Metal News for June 3, 2013
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While metal bands of pretty much any sub-genre can be found all over the world, different areas have become well known for specific sounds: the New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Scandinavian black metal, Bay Area thrash, and so on. But metal continues to spread and evolve across the planet, and now the various Middle Eastern nations are not only developing their own underground scene, but also inspiring a traditional Arabic sound in metal bands from other countries.
Israeli act Orphaned Land may be one of the most well known, with latest album “All Is One” nearing release through Century Media, but there are many more just waiting to be explored in our never ending quest to unearth the metal underground.
Today we’ll cover three lesser known bands either residing in or strongly influenced by the Middle East. If you dig these acts but want something more on the power or progressive side, be sure to also check out Myrath, which was covered in our look at bands getting exposure through the Prog Power USA festival.
Currently down to three members and now seeking a new keyboardist for live shows, Egyptian outfit Sand Aura released debut full-length album “Elegy of the Orient” last year. The album can be ordered directly through the band’s website or streamed in its entirety via Bandcamp.
Sand Aura covers a whole lot of ground sound-wise, working off a proto death metal base with deep and guttural vocals, adding in a folksy edge, and then also bringing out clean female vocals. Give it a listen and decide how it sounds yourself through the player below.
Canadian metal act Osyron has posted the song "Visions" online, which is the opening track off the band's debut album "Harbinger." Check out the song below, or hear the rest of the album over at the band's YouTube profile here.
In anticipation of the release of ninth studio offering, "Deceiver of the Gods," Swedish death metal tyrants Amon Amarth today unleash the second in special three-part mini documentary. Titled "Forging Mjölnir," the crisp black and white film was directed by Luke Daley and offers up intimate interviews with the band.
Check out the first and second clips in the series at this location (Facebook login required). Guitarist Olavi Mikkonen also comments on the new album:
"We decided fairly early that we should go all-in on the songwriting for this album. If we had ideas or riffs that were perhaps a little too thrash oriented or traditional-metal sounding for AMON - or that were maybe too AMON or perhaps similar to what we had done in the past - we would still keep them as long as we really liked them. A few years back we would pass on those ideas and riffs, while now we feel it was right to just go with it. I think the result is that the songs are wider, they have stronger melodies, they are better composed with lots of dynamics in them, and there are no fillers or blanks on there. Everything is as good as it can possibly be, and reflects just how driven we were to make this a great record."
"Deceiver of the Gods" was recorded at Backstage Studios in Derbyshire UK and produced, mixed, and mastered by Andy Sneap (Opeth, Megadeth, Exodus, Arch Enemy, Killswitch Engage). As an added bonus, Messiah Marcolin (Candlemass) makes an appearance as guest vocalist on eighth track, "Hel." The "Deceiver of the Gods" album will be released in North America via Metal Blade Records June 25th, in Europe June 21st/24th, and Japan on June 26th. Catch the band live: More...
Vancouver's Harvest The Infection is currently offering a track from the "Biopsy" EP for free download. Grab "Spill Your Guts" at Bandcamp or stream the song below.
"We feel like Biopsy is a great starting point for us," comments HTI drummer Paul Drummond. "It gives people a great idea of what we do -fast, furious, forward-thinking- leading up to our debut full-length." More...
Zed's latest album "Desperation Blues" was released on May 21st and today the band has partnered up with RevolverMag.com for a premiere of a new lyric video. Check out the "More" clip here or in the player below. The album's track listing is as follows:
2. Skin and Bones
3. Killing Machine
4. Desperation Blues
5. Crawl Back to You
8. The Empty Quarter
9. Settle the Score
10. The River More...
Nivlhel, the new band featuring Fjalar of Swedish black metal band Istapp, has released the track "Vrede IV" online for streaming. Check it out below. The song will also be included on the upcoming release "Ur Vrede Född."
Dutch experimental outfit Aderlating has posted a video clip online for the track "Dragged To The Smouldering Pits Of Infinity," which can be viewed below. The track comes from the "Gospel of The Burning Idols" album, released via Black Plague Records.
Motionless In White has premiered the official music video for "America" today on VEVO. Directed by M. Shawn "Clown" Crahan of Slipknot, and featuring a cameo from Ashley Costello of New Year's Day, the video features lead singer Chris Motionless as the ringmaster in the band's twisted freak show. Check it out below.
Alongside the "America" music video premiere, the band has launched a contest for fans to enter to win the ultimate prize bundle including a pair of tickets to Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, a Motionless In White prize pack, and a subscription to Revolver Magazine.
The page also features a bonus "Shred To Win" contest where fans can send in their rendition of the guitar solo from "America," where one winner will receive a custom Ibanez guitar. Check out the official contest page right here. More...
Norwegian black metallers Endezzma have announced a short string of headlining dates in Germany and Netherlands this June:
06.06 - The Raven, Straubing (Germany)
07.06 - The Jack, Eindhoven (Netherlands)
08.06 - J.C. de Dukdalf, Wieringerwerf (Netherlands)
09.06 - Caffe Mukkes, Leeuwarden (Netherlands)
Formed back in 1992 by Morten Shax under the original name of Dim Nagel, Shax changed the name to Endezzma in 2007 after recruiting Trondr Nefas and transforming the band into what it is today.
Endezzma’s first release, the “Alone” MCD, appeared five years ago, and the 2012 release of the full-length album “Erotik Nekrosis” on Agonia Records was delayed by a series of setbacks, culminating in the tragic and untimely death of Nefas earlier this year. The line-up on the album includes Morten Shax on vocals, Trondr Nefas (Urgehal, Beastcraft, Vulture Lord) and Thomas Myrvold (Vulture Lord) on guitars, Sregroth (Urgehal, Åsmegin) on bass, Jarle Uruz Byberg (Urgehal, ex-Shining) on drums, and L.F.Frøislie (Wobbler, In Lingua Mortua) on synths. More...
French death/black metallers Temple of Baal are currently giving the final touches to their fourth album. The recording sessions are taking place in Hybreed Studios with Andrew Guillotin (Glorior Belli).
The new recording will consist of ten tracks with a running time of about one hour, and willl be released via Agonia Records in the fall of 2013. The band describes the effort as "a blend between Lightslaying Rituals' (sophomore release) aggression, and the last split CD The Vision Of Fading Mankind's epic atmospheres."
A track off band's latest split CD, "The Vision Of Fading Mankind" (2012), can be streamed below. The band also has the following festival appearances: More...
Massachusetts extreme metallers Sorrowseed have released the first new song from their upcoming second full-length album, "Nemesis Engine."
The Devil Wears Prada has released a third self-edited video clip, documenting the recording of the band's new album, which is scheduled for release later this year.
In the clip, guitarist Jeremy DePoyster describes the writing and recording process - including the solicitation of input from executive producer Adam D. of Killswitch Engage. The new record will mark the first full-length to be released by The Devil Wears Prada since 2011’s "Dead Throne."
Mikael Åkerfeldt of Opeth was recently interviewed by The Age of Metal in Tucson, Arizona.
In the YouTube clip he discusses how bassist Martin Mendez pranked the members of Katatonia on tour, playing the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival, pre-show rituals, and more.
Check it out below.
Following its European release in late 2012 via Kolony Records, this week the third full-length from Australian melodic death metal act Be'lakor sees official stateside liberation through Kolony’s new North American distribution via eOne Entertainment.
To celebrate its stateside release, today This Is Not A Scene is hosting a stream of the massive "Of Breath And Bone" in its entirety. Check it out here or in the player below.
New live ventures for Be'lakor are coming together to take place sporadically throughout the remainder of 2013 in support of the new album. Stay tuned for new updates. The following press release was also issued about the album:
"Of Breath And Bone takes the talents of young but motivated and exceptionally talented Melbourne, Victoria-based quintet Be'lakor to entirely new levels since previous releases. Following the band’s self-released 2007 debut The Frail Tide, Italian label Kolony Records brought the crew into the label’s family for the release of their follow-up, in the form of 2009’s Stone’s Reach album. Stone’s Reach led the band to perform at massive international festivals including Summer Breeze, in addition to European tours and solo international appearances across the continent.
"Having refined their talents even further, the band’s superb third album Of Breath And Bone further exemplifies Be'lakor’s superior metal prowess. Boasting nearly an hour of prime, harmonious death metal, Of Breath And Bone proves why the band is considered the leading melodic death metal band in all of Australia, mixed and mastered by Jens Bogren at Fascination Street studios (Opeth, Paradise Lost, Amon Amarth)." More...
U.K death metal act Acrania (not to be confused with the Mexican act of the same name) has signed with Unique Leader Records. The label comments:
"Unique Leader Records is proud to announce that Acrania has joined the roster. Acrania is a politically changed death metal act from London, England. Spreading a message and staying one step ahead of their peers, they aim to keep a unique but unrelentingly heavy sound.
"The band has already toured with acts around the UK/EU such as Cerebral Bore and Warpath with upcoming shows with big acts such as Thy Art is Murder, Blood Red Throne and many more. They are set to bring a blistering mix of brutality, slams and blast beats.
"Keep your eyes peeled and watch one of the quickest growing bands in the UK expand to international acknowledgement while staying true to their root sound and passion for music, debut album announcement coming soon." More...
Dying Fetus has confirmed the band will be heading back to Europe this summer on a headlining tour. The tour begins July 24th in Slovenia and runs through August 18th in France. A complete list of dates can be found below.
Dying Fetus released latest album "Reign Supreme" in 2012 on Relapse Records. The album is streaming in its entirety via Bandcamp here.
7/24: Slovenia Tolmin @ Metaldays Fest
7/25: Italy Point @ Neumarkt
7/27: Holland Steenwijk @ Stonehenge Fest
7/30: Russia Moscow @ Plan B
8/1: Ukraine Evpatoriya @ Metal Heads Mission Fest
8/3: France Albi Carmaux @ Xtreme Fest
8/5: Germany München @ Free & Easy Fest
8/6: Austria Dornbirn @ Schlachthof
8/7: Austria Wien @ Viper Room
8/8: Czech Rep Jaromer @ Brutal Assault Fest
8/9: Germany Schlotheim @ Party San Fest
8/10: Switzerland Hüttikon @ Meh Suff! Metal-Fest
8/11: UK Catton Hall @ Bloodstock Fest
8/12: UK London @ Barfly
8/13: France Paris @ Nouveau Casino
8/14: Germany Trier @ Exhaus
8/15: Germany Dinkelsbühl @ Summer Breeze Fest
8/16: Germany Oberhausen @ Helvete
8/17: Belgium Méan @ Metal Méan Fest
8/18: France Saint Nolff @ Motocultor Fest More...
In anticipation of the band's upcoming album's release, White Wizzard is now streaming this new effort, "The Devils Cut," in full online.
Due out on June 25th in the USA via Century Media/Earache Records, The Devils Cut can be heard in its entirety at Rockhard.de or through the player below. The following press release was also issued about the band:
"Since their inception in 2007, Los Angeles' White Wizzard has stuck to their manifesto of delivering classic, denim-and-leather heavy metal to the masses. Following the triumphs and critical acclaim that accompanied their first two albums, Over The Top (2010) and Flying Tigers (2011), White Wizzard has now returned with a brand new slab of high-speed heavy metal for this summer.
"The band's main-man, Jon Leon, spent months crafting the nine songs that make up The Devils Cut before heading to the studio with a refreshed line-up of musicians to lay down the tracks. The man behind the distinctive vocal chords is Joseph Michael, ably backed up by the shredding might of Jake Dreyer and Will Wallner and the precision drumming of Giovanni Durst-- making White Wizzard one of the most volatile forces in the US heavy metal movement!" More...
Altpress.com has reported that Mick Morris, who went by the online named "MickDeth," passed away yesterday, June 2nd. According to the story he passed away due to a heart condition.
Mick Morris was the bassist for Eighteen Visions, and formerly played bass for U.S. act Bleeding Through. At this point no official statement has been released by either band or by Mick's family.
Although his tweet's are protected, anyone who was previously following Mick online can read the final messages before his death at this location. Further details on Mick's death will be updated as they become available. More...
Read the full article at Alternative Press.
The Black Dahlia Murder has already released three songs from new album "Everblack." Beginning today, fans can preview a clip from each track on the album via Decibel Magazine or in the player below.
"Everblack" will be released on June 11th in North America and on June 7th/10th in Europe. The cover art for "Everblack" was painted by renowned artist Nick Keller with Weta. Recording was completed at Audiohammer Studios (lead guitars and vocals), Rustbelt Studios (drums), and Regal Fecal (guitar and bass). Mixing was handled by Jason Suecof and Ryan Williams, while mastering was completed by Alan Douches at West Westside. More...
Darsombra regretfully announces that the band's Baltimore home was invaded this week, the doors kicked-in, and all gear and equipment was stolen.
The band is devastated, as everything used to construct Darsombra's unique audio/visual works has been lost. The band is reaching out to the public for help in tracking down the perpetrators or at least the gear. Darsombra comments:
“Hi friends. We are saddened to report that our house in west Baltimore city was burglarized between 1pm-3pm on Wednesday May 29, and almost everything that we use to make our art was stolen. This is the latest and most complete version of our missing stuff (including some serial numbers where we could find them). If you see any of these items please contact us at our website." More...
Last week, Detroit, MI's Battlecross unveiled the title, cover art, and first single from upcoming new album, "War of Will."
This week, the guys have posted the first of two studio videos. The clips were filmed entirely by the band while holed-up at Audio Hammer Studios in Florida. In this first installment, fans will be treated to raw video of session drummer Shannon Lucas tracking songs for the album, as well as other candid clips from throughout the studio time.
"War of Will" releases July 9th, 2013 just as the band heads out for the summer on the Rock Star Energy Drink Mayhem Festival Tour. Dates are available below. More...
Dutch act Kill Division, featuring Richard Ebisch (Ex-Legion of the Damned), Susan Gerl (Ex-God Dethroned) and Roel Sanders (Ex-God Dethroned), posted the first teaser for the debut LP "Destructive Force." The album is targeted for a Fall 2013 release via Metal Blade Records.
Check out the teaser here:
German metal act Thunder And Lightning posted the new track "The Unborn Truth." Along with the new song is studio footage of the band recording the band's upcoming fourth LP "In Charge of the Scythe." The album is set for release on August 23, 2013 via Hammersound Records.
Check out "The Unborn Truth" here:
Brazilian power metal act Almah, featuring Ex-Angra vocalist Edu Falaschi, posted up pre-production footage of the band composing ideas for the follow up to 2011's "Motion." The footage features snippets of new material. Previously posted footage can also be seen over at this location.
Check out the footage here:
Watain has released a video teaser for "All That May Bleed," the first single from upcoming album "The Wild Hunt." Check out the clip below. The band comments:
"'All that May Bleed' shows but one facet of a quite diverse album, but we chose this song as a first glimpse into 'The Wild Hunt' because of its bombastic lunacy and white-eyed malevolence which could be said to constitute a main foundation for the album. The lyric is an invitation to sacrificial blood letting, ecstatic zealotry and human sacrifice. The salt of Satan in the wounds of Christ!"
On the cusp of releasing new album "Super Collider" (due out June 4th), Megadeth has now posted two new tracks online from the release.
The new album's track listing is:
2. Super Collider
4. Built for War
5. Off the Edge
6. Dance in the Rain
7. The Beginning of Sorrow
8. The Blackest Crow
9. Forget to Remember
10. Don't Turn Your Back...
11. Cold Sweat (Thin Lizzy cover) More...
Italy's Cripple Bastards has checked in with the following announcement about recording an upcoming new album:
"Cripple Bastards to enter studio Fredman this Sunday to start recording a new full-length! 5 long years have passed since our previous 'Variante alla morte' CD/LP saw the light.
"But time has finally come for a new full length, and we're stoked to announce that our recording choice is once again Studio Fredman in Göteborg, Sweden headed by Mr Fredrik Nordstrom (At The Gates, The Haunted, Septic Flesh, Arch Enemy, Dimmu Borgir and tons more).
"Follow us here for more updates about the recording progress that will come along from June to the end of the summer. In the next few days we'll open the new official Cripple Bastards website too!"
"Love Is In The Grave" is the first single from the stoner/hard rock band Hellryde Inc. and the track has now been made into an official music video. Check it out through the YouTube clip below. "Love Is In The Grave" comes off the "Hellryde Incorporated" album, which is available for streaming in full at this location.
"Blood Libel" is the new official video from Belgian black metallers Saille, who were previously covered in the symphonic black metal edition of our "Unearthing the Metal Underground" column. "Blood Libel" is the opening track for Saille's second album “Ritu” (reviewed here), released on January 18th, 2013 via Code666 Records.
The video was directed by Nicolas Daenens, who previously worked with the band on the "Plaigh Allais" video two years earlier. "Blood Libel" was shot in the region known as "Meetjesland" in Belgium, both in the woods and in an abandoned church. Check it out below.
Saille front man Dennie Grondelaers also comments: "The video of 'Blood Libel' is a somewhat liberal interpretation of the track on our latest album. It tells the story of William of Norwich, a young kid from the 12th century (1132 - 1144) that was found murdered in cold blood. A murder for which the Jews were falsely accused." More...
Dan Mitchell of solo metal act Autumns Eyes has checked in with the following announcement about launching a Kickstarter campaign to get his nine albums on all major digital retailers:
"I've been devoting my time and passion into Autumns Eyes for over fourteen years, but never truly promoted on a large scale up until a couple years ago. Currently there are only two Autumns Eyes albums available in all the major digital retail outlets, and this Kickstarter project is aimed at getting the entire discography out there as well.
"Each album will be released on over sixty stores in addition to being registered for use in film, television, and video game soundtracks. The project goal is set at $750 with rewards ranging from free albums to a signed BC Rich guitar used by Autumns Eyes. Any funding that goes beyond the set goal will be used towards future promotions including the annual Autumns Eyes Halloween Costume Contest."
Norwegian symphonic metal band Sirenia posted a new music video for the track "Seven Widows Weep." The song appears on the band's upcoming LP "Perils of the Deep Blue," which drops June 28th via Nuclear Blast Records.
Band leader Maren Veland commented on the video: "In April we went to Serbia to shoot a videoclip for the song 'Seven Widows Weep'. We've been working with the Icode team again, this is the guys that also did the videoclips for our first two videos; 'My Mind's Eye' and 'The Other Side'. We had a great time in Serbia, and the recording sessions turned out great. Now the post production is finished as well and we are very excited to share the video with our fans. We think that the guys at Icode did a great job and made a video that serves the song perfectly. The band is very pleased with the video, and we hope that you will enjoy it as well. Cheers!"
The track listing for the new release is:
1. Ducere Me in Lucem
2. Seven Widows Weep
3. My Destiny Coming to Pass
4. Ditt Endelikt
5. Cold Caress
8. Stille Kom Døden
9. The Funeral March
10. Profound Scars
11. A Blizzard Is Storming
Check out "Seven Widows Weep" here: More...
Italian thrash act Death Mechanism will release its third full length LP "Twenty-First Century" on July 30th via Scarlet Records. The band features Bulldozer members Pozza (vocals/guitars) and Manu (drums). "Twenty-First Century" was produced and mixed by Coroner guitarist Tommy Vetterili at New Sound Studio in Pfaffikon, Switzerland.
Following the album's release, the band will embark on a tour, the dates and venues of which are forthcoming. The track listing for the new release is:
1. Monitored Procreation
2. Earthly Immortality
3. Human Limits
4. Evolutive Deviation
5. Tipping in Front
6. Obsolete Cults
7. Hidden Legacy
8. Century of Lies
10. Collapse 2000 A.D. More...
Swedish power metal act Twins Crew unveiled the album artwork and track list for the sophomore full length "The Northern Crusade." The album is set for release on July 30, 2013 via Scarlet Records.
The album is the first since the band unleashed its self-released the debut "Judgement Night" in June of 2011. "The Northern Crusade" was produced by Nicko DiMarino (Steelwing/Malison Rogue) at Deep Blue Studio in Sweden and mastered by Mike Lind at Masterplant (Dio/The Poodles) in Sweden.
The track listing for the album is:
1. Last Crusader
3. Unholy Grail
4. Dr. Dream
5. Loud and Proud
6. Under the Morningstar
7. Kings of Yesterday
8. Heaven Awaits
9. Take This Life
10. Angels Fall More...
Lingua Mortis Orchestra, the side project of German power pioneers Rage and the first band to mix orchestra with metal, posted a second trailer for the upcoming debut LP "LMO," which is due out for release on August 2, 2013 via Nuclear Blast. "LMO" a conceptual album about the burning of witches in Gelnhausen in 1599, which was written by vocalist Peavy Wagner, and based on a true story. The story is explained in the trailer below.
Apart from the three Rage musicians, two female vocalists belong to Lingua Mortis Orchestra's regular cast: Jeannette Marchewka and soprano singer Dana Harnge. Guest vocals were contributed by Henning Basse (MaYaN/Epysode/Ex-Sons of Seasons/Ex-Metallium), among others.
The tracklisting for "LMO" is as follows:
1. Cleansed By Fire: a) Convert The Pagans, Pt. I; b) The Inquisition (instrumental); c) Convert The Pagans, Pt. II
3. The Devil´s Bride
5. Oremus (instrumental)
6. Witches` Judge
7. Eye For An Eye
8. Afterglow More...
Queensrÿche, the progressive metal band now fronted by Todd La Torre (Ex-Crimson Glory), is streaming the third new track "Fallout," ahead of the release of the highly anticipated new self-titled LP. The album drops June 24, 2013 (EU) and June 25, 2013 (North America) via Century Media Records.
The track listing for "Queensrÿche" is:
Check out "Fallout" here: More...