Metal News for July 15, 2011
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31 news articles posted on this day.
Jamie at HardRockChick.com spoke with Faisal and Firas of Acrassicauda a couple days before the band embarked on the second leg of their U.S. tour. They talked about their favorite road food, progress on their upcoming album, and how they really need to get a new drum set. Check it out below:
Norway's Leprous recently posted the first song online from the band's upcoming album "Bilateral." Leprous has now also posted footage online of the band's time recording vocals for the album, which can be viewed below.
"Bilateral" is set for release on August 22nd, 2011 in Europe and August 23rd, 2011 in North America. The album artwork can be viewed below. More...
Montreal's The Last Felony has announced the band is parting ways with drummer Vincent Menard. Guitarist Dom Grimard commented on the situation:
"His priorities began to differ from ours while on the road until it became clear to us that he was no longer enjoying the touring lifestyle. He will be playing is last gig on a hometown show Montreal at the Foufoune Electrique on Aug 12 2011 with Misery Index.
"On the same note, TLF lineup has change a little bit in the past year and we never really did an update. Our guitarist Felix Roberge has quit the band almost a year ago just after the release of Too Many Humans. He was suffering of tendinitis in his arm that makes him unable to play our songs anymore. He was soon replaced by Max Gelinas of the Quebec City band Unfallen. Also our bassist Seb Painchaud left the band this past February, mainly for the same reason as Vince is leaving us. He was replaced by David Rousseau also from the band Unfallen.
"With that being said, for those interested in auditioning for the drummer position will have to learn the following 3 songs: 'No one would notice if you died,' 'Too many Humans,' and 'Quandary.'
"Please make sure to read all the requirements before getting in touch with us. We ask you to video tape yourself playing these songs, add it to your YouTube page and send us the link at
Aborted has posted a second studio webisode online from the band's time working on the new album "Global Flatline." You can check out the new video clip below, or find the previously posted first webisode here.
Aborted also has the following upcoming tour dates:
16.07.11 Aalborg (DK) / Day Of Decay fest
08.08.11 Toulouse (F) / La Dynamo
09.08.11 Montpellier (F) / Secret Place
11.08.11 Schlotheim (D) / Party San
14.08.11 Vosselaar (B) / Biebob
18.08.11 Dinkelsbühl (D) / Summer Breeze
21.08.11 Séné-Brittany (D) / Motocultor Fest
Italian technical death metal act Fleshgod Apocalypse has revealed the track list for the band’s forthcoming Nuclear Blast Records debut, "Agony," which is slated to drop on August 9th in North America.
The track listing for "Agony" is as follows:
2. The Hypocrisy
3. The Imposition
4. The Deceit
5. The Violation
6. The Egoism
7. The Betrayal
8. The Forsaking
9. The Oppression
11. Heartwork (Carcass Cover – iTunes Exclusive Bonus Track)
Austin, Texas based act Unmothered is currently offering a self-titled EP for streaming and as a free download. You can check out the EP by heading over to the Unmothered Bandcamp page. The EP's track listing is as follows:
2. The Awakening
This or the Apocalypse's upcoming tour with Impending Doom and MyChildren MyBride begins tomorrow, July 16th, 2011.! After the tour, the band will also appear in its hometown of Lancaster, PA on August 23rd at Endless Summer Fest, and in Mt. Airy, MD on August 28th. See below for all current tour dates.
7/16 Manchester, NH @ Rocko's
7/18 Clinton, NJ @ Aquifer Music Venue
7/19 New York, NY @ Gramercy Theater
7/20 Annapolis, MD @ Knight’s of Columbus
7/21 Richmond, VA @ The Canal Club
7/22 Lynchburg, VA @ Crosspoint Church
7/23 Raleigh, NC @ The Brewery
7/24 Columbia, SC @ New Brookland Tavern
7/25 Jacksonville, FL @ Murray Hill Theatre
7/26 Douglasville, GA @ The 7 Venue
7/27 Nashville, TN @ Rocketown
7/28 Kettering, OH @ The Attic Club
7/29 Cleveland, OH @ Peabodys
7/30 Horseheads, NY @ The Gate
8/23 Lancaster, PA @ Chameleon Club (Endless Summer Fest)
8/28 Mt Airy, MD @ Mt Airy Firehall
You can also check out This or the Apocalypse's music video for the song "Subverse" by heading over here.
Fair To Midland is streaming the band's new record "Arrows and Anchors" in it's entirety as an AOL Music Listening Party feature. Head over to this location to check out the full album stream.
The also band recently released a behind-the-scenes video breaking down what it took to create the album's cover. Artist Isaac "Eye-Sack" Flores takes you behind the scenes on the long and grueling process he put into creating the band's logo over such a large piece of land. Check it out here.
Fair to Midland will be supporting The Damned Things and Maylene & The Sons of Disaster on the Inked Magazine music tour this summer. "We're very excited about being a part of this tour, says bassist Jon Dicken. "We're fans of all the bands involved and are looking forward to hitting the road with them for what looks like should be a fun summer. It's a great way to kick off the release of our new record. Also, since it's called the Inked Magazine Music Tour we may need to make a few tattoo shop stops before the tour starts!"
The track listing is as follows:
1. Heavens to Murgatroyd
2. Whiskey and Ritalin
3. Musical Chairs
5. Amarillo Sleeps on my Pillow
6. A Loophole in Limbo
7. Typhoid Mary Sends her Best
8. Short Haired Tornado
9. The Upset at Bailey Bridge
10. Rikki Tikki Tavi
11. Golden Parachutes
12. Bright Bulbs and Sharp Tools
13. Coppertank Island
14. Three Foolproof Ways to Buy the Farm
15. The Greener Grass
Ephrata, PA's Texas In July, which is currently on the "Scream the Prayer" tour with Sleeping Giant, The Chariot, and more, will return overseas this fall for a European headlining tour. The tour will kick off in Berlin, Germany on October 18th.
“We are thrilled to be returning to Europe in the fall. Our tour there last summer was not only one of the best times of our careers, but of our lives,” states bassist Ben Witkowski. “Since the start of Texas In July, it was always a huge goal for us to play overseas, so we feel extremely lucky to have the opportunity to go back for a second time. We will be visiting some new countries and are spending more time in the UK this time around. We can’t wait to play in new markets and explore new cities!”
Texas In July is currently touring the U.S. in support of the band's new full-length album, "One Reality." The band's upcoming European tour dates are as follows:
Oct 18 Berlin, GER @ Comet Club
Oct 19 Wolfsburg, GER @ Juha Ost
Oct 21 Rome, IT @ Traffic Club
Oct 22 Cesena, IT @ Vidia Club
Oct 23 Graz, AT @ Explosiv
Oct 24 Györ, HUN @ Tatanka Music Club
Oct 25 Wien, AT @ Viper Room
Oct 26 Prague, CZE @ Rock Cafe
Oct 27 Schweinfurt, GER @ Alter Stattbahnhof
Oct 28 Trier, GER @ ExHaus
Oct 29 Balingen, GER @ Rock Without Limits Festival
Oct 31 Lyon, FRA @ La Marquise
Nov 02 Hasselt, BE @ Ontmoetingscentrum Godsheide
Nov 03 London, UK @ Barfly
Nov 04 Brighton, UK @ Audio
Nov 05 Dublin, IRL @ The Good Bits
Nov 06 Machnester, UK @ Moho Live 2
Nov 07 Newcastle, UK @ The Riverside
Nov 08 Leeds, UK @ The Well
Nov 09 Leicester, UK @ Lock 42
Nov 10 Margate, UK @ Westcoast Bar
Nov 11 Arnhem, NL @ Willemeen
Nov 12 Köln, GER @ MTC
Nov 14 Bochum, GER @ Matrix
Nov 15 Hamburg, GER @ Logo
Nov 16 Dessau, GER @ Beatclub
Nov 17 Cham, GER @ L.A. Cham
Nov 18 München, GER @ Backstage Club
Black metal act Deuteronomy has checked in with the following announcement about recording a debut album:
"We are proud to announce that the first guitar session for our debut album has been completed and we are more than satisfied.
"Drummer Volac (who has recently joined Witchery featuring Emperor Magus caligula from Dark Funeral) will enter the studio really soon. Recording updates and videos will be posted when the time is right."
You can also check out more information on Deuteronomy by heading over to the band's MySpace music profile.
Greek four-piece groove metal/metalcore act Bewized has announced it will tour the U.K. this month, pulling off 11 headlining shows all across the country in support of the band's recent debut release via Casket Music. A teaser for the tour is available below.
The upcoming July tour dates are as follows:
Sat 16th @ The Appleby / Burton upon Trent
Sun 17th @ The Riverside Bar / Selby
Tue 19th @ The Axe & Cleaver / Boston
Wed 20th @ Watercress Harry's / Kettering
Thu 21st @ The King Billy / Northampton
Fri 22nd @ The Masons Arms / Llanelli
Sun 24th @ The Duke / Neath
Wed 27th @ The Snooty Fox / Wakefield
Thu 28th @ The Haygate / Telford
Fri 29th @ The Rigger / Newcastle under Lyme
Sun 31th @ The Dublin Castle / London
German melodic death band Leviathan is currently offering the new single "Beneath A Blackened Sky" to give a taste of the group's upcoming album "Beyond The Gates Of Imagination Pt.1."
In addition to the single, the EP contains a digital booklet and one bonus song. The band's new album will be released on September 16th, 2011 worldwide through Bret Hard Records/Twilight Distribution.
Newly established German industrial/metal band Taina has released a music video for the song "I Feel Rage." You can check out the video clip below, or find more information on the band by heading over to the Taina Facebook profile.
Scion A/V has posted a video interview online with guitarist Topon Das and vocalist Melanie Mongeon of Fuck the Facts. You can check out the video interview in the clip below.
Fuck the Facts also recently announced more upcoming North American tour dates. You can check out full details on the shows by heading over here.
Inner Wound Recordings has announced the reissue of the Soulspell debut album "A Legacy of Honor." The album was only released in Japan and South America in 2008, but will be made available in Europe and North America in CD format on August 5th, 2011.
"A Legacy of Honor" was produced by Tito Falaschi [Shaman, Almah] and the artwork was created by J.P. fournier [Avantasia, Edguy, Draonforce]. Guests on the album includes Renato Tribuzy [Tribuzy], Iuri Sanson [Hibria], and Leandro Caçoilo [ex. Eterna] among others.
The "A Legacy of Honor" track listing is as follows:
1. The Gathering
2. Age Of Silence
5. Milvian Bridge
6. The Blacksmith
7. The Impaler
8. A Little Too Far
9. Army of Just One Mind
11. Weight Of Evil
12. Eternal Skies
Arsonists Get All The Girls has posted a lyric video clip online for the song "Will Someone Please Turn Down The Ocean?" The track is taken from the band's latest album "Motherland," and can be viewed below.
Roxx Records and Crossforce have just unveiled the final artwork for "Rockin til the Final Day," the band's 25th Anniversary CD. The art can be viewed below.
The CD will consist of the long lost and previously unreleased cassette-only 6 song demo tape simply entitled "Crossforce," which was originally released in 1986. The album also includes the never before released demo entitled the "Frontline demo," recorded in 1987 and made only to send to former Frontline Records Exec Jimmy Kempner in an effort to get the band signed to the label. Rounding out this special CD collection is a practice session version of "Rockin til the Final Day."
The track listing is as follows:
1. Tomorrow Will Come (86 Demo)
2. Our Father (86 Demo)
3. Smoke Filled Room (86 Demo)
4. Out of the Darkness (86 Demo)
5. Ready n Waiting (86 Demo)
6. Rockin’ til the Final Day (86 Demo)
7. Stompin in the Streets (Frontline Demo 87)
8. The Call (Frontline Demo 87)
9. Heavens Door (Frontline Demo 87)
10. It’s your Life (Frontline Demo 87)
11. Wait and See (Frontline Demo 87)
12. The One Who Loves You (Frontline Demo 87)
13. Weeping World (Frontline Demo 87)
14. Rockin’ til the Final Day (Lost Practice Session 5-13-87)
European metal act Textures has announced the title of its new album as "Dualism," and the album will see its release in North America on September 27th via Nuclear Blast Records. "Dualism" was recorded at Split Second Sound Studio in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, and was produced by the band’s guitar player, Jochem Jacobs.
The first single, “Reaching Home,” will be released on August 19th through all major download sites. Artwork, which can be viewed below, was designed by former Textures frontman, Eric Kalsbeek, and the band’s bass player, Remko Tielemans.
“The guys asked me to co-create the artwork together with Remko, for good old times' sake. Of course I said yes!” said Kalsbeek. “I might not be in the band anymore, but I'm still involved in some ways. We're still pretty close, you know. It was a challenge; it had to be 'different' but still Textures-like. Hope you like it!”
The "Dualism" track listing is as follows:
1. Arms of the Sea
2. Black Horses Stampede
3. Reaching Home
4. Sanguine Draws the Oath
5. Consonant Hemispheres
6. Burning The Midnight Oil
8. Minor Earth, Major Skies
9. Stoic Resignation
11. Sketches from a Motionless Statue
Metalholic has posted a new video interview online with Machine Head's Phil Demmel, which was conducted at the Mayhem Festival on July 13th, 2011. You can check out the clip in the player below.
Machine Head also recently announced an upcoming string of South American shows with Sepultura. Details are available here.
This week's grouping of new metal tracks added to the Rock Band Network has a little something for everyone, with new tracks coming from The Dillinger Escape Plan, Blackguard, Mastodon, and more.
The complete list of newly added music to the Xbox 360 edition of the game, including all the non-metal songs, is as follows:
"Farewell, Mona Lisa" - The Dillinger Escape Plan (160 MSP)
"Farewell, Mona Lisa (2x Bass Pedal)" - The Dillinger Escape Plan (160 MSP)
"The Sword (2x Bass Pedal)" – Blackguard (160 MSP)
"This Round's On Me (2x Bass Pedal)" – Blackguard (160 MSP)
"The Sword" – Blackguard (160 MSP)
"Betrayed" - Musica Diablo (80 MSP)
"Desecration Day" - Halcyon Way (80 MSP)
"The Nightrager" - Bob Katsionis (160 MSP)
"Inheritors" - Serianna (160 MSP)
"Seahorse Seahell" - Lions! Tigers! Bears! (160 MSP)
"Pendulum" - After the Burial (160 MSP)
"Sinner's Vengeance" - Fallen Angel (160 MSP)
"Megalodon" - Mastodon (160 MSP) More...
Seattle’s Earth is currently touring in support of the band's newest full-length, "Angels Of Darkness, Demons Of Light 1," and the band has just confirmed more upcoming live performances.
Only a month after the group's currently ongoing West Coast American tour will come to an end, Earth will be back onto the road again, this time hitting the Southeast United States. Earth's upcoming tour dates are as follows:
7/16/2011 Port Warehouse – Anacortes, WA @ What The Heck? Fest
7/21/2011 Catalyst Atrium – Santa Cruz, CA w/ Angelo Spencer et Les Hauts Sommets
7/22/2011 Slim’s – San Francisco, CA w/ Angelo Spencer et Les Hauts Sommets, Whirr
7/23/2011 Echoplex – Los Angeles, CA w/ Angelo Spencer et Les Hauts Sommets
7/24/2011 Casbah – San Diego, CA w/ Angelo Spencer et Les Hauts Sommets
8/02/2011 Tractor Tavern – Seattle, WA w/ Angelo Spencer et Les Hauts Sommets, Tiny Vipers
8/05/2011 The Shakedown – Bellingham, WA w/ The Narrows, Cold Lake
9/08/2011 Grey Eagle – Asheville, NC w/ Mount Eerie
9/09/2011 Hopscotch Music Festival – Raleigh, NC
9/10/2011 Caledonia – Atlanta, GA w/ Mount Eerie
9/11/2011 The Earl – Atlanta, GA w/ Mount Eerie
9/12/2011 Flying Monkey Arts – Huntsville, AL w/ Mount Eerie
9/13/2011 Bottletree – Birmingham, AL w/ Mount Eerie
9/14/2011 One Eyed Jacks – New Orleans, LA w/ Mount Eerie
9/16/2011 Hi Tone Café – Memphis, TN w/ Mount Eerie
9/17/2011 The End – Nashville, TN w/ Mount Eerie
10/02/2011 I’ll Be Your Mirror, curated by Portishead & ATP – Asbury Park, NJ
Heavy Metal magazine has issued the following announcement about Hemoptysis and other bands appearing on the upcoming "Gates Volume 1 - Ascension" album:
"Heavy Metal magazine is proud to announce the final artist line-up for its soundtrack to Gates, titled 'Volume 1 – Ascension,' whose release date has been moved to August 9, 2011. All net proceeds from the sale of the audio companion to the comic, will benefit the Ronnie James Dio 'Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund.'
"Ronnie James Dio appeared on the 1981 soundtrack for the Heavy Metal film while a member of Black Sabbath.
"Hal Hefner, the creator of Heavy Metal Presents: Gates worked with artists LoveKrafty and Inside The Black to create all-new music to accompany the comic, and brought in other artists including Deltanaut, Hemoptysis and Black 'N Blue to complete the comic's music companion."
Hemoptysis frontman Masaki Murashita comments: "It's an honor for Hemoptysis to be included on the very first volume of the soundtrack for 'Gates' (Volume 1 – Ascention). To expand upon that we're extremely proud to be involved in a project associated with the legendary Heavy Metal Magazine, in which all proceeds will go to the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund. We hope you all purchase this killer soundtrack, and contribute to a very worthy cause."
The complete soundtrack will be available August 9 for digital download on iTunes and Amazon MP3. The complete lineup is as follows:
Black 'N Blue
Inside The Black
The Odd Wedding
Friend Slash Lover
Elysion Fields More...
Unkind has posted the song "Koulutettu Epäonnistumaan" online, which is taken from the band's forthcoming album "Harhakuvat." Check out the song online now via Stereogum.com>.
The band has also previously posted the song "Laumasielut" online.
"Harhakuvat" was recorded and mixed by Kari Nieminen at Noisecamp Studios in Turku, Finland. The album is set for an August 2nd North American release date (August 15th internationally) on CD, LP, and digitally.
Unkind will head out on a Finnish tour with Ghost Brigade in September in support of "Harhakuvat." The band is also confirmed for the Liekeissa Festival in late August. More...
Foscor has checked in with the following announcement about upcoming festival appearances and update about working on a new album:
"Greetings all you there, after some months of silence out of stages, we are very proud to announce a couple of dates Foscor has for early September.
"Just back from your vacations, we hope to live the coldest evenings you could imagine with our first ever visit to Italy, at the Nihil Extreme Metal Fest VIII on Sunday the 4th, and one day before performing again in France in the Bloodwave Metal Fest I.
"We still are working on new material for a 4th album, while we are finishing the mixing of the first Live DVD Release and waiting for Önd - A tribute to Enslaved release by Pictonian Records before the end of 2011, & Toteninsel - A Tribute to Arnold Böcklin to be released by Vendlus Records soon.
"But now it's time to spread the darkness again on stage... and glad we are to return to France and visit Italy for first time. Hope to see you all there guys... Together in Darkness..."
The details of Foscor's upcoming festival appearances are as follows: More...
Venezuela's Haboryn has announced its new album will be titled "At the Edge of Extinction." The band has now revealed the cover artwork, designed by Jaime Loor, which can be viewed below.
You can also check out Haboryn's music by navigating over to the band's MySpace music profile.
Leaves' Eyes will perform a benefit acoustic gig at the Greentunes festival in Berlin. This is the kick start of three benefit acoustic shows from Leaves' Eyes in September and December:
09.09. D-Berlin / K17, 11.09. D-Marbach/Neckar / Schlosskeller and 11.12. D-Steinheim/Murr / Klostermuseum.
Greentunes is a festival event connected to vegetarian and vegan lifestyle featuring bands, DJ's, artists and special lectures. The festival is presented by Die GRÜNEN, Albert Schweitzer Stiftung für unsere Mitwelt, BMT (Bund gegen den Missbrauch der Tiere), PETA, Vebu (Vegetarierbund) and Vier Pfoten which will take place within the Berlin Music Week at K17, Friedrichshain / Berlin on September 9th.
Confirmed artists include:
Das Ich & Friends
Additional details on the Greentunes festival can be found by navigating over to this location.
Los Angeles based black metal act Sothis has issued the following announcement about gearing up to enter the studio and record a new album:
"Sothis will be entering Black Static Recording Studios beginning Saturday July 16th to begin tracking the new album. The band will likely be in the studio throughout August in order to complete all of the tracks for the new record.
"Thirteen new tracks are slated to be tracked and mixed and ultimately nine or ten of them will be released. More info, photos, videos, etc. will be posted as they become available."
You can also find more information on Sothis and listen to music available for streaming by heading over to the band's MySpace page.
After previously announcing a string of Chinese live shows, Ole Vistnes of Tristania has now checked in with the following update about canceling the tour:
"Tristania has been forced to cancel the upcoming tour in China. The tour was supposed to take place between July 20th and 30th and run through 5 different cities. We are extremely sorry it had to come to this, but as we prepared for the tour, there was several strong indicators that something was not right.
"We did not get the appropriate visas, there was a contract infringement regarding the flight tickets, and it was clear that the level of communication between the promoter and the venues was not professional. All in all there was no other choice but to cancel the dates. On the hopes of new dates in China, we were really looking forward to the trip, and we really hope we can go to China and the far East soon."
Additional details on any rescheduled tour dates will be announced as they are made available.
I Spit Ashes is currently in the studio recording the new album "Inhaling Blackness - Reflecting Light." The band has now checked in with a second studio video report, which can be viewed below. You can also find the previously posted first studio video by heading over here.
ELECTRIC WIZARD (UK) will be making an exclusive U.S. appearance at Maryland Deathfest X. Also newly confirmed for the festival, slated to take place May 24-27, 2012, are CONFESSOR, HAEMORRHAGE (Spain), and OCTOBER 31. The confirmed bands so far are:
ELECTRIC WIZARD (UK)
CHURCH OF MISERY (Japan)
THE DEVIL'S BLOOD (Netherlands)
NEGURA BUNGET (Romania)
TODAY IS THE DAY
ULCERATE (New Zealand)
THE DAY EVERYTHING BECAME NOTHING (Australia)
DRAGGED INTO SUNLIGHT (UK)
AGENTS OF ABHORRENCE (Australia)
The Dirty Pearls are a NYC based band keeping the sex, drugs, and rock n’ roll sleaze alive today. They have just released a video for their latest single, “Who’s Coming Back to Who”. When I heard Penthouse of the Year, Nikki Benz, would be in their new, well, I felt it was worth a look, or five. More...