Metal News for June 9, 2011
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Swedish supergroup Bloodbath may not have dropped a proper album since back in 2008, but the masters of death have now unleashed the “Bloodbath Over Bloodstock” DVD to satisfy their fans craving for aural destruction.
Gutiarist Anders "Blakkheim" Nyström (also of Katatonia) took out some time to discuss the DVD and the future of Bloodbath with Metalunderground.com. In the full interview below, Anders talks about the direction of a possible fourth Bloodbath album, stating "...one thing we haven't touched upon at all is that real gritty sludgy low-fi death metal school pioneered by bands such as Autopsy. We wanna make a truly rotten and ugly album next time and keep things organic and as analogue as possible. Expect the next Bloodbath album to be the antithesis of a modern technical deathcore album."
During our discussion Anders went on to cover topics such as switching gears between drastically different bands, the difficulty of lining up Bloodbath tours with each member involved in different projects, and even briefly touched on Katatonia writing new material for an upcoming album. More...
Hackneyed has issued the following statement about the upcoming release of "Carnival Cadavre," the band's new album:
"After two years in-between rehearsal room, shows, being on tour and pre-production we finally managed to get our third album ready to launch. It's named 'Carnival Cadavre' and will be tested in human experiment at the Summer Breeze Festival in Dinkelsbühl on August 19th 2011 for the first time. Once again we produced our album with Corni Bartels at the Weltraum Studios and Björn Goosses (Killustrations) again purified our disc with a stunning artwork.
"We added another fine portion of groove and brutality for you and showed once again what Hackneyed is made of. With our new label Lifeforce Records we found the matching partner and we're really looking forward to our future cooperation. We're curious where our journey with the 'Carnival Cadavre' will lead us within the next weeks and months. And perhaps soon it's also close to you they say: The Circus' Back in town!"
"Carnival Cadavre" is set to be released on August 22nd in Europe (August 19th in Germany) and on August 30th in North America. The cover artwork is also available for viewing by heading over here.
New Wave Of British Heavy Metal legends Saxon have posted their new music video online for the song, "Hammer Of The Gods." You can check it out below. The song comes from the group's latest studio album, "Call To Arms," which is available now in certain parts of Europe, including the United Kingdom, and will be released in North America on June 14th.
Mississippi death metal act Coffin Nail has recorded a whole album's worth of rough cut songs and posted them online, along with recent footage of shows and practice sessions. The band is currently re-recording select songs in its home studio to be released on an upcoming demo called "Cryptcrawler." You can check out several of the recently uploaded songs below, or find more at the Coffin Nail YouTube page.
Swedish act Katatonia has announced its return to North American shores this fall with fellow countrymen Opeth on a six week run, dubbed the “Heritage Tour,” which will conquer over 30 cities across the U.S. and Canada beginning in September.
Guitarist Anders Nyström issued the following statement in anticipation of this monumental combination of Swedish metal heavyweights:
"Both you and we know that North America damn well deserves to see more of Katatonia, right? So how could we possibly resist heading back to the states this fall when Opeth are giving us the opportunity to be their special guests? It was just a matter of time before it had to happen again. Yes we toured together in the same formation ten years ago in Europe, and not only was that tour very well received by both bands’ fans, but we also shared a great ride together as long time friends.
"Some people have even been calling this bill their ‘dream line-up’, so it's only fair that the loyal fans in North America now get their piece of the cake too! So come out and see us on this great tour and remember we're playing headlining sideshows as well! Looking forward! Cheers!"
Katatonia last toured North America in the fall of 2010, a headlining run on the “Night Over North America” tour, in support of the 2009 release "Night Is The New Day."
The "Heritage" tour dates are as follows: More...
Metal Injection has launched a new series titled "Ask The Artist," in which one question is asked to numerous bands to see their responses. In this edition Metal Injection asked members of Between the Buried And Me, Times of Grace, A Life Once Lost, Dying Fetus, Cephalic Carnage, The Ocean, LaZarus AD, Revocation, Structures, Lionheart and more about what profession they would choose if they weren't a touring musician. You can see the band's answers below.
Iowa based act Black Epiphany, which features Mortiferous Scorn's Alexander Oden, has now released the new album "Catatonic Utopia." The album is available as a free download by heading over to this location, or you can stream the album's track by navigating to the Black Epiphany Facebook page.
As Heavens Collide is currently gearing up to drop a new release titled "What They Fear The Most." The band has now posted a video blog online for the release, which can be viewed below, or you can find more details on the band and listen to tracks from "What They Fear The Most" by heading to the As Heavens Collide Facebook page.
The track listing is as follows:
1. Your Saviour
3. Flood of Regret
4. Hopes & Dreams
5. What They Fear The Most
6. Through The Tides
8. Meant to Be
Los Angeles traditional heavy metal act White Wizzard is due to kick off a North American tour tonight, June 9th, at the world-famous Whisky A Go Go in West Hollywood. White Wizzard will be joining reactivated Bay Area thrashers Forbidden for the three-week tour, along with Revocation and Havok. White Wizzard bassist and founding member Jon Leon comments:
"The band is in heavy rehearsals and firing on all cylinders. We have never sounded better. We have our work cut out for us, as we are going out with three amazingly talented groups. I am a fan of every band on the bill and Forbidden were my heroes growing up. It is going to be an amazing time!!! Come out and see for yourselves... Long live metal!!"
The dates are as follows:
June 09 - West Hollywood, CA - Whisky A Go Go
June 11 - Sparks, NV - The Alley
June 12 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theater
June 13 - Seattle, WA - Studio Seven
June 14 - Vancouver, BC - Rickshaw Theater
June 15 - Kelowna, BC - Sapphire Nightclub
June 16 - Edmonton, AB - The Pawn Shop
June 17 - Regina, SK - Riddell Center
June 18 - Winnipeg, MB - Royal Albert Arms
June 20 - Milwaukee, WI - Mad Planet
June 21 - Chicago, IL - Reggie's Rock Club
June 22 - Cleveland, OH - Peabody's
June 23 - Rochester, NY - Montage Music Hall
June 24 - Trenton, NJ - The Backstage at Championship Bar
June 25 - Columbus, OH - Alrosa Villa
June 26 - St. Louis, MO - Fubar
June 27 - Kansas City, MO - The Beaumont Club
June 29 - Denver, CO - Marquis Theater
June 30 - Albuquerque, NM - Launchpad
July 01 - Tempe, AZ - The Clubhouse
July 02 - Escondido, CA - JT's Limelight
Cannibal Corpse will once again be returning to Latin America and this time the band will be bringing along label mates The Black Dahlia Murder as well as Suicide Silence to Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, Chile, Ecuador and Venezuela in December. The tour will begin on December 3rd in Sao Paulo, Brazil and will wrap up on December 13th in Mexico City, Mexico.
Cannibal Corpse vocalist George "Corpsegrinder" Fisher comments on the tour: "In every interview, I am asked where the sickest and best death metal fans are and it is hands down South America. I've seen kids in the front row bleeding and losing their minds, they are all crazy in the best way possible. It's hands down my favorite place to play and I can't wait to come back!"
The Black Dahlia Murder vocalist Trevor Strnad adds, "We are very excited to be a part of this monstrous South American tour. It is always a pleasure to play alongside the almighty Cannibal Corpse... but in South America?! The shows are going to be absolutely insane, without a doubt. To the South American fans: prepare for an unearthly ritual!"
Guitarist Brian Eschbach comments further, "We are extremely excited for another chance to support the almighty Cannibal Corpse!!! It has always been great touring with them. We especially look forward to seeing them DESTROY South America and Mexico City. iViva la Smash!"
The tour dates are as follows:
12/03 Sao Paulo, Brazil
12/04 Curitiba, Brazil
12/06 Buenos Aires, Argentina
12/07 Santiago, Chile
12/08 Quito, Ecuador
12/10 Bogota, Colombia
12/11 Caracas, Venezuela
12/13 Mexico City, Mexico
The Great Commission has teamed up with Noisecreep.com to post a new music video online for the song "Draw the Line." You can check out the video clip below.
The Great Commission is gearing up to release "Heavy Worship" through Ain't No Grave Records on July 12th, 2011 and will also be appearing on the upcoming Scream the Prayer tour in July.
For the first time in their career Faroese pagan metallers Tyr have topped the CMJ Loud Rock radio charts for their brand-new album, "The Lay of Thrym." The longplayer had the previous week charted at #31, and now upon the week of its release shoots all the way up to #1.
Commenting on this achievement, frontman Heri Joensen says, "I almost fell off my cozy couch this morning when I got the message that our album was #1 on the CMJ Loud Rock radio charts - we had not even hoped for anything like this. We're thrilled to have been recieved this well by the radio stations across the US, and we're facinated so many people want to hear our songs.
"However, with this album, we deliberately tried to hit a broader audience, preferably outside the usual Folk/Pagan/Viking scene, and it looks like it has paid off. So even though we're surprised, it was sort of what we were aiming for; it just appears to have worked better than we anticipated. I'm almost tempted to say, 'Look, mom - I'm on top of the world!'"
You can also check out footage from the band's time in the studio recording the album by heading over here.
After previously posting the new song "Mørkefødt" online, black metal act Djevel has now uploaded another new track. You can listen to the recently posted song "Da Kvinnene Brant" by heading over to the official Djevel MySpace page at this location.
The tracks come off Djevel's upcoming album "Dødssanger," which will see release on June 13th, 2011.
The band Djevel includes in its lineup T. Ciekals (ex-Ljå), E. Hjelvik (Kvelertak), as well as Mannevond (Koldbrann/Urgehal).
"Acts of the Unspeakable," the third album from death metal act Autopsy, is to be re-released on June 20th on yellow vinyl with a gatefold sleeve. The release is limited to 2000 numbered copies, and pre-order information is available at this location. A statement from the band's publicist about the album reads as follows:
"Californian gore metallers Autopsy burst onto the scene in 1988 with almost immediate infamy. Frontman Chris Reifert was already a well known force on the underground through his time as drummer with Florida's highly respected metal combo, Death. After playing drums on the band's debut album, the much acclaimed 'Scream Bloody Gore', Chris moved back west to the more open climate of San Francisco and together with Danny Coralles & Eric Cutler formed Autopsy. The partnership kicked off in April 1989 with their debut album 'Severed Survival', a brutal explosion of heavy riffs, tight drumming and a screaming vocal, rounded off with concepts of death, disease and diabolica. A successful European tour with label mates and rising stars 'Paradise Lost' saw the band solidify their ever-growing army of devotees.
"Their third album, the highly controversial 'Acts Of The Unspeakable' surfaced in Oct '92 to widespread delight and fury. The press and fans adored the album, with artwork & lyrics loosely mirroring concepts similar to Hieronymous Bosch. The authorities didn't quite see things in the same way as copies of the album & T-Shirts (based on album artwork) were seized the world over. This only added to the reputation of the band with 'Acts' being lauded as the definitive Autopsy album."
Onslaught, which recently canceled the band's Metalfest appearances, has now issued the following update about playing the Rock Hard festival:
"Onslaught are stoked to announce their appearance at this years 'Rock Hard Festival' at 'Live Music Club' via Mazzini 58, Trezzo s/Adda, Milan, Italy on Saturday 17th September.
"We're so looking forward to returning to Italy once again, its been almost 3 years since our last visit and the 'Rock Hard Festival' is gonna be a fantastic opportunity to unleash the Sounds of Violence on our Italian friends for the first time...
"Have a great summer guys / see you all in September."
In other Onslaught news, the band also recently split with drummer Steve Grice. A statement from the band can be found here.
Voodoo Six has posted a documentary clip online for the band's new album "Fluke?" which can be found below. The band also commented:
"You can now watch Fluke? The Movie, a short film by Grav giving a brief background to the making of the album in his inimitable style."
Children of Bodom's video for "Roundtrip to Hell and Back" is now available online. You can check out the video clip below.
"Roundtrip to Hell and Back" is off the band's new album, "Relentless Reckless Forever," which is out now.
Children of Bodom will be on tour in North America with Septicflesh, Obscura, and Devin Townsend beginning on June 24 in Los Angeles. Go to this location for a list of tour dates.
This July will see Periphery heading to Australia as part of the "The League of Extraordinary Djentlemen" tour and joining the bill will also be fellow metallers Tesseract. The currently announced dates are as follows:
Friday 29 JULY BRISBANE, THE ZOO
Saturday 30 JULY SYDNEY, THE ANNANDALE
Sunday 31 JULY MELBOURNE, NORTHCOTE SOCIAL CLUB
You can also find a video clip of Periphery discussing the band's new "Icarus" EP by navigating over here. Periphery's cover of the Metallica track "One," which is part of the "Homefront" video game soundtrack, is available to be heard at this location.
Moonspell has posted another behind-the-scenes clip online from the band's time recording a music video. This making-of clip, for "Everything Invaded," can be viewed below. The original video is also available after the jump.
Symphonic black metal act Carach Angren has posted a re-recorded version of the song "The Ghost Of Raynham Hall" online, which is being released as a new single. You can check out the song in the player below.
You can also check out a trailer for Carach Angren's re-recorded demo tracks by navigating to this location.
Nokturnel has issued the following announcement about parting ways with the band's drummer:
"Tom Stevens has decided to part ways with drummer Duane Timlin. His replacement is Matt Franciss who currently also plays for Hank III's Assjack, and Cystic Dysentery (former Circle of Dead Children).
"Matt has agreed to step up to the challenge just in time to prepare for A Day of Death on July 16th in Williamsville, New York. Tom and Matt have been discussing Nokturnel's situation, and future for a while now, and they will be getting together for a week of rehearsals very soon.
"There are too many issues both personal and professional for me to have on my mind during an otherwise extremely positive moment in Nokturnel's history. I worked my ass off to bring this band back to the stage and just going through the motions is not going to cut it for me. I want to perform the songs in their true form with all the controlled chaos and enjoy myself at the same time. With all the stress and worry I dealt with during the week of MDF I felt it is best for the band to have a new drummer and preparing him for A Day of Death means I have to work even harder, spend more time away from home and spend more money to keep my independent band active. So be it! I have to do what I have to do and all the plans are made.
"I am excited to be working with Matt whose enthusiasm and confidence matches my own. Nokturnel fans deserve the best performances possible after the years of undying support and Matt, Billy and I are about to open a new chapter in Nokturnel's history book. We are extremely focused and excited to see everyone at A Day of Death in July."
The upcoming Nokturnel live dates are as follows:
July 16, Club Infinity "A Day of Death 2011" Williamsville NY.
Aug 12, The Korova, San Antonio Tx.
Nov 18, The Korova, San Antonio Tx. "GoreGrowlers Ball"
Swedish act Humanity's Last Breath has checked in with the following brief announcement about recruiting a new guitarist:
"For those of you who didn't know, we have a new guitarist named Marcus Johansson, also from Helsingborg. Cheers!"
You can also check out a teaser trailer for the band's "Structures Collapse" EP at this location. The track listing is as follows:
1. Product of War
4. Righteous Death
5. The Aftermath
To expand upon the recent "Never Dead" teaser released, Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. has announced that Megadeth is recording a customized soundtrack for the company’s forthcoming action-adventure franchise NeverDead. “Never Dead,” the official song sharing KONAMI’s video game title, will appear on Megadeth’s 13th album, which the band is currently recording.
“The members of Megadeth are speed-metal music pioneers with a world renowned reputation for producing song catalogs with original and progressive lyrics,” said Shinji Hirano, President of Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. “The NeverDead soundtrack is an example of pure imagination and it fully captures the essence of our game. We’re proud to have such a distinctive band associated with our title.”
Megadeth has sold over 25 million albums worldwide, with five consecutive albums being certified Platinum or multi-Platinum in the United States and have nine Grammy nominations under their belt.
“‘Never Dead’ was written specifically for the game, and the song’s lyrics and concept fit perfectly with its transcendental nature,” said Madelyn Scarpulla, Senior Vice President of Marketing & Creative Services for Roadrunner Records. “Megadeth and Roadrunner are both looking forward to the mutually beneficial marketing partnership we have established with KONAMI with the launch of NeverDead and Megadeth’s new album coming this fall.”
NeverDead, currently in production, is a third-person action game set in a futuristic world where humans are battling supernatural enemies across a dark post-apocalyptic metropolis. In the game, players will assume the role of a demonic hero agent named Bryce who, assisted by his female lead Arcadia, must undertake a series of missions to combat a demonic plague. NeverDead is expected to release later this year for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.
New Wave Of British Heavy Metal veterans Tokyo Blade have announced that they will be performing a one off show in their native United Kingdom on September 30th, which will take place at the historic Standard music venue in Walthamstow. Tickets will cost £10 each. The venue was a favourite of the band during it's early days and will be closing in December, after facing a series of economic problems.
Speaking on the venue, Tokyo Blade guitarist John Wiggins stated: "It's a great little venue, always was. We had many a wild night on that stage I can tell you, they were always a brilliant crowd to play for. Real shame it's closing but maybe we can take the roof off it for them! It'll be quite strange because we play Wacken in August which is sold out, 80,000 people and then we've got to get the whole show into the Standard. It'll be a privilege to play there again though and I bet they almost make as much noise as Wacken too!"
Noctem is currently streaming the band's entire new album "Oblivion" online. To check out the upcoming release, head over to the Noctem Facebook page. The stream will be available until Sunday, June 12th, with the album seeing official release on June 13th.
A teaser trailer for the album can be found here, and the "Oblivion" track listing is as follows:
1. Popol Vuh
2. The arrival of the false gods
3. Universal disorder
4. Abnegation and brutality
6. Sons of Hun-vucub
7. Seeking the ruin of souls
10. A borning winged snake
In Flames has posted the fifth (out of six) studio video episodes online from the band's time recording the new album "Sounds of a Playground Fading." You can check out episode five in the player below.
"Sounds Of A Playground Fading" is set for release on the following dates around the world:
June 15, 2011 Sweden
June 17, 2011 Germany, Austria, Switzerland & Norway
June 20, 2011 UK, Benelux, France, Greece, Denmark, Portugal (Rest of Europe)
June 21, 2011 North America, Spain, Italy
June 22, 2011 Finland, Hungary & Japan
June 24, 2011 Australia, New Zealand
Suicidal Angels has checked in with the following recap of the band's recent May and June tour dates:
"10 days of Hell, 10 days of partying, 10 days of long distance driving, 10 days of new friends and 10 days of fucking long distances!
"But that's it… The 10-day tour of May/June has come to an end after 6 festivals and 4 club shows and we can finally say 'Thank You' to all those who showed up, watched our shows, moshed and had a drink with us, making life on the road fun once again.
"A big thrashing hail goes out to our new brothers and friends, Krisiun, death metal extraordinaire from Brazil, whom we had the honor and pleasure of meeting in person at the Metalfests and drinking together! Besides the grandeur of the band, these guys are also amazing men so be sure to show up at their shows if they're playing in your town and enjoy this war machine on stage!
"Furthermore, to Hati from Equilibrium and Chris (Korean Guy), the band's light engineer, who proved to be worthy comrades to the Metalfests' aftershow parties! Fortunately (or not), whatever happens backstage, stays backstage… So no more on that... More...
Chimaira, who recently finished recording their upcoming new album, "The Age Of Hell," has posted a short teaser video online. The video is accompanied by the description of "August," which would presumably be when the album is targeted for release.
You can check out live video footage of a new Chimaira song, "Trigger Finger," here.
Biff Byford, the lead vocalist of British heavy metal heroes Saxon, has been featured in a new thirteen minute video in which he discusses the band's forthcoming new studio album, "Call To Arms," track by track. You can check it out below. "Call To Arms" will be released via Militia Guard Music, UDR and EMI on the following dates:
3 - Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Spain, The Netherlands, Belgium, Sweden, Norway
6 - UK, Finland, Denmark
8 - Greece, Poland
10 - France
14 - Canada, USA More...
Although the two bands had scheduled a few dates in North America together, with more expected to be announced, all female heavy metal legends Girlschool have announced that they have been forced to pull out of their proposed tour supporting fellow New Wave Of British Heavy Metal favourites, Diamond Head. A statement from the group's management reads as follows:
"The main reason for that is the fact that the main sponsor wanted to wait for the album to be released in the US before the band went over to tour.
"This was for the company extremely important and also for us the only possible way to bring the band to the US and join Diamond head on their tour.
"For that reason, the financial situation has become absolutely impossible to work with forcing us to cancel the entire tour. As soon as we have a definite release date for Hit And Run revisited in the US we will be back!"
A new video interview featuring the frontman from Metallica/The Beatles mash-up act Beatallica has made its way online. You can check out the interview in the player provided below with the band's latest music video being featured at this location.
Machine Head have made a new 30 second teaser of its new single available online for streaming. The track, titled "Locust," is set to be digitally released on June 17, 2011 and will appear on the band's as-yet-untitled new full length album - which is currently planned for a September 27, 2011 release date through Roadrunner Records. You can check out the song in the player below.
American modern metal act Straight Line Stitch has posted a new cover song online for streaming. The cover is of the Sepultura track "Attitude" and can be streamed in the player below. The track is a b-side from the band's recording sessions for its latest full length record "The Fight Of Our Lives."
Hardcore act No Bragging Rights has revealed the dates for its upcoming run of the United States. Support on the trek is set to come from It Prevails, We Are Defiance, Onward To Olympas. You can view the full list of dates, cities and venues below.
08/05 Lewisville, TX – Dad’s Venue
08/06 San Antonio, TX – The White Rabbit
08/08 Baton Rouge, LA – Here Today Gone Tomorrow
08/09 Mobile, AL – American Legion Post 88
08/10 Daytona Beach, FL – Stingrays
08/11 Tampa, FL – Transitions Art Gallery
08/12 Jacksonville, FL – The Pit
08/13 Douglasville, GA – The 7 Venue
08/14 Raleigh, NC – The Brewery
08/15 Fredericksburg, VA – The Refuge
08/16 Linthicum, MD – LHUMC
08/17 Lemoyne, PA – The Champ
08/18 Brooklyn, NY – Party Expo
08/19 Albany, NY – Bogie’s
08/20 Manchester, NH – Rocko’s
08/21 Buffalo, NY – Broadway Joe’s
08/22 Pittsburgh, PA – 42nd Street Rock House
08/24 Mt. Clemens, MI – The Hayloft
08/25 Toledo, OH – Frankies
08/26 Steger, IL – Another Hall In The Wall
08/27 St. Louis, MO – Fubar
08/28 Omaha, NE – The Commons
08/29 Wichita, KS – The Eagles Lodge
08/30 Tulsa, OK – Reverb
09/01 Ogden, UT – Mojo’s
09/02 Boise, ID – The Grange Hall
09/03 Spokane, WA – The A Club
09/04 Pullman, WA – The Bell Tower
09/06 Klamath Falls, OR – Yesterday’s Plaza
09/07 Rocklin, CA – Studio 21
09/08 Stockton, CA – Plea For Peace
09/09 Bakersfield, CA – The Dome
09/10 Anaheim, CA – Chain Reaction
09/11 Tempe, AZ – The Fixx
A new music video has made its way online from self proclaimed "alternative deathcore" act The Bunny The Bear. The video was shot for the track "Ocean Floor" which is taken off of the band's Victory Records debut "If You Don't Have Anything Nice To Say." You can check out the video in the player below.
Extreme metal act Jungle Rot has posted some new studio footage online. The clip documents the band recording its recently released full length album "Kill On Command." You can check out the footage in the player provided below.