Metal News for July 23, 2013
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Each week we check in with fans and bands from around the world to get their mosh pit stories from live shows. This week our Pit Story comes courtesy of Metalunderground.com reader Gorecunt about experiencing a hipster mosh:
The show I went to was primarily for fans of post-metal, which is the first scene where hipsters and metalheads have a common interest. Both subcultures go together like water and oil (sometimes a match - Cynic said this in his article "Black Metal: The Shoegaze Wave"). And so me and a small handful of metalheads were in a crowd of hipsters. Deafheaven was playing and they were the only ones with music heavy enough to mosh to. Not expecting hipsters to *try* starting a pit, we remained reserved. Then the pit started. Me and the guys initially laughed at them as they were slamming about awkwardly in their skinny jeans outside their natural habitat and trying to hold on to their thick-rimmed glasses.
Then one of Deafheaven's heavier songs came on ("Unrequited"). Three of us took places where the pit would be as we waited for the soft intro to give way to the heavy riff. I took center position, two metalheads were at my left and right. The heavy tremolo chords blasted and I pushed the two off, starting the pit. We showed the hipsters how its done. Some got hurt but they brushed it off and resumed moshing. They learned well. The next decent song played and they got the hang of it. It was a proud moment, kind of like old school teaching the new school. It was a surprisingly awesome bonding moment.
Now here's what makes hipster pits fun for me: They're so small and frail by comparison so starting a pit is so easy. I easily pushed 3-5 of them at once and next thing you know half the room is a pit. Its so lulzy.
Chilean doom band Mar De Grises has issued the following announcement about deciding to call it a day:
"Dear friends and fans,
"It is with deep emotion that we must announce that Mar de Grises has come to an ending.
Several reasons have led us to make this decision. Our spirits have changed and we collectively chose to end this beautiful cycle. Our musical paths have parted. You will know about our new projects soon.
"Being part of this project during all these years has been amazing and magical, and sharing our feelings through music with great friends for so long has filled us with joy and satisfaction.
"Mar de Grises allowed us to reach places we never thought we would; to share stage with people we admire and, above all, with good friends; to contribute to the musical history of Chile, and to reach the hearts of fans all over the world. We feel more than rewarded with all your love and feedback.
"We would like to give our sincere thanks to all our technical staff, friends and families, past members of the band, labels, promoters, media, agencies, and to all those who believed and were sincerely involved in all our undertakings.
"Above all, we wish to thank all our fans who have given us unconditional support during these 13 years.
"To give this story the end it deserves, we are working on the details of a final show which will be announced soon.
"Now the Jewel of the Andes, as we were once called, will rest in our hearts and will continue to live in you and your memories.
Permeated Records has issued the following announcement about inking a deal with Derogation:
"Permeated Records is proud to announce the signing of a new brutal entity called Derogation. Hailing from the Ukraine, this monster involves members from Neurogenic, ex-Defeated Sanity, Fleshgore, Ezophagothomia, Hedonistic Exility, and Back Door To Asylum.
"Be prepared for an assault of inhuman blasts, technical riffs and brutal vocals in the the vein of the aforementioned bands. The cover artwork has been accomplished by Regurgitate Arts and features one of the sickest covers ever seen.
"The official release date of 'Revival of a Nest Ignorant' is set on September the 30th. Preorders will be up soon on our BigCartel. Check out the title track of the upcoming album below!" More...
Christian one man metal outfit Vials of Wrath has posted the full "Let There Be Light" release online for streaming. Check it out below or over at Bandcamp. The track listing is as follows:
1. Cold Contempt 05:22
2. From The Dead An Army Risen 03:38
3. Rise 05:08
4. Every Knee Shall Bow 04:03
5. The Shadow of Death 04:46
6. Our Final Mourning 02:32 More...
In addition to the newly released "Portals to Canaan" album, Deeds of Flesh will also be re-issuing the "Gradually Melted" EP via Unique Leader Records.
Originally release back in 1995, "Gradually Melted" see its official re-issue this coming October 1st, 2013. The new cover artwork is available below, and further info on Deeds of Flesh can be found at the band's Facebook profile. More...
Atlanta post blackened noise duo Outer Gods recently joined forces with eclectic label imprint Domestic Genocide for the release of the "Light Dims Eternal" debut.
Offering up five sordid tones of torment, Outer Gods conjure an absorbing audio voyage with dismal soundscapes as corrosive as they are cathartic. Recorded by the band and mastered by James Andrew, "Light Dims Eternal" will be unleashed on July 30th, 2013.
In the meantime, sample the "Beyond the Crimson Gate" video single below. The album's track listing is as follows:
1. Future Decay
2. Due Sabatti
3. Beyond the Crimson Gate
4. Blessed Be the Host of Sorrow
5. From Behind The Walls, She Heard a Voice Like an Angel More...
New York deathcore act Woodhaven has released an official music video for the song "Annihilationism." which comes off the "Requiem" album, due out August 3rd, 2013.
The video, available below, was created by Cody Weissinger Productions. The new album "Requiem" was recorded by Doug White at Watchmen Studios.
After already announcing Varvar of Neron Kaisar, Rune from Emerald Night, and several other guest vocalists, Russia's Grailight has checked in with the following statement about another guest musician on the band's upcoming album:
"On our upcoming album 'Sic Luceat Lux' will be another great guest vocalist, who is legendary I can even say for the Russian black metal scene, whose participation in our record is significant in terms of unity of the past and the future of Russian symphonic / extreme metal.
"This is Michael Chirwa of the Prussian / Canadian band Tvangeste! He sang with his highly recognizable voice in a song that is close to all of the Slavic parts of the album."
Further details on the coming "Sic Luceat Lux" album will be announced in the near future.
Ohio's Eternal Void has checked in with the following announcement about recording a new album and splitting with the band's vocalist:
"We are very proud to announce that Friday we will be heading to Nashville, Tennessee to begin recording our next album titled 'Catharsis.' We will be recording at 456 Studios with producer Brian Hood, whose work includes Erra, Gideon, A Plea for Purging, and The Crimson Armada.
"With this, there is also some bad news. Jeff has decided to quit the band for personal issues. However Logan Adams from Avian will be filling in to cover vocals.
"We are very exciting for things coming our way. We'll keep everyone updated as more news happens."
For more info on the band, head over to the Eternal Void Facebook profile.
Vancouver, BC’s West of Hell, featuring vocalist Chris Valagao of Zimmers Hole on vocals, has announced that the September 7th Vancouver, BC show at Rickshaw Theatre will be zombie-themed in celebration of the recent music video for “Water of Sorcery.” If you haven’t seen the video, check it out below..
Marking the band’s only appearance in Vancouver in 2013, West of Hell will perform in full professional zombie make-up with special FX. There will be a screening of “Water of Sorcery,” and tickets are just $10 in advance at Scrape Records and the Rickshaw website, and $12 at the door. Doors are at 8pm. In addition to all the fun, come dressed as your best zombie, as there will be prizes and giveaways for the best-dressed zombies. For more information, visit this location.
You can also catch the band live:
July 23rd – Winnipeg, MB @ The Zoo
July 25th – Sault St. Marie, ON @ TBA
July 26th – North Bay, ON @ TBA
July 27th – Trois Rivieres, QC @ TBA
July 28th – Ottawa, ON @ TBA
Aug 1st – Montreal, QC @ Piranha Bar
Aug 2nd – Belleville, ON @ Belle Pub
Aug 3rd – St. Catherines, ON @ The Vintage
Aug 4th – Toronto, ON @ Bovine
Aug 5th – Kitchener, ON @ The Hive
Aug 9th – Saskatoon, SK @ Rock Bottom
Aug 10th – Lloydminster, AB @ The Pussy Cat Club
Aug 11th – Edmonton, AB @ The Pawn Shop
Aug 15th – Red Deer, AB @ The Vat
Aug 17th – Lethbridge, AB @ The Slice
Sept 7th – Vancouver, BC @ The Rickshaw More...
Baroness is streaming the "Live At Maida Vale" EP (out today via Relapse Records) in its entirety at Alternative Press here.
The four-song EP, which was culled from Baroness’ July 12, 2012 performance at Studio 4 (Maida Vale) on BBC Radio 1’s Rock Show, highlights the quartet’s live prowess and gives the collection of songs an entirely new dynamic.
The release is available digitally and as a highly limited edition 12” with a B-side featuring a silkscreen of John Baizley’s iconic swan image. The track listing is as follows:
1. Take My Bones Away
2. March To The Sea
4. The Line Between More...
German doom kingpins Obelyskkh’s debut LP, "Mount Nysa," set the hooks into the stoner/doom underworld’s jaws, and the 2012 follow-up, "White Lightnin" hoisted them a notch above countless contemporaries.
Now, less than a year after the release of "White Lightnin," Obelyskkh is anxious to pummel the population with the quartet’s most prophetic audio destruction to date. The following press release was issued about the comign album:
"Since 2008, Obelyskkh has held a solid reputation within their respective scene, each album delivering a more intense and expanded take on their visionary practices. People gave them all kinds of shit for taking like three years to release a record, but as soon as Mount Nysa was born the praise poured in. The accolades magnified on last year’s White Lightnin’, a crushing, sludge-strewn masterpiece produced by Billy Anderson saw the band crawling out of the underground and gaining somewhat more above ground visibility. More...
Swedish heavy metal giants Sabaton have announced the title and the release date of the band's first ever DVD/Blu Ray offering. Commented the band:
“We can now confirm the release date of the DVD/Blu Ray we recorded last year. It will be released on September 20, 2013 via Nuclear Blast.
"And... The title of our first ever real DVD/Blu Ray release is 'Swedish Empire Live.' More details will follow soon.
"We can tell you that we have watched this countless times and feel very proud and cannot wait to share all this with all of you. You are in for a great surprise!“
Stay tuned for more info to be revealed soon. You can also catch Sabaton live: More...
The brand new music video from Asking Alexandria for "The Death Of Me" is now available online. Watch "The Death of Me" below.
The track is off Asking Alexandria's upcoming album "From Death To Destiny," which hits stores August 6th, 2013. A teaser trailer for the album can be found here, and you can catch the band live:
8/6-Fargo, ND @ The Venue
8/7-Des Moines, IA @ Wooly's
8/8-Bloomington, IL @ Castle Theatre
8/9-Louisville, KY @ Expo Five (w/o MIW)
8/10-Birch Run, MI @ Dirt Fest
8/12-Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
8/13-Columbia, MO @ Blue Note
8/14-Little Rock, AR @ The Rev Room
8/16-Kokomo, IN @ Center Stage
8/17-Madison, WI @ WJJO Bandcamp
As Twitching Tongues’ gritty sophomore LP "In Love There Is No Law" nears release, another single from the album has been leaked via Decibel. Listen to the "World War V" track below. The following press release was also issued about the album:
"In Love There Is No Law was recorded, produced and mixed by guitarist Taylor Young at The Pit, then mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege, and along with the rest of the album, the third track “World War V” boasts the instantly recognizable style of melding brooding melody with monolithic riffs in the depressed but enraged Twitching Tongues fashion. It also throws down some of the most prominently angst-fueled vocals and pit-driven NYHC-inspired chugging these mercenaries drop throughout the entire LP as multiple vocal styles layer and build with the churning emotional undertow.
"Upstate New York-based Closed Casket Activities is preparing for the disbursement of In Love There Is No Law on August 20th, and today makes pre-orders for all formats of the album available; check out the package options and more here.
"Shortly after returning stateside from their massive ongoing European tour alongside Harm’s Way, Twitching Tongues will embark on their recently announced On Tour There Is No Law, invading more than thirty cities across the US and Canada between September 13th and October 14th. Support will be provided by Stigmata and Turnstile on select dates and by Downpresser and Angel Du$t for the entire tour, which will include a stop at Reading, Pennsylvania-based hardcore gathering Tsunami Fest on September 29th." More...
New Jersey's emerging metal outfit Gyre has released the new EP "Second Circle" today on Monolithic Records. "Second Circle" can be downloaded now via Bandcamp here and you can stream the tracks below.
Commented the band, "Everyone in Gyre is so excited to finally release our second EP 'Second Circle' through Monolithic Records. The music on the EP is a testament to five guys' year worth of frustration, learning, adapting and, ultimately, enjoyment and creation.
"We are so grateful to everyone at themonolith.com for believing in us and showing us the support we were always looking for. We appreciate all the kind words we have received so far: from writers to people at shows, to family and friends. The positivity makes us want to create more and more.
"We understand that no band is an island. This band's journey off our little island has just begun. Our musical tentacle web is now in the weaving."
1. All Revealing Eye
2. Ever Devourer
3. Circle to Feed
4. I, Receiving All More...
The earthmoving third LP from Texas-terrors Mammoth Grinder, known as "Underworlds," is today available to the general public, the band’s first release for 20 Buck Spin.
Pitchfork is today hosting the entire album stream. Explore the "Underworlds" right here. The following press release was also issued about the album:
"Underworlds marks a peak at which Mammoth Grinder have sharpened and perfected their sound into a seething grind/death/thrash maelstrom of intense degree; unrelenting in its concentrated raw precision and focused power, Underworlds careens violently through ten tracks with effortless versatility and the fixated songcraft expected of a band on their third record. The band commissioned the legendary Joe Petagno (Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Motörhead, Marduk) to deliver the album’s gritty cover artwork.
"The CD and digital versions of Underworlds are available now and both the standard black edition and the limited blue mailorder-only vinyl will be in-house by the end of the week. In conjunction with the release of Underworlds, later this week Mammoth Grinder will take their thunder down-under on a run of Australian dates alongside Innumerable Forms.
"Immediately upon their stateside return they’ll tour the West Coast US including a performance at The Power Of The Riff alongside The Obsessed, Final Conflict, From Ashes Rise, Black Breath, M.D.C., Iceburn, Bastard Noise, Dead In The Dirt and more." More...
Kataklysm has checked in with the following update about the artwork and formats for the band's upcoming album:
"Kataklysm will release two different incredible artworks for the new album 'Waiting For The End To Come' by two acclaimed artists, one by Eliran Kantor (Testament, Hatebreed) and the other by Peter Sallai (Sabaton) with different formats: CD, deluxe digipak, LP and including a return to a limited edition cassette format (just like back in the day)!
"We are anxious to release these new artworks to you guys, maybe next month? The new album is in mixing mode with producer Zeuss (Suffocation, Hatebreed, Soulfly, White Chapel). Looking like a promising year for the mighty Kataklysm and a return to pure power. A world tour is in the works."
The band also recently announced filming will commence in August for “a very ambitious & sick" video clip for the song "Elevate" from forthcoming concept album "Waiting For The End To Come." The album is due out in October, with further details forthcoming.
A new playthrough video is now available online from Las Vegas act Shattered Spectrum. Check out the "Precursor of One" clip below. Shattered Spectrum also recently commented on recruiting a new drummer:
"After a few weeks of searching we are proud to announce Zack Bovice as our new drummer! He's a long time friend of Chason and is exactly what this band needs to thrive. He'll be playing our next show with Decrepit Birth so GET STOKED!"
Fumigation - your death metal pest control specialists from Ottawa, ON - plan to release a first full-length album titled "Integrated Pest Management" this coming August 20th, 2013.
Pre-orders for the album are now available at this location, and a teaser trailer can be found below.
Arven will release new album "Black Is The Colour" this coming August 23rd, 2013 via Massacre Records. The band has now checked in with the following announcement about a guest appearance:
"We are proud to announce that Stefan Schmidt of Van Canto performs as a guest vocalist on the new Arven-Album 'Black Is The Colour!' There will be a blistering duet along with Carina on the song 'The One For Me!' Beside that, Stefan is part of our true little Choir on the album. Thank you, Stef!" More...
The Dillinger Escape Plan has released a new live video for “Hero Of the Soviet Union,” taken from the band's new album “One Of Us Is The Killer" (reviewed here).
The Dillinger Escape Plan is currently demolishing venues across America on The Summer Slaughter tour with Norma Jean, Animals As Leaders, Periphery and more. You can also see the band live on these U.K. dates:
10/31 Brighton, Concorde 2 (Dillinger! On Halloween!)
11/1 Cardiff, Solus
11/2 Leeds, The Cockpit
11/4 Aberdeen, Garage
11/5 Glasgow, Garage
11/6 Manchester, Academy 2
11/7 Wolverhampton, Slade Rooms
11/8 London, Koko
11/9 Nottingham, Rock City
Avulsed has today released the first advance song from the coming "Ritual Zombi" album, due out September 1st, 2013. Give "Dead Flesh Awakened" a listen through the player below. The full album's track listing is as follows:
1. Dawn of Apocalypse (Intro)
2. Dead Flesh Awakened
4. ...Was Not My Blood
5. Horrified by Repulsion
7. Elegy for the Rotting (Interlude)
8. Unborn of the Undead
10. Zombie Ritual (DEATH)
11. Cannivegan Corpse
12. Cult of the Living Dead
13. Devoured and Forgotten (Outro)
Germany's Retaliation has checked in with the following announcement about bassist Heiko Heckner sustaining an injury and missing a festival appearance:
"We are very dismayed to inform you that our bass player Heiko will not be able to join us at the Eisenwahn Festival 2013.
"Everything struck at a dispute with ultra gay seal. The little fucker had insulted our bass player who, on the contrary wasn't quite willing to arbitrate the argument, lost his temper and punched the seal in its face. Unfortunately for him, he broke his arm at this attempt and ultra gay seal´s supernatural reflexes allowed him to land a critical bite to Heiko's left leg. Long story short. Heiko is now hospitalized, eating tons of ice cream and having the time of his life while recuperating from his wounds. The photo at the bottom was taken so you can mirror the recent events.
"At this point we want to wish Heiko all the best for his recovery. Get well soon!" More...
U.K. death/doom act Vallenfyre, featuring Paradise Lost guitarist Gregor Mackintosh, are deep into writing the follow up to the break out Century Media Records debut "A Fragile King."
Mackintosh posted the following update, including tentative new song titles, on the band's Facebook Page: "We are currently well into writing our follow up album to "A Fragile King", and thought we would share some tentative song titles with you."
'The Wolves of Sin'
'Dragged to Gehenna'
'The Great Divide'
"Just to name a few.
"We are hoping to record later this year and we are currently looking at where we want to record it and who with. We want to make it even dirtier than our debut and it would be cool to hear what your recent, favourite extreme productions are."
More information on the album is sure to follow.
Dream Theater has released a third in-studio clip from the recording process of the band's upcoming self-titled album, due out September 24th, 2013. In this one, guitarist John Petrucci takes the time to go over many of the songs on the band's forthcoming record in detail.
You can also watch the previously posted second clip in the series at this location, which the album's track listing and artwork are available after the jump.
Antarctic gods GWAR are set to return to the realms of man and reclaim their vice-like grip on the throat of humanity after spending the last year and a half working on their follow-up to 2011's "Bloody Pit of Horror."
The new recording, "Battle Maximus," is GWAR's first full-length studio effort since the loss of their longtime guitar player, Flattus Maximus, and is set to hit the streets on September 17th on Metal Blade Records.
Check out the first track, "Madness at the Core of Time" at this location.
"This album is both a tribute to Flattus and a telling of the next chapter in the story of GWAR," said warty front-thing Oderus Urungus. "The combo of the brand new album and show should satisfy even the most hardcore Flattus devotee with the fact that GWAR's slay-skills are as supreme as ever, and the band stands poised to embark on our most earth-shattering world tour yet. We have mourned, we have honored, and now it's time to fucking DEVASTATE in the name of Flattus and the supreme entity that is GWAR."
Oderus continued..."This is our first record in our brand-new Slave Pit Studios, which Flattus had a lead role in designing, but without him we had no one left to twiddle the buttons, much less play the blazing metal leads and provide the musical direction that rescued GWAR from the depths of clown-band obscurity. I mean, Balsac is no slouch, but Flattus' departure left a huge hole in our band. We had no choice. We had to blow the Horn of Hate..."
The Horn of Hate is an ancient Slave Pit contraption that summons all the Scumdogs in the Universe in the unlikely event that one of them is killed in battle, disintegrated, or becomes a Mormon. As the cosmic tones echoed throughout the universe (which unfortunately sounds like a giant duck-fart), the Maximus tribe answered the call by traveling to Earth to wage the mighty "Battle Maximus," a musical trial-by-combat for the right to follow in the footsteps of Flattus. When the dust had settled, but one Scumdog remained standing...the zit-encrusted and undeniably shred-tastic Pustulus Maximus. More...
In support of the new release "Winter Kills," California groove metallers DevilDriver will be hitting the road this fall on a co-headlining tour with Trivium.
Trivium will also be on the road in support of a new release, details on which will be announced soon. Support on the tour will come from After the Burial and Sylosis. Everything kicks off in Boise, ID on September 12th and rolls through October 17th in San Diego, CA
Devildriver Frontman Dez Fafara cannot wait to be back on the road in North America: "It's been almost a year since Devildriver have toured the US. I am Stoked to finally be getting the chance to go back out and hit the road with 'The Groove Machine!' More...
Brazilian power metal act Hibria announced that the band's latest LP "Silent Revenge," expected for release on July 26th in Europe, will see a North American release date on September 10th via AFM Records.
The new album marks the first studio release for new guitarist Renato Osório (Scelerata). Check out the latest music video for the title track here:
Sweden's Mad Architect, formed in 2011 by guitarist Magnus Daun and featuring Sabaton drummer Snowy Shaw (Notre Dame/Ex-King Diamond) on vocals, is streaming the entire debut album "Journey To Madness." The album drops today via Supertzar Records and is available through all digital retail outlets.
Mad Architect is:
Vocals: Snowy Shaw
Guitars: Magnus Daun
Bass: Erik Ferentinos
Drums: Zven Lindten
Keyboards: Jorgen Oscarsson
Check out the album here: More...
Monster Magnet is back! The band has confirmed an October 15th North American release date for their new album entitled "Last Patrol" via Napalm Records. Today, Monster Magnet has unveiled the artwork and track list for the release. Dave Wyndorf and Phil Caivano produced Last Patrol, while Evil Joe Barresit mixed the album with additional production duties handled by Matt Hyde. The artwork was created by Johun Sumrow with consultation coming from Chris Ryall and designs by Ryan Clark for Invisible Creatures Inc. The album will be available as a Limited Edition CD, standard CD, 2LP and digital format.
In support of "Last Patrol," Monster Magnet will be embark on a full-blown North American Tour! Although the band has toured Europe relentlessly over the past decade, this is Monster Magnet's first full North American tour in over 10 years! The band is eager to hit the road in the states for the first time in what seems like forever. Prepare to hear Monster Magnet classics and new cuts from "Last Patrol" for the first time live! Support will come from Prosthetic Records artist Zodiac. The tour is scheduled to kick off November 14th in Grand Rapids, MI and will run through December 14th in New York, NY (see dates below).
Frontman Dave Wyndorf checked in with his thoughts about Last Patrol: "Last Patrol is a return to our roots in terms of vibe and recording style. It's full-on psychedelic space-rock with a 60's garage feel, recorded almost exclusively with vintage guitars, amps and effects in our hometown of Red Bank, NJ. The songs are a kind of Space-Noir, tales of cosmic revenge, peaking libidos, alienation and epic strangeness. It's a weird trip through the back alleys of a dark, retro-future, which not by coincidence very much resembles my own life. (laughs) The lyrics aren't fantasy really, rather a recounting of my musings on, observations of and general emotional reaction to my life and environment during a 1 week writing period in February of 2013. But I tend to use the vernacular and imagery of science fiction and surrealism to express myself and that's where these lyrics get trippy. There's also our cover version of Donovan's "Three Kingfishers" which I thought fit the mood of the album." More...
Greek gothic doom act Daylight Misery has revealed the artwork for the band's upcoming sophomore effort "The Great Absence" (shown below). The album is targeted for release in the fall of 2013 via I For An I Records.
The artwork was created by Seth Siro Anton:
Germany's Thunder And Lightning posted a lyric video for the new track "Torn In Two." the son appears on the new LP "In Charge of the Scythe." The album is set to drop via Hammersound Records on August 23, 2013. The album is a conceptual release about Mary, a girl who kills the Grim Reaper and takes over his duties.
The track listing for the album is:
1. Booster Shot
2. The Unborn Truth (streaming here)
3. Wheel of Life
4. The Last Rite
5. Torn in Two
6. In Charge of the Scythe
7. The Day May Come
8. End of the Road
9. Soldier's Tired Eyes
10. Two Sons in My Sky
Check out "Torn In Two" here: More...
Virginia traditional metal act Volture have revealed the track list and album artwork for the upcoming debut LP "On the Edge." The album is set for release on September 13th via High Roller Records.
Volture is the brainchild of bassist Ryan Waste (known for his work with Municipal Waste) and guitarist Nick Poulus (Ex-Cannabis Corpse). Both got together to form the band in Richmond, VA in November 2008. The song writing leaned towards traditional Euro/US Metal and the New Wave of British Heavy Metal. The two friends were joined by drummer Barry Cover and vocalist Brent Hubbard (who was later replaced by Jack Bauer). The band's debut mini album "Shocking Its Prey" was issued in early 2010. Quickly after its release Dave Boyd of Twisted Tower Dire fame joined as a second guitarist. The "Rulebreaker" 7" single (plus video clip) followed in 2011 (including a brilliant cover version of Gotham City's "Killer Angels" on the flipside of the vinyl).
Volture continued to tour the United States and Canada throughout 2010/2011. In 2012, the band appeared at the prestigious Keep It True festival. Shortly thereafter the band inked a deal with High Roller Records. The result is the full-length debut album entitled "On The Edge", containing nine highly energetic traditional heavy metal anthems - from "Ride The Nite" all the way through to "Rock You Hard".
Ryan Waste commented: "'On The Edge' is the total heavy metal package. In comparison to the mini-album and the single the themes are a little more involved and the song writing has gotten a bit more complex. Although we never want to stray too far away from our original direction, I think it's important to grow. We will always play traditional heavy metal and that will never change!." More...
German technical thrash act Protector is back with the band's first full length album in 22 years. The new album will be entitled "Reanimated Homunculus," and is scheduled for release on September 13th via High Roller Records. The album is the band's fifth studio album, the follow up to 1993's "The Heritage."
"With a sound uncompromising and aggressive like burning sulphur, they should have been ranked among the bigger names in German Thrash. Sure, any thrasher worth his salt heard about 'Protector Of Death,' 'Misanthropy,' 'Golem' and 'Urm The Mad,' but still, Protector never really grew beyond their underground status before they disbanded in 2003. The resurrection of Protector began in 2011 with a demo and a split single, and now the time has come for a new full-length album. On 'Reanimated Homunculus,' the band returns to its roots in the early eighties, turning away from the deathier path they used to walk in the nineties.'
Vocalist Martin Missy reveals some more details: "It will be a mix of brand new songs, including the first two songs I have ever written for Protector, and some songs that have already been released on the demo and the split between 2011 and 2012, and an old Protector song from 2000 that we have made our own version of. We've tried to keep it old school, to keep the raw feeling of the songs. We wanted an 80's thrash metal sound, and I hope we have succeeded with that." More...
Australian power thrash act Taberah have set Friday, September 13th as the worldwide release date for the new album, "Necromancer," via Dust On The Tracks Records.
The new CD was engineered by Theo B (Scorpion), produced and mixed by Joe Haley (Psycroptic) and mastered by Australian Metal Icon "Stu Marshall" (Death Dealer, Empires Of Eden, Dungeon, Paindivision). The artwork was made by Hannah Flowers, who is a talented Tasmanian tattoo artist (seen over at this location).
The track listing for "Necromancer" is:
2. Dying Wish
3. Burning in the Moonlight
6. Don’t Say You'll Love Me
7. For King and Country
8. One Goon Bag Later
9. The Hammer of Hades
10. My Dear Lord
11. Burn (Bonus Track)
The track "2012" is streaming here: More...
Italian power/progressive band Bejelit has decided to call it quits after the band's performance at Metalwar Fest on September 17th in Budepest, Hungary. In a statement on the band's official Facebook page, it states:
"After a long and thoughtful meditation Bejelit have decided to end their activity. We would like sincerely to thank everyone who supported us during these years and everyone who worked with us. We will end our journey together playing at the Metalwar Fest in Budapest on the 7th September 2013. Cheers from Bejelit.
Sandro, Fabio, Giulio, Marco, Luca"
Bejelit was formed in 2000 and in thirteen years the band issued two demos, four full length albums and two EP's, including the latest, ironically entitled "Don't Give Up." The latest full length release was "Emerge" in 2012 (see review over here). More...