Metal News for July 18, 2012
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41 news articles posted on this day.
California brutal death metal band Pencil Lead Syringe has a new seven-song self-titled release of death grind. Below is an upload of the song "Brutally Tossed & Beaten by the Tales of Killer Orcas," plus you can stream "The Nervous Man in a $2 Room" and "I Do Believe We're Naked" on the band's Facebook page. This marks the third EP for Pencil Lead Syringe, who also have a demo and a full-length to their credit along with having released an eight-song promo in 2011.
Defleshuary recently reissued all of its songs on one release titled "From Feast to Filth." Featuring all the tracks from the Fermenting split CD, "Zombie Plague/Rampant Horror" CD, Demo 2006 and the "Feastiing on Torso" Demo - all remastered on this twenty-three song CD on Sevared Records. Stereo Killer has been streaming all of the tracks over at its website, or listen to them below in the player. Defleshuary has been around since 2004 and hails from 'Slam'caster, Pennsylvania.
Decatur, Illinois blackened death metal band Carpathian Funeral has just issued its debut "The End of God" via Butchered/Sevared Records. The band is streaming an upload of the track "Insinerated" below. Carpathian Funeral will be appearing at the First Annual True Midwest Underground Metal Fest, which takes place at the Fubar in St. Louis, Missouri on August 18th along with seven other bands. Head over to the event's Facebook event page for more information.
Guttural Ecuadorian death metal band Gastrorrexis recently unleashed its second full length album "The Dark World of Parasitic Infections" on Sevared Records. This album follows up 2010's "Grotesque Human Disfigurement." Below is an upload of one of the songs from the releases, "Pathology of Parasites Eat Meat." Two other songs, "Lymphatic Filariasis" and "Intestinal Internal Sexual Reproduction" are streaming over on YouTube. Gastrorrexis will next be playing live at the Rotten Bowels Death Fest 8 in Ibarra, Ecuador with eight other bands from the area including Chanco Duro and El Amo De Las Putas.
Finnish metal band Wintersun announced that the first of two new releases, "Time I," is scheduled for release in Europe on October 12, 2012 via Nuclear Blast. Previously, the band announced that the North American release date is October 19, 2012.
In other news, the band will the band will perform two special album release shows in Finland, Lutakko in Jyväskylä on October 12th and at Nosturi in Helsinki on October 13th. Support acts for these shows will be Thaurorod and Medicated.
The band commented on the album and shows:
"We're excited to start the Time World Tour from our home country with two shows in October! These two special album release shows will be our first club gigs in Finland since 2006 and the first time ever Time I songs will be heard live! The show attendees will also be the first ones to have a chance to get a signed copy of the new album.
"During the rest of the summer we'll be rehearsing the new material and working on a new enhanced live show as well as doing some promo and preparing bonus material for the album. Right after the Finnish gigs we'll continue on to Heidenfest tour in Central Europe and after that... Well, more shows will be announced soon :) Stay tuned and hope to see you at the gigs!"
The track listing for "Time I" is as follows: More...
Sevared Records is releasing a double CD featuring the entire discography of American death metal legends Embalmer. It contains all demos, promos, and a completely remixed and remastered "13 Faces of Death" album which the band claims is so loud it doesn't even sound like the original. Titled "The Collection of Carnage," the two-hour release will also contain the 2012 promo and previously released material.
Embalmer has been streaming the new song "Cannibalistic Future," which is posted below. You can also check out another track, "The Origin of Scum and Deities," over at YouTube. Embalmer's next live gig will be at the Cleveland Feast of the Deceased on Saturday, July 21st at The Hive in Parma, Ohio. On the bill with them will be eight other bands from Ohio, New Jersey and Pennsylvania such as Muzzle Loader and Manticore. Check out Embalmer's Facebook page for more details.
California's Inanimate Existence released the band's new album "Liberation Through Hearing" yesterday through through Unique Leader Records. You can now listen to a song off the album, titled "Forest of Illusion," in the YouTube player below. The previously posted track "The Discarnate Self Paradox" is also available for streaming at this location.
Hellenic black metal act Deuteronomy has posted the new song "Slew All Firstborns in the Land of Sin" online, which is taken from the band's "A Great Blessing" album. Listen to the song in the player below.
The track listing for "A Great Blessing" is as follows:
1. Entering the realm of shame
2. Dashed to Death
3. Arrows drunk with blood
4. Death shall flee
5. None to remain
6. Stones fall like rain
7. Slew all firstborns in the land of sin
8. The glory of slaughter
9. A Great Blessing (The Golden Calf)
10. A burnt Offering (Jephthah's sacrifice) More...
Birmingham retro-rockers Shebrew recently released their EP "Provenance" and are streaming all five tracks on it over on Bandcamp, or listen to it below. Shebrew's Francis Anthony is also in the band Kroh, which just recently released a split 7" with the band Ice Dragon.
Walking Corpse Syndrome, which is gearing up to record a new album and recently announced the recruitment of new vocalist Lief Winterrowd, has now posted footage of the band playing a new song live. Check out a video of Walking Corpse Syndrome playing "The Individualist" in the clip below.
At Metallica's Orion Fest, Metal Injection asked members of The Black Dahlia Murder, Kyng, Baroness, Black Tusk, Red Fang, Charred Walls of the Damned, Liturgy, Thy Will Be Done, Landmine Marathon, and Don Jamison if they could collaborate with any artist outside of their genre, in the vein of Metallica's collaboration with Lou Reed on Lulu, who would it be?
U.S. act Adrenaline Mob, which features former Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy, has posted footage online of the band performing the song "Undaunted" at Graspop 2012. Check out the footage below, or find more videos from Adrenaline Mob over at YouTube.
Toronto's Vilipend is quickly approaching the August 13th release date for "Inamorata" (A389 Recordings) and now the group has teamed with CVLT Nation to unveil a brand new song. Check out "Great White Nothing" at this location.
Next on Vilipend's agenda is an August tour with NYC powerhouse Meek Is Murder. Dates for the trek are below.
8/03 - Toronto, ON @ Sneaky Dee's (Titan "Burn" album release show)
8/16 - Toronto, ON @ The Garrison (w/ Jucifer, Kosmograd)
8/18 - Jamestown, NY @ Suburban Blend (w/ Beard Without A Mustache)
8/19 - Lowell, MA @ The Worthen House (w/ Hivesmasher, Divider, Astronomer)
8/20 - New York, NY @ Lit Lounge (w/ Tiger Flowers, End It)
8/21 - Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie (w/ Carved Up, Hollenlarm)
8/22 - Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar (w/ Pristina)
8/23 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Kopec (w/ Ancient Shores)
8/24 - Cleveland, OH @ TBA
8/25 - Chicago, IL @ TBA
Grindcore miscreants Phobia will headline this month’s Scion label showcase, set to take place on July 21st at The Glass House in Pomona, California. The special Moshpit Tragedy event will also include appearances from Morne, Total F*Cking Destruction, Skarp, and Seas Will Rise. The show is an all-ages matinee and entry is free with your RSVP at this location.
Comments vocalist Shane Mclachlan, “This is an amazing lineup! Reserve your spot now for this brutal free show. We don’t play Southern California that much so now’s the perfect time for a dose of grind.”
In related news, BrooklynVegan has also presented the latest video for "Contradiction/Submission Hold," two tracks from Phobia’s "Remnants Of Filth" full-length released through Willowtip Records on June 5th. The clip was directed by MetalInjection’s Frank Huang and can be viewed through BrooklynVegan or in the player below. More...
St. Paul's Tomorrow Brings New Blood has posted the band's debut self-titled album online for streaming. Check out the full release either over at bandcamp or through the player available below. The track listing is:
1. Super Heavy Metal
7. The Fall of Troy More...
The spanish band Y.E.M.E.T. is now presenting a new video clip for "Imperfecto," which can be viewed below. This song comes off the band's upcoming new record, expected to come this fall. The video was shot at Bonus Track Hall with the company of a selection of music industry press and a group of friends and fans.
Following 23 shows and 19 flights throughout Europe, today pioneering Florida death metal merchants Obituary are pleased to unveil the official routing of their first North American headlining tour in over three years. Brought to you by Rock The Nation and sponsored by Fender, the Carnival Of Death Tour 2012 will kick off in Orlando, Florida and tear its way through 20 cities.
Further sonic battery will come from reunited behemoths Broken Hope as well as Decrepit Birth, Jungle Rot and Encrust.
The Carnival of Death Tour marks Obituary’s first full US/Canadian tour run as a four-piece with legendary death metal alumnus Terry Butler (Death, Six Feet Under, Massacre, Denial Fiend) on bass. For this special journey, the band — vocalist John Tardy, drummer Donald Tardy, guitarist Trevor Peres and Butler — are working on compiling a special fan-generated set-list that will delve deep into the back catalog to include tunes predominantly off the group's first three full-lengths: "Slowly We Rot," "Cause Of Death," and "The End Complete." To help the band map out the setlist, fans have been asked to drop by Obituary's official Facebook page with their song picks. More...
After three years since the band's last official U.S. performances, Sunn O))) has confirmed several new live shows this Summer, including a tour of the East Coast.
Sunn O))) will infiltrate venues down the East Coast, with shows now confirmed in Philadelphia, Washington DC, Richmond, and Atlanta, as well as a performance at the annual Hopscotch Music Festival in Raleigh. The lineup for these performance will include vocals from Attila Csihar, moog from Tos Nieuwenhuizen, and as always, the low-end string attacks of founders Stephen O'Malley and Greg Anderson. Southern Lord signees Dead In The Dirt will provide direct support for Sunn O))) on all dates except the Hopscotch Festival.
The new tour dates come after the previously announced Sunn O))) live actions at The Power Of The Riff West on August 11th, followed by The Power Of The Riff East on September 1st and 2nd.
8/11/2012 Echo/Echoplex - Los Angeles, CA @ The Power Of The Riff West
9/02/2012 Warsaw - Brooklyn, NY @ The Power Of The Riff East
9/05/2012 Union Transfer - Philadelphia, PA w/ Dead In The Dirt
9/06/2012 Black Cat - Washington, DC w/ Dead In The Dirt
9/07/2012 Strange Matter - Richmond, VA w/ Dead In The Dirt
9/08/2012 Memorial Auditorium - Raleigh, NC @ Hopscotch Music Festival
9/09/2012 The Masquerade - Atlanta, GA w/ Dead In The Dirt
Additional worldwide Sunn O))) tour actions will be announced in the weeks ahead.
Los Angeles based death metal band Euphoric Defilement will be entering Sky Blue Studios in late August to begin recording the group's debut full length album "Ascending to the Worms." The album is set for release via Unique Leader Records on January 29th, 2013 and the artwork can be viewed below. Unique Leader also commented:
"For fans of Disgorge, Severed Savior, and Decrepit Birth, this album will prove to you that Euphoric Defilement will become the next installment to an elite list of ultimate brutality. With inconceivable speed and accuracy, crushing riffs, and an overall sound to make any sane person lose their mind, 'Ascending to the Worms' is a must have release by Unique Leader Records. You can expect the same mind blowing intensity Euphoric Defilement is known for, along with technicalities and surprises to shed a whole new light on what this band will become. Keep your eyes peeled and your ears ready for 'Ascending to the worms' coming out January 29th, 2013!" More...
Savannah, Georgia's Black Tusk is in the midst of the band's first ever European headline tour. The run will wrap up this week with a festival appearance in Tonsberg, Norway with an appearance at Slottsfjell Fest.
Black Tusk has now confirmed a string of North American headlining dates for this fall. The run kicks off October 13th in Johnson City, TN and is scheduled to wrap up October 24th in Portland, Oregon. The band is touring in support of latest release "Set The Dial," which is streaming in full at this location.
European Tour With Okkultokrati:
7/19: Gothenburg, Sweden @ Truckstop Alaska
7/20: Tonsberg, Norway @ Slottsfjell Fest
Fall North American Headline Tour:
10/13: Johnson City, TN @ The Hideaway
10/14: Nashville, TN @ The End w/ Skeletonwitch
10/15: Louisville, KY @ Magbar
10/16: Chattanooga, TN @ JJ's Bohemia
10/17: Indianapolis, IN @ The Jukebox
10/18: Peoria, IL @ Brass Rail
10/19: Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville Mews
10/21: Billings, MT @ Manny's
10/22: Spokane, WA @ The A Club
10/23: Seattle, WA @ Highline
10/24: Portland, OR @ Plan B
11/28: Little Rock, AR @ Downtown Music Hall More...
German rockers Nitrogods are proud to unveil the third video from their self-titled debut album. The clip for "Black Car Driving Man" was shot in a bunker in Hanover, Germany and features a live performance from the band.
Guitarist Henny Wolter states: "There´s nothing fancy and no bullshit about it. The bunker is actually our rehearsal room." Check out the premiere of the video courtesy of PureGrainAudio here, or in the player below.
Nitrogods also has the following upcoming live shows:
8/17: Bochum @ Matrix w. Girlschool + Crimson Glory
8/18: Dinkelsbühl @ Summerbreeze Festival
9/1: Bad Lauchstädt @ Die Goethestadt Rockt Vol. II
10/16: Steinenbronn @ Air Axes Metal Night VI
10/20: Mühlhausen/Thüringen @ Kulturfabrik
11/3: Nürnberg @ Rockfabrik supporting W.A.S.P. More...
Kill Again Records is releasing this month, for the first time on CD format, the debut album "Heavy Metal We Salute You" from cult Brazilian heavy metal act Shock. The album was originally released in 1991 and the CD version will include bonus tracks from the 1989 demo "Ritual" and the 2004 EP "Shock Live." Check out a teaser clip for the release below.
Fear Factory is pleased to announce a U.S. headlining tour next month after dropping off the cancelled Shockwave Festival.
Set to commence on August 1st in Fresno, California, the next segment of the The World Industrialist Tour 2012 will pummel its way across the country and includes a stop at this year’s Juggalo Gathering in Cave In Rock, Illinois alongside Soulfly, Static X, DMX, Onyx, and George Clinton among others. Additional dates will be announced in the coming days.
Comments guitarist Dino Cazares: “We are really looking forward to getting back on tour to play classic Fear Factory songs and new songs from The Industrialist!”
This will mark the band’s first official trek in support of "The Industrialist," unleashed to North American fans June 5th via Candlelight Records. The second album written by Cazares and vocalist Burton C. Bell since reuniting in 2009 after a seven-year split, "The Industrialist" debuted on Billboard’s Top 200 chart at position 38 and maintained the #1 spot on the CMJ charts for three consecutive weeks. More...
As the sophomore release from Seattle's harbingers of doom, Samothrace, nears release via 20 Buck Spin, this week the band confirms a rash of tour dates for later in the Summer.
First up, Samothrace will headline a West Coast tour in August. This routing, still under construction, will see the quartet playing five confirmed shows throughout California -- including the headlining slot at Deadfest alongside dozens of extreme, underground acts -- as well as two record release shows in the Pacific Northwest to be announced in the days ahead. Following that, the band will embark on the Paths To Oblivion Tour, with Samothrace joining Pallbearer and Royal Thunder for a nine-date run throughout the eastern half of the country during the first two weeks of September.
Samothrace's "Reverence To Stone" will see the light of day on CD, LP and digital download on July 31st via 20 Buck Spin. The new hymns were constructed at Soundhouse Studios in the band's hometown of Seattle with producer Brandon Fitzsimmons (ex-Wormwood) at the turn of the year, then mastered at Earhammer by Greg Wilkinson (Brainoil, Graves At Sea). The album's cover art was painted by hardcore/punk musician and artist Moses Saarni. More...
Periphery has been posting a track-by-track breakdown for each song on new album "Periphery II," and the band has now reached 9th track "Make Total Destroy." Periphery's Misha Mansoor comments:
"My parents are originally from Mauritius, and after my Dad retired a few years ago they decided to move back to Mauritius. Every year or two (depending on my schedule), I go there for vacation, usually in the winter. My creativity unfortunately seems to be very weather dependent, meaning that in the Winter when the weather blows, I find myself writing little to nothing. Since Mauritius is in the southern hemisphere and is a tropical island, the weather is incredible there, and when I go there in the Winter I usually end up writing a bit. I wrote Zyglrox and Totla Mad during one stay. I wrote the demos for Unleash The Pwnies, Chocolate Flobs (for you Soundclick fans!) and the demos for Make Total Destroy and what eventually became Masamune there in another stay. I had been jamming on my 7 string a lot while watching tv, and ended up just tapping a lot of octaves around the fretboard, and ended up writing the song's first riff, and when I sat down to record, a few more ideas came out but I knew it wasn't complete. We knew the song had potential, so again while on a "writing retreat" at my place, Mark and I wrote some sections to help the new arrangement flow to accommodate Spencer's awesome vocal ideas. By the time this song was completed, I knew we had something very special. We ended up making this song the first single because it really seemed to showcase and almost summarize the overall feel and vibes of the album better than any other song. It doesn't hurt that it is a pretty high energy song and really fun to play live too."
Mark Holcomb also added, "Although most of this song was already written as a demo on Misha's SoundClick, he, Jake and I holed up (huh huh) for a couple days writing and adding sections to partially-imagined song ideas like this (Luck As a Constant, being another example of that). I wrote that fast thrashy riff in the middle, while Misha wrote the tapping tail end of it as well as the groove riff that follows it. We made some other changes to the arrangement to better suit the vocal ideas that Spencer had written, and it ended up turning into a far more complete song in the end." More...
Ripple Music is proud to announce the signing of American doom rockers Devil to Pay. The label commented:
"The band’s fourth, as of yet untitled, album is set for worldwide release on Ripple Music in the coming months and the band will subsequently tour to knock the crowds out of their skulls, including appearances in all the major heavy rock/doom festivals.
"Devil To Pay was formed in the beginning of the millennia as a doom rock band with metal/stoner and rock tangents, effortlessly crushing skulls while simultaneously coaxing them to sing along. The band hails the almighty riff, but unlike many of their contemporaries, the song is still king. That is what separates the great bands from the shoulda & coulda bands. Now celebrating their 10th year anniversary, Devil To Pay has aged like Kentucky bourbon, distilling a culmination of years of sweat, highway miles, cigarette smoke and hangovers into crushing compositions and bone-jarring, heavy musical moments.
"With a catalog of underground releases, Devil To Pay gained accolades, awards and a hard earned cult-like status. They have established themselves as the go-to band for those searching out more than just a few killer riffs; a foundation of heavy that will flourish under the Ripple banner."
Devil to Pay commented on the new alliance: “We are stoked to be a part of the Ripple family and to work with one of the most genuine heavy rock labels in the world! Having released our first three albums independently, it’s clear that these guys don't compromise in terms of putting out creative music and are the true believers of heavy rock. The variety of bands and the sheer quality of music they’ve released speaks for itself. We are very much honored that our music earned its place among their ranks!"
German act Xandria has issued the following announcement about parting ways with the band's bassist:
"We sadly have to announce the departure of our yearlong bass guitar player Nils Middelhauve today. It was mainly due to personal reasons why Nils took the decision to split ways in the future. It gradually became obvious to him that some points of view vastly grew apart, concluding in Nils’ determination to not continue in Xandria anymore. Especially since all members are friends first and foremost, any more compromises had been even more hurtful. The band regrets Nils’ decision, yet is respecting it at the same time, even though everyone is really sad about it.
"Us, the remaining members in Xandria, are still a bit shocked and paralyzed and we can hardly imagine to continue without our yearlong fellow. We went through so many good and rough times together – Nils always gave everything for the band and we all have to be very grateful for his work! Nils – we will never forget the times we had together and we wish you all the best for the future! Thanx for everything!
"At this stage no replacement has been determined. We will carefully look for an adequate successor. Nils kindly will play any show confirmed so far, if no replacement will be found by the time of these very shows."
New details have now come to light in the ongoing saga of Lamb of God front man Randy Blythe being held in the Czech Republic. Blythe had previously posted bail but remained in custody due to a complaint filed by the prosecutor in the case.
Praha.idnes.cz is now reporting that the prosecutor’s complaint to block Blythe’s bail has been dismissed, however his bail has now been doubled to $400,000. It is unclear if the additional bail has been paid or if Blythe will be released.
Blythe is being held on manslaughter charges in connection with a Lamb of God show in 2010 when a 19 year old fan was allegedly pushed off the stage and subsequently died several weeks later. The band has remained fairly quiet on the issue in the three weeks Blythe has been detained, so far only issuing the following statement: More...
Read the full article at Idnes.cz.
Nonpoint has posted an in-studio video clip online discussing the making of the band's forthcoming self-titled album, coming soon on Razor & Tie. Check out the clip below.
The new album was produced/mixed by Grammy nominated Producer, Johnny K (Disturbed, Staind, Megadeth) and also features some additional production and mixing from Brian Virtue (30 Seconds To Mars, Chevelle). Virtue produced and mixed the first single "Left For You."
While playing "Each Day," Biohazard vocalist and guitarist Billy Graziadei had a tattoo finished on-stage by artist and friend Tom Deyhle from Silverskull Tattoo in Freiburg, Germany. Check out video of the tattooing below.
The Dead Lay Waiting has issued the following announcement about heading out on the road this coming October:
"New tour! We're happy to announce we will be supporting Fearless Vampire Killers in October! Love these guys so spending the best part of a month with them is going to be amazing! Keep your eyes pealed for more dates to be added! SEE YOU ON THE ROAD!"
The newest in a series of reissues from Portland’s Poison Idea via Southern Lord has been confirmed. Following the reissue of "Darby Crash Rides Again" early this year, the next in line comes in the form of PI’s "The Fatal Erection Years;" featuring forty-five raw, filthy nasty tracks. The following press release was issued about the band:
"Poison Idea's official debut release was 1983’s short, lo-fi blast of punk/hardcore fury, the Pick Your King EP. The infamous jacket featured a 'choice' of two kings, Jesus (front cover) and Elvis Presley (back cover). It was released on the bands own Fatal Erection label. In 1984, the band released the Record Collectors Are Pretentious Assholes 12” (the cover, featuring guitarist Pig Champion’s substantial vinyl collection). The record found the band incorporating subtle heavy rock elements into their music which was further honed on their contribution to the 1985 Drinking Is Great compilation 7” with the track 'Laughing Boy.' Both Record Collectors… and Drinking… were also self-released on Fatal Erection Records. By this time (84-85), POISON IDEA was in full swing and were perfecting their signature wall of sound: a raging punk attack.
"In cooperation with the band and TKO Records, Southern Lord is honored to release the CD version of The Fatal Erection Years. This compilation collects the Pick Your King 7”, Record Collectors Are Pretentious Assholes LP, and 4 compilation tracks from the era. Exclusive to this CD version, is the entire live set from the band at their best in Portland circa 1983. Live at the Met features 19 live, raw punk blasts and effectively brings this essential archival document to a raucous, destructive end. The audio has been remastered and restored by Jack Control (World Burns to Death, Severed Head of State), and the poster/booklet contains liner notes from Poison Idea vocalist Jerry A, and tons of photos, flyers and more from the band’s early days. A must have for the die-hard fans and any fan of true hardcore, punk rock!
"The Fatal Erection Years will see North American release on August 14th, just two weeks before Poison Idea will storm the two-day The Power Of The Riff East in Brooklyn the same night as Agnostic Front, Pentagram, Negative Approach, Xibalba and more!
"Southern Lord will continue to reissue seminal Poison Ideareleases over the coming months including War All The Time, Ian Mackaye, Feel The Darkness, We Must Burn and Last Will & Testament. Stay tuned." More...
German act Vagabond has posted the entire "Thunderbolt" album online for streaming. You can check out the songs from the release in the widget below, or by heading over to the Vagabond bandcamp page here. The "Thunderbolt" track listing is:
1. Arrival of the Vagabonds
2. Vagabonds of Doom
4. Barely Alive
5. Pride of Creation
6. Berserk Rage
7. Back in the Stone Age
8. Don't Sleep
9. King of the Road
10. Final Destination More...
Iron Maiden's Steve Harris announced that he will release a solo album entitled "British Lion" through EMI Music on September 24, 2012. The album is comprised of ten songs that Steve and his collaborators have been working on for the past few years between Iron Maiden tours and releases.
The following is from the official press release: "With a decidedly heavy rock-vibe this roaring debut paints with a full palette of sounds; brooding, melancholic, righteously indignant and exuberantly heavy. With Kevin Shirley at the mixing helm – whose credits include Iron Maiden as well as Led Zeppelin, Journey and Rush among many others – this is an album to sink your teeth into.
"From the growling riffage of opening salvo 'This Is My God' to the heavy forlorn balladry of follow-up Lost Worlds which showcases Richard Taylor’s soaring vocals, it’s clear that ‘British Lion’ is an altogether different beast from Maiden.
" 'Karma Killer', with its dirge-like muscularity, and 'Us Against The World', with its massive chorus, demonstrates just how far ‘British Lion’ has flexed Steve Harris’ considerable musical muscle. Dovetailed with guitarist David Hawkins’ positively gargantuan lyrical guitar melodies, it’s a mere hors d'oeuvre ahead of the epic, riffing-feast of 'The Chosen Ones', with its swaggering bravado.
" 'A World Without Heaven, at a breathtaking seven minutes and infused with progressive elements without ever teetering into self-indulgence illustrates perfectly these songsmiths’ colossal abilities to create a mood and stay there. Supercharged by Steve Harris’ inimitable style, there’s an un-cynical vibe here that’s as refreshing as it is out of place in today’s all-too-categorised music industry.
"And as far as the name ‘British Lion’; 'I’ve always been proud to be British,' explains Steve, 'I don’t see any reason why I shouldn’t be. It’s a massive part of being me. It’s not like I’m flag-waving or trying to preach, this is not a political statement at all. It’s like supporting your football team, where you come from. I just think it lends itself to some really strong imagery too, and to me it fits in with the sound.'
"With Iron Maiden, Steve Harris has become one of the most recognised and successful ambassadors for British music on the world stage. Having released 15 studio albums, sold over 85 million records worldwide and played more than two thousand gigs in 58 countries in the band’s thirty-five year career, his appeal is truly global.
"And now with ‘British Lion’, Steve steps out from Iron Maiden’s illustrious shadow to present a different side of his musical visions."
The tracklisting for ‘British Lion’ is as follows: More...
Testament posted 90 second samples from three new tracks from the forthcoming LP "Dark Roots of Earth." In the players below, you can check out "Rise Up," "Dark Roots of Earth" and "Day in the Death" from the album, which is scheduled for release on July 27, 2012 (EU) and July 31, 2012 (North America) through Nuclear Blast Records.
Check out the samples here:
Italian black metal artists Bland Vargar are streaming the debut EP "Notturno 11" online, which can be heard in the player below. The EP was self-released back in April 2012 with a limited quantity of 33 copies and now appears to have been picked up by Iconoclast Records.
The track listing for "Notturno 11" is as follows:
Check out the EP streaming here:
Tacoma, Washington progressive metal act Stealing Axion is streaming the new song "Mirage of Hope" (heard below). The song appears on the band's debut full-length album, "Moments," which is due out for release on August 27, 2012 (EU) and August 28, 2012 (North America) through InsideOut Music. The album was was mixed and mastered by Acle Kahney (Tesseract guitarist and producer).
The track listing for "Moments" is as follows
1. Mirage of Hope
3. Everything or Nothing
4. 47 Days Later
5. Unwanted Gift
8. It's Too Late Now
10. Moments Part 1
11. Moments Part 2
Check out "Mirage of Hope" here: More...
Norwegian folk metal band Trollfest posted up the first of a series of tour diary footage as the band performs live in support of the forthcoming album "Brumlebassen," which is due out on August 24, 2012 through NoiseArt Records. In the first installment, shown below, the band shows behind the scenes and live footage from the trip to Extemefest 2012 in Germany:
While She Sleeps posted up a track-by-track video for the band's upcoming release "This is the Six" on Metal Hammer's YouTube Channel. The album is set for release on August 6th via Search & Destroy Records. The new single "This is the Six" is currently available on iTunes and you can check out the music video for the track at this location.
Check out frontman Loz Taylor in the track-by-track video here:
California's death/grind act Murder Construct, featuring Cattle Decapitation vocalist Travis Ryan, posted a lyric video for the track "Compelled by Mediocrity." The song appears on the debut full length LP "Results," which will drop on August 28, 2012 through Relapse Records. Pre-orders are available at this location.
The track listing for "Results" is as follows:
1. Red All Over
2. Under the Weight of the Wood
3. No Question, No Comment
4. Gold Digger
5. Compelled by Mediocrity
6. The Next Life
7. Dead Hope
8. Feign Ignorance
9. Mercy, Mercy
10. Malicious Guilt
Check out "Compelled by Mediocrity" here:
Testament posted the first part in a behind the scenes video for the band's new music video for the song "Native Blood." The song appears on the band's new album "Dark Roots of Earth," which is scheduled for release on July 27, 2012 (EU) and July 31, 2012 (North America) through Nuclear Blast Records. The "Native Blood" video is expected soon.
Check out the "Making of Native Blood," part one here: