Metal News for June 26, 2014
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36 news articles posted on this day.
Coming off the highly acclaimed 2012 album "Weather Systems," the metal-turned-melodic rock outfit Anathema has now released the follow-up "Distant Satellites" (reviewed here).
Having just wrapped up a string of acoustic shows, Anathema will soon be busy with further tour dates in both Australia and Europe through the end of the year. In a brief downtime for the band, Metalunderground.com got in touch with Anathema's Daniel Cavanagh to discuss the creation of "Distant Satellites." See what he had to say in the full interview below. More...
Polish thrash metal outfit Ravenous Nemesis has a new track out now for streaming titled "Thrash Armageddon," which can be heard in the player below. You can also hear more music from the band at the Ravenous Nemesis Facebook profile here.
Watford U.K. outfit The Hell has unveiled a music video for the single “Bangers and Mosh.” You can watch the video, a parody version of reality television series "Come Dine With Me," in the player below.
“Groovehammer,” The Hell's second album, will debut on Prosthetic Records this coming July 7th (UK) / July 8th (US).
You can grab the album digitally via iTunes or pre-order a bundle containing “Groovehammer” at this location on either CD, LP, or cassette tape along with a tank top or t-shirt featuring the album’s artwork completed by Dan Mumford (The Black Dahlia Murder, Parkway Drive). See the band live on these dates:
7/5 Knebworth Park, UK – Sonisphere
7/11-13 Somerset, UK – NASS Festival
8/14 Hasselt, BE – Pukkelpop
8/15-16 Kent, UK – Hevy Fest
8/23 Reading, UK – Reading Festival
8/24 Leeds, UK – Leeds Festival More...
Following a successful headlining jaunt throughout the United States to kick off the touring cycle for new album “Under Siege,” heavy metal/doom band Castle has announced another month’s worth of dates throughout the U.S. and Canada.
The band, which features vocalist/bassist Elizabeth Blackwell and guitarist Mat Davis, will be rounded out by drummer Will Carroll (Death Angel) for the trek, which kicks off in Portland on July 2nd. A current listing of dates can be found below.
7/2 Portland, OR – Slabtown (w/Sons of Huns)
7/3 Seattle, WA – Chop Suey (w/ Black Queen)
7/4 Spokane, WA – Big Dipper
7/5 Missoula, MT – VFW
7/7 Minneapolis, MN – Memory Lane (w/ SET)
7/8 Chicago, IL – Cobra Lounge (w/ SET)
7/9 Lafayette, IN – Doomr Room (w/ SET)
7/10 Lansing, MI – Macs Bar
7/11 Toronto, ON – Hard Luck Bar (w/ Anciients)
7/12 London, ON – TBA
7/13 Providence, RI – Dive Bar
7/14 Wallingford, CT – Cherry St. Station
7/15 Brooklyn, NY – Saint Vitus
7/16 Philadelphia, PA – Kung Fu Necktie (w/ Heavy Temple)
7/17 Washington, DC – The Pinch
7/18 York, PA – The Depot
7/19 Pittsburgh, PA – 31st St. Club
7/20 Nashville, TN – The End w/ Laser Flames on the Great Big News)
7/21 Little Rock, AR – Juanita’s (w/ Moth Wind)
7/22 Fort Worth, TX – Lola’s
7/23 San Antonio, TX – Limelight
7/24 Abilene, TX – Scream’N Ink
7/25 Tucson, AZ – Rock Side Room
7/26 Riverside, CA – Kim’s (w/ Trapped Within Burning Machinery)
7/27 Santa Cruz, CA – TBA
7/28 San Francisco, CA – Bottom of the Hill (w/ Slough Feg) More...
If you happened to tune in to Cartoon Network’s “Adult Swim” on Monday night (June 23rd), you may have witnessed Los Angeles-based metal quartet Exmortus rocking out in a new Virgin Mobile commercial directed by Paul B. Cummings (“Conan,” “The Colbert Report”).
The ad — which has since aired several times nationally — can be seen here or in the player below.
Drummer Mario Moreno commented, “A few weeks ago, Exmortus got to shoot a commercial for Virgin Mobile! We had a great time shooting with Paul and it was an awesome experience, especially breaking all the gear at the end!”
See Exmortus live on these upcoming tour dates:
7/9 West Hollywood, CA – Whisky A Go Go #
7/10 San Francisco, CA – Slim’s #
7/11 Sacramento, CA – The Boardwalk #
7/12 Portland, OR – Tonic Lounge #
7/13 Seattle, WA – Studio Seven #
7/15 Spokane, WA – Club 412 #
7/16 Boise, ID – The Shredder #
7/17 Salt Lake City, UT – LoFi Cafe #
7/18 Las Vegas, NV – LVCS #
7/19 Mesa, AZ – Club Red #
8/2 Los Angeles, CA – Black Castle (w/ Morbid Saint)
8/22 Santa Ana, CA – Malone’s (w/ Gypsyhawk)
# with Flotsam & Jetsam More...
Legendary German metal act Accept, fronted by U.S. born Mark Tornillo (TT Quick), released a music video for the track "Stampede." The song appears on the upcoming new album "Blind Rage," which is set to drop via Nuclear Blast Records on August 15th (EU) August 18th (UK and France) and August 19th (United States).
"Blind Rage" will be available as a standard CD and Limited Edition release with a DVD, which features the band's performance in Chile on the "Stalingrad" tour in 2013. The track list for the standard CD is:
2. Dying Breed
3. Dark Side Of My Heart
4. Fall Of The Empire
5. Trail Of Tears
6. Wanna Be Free
7. 200 Years
8. Bloodbath Mastermind
9. From The Ashes We Rise
10. The Curse
11. Final Journey
Check out "Stampede" here: More...
The work of JRR Tolkien has long been a favorite muse of rock and metal artists. This year's Bloodstock bands Megadeth, Amon Amarth, and Dimmu Borgir all have used Tolkien references in their work, along with many others (Nightwish, Gorgoroth and even the likes of Led Zeppelin to name but a few).
Now Bloodstock’s co-founder, fantasy artist Paul Raymond Gregory, is thrilled to bring the two themes together and launch a major art exhibition at Bloodstock this year.
Christened the Rock and Metal (RAM) Gallery, the exhibition is to be a permanent addition to the festival and will provide a showcase for a changing selection of rock-related art and memorabilia. Paul Raymond Gregory’s extensive body of work includes many famous album sleeves and monolithic pieces inspired by the writings of JRR Tolkien. Paul’s first ever album cover commission was in 1984 for Saxon’s "Crusader," so launching the RAM Gallery on the 30th anniversary of Paul’s artistic debut in the metal world is fitting indeed.
This year’s first showing will include all the original Bloodstock festival artwork, going right back to the first indoor event in 2001, plus a wide range of Paul’s album art including the sleeve of Saxon’s latest release "Sacrifice." Representing Paul’s Tolkien work, there will also be a large triptych inspired by The Silmarillion opus (from whence Marillion derived its name). The painting will be mounted in a bespoke hand-carved frame created by framer John Davis. Although John has framed much of Paul’s other work, the triptych features the first frame actually designed by Paul himself. In addition, Paul will be signing copies of his book "Beyond Time And Place," which showcases artwork from the breadth of his career.
The exhibition will also include a small selection of bespoke handmade guitars created by young artist/musician Cynosure who is working to re-define the guitar, not just as a functional instrument, but as a working, playable piece of art.
The current Bloodstock Festival 2014 lineup is shaping up as follows: More...
Serbian black metal and Provocator today reveals an art video for the song "7 Storms of Eternal Damnation." The track hails from the band's forthcoming debut album, "Antikristus," set for release on August 19th via Moribund Records.
Provocator comes from the sick & twisted mind of Bleeding Fist founder Hellscream. The "Antikristus" track listing is as follows:
1. Let Jesus Fuck You (intro) [0:09]
2. Unholy Rape Of The Holy Whore [3:51]
3. 7 Storms of Eternal Damnation [4:47]
4. Conqueror Of Blasphemus Revenge [5:02]
5. Profanation of the Cross [3:50]
6. Kirkebrann [3:35]
7. Black Star of Lucifer [3:52]
8. Antikristus [3:24]
A statement from Hellscream reads: "The story started in 2012 when I started to put together all the old material that I never used for Bleeding Fist and was laying down in my closet for years, so I wrote the first EP, Darkness is Rising, which was released under the banner of Doomentia Records, strictly limited to 300 copies as a 7" vinyl. After that release, I was pretty much inspired in that old raw and morbid way of making music, so I decided to start putting together the full-length, which was written in a few days. After that, I booked the studio and recorded the whole album in a day. Provocator is simply a tribute to the old raw sound of the the first wave of black metal as Hellhammer, Blasphemy, VON, Bathory." More...
CreativeLive and audio engineer Zach Varnell will team up on July 9th for "Intro To Home Recording," a four hour course covering the fundamentals of home audio recording using basic equipment.
Varnell will touch on everything from basic set-up to recording vocals, bass, and guitar and how to work with virtual drums and synths. Head over to CreativeLive Music & Audio at this location for more information and to enroll for free today. The following press release was also issued:
"Since its inception in 2010, CreativeLive has broadcast more than 600 courses to more than 2 million students worldwide. Now streaming live from studios in Seattle and San Francisco, CreativeLive hosts workshops in photography, video, design, business, audio, music, and software training, unlocking previously closed doors by making dynamic education accessible to everyone. More...
The hardcore punk/rap metal veterans in Downset have announced their return with an upcoming performance at the This Is Hardcore Festival in Philadelphia, PA on July 27th.
The band will also release a brand new album entitled "One Blood" that will hit stores on July 21st, 2014.
Produced by Downset guitarist Brian Ares Schwager and mixed by Wesley Seldman, One Blood was recorded in three locations – Venice and Overland rehearsal studio in Culver City, CA, The Basement in Baltimore, MD, and Creating Better Sounds studio in Palmdale, CA.
“One Blood is Downset in its truest form, coming straight from our hearts to touch the hearts of others,” states guitarist and One Blood producer Brian Ares Schwager.
Downset will perform several east and west coast dates this summer. See below for a current listing of tour dates with ticket prices and door times. Vocalist Ray Oropeza adds, “The east coast is where Downset will launch our live tour for the One Blood album. To all of our fans that have supported us for the past 20+ years, “I Will Always Be There For You, I Will Always Be There, ALL I GOT!”
7/24 Albany, NY@ Bogies - Doors @ 7pm Tickets are $10 advanced $14 day of show
7/25 Worcester, MA @ Palladium - Doors @ 6pm Tickets are $14 advanced $16 day of show
7/26 New York, NY @ Blackthorne 51 - Doors @ 6pm Tickets are $17 advanced $20 day of show
7/27 Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory @ TIHC Festival - Different ticket packages available
8/15 Phoenix, AZ @ Joe's Grotto
8/16 Los Angeles, CA @ The Whiskey A Go-Go - Doors @ 6pm Tickets are $20.
8/17 Las Vegas, NV @ LVCS - Doors @ 7pm Tickets are $10 advanced $15 day of show
Menace, the new band from Mitch Harris (Napalm Death), has premiered a video for the track "Drowning in Density." Check it out below, courtesy of Revolver Magazine.
"Drowning in Density" is taken from Menace's debut album, "Impact Velocity," which was released via Season of Mist on March 18th in North America.
"Impact Velocity" features contributions from Derek Roddy (drums), Fred Leclercq (bass), Nicola Manzan (violin, cello, viola), Shane Embury (bass), and Russ Russell (producer and navigator of paradoxology). More...
Sliptrick Records has issued the following announcement about inking a deal with Carnal Agony:
"Drawing influences from the likes of Metallica, Iron Maiden, Mercyful Fate, In Flames and Testament and devoted to classic literature such as HP Lovecraft, John Milton, and Edgar Allan Poe (often inspiring their lyrics), Carnal Agony are the latest sensation in the Scandinavian Metal Scene with their incendiary blend of pounding thrash metal and meaningful lyrics.
"Umeå based Carnal Agony is currently producing their album at Studio Seven with producer Ronny Milianowicz (former member of Sinergy, Dionysus & Saint Deamon and featured on Primal fear, Amon Amarth, Jorn and several other Heavy and AOR artist's album). Current drummer for this album will be world famous Heavy drummer Uli Kusch (formerly of Helloween, Gamma Ray, Holy Moses, Masterplan and many others)."
The new Carnal Agony album and an official video are currently under production and will be released this Fall.
Portugal's brutal death metal band Annihilation is excited to announce that September 16th, 2014 will be the release date for the forthcoming EP "The Undivided."
Consisting of 4 songs, the EP is a precursor to the band's upcoming full-length "The Undivided Wholeness of All Things." The new EP's track listing is as follows:
1. Holographic Paradigm
2. Transcending Consciousness
3. Feeding The Void
4. The Great Cycle More...
Leave Me Here has a lyric video out for "Watch You Burn," which comes off the "Visions" EP and can be seen below.
The song was tracked and mixed at Rusty Notes Studios and mastered by Joey Sturgis. The full "Visions" EP track listing is as follows:
1. Walk Away
2. Watch You Burn
3. Never Again
5. My Last Goodbye More...
Powerman 5000 and Yahoo! Music have teamed up to launch the band's new music video for "How To Be A Human," taken from the recently released, "Builders Of The Future." Check it out below or at Yahoo! Music here.
"The video for 'How To Be A Human' is a departure for us," band leader, visionary and sole remaining original member, Spider One, told Yahoo!. "In the past, our videos have been big, over the top productions. This time, it was fun for us to show the band as a band. Just kind of rocking out!
"Although, conceptually it's not that simple. I look at this video as a propaganda film from another planet. An instructional video for how to be a human. It's a visual representation of how insane we would appear to be to an alien race."
You can stream the entire new album "Builders Of The Future" by heading over to this location.
"I never would have imagined that after all the albums, the band members, the ups-and-downs of the always changing music business, I'd still be here doing this, which is thanks to our most diehard fans," marvels Spider One, who founded Powerman 5000 with a 4-track and a drum machine.
"We've replanted our flag as the weird, sci-fi, electronic band. This is what we are. This is what we do best. This is clearly what people like from us the most, too. So I'm going to love it like they love it. We're back. The fan base has really rallied around us again. The enthusiasm feels like it's picked right up from the year 2000. The electronic-metal-dance thing, we've locked it down once and for all with this one." More...
Karma To Burn will release "Arch Stanton" this coming August 18th, 2014 and today the band drops a new track from the release. Check out "57" in the player below, or catch the band live on these dates:
Friday 15th August – o2 Academy2, Oxford
Saturday 16th August – The Moon Club, Cardiff
Sunday 17th August – The Joiners, Southampton
Monday 18th August – The Wedgewood rooms, Portsmouth
Tuesday 19th August – The Deaf Institute, Manchester
Wednesday 20th August – Fibbers, York
Thursday 21st August – The Zephyr Lounge, Leamington Spa
Friday 22nd August – Bannermans, Edinburgh
Saturday 23rd August – Classic Grand, Glasgow
Sunday 24th August – The Cluny, Newcastle
Monday 25th August – The White Rabbit, Plymouth
Tuesday 26th August – The Fleece, Bristol
Wednesday 27th August – Picturedrome, Northampton
Thursday 28th August – The Live Rooms, Chester
Friday 29th August – The Anvil, Bournemouth
Saturday 30th August – The Underworld, London (Launch night for split 7? with Sons Of Alpha Centuari)
Sunday 31st August – Fibber Magees, Dublin
Mon 1st September – Voodoo, Belfast More...
Yesterday Dictated revealed artwork and details for new album "The Deceived," and now you can hear the first track to be released off the forthcoming full-length.
Check out "No Mercy For Cowards" in the player below. The album is due out August 15th via Metal Blade Records and the track listing will be 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...
Sworn To Oath has released an official music video for "Let The Rain Pour," which can be seen below.
"Let The Rain Pour" is taken off the band's debut album "Pillars," which came out earlier this month and can be ordered at this location. The track listing is as follows:
2. Forever Hurting
3. Free Me
4. Let The Rain Pour
5. Holding On
6. All My Time
7. Gave In To God
9. Stand Alone
10. Shelter Me More...
In At The Deep End Records is extremely proud to announce that Pay No Respect has joined the label's roster with a plan to release the "Hope for The Hopeless" EP in late August/early September and then a full length album in 2015. IATDE Records comments:
"Pay No Respect, one of UK's most relentless & hard working names in hardcore. After countless road trips, years of touring around Europe and Asia alike, Pay No Respect hit the studio this summer to record 'Hope For The Hopeless', a four track EP and their first release since 2012 and the first introduction to Pay No Respect as a five piece. With new member and second guitarist Jack Price in tow, this new turning point promises to be more dynamic, louder and heavier than before. More...
Calgary, AB's Throne of Vengeance is proud to announce the band will be performing three festival dates in berta at the end August that includes The Lethbridge Dethfest on Aug 29th, BeaverFest in Valley View on August 30th, plus Alberta's Own Music Festival on August 31st.
Bassist Riley Cobb commens: "After slaying the West coast on the first leg of our summer mini-tour, we are stoked to announce the festival dates for the second leg happening right in our own backyard. We are really excited to share the stage with Golers, Death Toll Rising, and Kryosphere at Lethbridge Dethfest plus Comeback Kid, Protest, Nightseeker, and Striker at Beaverfest and rocking out with The Wild! and Titans Eve at Alberta's Own Music Festival.
"Along with the announcement, we are giving away a free song (Terminal Velocity), and for every person that downloads the track, their email will be entered for a chance to win a merch pack of the entire Throne of Vengeance discography of Live Evil (2013), Flesh Engine (2011) and Toxic Black Cloud [EP] (2009) plus a rad vinyl sticker. Thank you for all the support and we hope to see you at the shows! Hit up Throneofvengeance.com to stay up to date on all things TOV!"
To enter the merch giveaway and get your FREE download of Terminal Velocity, head over to this location.
Aug 29 - Lethbridge, AB - The Lethbridge DethFest
Aug 30 -Valley View, AB - Beaver Fest
Aug 31 - Alix, AB - Alberta's Own Arts & Music Festival More...
In less than a week, The Body and Thou will embark on their Summer tour to Gilead Fest, supporting not only their own respective new releases, but also their recently released collaborative LP, "Released From Love."
Vinyl-only independent label Vinyl Rites unleashed "Released From Love" in April, a fully collaborative recording featuring the entire ensembles of both Louisiana's doom/sludge quintet Thou and Oregon-based apocalyptic doom cult The Body.
Swedish death metal outfit Those Who Bring The Torture just signed a deal with Selfmadegod Records to release a new album. The label comments:
"Formed back in 2007 by Roger 'Rogga' Johansson and releasing three albums on Pulverised and Metal Inquisition labels the band are back with the 4th full length entitled 'Piling Up.' The material was recorded at The Rotpit and Studio Roadkill late 2013 and mixed/mastered by Brynjar Helgetun at Studio Brainjar early 2014.
"Artwork has been made by Roberto Toderico (Sinister, Asphyx). 'Piling Up' features 10 songs of heavy, dark and crushing death metal that will definitely please all fans of Hypocrisy, Malevolent Creation, and Grave."
Check out the advance stream of “Under Twin Suns" below. “Piling Up” is set for an August 1st, 2014 release date and the track listing is as follows:
1. Under Twin Suns
2. Through The Aeons
3. The Gateway
4. Piling Up
5. In Orbit
8. Towering Structures Of The Damned
9. A Dead Cold Space
10. Turrets Of A Forgotten Castle More...
The fourth and last episode from the "Making Of D-Generation" documentary is now available online and can be seen below.
The documentary series celebrates the 10th anniversary of Disarmonia Mundi's "Fragments Of D-Generation" album release. The previous entry in the series of video clips can be seen at this location.
The Contortionist will release an all new LP titled "Language" on September 16th, 2014 via eOne Music / Good Fight Music. The band spent time with producer Jamie King (Between The Buried and Me) at The Basement Recording Studio in Winston-Salem, NC.
"Making this record from start to finish was quite an experience," says guitarist Robby Baca. "From the initial attempts at song writing to the tracking sessions with Jamie, it's an experience that I cant wait to share with everyone."
"Language" will be the third LP installment from the band and first with new vocalist Michael Lessard who offers, "I'm beyond happy to share this album with people! The experience and result are something I'm very proud to have been a part of. I think this album will show how we've all progressed as writers and players."
The new effort will follow "Intrinsic," which came out in 2012 highlighted by singles “Holomovement” and “Causality.”
Dutch metal act Lord Volture has announced that the band's third album will be entitled "Will to Power" and will be released in September via Mausoleum Records, with the exact date expected to be announced soon. The album is the follow up to the 2011 release "Never Cry Wolf."
The album's artwork (shown below) was created by Didier Scohier (Hadies/Phantom-X) and Anne Hermans. "Will to Power" was recorded/produced by Bart Hennephof (Textures) and Yuma van Eekelen (Pestilence) at Split Second Sound Studio in Amsterdam, and Final Focus Studio in Tilburg, Netherlands. The album was mixed by Stephen van Haestregt (Within Temptation/Ambeon) and mastered by Peer Rave at Swamp Studio in Raamsdonk, Netherlands.
Guest appearances on the record include: Jeff Waters (Annihilator), Sean Peck (Cage) and ex-Megadeth Chris Poland, who provides a dueling solo with Paul Marcelis and Leon Herman in the track "The Great Blinding."
Guitarist Paul Marcelis commented: "I guess all musicians have one or more personal ‘heroes’, musicians who they consider a huge inspiration, whose skill and style form a point on the horizon to strive for. For me Chris Poland is such an example. To this day I still get goosebumps whenever I hear his solos on the three Megadeth albums he played on, so obviously I’m more than stoked that he now has lent his talent to the new Lord Volture album. It is truly a dream come true!"
The track list for "Will to Power" is:
1. Where The Enemy Sleep
3. The Pugilist
4. Will To Power
5. My Sworn Enemy
6. The Great Blinding
8. Badajoz (1812)
9. Line 'em Up! More...
This Summer, the world will experience the vicious death metal/deathcore of London-based abusers Acrania as the trio releases a debut full-length titled "Totalitarian Dystopia" via California's Unique Leader Records. The label comments:
"The politically charged Acrania has spread their message through several independent recordings since their 2012 inception. Their debut split with Blue Waffle and 'A Trophy Of Corporate Disfigurement' single, both released in their first year as a band, followed by their The Beginning Of The End EP released last year have helped the band forge a devout fanbase of pit-seeking followers.
"Having already toured with various acts around Europe including Cerebral Bore and Warpath, and with upcoming shows booked alongside Thy Art Is Murder, Blood Red Throne and many more, Acrania will continue to devour their way through the scene and spread their message of unrelenting hostility through their blistering mix of brutality, slams and blastbeats. More...
Tyr has announced the band will tour in the U.K. and Ireland with Sabaton and Korpiklaanni later this year, the tour kicking off in Norwich on November 28th, 2014. Currently announced dates are as follows:
11/28th NORWICH - Waterfront
11/29th BRIGHTON - Concorde 2
11/30th PLYMOUTH - White Rabbit
12/2nd READING - Sub89
12/3rd WEYMOUTH - The Pavillion
12/5th GLASGOW - QMU
12/6th DUBLIN - The Academy
12/7th BELFAST - Limelight
12/8th MANCHESTER - The Ritz
12/9th WOLVERHAMPTON - Slade Rooms
These dates will only feature Korpklaani and Tyr (no Sabaton):
12/1st BRISTOL - The Fleece
12/4th LONDON - Islington Academy More...
After parting ways with vocalist Brett Rerekura earlier this month, Teramaze has now issued the following announcement about bringing on a new member:
"We would like to welcome Nathan Peachey from NSW Australia to Teramaze as our brand new, full time vocalist! Nathan's audition track was so good that we have used it as a brand new Teramaze song titled 'For The Innocent.'
"We know you will be just as excited as us to hear it, so we have included the link below! We want to thank every single vocalist that submitted auditions.
"You guys truly all blew us away and have inspired us to raise the bar even higher for the next album! We are all really excited to tour very soon and we cant wait to see you all!" More...
Xerath's "III" album will be released via Candlelight Records this Autumn on September 15th in Europe and September 16th in the U.S.
Producer Jacob Hansen (Volbeat, Epica) returns to work with the band on the near 70-minute, 14-song recording. It features artwork by Colin Marks (Suicide Silence, Sylosis, Oceano). Official pre-order for the album will begin August 5 via ITunes, Amazon and other physical and digital music outlets.
Continuing to expand the band's seasoned sonic complexity, "III" welcomes new guitarist Conor McGouran, who states: "I am absolutely thrilled to be a part of Xerath. I was real nervous initially as I was replacing such an amazing player (Owain Williams) but thankfully we immediately gelled as musicians and have become good friends in the process." More...
Mircea Gabriel Eftemie of Danish metal outfit Mnemic has checked in with the following announcement about the band breaking up:
"It's been over 6 months since the last update, and therefore I must humbly apologize. Being the last original and founding member of Mnemic, I feel that it’s my responsibility and finally time to break the silence and shed some light on the bands current situation and prospect. I am sure anyone who have been following our endeavors, listening to our music, or had some sort of a relation to Mnemic, have been wondering what’s in the melting pot?
"The main reason for this update, is because wherever I have gone, I’ve met people who have been asking me: 'When are you playing live again? When is a new album coming out? Whats happening with the band? Why so silent? No news?'
"Well, here is a bit of background… When we started the band, we where influenced by 3 great artists, Meshuggah, Fear Factory & Strapping Young Lad (plus everything else Devin touched). We had a common artistic vision for the sound and look and a common goal when composing. We where all able to communicate musically on the same level, as we all contributed with our personal signature to the greater vision. Luckily and fortunately we ended up releasing albums on a great and big label, touring 4-5 continents, and even ended up touring and making friends with the bands that influenced us and hey, even Metallica asked us out! Something most bands only dream of nowadays - call us extremely fucking lucky.
"Fact is, people and situations change, and going through multiple line-up changes, not being able to generate an income from music and struggling to survive, so did the vision change. More...
70,000 Tons of Metal promoters UMC added the 20th act to the 2015 edition of the world's largest heavy metal cruise: Swedish gothic metal act Lake of Tears.
The world's largest metal cruise 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.
Lake of Tears joins previously announced bands below, with 40 bands still to be announced:
Michael Schenker's Temple of Rock
U.K. fantasy power metal act Gloryhammer, featuring Alestorm's Christopher Bowes, released a new music video for the track "The Unicorn Invasion of Dundee." The song appears on the band's debut album "Tales from the Kingdom of Fife" (see review here). The footage was captured from the band's recent live performances in Europe. It was shot and Edited by Adrian Pagano of Infected Monkey Film and Media Production.
The band will perform at the following festivals this summer:
28.06.14 BE - Dessel / Graspop Metal Meeting
11.07.14 CZ - Vizovice / Masters Of Rock
12.07.14 DE - Ballenstedt / Rock Harz
13.07.14 FR - Muret / Full Metal Fest
01.08.14 CH - Brienz / Rock am Brienzersee
Check out the video here:
Bat, the supergroup featuring Municipal Waste guitarist Ryan Waste on bass/vocals, former DRI drummer Felix Griffin and Volture guitarist Nick Poulos, announced a summer run of live dates with Toronto's Chainbreaker (on select dates) dubbed "Batbreaker." The tour is set to commence on August 22nd in Brooklyn, New York and cover ten cities with the final in its home base of Richmond, Virginia on September 5th. Bat's debut EP "Primitive Age" is available as a "name your price" download via Bandcamp at this location.
Ryan Waste commented: "After an insane response from our first gigs with Satan and the Tankcrimes Brainsqueeze Fest, we have been itching to hit the road for real. All it took was an invite to the Canadian cult festival, Wings Of Metal in Montreal, to get BAT back in flight. Since we were heading up to the Great White North we decided to bring along our brothers in nastiness, Chainbreaker. Our styles of primitive speed metal go hand-in-hand and we're all old friends so it will surely be a blast. These will also be the first shows for BAT in almost all of the cities from New York to Chicago so they must not be missed."
Chainbreaker's Al Positions added: "Greasy sewer sucking street metallers, Chainbreaker, are set to lose the confines of our homeland like a bad bowel accident and leak down all over the United States on a tour with our lewd comrades in perversion, BAT. We promise to disgust and stimulate all who are willing to bend over and get plowed by our smelly, slippery, sexual sound. Defiant of the trends, iconoclast to your weak moral code, Chainbreaker stands on guard to offend all norms and unsuspecting strays while fulfilling the true underground's every lethal desire."
The confirmed dates are:
8/22/2014 The Acheron - Brooklyn, NY
8/23/2014 The Bug Jar - Rochester, NY
8/24/2014 Now That's Class - Cleveland, OH
8/25/2014 Corktown Tavern - Detroit, MI
8/26/2014 Cobra Lounge - Chicago, IL
8/28/2014 Bovine Sex Club - Toronto, ON
8/30/2014 Wings Of Metal - Montreal, QC *
9/01/2014 Ralph's Rock Diner - Worcester, MA *
9/02/2014 King Fu Necktie - Philadelphia, PA *
9/05/2014 Strange Matter - Richmond VA *
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Chicago's Ion Vein is streaming the new track "Alone" (check it out in the player below). The song will appear on the band's upcoming new self-titled release which is due out July 4 in Europe and July 8 in North America, via Mortal Music/MVD Audio in both CD and digital formats. The album was produced, engineered and mixed by Neil Kernon and mastered by Alan Douches.
On choosing this track as the second song to be released from the album, the band commented: "Alone has a great balance of heaviness and groove mixed in with the dynamics and melodic flavors we’ve always been known for. In fact, when we were mixing this track, Neil was the one who pointed out that Alone 'was the bridge' between the first two albums and the new one and we couldn’t agree more so take a walk across that bridge with us and crank it up!"
1. Fools Parade
2. Seamless (A transition of the mind)
4. This is Me
5. Face the Truth
7. Anger Inside (see lyric video)
8. Take Me From this Dream
10. The Will of One
11. In the End
12. Twist of Fate
Check out "Alone" here: More...
Swedish melodic metal act Zephyra signed on with Wormholedeath/Aural Music for the release of the debut full length album "Mental Absolution." The record was produced by Jonathan Mazzeo. No firm date for the album has been set as of yet, but expect to see it worldwide by year end. Zephyra was formed in 2011 and released two EPs: "First Blood" in 2012 and "Kämpaglöd" in 2013.
The band commented: "We are very thrilled to announce that we have signed a deal with the great label Worm Hole Death. The collaboration is strong, and started in the beginning of last year. At that time we began working on the pre productions of the songs for ’MENTAL ABSOLUTION’, our debut album. The opportunity to work with a label as eager and committed as we are, feels like a deal of a lifetime. MENTAL ABSOLUTION’ is recorded and produced at MathLab Recording studio, and mastered at The Grid, by Christian Donaldson (who currently is working on the new album for ’The Agonist’). For the graphics we´ve had the honor to work with the talented Sanver Studios. We´re glad to have all these professionals around us, and excited to see where this collaboration takes us!" More...
Italian power metal act Trick or Treat, featuring LT Rhapsody frotman Alessandro Conti, has released a music/tour video for the track "False Paradise." The song appears on the band's latest album "Rabbits' Hill, Pt. 1," which was issued in 2012. The footage in the video was shot during the band's recent tour with Sonata Arctica.
Check out the video here: