Metal News for June 29, 2011
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Autopsy is a name synonymous with death metal. Along with names such as Carcass, Grave and Obituary, Autopsy bore a morbid moniker that obviously denoted a “death” metal band. Forming in 1987, Autopsy helped pioneer this morbid musical movement. During that same year, vocalist/drummer Chris Reifert helped launch Death—the group many attribute as the first modern death metal band—when he played drums on the band’s debut full-length “Scream Bloody Gore.”
Reifert left Death after “Scream Bloody Gore” and Autopsy released “Severed Survival,” their debut full-length recording, two years later. The debut and their early ‘90s follow ups such as “Mental Funeral” pushed the limits of brutal, putrefying imagery.
Bands have definitely taken a cue or eh…a rotten limb from Autopsy’s lyrical sheets. While bands such as Cannibal Corpse and Suffocation have made a larger impact on the death metal scene, Autopsy’s slow-to-mid-pace rhythms surely inspired early death metal groups, especially the doom-death variety. Autopsy may have been an even bigger influence if the group had not broken up in 1995.
Between the years of 1995 and 2009, Autopsy members stayed active in other bands such as The Ravenous and Abscess. Since reforming, the group released an EP “The Tomb Within” (2010) and most recently “Macabre Eternal.” Vocalist/drummer Chris Reifert spoke with Metal Underground about the band’s reformation, new album and upcoming moribund visions. More...
Cyprus based power metal act Arrayan Path has issued the following brief update about canceling the band's previously scheduled appearance at the Swordbrothers Festival:
"The band would like to state that due to personal reasons the band has been forced to cancel its appearance at Swordbrothers festival.
"We want to thank the guys from the festival for asking us to play and we hope that in the future we will be able to play at the festival. Thanks to all our fans for the support, until we meet again!"
Further details on the Swordbrothers Festival can be found here. In other recent Arrayan Path news, the band announced its upcoming appearance at the Ayia Napa Youth Festival. Details are available by heading over to this location.
Massive Assault has posted footage online from the band's performance at the Grind The Nazi Scum festival, which can be viewed below. The band also commented on its recent tour dates:
"Massive Assault is back from their short tour that began in Zaandam on the 17th and ended in Torgau on the 25th of June! We had heaps of fun! You can see a (HD-) clip from 'Forever War' live at the Grind The Nazi Scum Festival at our Facebook page here! And while you're at it, just click 'like' aswell! You can also watch it on youtube below. Have fun! And last but not least: we still have t-shirts left! Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org! Cheers!"
Exhumed is currently streaming the band's entire new album "All Guts, No Glory" online now via MetalSucks.net. Navigate over to this location to check out all the tracks from the upcoming album.
"All Guts, No Glory," Exhumed's first new album in eight years, will see its North American release date next Tuesday, July 5th and internationally on July 11th. The album will be available on CD, deluxe digital, a limited edition 2-disc set that includes a second disc of exclusive bonus tracks, single LP vinyl, and limited edition buzzsaw shaped vinyl. The strictly limited deluxe sawblade-shaped vinyl will include 2 LPs on blood red vinyl in a gatefold jacket with insert. Photos and pre-order options can be found here.
Exhumed recorded "All Guts, No Glory" at Arcane Digital Recordings in Arizona with engineer Ryan Butler (MISERY INDEX) and at Trench Studios with John Haddad (ABYSMAL DAWN, INTRONAUT). All Guts, No Glory was mixed and mastered at Mana Recording Studios by Brian Elliott (GRAVES OF VALOR).
The band will also be on tour in support of "All Guts, No Glory" this summer. The band will embark on a headlining western North American tour in mid-July along with Cephalic Carnage, Macabre, and Withered. Following those dates, Exhumed will head to Europe for a handful of open-air festivals.
Unearth guitarist Ken Susi and his brother Paul have unveiled their new Intonation Network, which aims to consolidate, simplify, and ultimately revolutionize the means by which musicians worldwide can communicate. An advanced multimedia platform, Intonation Network is integrated with Facebook and YouTube. An introduction video hosted by Susi can be found below.
Massacre Records recording artist Circle of Silence has posted a music video online for the song "Synthetic Sleep," taken off the band's latest album "The Blackened Halo." Check out the new video clip below, or head over to this location to watch making-of footage for the "Synthetic Sleep" video.
Ibex Moon Records has issued the following announcement about releasing "Horror Holocaust," the new album from Denial Fiend:
"Recorded at Mana Studios, the long awaited follow-up release to 2007's They Rise, Horror Holocaust, is scheduled for a U.S. release date of August 2nd, 2011 on Ibex Moon Records. The current line-up of the band features drummer Rob Rampy (DRI, The Spears), vocalist Blaine Cook (the Accused, The Fartz), bassist Terry Butler (Death, Six Feet Under, Massacre, Obituary) & guitarist Sam Williams (Down By Law, The Spears).
"Horror Holocaust also features guest appearances from Steve Swanson (Six Feet Under), Ralph Santolla (Deicide, Obituary) and James Murphy (Obituary, Testament). Denial Fiend has posted a video preview featuring a clip of the first song on Horror Holocaust called 'Corrupted Flesh.' Additionally, the band is currently streaming several tracks from the album on their ReverbNation page, located at this location."
Bassist Terry Butler comments on the album. "Horror Holocaust is quite simply one of the best records I've played on. It's an perfect mix of thrash, punk and death metal. The songs are aggressive, tight and heavy. I'm very proud of this one."
The album artwork and track listing can also be found after the jump. More...
Italy's My Black Light, which recently signed a deal with Massacre Records, has posted a video clip online for the song "Detriny." Check out the clip in the player below. "Detriny" is taken off the band's "Human Maze" album.
Nocturnal Depression has issued the following statement about performing the band's last show of 2011 at the Northern Lights Festival:
"We performed our last gig for 2011 in the Northern Lights Festival in Reichenthal (Austria). This festival made by passionate people was very great. It's intolerable that people tried to find some excuses and spread false rumors towards them. The word was spread that the festival was cancelled, that it was a meeting of Nazis etc.. Since 2 years that we worked with the Northern Lights Festival we never had any problems with them. We never saw/heard/made any political acts at this place. We (Nocturnal Depression) are proud to be a part of this event and support them for the upcoming years.
"We performed a special gig with a 3 pieces line-up. The reason: the night before leaving our hometown for reaching the festival in Austria, Krahne has been admitted in psychiatric hospital and is still there. We decided after several hours of discussion to go to the festival without our brother. Finally we decided that Lord Lokhraed will play bass an hour before going on stage (without any rehearsal at this instrument). We did the best we could, played with our guts and tried to honor our brother Krahne.
"This put the next points : Until we're complete once again, there won't be any gigs. We decided to use a professional booker on ND section, if you want in the future to book Nocturnal Depression, write here : email@example.com For now we are working on 'Spleen Black Metal'..."
Nightrage has issued the following statement about the band's upcoming 5th album entitled "Insidious," which will be released on September 26th in Europe and a day later in North America:
"The new Nightrage album is ready! We are extremely happy with the results and we look forward to sharing this music with all of you. Here is the journey thus far: We recorded the music at Zero Gravity studios on Athens, Greece with our great friend Terry Nikas at the helm. He did a fantastic job and provided us with an amazing environment and atmosphere to make the best record possible.
"Antony had the pleasure as well to work on the vocals in a very different setting with Ryan Butler at his Arcane Digital Recording studio in Arizona. Ryan has been assisting us with demo sessions since the last album and it felt very natural for us to try the final product with him. We then went to Studio Fredman located in Gothenburg Sweden for the mix and master. Our longtime producer Fredrik Nordström and Henrik Udd worked long and hard to make the best out of what we gave them.
"We have recorded sixteen songs overall, and as we promised before our guest players actually need no introduction."
The track listing is as follows:
1. So far Away (Intro))(w/ George Baharidis of Breaking Silence and Deceptor)
2. Delirium Of The Fallen (w/ Apollo Papathanasio of Firewind)
3. Insidious (w/ Tomas Lindberg of At The Gates/ Lock Up)
4. Wrapped In Deceitful Dreams (w/ Gus G of Ozzy Osbourne/ Firewind & Tom S. Englund of Evergrey)
5. Hate Turns Black
6. Sham Piety (w/ Tomas Lindberg)
7. Cloaked In Wolf Skin
8. This World Is Coming To An End (w/ Tomas Lindberg & Apollo Papathanasio)
9. Utmost Ends Of Pain
10. Poignant Memories
11. Hush Of Night
12. Poisoned Pawn
13. Solar Eclipse (Prelude) (w/ John K of Biomechanical)
14. Solar Corona (w/ Gus G & Tom S Englund))(w/ George Baharidis)
15. Emblem Of light (Outro) (w/ John K)
Japanese Bonus Track and Digital only bonus:
16. Photograph (Def Leppard cover w/Apollo Papathanasio)
Nightrage is also heading out for the "Frets Of Fury" North America tour with Firewind, Arsis, and White Wizzard. Details are as follows: More...
Spiritual Beggars has issued the following statement about the band's Graspop performance and upcoming European festival appearances:
"We had a blast playing Graspop this past weekend! This was our first European festival performance in many years, and the reaction was beyond great! Many thanks to all who checked out our show at Graspop! Hopefully we'll see some of you soon at the next three summer shows for the Beggars."
14.07.2011 - Lez' Art Scenique Festival - Selesat, France
22.07.2011 - Tuska Open Air - Helsinki, Finland
30.07.2011 - MetaLmorphosis Festival - Cyprus, Cyprus
Footage of Spiritual Beggars performing live at Graspop 2011 can also be viewed after the jump. More...
Germany's Evil Warriors has announced its new release will be titled "Expressions of Endless Dreams," which will feature eight songs clocking in at 40 minutes in length. "Expressions of Endless Dreams" will be released in cassette format, and the track listing is as follows:
1. Expressions Of Endless Dreams
2. To Hunt Illusions
3. Walk Through Madness
4. Buried In Darkness
5. Eternal March
6. Empty Space
8. Pillow Of Cold Water
Evil Warriors will also perform a release show in celebration of the album alongside Krater, Thromos, and Drengskapur. Details are available here.
Norway's ICS Vortex has launched the first promotional song, "The Blackmobile," which is taken from the group's "Storm Seeker" debut album, to be released on August 22nd, 2011 in Europe and August 23rd, 2011 in North America via Century Media Records. Check out the song in the clip below.
ICS Vortex, former Dimmu Borgir and current Borknagar/Arcturus member, comments on the track: "This song was written way back when I still felt black metal was dangerous. Now, totally untrue to all that, it's a tribute to the only beast I ever loved."
"Storm Seeker" will be released as initial limited edition digipak, 180g. LP version, and also as digital download.
The ICS Vortex lineup is as follows:
ICS Vortex – Vocals (ex Dimmu Borgir, Borknagar, Arcturus)
Asgeir Mickelson – Drums (Sarke, Spiral Architect, ex Borknagar, ex Testament)
Terje "Cyrus" Andersen – Guitar (Susperia, ex Satyricon, ex Dimmu Borgir)
Jens F. Ryland – Guitar (Borknagar)
Steinar "Azarak" Gundersen – Bass (Spiral Architect, Satyricon)
Erstwhile and newly drummer-ed prog metal masters Dream Theater have released the first song off the bands upcoming album, "A Dramatic Turn Of Events". Whether or not the album title is a thinly-veiled reference to the drummer saga is unclear, but this is Dream Theater's first original song with new drummer Mike Mangini. The song is called "On The Backs Of Angels," and can be heard on RoadRunner Records' Youtube Channel.
"A Dramatic Turn Of Events" will be released September 13th.
British grindcore legends Napalm Death has announced that they will be embarking on a headlining tour of Canada this October, as well as a performance at the Trois Rivieres Metal Fest on October 14th.
The tour dates are as follows:
October 3 - Kingston, ON - Time TO Laugh
October 4 - Peterborough, ON - Red Dog
October 5 - Windsor, ON - Blind Dog
October 6 - London, ON - Music Hall
October 7 - Toronto, ON - WreckRoom
October 8 - Sudbury, ON - Jubilee Hall
October 9 - Ottawa, ON - Mavericks
October 11 - Moncton, NB - The Manhattan
October 12 - Halifax, NS - The Seahorse
October 13 - Rimouski, QC - Cactus
October 14 - Trois RIvieres, QC - Trois Rivieres Metal Fest - Batissse Industrielle
October 16 - Thunder Bay, ON - Crocks
October 17 - Winnipeg, MB - The Royal Albert
American metalcore outfit Bury Your Dead has posted a new song online entitled, "Bluebeard," which comes from their forthcoming new studio album, "Mosh 'n' Roll," which is to be released on August 2nd through Mediaskare Records. You can check it out by heading over to Noisecreep. The album marks the return of lead singer Mat Brusso.
German power metal band Freedom Call has announced that they will be embarking on a headlining tour of the United Kingdom this Novemeber, which will be in support of their latest studio album, "Legend of The Shadowking," as well as their first DVD, "Live In Hellvetia."
The tour dates are as follows:
November 18 - London, England - Underworld
November 19 - Nottingham, England - MC Ballroom
November 20 - Wakefield, England - Snooty Fox
November 21 - Newcastle, England - Trillians
November 22 - Grimsby, England - Yardbirds
November 23 - Birmingham, England - Roadhouse
American metal outfit Trivium has posted a new song online entitled, "Dusk Dismantled." You can check it out below. The song appears on the group's forthcoming fifth studio album, "In Waves," which will be released through Roadrunner Records on August 9th. More...
Machine head guitarist Phil Demmel has checked in with a video update about the group's forthcoming new album, "Unto The Locust," which they are currently recording in JingleTown Studios in Oakland, California, with frontman Robb Flynn producing. You can check out the video below. "Unto The Locust" is planned to be released in North America on September 27th through Roadrunner Records More...
Massachusetts' ALL PIGS MUST DIE is preparing to set their debut full-length loose on the public this summer. Entitled "God Is War," the pummeling eight-song record album has officially been set for release on August 16, 2011 via Southern Lord Recordings.
The band's 2010-released self-titled EP was initially released on LP via the band's own Nonbeliever Records, eventually catching the ear of Southern Lord, who almost immediately picked up the album for distribution, and signed the hard-working act for the release of their newly completed "God Is War" full-length.
"God Is War" was recorded and mixed by Converge guitarist Kurt Ballou at his God City Studio (Black Breath, Nails, Trap Them, Disfear) in December. The cover bears a fittingly dark drawing by famed artist Florian Bertmer, who was also responsible for the artwork on All Pigs Must Die's self-titled EP.
The "God Is War" tracklisting is as follows:
1. Death Dealer
4. God Is War
5. The Blessed Void
6. Third World Genocide
7. Total Extinction
8. Sadistic Vindicator
ALL PIGS MUST DIE contains vocalist Kevin Baker (The Hope Conspiracy), drummer Ben Koller (Converge), guitarist Adam Wentworth (Bloodhorse) and bassist Matt Woods (Bloodhorse). Since uniting in All Pigs Must Die in 2010, the band has toured regionally throughout the U.S., including multiple times at this year's SXSW Festival in Austin, Texas, and several Scion-sponsored music showcases including their first West Coast appearance at Los Angeles' The Roxy. All Pigs Must Die will return to the West Coast this August as they are scheduled to play several of the upcoming The Power Of The Riff shows.
Here are the latest ALL PIGS MUST DIE tour dates:
8/13/2011 Echo/Echoplex - Los Angeles, CA @ TPOTR w/ Pentagram, Eyehategod, Winter, Pelican, Trap Them, Black Cobra, more [TICKETS]
8/15/2011 Elbo Room - San Francisco, CA @ TPOTR w/ Winter, Noothgrush, Trap Them, Black Breath, Acephalix [TICKETS]
8/18/2011 Neumo's - Seattle, WA @ TPOTR w/ Winter, Pelican, Noothgrush, Alpinist, Masakari, Aeges [TICKETS]
8/25/2011 *TBA - Brooklyn, NY
New York City is home to bands from all genres, every one of them looking to be the next breakout group. IKILLYA (web site) has been slowly gaining a fan base and recognition, having played several big shows around the area and gotten support from various blogs across the Internet. Their groove metal sound hits like a old-school Lamb of God tune, though with a melodic sheen. After years of fine-tuning and rehearsing their material, the group just launched their debut album “Recon.” I had the chance to speak to vocalist Jason Lekberg about “Recon” and the difficulties of being a screamer without sounding monotonous. More...
Another edition of Asia Metal Festival went off this past weekend in Seoul, South Korea, bringing together extreme metal bands from all parts of the metal spectrum hailing from the host nation, Japan, Taiwan, and the U.K.
Roughly 600 fans, largely from South Korea but also with a large ex-pat contingent from the U.S., Canada, and all over Europe, turned up for the event in raucous anticipation of headliner Napalm Death’s first appearance on Korean soil.
Seoul melodic death metal act Terrormight kicked off the evening, or rather late afternoon with the festival’s 4:30 start time. The five piece band took full advantage of their 25-minute time slot, showcasing their rich, early-era In Flames sound with a keyboardist adding some rich underlying textures. Many punters showed up early and were ready to expend some energy, head banging enthusiastically at the front of the stage at V Hall in the city’s Hongdae District, an area filled with restaurants, bars, and drunken revelers of all ages. More...
Halford, the eponymous band from Judas Priest singer Rob Halford, will be releasing a new live DVD and Blu-Ray on October 11th in North America and October 10th in Europe. "Halford Live At Saitama Super Arena" features Rob Halford on vocals, Roy Z. on guitar, "Metal" Mike Chlasciak on guitars, Mike Davis on bass and Bobby Jarzombek on drums. It contains fifteen 5.1 Surround Sound audio recordings spanning the Halford, Fight and Judas Priest catalogues. It will also feature an audio commentry from Rob Halford. You can view a trailer for the release below.
The tracklisting is as follows:
Made In Hell
Locked And Loaded
Made Of Metal
Nailed To The Gun
Fire And Ice
Green Manalishi (With The Two-Pronged Crown)
Diamonds And Rust
Like There’s No Tomorrow
Thunder And Lightning More...
The Human Abstract have posted a short video trailer online from its recent time spent on the "Pull Me From The Gallows Tour." You can check out the footage using the player provided below.
There is absolutely no question about it, if you want to go to a metal festival, go to a European one. Wacken Open Air and Download might well be the most famous, with the Sonisphere events gaining plenty of exposure too, but for my money, it just doesn't get any better than Graspop Metal Meeting, which takes place in a small town in Belgium called Dessel. This would be my third time attending the event, and more likely than not, it won't be the last.
The festival kicked off on Friday the 24th with a rather unusual choice of band, namely FM. The band features two former members of New Wave Of British Heavy Metal band, Samson but their style is much more album orientated rock than metal. Nevertheless, they proved to be a good way to start the festivities, opening with the song, "Wildside." As it was only half past eleven in the morning and the majority of the crowd had been up all night drinking and shouting, "TIMMY!" it took the audience a little while to get into the mood. In any case, they were still very appreciative of FM and perhaps the biggest response came when the band performed a cover of "Heard It Through The Grapevine," a song made famous by soul legend Marvin Gaye. Maybe it would have been better to start with something a little heavier, but either way, FM put in a solid performance and were warmly received.
After deciding to skip the first bands on the Marquees, we hung around the main stage to wait for the next band, Dio Disciples. I've always liked "Ripper" Owens and felt that he doesn't get the credit he deserves so the prospect of him singing Dio songs this afternoon seemed quite interesting. "Interesting" didn't quite cover Dio Disciples though, as when they took the stage, they instantly proved themselves to be an outstanding way to remember Ronnie James Dio. Owens was in top form for the performance, which opened with "Stand Up And Shout" before leading into the classic, "Holy Diver." Owens isn't the only vocalist in the band either, as he is joined by Little Angels singer Toby Jepson, who was just as impressive as Owens and whose voice was absolutely magnifficent. The group frequently got the crowd to cheer as loud as they could whenever Dio's name was mentioned and most importantly, they seemed to be genuine about what they were doing. Make no mistake, Dio Disciples are not a cash in, they are one of the most heartfelt tributes to anything you will ever see. If Dio could see his music living on like this, with two amazing vocalists leading the charge, he would be proud. More...
Canadian hardcore act Liferuiner has posted its new music video online for streaming. The video was shot for the track "S.O.S.E (Sons of Straight Edge)" with director Jonathan Pignataro and is available for streaming using the player located below.
IWrestledABearOnce has begun a new tour diary series online. The first clip, titled "Downtown Battle Mountain," is available for viewing in the player below. The band will also be releasing its new album, "Ruining It For Everybody," on July 26, 2011 through Century Media Records.
The Empire Shall Fall has posted a new studio clip online. The video features guitarist Jake Davenport recording his parts for the group's forthcoming new EP "Volume 1: Solar Plexus" which is planned for a late fall release. You can check out the footage using the player provided below.
Polish death metal act Behemoth has announced its return to its rehearsal space in preparation of its forthcoming concert dates. This is the first time the band has rehearsed together since frontman Adam "Nergal" Darski underwent a bone marrow transplant operation last year for leukemia. Nergal commented on the recent rehearsal session by saying;
"So, first rehearsals after the transplant are under our belts! I didn’t want to get overexcited at first, just wanted to see how things would go, but I have to tell you, the second rehearsal we fuckin’ nailed 'Ov Fire And The Void,' 'Lucifer,' 'Conquer All' [and] 'Antichristian Phenomenon' flawlessly! One of us even asked: ‘Did we really take a year off from each other?’ Ha ha… it was good times in great company! But the biggest surprise were the songs we NEVER played live ever and planning to do on the upcoming 'Phoenix Rising Tour.' I won’t reveal any names yet, let it be a mystery til we hit the stage, all right?
"In other news, I started jamming out some NEW shit too. [Its to] early to give any further comments but it sounds VERY disturbing and eerie. Can’t fuckin wait to unleash those ideas to my friends"
The latest music video from Atlanta-based progressive metal act Mastodon has made its way online. The video was shot for the track "Deathbound;" a B-Side track from the "Crack the Skye" sessions. You can check out the video clip in the player located below.
Stray From The Path has posted the following update online concerning its forthcoming new full length:
"We just finished wrapping up our new record that will be out this summer on Sumerian Records. We are very proud of this record and can’t wait for everyone to hear it. We feel that we took a lot of what we were doing on Make Your Own History and made it more raw, grittier and darker.
"The record also features a few guest appearances that will be revealed in due time. We will be playing two songs off the new record on the tour w/ Underoath, Times of Grace and Letlive. We are playing lots of cities we haven’t been to in a long time, lots of familiar places and some brand new places. Stay tuned to our Facebook page in the coming weeks for new music, new studio updates and tour video blogs, as well as new merch designs. Stray From The Path has never been more excited about a tour before. See everyone on the road."
Winds Of Plague have posted its latest music video online for streaming. The video was shot in Long Beach, California for its single "California" and features guest appearances from Martin Stewart of Terror and John Mishima of As Blood Runs Black. You can check out the video in the player provided below.