Metal News for July 10, 2012
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French doom band Northwinds recently released its fourth album, "Winter," which features seven songs and a couple of cover tunes. Below is an upload of the second track, "Land of the Dead." Northwinds covered the track "Clear Windowpane" from St. Vitus on the album, plus did its own rendition of Angel Witch's "Gorgon." This marks the first new material for Northwind since its 2006 release "Chimeres." Below is the tracklisting for "Winter."
1. Turned to Stone 02,05
2. Land of the Dead 07,02
3. Last Chance 09,21
4. Gorgon 06,22 (Angel Witch cover)
5. Black Tower 05,29
6. Winter 22,02
7. Clear Windowpane 03,24 (Saint Vitus cover)
David Schmidt, the prolific German multi-instrumentalist who has over a dozen solo albums, has released the new six-song EP "Dark Days" with his project Sula Bassana. Below is an upload of the 21 minute psychedelic opus "Surrealistic Journey," which features the tracklisting of the album in its notes. There are also two more of the songs from "Dark Days," the title track and "Underground," posted on YouTube.
USDM force Bloodsoaked will be playing a trio of dates this month dubbed "Three Days of Blood" in Chesapeake, VA (7/19), Wilmington, DE (7/20), and Atco, NJ (7/21). Gig details are listed below.
Bloodsoaked had previously announced it will also be playing the Hammer of Gore European tour this November. The tour will run from November 2nd - 11th and hit Germany, Poland, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Holland, Belgium, Austria and Sweden. Exact cities and venues are currently being confirmed. Support will come from Coffin Syrup, Gorgy and Mangled Atrocity.
Bloodsoaked has also announced the addition of Joe Darling as second guitarist/vocalist. Joe has played two very successful shows, including SWR Portugal Metal Fest. He also plays in Comatose Music band Maleboliga. Check out some of these performance videos over at YouTube.
Thursday July 19th w/ Ancient Torture Techniques, Cyaegha, Bottomfeeder & Vørgum @ Roger's Sports Pub 2002 Bainbridge Blvd, Chesapeake, Virginia 23324
Friday July 20th w/ Sapremia, Nightfire, Polterchrist & Blood of Abel @ MOJO 13 1706 Philadelphia Pike, Wilmington, Delaware 19809
Saturday July 21st w/ Dehumanized, Short Bus Pileup, Cognitive, The Summoned & Doomsday Machine Schematic @ Devlin's Irish Pub 450 1st St, Atco, New Jersey 08004
Chicago thrashers Trials have parted ways with guitarist Remy Walle. The band's new guitarist is Ryan Bruchert (Centaurus, ex-He Who Corrupts). The band commented as follows:
As far as the split with Remy, all we can say is that sometimes shit just doesn't work out. We wish him the best of luck with whatever he chooses to do. We'd like you to join us in welcoming Ryan Bruchert to the band. His music credentials include our more progressive brothers in Centaurus (who you should all check out), as well as now-departed grind legends He Who Corrupts. He's a decent human being and an excellent guitarist, and despite his aversion to eating meat, we like the guy. We're looking forward to him putting his stamp on the new album we've been recording, as well as our upcoming live shows this summer. You can get updated on all that stuff over at Facebook. See you there.
Trials is currently working on the follow up to its debut "Witness to the Downfall," which was released last year. The band has posted a series of studio journals chronicling the album's progress online at YouTube.
"Man :: Instincts," the three song DR (digital release) from expansionist UK metallers Monsterworks, is now available for a limited time as a free download via Mortal Music. Check out all three songs on "Man :: Instincts" which are up for grabs at MortalMusic.Bandcamp, or stream it below. The band has posted a video blog featuring guitarist/vocalist Jon giving an in-depth look at the tracks on "Man :: Instincts," which follows after the widget.
Every week we catch up with band members and metal fans to get their best stories from live shows. While the pit is usually where most of the action is, heading outside for a break can come with many dangers all on its own, as Kevin George from Martriden and At Home In Hell recently learned. Kevin shared the following tale of unexpectedly entering a fight while seeing a show with his girlfriend:
Katelynn and I were out at the Odyssey show, decided to go outside because Hooves (the opening band) were actually too loud, even for me. Next door, In This Moment were playing, so there were a lot of confused-with-life individuals hanging around outside.
We were standing there for the time being, trying to decide whether to go get earplugs or not, when we realized that 8 ft away from us was not just some overly excited girls...but one was just thoroughly giving the other a verbal lashing like no other. Some shit about "how dare you tell everyone I work on Sprague" came up...for the uninformed, she got called a hooker.
After about a minute of this belligerent retardfest, the angry one hits the other girl in the face pretty good-like. She then grumbles some other incomprehensible bullshit and cocks her fist back again. The other girl...the receiver, if you will...runs between Katelynn and I, tucks he head between us and cries the most feebly pussified "help me" that a little emo girl who couldn't get in to see In This Moment ever could. It was pretty pitiful, actually.More...
Prong will be touring all summer in support of "Carved Into Stone." The band has confirmed a tour this August with Static-X. The run kicks off August 1st in Silver Spring, MD and goes through August 29th in Las Vegas, NV. In between those dates Prong will be taking part in the inaugural "Knotfest" August 17th in Pacific Junction, IA and August 18th in Somerset, WI. Select headline dates and other festival appearances are scheduled as well. A complete list of all tour dates can be found below.
Frontman Tommy Victor spoke about touring with Static-X: "Static-X has been carrying the torch for no-nonsense, hard hitting music for many years and it's an honor to tour with them. They've put out great records again and again and I've witnessed their live show so many times and never been disappointed. It's going to be fun to see them every night tearing it up with those killer riffs, great beats and raucous hooks! Prong officially thanks Wayne and company for this opportunity!"
Wayne Static also commented about touring with Prong: "I'm very excited to have Prong join the tour. Over the years Prong has had a huge influence on many musicians, including myself, and I am honored to share the stage with them." More...
Following up on 2010’s breakout album, "Trails Out of Gloom," Fen is returning to its heavier roots with the brand new album, "Of Losing Interest." The album was once again recorded at Creativ Studios with longtime producer Mike Southworth at the helm. "Of Losing Interest" will be available on August 14th through Nail Distribution in North America, Code 7 in the UK, and Clearspot International in Europe.
“In some ways, Of Losing Interest is a reversion to the bands pre-Trails sound, but this new album is a definite progression for us,” states Fen frontman, Doug Harrison, “the new album is a lot heavier than past albums, but it still has a ton of melody and, as a band, we’re took a more focused approach towards songcraft.” More...
Swedish black metal project Flagellated Seraph will release its full-length debut "Beyond Salvation" on July 23th via Hellthrasher Productions.
According to a press release, this gospel is best described as "black metal darkness illuminated by the light of suffering and death, featuring some long, epic hymns in the vein of Funeral Mist." The album was mixed and mastered by Magnus Devo Andersson at Endarker. The track listing is as follows:
Reminiscence Of The Serpent
He Who Bears The Mark
I Am The Flame
Redeemer Of Nothingness
Germany's Grind Inc. has issued the following announcement about gearing up to record a new album:
"Dear Grind Inc. community,
"How are you guys doing so far? We just want to keep you updated about our plans for this year. We will enter almighty Catacomb Productions in December 2012 to record our fifth and yet untitled studio album.
"At the moment we are heavily focussed on the songwriting process, so expect some brutal results from Krefeld for early 2013!"
You can also check out Grind Inc. music available for streaming over at the band's Facebook profile.
Ukranian act Semargl has released a new music video for "God Is Not Love," which can be viewed in the player below. (note: this video will likely soon be removed from YouTube due to its content. We'll put up a different version once one becomes available).
"God Is Not Love" is taken off the band's latest album "Satanic Pop Metal." You can also check out the band's previously posted video for "Tak, Kurwa" at this location.
Greek demons Septicflesh have announced North American shows this coming October. The "Conquerors of the World" tour will see Septicflesh share the stage with fellow label mates Inquisition, as well as Krisiun, Melechesh, and Ex Deo.
The trip begins on October 12th in Toronto, Canada. A complete list of confirmed tour dates can be found below. More tour dates will be announced shortly.
12 Oct 12 Toronto, ON (CA) Wreck Room
13 Oct 12 Trois-Rivières, QC (CA) Trois-Rivières Metalfest
14 Oct 12 Montreal, QC (CA) Cafe Campus
15 Oct 12 Cambridge, MA (US) Middle East Downstairs
16 Oct 12 New York, NY (US) Gramercy Theatre
17 Oct 12 Cleveland, OH (US) Peabody's
18 Oct 12 Chicago, IL (US) Reggie's Rock Club
19 Oct 12 Saint Paul, MN (US) Station 4
20 Oct 12 Winnipeg, MB (CA) Park Theatre
21 Oct 12 Regina, SK (CA) The Exchange
22 Oct 12 Edmonton, AB (CA) Pawn Shop
23 Oct 12 Kelowna, BC (CA) Sapphire Night Club
24 Oct 12 Vancouver, BC (CA) Rickshaw Theatre
Inquistion also recently signed to Season of Mist. The band will release its label debut on the Season of Mist Underground Activists division. More...
Florida's Sledgegrinder has issued the following announcement about splitting with the band's vocalist and bass player:
"Ok... So this is going to be very surprising to most of you and very devistating at the same time... Alex and Nathan have decided that they will not be moving foward with Sledgegrinder at this point... The reasons have nothing to do with conficts or issues between us but just personal reasons on their end regarding personal career goals and family matters.
"Nathan was our original bassist and Alex started the band as an original member as well so this is definetily a set back but they do want to express that they had a hell of a time all 3 1/2 years that they advanced with Sledgegrinder.
"Between the appreciation for our fans, the great times we had with them, the brutal music we wrote together, and the brotherhood that we had (and still do), moving foward without them will not be easy but we will rebuild and make the right decisions on keeping Sledgegrinder alive!!
"These guys will be missed deeply but it's the right move for them to be happy and enjoy the project that they have also put alot of work into, Proletariat Combat Machine. Please continue to support them because they know this will be upseting news but NATE AND ALEX STILL LOVE ALL OF OUR SELDGEGRINDER BROTHERZ AND SISTERZ! BEST OF LUCK FELLA'S!!
"We will be seeking replacements so start getting the word out and help keep this band stay alive moving forward! We need our fans now more than ever!"
Metal Blade Records has issued the following announcement about inking a deal with Satan's Wrath:
"Formed in 2011 by multi-instrumentalist Tas Danazoglou (vocals, drums & bass) & Stamos K (guitars), Satan's Wrath deal in a style of heavy metal music which harks back to the times when the death, black and thrash genres were all considered one in the same, and only leather, spikes and bullets were real!
"The band's debut release Galloping Blasphemy contains nine tracks of unholy terror and is to be released on September 25th, 2012 in North America, and September 21st/24th in Europe."
Tas Danazoglou comments on the deal with Metal Blade: "I bought 'Show No Mercy' by Slayer when it was first released and have dreamt of the day when my own unholy necro-noise would be unleashed upon the earth via the same channels. Literally, this is my nightmare come true."
Brian Slagel of Metal Blade Records, who celebrate their 30 year anniversary this year, comments: "When I first heard Satan's Wrath it transported me back three decades to the early days of the label when I loved bands like Slayer (who released their first 3 titles between 1983 & 1985 on Metal Blade) and Possessed (whose first commercial release was the track "Swing of the Axe" which opened the Metal Blade compilation 'Metal Massacre XI' in 1985). What will always impress me about the heavy metal genre is its ability to borrow from the past and boldly wear it's influences on its sleeve, while still sounding fresh and relevant to the time it was created. Satan's Wrath are one of those bands, and will be right at home alongside the other acts on the Metal Blade roster - past, present and future."
Just back home from a 5-week European tour in support of new album "Torture" (reviewed here), and on the jump again for another five weeks of touring through North America, Cannibal Corpse has now confirmed a return to Europe for February 2013.
Cannibal Corpse will be co-headlining alongside Devildriver, with Cannibal Corpse finishing all mainland European shows while Devildriver will finish the U.K. dates. Support acts will be announced shortly.
09/02/13 – FI – Oulu – Teatrie Oulu
10/02/13 – FI – Tampere – Pakkahuone
11/02/13 – FI – Helsinki – Nosturi
13/02/13 – SE – Stockholm – Göta Källare
14/02/13 – SE – Gothenburg – Brewhouse
15/02/13 – DK – Copenhagen – Amager bio
16/02/13 – DK – Aarhus – Train
17/02/13 – DE – Hamburg – Grünspan
19/02/13 – NL – Tilburg – 013
20/02/13 – DE – Köln – Essigfabrik
21/02/13 – DE – Karlsruhe – Substage
22/02/13 – DE – Geiselwind – Music Hall
23/02/13 – BE – Antwerp – Trix
24/02/13 – FR – Paris – Le Bataclan
26/02/13 – IT – Milan – Alcatraz
27/02/13 – CH – Lausanne – Les Docks
28/02/13 – CH – Zurich – Komplex 457
01/03/13 – DE – Chemnitz - Südbahnhof
02/03/13 – CZ – Ostrava – Garage Club
03/03/13 – DE – Berlin – Columbia Club
05/03/13 – DE – München – Backstage
06/03/13 – DE – Saarbrücken – Garage
07/03/13 – UK – London – The Forum
08/03/13 – UK – Nottingham – Rock City
09/03/13 – UK – Manchester – HMV Ritz
10/03/13 – UK – Glasgow - ABC
After spending much of the past several months headlining tours of Europe, Japan and Australia – with stops in New Zealand, Taiwan, Indonesia, the Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand and Singapore along the way – globe-trotting act August Burns Red is excited to announce its return for a Fall North American headlining tour.
Fresh off a run of European festival and headlining dates, the band will launch the five-week, 30-city North American tour on August 31st with support from The Color Morale, labelmates The Overseer and a yet-to-be-named special guest, before heading back to Europe. Dates are as follows: More...
Ancient Ascendant has posted a new music video online for the track "Driven by the Dark," which can be viewed below. The band also commented:
"May we present our first official music video for 'Driven by the Dark' taken from the upcoming release, 'Into the Dark.'
"The EP is due for release on 6th August, right before our Bloodstock Festival appearance. Special thanks to the Director, Tom Cronin. Please enjoy." More...
U.K. band Fall Against Fate has issued the following announcement about parting with guitarist Tom Saunders:
"Hey there guys. Got some real bad news for you today... Tom has decided to part ways with the band. We have had an incredible time playing shows and hanging out with him and it's a terrible shame, but he has decided to leave.
"We are all still good friends and we wish him all the luck in the future. But don't worry, Fall Against Fate are still going strong and will have some great stuff for you guys soon! We will also announce our new guitarist very soon!
"Thank you so much to everybody who has supported Tom and Fall Against Fate over the years."
For more info on Fall Against Fate, head over to the band's Facebook profile here.
Chicago heavy metal act, Dirge Within, has teamed up with Noisecreep.com to launch a brand new music video for “Memories,” the debut single from the band’s sophomore full-length, "There Will Be Blood," out now on Rocket Science/THC: Music.
“This was easily one of the best video-making experiences I have ever been part of,” said guitarist, Shaun Glass, in an exclusive interview with Noisecreep. “No waiting, no egos, just a great vibe, and I think it translates the truly emotional words that this song sends out to the listener.”
Check out the “Memories” music video at this location or through the player below.
Aside from the new music video, Dirge Within is also pleased to announce its addition to 95.1 FM “WIIL ROCK Fest,” set to take place in Twin Lakes, Wis. on August 11th. The growing, star-studded line-up already features genre heavyweights All That Remains, Static X, Fear Factory and more, with additional performances to be announced in the coming weeks. Head over to this location for complete details. More...
Fozzy's new studio album "Sin and Bones" will be released August 14th, and the band has just unveiled the album's track listing, as well as lead single "Sandpaper," which features guest vocals by M Shadows. The track can be heard in the player available below.
Exclusive pre-order packages for "Sin and Bones" are available now at CM Distro and can be purchased here. The brainchild of WWE superstar Chris Jericho and Stuck Mojo mastermind Rich Ward, "Sin and Bones" delivers the following 10 hard-hitting tracks:
1. Spider In My Mouth
3. Blood Happens
4. Inside My Head
5. Sin And Bones
6. A Passed Life
7. She's My Addiction
8. Shine Forever
9. Dark Passenger
10. Storm The Beaches More...
U.K. act Saturnian, which signed to Indie Recordings earlier this year, has now posted a single online from the band's upcoming album "Dimension."
Check out the song "Into Etheria" in the SoundCloud player below. “Dimensions” is set to be released on the 24th of August via Indie Recordings.
Norwegian progressive extreme metal act Enslaved has named the band's upcoming twelfth studio album "RIITIIR," which follows previous album "Axioma Ethica Odini" (reviewed here).
Enslaved has also unveiled the new album's cover artwork, available below. "RIITIIR" is due out in Europe on September 28th and in North America on October 2nd. More...
Poland's Widek has posted the full "Aurora Borealis" EP online for streaming or download on a "pay what you want" scale. You can check out the songs in the player below, or over at bandcamp. The track listing is as follows:
1. Emission Line Spectrum
2. Aurora Borealis (feat. Sithu Aye & Halcyon)
3. Dark Matter
4. Binary Stars (feat. Gru)
5. Skylight (feat. Gru) More...
Arizona sludge terrorists Godhunter have confirmed several new tour dates, including a Tucson-based metalfest, which the band is coordinating. The following press release was issued by the band's publicist:
"Amidst the growing hype on their recently unleashed Wolves release and regional touring throughout the Southwest over recent months, Godhunter continue their warpath scheduling more live actions for the coming months. The band are one of the local musical acts confirmed to annihilate The Nest Skatepark on July 28th, where several pro skaters from the city will be in attendance and a documentary crew will be filming a short movie about Tucson's local scene.
"Godhunter also fully coordinating and booking the first ever Southwest Terror Fest, a two-day auditory assault confirmed to take place on October 19th and 20th, 2012. The debauchery-ridden festivities will include over thirty bands in total, featuring both local and nationally-based acts, some on tour and others specific to this event. At press time TOAD and Sons Of Tonatiuh and of course Godhunter are confirmed to perform, and the full lineup including headliners and official sponsors is being locked down to be announced in the weeks ahead. Stay tuned via the official Facebook page for the event here." More...
On July 30th in Europe and July 31st in North America, the Chicago-based black metal outfit Nachtmystium is set to release "Silencing Machine," the band's 6th full-length album. To give fans a behind-the-scenes look at the making of "Silencing Machine," Nachtmystium has now launched the first of five in-studio videos featuring exclusive footage and interviews with the band.
Filmed and edited by Justin Baron, who recently did the Yakuza documentary, this first video spotlights Charlie Fell (drums), and it can be viewed below. For some more insight into the album, you can also check out our recent interview with front man Blake Judd.
The album's track listing is:
1. Dawn Over The Ruins Of Jerusalem
2. Silencing Machine
3. And I Control You
4. The Lepers Of Destitution
5. Borrowed Hope And Broken Dreams
6. I Wait In Hell
7. Decimation, Annihilation
8. Reduced To Ashes
9. Give Me The Grave
10. These Rooms In Which We Weep More...
Sweden's Naglfar has recently announced that drummer Efraim Juntunen (Persuader, Guillotine) and bassist Alexander "Impaler" Friberg (Necrophobic) will be joining for the band for the upcoming live shows this summer.
The following dates are confirmed:
Aug. 9-11 Party san, Schlotheim, (D)
Aug. 18 Summer Breeze, Dinkelsbühl, (D)
Sept. 8 Meh suff! Metal festival, Hüttikon, (CH)
War From A Harlots Mouth is hard at work on forthcoming album "Voyeur," which is due out through Season of Mist on October 19th (November 6 in North America). The band has now released the first in a series of teaser clips online for the impending release, which can be viewed below.
The band also recently commented on the recording, "We're excited to be back at the halls of Dailyhero Recordings and can't wait to see the new songs shaping up. All the guitar and bass recordings have been finished at Simon's Moulder Masters studios already, so we only have to finish up the drums, vocals and mix here.
"Simon is also taking over the mastering duties this time around, so a lot of this record is actually produced and engineered by him, which is a new experience for us as a band. We're stoked with the results so far, so now it can only get even better!
"We are really getting a kick out of this new material and feel like it's coming out very extreme, discordant and quite unique."
Lifeforms has now revealed the cover artwork, created by D-Dub Designs, of the band's new album "Multidimensional." Check out the art below. Lifeforms signed to Lifeforce Records earlier this year, and you can also watch a previously posted studio video of the band's time working on "Multidimensional" at this location.
Season of Mist is proud to welcome Chile's cult act Undercroft. Led by bassist / vocalist Alvaro Lillo (also of Watain fame), the band emerged from the obscurity of the South American underground as early as 1993 with the release of two legendary demos. Five albums and nearly 20 years later, Undercroft will unleash a sixth full-length, entitled "Ruins of Gomorrah."
"Undercroft is proud to join the of Season of Mist roster," the band comments. "It is time to continue stronger, with trustfulness and satisfaction to join Season of Mist, knowing that things will be much serious and better handled than ever before, with the conviction of experience and restless work that became our curse over this earth through all this years. The Chilean mercenaries will rise chants of Death upon this soil once again and our sixth manifest of war and maledictions is named 'Ruins of Gomorrah.' Cheers Season of Mist! Thanx for your support!"
Produced by Daniel Bergstrand, "Ruins of Gomorrah" will hit stores on September 21st (October 9th in North America) through Season of Mist's Underground Activists division.
After posting the first two songs "Singularity" and "The Unconditional Amusement" off the "Spiritual Complexity" EP, Greek act Conspiranoia is now streaming another track from the release. Check out the song "Momentum Built on Fear" in the player below.
German drunken thrashers Tankard posted a new music video for the title track from the forthcoming 30th Anniversary album entitled "A Girl Called Cervesa." The album is scheduled for release on on July 27, 2012 through Nuclear Blast Records.
The track listing for "A Girl Called Cervesa" is as follows:
1. Running On Fumes
2. A Girl Called Serveza
3. Witchhunt 2.0
4. Masters Of Farces
5. The Metal Lady Boy (Feat. Doro Pesch)
6. Not One Day Dead (But One Day Mad)
7. Son Of A Fridge
8. Fandom At Random
9. Metal Magnolia
10. Rapid Fire (A Tyrant's Elegy)
Check out video here: More...
California's death/grind act Murder Construct, featuring Cattle Decapitation vocalist Travis Ryan, posted an in studio video on the making of the debut full length LP "Results." The album was recorded in Architeuthis Sound and Trench Studios and is scheduled for release on August 28, 2012 through Relapse Records.
The band previously posted a teaser clip, which can be viewed at this location.
Check out the in studio video here:
Former Nightwish vocalist Tarja Turunen posted a teaser trailer for the upcoming double live album/DVD entitled "Act I." The release is due to drop on August 24, 2012 (EU) and September 4, 2012 (North America) through Ear Music in 2-CD, 2-DVD and Blu-Ray format. For more information on the release, including the track listing for the various formats head on over to this location.
Check out the teaser clip here:
Chilean power metal band Inferis posted additional live bootleg footage from the band's recent show with Italy's Rhapsody of Fire at Teatro Caupolican in Santiago, Chile on June 26, 2012. In the footage, the band performs the track "When Men Collide" from the 2010 album "When Men Collide: Encounter of the Races" (released on Hitman Records).
The band previously posted live footage of the title track of the latest EP "Lead the Chain," which can be viewed at this location.
Check out "When Men Collide" here:
Italian folk/power metal band Elvenking posted the another studio update video as the band records the next album at Sonic Pump Studios in Helsinki, Finland with producer Nino Laurenne (Sonata Arctica/Lordi). This update, entitled "Aydan's Chronicle" focuses on the guitar recordings with guitarists Aydan and Rafahel. The album title and release date have not yet been announced.
Check out the video here:
Swiss metal band Sybreed has revealed the front cover for new album "God is an Automaton," which was designed by Seth Siro Anton of Septicflesh. The new album is set to be released on Listenable on Sept 24th (Europe) and October 2nd (North America).
Seth Siro Anton states: "My works are distorting dream mirrors of the body and soul. Human nature attracted often to specific Art forms which are essentially attracted by the reflected dream world. On Sybreed's new artwork I tried to decode-externalize The Architect of the Blackest light, an Automated God, an Ironic Priest which is fighting between two different levels of reality. An Ironic Synthesis combination of modern Classicism. It was a great challenge and pleasure trying to visualize their new masterpiece." More...
After previously explaining the song "Muramasa," Periphery has now posted the track "Have a Blast" online along with the following breakdown of the song:
"This song was something that I had been sitting on for a while before even demoing it. I had been jamming on the riffs for a while, but sometimes I get worried when I track something for the first time because if the ideas don't inspire enough other riffs/ideas, then the song usually ends up being an incomplete demo that kinda just sits there for a while. I was going for something playful and fun with the riffs i wrote, and it seemed to be developing a very 'video-gamey' sound which I am a fan of, so I ran with that kind of feel for the riffs. I was really happy with the 2 or so minutes that I demoed, but I had no idea where the song should go next, and as a result the song sat there for a little while.
"When we were writing/demoing songs to rework for the album, this one came up, and I invited Jake and Mark to come over to help me work on it and complete it. Mark wrote some riffs which really jumpstarted the song back to life, and we spent some time on the arrangement making sure it would be just right. Thanks to Jan at our management, we managed to get the legendary Guthrie Govan to agree to a guest solo, and the section near the end of the song seemed perfect for his style. When I heard his solo for the first time over the song, I was so giddy, I couldn't wipe the smile off of my face!
"All in all, this track ended up being one of my personal favorites from the album, and we decided that with it's quirky violin intro, it could be a really different way to officially start off the album, because we considered Muramasa to really be more of an intro to ramp things up rather than the first actual song." More...
Brazilian power metal band Scelerata is streaming the new song "In My Blood," from the band's latest LP "The Sniper." The song features the guest vocal performance of Paul Di'Anno (who recently retired). "The Sniper" was recently released in Japan through Spiritual Beast Records. The album is expected for release this month through Voice music.
The track list for "The Sniper" is as follows:
1. Rising Sun
2. In My Blood (Feat. Paul Di'Anno)
3. Road to Death
4. Breaking the Chains
5. Unmasking Lies
6. Must Be Dreaming (Feat. Andi Deris) (streaming here)
7. Drowned in Madness
8. Welcome Home
9. 'Til the Day We Die
10. Money Painted Red
11. The Sniper
Check out "In My Blood" here: More...
Finnish vampire rockers The 69 Eyes posted a teaser clip for the new single "Red." The song is the taken from the band's forthcoming new LP "X," which is scheduled for release on September 29, 2012 through Nuclear Blast Records. "Red" is scheduled for digital release through iTunes on August 10, 2012.
Check out the teaser clip here:
U.S. thrash icons Testament posted a behind the scenes video on the making of the band's forthcoming LP "Dark Roots of Earth." Guitarist Eric Peterson explains how the album started and eventually came together. "Dark Roots of Earth" is scheduled for release on July 27, 2012 (EU) and July 31, 2012 (North America) through Nuclear Blast Records.
A lyric video was previously issued for the song "True American Hate," which can be viewed at this location.
Check out the "making of" footage here:
Canadian metalcore band Structures posted a new music video for the track "Paralyzed." The song appears on the band's latest album "Divided By," which was issued in October 2011 through Sumerian Records.
A drum play through video for the song was previously posted and can be viewed at this location.
Check out "Paralyzed" here:
Angels of Babylon, founded by former Manowar drummer Kenny "rhino" Earl, has signed on with Scarlet Records for the band's sophomore release. The as of yet untitled album is described as "a collection of epic, melodic and heavy songs that will inspire and arouse the imagination, a timeless piece of work that any real heavy metal fan will treasure for many years to come."
In 2010, Angels of Babylon released the debut album "Kingdom of Evil," which featured Megadeth bassist Dave Ellefson and Forgotten Realm vocalist David Fefolt.
More information on the release is expected soon.