Metal News for June 8, 2014
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13 news articles posted on this day.
The American thrash metal legends in Exodus announced they have parted company with vocalist Rob Dukes, who recorded three albums with the veterans since joining in 2005, following the band's bitter second split with Souza. A statement from Exodus guitarist Gary Holt reads as follows:
"As a band, we all had to make a very difficult choice to part ways with Rob Dukes. We have nothing but love and admiration for him and the deepest gratitude for the hard work he has put in and the great work on some killer records. But at this time, Tom, Lee, Jack and myself thought a change was necessary and the unanimous choice going forward was to welcome back Steve Souza to the fold!"
Souza added: "I spent a great part of my life with Exodus, that blood flows through me, even not being in the band for the past 10 years, you can’t erase that chemistry. I’m very excited!"
Since leaving Exodus in 2005, Steve Souza has kept busy with such projects as Dublin Death Patrol and Hatriot. Exodus are currently working on their eleventh studio album, which will be the sixth to feature the returning vocalist.
Malrun has issued the following announcement about parting ways with the band's vocalist:
"We are sad to inform that Malrun and lead singer Jacob Loebner have decided to part ways. The decision has come about because of incompatible interests in the band. Malrun will continue with full strength, and is already making plans for the autumn. Jacob Loebner will continue his musical career as a solo artist or with other projects.
"Malrun is very pleased to announce that a new lead singer has already been found and that this break will in no way affect the band’s plans to grow even bigger. Danish powerball Nicklas Sonne will from now on be the front figure of Malrun, taking over the microphone on all upcoming shows and recordings.
"Malrun’s 3rd album 'Two Thrones,' where Jacob sings, will still be released as planned august 2014. We hope you will still positively support the upcoming album as well as our new single 'Cycle of Abuse,' which will soon be released as a music video with Jacob. We also hope you will continue supporting us in the future, because without our fans there is no Malrun. Lastly, we hope you will check out Jacob’s solo project once new material emerges. Check out Malrun’s new lead singer Nicklas Sonne at YouTube here.
"Although we are sad that Jacob isn’t part of MALRUN any longer, we are convinced that it is the best decision. Malrun with Nicklas in front, is still driven by the passion and dream to break through and go on the road as much as possible. We fully believe, that this break will serve as a foundation on which we can build a great future in the new constellation. 'Two Thrones' is still our baby, and we will of course perform songs from all of our three Malrun albums during concerts. However, we will spare no efforts to have new music with Nicklas on vocals ready for you as soon as possible." More...
The Icelandic heathens in Solstafir have checked in with the following recap of recent festival appearances:
"We're back home in Iceland after playing Sweden Rock Festival and Rock Hard Festival this weekend. Both were absolutely great despite some really bad luck at RH.
"When Addi opened his Flying V case an hour before gig he discovered that that neck of the guitar had broken (again!) on the flight over from Sweden. Luckily Dead Lord were kind enough to lend us their's despite the fact that they had no idea who we even were. Super big thanks to them, and do check them out if you like good rock'n'roll!
"Then comes change over and line check and everything seems to be working fine, but as the intro is about to finish Addi's amp decided to die a sudden death and it didn't make a single sound. With help from the super professional crew at RH the amp was quickly changed and the rock could commence. More...
After parting ways with vocalist Ben Rodgers earlier this month, Tellus Requiem has now issued the following announcement about bringing on a replacement member:
"Meet Frank Risvik the new singer in Tellus Requiem! We played together for the first time EVER last night ON THE STAGE!!!!
"We're talking NO rehearsal before the show, just cut to the case, jump in the fire! Frank is a dedicated, focused and hard working guy; just what this band need!
"We had a blast supporting our great friends in Kamelot. Our main goal now is to get done with our next album. And this is a task we're not taking lightly. We want to forge something really special for our next release."
Folk/black metal band Melther has released debut album "Sigil" online for streaming via YouTube.
"Sigil" was recorded, mixed, and mastered in Yukimi Studio by Grzegorz Bukowski and features the following track listing (times indicate position in YouTube player):
00:00 When The Sorrow Became Mightiness
05:00 Lifeless Breath
15:48 The Way To The Sun
21:34 A Breeze From The Sky
Grafton, New South Wales thrash outfit Kapital Punishment has a new track out now available for streaming. Check out "Killer Kids" below, or hear more music from the band at the Kapital Punishment Facebook profile.
Dark Harvest Records has released a digita sampler of upcoming releases via the label's SoundCloud page.
The sampler - available below - includes tracks off of albums the label is releasing this summer from VIA, Loss of Reason, Aurorean, and Demons Within.
Brazilian black/death metal band Espera XIII is offering the "Thy Great Expedition" album for download on a name-your-price basis.
Snag a digital copy over here, or you can stream the four-track release online. "Thy Great Expedition" features the following track listing:
1. Barbarians 04:01
2. Cannon Beast 03:32
3. Luto 05:54
4. Thy Great Expedition 04:07 More...
Calling All Astronauts has a new track out titled "Hands Up Who Wants Metal?" which can be heard in the SoundCloud player below.
"Hands Up Who Wants Metal?" is taken off the upcominge EP "Hands Up, Who Wants To Die" due for release on July 13th, 2014.
Russian metal project Sakharov has a new single out now titled "Does It Shine OK?" The track was mixed and mastered by Vadim Baev at Cube Records and features the following musicians:
Guitars, bass, keyboards - Igor Sakharov
Drums - Andrey Ishchenko (Arkona)
Guest vocals - Gustav Blide (Seven Thorns)
Backing vocals- Elena Anufrieva
The almighty Emperor is currently performing a string of live shows supporting the 20th anniversary of "In The Nightside Eclipse."
Yesterday - June 7th - was the band's first official performance since 2007. Footage has now been posted online courtesy of YouTube user Niclas Johansson of Emperor performing "Into The Infinity Of Thoughts" at Sweden Rock Fest. Check it out below.
Emperor will also be releasing "The Complete Works" box set via Blood Music, with details available at this location.
Nightrage has checked in with the following announcement about recording an upcoming album:
"Working for the Nightrage new album pre-production demos, 9 songs are down so far, working on finalize all lyrics and 2 more songs are on the way.
"Soon we will have some great news concerning new label, and the recording studio that we are going to record the new album. Stay tuned, life is hard but Nightrage is harder."
This upcoming release will follow the 2011 album "Insidious" (reviewed here).
In 2008, a highly anticipated documentary entitled, "Get Thrashed" was released on DVD. For those of you who bought it, you may remember a segment in the bonus features where Municipal Waste guitarist, Ryan Waste states that, "If you live in Canada there’s no reason to be pissed off. That band sounds so god damned pissed off." The group in question is one that formed in 1984 in Guelph, Ontario and who goes by the name of Razor. The band was fronted by singer Stace "Sheepdog" McLaren, who was joined in his metal endeavour by guitarist Dave Carlo, Mike Embro on drums and bassist Mike Campagnolo. They worked hard on creating their music, taking inspiration from the New Wave of British Heavy Metal movement and the blossoming thrash metal scene, eventually resulting in their self-financed and self-produced album, "Escape the Fire," which was released the same year, before they signed with Voice Records for another 1984 release, the "Armed and Dangerous" EP, which was also self-financed and quickly sold out of its 1200 pressings. The EP spread around the metal scene and garnered the band a deal with Canadian label, Attic Records.
Now on a proper label, Razor quickly recorded their official debut full length, "Executioner’s Song," which was comprised mostly of material from and written during "Armed and Dangerous." It was an underground hit and led to the band being considered one of the most extreme in Canada at that time. Although it was only released in April 1985, the band would release a second full length only six months later, in the form of the frankly excellent, "Evil Invaders," which is considered by many today to be a classic album in the thrash metal genre. The record spawned the bands first music video for the title track and helped them gain even more attention when they toured with such big names and cult favourites as Slayer, Venom and Motorhead in Canada and the United States. More...