Metal News for June 4, 2013
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36 news articles posted on this day.
Walking Corpse Syndrome has just released a new music video for "Walking Sacrifice," which can be viewed below. The track comes off new album "Alive in Desolation" (reviewed here).
You can also catch Walking Corpse Syndrome as the the band finishes up the DesolaTOUR on the following dates:
June 8 - Richland, WA - Ray's Golden Lion
June 15 - Billings, MT - The Railyard
June 16 - Butte, MT - The Party Palace Butte
June 21 - Columbia Falls, MT - The Bandit Saloon
June 22 - Spokane, WA - Carr's Corner Lounge & Night Club
June 29 - Missoula, MT - The Palace Lounge More...
Canadian thrash party monsters Fatality are sharing with fans screen shots from their upcoming music video "Thoughts Collide," directed by Matthew Chrones Scott of Bleedingheart Productions. The clip is set to be unleashed next week.
The video will be in support of the band's upcoming album "Psychonaut," set for release on June 28th, 2013 and will be supported by the two month "Towards Disastour" from June 21st - August 28th.
To fund their new album, upcoming tour, and music video Fatality has launched an album pre-sale that ends today on June 4th at 11:59pm PST through the crowd funding platform Indiegogo.com. The band has successfully received over $5,000 in fan support during the campaign, and any last minute backers can still help fund the release at this location. More...
Pagan black metallers Draugr have been filming a video for the track “Legio Linteata” from their second full-length album “De Ferro Italico." The following press release was issued about the coming video:
"True to its subject matter and the ethos of the band, which harks back to the countrie’s Pagan warrior past, the video was filmed in the ancient ruins of Alba Fucens close to Aquila and was directed by Gianmarco Colalongo. It is anticipated that when ready the video will make its internet debut on Blank TV. Stills from the video have been uploaded onto Draugr's Facebook page and can be seen here.
"Recorded and mixed by Davide Rosati in 2011 at the ACME Recording Studio in Italy, and mastered by Mika Jussila at the Finnvox Studios in Finland, the album 'De Ferro Italico' recounts the deeds of a group of warriors whose devotion to the archaic traditions of the Italic cults of their ancestors put them in direct conflict with Rome and Emperor Theodosius’ decree, which, in 392 AD, led to the persecutions of all Pagan cults and paved the way for the rise of Christianity."
Commenting on the filming of the video, Dragur's keyboard player Ursus Arctos says: “We especially chose the ruins of Alba Fucens in which to film the video because they have an ancient and solemn atmosphere which we thought was appropriate for a song celebrating the actions of our ancestors who risked all to oppose the forces of Roman imperialism and the Christian religion.” More...
Mass Infection will be releasing new album "For I Am Genocide" later this year through Comatose Music.
The band has also now posted footage online (unfortunately with low audio quality) of a new song off the album, titled "Maelstrom Of Endless Suffering," which was recorded during a live performance in April.
"For I Am Genocide" is the follow-up to the 2009 release "The Age of Recreation." The artwork is available below: More...
Ohio's Inhale Exhale has posted the following statement online about deciding to call it quits:
"As of right now, after touring 10+ countries, releasing 4 studio albums internationally, and shooting videos and singles and all that goes along with being in this band, Inhale Exhale is coming to an end. We will be playing Alliance Festival that we have up on our tour page, but have not said yes to any other show offers or festivals this year. We have only briefly discussed if we want to have a final show. We have become to busy with other endeavors or our hearts and minds are elsewhere.
"Thankful, always for all of your support and care for Inhale Exhale. When we were on the road all the time, and when we've been off, and only communicating through our albums and online pages.
"All of you that have shared your homes with us, hung out with us, sang lyrics with us, crowd surfed, had meaningful conversations (or ridiculous ones), shared your passion, joy or pain. And even your music and creative endeavors of your own. For that we thank you.
"Times can be tough in a band, but it comes with the territory. It's one of the most cut throat, stuck up, brown nosed industries. There are battles where you never thought there would be, and people against you, that you never thought would be. It changes you. But we're thankful for the journey, and that we could share our passion and art with you. And we value and feel extremely blessed with the lasting relationships we've made on and off the road through IE. More...
"ReEvolution," the second full-length and middle segment of the ongoing dystopian trilogy of albums from Pleasanton, California-based progressive metal act Cynthesis, is officially out worldwide today via Sensory Records, a division of The Laser’s Edge.
To celebrate its release, today Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles is streaming "ReEvolution" in its entirety alongside a track-by-track breakdown of the album’s storyline by vocalist Erik Rosvold. Check it out over here or stream the album below.
A short documentary on "ReEvolution" and an official video for the track “The Most Trivial Pursuit” are also in their final stages and will be released in the coming days. More...
Florida death metal behemoths Obituary, in cooperation with Unation, will be offering up a pay-per-view live stream this weekend. Set to take place Saturday, June 8th at 8:30 EST at The Orpheum in the band's hometown of Tampa, Florida, the show will feature a mammoth all classics set list and include professional multi camera footage.
The cost for viewing is $4.99, with details available at this location. In addition to the stream, participants will also be given a chance to win a pair of all access passes to the next Obituary show in their area.
Comments the band in a collective statement: “We couldn’t be more excited about streaming live from Florida. The band just performed this classic set list on every corner of the planet, so for us to have the chance to come back and play a home-town show and stream it live for the world to watch is amazing. We will be performing songs only off the first three albums! We are celebrating 25 years since the release of Slowly We Rot and we want you to be a part of it with us, so we are giving away VIP passes to your next Obituary show!” More...
Letlive. will release new album "The Blackest Beautiful" on July 9th via Epitaph Records and has now dropped new music video “Banshee (Ghost Fame).” Check it out below.
“This song explores the tragic humor in entertainment as an industry as opposed to an art,” explains vocalist Jason Aalon Butler. “Sonically this track was a pretty suitable representation of the record's sonic spectrum. We also employed some elements of groove that we have always been fans of.”
“The mindset was certainly a holistic one when regarding this record,” Butler adds. “The vibe developed on its own as we wrote it. While we certainly indulged particular tastes, stylistically, as individuals, we made sure that the product culminated as something we could all enjoy. Essentially we all got to explore elements we had always wanted to and somehow found a way to marry them tastefully on one album.” More...
Manowar's "Warriors Of The World" 10th anniversary remastered edition CD will be released across Europe on June 28th, 2013.
The new edition takes the album to the next level. Fully remastered and with a different bonus track, this brand new edition provides higher sonic quality than ever before. Mixed at legendary Galaxy Studios by mixing engineer Ronald Prent, the 10th anniversary edition was remastered at Manowar's own studios Hell and Haus Wahnfried by Joey DeMaio personally with the band's in-house audio engineer Dirk Kloiber.
"It was an amazing experience, re-visiting this production. There are so many great memories associated with this album, from the recording to the post-production to the many unique live performances. All these experiences go into your work, when you sit in the studio and create a new experience for your fans," said DeMaio.
This edition contains all 11 tracks from the original release, entirely remastered, plus a live version of "House Of Death," recorded during the Battle Hymns MMXI Tour at O2 Academy in Birmingham, England. The track listing is:
1. Call to Arms
2. The Fight for Freedom
3. Nessun Dorma
5. Swords in the Wind
6. An American Trilogy
7. The March
8. Warriors of the World United
9. Hand of Doom
10. House of Death
11. Fight Until We Die
12. House Of Death - Recorded live at O2 Academy in Birmingham, England More...
French death metal act Askaris has begun the recording for the band's second album "Neuronal Corruption." The album's release is planned for September of 2013.
Beyond the Shore recently wrapped up dates with Veil of Maya, followed by shows with Volumes and Glass Cloud. The band won't be home for long, however, as it's been confirmed to support Bermuda on "The Blackest Hearts Tour," which begins on June 28th in Memphis, TN. The confirmed list of dates can be seen below.
Vocalist Andrew Loucks comments: "We are all stoked to get back out on the road when we head out with Bermuda this summer! We're looking forward to hanging out and playing some more wild shows. See you all soon!"
"Ghostwatcher," Beyond the Shore's debut full-length album, was recorded in Lowell, NC at Newland Records. The album was produced, engineered, mixed, and mastered by Kevin Newland. More...
Exivious has posted the song "Entrust" online, which is the opening track for the band's upcoming album "Liminal."
Check it out below. Pre-orders are now available at the band's website here.
The Acacia Strain has checked in with the following announcement about lineup changes within the band:
"It is with excitement and zero negativity that The Acacia Strain announces the addition of two new full time members, Devin Shidaker and Richard Gomez, both on guitar.
"After many years of service, Daniel 'DL' Laskiewicz will no longer be writing music for The Acacia Strain and we wish him the best in all of his future endeavors.
"As a band who tours, it is very unfair to have people who have stuck by us and tell them that they have no say or can't be an active participant. (Thank you for life Tony Diaz).
"As a band, our perspective is for all of us to be involved and be a team, not only on the road but for every aspect of the band and all be a part of it. Richie and Devin bring experience and passion to the table and offer a forward thinking perspective to this band which has been wanted and needed for some time.
"We plan on getting started right away with the writing process to give you some new songs soon, and of course a new album. We are excited to start this new chapter of The Acacia Strain and look forward to seeing you all on tour!"
Fuck the Facts is just two weeks away from the release of new EP "Amer," due out June 18th, 2013. Now the band has released another track from the release. Check out "Vent du Nord" via Metal Sucks here or in the player below.
The EP's track listing is as follows:
Louisville, Kentucky-based black metal perpetrators Anagnorisis have completed the recording of their second LP, and the beast is now in the final stages of preparation before being cast upon the populous this Summer. The following press release was issued about the band:
"Based on a Greek phrase for 'discovery,' Anagnorisis was founded in 2003 by Austin Lunn (Panopticon), and the act set out to experiment with merging symphonic and death-infused black metal styles. They recorded the debut album Overton Trees and released it in 2007, the album instantly gaining the band a widespread following beyond the local sector, to which they tormented with live attacks. Lunn moved on and several other lineup changes took shape over the following years since, with the band releasing two EP’s released in the interim – 2009’s Alpha & Omega, and 2012’s Ghosts Of Our Fathers – with each new incarnation and new recording showing new innovations and expansions on their thesis, and their blackened metal continually taking the form of something more insidious.
"Their first full-length since 2007, Anagnorisis now confirms the title of the new opus as 'Beyond All Light,' the album containing the band’s most expansive material to date, following months of production as the band recorded everything themselves at guitarist Zak Denham’s own One by One Studios. Now completely harnessed, the masters have been passed to Ken Sorceron (Abigail Williams) who is currently handling mixing and mastering duties. The band will unleash Beyond All Light on their own in a plethora of configurations, including CD, LP, cassette and digital formats. Confirmed release dates will be announced in the coming days."
Catch Anagnorisis live:
7/27/2013 Vernon Club - Louisville, KY@ Louisville Deathfest w/ Enfold Darkness
7/28/2013 Token Lounge - Westland, MI w/ Scorned Deity, Traitor
The band consists of:
Zachary Kerr - vocals
Zak Denham - guitars
Samuel Hartman - keyboards
Chris Smith - drums
Josh Mumford - bass
Belphegor, which recently pushed back the band's new album release to early 2014, will soon be hitting France's Hellfest. Helmuth comments:
"Last week we played Steelfest open air in Hyvinkää, Finland, a magnificent town close to Helsinki. Always a pleasure to bring our chaos to the North. What a great festival, brutal line up, and a brutal show. Hails to all people that celebrated diabolical-death-musick with us.
"Also much gratitude goes out to Toni 'The Damager' Törrönen, Jani Lane, the whole Steelfest crew for their hospitality. Mörken (hope i spelled it right) and the hotel room party people. Your rule! Finland - we will return!
"Hellfest Open Air in Clisson France on June 22nd is next. We are set to bring our 20 year anniversary show to the Temple Stage at 19:50-20:40. This will be the 3rd time that we have been invited to perform at this massive festival. An honor to return to Hellfest and shred this convent again. Are you demons ready to kill? Who´s coming?"
Catch the band's upcoming 20th anniversary shows: More...
Adrenaline Mob, which released the all-covers "Coverta" EP earlier this year (reviewed here), is now parting ways with Mike Portnoy (ex-Dream Theater). Portnoy comments:
"It saddens me to announce that the 4 upcoming shows in Latin America this month supporting Halestorm will be my last with Adrenaline Mob.
"Unfortunately, I have scheduling conflicts that prevent me from being able to fully commit to the band's future activities at the moment.
"As I cannot be in two places at the same time, I don't want to hold them back and have to wait for my schedule to re-open up to resume activity.
"I'm very proud of what we started together and the music we made over the past two years and I wish the guys all the best in the future."
Fight or Flight, the project featuring Dan Donegan and Mike Wengren from Disturbed, has posted a new music video online for "First of the Last."
Check out the Lester Cohn directed video at Revovlermag.com or through the player below. Fight or Flight's new album "A Life By Design?" is due to be released July 23rd, 2013.
Israeli metal act Dark Serpent has issued the following statement about parting ways with the band's guitarist for an affliction that many share:
"Important updates - some bad news & some good news: after many years of fruitful cooperation, both on and off stage, Dark Serpent and Giardello Caravagio (guitar genius, founding serpendude, brother) part ways.
"The parting is due to Giardello's on-going struggle for life with a severe case of tits-addiction. 'The serpents are like brothers to me... but they have small-ones, and that just won't cut it anymore,' says Giardello.
"We just couldn't afford his addiction, it was becoming a burden – fans, media, stage workers, our moms – he grabbed'em all. Giardello's huge spot in the lead section will be filled by long-time friend Yuval Kramer (ROTA, Amaseffer).
"Kramer, which up until now acted as DS's producer, recording-engineer & sexual adviser, will join the serpents' ranks as full-time member. Kramer's joining to the band is a tremendous and welcome event. He's a brilliant guitarist, a prodigious musician - and he has a car!
"On a more serious note – DS would like to thank 'dello for his immeasurable contribution to the band and for the many years and great moments we shared."
Maryland rockers clutch are off to Europe this week for a five week tour that includes festival dates and club shows.
Clutch has also now announced the next North American legs of the "Earth Rocker" World Tour. The tour starts in Edmonton Alberta for the Alberta's Own Festival. The U.S. run of dates kicks off September 14th in Baltimore, MD with an appearance at The Shindig Festival.
Support on the headline tour in September will come from The Sword and Crobot. Support on the October and November shows will be provided by The Sword and American Sharks.
In addition to the new dates, Clutch has confirmed the band will be returning to the newly opened Starland Ballroom (which was severely damaged by Hurricane Sandy), this December as part of an annual holiday tour. Dates for the rest of the holiday shows will be announced later. More...
Victory Records act Fall City Fall has posted a new music video online for the song "Lovebirds," which can be viewed below. Fall City Fall also released new album "Victus" back in January. The album's track listing is as follows:
1. St. James
3. Anxiety Attack
4. Bitter to the End
6. Many Masters
7. Many Lives
8. Shallow Believer
9. Dead Saints
U.K. act Monuments has called off the band's singer search and is almost ready to announce the new vocalist. To keep fans in suspense, this mystery band member will be revealed at Monuments' performance at Ghostfest, which takes place June 29th and 30th at Leeds University in the UK.
In regards to the new line-up, John Browne (guitar) comments: "We're happy to announce that we will be performing with our new vocalist at Ghostfest in June and Techfest in July. We're very confident in his abilities in recreating 'Gnosis' as well as giving a whole new twist to the future music of Monuments... We know you're going to love what you hear. Please feel free to attend Ghostfest to see who it is, but please be aware tickets are very limited." More...
Church of Misery, Japan's primary doom export, has launched a brand new song from new album "Thy Kingdom Scum" via SputnikMusic.com. Give "Cranely Gardens" a listen right here.
In line with the band's consistent and dark theme of songs dealing with serial killers, "Cranely Gardens" is about Dennis Andrew Nilsen, known as the Muswell Hill Murderer, who murdered 15 men in London in the late 70s, early 80s.
The previously posted music video for "Brother Bishop" is also available at this location.
"Thy Kingdom Scum" was written and recorded by Tatus Mikami, Junji Narita, Ikume Kawabe, and Hideki Fukasawa. In 2012, after the departure vocalist Yoshiaki Negishi, Tatsu and Junji contacted previous singer Hideki, and they decided on a reunion. Additionally, the band added guitarist Ikuma Kawabe (ex-DHIDALAH) in late May 2012.
With the June 25th release of the band's fifth full-length album, "Rescue & Restore," just three weeks away, August Burns Red is now giving fans the chance to pre-order the album on iTunes with an instant “thank you” – an immediate free download of the album track “Spirit Breaker.”
The band has also unveiled a new lyric video for “Spirit Breaker,” which first debuted as an audio stream last week. Check out the lyric clip below. More...
South American sludge lords Cultura Tres have released an official video from their recent third album "Rezando al Miedo." The video, "Es Mi Sangre," is enhanced by the imagery of the paintings of Damian Michaels; an artist known for his vast collection of dark surrealism. Damian's art blends perfectly with the Latin American witchery vibe which is omnipresent within the style of Cultura Tres.
German melodic metal act Tragedian posted a trailer for the band's sophomore LP "Decimation." The album is set for release on July 27, 2013 via Icewarrior Records. The release marks the return of the band, who debuted with "Dreamscape" back in 2008.
Tragedian features Ex-Stormwarrior guitarist Gabriel Palermo, Twilght Zone vocalist Val Shieldon (Ex-Oracle Sun), Fogalord keyboardist Dany All (Synthphonia Suprema), Mastercastle bassist Steve Vawamas (Athlantis).
Check out the trailer here:
After last year's record "Sentinel," Spectral Lore is back with a concept album shared with the U.S. one man band Mare Cognitum.
"SOL" is not a typical split album, but a collaboration on many levels, starting from the conceptual and moving on to the musical. As the bands declare: "Themes and riffs have been cross-referenced and transfigured, structures have been put in proportion, lyrics have been written in parallel. Conceptually, it is an attempt at a kind of cosmological philosophy; searching the vast, cold expanses of the universe(-s) for traces of meaning and purpose. What it is out there that is fundamental, absolute and shared? What can we learn about ourselves by looking outward, to the void and the inanimate?"
The track listing is:
1. Mare Cognitum - Sol Ouroboros (29:10)
2. Spectral Lore - Sol Medius (25:53)
3. Mare Cognitum / Spectral Lore - Red Giant (14:24) More...
U.K. rock group Heaven's Basement has premiered a lyric video clip for the song "I Am Electric" on Artist Direct. Check out the clip below.
"I Am Electric" is featured on the band's debut album, "Filthy Empire," which was released earlier this year via Red Bull Records, and was produced by John Feldmann (The Used, Papa Roach, Black Veil Brides).
The band just wrapped up a batch of U.S. festival circuit dates, as well as a tour with fellow rockers Buckcherry. The band will head back overseas for the Download Festival and a string of UK dates this month.
Heaven's Basement is also currently offering a free download of the song "Fire, Fire" over at Facebook here.
Hungarian doomy death/black combo Verilun has signed a deal with Sliptrick Records. The label comments:
"Born in 2010 in Szombathely, Hungary, Verilun (whose name is taken from the Hunnic language and means 'Blood moon,' the Hunnish name of planet Mars) was formed by members of other well-known Hungarian bands:
Zoltan Sconberger (drums) ex-Seart Bliss,
Krisztian Varga (guitar) ex-Monastery / Hayseed,
Gyorgy Varga (bass / vocal) ex-Dalriada
"Following a few line-up adjustments and the ‘Blood Moon’ EP, Verilun will enter the studio in July to start recording the new album. Drums will be recorded at 'Q Studio' in Szombathely, Hungary, followed by different sessions in other recording facilities."
The esoteric, experimental artisans in Locrian have premiered a brand new track from their forthcoming full-length "Return To Annihilation." The song "A Visitation From the Wrath of Heaven" is now streaming via NPR here.
"Return To Annihilation" was recorded by Greg Norman (Pelican, Russian, Circles, Serena Maneesh) at Steve Albini’s Electrical Audio Studios in Chicago, IL and mastered by Jason Ward at Chicago Mastering Service.
The album will be released as CD, 2xLP, and digital formats on June 25th in North America, June 21st in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Benelux, and Finland, and June 24th in the UK and rest of the world. More...
The Eternal has posted the new track "Beneath These Waves" online, which can be heard below or over at Bandcamp, and the band also comments:
"This is the first single off our 2013 album 'When The Circle of Light Begins to Fade' - It is available on a donation basis which means you pay what you think its worth! if you enjoy it and want to support us getting our album out to you as soon as possible make a donation and support The Eternal in making the music YOU enjoy!!
"The album 'When The Circle of Light Begins to Fade' is currently slated for an August release in Australia & Japan and will be followed by the 'Circle of Light / 10th Anniversary' Australian & Japanese Tour. We hope to have more details for release dates for the rest of the work soon." More...
Greek metal act Firewind is streaming the new live track "Few Against Many," the title track to the band's latest studio album. The live track appears on the the upcoming new live release "Apotheosis - Live 2012," which chronicles the band's 10th Anniversary on the "Few Against Many Tour." The recordings were captured from performances in Europe in 2012 prior to the departure of singer Apollo Papathanasio (Evil Masquerade/Spiritual Beggars), who was departed the band earlier this year 2013 live, and was replaced temporarily by Kelly Sundown Carpenter (Agadio/Darkology).
The track list for the release is:
1. Head Up High
2. Wall Of Sound
4. Few Against Many
5. The Departure
6. Heading For The Dawn
7. Losing My Mind
8. World On Fire
9. Guitar Solo 2012
11. Between Heaven And Hell
12. Piano Solo
13. Edge Of A Dream
14. Mercenary Man
17. Falling To Pieces
Check out "Few Against Many": More...
Cleveland's Chimaira has posted a video that reveals the album artwork, track listing, and 30 second song clips from forthcoming album "Crown of Phantoms," due out July 30th, 2013. Check it out below. The album's track listing is:
1. The Machine
2. No Mercy
3. All That's Left Is Blood
4. I Despise
5. Plastic Wonderland
6. The Transmigration
7. Crown Of Phantoms
9. Kings Of The Shadow World
10. Wrapped In Violence
11. Love Soaked Death More...
London's The Defiled posted a new music video for the track "Unspoken." The song appears on the band's forthcoming LP "Daggers," which is scheduled for release on August 2, 2013 (EU), August 5, 2013 (UK) and August 6, 2013 (North America) via Nuclear Blast Records. The band previously released a lyric video for the track "Sleeper," which can be viewed at this location.
Check out "Unspoken" here:
Finnish metal act Wintersun announced a headlining tour in North America this summer. Beginning August 6th in Maryland, the band embarks on an extensive tour with supporting acts: Fleshgod Apocalypse, Arsis and Starkill. Tickets will go on-sale on Wednesday, June 5th at 10:00 am local time via TicketMaster, Live-Nation, and venue ticketing services. Additional tickets will be available via any other outlets on Friday, June 7th at 10:00 am local time.
The band commented: "We're thrilled to return to North America for a full-scale headliner tour in August and September! It will be our first longer own headlining tour ever and this time, without any setlist length limitations, we'll be able to offer the North American crowds a special show - representing both the Wintersun and TIME I albums. There might also be some surprises in the setlist as well... We are really looking forward to sharing the live magic with YOU, all the fans out there!"
The dates and venues are as follows: More...
U.S. metal act Judicator is streaming the sophomore LP "Sleepy Plessow," and offering it as a free download or "name your price" via bandcamp (see below). The album drops today via Masters of Metal Productions.
The band commented on the release: "‘Sleepy Plessow’ tells the gradual tale of Prussia, leading up to and focusing on the life of Friedrich der Grosse (Frederick the Great). This is a U.S. power metal album which features complex vocal arrangements, a variety of singers, a plethora of power and speed metal riffs, and shows marked growth from our first album 'King of Rome' We hope you enjoy our second offering, we put a lot of passion and intensity into this one, and hope it shows!"
The track listing is as follows:
1. Sleepy Plessow
2. The Elector
3. Thirty Years of Terror
4. Memory of Shame
5. Release Me
8. The Philosopher King
9. Blut vom Himmel
10. Sea of Fire
11. When Crowns are Shattered
12. Sans Souci
Check out the album here: More...