Metal News for June 7, 2013
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The aptly titled Civil War formed last year when four members of Sabaton decided to strike out on their own, releasing a debut EP that saw the new outfit nominated as the one of the best newcomers of 2012.
Now the band has the chance to establish itself with debut full-length album "The Killer Angels." The new record will drop on June 11th, 2013 and we already had the pleasure of premiering new single "The First To Fight" (check it out right here).
If you want to know more about this up and coming power metal force, read on to find our interview with keyboardist Daniel Mÿhr, who discusses the band's origins, how the music differs from Sabaton, and where fans can catch Civil War live in the near future. More...
Texas based Mahogany Head Grenade has released debut CD "Return to the Point of Departure," which is now available for streaming via Bandcamp. Check it out below.
The album was recorded and engineered by Sterling Winfield (Pantera, Damageplan, Hellyeah) at Valve Studios in Dallas, with mastering handled by by Maor Appelbaum (The Prog Collective, Yngwie Malmsteen, Sepultura) at Maor's studio in California. The track listing is:
1. Return to the Point of Departure 06:49
2. Trouble for Trouble 06:56
3. Vinedresser 07:08
4. Etude War Machine 06:03
5. Venetian Bricks 03:58 More...
Wreckfest is an all-ages metal & hardcore festival taking place in Southern Oregon at The Provolt Festival Field this July 12th and 13th.
The festival’s main stage will be host to more than twenty bands over the course of the two day event. A “campfire sessions” stage will host half a dozen pop-punk, indie, and alternative acts late Friday night for patrons who have purchased camping passes.
The first lineup announcement has now been made and consists of the following bands:
A Skylit Drive
Destruction of a King
I Declare War
To Each His Own
Winds of Plague
Additional Wreckfest festival information can be found at Facebook here.
Catuvolcus is currently recording a new EP titled "Voyageurs de l’Aube," which features Etienne Gallo (Augury) on drums and Dominic "Forest" Lapointe (Augury, Beyond Creation) on bass. The band comments:
"Our new album will be released this summer under Deathbound Records, a Montreal-based label dedicated to extreme metal. Here is an extract of drum recording that took place at Studio LaMajeure in Montreal on May 18-19 2013. The new record will feature 3 new long lasting tracks and a Woods of Ypres cover."
1. Voyageurs des Brumes pt. 1
2. Voyageurs des Brumes pt.2
3. Ressacs de l’Âme
4. Thrill of the Struggle (Woods of Ypres cover) More...
Continents has premiered a music video for "Pegasus, Pegasus” - a track from the band's Victory Records debut album "Idle Hands." Check it out below.
Continents recently finished a run in Japan with The Ghost Inside and has returned to the U.K. for another round of hometown shows. Catch the band live:
6/29- Leeds, UK @ University - GHOSTFEST
7/06- Bristol, UK @ Motion - The Croft
7/20- Manchester, UK @ Sound Control - SUMMER JAM
8/07- Civitanova Marche, IT @ Wet Fest
8/11- Bridgend, UK @ Hobos- Throw Fest
9/14- Birmingham, UK- Butserfest More...
The Color Morale has debuted a brand new music video for "Strange Comfort" online. The track is taken from the band's "Know Hope" album, available now on iTunes via Rise Records. You can also check out the band's previous music video for "Learned Behavior" at this location.
Weeping, Kneeling has released debut LP "Effigies," which is an album that is "best enjoyed in the forest at night or locked in a dark room by yourself." Check it out below or by heading over to the Weeping, Kneeling Bandcamp page. The track listing is as follows:
1. Procession 01:33
2. The Orthian 04:00
3. Abandoned 04:10
4. Nightdweller 05:42
5. A Plea 03:53
6. On the Threshold 06:34
7. For Ten Years, They Bled... 01:44
8. A Hymn for the Departed 03:35
9. The Taurian 04:00
10. Weeping, Kneeling 04:44 More...
Russia's Grenouer released new album “Blood on the Face” in Europe on May 3rd, 2013 and the release will drop in North America on July 9th, 2013. A trailer for the album is now available online and can be found below. The "Blood on the Face" track listing is as follows:
1. Intro: Thunder Phase
2. Blood on the Face
3. Sands of Silence
4. Midday Show
5. Golden Years
7. Fix Your Life / A Few Miles from Paradise
8. The Taste of Misery
9. Brain Fever (watch the video here)
10. See No Sun
11. Last Stop
12. All in the Suit That You Wear
Scale the Summit has released another song from new album "The Migration." Head to the Alternative Press’ website here to stream “The Traveler."
"The Migration" is due out June 11th and was recorded at Basement Studios in North Carolina with Jamie King (Between The Buried and Me). The track listing is as follows:
Progressive thrash progenitors Toxik have revealed a snippet of their first recorded song in twenty-four years. The fifty second clip is a rough pre-mix demo (sans vocals) of “Crooked Crosses” off of the yet-to-be-titled follow up to 1989’s “Think This.” Founding member and lead guitarist, Josh Christian, comments on the new music:
"I know it's been a long time and one of the things I always think about is my own reaction when I hear about older bands recording, it's like "Oh no... not again" because let's be honest, it's usually an underwhelming listen and a lot of times it kills the band’s legacy for the fans... but I have a feeling that people are going to be surprised by the intensity and power of our new material. The songwriting demo's which are really just me arranging the parts and programming drums have been getting rave reviews from random listeners in the bands circle... it’s so inspiring for us. We haven't spun off into Nu metal and we aren't trying to rewrite World Circus, It's definitely Toxik, but it isn't your dad's version"
Further information regarding touring, album release date, festival appearances, and album title will be revealed in the coming weeks and months. You can also read our "Sunday Old School" column at the band over here. More...
Female fronted metal band Arity has released debut EP "Physics Fall Apart." Vocalist Nicole Macias (formerly with Universal Studios Japan and featured artist and model for Daisy Rock Guitars) co-wrote all six songs for the E. along with guitarists Albert and Anthony Burrola.
The trio hails from Covina, California and are joined by Chris Hunter on drums and Shawn Hernandez on bass. Arity recently performed at The Whisky A Go Go on June 4th, where the group shared the stage with international act Dreamshade. The band will continue to tour in support of the new release throughout July and August.
“Physics Fall Apart” is available for streaming or purchase at the Arity website here. The track listing is:
1. I Want To Know Your Mind
2. Nights Alone
4. Physics Fall Apart
Hailing from France, Crown (not to be confused with The Crown) consists of two men and a machine who tune their neutron guitars to the Richter scale, and deliver the sound of a molten universe collapsing.
Candlelight Records will be releasing Crown's "Psychurgy" on June 18th, 2013 as part of the label's Cult Series. Candlelight also comments:
"Touching on early Isis, Godflesh, Floor and even Killing Joke, Crown explores the depths of slow tempos through sheer exuberant heaviness.
"The duo’s depth-charging guitars and buried melodic tendencies on latest offering, Psychurgy, snake around hissing electronics, a tribal/military percussive thwack, and the splashing cymbals of a minimal-yet-completely-effective drum-machine.
"Their sound is further emboldened by a massive bestial roar, heavy and oppressive, leading to an abyss of nothingness…. Crown's Psychurgy is dark, spiralng, and obscure and a music trip you won't soon forget."
Avant-garde metal act Scibex has just released first album "Path To Omors." The album is available for free download or for purchase.
The mastering of the album was handled at the studio Norcal in São Paulo, under the tutelage of Brendan Duffey (Angra, Astafix, Almah, Kiko Loureiro, Dr. Sin). The cover art was made by Brazilian multimedia artist Edgar Franco.
Check out the song "Embrace Of Silicon" in the SoundCloud player below. The album's track listing is:
1. Cryptic Comfort Zone
2. Built to Collapse
3. Embrace of Silicon
5. Mermaid Serpent
7. Heralds of Noosphere
8. Path to Omors
9. Vast & Secular More...
As "Tempest," the debut LP from Bay Area funeral doom unit Lycus nears release this July 9th via Washington-based 20 Buck Spin, today the first single from the release is available. Check out "Coma Burn" via Pitchfork.com here. The following press release was also issued about the album:
"Having existed since 2008 in some form or another, Lyrucsentered hometown Earhammer Studios with Greg Wilkinson (Brainoil, Asunder, Pallbearer, Vastum, Samothrace, High On Fire), who captured and mixed the band’s immense Tempest LP. A mature, diverse and utterly monumental album, the three massive hymns on Tempest range between nine-and-a-half minutes to over twenty.
"The canvas of this masterwork is classic funeral doom in the territory of Mournful Congregation, Asunder and My Dying Bride, yet the template is varied as Lycus' palette includes shades of hysteric black metal, old-school death doom pummeling, and even a bit of pull from noise/drone realms. Featuring an incredible oil painting by the Italian madman Paolo Girardi as cover art and a regal layout by Kevin Gan Yuen of Sutekh Hexen (who also contributes musically to the album’s closing moments), Tempest is the most promising debut of 2013 in the doom genre.
"Lycus is planning U.S. Summer tour actions across the West Coast with dates to be announced shortly, and will traverse the continent to wash away the East Coast in the Autumn months."
The "Tempest" track listing is:
1. Coma Burn
Shaded Enmity has posted the new "Forsaken and Forgotten" album online, which can be heard via the player below. The track listing is as follows:
1. We are the Forsaken, We are the Forgotten
2. This is Federal
3. Sadness in Summer Rain
4. No Puedo Dormir
5. If Heaven's Gates are Closed, Will You Wait For Me?
6. ...And Life Was Great
7. What Have You Done, Oxycontin?
8. Indica Dreams
9. It Only Hurts in December
10. Prophecies and Pain
11. They Were Only Children [The Touch of Perversion]
12. Alleviant Sativa More...
"Machinima," the second album from Bulgarian metal band Demenzia will be released as a bonus CD with Metal Hammer Bulgaria Magazine.
The album contains seven new compositions written during the period of 2009 – 2013 and three bonus tracks. The first bonus track is "Faces," the first single released with the band's new label Zero Project Studio in 2009. The second surprise for the fans is the song from the “Snow Line” movie soundtrack "Let It Snow," along with a third untitled bonus track. The full track listing is:
02. Instead Of You
03. Don’t Even Try
06. A Darkness Rising
07. Candy Store
08. Step Into My World
09. Let It Snow
11. Faces More...
Revocation's self-titled new album will be released in Europe on August 2nd, The U.K. on August 5th, and August 6th in North America via Relapse Records.
This is the band's 4th full-length release and the first featuring new bassist Brett Bamberger. The artwork was created by Orion Landau (Dying Fetus, Obscura, Nile).
Today a trailer for the albums has been made available, which can be viewed below. The album's track listing is as follows:
1. The Hive
2. Scattering the Flock
3. Arch Fiend
4. Numbing Agents
6. The Gift You Gave
9. Entombed By Wealth
10. A Visitation More...
Portal will be embarking on the band's first European live shows, which include Denmark’s Metal Magic Festival and will climax with an appearance at Germany’s infamous Hell’s Pleasure fest (along with a handful of Scandinavian live dates in between). Dates are as follows:
07/12 – Fredericia, Denmark @ Metal Magic Festival
07/14 – Stockholm, Sweden @ The Liffey
07/15 – Gothenburg, Sweden @ Henriksberg
07/17 – Helsinki, Finland @ PRKL Club
07/19 – Pößneck, Germany @ Hell’s Pleasure Metal Fest
And in other Portal live actions, the band will be heading to Japan this fall for a few dates. The Japanese jaunt will look like this:
11/28 Osaka, JP @ CONPASS
11/29 Tokyo, JP @Earthdom
11/30 Tokyo, JP @ ERA, Tokyo More...
Float Face Down and My Bitter End have announced The Heavy Hitters Tour with specials guests Ark of The Covenant and Reaping Asmodeia. The co-headline excursion kicks off in Middletown, NY on July 18th. A list of confirmed dates can be seen below.
7/18 Middletown, NY @ Sound Asylum
7/19 Allentown, PA @ Planet Trog
7/20 Kent, OH @ The Outpost
7/21 New York, NY @ Tobacco Road
7/22 Clifton, NY @ Dingbatz
7/23 Wilmington, DE @ Harmony Grange
7/25 Charleston, SC @ Skate Park of Charleston
7/26 Sarasota, FL @ TBA
7/27 Tampa, FL @ TBA
7/28 West Palm Beach, FL @ TBA
7/29 Pensacola, FL @ The Handlebar
7/30 Douglasville, GA @ The Seven Venue
7/1 St. Louis, MO @ TBA
8/2 Peoria, IL @ The Brass Rail
8/3 La Porte, IN @ The Game Emporium More...
Naturmacht Productions has issued the following statement about inking a deal with Irem:
"We are happy to announce another long term signing from the German black metal underground! Irem hails from the German county of Saxony and plays straight and fast German black metal full of power and melody. The black metal may be German but Irem uses English lyrics. Lyrical content is the obscure, demonic world existing in the depths and shadows of our reality.
"The band has existed over 9 years and has played many live shows since there founding. To date they have released 4 albums and one demo with the most recent full length being self-released in May 2013.
"Naturmacht Productions will release the next Irem album which will be scheduled for the Summer of 2014 as well as all Irem releases that follow in the future.
"The newest album 'Obscuritas Aeterna' and two t-shirts can be found at the Naturmacht Productions web shop so you can get to know Irem and support this great band! Song samples are available to hear at the Official Irem Facebook profile."
Portland, OR Danava (pronounced: DON-UH-VUH) has signed to NYC's Tee Pee Records. The group, which just completed a month-long European headlining tour, will enter an undisclosed studio this summer to record a Tee Pee debut and follow up to 2011's "Hemisphere of Shadows."
"We are absolutely thrilled to partner with Tee Pee Records to unleash the fourth Danava record upon the underground," comments vocalist/guitarists Greg Meleney. "Many of our friends and contemporaries have passed through the ranks and we're thrilled to march onward into the streets with them at our side."
In addition to Meleney, Danava features Zachariah Dellorto Blackwell (bass), Matthew Oliver (drums), and Andrew Forgash (guitar). More...
Los Angeles act Butcher Babies has released a lyric video for "I Smell A Massacre," the lead track from the "Goliath" album, due out July 9th via Century Media Records.
The video is premiering exclusively on the Monster Energy Drink Mayhem Festival's website, and comes on the heels of Monday night's world broadcast premier by Jose Mangin on SiriusXM Liquid Metal. Check it out here or below.
The "Goliath" track listing is as follows:
1. I Smell A Massacre
2. Magnolia Blvd.
3. C8H18 (Gasoline)
4. Grim Sleeper
6. In Denial
7. Give Me Reason
8. The Mirror Never Lies
9. Dead Poet
10. The Deathsurround
11. Axe Wound More...
Psilocybe Larvae has posted a new music video online, which can be viewed below, and the band also comments:
"Hey folks! Here is the moment we've all been waiting for so long! Check out our new video for 'Trial By Fire' from the album 'The Labyrinth Of Penumbra.' This crazy cartoon was created by Daria Korneeva. Enjoy!"
Oregon's technical blackened death metal act Arkhum has posted the new "Earthling" album online for streaming. Check it out below, or pick up a digital or physical copy at Bandcamp here. The album's track listing is as follows:
1. Artificer; or the Contingency of Suns 04:07
2. Agglomeration Edict; or a Coruscation of Violent Light 05:06
3. Hostibus Vacuum 03:20
4. A Distant Biorhythm; or Fission and Firstlight 04:30
5. The Dim Effulgence of Perpetuity 05:07
6. Re Vera, the Gulf is Voiceless; or the Lucidity Polymer 09:43
7. Stygian Assertions; or the Allochthonous Door 07:41
8. Cenancestor; or Fervency and Ardor 05:20
9. Winnower; or Console Autonomous 08:59
10. The Backbone of Night 05:39 More...
Danish black metallers Blodarv are set to release a 3-tape limited edition box set titled “Storms of the Past,” which features the “Soulcollector” album and the first 2 Blodarv demos “Murder In The Name Of Satan” & “Mysteriis.”
“Storms of the Past” comes in both a regular version, limited to 30 boxes, and a diehard leather edition strictly limited to 15 units. As well as the three pro tapes, the boxes will also include a booklet, patch, badge, and poster which are only available with the sets, whilst the leather box will additionally include a sticker for the box, a “Mysteriis” and a “Lang vaek fra livet” sticker, and a large (23×10 cm) booklet which will have 4 extra pages with handwritten lyrics for “Soulcollector.”
“Storms of the Past” will be released on Atramentum Productions on the 18th September, and will also available to purchase direct from the band at this location where advance orders are currently being taken. More...
IWrestledABearOnce will release third studio album, "Late For Nothing," on August 6th via Century Media Records.
"Late For Nothing" was self-produced, recorded, mixed, and mastered by guitarist/programmer Steven Bradley at the band’s home studio in Los Angeles. It also marks IWABO’s first record with fiery new singer Courtney LaPlante, who joined the band with only a day’s notice during last summer’s Vans Warped Tour.
Newly recharged with the addition of LaPlante, Bradley and cohorts John Ganey (guitar/programming), Mike “Rickshaw” Martin (bass) and Mikey Montgomery (drums) are set to keep their fans guessing with "Late For Nothing."
"The entire album came together as a result of us wanting to do something different," affirms Bradley. "We didn't want to make another weird IWABO album or whatever people were expecting. We set out to make something different and better than anything we've ever released. It's a more evolved version of the band. We explored new styles and genres as well—especially in terms of the more spacey, epic, and beautiful parts. It's got the most melodic moments of our career as well as the heaviest." More...
Finnish melancholic dark metal masters Amorphis recently completed work on an official music video for the song "The Wanderer," taken from the band's most recent album "Circle" (reviewed here).
The video will premiere online next Tuesday, June 11th – keep your eyes and ears open! Stills from the shoot can be seen below, and Amorphis also comments:
"We've had super fun shooting this new video with Patric Ullaeus who did an amazing job as always! See for yourselves - for us, it's one of our favourite music videos from all the ones we've done so far! Enjoy & keep rocking!"
After already announcing three previous guest vocalists to appear on new album "Sic Luceat Lux," Russia's Grailight has issued the following statement about another guest performance:
"So, our new guest vocalist - Varvar of Bashkir symphonic black metal band Neron Kaisar! He played one conceptual and historical role in our piece, adding an unusual ancient authenticity and epic rage!"
Footage from the recording is available below, or you can hear the pre-production track "Homo Divinus" at this location.
German doom metal magazine Doom Metal Front, now on its tenth print issue as well, is streaming the newest and eighth of its renowned compilations. The anthology, titled "Tears from the Mediterranean," features 50 bands from southern European countries and Mediterranean island nations such as Malta. You may also stream the previous five compilations on that page and listen to the full tome below.
Doom Metal Front is an independent, bilingual (German/English), printed and digital paper spreading the doom over the world. They prefer sluggish riffing, slow rocking and experimental droning stuff, because they are 'born too late.' They ascribe to the belief that 'if you think this music is kind of paralyzing, then you are definitely too fast.'
Vocalist David DiSanto of Philadelphia sci-fi thrash act Vektor has posted the following message online about being arrested after splashing beer on a religious protester:
"Hey everybody, David here. I’ve spent the past few days settling into 'normal' life and enjoying being home, so even though the coals may have cooled a bit since this weekend, I wanted to give my side of the story.
"A lot has been said about what happened, and I just want to clarify a few things. I did not haul out and throw a beer bottle at someone. I was around someone who I felt was antagonizing an event and people I cared about. I was annoyed, and I had a beer in my hand. (Something I’m sure many of you can relate to.) What I did was a momentary lapse in judgment, nothing more, nothing less.
"I’m not some meathead or asshole who would pick on someone for their beliefs. I don’t give a shit what anyone’s personal beliefs are (unless their beliefs include hatred towards a specific gender, race, or sexual orientation – those people are assholes). What the protester was doing wasn’t right – but now that I look back on it, what I did wasn’t right either. I do believe that people have the right to protest, but I guess I draw the line when it borders on insanity. People who show up at a public gathering spouting their extremist beliefs would better serve society in a mental institution. More...
Wisconsin modern metallers Ocellus have released a video for "A Life Once Lost," taken from their recently released Pavement Entertainment debut, "Departure." The sextet emerged from Lyons, Wisconsin in 2009 and self-released the 2010 album "Crush. Kill. Destroy."
Chilean heavy metal band Inferis has announced the addition of Nasson as its new singer, after two months of auditions. The guitarist/singer obtained the spot due to his vast experience with his previous solo work. The members of Inferis have commented:
"We are very motivated with the new arrival, we know that now we can achieve a better level. We saw that during all the process of his auditions. He is already working on new lyrics for the new material, so we can come back to the live shows soon." Singer Nasson commented:
"As soon as I found out that Inferis was looking for a singer, I had to apply right away, I knew it was going to be a great opportunity. I really liked their previous material and now they have grown mature even more when it comes to musical compositions. I am super excited and I will fit the part 100%".
Inferis' latest album is called "Lead the Chain", the EP being released via Hitman Records in Japan and Digmetalworld Records in North America. Stream the full album at this location.
Australian extremists The Amenta have posted a lyric video for the song "Sewer," which comes off their latest release, "Flesh is Heir." The album was released in North American on May 7th via Listenable records. Check out the lyric video for "Sewer" below. In other news, The Amenta is gearing up for a string of Australian dates with the band Ruins. Dates are as follows:
July 11th @ Crowbar - Brisbane
July 12th @ Bald Faced Stag - Sydney
July 13th @ The Bendigo Hotel - Melbourne
July 14th @ The Brisbane Hotel - Hobart
Chicago band I Killed Everyone has teamed with MetalInjection.net for the exclusive world premier of "Eviscerated," off the band's forthcoming debut full-length album, "Necrospire." Set for a July 9th release on Pavement Music, "Necrospire" offers a violent barrage of blasting USDM which you can sample for yourself with "Eviscerated" at this location.
Formed in 2008, I Killed Everyone is influenced by classic death metal bands from the 90's and incorporates many of these influences to form a unique sound of modern deathcore with classic death metal overtones.
Iron Knights (f/k/a Stuka Squadron) vocalist James Duke Fang-Begley announced his departure from the band today in a post on his Facebook page, which reads:
"Dear fans, friends and family. It is with great sadness I tell you that I am leaving the mighty Iron Knights. This has been a long and difficult decision but there are various personal reasons that mean I am unable to continue further with the band. I would like to take the opportunity to thank ALL of you for the incredible support that you have shown over the years. You are truly the greatest people on the planet. I won't be disappearing from the stage but here ends my chapter in our histories blackened page. To the Iron Knights/Stuka Squadron family, I would like to say that it has been an unforgettable Heavy Metal experience and thank you for the amazing and hard fought times we shared. I will always support you in the future as a fan and friend."
The band released "New Sound of War" back in November 2012 via Metalbox Records. Just Previous to that the band had changed its name after the schism with former bassist Lord Graham Pyre.
Dutch metal act ReVamp, featuring Ex-After Forever and live Nightwish vocalist Floor Jansen, has announced that the band's sophomore LP will be entitled "Wild Card." The album is set to drop on August 23, 2013 via Nuclear Blast Records. A trailer for the release, which includes the album's artwork can be viewed below.
Jansen commented on how the title of the record came to be: "This album became the most aggressive album I've ever made and in the lyrics I tell a lot about my personal experiences of the last years. This resulted into some heavy stories and some openhearted 'screams' I needed out of my system. It matches the violence of the music in a great way, we wrote as a great team! But not one sentence or word can really cover the contents of this album. Its variety in all its ingredients makes it almost impossible. A wild card is an unpredictable and unforeseeable factor. You don't know what you're getting, or when. That's this album! It's 100% ReVamp and it's your wild card!"
Jansen went on to explain about the album's concept, which can be taken literally in the album artwork: "I am the queen of hearts on it, who is a wild card herself. You see a 'nice' and a 'nasty' queen. The nasty one has a cracked lip, cuts in her face and a bleeding heart in her hand. The other queen looks nice even though queens of hearts never truly are... Again, what is it you're going to get? In that respect it visualizes the music, from aggressive and nasty to melodic and pretty. This theme has been important to me personally throughout my career and also in this album I played with it to the max. I used my voice in so many different ways now! The music invited me to do this, I am super proud of the amazing guitar riffs, the versatile and groovy but mega tight drums and the keyboard sounds and arrangements that bring something new to the table. We hope you like our wild card!" More...