Metal News for June 29, 2012
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This Canada Day, in honour of the country and its vast amount of metal acts, the Heavy Metal Music Association of Canada (H.M.M.A.C.) and LoudTrax.com announced the release of Canuck Metal Vol. 2, a free download compilation, part of a series to showcase Canada’s up and coming head banging talent.
The compilation can be downloaded at this location. Please use the promo code: HMMAC
The track listing is as follows:
1. Arapacis - End of The Line (5:50)
2. Crisis Kings - Glutton (3:24)
3. Forbidden Sin - Man Down(4:12)
4. Hollow - Sunriser (4:41)
5. Hymnosis - How Dare You (5:16)
6. Makaria - Spire (3:57)
7. Nephelium - Merciless Annihilation (6:18)
8. Project Mars - Don't Hold Back (4:30)
9. Sanktuary - Raise the Flag (4:25)
10. The New Jacobin Club - My Smile (2:37)
11. The Void - If We Can't Beat 'Em (Detour 'Em!) (1:23)
12. Trainwreck Architect - Dream Pariah (3:34)
13. Tribune - The Succubus (3:15)
14. Wolven Ancestry - The Animistic Awakening (5:59) More...
Testament posted up a lyric video for the track "True American Hate." The song appears on the forthcoming LP "Dark Roots of Earth," which is scheduled for release on July 27th, 2012 (Europe) and July 31st, 2012 (North America) via Nuclear Blast Records.
Check out the lyric video here:
The track listing for "Dark Roots Of Earth" is as follows:
1. Rise Up
2. Native Blood
3. Dark Roots Of Earth
4. True American Hate
5. A Day In The Death
6. Cold Embrace
7. Man Kills Mankind
8. Throne Of Thorns
9. Last Stand For Independence
Bonus Disc (On CD/DVD Version Only):
10. Dragon Attack (QUEEN cover)
11. Animal Magnetism (SCORPIONS cover)
12. Powerslave (IRON MAIDEN cover)
13. Throne Of Thornes (extended version)
+ Bonus DVD
Following the release of the MCD "In Permanent Twilight" via Selfmadegod this Spring (along with several split singles and EP's in 2011), the first full-length LP "Trenches of the Netherworld" from Swedish death/sludge band Usurpress will be available from Selfmadegod this July. According to the press release, "the album contains eleven soul-reaping circle-pit anthems utilizing the band's seemingly patented blend of death metal and d-beat/crust punk influences." The album's cover art (shown below) was crafted by by Rafal Kruszyk (Interment, Hooded Menace, Deceased, Paganizer, etc.).
Uppsala-based Usurpress features vocalist Stefan “Steffe” Pettersson (Diskonto, Uncurbed), bassist Daniel Ekeroth (ex-Tyrant, ex-Dellamorte, author of Swedish Death Metal book), drummer Calle Andersson and guitarist Påhl (ex-Blotseraph, ex-Shuriken).
The track listing for "Trenches Of The Netherworld" is as follows:
1. Black Death on White Wings
2. Effigies Burns Across the Wastelands
3. Coronation of the Crippled King
4. The Wooden Sceptre
5. The Colours Of Darkness
6. Trenches of the Netherworld
7. The God Eaters
8. In the Beginning (Ended Yesterday)
9. Dethroned By Shadows
10. I Stand Above Time
11. Seduction Through Bloodshed More...
German technical death metal act, Sophicide, announced that the name of the debut release is entitled "Perdition Of The Sublime." Set for North American release on August 14, 2012 via Willowtip Records, the 11-track long player was recorded, mixed and mastered by founder Adam Laszlo at his home studio and features the striking cover design by artist Steve Voigt.
Formed as a one-man-project in 2009 by Laszlo, then 19, Sophicide fuses "elaborate melodies with battering technical brutality into a sound that’s as malicious as it is memorable." Meaning "murder of wisdom," Sophicide describes the state of modern society and serves as the central theme of "Perdition Of The Sublime." Laszlo commented: “It's another word for anti-intellectualism. People are stupid, ignorant and seem to be proud of it. This is a disturbing trend.”
“I'm really keen to release this album,” he continues of the release. “I've put a lot of blood, sweat and tears into it and I hope people can connect to it as I do. Basically the overall theme coincides with the meaning of ‘sophicide.’ Intellect and enlightenment seem to be displaced by religion and casting shows. There’s this overall apathy, people don't seem to give a shit about anything as long as they get their cheap meat and TV shows. This is what POTS is basically about, although the focus is on religion, after all it's the elephant in the room.”
The track listing for "Perdition Of The Sublime" is as follows:
1. The Art Of Atrocity (Streaming below)
2. Within Darkness
3. Perdition Of The Sublime
4. Of Lust And Vengeance
6. Blood For Honour
7. Freedom Of Mind
8. Folie Á Deux
9. Lafayette's Deception
10. Dawn Of A New Age
11. The Essence Of Warfare More...
Following the recent announcement of the third annual West Coast installment of The Power Of The Riff Festival in Los Angeles on August 11th, today the first ever East Coast chapter of the festivities have been confirmed!
TPOTR is an event that honors extreme music fans and musicians of all ages, tapping into a lineup that represents the forefathers, milestones and current national touring acts, while shedding light on up-and-coming and local acts. Curated by The Power Of The Riff and Southern Lord, and presented by Scenic and Brooklyn Vegan, the devastating two-day The Power Of The Riff East will take place in NYC on Saturday, September 1st and Sunday, September 2nd at Brooklyn's massive Warsaw club, boasting an incredible roster of riffcrushing artists from across the country.
At press time the lineup for day one of TPOTR East includes PENTAGRAM, POISON IDEA, NEGATIVE APPROACH, XIBALBA, ALPHA & OMEGA and POWER TRIP, while day two will show SUNN 0))), WINTER, REPULSION, UNEARTHLY TRANCE, SALVATION and DEAD IN THE DIRT hitting the stage, with additional support and headlining acts still to be announced in the days ahead.
A limited number of two-day passes for The Power Of The Riff East are available for purchase right now at this location. Single day tickets for both days will go on sale this Monday, July 2nd at 12pm EST. Saturday tickets will be available at this location and Sunday tickets over here. tuned for more announcements in the days ahead as the lineup for this behemoth event expands.
Fun Fun Fun Fest 2012 will feature the Mike Patton-led group Tomahawk among its three stages. The festival's promoters have issued another video in a series of videos leaking the festival's lineup. The first video revealed Baroness. Watch the video embedded below for more information. Each video expressed humor, this particular video depicts each artist as part of the cast of the TV show "The Love Boat."
Fun Fun Fun Fest music and comedy festival takes place on November 2-4 at Auditorium Shores Park in Austin, Texas.
GunShyAssassin.com has posted a stream of Borgne's "Suffer As I Paid My Grave." The song, taken from the Swiss atmospheric/industrial black metallers newest release "Royaume des Ombres," is available for online consumption at this location. "Royaume des Ombres" was released worldwide on June 12th via Sepulchral Productions.
Brazilian act Hydria is streaming a preview clip from the band's upcoming new album entitled "Freakshow" at www.hydria.com.br. This is the fourth studio release from the duo of vocalist Raquel Schüler and all-musician Marcelo Oliveira, the last of which was the "Acústico - The Acoustic Sessions" released in 2007.
The album is scheduled for a release this year through the band, as well as iTunes, Amazon and CDBaby.
German horror punk band The Other is streaming the new track "My Home Is My Casket" exclusively over at Noisecreep at this location. The song appears on the band's new LP "The Devils You Know," which is scheduled to drop on July 31, 2012 through SPV/Steamhammer Records.
Vocalist Rod Usher commented on the track: "'My Home Is My Casket' was one of the last songs written for The Devils You Know and it follows the tradition of the heavy opener which we have on every album. The song works as a little horror story about a vampire who lives in his casket, it's actually about alienation and about not finding a place in society and losing the will to live. The song will also open our live shows from now on and it will be exiting to see how people react, since it's probably the most "metal" song on the album." More...
Charlie Dominici, former vocalist for Dream Theater, launched a Kickstarter fundraiser campaign for the creation of the movie adaptation of the Dominici O3 trilogy albums released in 2005, 2007 and 2008. This screenplay aims to capture the essence of Dominici's sweeping vision of humanity's past, present - and ultimately, its fate. A collaboration by Dominici himself, along with screenwriter and author David Sakmyster, and best-selling international author Steven Savile.
The current phase is to fund the completion of the Screenplay, as well as some initial entries into screenplay contests and festivals, aiming to attract agents as well as production companies and other talent. If successful, the next phase will consist of further promotional materials including short trailers, movie posters and convention shows, building toward casting, funding and ultimately - production. For more information on how to donate with benefits unlocked at various stages of fundraising, head over to this location.
The story is described as follows:
"A lone sleeper cell terrorist is pursued by a derelict detective until their lives become intertwined in a cat and mouse game that veers toward an incredible apocalyptic conclusion. This wild roller coaster ride of a story delves deeply into history, politics, religion, society and even extra-terrestrials. It will make you rethink our role on this planet, our entire history, why we're here, the very notion of free will - and what it means to be human." More...
Hardcore act Thick As Blood is set to release new album "Living Proof" this coming July 10th, 2012 through Rise Records. Details on the upcoming album and pre-orders are available here.
The band has now released the first in a series of video updates from the recording studio, which can be viewed below. You can also stream a song off the album, titled "Full Measure," by heading over to this location.
Spanish sci-fi death metal band Wormed recently reissued its album "Quasineutrality" as "Quasineutrality V.2" in a digipak with two bonus tracks on Willowtip Records. Track three, “Vortex Mitosis,” is a remix based on the original song “Voxel Mitosis” and was recorded and mixed by Wormed vocalist Phlegeton in January 2012. Track four, “Tunnel Of Ions,” (live) was recorded at Mountains Of Death in Switzerland in 2011 an remastered by DP Rey at Delta314 Sound Studio.
Wormed is a quirky band, in that all of its songs are themed with astrophysics and some themes of metaphysics and possible quantum physics. They even call their band members cosmonauts. Wormed will be appearing at that three day gala Extremefest during July 5th-7th, with more details over on the event page. Below is an upload of the studio version of "Tunnel of Ions," whose live remix is featured on the reissue.
Ovid's Withering has posted a teaser trailer online for an upcoming release, which can be found below. The band also commented:
"We are very happy to announce that we are starting a new project WITHIN Ovid's Withering. Now..bear with me here, let me elaborate. We're not starting another band, or anything like that. Same band, separate sound. A 'side album' if you will. This album will be a slower, more ambient, eerier rendition of Ovid's that we would love to share with the world.
"Let me clarify real quick here: We are completely happy with our sound as it is, and we are NOT changing it! Noooo way. This album is completely independent from the album-in-progress that you've been listening to, and will also NOT affect the release of said album later this year. This is an ADDITION to what we have already. A new sound within the sound that is Ovid's Withering. Double the Ovid's!
"This is something we've been planning for a while, and decided to finally bring it to light for all of you to see. With all that being said, please keep an open mind when you jam this track! This is not typical Ovid's... which is why we are releasing it separately. If it ain't yo thing, then its all good! You still have our other album to fall back on. This is purely something we are doing for the love of music, and to try to portray even more imagery to our fans. And without further ado...enjoy." More...
Swedish hard rockers Stallion Four revealed the track list and album artwork for the debut LP "Rough Times." The album is scheduled for release on July 27, 2012 through Pure Rock Records, a division of Pure Steel Records.
The track list for "Rough Times" is as follows:
LAMB OF GOD management will be issuing an official statement on Monday regarding the charges made against singer Randy Blythe. As no formal charges have yet been made and the case is only in the investigation stages, it would be premature to make an official statement filled with false truths or innuendos.
Having said that, management wished to address today one false piece of information that has been included in many of the news stories released so far. Under no circumstances was there a fight of any kind involved. This incident deals with a fan that three times during the concert jumped the barricade and rushed Randy during the performance. It is alleged that the third time, security was not able to reach him and that Randy pushed him back into the audience where supposedly he fell and hit his head.
Again, until the investigation is concluded this weekend, nothing more will be released, but clarity and the facts needed to be addressed on this one reported point which is totally inaccurate.
Guitarist/keyboardist Craig Argyle of Norwich-based act Bypass has issued the following announcement about splitting with the band:
"It's with great sorrow that today, I am announcing my departure from Bypass. I've recently had a fantastic opportunity which coupled with my current job will leave me very little time to participate in a full time band.
"I want to thank all 201 of you for supporting this group and myself, and support Dave, Chuck and Sam in their future. I will continue to make one EP a year of my own creations when I get a holiday, but it will be more varied in genres, free as always, but have no live opportunity. I'll miss you guys!"
You can also check out Bypass tracks available for streaming via the band's Facebook profile here.
The heavy metal sensation Huntresss is about to set forth and conquer Europe this fall. The act will join Dragonforce on upcoming live dates hitting Europe's major cities. The following press release was issued by Napalm Records:
"The warriors revolving around charismatic frontwoman and vocal banshee Jill Janus have tasted blood during their recent live shows and are ready to claim their crown! There is no excuse for missing this fantastic package! Get ready to be enthralled by the haunting mix of heavy guitar riffs and ancient spells woven by masters of their craft! Also joining this fantastic tour are German Sleaze Heavy Rockers KISSIN' DYNAMITE."
Huntress also comments: "Huntress is honoured to join our friends Dragonforce on tour once again. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to travel through Europe, performing our entire album 'Spell Eater' for those who've had faith in us from the start. Spread it, shred it, behead it!" More...
My Sleeping Karma has just finished recording new songs and the upcoming album will be released at the end of September. Shortly after the release, My Sleeping Karma will support Monster Magnet on a European tour. A clip shot at the Metal Fest Austria is also available below.
12.11.12 NO - Bergen / Garage
13.11.12 NO - Haugesund / Byscenen
14.11.12 NO - Oslo / Rockefeller
16.11.12 FI - Tampere / Pakkahuone
17.11.12 FI - Helsinki / Tavistia Club
19.11.12 SE - Linkoping / Garden
20.11.12 DE - Hamburg / Grunspan
21.11.12 FR - Paris / La Maroquinerie
23.11.12 UK - London / Electric Ballroom
24.11.12 UK - Manchester / Academy 2
26.11.12 DE - Stuttgart / Longhorn
27.11.12 AT - Vienna / Arena
29.11.12 CH - Pratteln / Pratteln Z7
30.11.12 CH - Zurich / Plaza
01.12.12 DE - Erfurt / Stadtgarten
03.12.12 DE - Aschaffenburg / Colos Saal
04.12.12 DE - Saarbrücken / Garage
06.12.12 DE - Krefeld / Kulturfabrik
07.12.12 BE - Brussels / Ancienne Belgique
08.12.12 NL - Eindhoven / Speedfest 7 More...
French act Magoa has posted a music video online for the new single "Enemy," which was produced by Charles "Kallaghan" Massabo and recorded at Kallaghan Studio in Nice, France. A free download of the song can also be found over at SoundCloud.
Swedish melodic metal act, Soilwork, has officially announced the arrival among its ranks of guitarist and long-time friend, David Andersson (Night Flight Orchestra). David steps in after the departure of Peter Wichers.
“We’re super stoked to have David with us,” said vocalist, Björn “Speed” Strid. “He’s a blast to be around and a kick ass guitarist. Plus, we’ve known him for so many years, from all the touring together, we just know he’s a perfect fit for us.”
Andersson has toured on and off with Soilwork since 2006, and most recently during the 2011 festival season in support of the band’s acclaimed eighth album, The Panic Broadcast.
Regarding the recently announced split with founding guitarist Peter Wichers, who first left the band in 2005 only to return four years later, Speed commented, “We just had to do this. It’s in the best interest of both him and us. Soilwork was born to be out there, tearing up the stage. Peter’s been unable to commit to the kind of touring we need to do and it’s time for us to move on. David’s played with us for so long, he’s really grown into the band. It feels natural, like a seamless transition. We’re thankful for everything Peter has contributed to Soilwork over the years and we sincerely wish him the best.”
Soilwork is currently in the process of writing new music for its ninth album, "The Living Infinite." “We’re working our asses off to put this record together,” said Speed. “It’s gonna be fantastic, the songs and ideas are flowing like crazy! As far as the musical direction goes, there’s tons of crushing, high energy, in-your-face metal. Trust me, we’re not about to go mellow anytime soon!”
Dark Fortress has posted footage online of the band performing at this year's Wave Gotik Treffen festival, which can be viewed below. Dark Fortress also commented:
"For all those who missed our show at Wave Gotik Treffen in may, here's a clip of 'Ghastly Indoctrination,' our 2nd song that night. We had the camera directly on stage, so the angle of the video might be a bit unusual... More videos of that show will follow soon!"
Metalsucks.net posted an update on the Blythe arrest in Prague this week. A show review for the Lamb Of God performance on May 24, 2012, which involved the incident relating to the recent arrest was detailed in a Czech metal blog called "Sic Maggot," the full article of which can be found at this location.
Stressing that this is all conjecture at this point, according to the blog it appeared that Blythe was unhappy with a couple of fans who jumped on stage. One of the fans apparently was struck by Blythe multiple times and allegedly held him down while still singing. The fan was apparently taken to the hospital and later died from bleeding in the brain 14 days later.
The very, very rough translation (provided by Google) of the portion of the report related to the incident reads: "Randy behaved exactly as I expected from him. [A] [f]ucker, who pisses everyone. This was confirmed by several pretty fired [up] few fans. [Randy was] [v]ery bothered ... when someone decided to visit the [stage]. Maybe the first one that got hit by Randy quite a bit, jumped after him and held him down while he continued singing."
"When the fan got up Randy took him by the hair and threw down quite quickly. Only thanks to the gentleman was so [dazed] [he] ... felt nothing. The second but ended up a shade worse, [it took] a little longer ... [to get his] breath back. That's enough to Randy, [who] does behave quite pretentious, but the performance was important [to him]."
More information on the incident will be posted as received.
Belgium based gothic metal act Azylya is streaming the new song "Incest." The song is taken from the debut full length album "Sweet Cerebral Destruction." The album was produced by Wahoomi Corvi and is scheduled for a Fall 2012 release via Wormholedeath/Aural Music Group. The band is fronted by Jamie-Lee Smit (Road To Conciousness).
Check out "Incest" here:
The all-star, all-acoustic Iron Maiden tribute band Maiden United unveiled the album art and track list for the forthcoming album "Across the Seventh Sea." The album is set for a September 2012 release on CD/vinyl/digital download formats.
The track listing for "Across The Seventh Sea" is as follows:
1. Seven Deadly Sins
2. Only The Good Die Young
3. 2 Minutes To Midnight
5. Flash Of The Blade
6. Children Of The Damned
7. Infinite Dreams
8. 22 Acacia Avenue
9. The Evil That Men Do
10. Wasted Years More...
Norwegian folk metal band Trollfest posted up a lyric video for the new track "Illsint." The track appears on the forthcoming album "Brumlebassen," which is due out on August 24, 2012 through NoiseArt Records. The drawings were by Jonas Darnell, design was by Terje Johnsen and the video was by Manskow Productions. A free download of the song is available at www.noiseart.cc.
The track list for “Brumlebassen” is as follows:
2. Böse Tivoli
5. Finsken, Norsken And Presten
6. Mystisk Maskert
7. Apis Mellifera
9. Verboten Kjærleik
12. Rundt Bålet
13. Konterbier (Bonus Track)
Check out "Illsint" here: More...
Whitechapel premiered its new music video for "I, Dementia" today on www.theprp.com, which can also be viewed below. The clip, filmed as part of the Scion AV Project for the world's best and most vital metal bands (Scionav.com) was directed by David Brodsky (All That Remains/The Devin Townsend Project). The track appears on the band's latest album, simply entitled "Whitechapel," which is available now on Metal Blade Records.
Check out "I, Dementia" here:
Dream Theater posted a new road report video from the Dramatic Turn Of Events Tour 2012 in North America with special guests Crimson Projekct. For tour dates, venues and tickets, head over to this location. VIP packages can be purchased here.
Check out the video:
U.K. psychedelic black metal act A Forest of Stars posted a new music video for the song "Gatherer Of The Pure." The song appears on the band's new LP "A Shadowplay for Yesterdays." The album is scheduled to drop on July 20, 2012 through Prophecy Productions. A preview clip for the album can be viewed at this location.
The track listing for "A Shadowplay for Yesterdays" is as follows:
1. Directionless Resurrectionist
2. Prey Tell of the Church Fate
3. A Prophet for a Pound of Flesh
4. The Blight of God's Acre
5. Man's Laughter
6. The Underside of Eden
7. Gather of the Pure
8. Left Behind as Static
9. Corvus Corona (Pt. I)
10. Corvus Corona (Pt. II)
Check out "Gatherer of the Pure" here: More...
Norwegian "bear metal" act Svölk posted a new trailer for the band's new album "Knights Under the Round Table," which can be viewed below. The album is scheduled for release through Napalm Records on August 31, 2012. The album is the follow up to the 2011 release "Svölk 'em All" (see review here). The longplayer will be available on CD and on limited colored vinyl.
Check out the trailer here:
Austrian black metal band Belphegor posted up rehearsal video footage entitled "Chapter X." The footage was shot in June a few days before the band entered Mana Studios in Florida to record the bass guitars and drums with producer Erik Rutan. According to the band, "this rehearsal trailer will give you a first glimpse of the sickness yet to be unleashed." All announced titles for the forthcoming new LP are working titles. The album will be released through Nuclear Blast Records, however, the date of the release was pushed back to March 2013.
This is the first release since frontman Helmuth Lehner was diagnosed with typhus from the drinking water in Brazil during the band's tour in 2011. The condition forced the band to cease all activities while Lehner received extensive medical treatment and physical therapy.
Check out the rehearsal video here: More...
An official news report on CBS 6 in Richmond, Virginia (WTVR) confirmed the arrest of Lamb Of God frontman Randy Blythe in Prague, Czech Republic, earlier this week. The report can be seen in the player below. The report cites a statement by Adrenaline PR that Blythe was "wrongfully accused" of causing a death of a fan who jumped on stage during the band's performance in Prague on May 24, 2010.
Check out the video here:
This week a look at up and comers The Treatment and Wildside Riot with new videos that beg the question: Is this badass? More...
The Contortionist will release the new record "Intrinsic" on July 17th, 2012 via eOne/Good Fight Music. Sample clips of every song on the album are now available online via Amazon.com.
"On 'Intrinsic', we've found ourselves focusing on the songwriting as well as the new textures and melody we're striving for. Each song has its own identity and flow, but the album is fun to listen through in order cause of the conceptual ties," says vocalist / keyboardist Jonathan Carpenter.
The "Intrinsic" track listing is as follows:
2. Feedback Loop
4. Sequential Vision
5. Geocentric Confusion
6. Dreaming Schematics
7. Anatomy Anomalies
10. Parallel Trance
Canadian power metal band Unleash the Archers, which recently released a music video for "General of the Dark Army," has now posted the entire "Demons Of The AstroWaste" album online for streaming. Check out the songs in the player below or over at bandcamp.
The track listing is as follows:
2. Dawn Of Ages
3. Realm Of Tomorrow
4. General Of The Dark Army
5. Daughters Of Winterstone
6. Battle In The Shadow (Of The Mountain)
8. The Outlander
9. City Of Iron
10. The Fall Of The Galactic Guard
11. Astral Annihilation
12. Ripping Through Time More...
Polish metallers Saratan have inked a new record deal with Massacre Records. The band's third album, entitled "Martya Xwar" will be released worldwide this coming November 23rd, 2012. Saratan also commented on the upcoming release:
"'Martya Xwar' is about forty minutes of apocalyptic death – thrash metal, full of oriental and classical ornaments. Ethnic music, occultism and orchestrations are the main focus on this album. 'Martya Xwar' was recorded over the course of five months in five recording studios in Polnad and Germany – it was mixed and mastered by V. Santura (Triptykon, Dark Fortress, Celtic Frost) at Woodshed Studio.
"Cover design and artwork are created by Michal 'Xaay' Loranc (Nile, Kamelot). More information about the band can be found at Facebook."
Additional details on the upcoming album will be announced as they are made available.