Metal News for July 11, 2013
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35 news articles posted on this day.
Vhol has announced a string of Northwest dates to coincide with the recent release of the band's self-titled debut album through Profound Lore Records. The dates are as follows:
08/13 – Oakland, CA @ The Metro (w/ TBA)
08/15 – Portland, OR @ Rotture (w/Atriarch, Honduran)
08/16 – Seattle, WA @ Highline (w/Uzala, Bone Sickness, Brainscraper)
08/17 – Tacoma, WA @ Java Jive (w/Lesbian, Trepanation)
08/18 – Vancouver BC @ Astoria (w/Burning Ghats, Hoopsnake, Hopeleus) More...
Italian heavy/power metal act Overtures just released a teaser for the new album "Entering the Maze," which is being released via the Greek label Sleaszy Rider Records. Check out the clip below, and the band simply had this to say: "Are you ready to enter the maze?"
Diamond Lane have released two new videos from their album, ‘Sapphire’, released in June. This L.A. band has quickly become known for their fist pumping riffs and FOX sports friendly hooks. More...
Ektro Records is proud to announce the release date for Ranger's "Knights of Darkness" debut MLP, which shall be unleashed internationally on September 6th, 2013. The following press release was issued about the album:
"A four-piece heavy metal unit, Ranger shifts into overdrive with Knights of Darkness, the young Finns' first official release after three cult demos. Prepare to be mangled, thrashed, and shocked when you drop the needle on this brute. Ranger' debut MLP is the real-deal pounding metal you haven't heard in ages. This music is based on the very essence that makes heavy metal music so powerful: a vocalist that sounds like a banshee on the attack, double-lead guitars that send shivers down your spine, and drums hammering like a freight train on the loose.
"Ranger will split your skulls, one by one, with their intense energy and power that can be heard in every single second of this release! For reference, think old Slayer, Running Wild, and Tyrant (US) in a car crash on the way to Hell, but 666% Ranger: the Knights of Darkness are on the march, and there's no escape!"
The track listing is as follows:
2. Touch Of Death
3. Steel Dawn
4. Supreme Evil
5. Knights Of Darkness More...
Today splatterthrash death hooligans Ghoul hurl forth “Proud to be Creepsylvanian.” Originally released as “Proud to Be Canadian” by the The Dayglo Abortions, the tune comes off Ghoul’s forthcoming "Intermediate Level Hard-Core: covers EP. Check out the track below, courtesy of Cvltnation.com.
Comments guitarist/vocalist Digestor of the rendition: “We covered this song by the legendary Dayglo Abortions because we feel a kinship with the people of Canada, even though there are clearly differences between the two great countries. For instance, one is a hellish, barren, nightmare-scape devoid of happiness and fun, and drenched in the tears of a subjugated populace, and the other is called Creepsylvania. Though I have heard that Vancouver is nice."
"Intermediate Level Hard-Core" is available now digitally and on vinyl via Tankcrimes Records and delivers five tracks of gristly hardcore/punk worship with Ghoulified versions of tunes from Dayglo Abortions as well as Fearless Iranians From Hell, Willful Neglect, N.O.T.A, and Gwar. You can also catch Ghoul live:
7/27/2013 Jerry’s Pizza - Bakersfield, CA
8/09/2013 Thrasher’s - Vancouver, BC @ Thrashers w/ Toxic Holocaust!
8/10/2013 Branx @ Northwest Black Circle Festival - Portland, OR More...
Metal Blade welcomes Danish thrashers Artillery to the label's arsenal. Metal Blade issued the following statement:
"Denmark's Artillery is one Europe's earliest thrash metal exports, and their contribution to the bourgeoning genre is difficult to ignore. The Danish quartet successfully managed to fuse an abrasive brutality with technicality and strong melodies, with the noteworthy guitar leads of the Stützer-brothers serving as highlights.
"Artillery was formed in the Copenhagen suburb of Taastrup, Denmark in 1982 by Michael and Morten Stützer. Since then, Artillery have gone thru numerous line-up changes and released six studio LPs. The first period of Artillery's existence gave the world the three classic albums Fear of Tomorrow, Terror Squad and By Inheritance, featuring some of the finest moments of thrash metal Europe has ever put out. More...
WormHoleDeath has checked in with the following announcement about inking a deal with Levania:
"We are extremely honored to announce the signing of Italian Gothic metal band Levania. Wormholedeath will release the incredible second album titled 'Renascentis' world-wide through Aural Music Group/Wormholedeath Japan.
"The album is being produced at Realsound Studio (Italy) by Wahoomi Corvi right now. The band entered the studio a few weeks ago to start the production of the follow up release of their critically acclaimed debut album 'Parasynthesis' (released by our sister label Dreamcell11 during 2012)."
The track listing is as follows:
5. My Writings Of Hope
6. Seven Times To Forget
8. An Icy Embrace
12. Four Seasons More...
Dutch symphonic death metal opera Mayan released debut album "Quarterpast" back in 2011 (reviewed here). The band has now checked in with the following announcement about working on a follow-up album:
"Studio update 1: At the end of this month Arien 'the beast' van Weezenbeek will enter the studio to start recording the 11 new tracks of MaYaN's second album. We will keep you updated so keep an eye on this page!"
Further details will be announced as they are made available. In the mean time, check out the band's music video for "War on Terror," taken off the "Quarterpast" album, in the player below. More...
Italy's grindcore fiends Cripple Bastards have entered the studio to record their Relapse Records full-length debut and first new album in over three years.
They have returned, once again, to Studio Fredman in Gotherburg Sweden to work with producer Fredrik Nordström (Arch Enemy, At the Gates, Dark Tranquillity). The album is set for an early 2014 release.
Additionally, 2013 marks the grind veteran's 25th anniversary which they will celebrate with a special performance at this year's Rock Hard Italy Festival in September. The band commented on reaching this milestone:
"It's crazy to realize that we have been around for so long and the best way to prove that we're still going strong and have a lot to express through our music and rage is what we're putting together on the new songs written for the upcoming album, which is certainly going to be our most negative, dark and violent release to date."
Sept 14 Rock Hard Italy Festival @ Live Club Trezzo Sull'Adda
French act Lux Aeterna has checked in with the following announcement about releasing a new album:
"Our first album, entitled 'Echoes From Silence,' will be released in September 2013 on Brennus Music. 'Echoes From Silence' was recorded & produced by Erwan Thomas at Univers Prog. The album was mixed by Kevin Codfert at XFade Studios and Mastered by Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studio.
"You can listen to the first single 'The Universal Sight Of Evil' on our website or on Soundcloud. The album will be available on CD and via digital download. More to come... Stay tuned." More...
Sweden's Facebreaker is set to release new album, "Dedicated to the Flesh," on August 20th in North America. The record is available in Europe now via Cyclone Empire Records.
This album is the followed up to 2010's "Infected," which is also available on Metal Blade Records and Cyclone Empire Records. Fans can stream the lyric video for "Carving for Brains" below, or find pre-order info here. More...
Dawn Of Ashes has released a new music video for "Poisoning The Steps Of Babel," which can be viewed below.
"Poisoning The Steps Of Babel," featuring Nero Bellum from Psyclon Nine, is featured on the 2013 album "Anathema" released via Metropolis Records.
Auckland, New Zealand-based death metal trio Ulcerate has completed the final stages of preparation for the pending release of the band's fourth horrific masterpiece, and first for Relapse Records.
After signing Ulcerate last year, new label Relapse now unveils the info on the band’s newest works as the album nears release late this Summer. After a year of writing and planning, the creation of the record came to fruition in March of this year when the band entered hometown MCA Studios.
The nine passages harnessed during these sessions culminates into a nearly fifty-five minute document of the outfit’s most tumultuous craftsmanship yet, entitled "Vermis." Relapse will unleash the album on CD, double LP and digitally, now confirmed for release September 17th in North America, preceded by September 13th in Germany and Benelux, and September 16th in the U.K. and rest of the world. Preorders have been made available here. More...
Until Dawn will be trekking across Alberta this August for the "Alberta Horizon Crusade" tour, which will also include a performance at this year's Farmageddon Festival and Loud As Hell Festival.
The band's new album "Horizon" is set for release on Tuesday, August 6th and you can now stream new single "This Fallen Fortress" at this location. Vocalist Adam Macleod comments:
"We started working on Horizon two years ago, and the concept came together fast. As a touring band, we are always staring into the horizon geared towards the next show. That’s what we are trying to convey with our next record. We spent an immense amount of time writing and doing pre-production to ensure we lived up to our own expectations and our fans. We believe this is the best representation of what Until Dawn is right now. We are extremely proud and excited to get this record to our fans, to make new ones and hit the road to play the new songs live.
"Our single 'This Fallen Fortress' started as a song about being from Fort McMurray and the struggles we face as a band secluded so far north. But quickly turn into being about gaining strength through out any obstacle you are faced with. We as a band believe you can find strength and perseverance in any situation, and turn it into a positive. Let this dawn awaken." More...
Something wicked this way comes, wending its way through damp back alleyways and down leafy New England back roads, whispering through still water and dark fog. The clarion call for the next great wave of American black metal has sounded, and Vattnet Viskar is leading the charge.
With the autumn equinox not far off, Vattnet Viskar has completed work on "Sky Swallower," the band's debut full-length album due out September 3rd, 2013. Recorded at Universal Noise Storage under the watchful eye of producer Brett Boland, "Sky Swallower" features the following eight tracks:
1. New Alchemy
2. Fog of Apathy
4. Breath of the Almighty
7. As I Stared Into the Sky
8. Apex More...
Black Water Rising is back with the follow-up to band's self-titled debut. Sophomore album "Pissed and Driven" will be released August 13th through Metalville/E1. The album art was created by Jan Yrlund of Darkgrove Design (Manowar, TYR).
Today Black Water Rising has teamed up with RevolverMag.com to premiere the second song from "Pissed and Driven." The song entitled "Last Man Standing" can be heard below. Frontman Rob Traynor comments:
"Last Man Standing' is a heavy groove monster that faithfully continues the BWR lineage with big riffs and a strong sociological message about the innate human condition of war and our certain descent into oblivion as a failed species bent on eventual self eradication."
The album's track listing is as follows:
1. Show No Mercy
2. Last Man Standing
3. Pissed And Driven
4. Dance With The Devil
5. Along For The Ride
6. Fire It Up
7. All Gone
8. The Allure Of Self Destruction
9. Broken Man
10. We Are The Authority More...
The weekend festivities of the second and third day of Tuska started a bit later for me, but still managed to start with a bang that resounded for the whole weekend! With a lineup a bit less intense then the first day, there was a lot of room to really observe performances and finally get that summer festival feeling. Both days featured very different genres, but as always with Tuska, there is truly something for everyone, even if that something is as simple as ice cold cider and a cool breeze on a hot day. More...
Parasite Inc. has just released an official lyric video for "Function or Perish," which is taken from the upcoming album "Time Tears Down." The album is due out August 2nd, 2013 via GoodDamn Records. Pre-orders are available at this location.
Now things are really moving: while Captain Rock'n'Rolf Kasparek is working full throttle on the final details of his latest Running Wild album, Steamhammer/SPV have already announced the official release date: "Resilient" will be out on October 4th, 2013 in Germany and on October 7th, 2013 in the rest of Europe.
The exact date of the U.S. release will be revealed soon, but the album has definitely been scheduled for release in America this October. "I really love working at the moment and am currently getting down to business on the overdubs. I can hardly wait to present the new material to the many Running Wild fans worldwide," says Rock'n'Rolf.
His followers can look forward to a total of twelve brand-new numbers, ten of which will feature on the regular CD, and two more on the limited edition. The album's opener will be called "Soldiers Of Fortune," and the title track, "The Drift" and "Run Riot" will be three typical Running Wild numbers. The track "Bloody Island" however, with an almost ten minute playing time, will be one of the longest tracks in Running Wild's career to date. More...
Ripple Music's newest band, Chicago doom-metallers Earthen Grave, is set to open the cage doors on a newly re-mastered debut album. The following press release was issued about the album:
"Earthen Grave's self-titled debut finds the band unleashing a terror of groove-laden, classic metal and doom. Twin guitar harmonies sear through the riff-fest of pure darkness and post-Sabbath heaviness. 'Death is another word....' the first single off the album, is one of several bonus tracks exclusive to the Ripple Music re-release of the fully remastered Earthen Grave debut, appearing on both the CD and double-LP versions of the album.
"Following a triumphant appearance at the Days of the Doomed III Festival, Earthen Grave and Ripple Music team up to let loose the doom/metal beast on July 9th through Nail Distribution, Code 7, Clearspot, and the Ripple Music Store."
June 22nd @ The Blue Pig - Cudahy, WI ** Days of The Doomed Fest III (Event Page)
July 20th @ The Boiler Room - Dallas, TX ** Heavy Fest II (Event Page)
August 10th @ Mayne Stage - Chicago, IL ** Record Release Party w/Devil To Pay & Divinity Compromised
October 12th @ 3 Kings Tavern - Denver, CO Denver Doom Fest III
** Earthen Grave featuring Rachael Barton Pine More...
Allston, MA metallers Caricature have launched pre-orders for their forthcoming debut album, "The Sound of One Man's World Collapsing," via their Bandcamp page here.
The album is set for release on July 30th, 2013 and will be available as a stand alone CD in both standard and deluxe editions, and several merch bundles are available as well. "The Sound of One Man's World Collapsing" was recorded at Universal Noise Storage in Newburyport, MA with Greg Macklin (Ordinance/Jeff Loomis) and Brett Boland handling mixing duties. The album also features a guest solo from Greg.
A full album teaser trailer has also been released and can be viewed below. The band will be hitting the road starting next week for a string of east coast dates supporting Wings Denied, so be sure to keep an eye out for them to roll through your area. More...
The second season of Taiwan’s professional baseball league kicked off on July 5th, with Chthonic being invited by the team The Brother Elephants as guests of honor to throw the first pitch.
Thunderstorms that afternoon had delayed equipment preparation and the band was forced to perform its rendition of Queen’s “We Are the Champions” without any sort of soundcheck. Fortunately Chthonic, bedecked in specially designed uniforms, completed the mission with great success, as the rapturous crowd reaction so poignantly confirmed.
The Brother Elephants contacted Chthonic following the band’s performance at Download Festival in the UK this year. To maximize the effect of the metal and baseball combination, Chthonic was also invited to perform. The band brainstormed ideas and had initially planned on doing a version of “Take Me Out To The Ball Game,” but the many variations "sounded like children’s songs" according to a press release, thus Chthonic went with “We Are the Champions.” More...
Canadian epic metal bands Crimson Shadows, recent winner of Wacken Metal Battle Canada, and Vesperia have announced plans to join forces on their first trans-continental run entnitled the Western Crusade Canadian tour.
This August, Vesperia and Crimson Shadows will hit the trans-Canada Highway from Southern Ontario to Victoria, British Columbia and back in stoic determination to bring their epic metal assault Canada-wide. Check out the Facebook event page right here.
August 5th - Winnipeg, Manitoba - The Zoo
August 7th - Calgary, Alberta - Dickens Pub
August 9th - Victoria, British Columbia - TBA
August 10th - Vancouver, British Columbia - Rickshaw Theatre
August 12th - TBA
August 14th - Edmonton, Alberta - DV8 Tavern
August 16th - Medicine Hat, Alberta - Liquid Niteclub
August 17th - Winnipeg, Manitoba - TBA
Prior to the upcoming tour, Crimson Shadows will be on its way to North Germany to take part in the International Wacken Metal Battle. The band's upcoming EP "Sails of Destiny" was recorded at Icehouse Studios in Goderich by Thomas Ireland (Battlesoul). Orchestrations and mixing on the EP were done by Jonathan Francois-Leduc (Blackguard, Ex-Deo) in Montreal, QC. Pre-orders are available at this location.
Nailed To Obscurity, which recently signed to Apostasy Records, has now revealed the cover artwork for new album "Opaque." The band also comments:
"By suppressing our deepest feelings and by concealing our fears and emotions we mask our inner self.
"This topic runs like a red thread through our new album. No other title would fit the content better than Opaque. The artwork which was done by Ben Borucki (Irrleuchten) captures this atmosphere perfectly and creates a symbiosis between the music, the lyrics and the art.
"Our second album Opaque will be released via Apostasy Records on 2013-09-20 in Germany, Austria and Swiss, on 2013-09-23 in UK and rest of Europe and on 2013-10-01 in North America. Stay tuned for more information!" 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 will be 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 the band has premiered the second full-length track from the upcoming release. Check out "Invidious," courtesy of MetalSucks.net, in the player below.
The first song that was unveiled, "The Hive," is still available for streaming at this location. The full album's track listing is:
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...
Seven Witches has premiered the song "Man in the Mirror (Enemy Within)" through Metalinsider.net. Check out the track below.
"Main in the Mirror (Enemy Within)" is taken from the band's new CD "Rebirth," due out July 16th, 2013. You can also check out the band's recently posted music video for "Claustrophobic" at this location.
Powerwolf has posted a preview clip online featuring samples from the new album "Preachers of the Night," due out July 19th via Napalm Records. The preview is available below, and the track listing for "Preachers of the Night" is:
1. Amen & Attack (watch the music video here)
2. Secrets Of The Sacristy
3. Coleus Sanctus
4. Sacred & Wild
6. Cardinal Sin
7. In The Name Of God (Deus Vult)
8. Nochnoi Dozor
9. Lust For Blood
10. Extatum Et Oratum
11. Last Of The Living Dead More...
Ireland's Broken Remnants has checked in with the following announcement about parting ways with the band's vocalist:
"OK, so here's the big news: As of today, our lead vocalist, Cian Clesham, will no longer be a part of Broken Remnants.
"We'd like to add at this point that there are no hard feelings, and Cian has left to pursue his film-making career. We wish him all the best, and wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors. Who knows, maybe he'll direct our next music video? Thank you for the wonderful memories Cian.
"We have a new vocalist lined up, and we'll be announcing who it is in the coming days. Hopefully, you all respect and understand this difficult decision."
You can also check out Broken Remnant's music over at the band's Facebook profile here.
Swiss hard rockers Gotthard proudly present the video clip for their new single "Yippie Aye Yay," taken from their latest platinum-certified studio album "Firebirth," which was released via Nuclear Blast in June 2012.
The clip was produced by the band, directed by front man Nic Maeder, filmed by his father Hugo Maeder, and edited by his brother Sebastian Maeder. "Yippie Aye Yay" was shot in the band’s home town Lugano and features the Burlesque dancers “Poison Ladies” as well as three members of Swiss bagpipe outfit "Wild Boar Clan of Loch Lucerne." Check it out below. More...
British extreme metal legends Carcass have revealed the cover art for their upcoming sixth full-length release "Surgical Steel."
“We went back to working with Ian Tilton, who is an iconic English photographer famous for working with The Stone Roses,” stated front man Jeff Walker. “He actually did the front cover for 'Necroticism...' as well. We've deliberately tried to evoke the feeling of that album and 'Heartwork.'"
The album will be released on September 13th (Europe), September 16th (UK), and September 17th (North America).
"Surgical Steel," the band’s first studio release since the 1996 LP "Swansong," was produced by Colin Richardson and mixed/mastered by Andy Sneap. Joining guitarist Bill Steer and bassist/vocalist Jeff Walker in the band's current incarnation are new drummer Dan Wilding and guitarist Ben Ash.
Expect some guest vocals from original sticksman Ken Owen as well, when "Surgical Steel" is finally released this Fall world-wide. A teaser trailer for the album can be found at this location. More...
Hop in the studio with Darkane vocalist Lawrence Mackrory as he records the vocals for the band’s new album “The Sinister Supremacy” and discusses his return to the band after 15 years in the latest video update below.
Out now via Prosthetic Records in North America, “The Sinister Supremacy” is available for streaming in its entirety at this location.
Last Chance To Reason has unveiled “The Dictator,” another new track from the band's August 6th release, “Level 3.” Check it out below.
Vocalist Michael Lessard commented: “We’re very excited to share the track ‘The Dictator’ with everyone! It’s one of the heavier tracks on the album and displays our love for the heavier side of the music spectrum.”
Garden State progressive metal act Gyre has posted a teaser video for its forthcoming EP "Second Circle." Check it out below. "Second Circle" will release digitally on July 23rd via Monolithic Records. If you like what you hear, be sure to check back next Monday as we'll be premiering a track from the release.
"Gyre is proud to announce the release of its second EP through Monolithic Records," said the band in a statement. "We understand that no band is an island. In this understanding Gyre is excited to team up with Tom Quigley, Jesse Zuretti and Monolithic to further our musical endeavor.
"Listeners can expect progressive metal that does not lose sight of the power of structure and song, and an understanding that it is the connection between our emotions that really get messages across to audiences. As Nietzsche said, 'In music the passions enjoy themselves.' Come enjoy our passion with us."
Added Monolithic founder Tom Quigley, "Gyre play a unique style of proggy groove metal with great aplomb, blending the technical aggression of a younger, scrappier Gojira with the mature melodic flourishes of Leprous or Extol. They are a natural fit for the small, tight-knit family we have at Monolithic Records."
1. All Revealing Eye
2. Ever Devourer
3. Circle to Feed
4. I Receiving All More...
Cattle Decapitation will be releasing a 7" single this summer. "Your Disposal" features the B-side, "An Exposition of Insides," which was previously available only as a Japanese bonus track on the band's most recent album, "Monolith of Inhumanity."
Fans attending this year's The Summer Slaughter Tour can grab their copy at the band's merch booth throughout the tour. Vocalist Travis Ryan comments:
"We noticed a lot of people were dismayed to find out there was a track available out there on a Japanese version of 'Monolith of Inhumanity' that nobody outside of Japan had ever heard before. When it hit YouTube, that's when we started getting emails from fans. We noticed the lyrics weren't inside that version or available anywhere at all so that gave us the idea of throwing it on a b-side and releasing a 7" vinyl single for 'Your Disposal' with the song 'An Exposition of Insides!' We feel that Monolith is the mother of all of our releases so far and I thought it'd be funny to make it look like she just squirted out a baby and that's what this little guy looks like. Just in time for Summer Slaughter!" More...
Thrawsunblat, the band featuring members of Woods of Ypres, has released an acoustic EP via the group's bandcamp page. "Vast Arboreal Sky" is a 3-song acoustic EP featuring raw and re-arranged versions of songs from Thrawsunblat's "Canada 2010."
The band commented, "What happens when you take three cold, raw, folkened black metal songs, and set them to acoustic guitars? Well, THIS. Three tracks from Canada 2010 revisited in a woodsy, arboreal soundscape."
Check out these three tracks below: