Metal News for June 7, 2011
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We've been talking with bands and fans everywhere to get their mosh pit stories. This week, Robert Triches, bassist of Swedish metal band The Quill shares a different perspective with our readers:
We've got a few very hardcore fans that follow us wherever we go when we're on tour. It's truly amazing to see familiar faces in the pit (yes, they're always up in front) night after night after night, no matter what. And you realise that if you yourself hauled your ass 500 miles since last night, so did they, and that really warms a roadworn heart. Well, maybe it's because we go on tour so seldom that people travel across Europe just to catch a show, I don't know. Or maybe it's just the show... I don't know, and it doesn't really matter. The love we guys in the band feel for our fans are borderline unhealthy. Thanks so much for your support... You know who you are.
The Quill is set to release their first new album in five years with "Full Circle," which is due out on July 26th, 2011 via via Metalville Records.
Be sure to check back every Tuesday for more pit stories.
I have to assume Bill LoNero does not like Yngwie Malmsteen. And that he’s not much into the ‘core that comes with breakdowns and all sorts of vocalist cops running around and all that. But he’s certainly found his niche as an instrumental metal band. After releasing his second full length, titled “J.F.L.,” on May 23 (reviewed here), Bill has a lot on his mind, including why he’s not a fan of widdly-widdly guitar playing, what equipment he used on the album, what the album title “J.F.L.” stands for and why you should give him a chance!
Fortunately for us here at Metal Underground, he took the (presumably quite a bit of) time to write fantastically deep answers to our email interview. So do Bill a solid and go grab your favorite Killswitch Engage album (kidding!) and enjoy! More...
Moonspell has posted behind-the-scenes footage online from the band's time recording the "Finisterra" video, which was taken off the "Memorial" album. You can check out the making-of clip in the player below.
Where precisely does heavy metal end and some other style of music begin? Without blast beats or hellish screams or showy solos, can an album still hold a metal fans attention? That's a question music lovers of many stripes can explore freely with "The Valley Path," the new 40 minute long single-track album from genre benders U.S. Christmas (USX).
The odd name may raise eyebrows, but the journey the music takes is far more serious than the title may lead on, and is well worth exploring by fans of heavier music. A song of mammoth (and trance-inducing) proportions, "The Valley Path" is a slowly winding and deliberate excursion into both nature and many different layers of music.
To explain the band's new album, vocalist and guitarist Nate Hall spoke at length with me about how the release ending up being one single track. Commenting on the recording of "The Valley Path," Nate expounded "It’s kind of hard to describe it but we’re driven by something that’s not entirely me or us. There’s something with music that’s kind of mysterious and you just sort of channel it sometimes and that’s how I felt with this. It’s real natural, like it’s supposed to happen that way." Below you can find a transcription of the entire conversation, in which Nate also discusses the geography that inspired the album, working with Neurot, his new solo album, and the "Slow Southern Steel" documentary. More...
Canadian black metal band Sorcier des Glaces has officially finished recording a third album titled "The Puressence of Primitive Forests," which will be released on July 25th, 2011 through Mankind's Demise records. A limited edition of 100 copies will include "Snowland" (original master) as a second CD.
You can download a new track from the album, titled "...Et les Anges périrent sous la Neige," by clicking here. The track is also available for streaming in the clip below.
Winchester, VA based death/grind act The Vomiting Dinosaurs is currently streaming the band's new album "Eat the Homeless" online. You can check out the tracks from the release by heading over to this location. The track listing for "Eat the Homeless" is as follows:
1. Blood Jungle
2. Sabretooth Zombie
3. Septic Grinder
4. Calcareous Epiphragm
6. Tortured Corpse Envy
8. Metal Detector
Italy's Ignition Code is currently streaming the band's entire 2010 "Upgraded" EP online. You can check out the tracks by heading over to the official Ignition Code Facebook page. Ignition Code is also currently recording tracks for an upcoming full-length album. Details on the album will be announced as they are made available.
The "Upgraded" EP's track listing is as follows:
1. Human B.P.M.
2. Game Gear
Dayton, OH metalcore experience The Paramedic recently announced that the band is giving away the new EP, "The Devil In Me," for free. The EP was self-produced by the band at its personal studio in Dayton, OH. You can download the EP by heading over here.
The track listing is as follows:
1. The Sixth Seal
2. A Vessel Of Times Past
3. The Devil In Me
4. From The Throne
“This EP is all about fighting off your demons and finding self empowerment, which is something we can all relate to,” states guitarist Jake Nolan. “Musically, we just wanted to write the most fun and colorful piece of art that we could while still capturing the message behind it and the overall mood. At the same time we wanted to create something all heavy music fans alike could easily digest and move too. I am proud of this release, and I am so happy that we are able to share it in it's entirety with anyone who wants to hear it for free. This is our gift to the masses, we hope you like our music and share our gift to all of your friends.”
Fair to Midland has been confirmed to support The Damned Things and Maylene & The Sons of Disaser on the Inked Magazine tour this summer. "We're very excited about being a part of this tour," says bassist Jon Dicken. "We're fans of all the bands involved and are looking forward to hitting the road with them for what looks like should be a fun summer. It's a great way to kick off the release of our new record. Also, since it's called the Inked Magazine Tour we may need to make a few tattoo shop stops before the tour starts!"
The band has also been confirmed to support Dredg in July along side The Trophy Fire. Those dates are in addition to the cluster of CD Release shows the act announced earlier this week.
Fair to Midland will release a new full-length entitled "Arrows and Anchors" on July 12th, 2011. This is the band’s follow-up to the "Fables from a Mayfly: What I Tell You Three Times Is True" record released in 2007. One of the new tracks, titled "Amarillo Sleeps on My Pillow" is still being given away as a free download.
The upcoming tour dates are as follows: More...
With only a handful of days left before the release of the debut album "And Hell Will Follow Me" from A Pale Horse Named Death, the band is now streaming another new track online. Revolver Magazine is premiering the new song from the album entitled "Pillhead," It is currently being streamed at this location. The new album is set for release on June 14th, 2011 through SPV/Steamhammer.
"And Hell Will Follow Me" will be available in three different formats: Digipak CD, 2 LP set, and digital download. The 2 LP Set comes on 180 gram vinyl and also includes a copy of the CD. In addition the 2 LP set features an LP exclusive bonus track: "Pickup Truck."
A Pale Horse Named Death has previously posted several other tracks from the album online. You can check out the songs "When Crows Descend Upon You," "To Die In Your Arms," "Devil in My Closet," "Serial Killer," and "Heroin Train."
Boston’s Doomriders will be heading out on the road this July alongside I Exist for Australian tour dates. The band features in its lineup Converge bassist Nate Newton on guitar and vocals alongside longtime friends Jebb Riley (Disappearer), Chris Pupecki (Cast Iron Hike), and new drummer Q (Clouds).
The currently announced dates are as follows:
July 20 San Fran Bathhouse, Wellington
July 21 Kings Arms, Auckland
July 22 The Zoo, Brisbane
July 23 Annandale Hotel, Sydney
July 24 Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle
July 25 ANU Bar, Canberra
July 27 Rosemount Hotel, Perth
July 28 Enigma Bar, Adelaide
July 29 East Brunswick Club, Melbourne
I Exist has posted a second new track online titled "Wretched Earth," which is taken from the band's new album “II: The Broken Passage.” The album will be released on June 17th on both CD and LP.
Chaos in Paradise has posted the song "Sign of Deliverance" online, which is taken from the band's "Let the Bliss Remain" EP. You can listen to the song in the player below, or find more tracks by heading over to the band's YouTube page.
Sweden's Dark Forest of North has decided to officially call it a day. A statement from the band reads as follows:
"We will first of all thank every single one of you that have ever supported us. Thanks for all the good times.
"From here on we are burying Dark Forest of North for good. It was fun as long as it lasted. But we are very sorry for this. Some of us in DFON will probely return in a new group & some of us will continue on their own with other projects.
"We wish you all the best & keep the DFON spirit alive in your CD & merch you have... From all of us to every singel one of you. Thanks for everything."
Sample music from the band is available for streaming by heading over to the Dark Forest of North MySpace page.
Vesperian Sorrow is currently streaming the title track off the band's upcoming album "Stormwinds of Ages." You can check out the track by heading over to the Vesperian Sorrow Facebook page or MySpace profile.
A promotional video for the album can be found at this location and the track listing for "Stormwinds of Ages" is as follows:
1. Sanguis Vitam Est
2. Stormwinds Of Ages
3. An Empire To Mourn
4. Casting Dawn Into A Shadow
5. Crown Of Glass
6. Legacies Befallen
7. Eye Of The Clock Tower
8. Oracle From The Ashes
9. Relics Of The Impure
10. Death She Cried
11. Of Opiates And Accolades
Fear Factory, which is in the midst of a short run of U.S. tour dates, will take part in an in-store signing session on Friday, June 10th at Soundcheck Hollywood in West Hollywood, California beginning at 7:00pm PST. Soundcheck Hollywood is located on 8872 Sunset Blvd.
The band is currently on tour in support of "Mechanize," released in the U.S. in February 2010 via Candlelight Records. The CD was co-produced by the band with Rhys Fulber (Front Line Assemply. Paradise Lost) and mixed by Greg Reely (Paradise Lost, Front Line Assembly, Skinny Puppy).
Fear Factory’s current lineup features original members Dino Cazares (guitar) and Burton C. Bell (vocals) alongside bassist Byron Stroud and legendary drummer Gene Hoglan.
The band's remaining tour dates are as follows:
6/07/2011 Top Deck – Farmington, NM
6/08/2011 The Sunshine Theater – Albuquerque, NM
6/09/2011 DV8 – Tucson, AZ
6/10/2011 The Whisky A Go Go – Los Angeles, CA
6/11/2011 Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA
6/12/2011 Stingers – San Bernardino, CA
Video footage has been posted online of Cerebellion performing "Breach Of Security" live at the Galaxy Theatre in Santa Ana, CA. The performance, which can be viewed below, was captured in HD as the band opened as direct support for Taproot.
You can also check out a previously uploaded video interview with Cerebellion bey heading over to this location.
Tom MacLeod has posted a teaser trailer online for an upcoming 3 Inches of Blood tour documentary, which can be viewed below. MacLeod also issued the following statement about seeking donations to help fund the release of the documentary:
"Over the month of May I documented The Warriors Of The Great White North Tour with 3 Inches Of Blood and the Cancer Bats, as well as BarnBurner (MTL) and Waster (WPG). The footage is insane and the whole film will be scored by members of 3 Inches. The more money I raise the quicker I can get the film to the fans and trust me, you will not be disappointed. Any support you can give would be greatly appreciated."
Additional details on the DVD and information on donating to fund the project can be found by heading over to this location.
Amebix has posted an animated video online for the new single "Knights of the Black Sun," which was created by Andy (Leffer) Lefton and directed by Fin McAteer. The clip can be viewed below. Amebix will also be releasing a new album titled "Sonic Mass" later this year. A studio video for "Sonic Mass" is available here.
Video footage has been posted online of an interview with Vader's Piotr Wiwczarek at the Dokk 'Em Open Air, which is from the Omrop Fryslân TV program K-Rûte. You can check out the first part below and the second half is available after the jump.
Svartsot has issued the following announcement about "Maledictus Eris," the band's upcoming album:
"We're proud to be able to release the cover artwork and track list for the third Svartsot album; Maledictus Eris. As previously announced, the album recounts the tale of the Black Death's incursion into Danish history from 1349 to 1350. The album begins the tale from just prior to the plague's arrival through to when the first bout relinquished its grasp, and focuses on the way the epidemic affected the population – from victim to survivor. We have taken more inspiration from medieval music than on previous albums, and the feel of the album in general has taken a darker and more emotive turn on this recording.
"We are extremely satisfied with the way this album has turned out and hope that the fans – both old and new – will take kindly to it. But at the same time, we should also make clear that this album is somewhat different to its predecessors, and not for the worse as far as we're concerned.
"We have a series of live dates in Denmark lined up for after the release, and hope to be able to add more European dates to the list soon. News on dates and leading up to the release will be posted as soon as we have it."
The track listing is as follows: More...
Age of Woe has issued the following announcement about an upcoming 7" release:
"We have some more exciting news for you. In addition to the labels already signed up for this release, we now welcome a last minute addition. HoBoRec has joined in on this debut release. We are very happy about this since Ulf at HoBoRec is a good friend of ours and also did the final master of this recording. With that said, we are only waiting for the cover to be done to have this 7" out there.
"We are also happy to announce that we have siged an exclusive deal with Pivotal Rockordings who will take care of the digital coverage. This means that you will be able to get our songs online through a long line of websites such as iTunes, Amazon etc.
"So things look pretty damn good right now. We will have some more cool announcements as soon as we have an actual release date."
Swiss metallers Samael have posted a music video online for the song "Luxferre," which is off the band's new album "Lux Mundi" (reviewed here). You can check out the clip below.
Behind-the-scenes footage from Samael's time recording the video is also available at this location. In other recent Samael news, front man Vorph issued a statement about the controversial new Morbid Angel album, which can be read here.
Crucified Barbara has issued the following announcement about entering the studio to record a new album:
"During the summer Crucified Barbara will enter the studio and start recording their 3rd album. This time together with producer Chips Kiesbye (Hellacopters, Sahara Hotnights, Millencolin, Nomads, Wilmer X, Bonafide etc).
"Except for the studio work, they will also play at a few festivals such as Hellfest in France, Norway Rock in Norway and at the Stockholm Pride Festival."
You can also check out Crucified Barbara on the following dates:
June 16 – Savigny Le Temple, France
June 18 – Hellfest, France
July 9 – Norway Rock, Norway
July 14 – Landskrona Karnevalen, Landskrona,Sweden
July 15 - Harrys, Växjö,Sweden
August 3 - Kungsträdgården, Stockholm Pride,Sweden
August 12 – Rock Out Wild, Sorsele,Sweden
August 20 – Brittany, France
August 27 – Eksjö Stadsfest, Eksjö,Sweden
Taiwanese black metal act Chthonic has posted a music video for the new single, "Takao" ("Imperial Army"), on YouTube. The single is now out digitally in Finland and will be released on June 13th in the UK via Spinefarm/Universal Records. The bonus version of "Takao" features Ensiferum on chorus.
The original version of "Takao" will be included in Chthonic's upcoming album,"Takasago Army," which will be released in July.
Fozzy, the band led by World Wrestling Entertainment star Chris Jericho and Stuck Mojo founder Rich Ward, has posted their new music video online for the song, "God Pounds His Nails." You can check it out below. The video was filmed at the recent Golden Gods award ceremony in Los Angeles, California and the song comes from the group's latest album, "Chasing The Grail," which was released last year through Riot! Entertainment. More...
This friday, the Rock Hard Festival will take place in Gelsenkirchen, Germany and headlining the first day will be Triptykon, the band formed by former Celtic Frost and Hellhammer mastermind, Thomas Gabriel Fischer (aka Tom G. Warrior.) Fischer has spoken about the festival (at which they also hold an autograph signing) by saying:
"It is an immense honor and a privilege to be asked back to perform at the Rock Hard Festival, especially given my previous band Celtic Frost's extremely regrettable inability to fulfil its earlier commitment to the festival. The Rock Hard Festival is an event unlike any other in the scene, both due to the audience and those behind the festival. We will pay homage to that fact with Triptykon by playing a concert which has never been performed before and, in this form, will likely never be repeated again."
British industrial metal legends Godflesh, led by former Napalm Death guitarist Justin Broadrick, has announced that they will be headlining a show in the English capital city of London for the first time in twelve years, which will take place at the HMV Forum on June 16th. The show will also feature some special guests in the form of Goatsnake and D.R.I. Speaking on the show, Broadrick stated:
"We are excited to be playing our first Godflesh London headline show since 1999! In fact, the last time Godflesh headlined London as originally intended - two men and machines - was around 1995. We hope our bleak sound and performance impacts like it did some years ago."
Evan Seinfeld, the lead vocalist and bassist of New York based hardcore/metal outfit Biohazard, has left the band according to a statement. This announcement comes three months before the band are expected to release their first new album in six years.
"We have a long history together, but it's time for a change," said guitarist/co-founder Bobby Hambel. "We wish Evan well."
Scott Roberts, who played on the band's 2005 "Means To An End" album and has been part of the Biohazard extended family since, will step in for Seinfeld when Biohazard plays the UK's Download Festival on June 12th, and again on June 13th at the Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards in London. Hambel, guitarist/vocalist Billy Graziadei and drummer Danny Schuler will begin scouting for a permanent replacement when they return to the US.
One of the most prolific black metal bands in the land just headlined Day 2 of Maryland Death Fest. Marduk has been rocking the corpsepaint for decades now. Having released and E.P. called "Iron Dawn" the day they played the fest and with all of their loyal minions in complete frenzy at the show, Marduk proves they are the true kings of black metal. A transcription follows the video. More...
Jamie of Hardrockchick.com recently interviewed Dillinger Escape Plan guitarist Ben Weinman before their one-off midnight show (while on tour with Deftones) at the Beauty Bar in Austin. You can read the show report here and check out a video of the interview below:
Indian metal band Exhumation has officially parted ways with drummer Yash Pathak. The band has announced a his replacement as Virendra.
Yash commented on the departure, "I would like to say that I quit Exhumation and welcome Viru in the band. I had fun playin wth these guys and hope wth Viru and Pman this band goes places. I will be back in the scene soon"
Exhumation recently released their latest album, "Consider This," as a free download.
Rayner Coss has posted the following update online announcing his return to U.K. technical death metal act Mithras.
"Firstly, it's good to be back!
"When I departed in 2008, Leon [Macey, guitar/drums] and I had been playing in bands together non-stop for over 12 years, and for various reasons I was finding it really difficult dedicating the necessary amount of time and attention to Mithras. But, during the near three years I've been away, my situation has changed to the point where I'm able to fully concentrate on the band again.
"We've gone straight to work on the new record, which Leon already had a lot of ideas down for and so far it's been the easiest writing process we've ever had, which is really promising."
Live concert footage has been posted online featuring Swedish metal act In Flames performing a new song titled "Where the Dead Ships Dwell." The song is taken from the band's forthcoming new album "Sounds of a Playground Fading" which is set to be released 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
A new video interview has been posted online featuring Dragonforce guitarist Herman Li. The interview was conducted during Li's June 4, 2011 appearance in Mumbai, India and can be viewed in the player below.
New footage has made its way online featuring reunited U.K. hard rock act The Darkness performing a new song live. The track, titled "Cannonball," is set to appear on the band's forthcoming new full length album which is currently planned for an early 2012 release. You can check out the song in the player below.
New video footage has made its way online documenting the clinic performance from Nile drummer George Kollias in Mumbai, India. You can check out the footage in the player below.
Swedish metal act The Project Hate MCMXCIX has posted the following update online;
"To beat [this year's] 'Bleeding The New Apocalypse (Cum Victriciis In Manibus Armis)' will be a monumental task, one we will, of course, accomplish.
"I am currently working on a huge bunch of things music wise and at the moment there's tons of stuff, song sketches and ideas to continue to work with, with one of these ideas already clocking in at over six minutes — meaning it looks like this one will be the first one completed for the next recording.
"We really do not have any schedules as for when to record this and it will take the time it takes to make it all answer to the standards I have for The Project Hate MCMXCIX. We haven't even discussed with Season Of Mist if they will release the next album or not; it will all show eventually. What we do know, though, is that we are determined to create another insane monster of apocalyptic visions, brutality and beauty."
European modern metal act Malefice has posted the title track from its forthcoming new album online for streaming. You can check out "Awaken the Tides" in the player provided below. The album is due out in stores on August 2, 2011 through Metal Blade Records. You can check out the song below.
Here is the "Awaken The Tides" track listing:
1. Awaken The Tides
3. Dead in the Water
5. Baying For Blood
7. The Day the Sky Fell
8. Out Numbered Out Gunned
9. Flood of Red
10. The Haunting
A new video interview with Weedeater has been posted online. The interview was conducted by Bay Area Rocks and can be viewed in the player below.
Greek metallers Firewind have revealed the dates for its forthcoming headline tour of North America. Support on the trek is set to come from Arsis, White Wizzard and Nightrage. You can view the full list of dates, cities and venues below.
Oct. 09 - St Petersburg, FL - The State Theater
Oct. 10 - Atlanta, GA - Masquerade
Oct. 11 - Springfield, VA - Jaxx
Oct. 12 - New York, NY - Gramercy Theater
Oct. 13 - Manchester, NH - Rocko's
Oct. 14 - Montreal, QC - Les Foufounes Electriques
Oct. 15 - Ottawa, ON - Maverick's
Oct. 16 - Cleveland, OH - Peabody's
Oct. 18 - Joliet, IL - Mojoe's
Oct. 19 - St Paul, MN - Station 4
Oct. 20 - Winnipeg, MB - The Osborne Village Inn
Oct. 21 - Edmonton, AB - Pawn Shop
Oct. 22 - Kelowna, BC - Sapphire Nightclub
Oct. 23 - Vancouver, BC - Rickshaw Theater
Oct. 24 - Seattle, WA - Studio Seven
Oct. 25 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theater
Oct. 26 - San Francisco, CA - Slim's
Oct. 27 - Hollywood, CA - Whisky A Go Go
American deathcore act Chelsea Grin has posted a new "My Damnation" sampler online. You can check out the teaser trailer in the player provided below. The album is set for a July 19, 2011 release through Artery Recordings.
1. The Foolish One
2. Everlasting Sleep
3. Behind A Veil Of Lies
5. My Damnation
7. Calling In Silence
9. Last Breath
10. All Hail The Fallen King
American progressive rock act Primus has announced that it will be releasing its long-awaited new album this year. The record, which has been titled "Green Naugahyde," will see its release on September 13, 2011 through ATO Records. Primus bassist Les Claypool commented on the album, the first studio release from the act in 11 years, by saying;
"If I were to look at all of our records, it seems like this is reminiscent of the early stuff. Obviously, with Jay [Lane, drummer] there’s a newness to it, but because he left the band right before we recorded our first record, his approach has an eerie harkening to the old 'Frizzle Fry' days. There wasn’t a lot of pre-thought to this as much as, ‘Oh here we are, we should make a record.' I’ve been playing with Jay quite a lot over the past 10 years and we have an intuitive bond, so for me he was a natural choice to be back in the mix."
American deathcore act Suicide Silence has revealed the track listing and guest musicians that are set to appear on its forthcoming new album. The album, titled "The Black Crown," is the third full length release from the group and is set to hit store shelves on July 12, 2011. You can view the album's track listing below.
1. Slaves To Substance
3. Human Violence
4. You Only Live Once
5. Fuck Everything
6. March To The Black Crown
7. Witness The Addiction feat. Jonathan Davis of KoRn
8. Cross-Eyed Catastrophe
9. Smashed feat. Frank Mullen of Suffocation
10. The Only Thing That Sets Us Apart
11. Cancerous Skies