Metal News for June 6, 2013
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36 news articles posted on this day.
Lots of girls, bandanas, and as usual, excess, highlight this week’s video offering. More...
Protest the Hero has issued the following announcement about parting ways with drummer Moe Carlson:
"We know we have been silent for the past couple months while we record this beast, but we assure you it's almost done and is turning out extremely well. We plan on releasing our beloved 'pupdates' throughout the summer while we set up to release this new album so stay tuned for that.
"With all this incredible progress, however, we have some sad news. Our brother and friend Moe has decided to leave the band to go back to school in pursuit of some of his other passions. When our grueling studio schedule just wouldn't work with his grueling school schedule, we realized we would need to find a session player for the new album.
"With Moe's guidance and approval, we found us a nice match in Chris Adler! Having known Chris for a few years, and with he and Moe being drum-buddies, it seemed like a perfect fit. We are happy to say that Chris has already come and gone from Canada and has left us with some beautiful drum tracks. Can't wait for you all to hear it!"
Finnish black metal outfit Kielletty Viisaus has posted a new demo track online titled "Varjo." Listen to the track below, or find more info on the band at Facebook here.
A Code Of Silence (not to be confused with Scotland's Code of Silence) has released a new self-titled demo album online. Check it out below or over at Bandcamp. The track listing is as follows:
1. Standing In Line 04:42
2. Destruction 04:09
3. Justice 04:47
4. We Ride 06:00
5. Feed 03:35
6. No Longer There 04:05 More...
The Last Hangmen has posted a new live music video online for "...Or Forever Hold Your Peace," recorded at the Sektor Evolution 2013. Check it out below. The track comes off the band's "Executing Empires" album.
Norwegian black metal act Svarthaueg will be releasing new album "Drakonsk Magi," and follow-up to the "Ritual" EP, this summer via Ketzer Records. Further details on the album will be announced shortly. In the mean time, you can also check out the previously posted "Balam" video from the "Ritual" EP.
Witches Mark has released a teaser trailer for new album "Witching Metal Ritual," which can be found below. The band also comments:
"We are proud to present this promo video featuring samples of every song on our new album 'Witching Metal Ritual.' The official release date will be July 15th, 2013 through Heaven and Hell Records. Watch this space as we will be providing a pre-order link soon as well as debuting our new music video for the album's title track!"
Deals Death has inked a deal with Strikhult Productions to release a new album coming later this year. The following press release was issued about the band:
"After five years of hard work and dedication, Deals Death has earned their name in the world of metal! With tours in Sweden, Finland, Japan and the UK in just under 8 months, sharing stages with bands such as Scar Symmetry, Hypocrisy, Dark Tranquillity and making appearances at numerous festivals such as House Of Metal, Rockstad Falun & Sweden Rock; Deals Death have just started to reveal the tip of the iceberg to their potential.
"The band’s second album ‘Elite’ which was released last year via Spinefarm/Universal garnered Deals Death extensive press coverage further cementing their place as one of Sweden’s most promising up and coming acts.
"It is with their heads held high that Deals Death continues to lay down the foundations to future success and go into a new booking cooperation with the mighty Srikhult Productions. With this new partnership signed in blood very soon Scandinavia and Europe will be met with full force of Deals Death as conquests come to fruition. The new album is complete, forged in the deep woods of Grangärde, Sweden, the fall of 2013 will be interesting... very interesting."
You can also watch the official video for "Fortified" from the latest Deals Death album below. More...
Nashville act Transcend The Fallen has posted the following message online about parting ways with the band's drummer:
"Due to recent circumstances and personal decisions, Phillip Garner, drummer and founding member of Transcend The Fallen, has decided to step down from the band. This was a decision he has made on his own and it is a fully supported choice.
"Many in the scene have come think of him like a brother and he will be missed. Keep your eyes out for him in and around the local scene and possibly on a few studio recordings as his time allows.
"Thanks again to Phillip for the past 3 years worth of memories, laughs and awesome drum chops.
"We are currently talking with a few drummers and searching for someone to fill in for the foreseeable future. If you are interested, please reach out to one of the remaining members!"
Selene has posted a trailer online for upcoming release "Among the Frozen," which features samples from all the tracks and can be heard below. "Among the Frozen" is due out July 16th, 2013. The track listing is:
1. Peace of Mind
2. 'Til the Shadows
3. End of it All (watch the lyric video right here)
5. The Codex
Massacre Records is preparing to release "The Rise Of Resistance," the blazing fourth studio full-length from German metal warriors Circle of Silence, with the label having just confirmed July 2nd as the North American street date. A teaser trailer for the album can be viewed below, and the following press release was also issued:
"Since 2005 central Germany-based Circle of Silence has perpetuated their brand of rugged, classic but fresh traditional/power metal with a dark edge -- comparable to Iced Earth, Savatage, Brainstorm and Sanctuary -- their sound growing more potent and epic with each release. Following their 2006 debut album Your Own Story, followed by 2008’s The Supremacy Of Time and most recently The Blackened Halo released in 2011, The Rise Of Resistance boasts fifty minutes of the band’s most striking, solid metal yet. Once again the band sanctioned producer Vagelis Maranis (ex-Sanvoisen) in his Maranis Studios (Winter’s Verge, Saidian, Suicidal Angels) for the recording sessions, and brought in Vitaly Alexius/Scitart (Evile, Gainward) for the cover design. Circle of Silence’s uncompromising American style of power metal reigns supreme on The Rise Of Resistance." More...
Atlanta’s ultimate killing machine Dead in the Dirt has completed work on "The Blind Hole," the faction’s debut full-length recording, and will unload it upon the masses this Summer via Southern Lord. The album is due out August 6th, 2013.
Today Lambgoat rolls out the first look into "The Blind Hole" with an exclusive premiere of the album’s second blistering track “The Blaring Eye." Give it a listen here or in the player below. The album's track listing is:
2. The Blaring Eye
4. Strength Through Restraint
5. Idiot Bliss
6. You Bury Me
10. No Chain
11. Will Is The War
13. One More Day
14. The Pit Of Me
18. Pitch Black Tomb
19. The Last Nail
20. Two Flames
21. Knife In The Feathers
22. Halo Crown More...
Extreme metallers Noctem recently confirmed the participation of Daniel Cardoso in the recording process of their new album. The artist & producer from Lisbon, Portugal will be present in the whole recording process, that will take place in Valencia, Spain in July of this year.
Daniel Cardoso also worked with Noctem on previous album “Oblivion,” and has worked with international artists such as Anathema, Angelus Apatrida, Ava Inferi, Switchtense, and Anneke Van Giersbergen.
Noctem has stated this new album will be "faster, darker, and harder” than anything the band has recorded before. Catch the band live:
June 29th 2013 – Madrid, Parla at Asaco Metal Fest
August 1st 2013 – August 3rd 2013 – Viveiro, Lugo at Resurrection Fest
August 9th 2013 – Alicante at Leyendas del Rock Festival
Sludge, the band featuring Makro from Swiss act Samael, has posted a new song online simply titled "FUCK." Enjoy the totally brutal "FUCK" below.
You can also hear more from Sludge by checking out our look at the band last year in the "Unknown Side Project" edition of our Unearthing the Metal Underground column.
Sludge also comments on the new track: "Sometime ago we had that idea of recording a demo for a new album.
"So we decided to put 3.5 mics here and there in our rehearsal room, (the 0.5 mic being actually a kid’s toy/microphone... I mean it’s REALLY a toy, but it seems to work fine and that kid never complained so.. anyway...) we did that quickly, and by the end of the process, we found ourselves quite surprised by the result, I mean, in a positive way (if that can be said for that kind of music)
"So we thought it was good enough to release it as it was. We made no overdubs, no overproduction or such thing and we think that’s the way it should be for this time. So here it is, for you, as a starter, the Nasty, Heavy and Rotten to the core."
Secretpath has released a new lyric video for “…And I Return To The River,” the first single extracted from debut album “Wanderer and the Choice.” Check it out below. The new album is due out on June 28th, 2013.
Rio de Janeiro based black metal outfit Black Vulture today releases the "Medo" album online. You can now stream the full release online at Bandcamp or through the player below. The track listing is as follows:
1. Fumaca 09:39
2. Pai 11:16
3. Braco e Perna 09:11
4. Who Made You 12:22
5. Joy 03:36 More...
Vista Chino, the band formed by John Garcia and Brant Bjork (formerly of Kyuss) that signed to Napalm Records last month, has finished work on a new album.
Today the band has unveiled the album title as well as the cover art for the record. The album is titled "Peace" and the artwork for the album was created by California art collective - The Date Farmers.
Drummer Brant Bjork commented about working with the collective: "The Date Farmers are native to the desert where we are from. It is an honor to work together with such prolific artists!"
Vista Chino's first North American performance will take place this Sunday June 9th at the Orion Festival in Detroit, MI curated by Metallica. Vista Chino will appear on the Frantic Stage. A full North American tour will be announced shortly. Catch the band live: More...
Brazil's Broken & Burnt has released a video for "Tell Me No Lies," taken from the "Let The Burning Begin" album.
The video was recorded by Thais Carletti and Marcelo Abelha, the director who worked with the group previously on "The New Me" video. About the partnership the members comment:
"Again we had the opportunity to work with Marcelo Abelha, a great friend who is extremely professional and knows how to capture our feeling on stage and shows perfectly our 'keep breaking and burning' attitude. We loved the result and we hope you guys enjoy it too."
Russian act Montezuma's Revenge has posted the full "Key To The Abyss" album online for streaming, which can be heard through the YouTube player below. The following press release was also issued about the album:
"The album's eight-track story takes place between two apocalypses: the freezing cold in 'Sleeping Beauty' meets the burning sheltering mayhem in 'Dead Frost.' Black Ice Princess wakes from eternal slumber and brings cold death wherever she goes. Birds fall on earth, every drop of blood turns to stone, her name rings in the icy dead air and every meaning becomes her name.
"The world freezes over, but a drop of fresh blood brings cold colossus to life, the Golem, who breaks free from his sub zero mausoleum and sets every inch of the earth on fire. Between the two catastrophes, the two cold instruments in the merciless hands of mother nature, unfolds a story of a human microcosm. The story of the Key to the Abyss. The sacred knowledge of a sacrifice passed on from father to his daughter. It's the key to death and the future at the same.
"The girl finds out about 'The Key' from the cold depth of dead space, in which her father's body is buried and sacrifices her young heart to inhale her ancestor's wrath into the body of the cold Golem in his black mausoleum. The same 'Key' is found by the character of 'Anti-Entity,' which tells the story of a violent liberation of one's own spirit. Vicious craving of eternal absolute results in devouring of the person's own flesh. In cathartic enlightenment he takes a bite of his own meat and feels sanctified." More...
Eternal Wisdom has completed the song writing process for a new album, and recording is set to begin for "Garden of Eden" this coming August. The track listing will be:
2. Buried in a Astral Temple
3. The Ritual Made Flesh
4. Into Sephirotic Oceans
5. Schizoid Depressions and Hysterical Obsessions
6. Marche Funebre
7. Wanderer of the Inner path
8. Cry for the Emptiness III
You can also stream the previousl album "Meditation Of The Cleansing Fire" by heading over to this location.
Portuguese dark metallers Heavenwood have released a new pre-production track online from the upcoming album "The Tarot Of The Bohemians - Part I," which will be the follow-up to the 2011 Listenable Records release "Abyss Masterpiece." Check out the song "Strength" below.
The new album is inspired by Papus aka Gerard Encausse (July 13, 1865 - October 25, 1916), the Spanish-born French physician and hypnotist who popularized occultism and founded the modern Martinist Order.
Counterparts is set to release new album "The Difference Between Hell And Home" on July 23rd, 2013. Vocalist Brendan Murphy comments:
"There was so much preparation, thought, hard work, whatever you want to call it put into this record. We spent more time on these songs than I can even remember, and we couldn’t be happier with how it turned out. It’s everything we’ve ever done so far, but better. If you give a shit about Counterparts, you will like this record."
In support of the forthcoming album, Counterparts has announced the band will be embarking on an album release tour in Canada. Dates are as follows:
8/09 – Halifax, NS @ The Pavilion
8/10 – Fredericton, NB @ The Cellar
8/11 – Quebec City, QC @ L’Agitee
8/13 – Montreal, QC @ La Sala Rossa
8/14 – Ottawa, ON @ Mavericks
8/15 – Toronto, ON @ Sneaky Dee’s
8/17 – London, ON @ RumRunners
Berlin-based classic/psychedelic rockers Kadavar have just announced a split with bass player Mammut. The band comments: “After almost three years of band history, Mammut left the band due to musical and personal reasons. We believe that this decision was for the good of us all and wish him only the best for his future.”
Already during the past weeks, Mammut hasn’t been part of Kadavar’s extensive touring activities, but has been replaced by a stand-in musician who also happens to be an old friend of the band and is now officially introduced as the new Kadavar bassist – Simon Bouteloup.
The band states: “For us, Simon Bouteloup was the only replacement imaginable all along. We’ve toured with his ex-band AQUA NEBULA OSCILLATOR in the past and recorded a split record with them. Afterwards, he accompanied our tours on a regular basis. In autumn of 2012 he moved from Paris to Berlin and joined THE OATH. We’re happy to have him on board as a permanent member now!” More...
The day the thrash metal world had been waiting for came this past Thursday at the Beastival Open Air in Geiselwind, Germany when The Big Teutonic 4 - Kreator Sodom, Destruction, and Tankdard - performed in front of thousands of metalheads.
Now, all four bands share their memories and thoughts of this memorable night. A photo taken after the shows by artist Stefan 'Heile' Heilemann of Heilemania can also be found below.
Kreator's Mille Petrozza comments: "My personal highlight were the fans! We had real bad luck with the weather and during our gig there was not just heavy rain but also a real storm so that it would rain on stage all the time. Our fans once more proved to be the toughest and best in the world and partied with us till the end. Touching and impressive at the same time. Beastival was a KILLER festival overall!"
Sodom's Tom Angelripper states: "Beastival was a special event for Sodom. The Big Teutonic 4 sharing the same stage... this event will go down in history. Aside of that everything else was just classy as well. I've barely experienced a festival as well-organized as this. And a special thank you also goes out to all the metalheads that stuck with us despite the heavy rain and made this festival a memorable and great experience for all of us! We're hoping on a repetition!" More...
U.K. metallers Heart of a Coward have inked a worldwide deal with Century Media Records. The quintet recently hit the studio to record a second album and follow-up to the debut "Hope & Hindrance" that was released in 2012. The yet-untitled album is scheduled for a release before the end of 2013.
Jamie Graham (vocals) comments on joining the team: "Century Media are on our wavelength in terms of where we want to take Heart of a Coward, as well as boasting releases from some of our favorite bands and influences. It's an honor to be a part of the CM family and we are really excited to have such an awesome label on board."
You can also catch the band live:
15.06.2013 (UK) Donington Park - Download Festival
18.06.2013 (UK) London - Underworld (w/ Vision of Disorder)
30.06.2013 (UK) Leeds - Ghostfest Main Stage
11.07.2013 (RUS) Moscow - Plan B (w/ Between The Buried & Me, Thy Art Is Murder)
12.07.2013 (RUS) St. Petersburg - Club Zal (w/ Between The Buried & Me, Thy Art Is Murder)
14.07.2013 (UK) Peterborough - The Plough, UK TechFest Main Stage
20.07.2013 (UK) Manchester - Sound Control, Summerjam Festival
Beneath split with the band's vocalist back in April, and now the band has posted the following statement online about recruiting a replacement:
"Say hello to our new vocalist Benedikt! He is known here in Iceland for his other acts such as Offerings, Hindurvættir and Azoic, but now he has joined Beneath and we are really happy with his decision.
"We believe he is the best man possible to fill Gísli´s shoes and look forward to integrating his elements into the band.
"He will record vocals for our next album, which will be recorded abroad, and he has already started working on vocal structures for the new songs."
For more info on Beneath, head over to the band's Facebook profile here.
Australia's Reflections Of Ruin has released a new music video for "Blind Eye," which can be viewed in the player below. "Blind Eye" comes off the band's new EP "Rebirth." The track listing is as follows:
1. Initiate 01:16
2. Hollow (Feat. Joseph Varley) 04:10
3. Rebirth 04:13
4. Good Life 04:40
5. Blind Eye 03:49
6. Purgatory 04:45
Sweden's Pest has launched the second song off forthcoming "The Crowning Horror" album. The release will hit shops in two weeks (June 18th) in Europe and on the 9th of July in North America via Agonia Records.
The second unveiled track entitled "Face Obscured By Death" can be streamed now via Decibel Magazine or in the player below. The previously posted song "Volcanic Eyes" is also available at this location.
The album's track listing is:
1. The Funeral Hours
2. A Face Obscured By Death
3. Volcanic Eyes
4. Devil’s Mark
6. The Abomination of the God
7. Thirteen Chimes
9. The Crowning Horror
10. Eternal Curse More...
Five Finger Death Punch will release "The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell Vol. 1" on July 30th, 2013. The cover artwork can be viewed below, and Zoltan Bathory comments:
"The album artwork was done by one of my favorite illustrators, Greg Capullo (Batman, Spawn, Gunslinger) the 'Dark Lord' of ink-splattered violence. Greg is a metalhead and he is funny as hell so it was riot working with him…" More...
Just For Fun
At a live show last night in Manchester, thrash act Megadeth briefly stopped the show due to technical problems, which apparently caused a fan to begin booing. Footage of Mustaine's response can be seen below, courtesy of YouTube user Tedthecamera.
Is this good old classic "metal as fuck" Dave, or new "what the sweet Jesus are you thinking" Dave? You decide!
In related news, Megadeth just released new album "Super Collider." Check out two tracks from the album at this location.
Today is the seventh annual International Day of Slayer, the day when metal fans around the world are encouraged to skip school, blow off work, and spend the day listening to Slayer at full blast in your car, at full blast in your home, at full blast at any public place you prefer.
Remind the planet that metal fans are here to stay and an ongoing force to be reckoned with! Slayer is currently on tour in Europe, but Kerry King recorded this International Day of Slayer message:
American progressive metal veterans Dream Theater have announced that they will release their brand new, self-titled album through Roadrunner Records on September 24th. This will be their second record to feature drummer Mike Mangini, who replaced founding member, Mike Portnoy in 2011 and debuted with the band on their previous album, "A Dramatic Turn Of Events." Speaking on the new album, guitarist John Petrucci stated:
"I see every new album as an opportunity to start over. To either build or improve upon a direction that has been evolving over time or to completely break new ground. This is the first self-titled album of our career and there is nothing I can think of that makes a statement of musical and creative identity stronger than that. We’ve fully explored all of the elements that make us unique, from the epic and intense to the atmospheric and cinematic. We’re incredibly excited about Dream Theater and can’t wait for everyone to hear it."
Dream Theater will be available in a wide range of distinctive versions, including standard and special edition CDs, 180 Gram Vinyl Double LP, and a Limited Edition Box Set. Pre-orders are scheduled to get underway sometime in July at the Roadrunner Records Webstore. A world tour in support of the album is currently being planned and details will be revealed shortly The band has also posted a short, "In Studio" video, which can be viewed below. More...
Nine Inch Nails has posted a new single online titled "Came Back Haunted," which can be heard below, and the band also comments:
"Our new full-length album, Hesitation Marks, will be released September 3rd on Columbia Records. The first single, 'Came Back Haunted,' is out now, and you can listen to it below. You can also download the song right now by pre-ordering the album from us or on iTunes.
"We’ve also announced our new tour, Tension 2013, coming this fall to North America. Picking up where Lights in the Sky left off, this is the full-on NIN live experience realized as we never could before. View tour dates and on-sale dates on our tour page. As usual, we have a nin.com presale designed to get the best tickets in the hands of real fans at reasonable prices - check here for full presale details and times. This is just the beginning…" More...
Chthonic released new album "Bú-Tik" earlier this month, and now the band is working on a new music video from the release. Check out a teaser trailer for the upcoming "Supreme Pain for the Tyrant" video below.
You can also watch the full previously released video for "Sail Into Sunset's Fire" at this location. The track listing for the new album is:
1. Arising Armament (Intro)
2. Supreme Pain For The Tyrant
3. Sail Into The Sunset’s Fire
4. Next Republic
5. Rage Of My Sword
6. Between Silence And Death
7. Resurrection Pyre
8. Set Fire To The Island
9. Defenders Of Bú-tik Palace
10. Undying Rearmament (Outro)
Swedish death/thrashers GrandExit (formerly Vicious from 2002-2010), posted a new music video for the track "Judgement Of The Wicked." The song will appear on the new release "The Dead Justifies The Means," the first release for new label Lifeforce Records, which is scheduled to drop on July 5, 2013. Pre-orders can be made over at this location.
Check out "Judgement of the Wicked" here:
German symphonic death metal act Deadlock announced that the band will release its sixth full length LP "The Arsonist" on July 26, 2013 via Napalm Records. A trailer for the album and the artwork can be viewed below.
With their mix of Melodic Death Metal and elements from the world of pop the band has reached a new level of maturity and depth of details on "The Arsonist." The band did not shy away from orchestral sounds, choir elements or synth fragments, which will make “The Arsonist” a timeless piece of music.
Besides Sebastian Reichl, Benny Richter (e.g. Caliban/Moonspell) took his place behind the mixing console. The pounding fundament of the drums was laid down at the Chemical Burn Studios with Alexander Dietz (Heaven Shall Burn) at the helm. Eike Fresse (e.g. Callejon/OOMPH!/Gamma Ray) mixed the new songs at the Hammer Studios in Hamburg. Finishing and mastering touches were provided by Olman Viper (Caliban/Emil Bulls/ZSK) at the Hertzwerk Studios. The artwork was created by Niklas Sundin (Dark Tranquility)
The track list is as follows:
1. The Great Pretender
2. I'm Gone
3. Dead City Sleepers
4. The Arsonist
5. Darkness Divine
6. As We Come Undone
8. The Final Storm
9. Small Town Boy (Bronski Beat-Cover)
10. My Pain
11. Dead City Sleepers (Erode-Remix)(Bonus Track)
12. As We Come Undone (Philip Abbas-Remix) (Bonus Track) More...