film editor, and Gordy, a one-legged bartender/artist/BBQ enthusiast were an oddball couple for NY's heavily-styled metal scene.
"The duo began rapidly banging out monolithic snail-paced riffs that could party as much as they could crush. Blackout — referring to blackout drunk, the absence of light, or a mobster hit on an entire family — was the only appropriate title for the band.
"With a three-song demo recorded at the now defunct Headgear Studios in the bag, Waldman set out on the task of stalking and acquiring drum wizard Justin Sherrel for the bass position. The sound filled out and quickly grew like Chuck Berry's mustache. Now with Sherrel's nitty-gritty, rhythm-heavy mud beneath an electrical tide of riffs and explosions, the mighty river of sludge was primed to lurch forward. More...
Locrian has premiere a new video for "Eternal Return" off the full-length "Return To Annihilation," which dropped yesterday. The video was directed by Aleks Slota and is available via Stereogum here or in the player below.
The entire "Return To Annihaltion" album is currently available for streaming via the group's Bandcamp page here. The album was recorded with Greg Norman (Pelican, Russian, Circles, Serena Maneesh) at Steve Albini’s Electrical Audio Studios in Chicago, IL and mastered by Jason Ward at Chicago Mastering Service. More...
U.S. black metal act Woe has checked in with the following announcement about postpone upcoming European shows:
"We are extremely sorry to say that our European tour had been postponed. We are already working on a new trip to make up for this. Our apologies to everyone involved. In the meantime, we will take advantage of the opening in our schedule to do another 10 days in the US. Dates will be announced soon."
The shows were to be in support of latest full-length album "Withdrawal." You can read our review of the album right here.
Eric Horner from Throne of Malediction has checked in with the following announcement about a lineup change:
"As you may have heard, there are some changes for Throne of Malediction. Jessica H is now stepping down as guitarist and co-vocalist.
"It is due to personal issues and Throne of Malediction has benefited from her contributions over the years, so wish her the best. We will release one more single song very soon with her on vocals.
"As mainly a two person project, with one now gone, it will be different, but still pretty much the same musical vision and sound. So no band name change.
"On another note, the 3rd album is in progress as of now, with the 2nd on sale and doing OK. Also have a live lineup being formed now to get to doing live shows within the year, as planned.
"Thank you for your support and stay tuned for the next chapter... Ugh!!!"
Throne of Malediction's latest full-length album was "Out of Darkness, Comes Light." Check out our review right here.
Sweden's The Haunted is finally back in the spotlight after almost a year without public activity, following a major line-up change in autumn 2012. But the time has finally come to break the silence and announce the return of The Haunted to form...
Jensen - Guitars
Ola Englund - Guitars
Marco Aro - Vocals
Jonas Björler - Bass
Adrian Erlandsson - Drums
Watch the following video for a proper introduction to the new The Haunted line-up with interviews and fresh rehearsal room footage: More...
Anubis Gate is currently working on the follow-up to the band's previous self-titled album (check out our review right here). The band has now posted the following recording update:
"Day one of drum recording. New drummer Morten Gade Sørensen is simply amazing. On the first day there is always a lot of time used for setting up, tuning the drums, setting up mikes etc. etc. and yet he nailed two of the long tracks and the two short ones, injecting a great dose of vitality into the music. And Jacob Hansens ears are as sharp as ever with great suggestions to both parts and sounds. And as ever his drum sound is fantastic."
Further details on the new release will be forthcoming. The album is expected to drop in late 2013 through Nightmare Records.
Having begun recording a fourth full-length album in March of this year, dark metal act Foscor has issued an update on the progress of the coming release, as well as a news of other projects that the members are involved in.
The new album will be titled “Those Horrors Wither” and nearly all the clean vocals have now been recorded, which brings the recording close to being finished. The band plans to enter the Nautilus Studios in Barcelona again in late July to begin mixing, with the album to then head to Orgone Studios (Ulver, Code, Primordial) for mastering around August. The following press release was also issued: More...
DevilDriver will be releasing the band's sixth studio album "Winter Kills" on August 27th via Napalm Records. Today the band has teamed up with Artist Direct to premiere the first new track from "Winter Kills." Listen to "Ruthless" here or in the player provided below.
Exclusive pre-order bundle packages for "Winter Kills" are now available at this location. The band recorded the album in Florida at Audio Hammer Studios and vocals in Los Angeles, CA at Dez's home studio with Mark Lewis (Black Dahlia Murder, Whitechapel, All That Remains) handling production duties. DevilDriver has worked with Lewis previously on "Beast" and "The Last Kind Words." More...
Underground death pioneers Imprecation have risen with the long-awaited release of their first full-length, "Satanae Tenebris Infinita," out now on Dark Descent Records.
The album is being released on CD and vinyl formats to stores and distros worldwide and can be purchased directly through the label and streamed over at Dark Descent's bandcamp page.
Hailing from Texas, Imprecation has been firmly entrenched in death metal's underground since its inception in 1991. The early 90s saw the band release a couple of acclaimed demos and an EP (Drowned Records), followed by a compilation of material in 1995 titled "Theurgia Goetia Summa" on Repulse Records (later reissued several times). Not long after this essential death metal compilation, the band went on hiatus until its resurrection in 2009. More...
Black/death duo Lantern has made its debut full-length "Below" available for global consumption via Dark Descent Records. One of Finland's finest (and darkest) exports of 2013, "Below" is being offered on CD, black vinyl and red vinyl formats in stores, distros and the Dark Descent Records Webstore. You may also stream "Below" over on Dark Descent's bandcamp page.
Spanish melodic death/doom metal sect Graveyard Of Souls has released its debut, "Shadows of Life," today through German label FDA Rekotz.
This 45 minute album showcases the band's penchant for atmosphere, melodies, melancholy and emotion. Album track "Memories of the Future (We Are)" is available for streaming below.
Ex-Nightwish vocalist Tarja posted a teaser clip for the new single "Victim Of Ritual." The single will be released in July along with a music video. The song will also appear on the new LP "Colours in the Dark," which is set to be released in North America via Eagle Rock imprint Armoury Records on August 27th, 2013. A lyric video for the first single "Never Enough" can be seen over at this location.
Check out the teaser clip here:
Malaysian death metal soldiers, Humiliation will release "Turbulence From the Deep" on July 9th via Deepsend Records. This fourth studio album sees the band sees the band shift to a more doom/death approach on its eleven tracks. To pre-order "Turbulence From the Deep" or stream the album in full, visit Deepsend Records' newly launched bandcamp page, or listen below.
It’s the age old argument, right? Mainstream ignores and/or shuns metal (unless Metallica is present) and at the same time many in the metal community would rather keep it that way. If metal is accepted by the mainstream with open arms we would all suddenly need to find another form of music to listen to, I guess.
I do not believe that metal accepted by the mainstream is entirely horrendous, since greater acceptance would recognize so many bands/musicians that deserve just as much as pop counterparts and open the doors for more releases and more tours, especially here in the U.S. It would also further validate those of us who spend our lifetimes promoting the scene. “Mainstreaming of metal” does not necessarily have to mean that the music turns commercial.
However, I live under no delusions that broad sweeping acceptance as a form of relevant musical art will ever come true, and I’ve accepted the situation for what it is. With that said, it still pisses me off when the two clash with the obvious tired and repetitious reactions. Case in point: the video of little six year old Aaralyn, who appeared on the NBC talent show “America’s Got Talent,” with her brother Izzy to perform the original song “Zombie Skin.” Check it out here:
On September 3rd, Shadow Kingdom Records will release "The Innocent, The Forsaken, The Guilty" - a collection of rare recordings from enigmatic psychedelic metallers The Mezmerist. The Shadow Kingdom reissue will feature a CD compiled of the band's two EPs, recorded in 1983 and 1985 respectively, and a DVD detailing the history of The Mezmerist.
The Mezmerist is one of the most mysterious US Metal acts of all time. Few even know who The Mezmerist is, and to find an original LP is a chore as the band held on to most of the copies pressed. Originally issued in 1985 and limited to 500 copies, today those copies have gone for extremely high prices on eBay. Pre-orders are available over at the Shadow Kingdom webstore.
The Shadow Kingdom records reissue marks the first time anyone who knew about this lost gem made contact with the band. SKR was fortunate in finding the mastermind behind the band - Thomas Mezmercardo. After tracking Mezmercardo down, an additional five years was spent on this release to ensure it was done properly and with all of the parties and work involved.
Speaking of all parties involved, one of the most interesting things about this release is that Bill Ward did in fact play drums on the four tracks that make up the 1983 EP. The circumstances surrounding the events back then are somewhat of a mystery, even to this day. Mezmercardo sits down and tells the story of how all of this came together on the DVD portion of the release.
"The Innocent, The Forsaken, The Guilty" is not just any old over-hyped cult release that some of these other labels are feeding you. This is the definition of the perfect lost gem in 80's heavy metal history and by far one of the best cult classic metal albums you'll ever hear. Psychedelic heavy metal is the most apt way describe this band that offers shades of Led Zeppelin, Cirith Ungol, and Mercyful Fate. Below is an upload from the original debut EP. More...
Chase Manhattan and Matt Price of Los Angeles-based stoner/doom outfit Behold! The Monolith have issued the following statement on the tragic loss of singer/bassist Kevin McDade:
"We are deeply saddened to report the loss of our band member, friend and brother Kevin McDade in a car accident early Friday evening. Needless to say we are absolutely devastated by this. Our hearts and thoughts go out to his parents, family and girlfriend. Thanks for the time we had and the music we made together. We will, and already do, miss you terribly."
Kevin McDade died as a result of an auto accident on Friday, June 21st. He was 29 years old. More...
Finland's Turisas is streaming the new track "For Your Own Good." The song appears on the new album "Turisas2013," which is scheduled for release on August 26th (EU), September 2nd (UK) and September 3rd (North America) via Century Media Records.
Vocalist Mathias Nygård commented on the song: “‘Turisas2013’ is a very diverse album: it has some of the heaviest and fastest tracks that we’ve ever done, but ‘For Your Own Good’ comes more from the lighter end. It’s a very catchy song and we hope you’ll enjoy the track that we picked to give you a very first taste of the many flavours to come.”
Check out "For Your Own Good" here:
Colorado psychedelic doom act The Flight Of Sleipnir has signed on with Napalm Records. The band recently issued the band's fourth release "Saga" this past February via Eyes Like Snow Records. The first release through Napalm is targeted for early 2014.
The announcement from the label reads: "Napalm Records/Spinning Goblin Productions is extremely proud to announce the world wide signing of The Flight Of Sleipnir. The Psychedelic Doom Masters from Colorado caught our attention because of their musical genius in combining aspects of Doom/Psychedelic with Folk and Progressive elements and magically package them with simply the most beautiful folk/pagan inspired album artworks ever. Here at Napalm we can truly say that we have been fan of The Flight Of Sleipnir for many years and are absolutely euphoric to have this brilliant band join our troops of doom!"
Multi-musician and vocalist Cllay Cushman commented: "The Flight Of Sleipnir is pleased to announce our signing with Napalm Records/Spinning Goblin Productions. We are excited at the opportunity to work with such a reputable label and are honored to gain the support that only a label like Napalm can provide. As fans of several Napalm artists for many years, it is also an honor to be included among so many diverse and influential artists. We have had very positive experiences with our previous label, Eyes Like Snow, but when Napalm showed their interest in TFOS we knew it was time to move on to achieve some of the many goals we have. We are hard at work on our next album which is slotted for an early 2014 worldwide release through Napalm."
For a sample of The Flight Of Sleipnir, check out the track "Harrowing Desperation" from "Saga" here: More...
Ashes Of Ares, the band fronted by former Iced Earth vocalist Matt Barlow, posted up a series of teasers on the band's debut LP, scheduled for a late summer release via Nuclear Blast. The band will perform at ProgPower USA in Atlanta, Georgia on Friday, September 6, 2013.
The latest video features bassist Freddie Vidales (Ex-Iced Earth) discussing the process of the album. Check out the reports (in descending order) here:
German thrash kings Kreator posted a trailer for the upcoming 2CD live album and DVD/Blu Ray "Dying Alive." The release will hit the streets on August 30th (EU), Sept. 2nd (UK) and Sept. 3rd (North America) via Nuclear Blast.
The footage was recorded from the band's sold out homecoming show in Oberhausen, Germany on December 22, 2012. The track listing for the release is:
01. Intro: Mars Mantra
02. Phantom Antichrist
03. From Flood To Fire
04. Enemy Of God
06. Hordes Of Chaos
07. Civilization Collapse
08. Voices Of The Dead
09. Extreme Aggression
10. People Of The Lie
11. Death To The World
12. Endless Pain
13. Pleasure To Kill
14. Intro 2 - The Patriarch
15. Violent Revolution
16. United in Hate
18. Flag Of Hate
21. Behind The Dying (Documentary)
22. Phantom Antichrist Backstage Video
23. Phantom Antichrist Music Video
24. Civilization Collapse Music Video More...
Chicago based hard rock act SOiL posted a new music video for the track "Shine On." The song appears on the band's forthcoming LP "Whole," which drops via AFM Records on August 16th.
The album features the return of vocalist Ryan McCombs, who had left the band to sing for Drowning Pool. Check out the video here: