Metal News for July 20, 2011
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Seven Nines and Tens has issued a short update about their latest studio activities:
"We were back at the deadroom mixing last night. The song we were working on was conceived in 2007! It really was an eye opening experience as far as how much our style has changed over the years, its like night and day. The track in question is called 'Famke' and we are SO damn proud and can't wait for you all to hear it."
Metalunderground recently premiered the new song, "Crystalline Xanthine Alkaloid," which you can also download as an MP3.
U.K. act The Wounded Kings has announced the band's third album "In the Chapel of the Black Hand" will see release on September 1st, 2011 via I Hate Records.
A track from the album, titled "Gates of Oblivion," is currently available for streaming online through the band's Reverbnation profile.
The "In the Chapel of the Black Hand" track listing is as follows:
1. The Cult of Souls
2. Gates of Oblivion
3. Return of the Sorcerer
4. In the Chapel of the Black Hand
The Obelisk is hosting an exclusive premiere of Totimoshi's "Waning Divine," the final track off the California trio's soon-to-be-released new full-length, "Avenger." A tune about growing old, "Waning Divine" features Brent Hinds (Mastodon) and Scott Kelly (Neurosis, Shrinebuilder).
Check out the song by heading over to The Obelisk at this location.
"Avenger" is set for release on August 16th, 2011 via At A Loss Recordings. The record was produced by Toshi Kasai (Melvins, Shrinebuilder, Tool), mastered by John Golden (Melvins, Mike Watt, OM) and includes appearances by Hinds and Kelly as well as Dale Crover.
In conjunction with the release, Totimoshi will kick off a near-month long U.S. tour this August. Confirmed dates (with more to be added) are below:
8/04/2011 Chaser's - Scottsdale, AZ w/ Greenhaven
8/05/2011 The Due Return - Santa Fe, NM
8/06/2011 3 Kings Tavern - Denver, CO w/ Ume, Self Service
8/07/2011 Duffy’s - Lincoln, NE
8/08/2011 Off Minor - Dubuque, IA
8/09/2011 Garibalid’s - Milwaukee, WI w/ Sleestak, Like Like The Death Deaths
8/10/2011 The Frequency - Madison, WI
8/11/2011 Ultra Lounge - Chicago, IL
8/12/2011 Mac’s Bar - Lansing, MI
8/13/2011 Stone Tavern - Kent, OH w/ Rebreather, The Unclean
8/14/2011 Hard Luck - Toronto, ON
8/15/2011 TBA - Montreal, QC
8/16/2011 Daniel St. - Milford, CT
8/17/2011 O’Brien’s - Cambridge, MA
8/19/2011 TBA - Providence, RI
8/20/2011 Saint Vitus - Brooklyn, NY
8/21/2011 Golden West - Baltimore, MD
8/22/2011 Strange Matter - Richmond, VA
8/26/2011 Milestone - Charlotte, NC w / Music Hates You
8/27/2011 The Drunken Unicorn - Atlanta, GA w/ Zoroaster
8/28/2011 Hi Tone Café - Memphis, TN
8/29/2011 Siberia - New Orleans, LA
8/30/2011 The Mink - Houston, TX
8/31/2011 Scoot Inn - Austin, TX w/ Vaz, Pygmie Shrews
9/01/2011 Korova Basement - San Antonio, TX
9/03/2011 Vaudeville - Tucson, AZ
Atlanta, GA’s The Chariot has announced its inclusion on an upcoming tour with Underoath, Comeback Kid, and This is Hell. The month long trek ends in St. Petersburg, FL on October 20th. The band will also perform a special headlining show in its home state on October 22nd with several other bands. See below for all current tour dates, and stay tuned for some big shows being added to the routing soon.
The Chariot also recently posted the new track "Music of a Grateful Heart" on its official Facebook page. The track is cut from the new vinyl LP version of the band’s latest Good Fight Music release, "Long Live," set for release on August 2nd. The digital and physical CD version of "Long Live" was originally released on November 22nd, 2010 and is the band’s fourth full-length album to date.
The band is currently on the road with the Scream the Prayer tour, also featuring Norma Jean, Sleeping Giant, War Of Ages, Close Your Eyes, Texas In July, I The Breather, The Great Commission, As Hell Retreats, and Sovereign Strength.
The Chariot's upcoming live shows are as follows: More...
Bloody Disgusting is currently hosting the worldwide premiere of the new single "Man of Stone," from Detroit Michigan's Battlecross. The track comes from the band's full-length debut "Pursuit of Honor," which is out August 2nd in North America via Metal Blade Records. Check out the track here.
The "Pursuit of Honor" track listing is as follows:
1. Pursuit of Honor
2. Push Pull Destroy
5. Man of Stone
6. Breaking You
9. Better Off Dead
11. Foreshadowing More...
Sludge rockers Hull will be performing a special Brooklyn Vegan sponsored one-off show this Friday at new Brooklyn hot spot, Saint Vitus. The band will be joined by Generation Of Vipers and Marching Teeth.
Commented the band in a collective statement: "We are very pleased to be joining our good friends in Marching Teeth and Generation Of Vipers, who also share members of USX who we hope to be doing a collaboration with in the future. Of course we are always happy to be playing a Brooklyn Vegan show, especially for the first time at Saint Vitus. Hometown show + friends = party time!"
Details are as follows:
When: July 22, 2011
Where: Saint Vitus
1120 Manhattan Ave.
Brooklyn, New York
The 2011 Ragnarokkr Metal Festival is set to take place in Chicago, IL on October 1st, 2011. The currently announced lineup for the festival includes Helstar, Cage, Sacred Oath, Black Widow USA, Furnaze, and Catalano.
The promotional poster for the show can be viewed below, or you can find more information on the festival by heading over to this location.
The festival organizers also issued the following statement:
"For far too long, metal has been disappearing from the US. Few bands are doing long tours in the US and even fewer are coming to the US from other countries. We are dedicated to revitalizing metal in the US again and bringing the greatest metal bands from around the globe for all headbangers in the states still going strong. The Gods have been invoked and the battle has begun."
Paris, France based Christian act Betraying the Martyrs has announced a new North American deal with Sumerian Records for the release of the band's debut full-length album "Breathe In Life," which is set for a release later this year.
The band commented on the record deal: "We are extremely proud to be a part of the Sumerian family. We deeply respect each band on the label and most of them influenced our own music. Sumerian has few bands, they carefully pick and choose some of the greatest bands there is, so being with them is an honor. We couldn't DREAM of a better team to work with our music.You live in North America? If you already know us, be ready cause we will hit your town very soon! And if you don't know us, come by and see what 6 frog eaters can do (pardon our french). We count on you to come hang out, have a good time, mosh, pray, have a baguette and a croissant and discuss with us."
Ash Avildsen (Sumerian Records Founder) further comments: "A period of radical social and political upheaval began 222 years ago, known as The French Revolution. Today, another revolution from France is beginning. This time, it involves overthrowing that which has become stagnant. Betraying the Martyrs debut album, Breathe In Life, is going to breathe life in to a scene where emotion has fallen to the wayside and the focus has become on the breakdown rather than the song. The Sphinx has landed in Paris and it's sounding real good right now. Sumerian Records has signed Betraying the Martyrs, because of YOU."
This September, 20 Buck Spin will unleash onto North American audiences an amassed collection of long out-of-print material from Australian funeral doom icons Mournful Congregation.
Set for official release on in CD and high-quality digital download on September 20th, 2011, this collective release, entitled "The Unspoken Hymns," bears five tracks previously only available via a limited edition run of vinyl only splits. The disc also includes a new, remixed version of the song “Left Unspoken," as well as a cover of Thergothon’s song “Elemental.”
The Unspoken Hymns track listing is as follows:
1. Left Unspoken (new version)
2. The Epitome Of Gods And Men Alike
3. A Slow March To The Burial
4. Descent Of The Flames
5. Elemental (Thergothon cover)
Hardcore act Trapped Under Ice has announced the band's upcoming full-length album "Big Kiss Goodnight" will see release through Good Fight Music on October 11th, 2011. The album also boasts production credits from New Found Glory’s Chad Gilbert. Reaper Records is partnering with Good Fight Music on the launch and is scheduled to release a special vinyl version of the record.
“You know what it is; Trapped Under ice, Chad Gilbert, and Paul Miner up in the studio recording the hardest TUI record to date, Big Kiss Goodnight,” states guitarist Sam Trapkin. “We hope ya’ll are familiar with the mosh pit because that's what this thing is about.”
You can also check out footage of Trapped Under Ice in the studio working on "Big Kiss Goodnight" by heading over here.
Trapped Under Ice is:
Justice Tripp - Vocals
Sam Trapkin - Guitar
Brad Hyra - Guitar
Jared Carman - Bass
Brendan Yates - Drums
Kingsport, TN's Stand Your Ground has made the track “Nautilus” available for streaming online. The track is taken from the band's debut album "Despondenseas." You can check out the song by heading over to the band's Facebook page.
The new album "Despondenseas" is set to hit stores on August 16th, 2011 through Rite Of Passage/Mediaskare Records.
Formed in 2007, the Tennessee based band quickly made a name for itself on the eastern side of the U.S. through relentless touring alongside bands like It Prevails, Life On Repeat, Sovereign Strength, and more. You can also check out footage of the band's time recording new material in the clip below.
Norwegian metal act Communic has uploaded the track “Denial” for streaming, which is taken from the band's upcoming "The Bottom Deep" album. Head over to the Nuclear Blast Facebook page at this location to check out the song. "The Bottom Deep" will be released on July 22nd, 2011.
Guitarist and band mastermind Oddleif Stensland commented the new material:
“I was asked to write a track by track commentary on our new album, but found it to be quite difficult. This is a concept album, based on one specific incident in my life, and splitting it into short comments for each song made no sense right now. It is all dealing with a personal close encounter by death that suddenly came all to close, when someone really close to me passed away way to early. This incident left so many unanswered questions about life and death behind, and all these thoughts and feelings came back to me in form of the words and songs on this album. It is not easy to talk or describe to detailed, but expressing myself through music is easier for me, and it is all written between the lines, so the deeper meaning of the album can be explored by those who feel like it. It is a much darker theme then I have ever done before, and everything is far more personal then I never thought I would be.
"Writing this album has been like going to a 'shrink,' it has been more like therapy session for me, something that I just had to do, no matter what people would think of it in the end. I hope I don't have to do another album like this again, even dough I love these songs, and the outcome of the album is for me fantastic - it will be a statement in my life forever, and I am proud of my courage to actually go through with this. Those who cares to read the lyrics and put themselves into the situation will get an even deeper album, even dough the songs will work great on their own as well for those who just like to listen so some interesting mind-twisting-metal tunes.” More...
Dayton, OH metalcore experience The Paramedic and AOL’s Noisecreep.com recently debuted the brand new music video for the track, "The Sixth Seal," which is cut from the band’s recently released EP, "The Devil In Me." The video was directed and edited by Graham Fielder and be viewed below or by heading over to Noisecreep.com.
“Making the video for ‘The Sixth Seal’ was fucking rad,” states vocalist Michael Luciano. “We partied all night before, didn't go to sleep and then had to be on the set at 7 in the morning... it was quite the experience and we feel everything went great. Director Graham Fielder was awesome to work with and hopefully we’ll get to work with him again in the future. We feel like Graham really knew what we were looking for and how to best capture The Paramedic for who we are.”
U.K. act Skindred has announced several upcoming summer festival appearances. The details are as follows:
12th Relentless Board Masters Festival (headlining the Vans Stage)
2nd Bingley Music Live
4th Merthyr Rock Festival
Skindred also recently posted the "Cut Dem" music video online, which can be found by heading over to this location. Footage of Skindred performing live at Sonisphere Switzerland is available below.
Northern California extreme metal act All Shall Perish has teamed up with MetalSucks.net to stream the band’s upcoming fourth studio album, "This is Where it Ends," in its entirety. Head over to this location for an exclusive sneak preview of "This is Where it Ends" before it hits stores next week on July 26th through Nuclear Blast Records.
The album's track listing is as follows:
1. Divine Illusion
2. There Is Nothing Left
3. Procession of Ashes
4. A Pure Evil
5. Embrace the Curse
7. The Past Will Haunt Us Both
8. Royalty into Exile
9. My Retaliation
11. The Death Plague
12. In this Life of Pain
The North American edition of Peste Noire’s fourth full-length album, "L’Ordure à l’État Pur," is now available through Transcendental Creations and Tour-de-Garde. Brooklyn Vegan is now streaming a track from the album online. You can check out the nine-minute long closing track to the new album, titled "La condi hu," by heading over to this location.
The band also recently posted the song "Casse, Pêches, Fractures et Traditions" online. Details are available here.
The "L’Ordure à l’État Pur" track listing and artwork can be viewed below.
1. Casse, Pêches, Fractures et Traditions
2. Cochon Carotte et les sœurs Crotte
3. J’avais rêvé du Nord
4. Sale Famine Von Valfoutre
5. La condi hu
Christian act The Great Commission released "Heavy Worship" on July 12th through Ain't No Grave Records. The band has now premiered the album's second music video, for "Weight of the World." You can check out the video clip below, or watch it by heading over to the band's Facebook page.
The Great Commission is also currently embarked on the "Scream the Prayer" tour. The remaining dates are as follows:
7/20 Memphis, TN @ New Daisy Theater (STP off -date with For Today)
7/22 McAllen, TX @ Las Palmas Racepark w/ The All Stars Tour
7/23 San Antonio, TX @ The Backstage Live w/ The All Stars Tour
7/24 Dallas, TX @ The Palladium w/ The All Stars Tour
7/25 Tulsa, OK @ Cain's Ballroom
7/26 Lawrence, KS @ Granada Theatre
7/27 Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall
7/28 Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex
7/29 St. George, UT @ The Electric Theatre (STP off -date)
7/30 Tucson, AZ @ The Rock
7/31 Pomona, CA @ Glasshouse
Onslaught Radio has posted a video interview online with bassist Arif Mirabdolbaghi of Protest the Hero, which was conducted at the 2011 Sonisphere festival in Knebworth, U.K. You can check out the clip below.
Italian metal act Ignition Code has posted a new song online titled "Nothing Left," which is taken off the band's upcoming debut full-length album. You can check out "Nothing Left" by heading over to the Ignition Code Reverbnation page or Facebook profile.
Ignition Code is currently looking for a record label to publish the new album. Additional details on the band's upcoming debut album will be announced as they are made available.
The band also commented on its sound and history:
"Formed in 2007, the Ignition Code project was born in order to give free play to the most absurd, violent and entangled side of their members, combining a deep-rooted passion for complex tempo with sudden and apparently uncontrolled outburst, without setting aside their melodic and sometimes intimist side, all this under the direction of some influences such as Mnemic, Texture, In Flames...
"The distorted idea of music coming out from this, it is melted with the continuous conflict between man and machine in which it is difficult to say who is the winner. The Ignition Code’s crazy vision can’t be defined different from melodic math-death."
Guitarist/vocalist Deron Miller of the West Coast act World Under Blood has released the first part of the track-by-track description for the band's debut album, "Tactical." The track breakdown can be read below. "Tactical" is due out on July 26th in North America and July 29th in Europe.
1. A GOD AMONG THE WASTE
A fan favorite, this was one of the first songs we wrote. I remember doing the vocals with Logan Mader engineering and I had the lyrics, but no vocal pattern or melody ideas. We pressed 'record' and that's what happened. I wanted it to start the record off because it just kicks in with the fastest blast on the whole cd and the song ends very mellow. there's a lot of dynamics. the bridge riff reminds me a lot of DEATH's Spiritual Healing. Lyrically its pretty much about finding a legitimate political leader, and finally cleaning up the U.S. When will we finally be desensitized as a nation to political correctness and just do what needs to be done?
2. INTO THE ARMS OF CRUELTY
Probably my favorite song off of the album. I think it's one of the most perfect songs I've ever written. Child abuse makes me fucking sick and this song pretty much gives my unrestrained opinion. A lot of people enjoy claiming that metal is the most evil form of music, but actually it's the only genre that artists tend to explore serious subject matter, and try to take a stance against things they believe are not right. The opening riff is one of the hardest riffs to play on guitar, and I shot myself in the foot when I wrote it because no matter how much I practice it, it doesn't get any easier. Out of 20 years of songwriting this song is in my top 5. Killer drumming and awesome solos.
I'm obsessed with mental illness, and I love to learn and explore that field in my music. The idea of someone lusting over lighting their house on fire while they're inside sounds like a stretch, but I bet there's someone out there that enjoys being burnt. Incidentally, this track has the most difficult to play riff that I've ever come up with, and it is the chorus riff. It's a fucking bitch, but it's hooky as hell. Unlike a lot of bands out there I don't try to write complicated music for the sake of it because i think in the end there really isn't a song there. But a lot of metal bands can write technical parts that are also catchy, and I learned that from Gorguts, Pestilence, Death, Cynic, and Believer...in 1993. Luke Jaeger's solos are incredible, and although he's extremely eccentric, he's an amazing friend and extremely gifted.
You can also listen to the song "A God Among the Waste" by navigating over to this location.
Canadian act Kittie will release a brand new record entitled "I've Failed You" on August 30th, 2011 via eOne Music. For this effort, the band enlisted the talents of Siegfried "Siggy" Meier at Beach Road Studios in Goderich Ontario who took on producing rolls.
A brand new track called "We Are The Lamb" and has debuted today at Noisecreep.com. Head over here to check out the song. The band also recently shot a video for the track last month in New York. "'We Are The Lamb is the first single and is about as musically devastating as we get. It is a tale of self sacrifice, to give those you love a chance to grow and learn to live for themselves. I cannot express to you how proud of this album we are. 'I've Failed You' is real, honest, angry and ugly" says front woman Morgan Lander.
The album's track listing and artwork can be viewed below.
1. I've Failed You
2. We Are The Lamb
3. Whisper of Death
4. What Have I Done
5. Empires (Part 1)
6. Empires (Part 2)
7. Come Undone
8. Already Dead
9. Never Come Home
11. Time Never Heals
Sleepless has posted a teaser trailer online for band's upcoming "Don't Poison Yourself" music video. You can check out the teaser in the player below. The full "Don't Poison Yourself" video clip is set to be released online on Sunday, July 24th.
Gwar frontman Oderus Urungus has apparently upset the folks at Fox News and is not being asked back to their Red Eye show, on which he has made numerous appearances. Oderus tweeted:
“I got canned because Sarah Palin complained that we disemboweled her. The nerve of that woman!” and “Sound off like you got a pair if you think it sucks that I am not on Red Eye anymore!”
MXDWN reports that after trying to get in contact with the studio for months, he was reportedly finally able to discover the truth. While passing through New York on a tour with GWAR, Urungus sat down with Gutfeld. During their discussion, Gutfeld expressed surprise at Urungus’ dismissal, but led the GWAR front man to believe the execution of a fake Sarah Palin upset Fox’s higher ups enough to remove him from the show.
Nervosia has posted the title track online from the band's upcoming "Apathy's Throne" EP. You can check out the track in the player below. "Apathy's Throne" is currently set for release in late September, 2011.
Mystic Prophecy has announced the band's new album "Ravenlord" will be released on November 25th, 2011 through Massacre Records. The currently announced track listing is as follows:
1. Raven Lord
2. Cross of Lies
3. Endless Fire
4. Damned Tonight
5. Reckoning Day
6. Die Now!!!
7. Wings of Destiny
8. Eyes of the Devil
9. Miracle Man (Ozzy Osbourne cover)
You can also check out Mystic Prophecy's music by heading over to the band's MySpace music profile.
Dark Tranquillity has posted a music video online for the song "Iridium," which is off the band's latest album "We Are The Void" (reviewed here). You can check out the clip below.
Dark Tranquillity will also be participating in the Neckbreaker's Ball tour with Eluveitie, Mercenary, Varg, Gurd, and Omnium Gatherum. Dates are as follows: More...
Nightrage has revealed the cover artwork for the band's upcoming album "Insidious," which is set to be released on September 26th in Europe and a day later in North America. The artwork, which can be viewed after the jump, was handled by Gustavo Sazes. The "Insidious" track listing is as follows:
1. So far Away (Intro) (w/ George Baharidis of Breaking Silence Deceptor)
2. Delirium Of The Fallen (w/ Apollo Papathanasio of Firewind)
3. Insidious (w/ Tomas Lindberg of At The Gates/ Lock Up)
4. Wrapped In Deceitful Dreams (w/ Gus G of Ozzy Osbourne/ Firewind & Tom S. Englund of Evergrey)
5. Hate Turns Black
6. Sham Piety (w/ Tomas Lindberg)
7. Cloaked In Wolf Skin
8. This World Is Coming To An End (w/ Tomas Lindberg & Apollo Papathanasio)
9. Utmost Ends Of Pain
10. Poignant Memories
11. Hush Of Night
12. Poisoned Pawn
13. Solar Eclipse (Prelude) (w/ John K of Biomechanical/Deceptor)
14. Solar Corona (w/ Gus G & Tom S Englund)(w/ George Baharidis)
15. Emblem Of light (Outro) (w/ John K)
Japanese Bonus Track and digital only bonus:
16. Photograph (Def Leppard cover w/Apollo Papathanasio) More...
Saxon has announced the venues and dates for the South American leg of the band's "Call to Arms" world tour. The October South American shows are as follows:
18.10.2011 Santiago - New Rockola
20.10.2011 Rio de Janeiro - Ilha dos Pescadores
22.10.2011 Sao Paulo - HSBC Brasil
23.10.2011 Curitiba - MasterHall
25.10.2011 Buenos Aires - El Teatro Flores
Saxon has also announced North American dates for the "Call to Arms" tour in September. Details are available at this location.
Warmachine has announced the band has inked a new record deal with JMD Records for the release of the group's upcoming sophomore album.
In a recent statement posted online, Warmachine revealed the new album will be titled "Left For Dead." The album is currently set to drop on July 23rd through JMD Records.
The "Left For Dead" track listing is as follows:
1. Moving On
2. We’re the Chemical
3. Chalk Lines and Bones
6. Too Late
7. Inevitable Crash
8. Loved and Lost
9. Forgive and Forget You
10. Left for Dead
11. A New Beginning
Footage has made its way online of Dutch metal act Massive Assault performing the song "Plead Not Guilty" live. You can check out the footage in the player below. "Plead Not Guilty" is taken off the band's 2006 EP "Conflict."
Van Canto has checked in with the following announcement about the release of the new album "Break the Silence:"
"Hail Van Cantians!
"As you may have noticed, we've been rather busy since the last time we posted. The numerous videos on You Tube, festival pics and reports, small snippets about the ***NEW CD!!!*** etc...etc, should have whetted your appetites.
"Now you can pre-order 'Break The Silence,' the brand new CD @ Nuclear Blast. There will be more places to order soon...we hope ;)
"Some of you might have caught the Trailer to our Tour with Tristania, Amberian Dawn, Revamp and Xandria in September and October. If not.., check it out and we hope to see you at on of the shows...t'would be a hoot! All dates are here, in the trailer, on our Facebook..well..just about everywhere."
The "Break the Silence" track listing is as follows:
1. If I Die In Battle
2. Dangers in my Head
3. Bed of Nails (Alice Cooper Cover)
4. The Seller of Souls
5. Black Wings of Hate
6. Neuer Wind
7. Spelled in Waters (feat. Marcus Siepen / Blind Guardian)
8. Primo Victoria (feat. Joakim Broden / Sabaton / Sabaton Cover)
9. The Higher Flight
10. Master of the Wind (Manowar Cover)
11. Betrayed (Bonus Track)
12. Bad to The Bone (Bonus Track / Running Wild Cover)
13. A Storm To Come (Bonus Track)
Clutch recently came through Huntington, West Virginia, capping off a short run of tour dates to promote the band's forthcoming "Basket of Eggs" project.
I arrived at the V Club just after the first act has gone on stage. The door guy, who checked me for weapons on the way in was happy to chat with me, telling me I’ll never find a seat cause they’ve removed almost all the chairs, except for on the patio, plus the show has sold out, so standing room only may be an understatement. Then I went to the bar, focusing on the opening act, who I was surprised to hear is playing reggae.
Groundscore, a punk/rock/reggae trio from our nation’s capital was laying down the good vibes up on stage. Despite my initial surprise, I was not disappointed, nor do I think the audience of some 100+ people, many packed in front of the stage, were either. I found myself easily slipping into the mellow infectious reggae grooves, the bluesy rock guitar solos, and suddenly invigorated by the bursts of punk jams.
The trio was just on the heels of the their second full length release, "Speed Kills," the title track of which they played to a head bobbing, swaying audience. Groundscore seemed an appropriate warm up act for a hot Sunday evening, the kind of music that is cool for the kids, non-abrasive to parents, just good fun music with positive energy. More...