Metal News for June 6, 2011
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Each week in Unearthing the Metal Underground, we'll be putting a few quality underground bands in the spotlight in an attempt to get the word out about them. This week, I am exploring the Michigan metal scene. With this column, I am not only discussing a brief history of each band and the sounds they create, I will also show links between the three bands. Just like the death metal that emerged from Stockholm, Sweden, the thrash from California’s northern bay area and the hardcore from New York City, Michigan’s death and black metal scene is one of interchangeable members.
On an international level, Michigan’s largest city has a reputation as “Detroit Rock City” or “Motown.” The city has produced a large number of Rock And Rock Hall of Fame members. In reference to the more extreme rock styles of black and death metal, though, the mid-southern region near the capital of Lansing has better soil for producing the Devil’s music.
Lansing’s Summon is one of the earliest black metal bands in the U.S. Although the group formed in 1991, it didn’t take off until 1995. From 1992-1994 former Lucifer’s Hammer guitarist Sean “Xaphan” Peters (guitar, vocals) joined with Chas “Necromodeus” Schoals (bass, vocals), Mark Hague (drummer) and Jeff “Tchort” Elrod (R.I.P.) in the black-doom band Masochist (another important underground USBM act). In ’95, Peters, Schoals and Hague left Masochist for Summon, while Elrod formed another black metal group, Wind of the Black Mountains.
Summon made its first recording, “Fire Turns Everything…Black” demo, as the three piece. This demo served as a blue print for the next couple of recordings. Released originally as a cassette tape, the group re-released it in CD format. Later Summon recordings featured revisions of tracks featured on the demo. The hellish screaming chorus of Schoals and Peters, catchy tremolo picking, chugging thrash breaks and whammy bar solos make hitting the stop button difficult on this recording. More...
American death metal legends Morbid Angel have announced that their long awaited new studio album, "llud Divinum Insanus" (reviewed here), will not be released tomorrow in Canada as originally planned due to "unforeseen shipping problems."
The new Canadian release date has been set for June 21st. The album was released today in Europe and will hit the shelves in the United States of America tomorrow.
You can also check out Metalunderground.com's look at Morbid Angel in the "Sunday Old School" column by heading over to this location. A recently posted series of comments from other musicians about the new album can be found here.
Florida based heavy metal outfit Trivium has announced that the name of the band's new studio album will be, "In Waves," which is also the name of the album's first single. The record will be released through Roadrunner on August 9th. More details on the album are expected to be revealed shortly, but in the meantime you can check out the title track below.
Sweden's Pain has posted a music video online for the song "The Great Pretender," which can be viewed below. The song is off the new album "You Only Live Twice," out on June 3rd (Europe) and June 21st, 2011 (North America).
You can also check out a track-by-track breakdown of the new album from Peter Tägtgren by heading over to this location.
Visions of Atlantis has checked in with the following announcement about upcoming festival appearances and an update about a new album:
"Hey out there! VoA already played the first summer festival this season in Budpest (HUN) last weekend and it was a great show.
"Before the festival appearance VoA singer Maxi Nil and Live Guitar Player Chris performed on Hungarian TV show @ RTL Klub Seven Seas (from Trinity) and New Dawn (from Delta) live and acoustic.
"The Next festivals will be Metalcamp (SLO) on Thursday 14th of July, Masters of Rock (CZ), Hell over Vellach (AUT) on 23rd of July and Wacken in the first week of August
"Later on the band will be flying to Tunisia to rock the black continent for the first time to return to Europe by the end of October to have shows in UK as well and a very special one @ Metal Female Voices Fest in Belgium, but more on that later! More...
Black metal act Deuteronomy, which was formerly known as Egnum, has announced it will be entering the studio soon to record a debut full-length album. The band also commented on recruiting a new drummer:
"We are proud to announce that from now on we will cooperate with Fredrik Widigs from Sweden who will fill the drums for us.
"Fredrik sent us an amazing video from one of our new songs and we are extremely satisfied with his performance and communication, he is very talented and we can't wait to hear the final result. He has worked with bands like Vomitous, Kraanium, and many more.
"The drums will be recorded in Primecut audio in Stockholm Sweden at the end of June. The exact date will be announced soon."
Solo metal act Returning We Hear The Larks is currently streaming the new EP "Proud England" online. You can check out the tracks from the release by heading over to this location. The project's back catalog is also available to hear by heading over to the Returning We Hear The Larks main Bandcamp page.
The EP's track listing is as follows:
5. Uprising [Disc 2 Instrumental]
6. Vendetta [Disc 2 Instrumental]
7. Unrest [Disc 2 Instrumental]
8. Conquest [Disc 2 Instrumental]
Two members of Suicide Silence, vocalist Mitch Lucker and lead guitarist Mark Heylmun sat in for the entire duration of the most recent Metal Injection Livecast. The band revealed some info on the new album, "The Black Crown," including why the group chose to work with producer Steve Evetts, and that there will be an exclusive Rob Zombie cover on certain editions of the album. The music breaks include three tracks from the new album, "You Only Live Once", "Human Violence" and the first listen to the studio recording of "Fuck Everything." You can stream the entire episode below or watch it here.
You can also check out footage of the band in the studio by heading over to this location. "The Black Crown" is currently set for release on July 12th, 2011.
European progressive black metallers Enslaved have revealed the dates for its forthcoming headine tour of North America. Support on the trek is set to come from Ghost and Alcest. You can view the full list of dates, cities and venues below.
09/23 Springfield, VA – Jaxx
09/24 Millvale, PA – Mr. Small’s Theatre
09/25 New York, NY – Gramercy Theatre
09/26 Cambridge, MA – The Middle East
09/28 Quebec City, QC – Impérial
09/29 Montreal, QC – Cafe Campus
09/30 Toronto, ON – Opera House
10/01 Columbus, OH – Outland Live
10/02 Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge
10/03 St. Paul, MN – Station 4
10/05 Winnipeg, MB – WECC
10/06 Regina, SK – The Exchange
10/07 Edmonton, AB – The Starlite Room
10/08 Calgary, AB – Dickens
10/10 Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theatre
10/11 Seattle, WA – El Corazon
10/12 Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre
10/13 San Francisco, CA – Slim’s
10/14 Los Angeles, CA – The Troubadour
Hollow Demise is currently streaming the song "Darkness Turns The Faithful Blind" online through the band's Facebook page. Hollow Demise also issued the following statement about the creation of the band:
"Hollow Demise was conceived in the thought of resurrecting ‘solid old school values’ from the glowing embers of the thrash scene. The present line-up was formed as a reaction to all that has come before and they bring together a lurid mix of death, black, grind and heavy metal to add the body to their skeleton of thrash metal's great bastion of legendary metal heroes.
"Hell's fires have been kept well stoked by the band hailing from the South East. Dedicated to a brutal live intensity, they are prepared to unleash themselves on the world. Be part of history as Hollow Demise is coming with full force in 2011!"
Montreal's Barn Burner has partnered up with AOL's Noisecreep to stream the new album in its entirety during the week of the record's release. Starting today, June 6th, the album is available for streaming here. In addition, an interview with the band can be read on Noisecreep.com at this location. Barn Burner also recently completed a Canadian tour with 3 Inches of Blood and Cancer Bats and has since embarked on a headlining tour through the west coast of the US. The dates can be found by heading over here.
The "Bangers II: Scum of the Earth" track listing is as follows:
1. Scum of the Earth
2. Dark Side of the Barn
3. Gate Creeper
4. Keg Stand and Deliver
5. The Earth's Crust
6. Quest for the Cube
7. Brother Fear
8. Skid Marks the Spot
9. Crushing Defeat
10. Ghost Jam
Death metal stalwarts Morbus Chron are gearing up to unleash their upcoming new full-length album later this year via Pulverised Records. Titled "Sleepers In The Rift," the nine-track offering was recorded in November of 2010 and produced by the band with Entombed’s Nicke Andersson. "Sleepers In The Rift" features cover art by Spanish fantasy artist Raul Gonzalez (Deceased, Abraxas et al), which can be viewed below.
The track listing is as follows:
1. Through The Gaping Gate / Coughing In A Coffin
2. Creepy Creeping Creep
3. Hymns To A Stiff
4. Red Hook Horror
5. The Hallucinating Dead
6. Ways Of Torture
7. Dead Body Pile Necrophile
8. Lidless Coffin
9. Deformation Of The Dark Matter More...
Lambgoat.com is currently hosting the premiere of "Watch It Burn," the opening track off Unearth's forthcoming "Darkness In The Light" full-length. Vocalist Trevor Phipps comments:
"'Watch It Burn' is the lead track from Darkness In The Light because we felt it captured the aggression and heaviness of the album while also staying true to our core sound from our earlier records. This is one of the only tunes without a guitar solo, but the harmonies are there to mix around one of the heaviest choruses we've ever written. The song is angry, fast and in-your-face while also allowing for a melodic bridge late in the song much like some of our older material. Lyrically, it is an anti-extremist song.
"It attacks both the left and right of the political spectrum while also calling into question extremist religious groups and their influence on our culture. All these political and religious extremists seem to manage to do is splinter society and turn people against each other that otherwise likely wouldn't be at odds. Basically we can put aside some meager differences and work to better ourselves or we can keep heading down this destructive path and eventually 'Watch It Burn.'"
"Darkness In The Light" is sheduled for release in North America on July 5th via Metal Blade Records, and the 11-track long player was recorded at Zing Studios in Westfield, Massachusetts with producer/Killswitch Engage guitarist Adam Dutkiewicz and mixed at Audiohammer Studios in Sanford, Florida by Mark Lewis (The Black Dahlia Murder, Whitechapel, Trivium, et al). Sitting in on drums during the recording was Justin Foley of Killswitch Engage/Blood Has Been Shed.
Unearth also has the following upcoming tour dates: More...
Arcane Malevolence has posted footage online of the band performing the song "Desert Fury" at Tuxedo Junction on Friday, June 3rd, 2011. You can check out the footage in the clip below.
You can also find additional details on the band and listen to tracks available for streaming through the Arcane Malevolence Facebook page.
In Flames has posted a new promo video online for the band's upcoming album "Sounds of a Playground" fading. You can check out the video clip below.
You can also check out a recently posted video interview with the band here. The new album is set for release on the following dates:
Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Norway: Friday, June 17
Finland, Hungary: Wednesday, June 22
Spain, Italy: Tuesday, June 21
Rest Of Europe: Monday, June 20
North America: Tuesday, June 21
Australia, New Zealand: Friday, June 24
British thrashers Evile have unveiled a brand new track, titled "Eternal Empire," which is off the band's upcoming album "Five Serpent's Teeth." The album is due to be released on September 26th, 2011.
You can check out the new track now by heading over to this location (email registration required). U.K. fans can also tune into the BBC Radio 1 Rock Show with Daniel P. Carter tonight between midnight and 2am to hear the radio debut of the track. Evile is also playing at the Download festival this Saturday, June 11th.
You can also catch Evile live at the following shows:
Jun. 11 - Donington, UK - Download Festival
Jul. 01 - Löbnitz, Germany - With Full Force
Jul. 08 - Gävle, Sweden - Getaway Rock
Jul. 09 - Pecs, Hungary - Rock Marathon
Jul. 14 - Neukirchen-Vluyn, Germany - Dong Open Air
Jul. 15 - Tolmin, Slovenia - Metalcamp Festival
Jul. 17 - Vizovice, Czech Republic - Masters of Rock
Jul. 27 - Bladel, Netherlands - Totaalfestival
Aug. 13 - Oulu, Finland - Jalometalli Festival
Loudtv.net as posted a video interview online with drummer Fotis Benardo from the Greek band Septicflesh, conducted one month after the release of the group's 8th album entitled "The Great Mass." The video clip can be viewed in two parts below, and the live segments come from the band's Paris show in the Nouveau Casino de Paris in May 2011.
KYUSS LIVES! -- featuring original KYUSS members John Garcia, Nick Oliveri and Brant Bjork along with guitarist Bruno Fevery -- will unleash their desert rock fury on North America for the first time in over 15 years this fall. The eagerly anticipated near total return of the California rock pioneers follows the blanket success of the group's sold out spring European and Australian tours which have proven to be a feast of recognition for the legendary musicians. Now, due to unprecedented demand, KYUSS LIVES! has announced that they will perform their classic songs in the following North American cities this September / October:
Here are the latest KYUSS LIVES! North American live dates:
September 16 - Toronto, ON @ The Sound Academy (w/ Monstro opens, remaining support TBA)
September 17 - Guelph, ON @ Guelph Concert Theatre (w/ Monstro opens, remaining support TBA)
September 18 - Montreal, QC @ Olympia de Montréal (w/ Monstro opens, remaining support TBA)
September 20 - Worcester, MA @ The Palladium (w/ support from The Sword, Monstro)
September 21 - Philadelphia, PA @ The Trocadero (w/ support from The Sword, Monstro)
September 23 - New York, NY @ Terminal 5 (w/ support from The Sword, Monstro)
September 24 - Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club (w/ support from The Sword, Monstro)
September 25 - Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel (w/ Monstro opens, remaining support TBA)
September 26 - Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade (w/ Monstro opens, remaining support TBA)
September 28 - New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues (w/ Monstro opens, remaining support TBA)
September 29 - Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live (w/ support from The Sword, Monstro)
October 1 - Austin, TX @ Stubb's (w/ support from The Sword, Monstro)
October 2 - Dallas, TX @ South Side Music Hall (w/ support from The Sword, Monstro)
October 4 - Denver, CO @ The Summit Music Hall (w/ Monstro opens, remaining support TBA)
October 5 - Santa Fe, NM @ Santa Fe Brewing Company (w/ support from The Sword, Monstro)
October 6 - Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre (w/ support from The Sword, Monstro)
October 7 - Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues (w/ support from The Sword, Monstro)
October 8 - Pomona, CA @ The Fox Theater (w/ support from The Sword, Monstro)
KYUSS LIVES! will also perform in Mexico, Chile, Argentina and Brazil in November, 2011. The just-announced dates are as follows:
November 9 - Mexico City, Mexico @ El Circo Volador
November 11 - Santiago, Chile @ Teatro Teleton
November 12 - Buenos Aires, Argentina @ Teatro Colegiales
November 13 - Sao Paulo, Brazil @ Caricoa Club
August Burns Red has posted another new song online from the band's upcoming album "Leveler," which is due in stores and online June 21st through Solid State Records. You can check out the track "Divisions" in the player below.
The band also previously uploaded the new song "Internal Cannon," which can be heard by heading over to this location. The "Leveler" track listing is as follows:
2. Internal Cannon
4. Cutting the Ties
6. Carpe Diem
7. 40 Nights
8. Salt & Light
9. Poor Millionaire
11. Boys of Fall
Threat Signal has issued the following announcement about recording the band's upcoming third album:
"On June 12th we are driving our asses out to Massachusetts to begin tracking our 3rd release with metal mastermind Zeuss. He has worked on many killer albums from bands such as Chimaira, Hatebreed, All That Remains, The Acacia Strain, Born Of Osiris, Shadows Fall, and many more… We are extremely excited to have Zeuss on board producing and mixing our new record!
"So what can you expect from the new Threat Signal record? Well… basically we said lets write the heaviest fuckin record we possibly can. We've been experimenting with 7 string guitars and drop tunings since the early days, so we have decided to write almost the whole new record that way. We are headed back to the Under Reprisal days but with bigger balls.
"We will have weekly updates and video blogs of our studio progress, so keep checking back for that shit."
You can also check out footage of the band performing the new song "Fallen Disciples" by heading over to this location.
Norway's Execration has announced the LP "Odes of the Occult" will be released through Duplicate Records on June 27th, 2011. You can preorder the album or get the already available digital download version at this location. The cover artwork and track listing are available below.
1 - Ode To Obscurity
2 - Unction
3 - Entheogen
4 - Intermezzo I
5 - A Crutch For Consolation
6 - Soul Maggot
7 - Grains
8 - Obsession
9 - Intermezzo II
10 - Left In Scorn
11 - High Priest
Dry Eye Cascade has checked in with the following update about lineup changes and offering songs from the band's new EP as free downloads:
"As you probably noticed, our Myspace profile is not quite up to date, which unfortunately so with the fact that Myspace is currently probably dying. We will therefore recommend to like us on Facebook, as there are updates and the latest news for you.
"Nevertheless, we want you here either denied the newest stuff, because a lot has happened in the time. There was a lineup change for us, our second guitarist Kai has left the band and was first replaced by our friend Timbo, but this is only temporary. However, we now have a very good replacement found and that Andre, the singer from Fight Your Creation.
"Then we were in the studio with the guys from DP Tone Records which, as we see, have done their job very very nice. There we have 4 songs for our EP 'No Return' included, which you can listen to or simply download for free here.
"Furthermore, we have also modified the Myspace page a bit. The moment now looks very ähmm shit ..... and we still consider whether it is worth it to make new again. So, I think that's it with the most important things."
You can also listen to the song "Close Your Eyes" by heading over to this location.
Just For Fun
Continuing the meme that just won't die, an excellent spoof of 2004 German film "Der Untergang" (also known as "Downfall") has been made of Hitler reacting to the controversial new Morbid Angel album, "Illud Divinum Insanus." Watch it below.
In addition to other musicians weighing in on the album, Metalunderground.com recently reviewed "Illud Divinum Insanus" and featured Morbid Angel in our Sunday Old School column prior to the album's release.
Finland's Amorphis has issued the following announcement about an upcoming U.S. show with Nighwish and about a new video interview being posted online:
"On January 21, 2012, Amorphis will join Nightwish for a special show at Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City, CA. Tickets are available from Livenation. Two days later, the band will embark on the 70,000 Tons Of Metal cruise from Florida to the Cayman Islands. Make sure to book your cabin soon... And for now, here's a brand new interview with Tomi Joutsen (Finnish with English subtitles)."
The new Amorphis record "The Beginning of Times" recently hit #1 in Finland, and the album will be seeing its North American release on June 7th, 2011. A teaser trailer for the album can be found at this location.
Germany's Diabolos Dust has officially inked a deal with Massacre Records. A statement the from the label about the band's history reads as follows:
"Diabolos Dust exists under its name since 2007. After several lineup changes, today's lineup looks like this: Vocalist Jürgen (ex-Flood Of Ages, El-k-mino), bassist Roland (ex-Sengaya) as well as the two founding members Toni (guitar) and Stefan (drums). Diabolos Dust play tough 80's metal, but the band isn't a copy of other bands in this genre.
"Diabolos Dust uses the trademarks of this era and make the sound unique with their
catchy and variable songwriting. The sound is also characterized by various influences from the metal scene and so every song is a piece of art on it's own.
"Monstrous power drumming and a driving bass provide the foundation for a solid guitar work and powerful vocals. With a rhythm section that knows how to create pressure and polyphonic shouting Diabolos Dust's independent trademark's created."
You can also check out the music the band has to offer by heading over to the official Diabolos Dust MySpace profile.
Coroner Records has announced that Disarmonia Mundi's third album "Mind Tricks" (produced by Ettore Rigotti and mixed at Studio Fredman in 2006) will be re-released in an extended version digipak format. The extended version includes new cover artwork and four additional bonus tracks, including a brand new song entitled "Ringside Seat To Human Tragedy" featuring Christian Älvestam (Solution .45, ex-Scar Symmetry).
"Mind Tricks (Extended Version)" will be released worldwide on June 30th, 2011 (July 1st, 2011 in the UK) via Coroner Records in Digipak format and Digital Download.
The track listing is as follows:
1. Resurrection Code
3. Celestial Furnace
4. Nihilistic Overdrive
5. Parting Ways
6. Venom Leech And The Hands Of Rain
7. Liquid Wings
8. Process Of Annihilation
9. Last Breed
10. A Taste Of Collapse
11. Mouth For War
12. Celestial Furnace (Acoustic Version)
13. Ringside Seat To Human Tragedy (Feat. Christian Älvestam)
14. Moon Of Glass
15. Nihilistic Overdrive (Remix)
Christ Agony has posted the cover artwork online for the band's new album "NocturN," which can be viewed below. The art was handled by by Michal Grabowski of BlackTeamMedia. The track listing for the album is as follows:
1. Opus Sacrum / Reign Of Chaos
2. Frozen Path Unholy Fire
3. The Stigma Of Hell
4. Silent Gods Of Darkness
5. Demonicon Illuminati
6. Black Star Falling
7. Flames Of Several Suns
8. Opus Profanum / Fields Of Inferno
The premiere of the new album "NocturN" is currently set for Autumn 2011 through Mystic Production.
A new commercial for "From Fear To Eternity," the latest compilation release from British heavy metal legends Iron Maiden, has been posted online. You can check it out below. The album hits the shelves today in Europe, with a North American release to follow tomorrow. The album is a two disc collection of songs from 1990 to 2010, featuring songs from "No Prayer For The Dying," up to the group's latest release, "The Final Frontier."
Swedish progressive metal veterans Opeth have revealed the full tour schedule for their forthcoming trek across North America. Supporting them on the run will be Katatonia.
The tour dates are as follows: More...
Steven Wilson, frontman of progressive act Porcupine Tree, has announced that his side project act No-Man will be appearing at the forthcoming Burning Shed 10th anniversary event on October 14, 2011.
The appearance will mark the first time the band has performed together since 2008 and will feature the group playing a 45 minute set, including some songs never played live before.
The event is set to take place on October 14, 2011 at the Assembly in Leamington Spa which is located one and a half hours from London, England.
New live footage has made its way online featuring Orphaned Land guitarist Yossi Sassi joining guitar virtuoso Marty Friedman on stage for the performance of Thunder March. You can check out the footage, which was taken during Friedman's May 31 concert at Reading 3 Club in Tel Aviv, Israel, in the player below.
European modern metal act Icon In Me has posted some new footage documenting the making of its forthcoming new music video. The video was shot for the track "Un-Slaved" and is expected to debut online by the end of June.
The cover artwork for the band's new album "Head Break Solution" is available for viewing by heading over to this location.
Austria's The Sorrow has posted some behind-the-scenes footage from its recent music video shoot for the track "Farewells." You can check out the footage in the player below. The full music video is available for viewing at this location.
Suicide Silence has posted the second in a series of recording studio updates from the band's time recording the new album "The Black Crown." You can check out the clip below. "The Black Crown" is currently set for release on July 12th, 2011.
I’ve only heard half-remembered memories about this festival. I really had no idea what to expect about the stage lay-out, the area of town, the people, or the bar situation. As I walked down the hill to Sonar, I gradually saw the small bunch of metalheads walking in to see the first band Witchaven. I entered the main hall and followed the crude, hand-written signs explaining where the stage was in the dark, labyrinthine building. Entering into the main room for the first time was like stepping into a metal dream; coming from the hot, sunny outdoors to a cold, pitch black massive room with seemingly no end and seeing an awesome band already in progress with ultra bright flashing lights interrupting your vision and furthering the illusion of this chamber. More...