Metal News for July 17, 2013
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37 news articles posted on this day.
Oklahoma's Lost Empires has checked in with the following announcement about lineup changes and working on a new album:
"Hey, Metalheads! We've been taking some time off after tour to enjoy the summer, but we're hard at work writing our next album.
"We've made some changes to our lineup that will be forthcoming. We'd like to thank both Brandon and Brad for bringing their insight, talent, and brotherhood to Lost Empires over the past few years, but we are excited about the direction the band is going, and looking forward to adding some new blood to the band.
"Jeremy will also be making the switch from drums to guitar, because he's fucking sick and tired of lugging around 10000 drums. We are currently holding try-outs for drummers and vocalists, so if for some crazy reason you've always wanted to sing or play drums in a metal band, now is your chance.
"We are also currently in the process of upgrading our touring gear, and so it is with a heavy heart that we are putting the Big Blue Bitch on the market. If you or anyone you know is looking for a HUGE kickass blue van in good condition, send them our way.
"We'll see you soon, Metalheads!"
Garden state metallers Gyre will see the official release of new EP "Second Circle" this coming July 23rd via Monolithic Records.
We recently had the opportunity to premiere a new track off the release (available below), and now we also bring you the words of guitarist Ian McCartney, who explains the EP in more depth.
Read the full interview below to find out about Gyre recording the new EP with Kevin Antressian at Backroom Studios, what's happening in New Jersey metal, and the meaning behind the band's distinctive logo. More...
Opeth has checked in with the following announcement about performing on the Melloboat and writing new material for an upcoming album:
"Opeth will return onboard the Melloboat, organized by Mellotronen records in September. Due to a glitch in the machinery this hasn't been posted til now which have led to some confusion amongst Opeth fans wanting to attend. But we'll be there.
"The festival is held between the 6th and 8th of September onboard the Silja festival cruise ship going from Stockholm to Riga.
"Despite notoriously sea-sick band members, Opeth will take a break in the writing process for record number 11 and be there to entertain. Other bands include Icecross, Trettioåriga kriget, Cressida and horror film score legend Fabio Frizzi among others."
Further information on the Melloboat can be found at this location.
Opeth will be performing in support of latest album "Heritage (reviewed here), which split the band's fan base on the fully prog rock sound. Last year Metalunderground.com took two opposing sides to dissect the album, which features no death growls or extreme metal elements.
Warbeast will be touring with Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals later this summer, but the band has now checked in with the following announcement about seeking replacement dates for the planned Canadian shows:
"Because Warbeast is unable to get into Canada (please don’t ask why)… we are obviously not able to do the 2 Canadian dates with Phil’s new solo band on our upcoming tour with them in August.
"So we are still looking to add a show or 2 or 3 on those off dates. So if any promoters, bands or whoever out there can help us with booking something… please let us know. The dates we have open are August 10th, 11th and 12th.
"The shows would have to be somewhere between Royal Oak Michigan (Detroit) and Worcester Massachusetts. So please don’t start offering any shows that are too far out of that route. Look it up on a map if you have to see if it is something that would work for us. Areas like in Ohio or upstate New York might work. I guess if we can’t book anything on those dates we will have a mini-vacation during the tour… which means we will just have to party our asses off… haha!" More...
Oklahoma act 2X4 has premiered a new single online titled "Refined By Fire" via New Noise Magazine. Give the song a listen below.
South Carolina stoner rock/metal act Solaire recorded and produced the band's self-titled debut EP with Phillip Cope of Kylesa. You can now stream the full release at Bandcamp here or in the player below. The track listing is as follows:
1. What's In Your Pig? 02:46
2. Amarillo Cow Puncher 03:00
3. Stir the Herd 03:47
4. Grandma's Kisses 02:51
5. Burnin' a Wet Mule 05:08 More...
In celebration of the impending new studio endeavor from West Coast metal marauders Armed For Apocalypse, today Metal Injection hurls forth the premiere of "Better Worlds (The Void)," the band's first official video ever. Check it out below.
The scathingly vitriolic, down-tuned number comes by way of "The Road Will End," set for release in North America via Ironclad Recordings on July 23, 2013. Elaborated guitarist Cayle Hunter:
"The video was shot by Renderblitz on Father’s Day at our practice spot in Chico, California so this isn't a typical ‘band in a warehouse’ video; it's a ‘band in their practice spot’ video, but our practice spot just happens to be a warehouse. Haha. This is our first ever music video so we're fucking pumped. ‘Better Worlds (The Void)’ is an exercise in simplicity and a shameless exploitation of our low, low tuning. Lyrically, it's all gloom, despair and self destruction. Definitely the most negative song on the record. So naturally we decided to make our first ever video for it." More...
Finland's Myon has issued the following brief announcement about recruiting a new vocalist: "The New lead singer of Myon is the, one and only, Marco Mannermaa. Welcome on board. Check the first sample below."
Former Hirax members Gary Monardo, Johnnie Tabares, Scott Owen, and Bob Savage are currently in the studio with former Wargod singer Rob Perkins recording tracks for a forthcoming album under the name Raging Violence.
The album will feature five revamped versions of classic Hirax songs, including "Born in the Streets" from the 1984 four song cassette demo. Three new songs will also appear on the album.
Recording is expected to be completed in early August and is expected to be mixed and mastered by the end of September, at which time a label will be sought to press and distribute the album. A short video from the studio can be seen below. More...
Canadian act Vesperia has released a five minute long teaser video showcasing 30+ seconds of almost every song off new record "An Olden Tale," which can be viewed below.
This teaser release comes in the wake of the live video clip the band released last week of their performance at the Opera House in Toronto for the 2013 Wacken Metal Battle. The band placed 2nd overall out of hundreds of applicants. Check out the clip here.
Comments Vesperia on taking 2nd place in the Wacken Battle: "A HUGE congrats to our brothers in Crimson Shadows (whom of which our bassist Morgan and drummer Cory also play for) for winning the Wacken Battle last night and moving on to play Wacken Open Air in Germany next month! They did have some tough competition though (wink wink) and we shall join them on tour when they arrive back on Canadian soil!" More...
Irish metal act Twisted Wrath (formerly known as Reborn) recorded a new EP titled "Madman's Chorus" in January 2013, and the release is now available for free streaming and download.
Twisted Wrath has also signed with Pure Steel Records, and a full-length album is due out in 2014. Further details will be announced as they are made available.
The track listing for the "Madman's Chorus" EP is as follows:
1. North Titan 03:36
2. Madman's Chorus 03:55
3. To The Sword 03:04
4. Smoke 05:10 More...
Until Dawn's intense energy, intoxicating guitar riffs, and lively stage shows have shown that the band's location in the remote northern depths of Fort McMurray, Alberta will not slow it down in the slightest.
Today Until Dawn unleashes a new music video for "This Fallen Fortress," which can be viewed below and is also available for free download at PureGrainAudio.com here. The band's new album "Horizon" is set for release on Tuesday, August 6th. More...
Canadian progressive metal pioneers Voivod have completed a video for their Century Media debut album, "Target Earth."
The video, created by Italian filmmaker and multimedia artist Nicola Piovesan, was created with 3D Motion Graphics using the visions and artwork of Voivod drummer, Away (Michel Langevin). Check out the video below, courtesy of Metalinjection.net.
Here is what Away had to say upon completion of the video: "I met Nicola Piovesan at the Voivod/Unkind show in Helsinki on October 31, 2012. We had a discussion about my 3D Graphics for the album Negatron and Nicola mentioned the possibility of him doing a 3D Motion video for our new album Target Earth. After viewing his fantastic video for THE CORE by the band ON|OFF|MAN, we knew he was the right person to capture the cyber world of Voivod. To us, the result is simply spectacular!" More...
Progressive metallers Haken recently revealed details of the release for their forthcoming third album "The Mountain," which is due to hit the streets on the 2nd September in Europe and 17th of September 2013 in the USA. This new album will follow previous full-length "Visions" (reviewed here).
In conjunction with the UK's Prog Magazine, you can now hear the first track to be released from the album entitled "Atlas Stone." Check it out below. The band had this to say about the track:
"'Atlas Stone' has a delicate mix of soft chiming passages, jazzy interludes and crunching riffs and encapsulates the spirit of the 'The Mountain' perfectly. The song is exhilarating and uplifting but is tinged with a sense of urgency and desperation which reflects one's journey to the peak of the mountain. We can't wait to play it on our upcoming tour in September!"
Rich Henshall and Charlie Griffiths of the band also recently said of the new album: "Musically, the new songs feel rawer and more emotional than anything we've created in the past. All the essential elements of our sound are still there but have been delivered in a more gritty and focussed style. We've really pushed ourselves in all areas and truly believe that this album is a step up from any of our previous work, so we are extremely excited about sharing 'The Mountain' with everybody." More...
Brazilian death metal band Desecrated Sphere has released new album "Emancipate" via Eternal Hatred Records and Rapture Records in Brazil and Digmetalworld Records in North America. The full album is now available for streaming below or over at Bandcamp.
The album was recorded at Área Livre Studio, São Paulo, Brazil, by Tomaz Ribeiro with the assistance of the band members after they came back from a European tour in 2012. The mixing and mastering was done by Andy Classen at Stage One Studio, in Germany.
2. Transcending Materialism
3. Departure from Flesh
4. Immeasurable Universes
5. Linking Opposites (Demystifying Ormuzd and Ahriman)
8. Source of Disassociation
10. Leaders of Babylon
11. Eçá More...
Spread The Metal Festival is proud to announce the addition of American death metal band Deicide to its Halifax edition this coming August.
Deicide will be performing the band's only Atlantic Canada show of 2013 on the first day of the fest on August 24th alongside Erimha and Augury among many others at the Marquee Ballroom. Being held on August 24th & 25th, the fest will also feature The Agonist, Skullfist, Black Moor, Deathpoint, The Catalyst, Death Valley Driver, Sanktuary and many more.
All profits from the festival will be donated by Spread the Metal Records to The Heart and Stroke Foundation in order for them to continue their life-saving work.
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In anticipation of the album's release, Swedish black metallers Watain are now unleashing yet another new track from forthcoming full-length, "The Wild Hunt," which is due out August 19th in Europe and August 20th in North America.
Latest single "The Child Must Die" can now be heard in the player below, courtesy of Stereogum.com.
Watain also comments: "'The Child Must Die' is a song of sorrow and liberation, of the sacrifices that the path of adversity requires. Musically it shows yet another side of 'The Wild Hunt,' being more Heavy Metal-rooted perhaps than 'All That May Bleed.'"
The album's track listing is as follows:
1. Night Vision (3:39)
2. De Profundis (4:33)
3. Black Flames March (6:21)
4. All That May Bleed (4:36) [streaming at this location]
5. The Child Must Die (6:04)
6. They Rode On (8:43)
7. Sleepless Evil (5:38)
8. The Wild Hunt (6:21)
9. Outlaw (5:07)
10. Ignem Veni Mittere (4:39)
11. Holocaust Dawn (7:07) More...
"Unblackened," the new live DVD, Blu-ray, and digital video from Black Label Society will be released on September 24th, 2013 by Eagle Rock Entertainment.
Additionally, Zakk Wylde's label home, eOne Music, will release the audio version of the "Unblackened" DVD under the same name. The double disc release will have six additional tracks not found on the DVD, including two acoustic versions of "Queen Of Sorrow" and "Won't Find It Here," and covers of Leon Russell’s “Song For You” and “Aint No Sunshine When She's Gone” by Bill Withers.
Filmed and recorded earlier this year in high definition at Los Angeles’ Club Nokia, "Unblackened" is Black Label Society presenting songs in a whole new light, with greater use of acoustic instrumentation. Wylde plays both guitar and piano, with Nick Catanase on guitar, John DeServio on bass/vocals, Chad Szeliga on drums, Derek Sherinian on keyboards/piano, and Greg Locascio providing additional vocals.
In addition to the concert, "Unblackened" is rich in bonus material. A new interview with Zakk, photo gallery, music video for “Losin’ Your Mind,” and a feature with Wylde visiting HM Prison Stocken in the U.K. are all included. More...
True Widow’s forthcoming album, "Circumambulation" (due out July 23rd on Relapse Records), is now streaming in its entirety via Pitchfork Advance here.
The album, which once again reunites the Dallas-based trio with producer Matt Pence (Yuck, Jay Farrar), was described by NPR as “hyponotic,” with Alternative Press saying Circumambulation “is wrapped in spidery melody, reverb-haunted twang and plodding, almost processional rhythms.”
“I’ve always considered us a simple band but these songs seem even more boiled down,” explained singer/guitar player DH Phillips when news of the release was announced in April. “I’d say the pace is a little different as well. Things are a bit more upbeat.”
True Widow will join Chelsea Wolfe for a full national tour this September (dates below). The band will also perform an August 7th hometown show at Club Dada in Dallas and recently confirmed a spot on Austin’s Fun Fun Fun Fest this fall. Dates are as follows: More...
The Defiled's new album "Daggers" will see its release via Nuclear Blast Entertainment on August 2nd, 2013.
In anticipation of the release vocalist Stitch D. and keyboardist The AvD were asked about the band’s stage outfits and the relevance behind them - in return, the guys gave a sneaky peak into how the new outfits look and what fans can expect. Check out the clip below.
New York act Theatre Nocturne has released a new music video for the track "Nepenthe And Lavender," courtesy of the crew over at NoCleanSinging.com. The new video clip can be watched below.
“Nepenthe and Lavender” is taken off the band's 2012 EP "Anhedonia," which is available for streaming at this location.
Detroit, Michigan act We Came As Romans will be part of this year's Vans Off The Wall Music Night alongside Parkway Drive, Memphis May Fire, and Like Moths to Flames. See full routing below.
Commented the band: "We're super excited to be coming back to Europe for our fifth time! And this time we're going to be bringing along some new music that we've never been able to play overseas! We haven't been able to tour with Parkway Drive since our very first time in Europe in 2010 on the Never Say Die tour, so it's really exciting for us to be able to support them. We're also on the Vans Warped Tour right now in the States, and it's been amazing - I expect nothing less out of the Europe Vans Warped Tour!" More...
Kataklysm will film a new music video in Belgrade, Serbia next month with director Ivan Colic from iCode Productions (Ex Deo, Soilwork, Moonspell, etc.) whose previous work includes Kataklysm’s "Push The Venom" video and Ex Deo’s "Romulus" and "Final War (Battle Of Actium)" videos.
Filming will commence in August for “a very ambitious & sick" video clip for the song "Elevate" from Kataklysm’s forthcoming concept album "Waiting For The End To Come."
According to the band, the plan is to bring the viewers into a visual masterpiece of chaos, a chaos based around the ideals of death, the purpose of life, the human factor, and the semi-coma state that most people in this world exist in.
Kataklysm frontman Maurizio Iacono states: "In a nutshell, we believe we wrote the most intense, intricate storyline for a video clip ever made in death metal and our genre. Big statement? Well, we’ve got big ideas and we need to put it to life with crazy visuals. We hired the man who has the balls and the artistic capacity to execute this task plus one of the best special FX teams in Europe to back him up. It's time to up the game. We’re back and we’re swinging hard."
Kataklysm's "Waiting For The End To Come" will be released worldwide this October.
France's most vicious death metal band is back! After releasing debut album "Putrid Death Sorcery" earlier this year, Necrowretch is now ready to unleash "Bestial Rites 2009-2012" on October 29th in North America as a digital download with CD imports available at CM Distro.
"Bestial Rites 2009-2012" is a compilation of the band's sold-out demos and EPs that includes all of the tracks from the "Putrefactive Infestation" MLP, the "Now You're In Hell" 7", the "Necrollections" demo, and the "Rising From Purulence" demo - in addition to a previously unreleased cover version of Merciless' classic "Pure Hate."
In anticipation of this compilation's release, Necrowretch has launched a video clip for the title track of "Putrid Death Sorcery" that can be viewed below. More...
Long-time friends Lamb of God and Killswitch Engage have joined forces for a can't miss tour in the fall of 2013. The tour launches October 22nd in Toronto and canvases much of the U.S and Canada.
The two bands will combine for 28 North American shows in total. Support for all shows except Los Angeles will be provided by thrash legends Testament, with Huntress opening all shows.
Lamb of God will end the North American portion of the "Resolution" record cycle with this tour. It will include a coast to coast visit to all major Canadian cities which will be Lamb of God’s first visit to Canada on this cycle other than a festival play in June in Montebello and a show in Toronto in January 2012. Lamb of God will then finish the Resolution cycle completely with a visit to Europe and South Africa in January 2014. Details on that tour will be released late August. More...
Thomas Winkler (Gloryhammer) has split with Swiss metal act Emerald. In a statement on Winkler's Facebook Page, he reported: "To focus on Gloryhammer and my job as a notary public I have decided to leave the Swiss Heavy Metal act Emerald. I will perform all previously confirmed gigs with the band until the end of the year and hope that this band carries on -- with a new singer."
The band is accepting submissions for the open vocalist position via the following announcement:
"Thomas L. Winkler decided to leave Emerald. He will still perform all previously confirmed gigs with us. After that he wants to mainly concentrate on his new job. We wish him good luck with that!
"In the meantime we're looking for a talented and motivated new singer (male or female).
"Do you got a powerful voice and want to take our sound to a new level? Would you like to sing in a well-rehearsed band with a record deal and an international booking agency? Or do you know anyone who would fit the profile?
Finnish symphonic black metal band In Silentio Noctis has resurfaced after three years since the debut LP "Through Fragments of Christianity" was released in 2010. With an all new lineup, featuring members of Rapture, Rain Paint, Carnal Demise and Spirit Disease surrounding founder (and multi-musician) Armi Päivinen, the band has announced the impending release of a new EP "Disenchant The Hypocrites." The EP will be released on August 5th via My Kingdom Music. The track "Chapter I: The Pit" is streaming below.
The EP concept deals with the hypocrisy of both God and his servants. Once again the band fuses Scandinavian melancholy with the most obscure side of symphonic black metal in a majestic mix of Emperor’s darkness with the great Therion’s orchestrations, everything led by the beautifully haunting, operatic vocal delivery by Armi. More...
Italian gothic/doom act Raving Season is streaming the new track "My Darkest Season (Pt. 2)" (part one appeared on the 2009 debut EP "The Brightness of My Disaster"). The song appears on the band's upcoming new release "Amnio," which is scheduled for release via My Kingdom Music this year.
According to the press release, "Amnio" is "an album characterized by intense melodies that are rooted in a great atmospheric doom/gothic, a song-writing complex and elegant, never falling into banality and above all dark atmospheres enriched with two front-women that reflect the soul of Amnio: the enchanted but firm Judith’s voice and the strong and intense Federica’s growl." The release is for fans of Draconian, ealy Anathema, My Dying Bride and Isis.
"Amnio" was produced at Lemonhead Studio by Federico Truzzi and mastered by Greg Chandler (Esoteric) at Priory Recording Studio (UK).
Check out "My Darkest Season (Pt. 2)" here: More...
U.K. thrashers Fueled By Fire are streaming another new track from the upcoming third full length LP "Trapped in Perdition." Hear the track "Forsaken Deity" below. The album is scheduled for release on July 26th (EU) and August 6th (USA) via NoiseArt Records. P
The track listing for "Trapped in Perdition" is as follows:
1. Catastrophe (streaming here)
2. Suffering Entities
3. Forsaken Deity
4. Profane Path
5. Defaced Mortality
6. Rotten Creation
7. Pharmaceutical Extermination
8. Symbolic Slaying
10. Abeyant Future (Outro)
11. Depiction of Demise (Bonus Track)
Check out "Forsaken Deity" here: More...
Lingua Mortis Orchestra, featuring German power pioneers Rage and guests, posted the first two track-by-track videos for the new release "LMO." The album drops via Nuclear Blast on August 2, 2013.
The tracklisting for "LMO" is as follows:
1. Cleansed By Fire (a) Convert The Pagans, Pt. I; b) The Inquisition (instrumental); c) Convert The Pagans, Pt. II) (see lyric video)
3. The Devil´s Bride
5. Oremus (instrumental)
6. Witches` Judge
7. Eye For An Eye
Check out parts one and two here: More...
Irish melodic metal act Stormzone, featuring Ex-Sweet Savage vocalist John Harbinson and Fireland guitarist Steve Moore, posted up the first video for the upcoming new album "Three Kings." The album drops on July 22, 2013 via Metal Nation Ltd and was produced by Neal Kaye (Iron Maiden).
The track list for "Three Kings" is:
1. The Pass Loning
2. Night of the Storm
3. Stone Heart
4. Three Kings
7. Beware In Time
9. I Am The One
10. Never Trust
11. Out Of Eden
12. The Pain Inside
Check out "Night of the Storm": More...
U.K. pop metal act Glamour of the Kill posted a lyric video for the new track "Break." The song appears on the band's upcoming release "Savages," which is due out soon via SPV/Steamhammer Records.
Check out "Break" here:
Greek symphonic metal band Meden Agan is streaming the full version of the track "Black Sky." This version of the track was previously unreleased. An edited version appeared as the opening track on the latest LP "Erevos Aenaon," released in 2011 (see review here).
Check out "Black Sky" here:
German death 'n' roll act General Chaos posted the first in studio report on the recording of the band's new album "Passage to Mayhem." The video features the first guitar recordings for the release, which is targeted for later this year.
General Chaos features ex-The Ocean vocalist Ercüment Kasalar, ex-Protector guitarist Hendrik Bache and ex-Dew Scented guitarist Florian Müller.
Check out the video here:
Swedish power metal act ReinXeed, featuring Tommy Johansson (Golden Resurrection/Charlie Shred), posted a new music video for the track "Guitar Hero." The song appears on the upcoming album "A New World," which is scheduled for release on August 22, 2013 in Japan
and September 4, 2013 the rest of the world via Doolittle Group.
ReinXeed recently announced that it cancelled what would have been the band's debut U.S. performance at ProgPower USA in Atlanta this September due to "personal issues" of Johansson. The band cancelled all but one live performance for the rest of 2013.
Check out "Guitar Hero" here:
French progressive metal act Coexistence posted an update on the band's upcoming new album, as of yet untitled, which is targeted for release later this year. The band is currently in the mastering stage in Fascination Street in Sweden with Tony Lindgren.
The update reads: "We are here! The famous Fascination Street Studios in Örebro. The mastering session for our new album has begun!
"Great feeling to just sit in this amazing studio and listen to the creation of our new baby. Dream come true.
"The man behind the control buttons, Tony Lindgren - doing a wonderful job so far!
"A Fire is Rising.."
German prog metallers Assignment have announced that the worldwide release of "Inside the Machine" will be on October 11th. The album is the band's third release and first for its new label Mausoleum Records. A teaser for the album can be found over here.
The conceptual release features guest vocalists: Robin Beck, Michael Bormann (PowerWorld/ex-Jaded Heart/Bonfire), Mats Leven (Candlemass/ex-Yngwie Malmsteen/ex-Addagio) and Carsten Kaiser (ex-Angel Dust).
The artwork, conceived by Belgium-based graphic artist Didier Scohier (Asia, Dokken, Ian Gillan, Uriah Heep, Code Of Silence, Max Pie) can be seen below.
The track listing is as follows:
1. Upload The System
2. The Intrusion
3. I Am The Machine
5. Love Between Heaven & Hell
7. Messiah’s Fall
8. Ending Love
9. Another Sacrifice
10. Electric City
11. Walk Alone
12. Eternal Silence
13. Bug In The System
14. End Of The Machine More...