Metal News for July 25, 2011
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After completing his North American tour with Children of Bodom, Obscura, and Septicflesh, Devin Townsend will now be traveling abroad for the rest of the summer, playing various European festivals and solo acoustic dates. Come October, he'll also be back in the States for another tour.
The Devin Towsend Project will be hitting the road this fall on a headlining tour, with supporting acts to soon be announced. Dates for the tour are listed below, and Canadian dates will be revealed shortly.
Oct. 12-Sound Stage-Baltimore, MD
Oct. 13-The Note-Philadelphia, PA
Oct. 14-Rock And Shock-Worcester, MA
Oct. 15-The Chance-Poughkeepsie, NY
Oct. 16-The Altar-Pittsburgh, PA
Oct. 17-Peabody's-Cleveland, OH
Oct. 18-Harpo's-Detroit, MI
Oct. 19-Reggie's-Chicago, IL
Oct. 21-Black Sheep-Colorado Springs, CO
Oct. 22-Marquis-Denver, CO
Oct. 24-Troubadour-Los Angeles, CA
Oct. 25-Slim's-San Francisco, CA
Oct. 27-Hawthorne-Portland, OR
Oct. 28-El Corazon-Seattle, WA
Warbringer is set to release the new album "Worlds Torn Asunder" on September 27th, 2011. In anticipation of the upcoming release, Warbringer has now teamed-up with Hails and Horns for the world premiere of the album's first single, "Living Weapon." To hear the new track, head over to this location. Warbringer also recently announced an upcoming headlining North American tour, with details available here.
The track-list and artwork for "Worlds Torn Asunder" are below.
1. Living Weapon
2. Shattered Like Glass
3. Wake Up...Destroy
4. Future Ages Gone
6. Treacherous Tongue
7. Echoes From The Void
8. Enemies of the State
9. Behind the Veils of Night (instrumental)
10. Demonic Ecstasy
Canadian folk metal clan Scythia has posted a new video teaser for the band's upcoming album "...Of Exile." The video clip can be viewed below, along with the new album's cover artwork and track listing. "...Of Exile" is set to drop on September 23rd, 2011.
Dave Khan, vocalist/guitarist for Scythia, commented on the album: "We are very excited for our upcoming release. This album really defines Scythia's sound through dynamic orchestration, cinematic soundscapes and the use of narration. These elements combine to bring the listener deep into a world of battle and betrayal."
2. Spirit of the Quest
3. Sleeping Village
4. Forgotten Forest
5. Fallen King
6. Voice of the Sword
7. For the King
9. Dies Irae II
10. Hobarth's Inn
Mourning Caress has issued the following announcement about signing to MDD Records for the release of a new album:
"We are happy to announce the signing with German label MDD Records. Our third album 'Deep Wounds, Bright Scars' will most likely be released early November 2011. To shorten the time of waiting we uploaded the new song 'Panic' to our Facebook and MySpage pages for you. Enjoy one of the heavist tunes we've ever written.
"In September we will present you another new track called 'Wastelands Within.' It's a a very special one for us, since it features guest vocals by the mighty Mikael Stanne from Dark Tranquillity. So you better watch out!"
Iwrestledabearonce is currently streaming the entire new album "Ruining it For Everybody" through AOL's CD listening party website here. "Ruining it For Everybody" is set for release on July 26th, 2011 through Century Media Records, and the full album stream will be available until Sunday, July 31st.
Iwrestledabearonce is currently touring North America on The All Stars Tour with Emmure, Alesana, Born Of Osiris, and Bless The Fall through August 27th. Following The All Stars Tour, the band will head north for two shows in Alaska.
The track listing is as follows:
1. Next Visible Delicious
2. You Know That Ain’t Them Dogs’ Real Voices
3. Deodorant Can’t Fix Ugly
4. This Head Music Makes My Eyes Rain
5. It Is “Bro” Isn’t It?
6. Gold Jacket, Green Jacket
7. Break It Down Camacho
8. Stay to the Right
9. I’m Gonna Shoot
10. Karate Nipples
11. Button It Up More...
Each week with Unearthing the Metal Underground, we shine the spotlight onto three bands that may not have had a chance to hit your musical radar yet. This week we’re taking another look into a unique blend of styles that show how not every metal band has to scream about Satan or politics or personal struggles.
After previously looking at underground folk metal in general last year and then folk metal specifically from the Andes, we’re now delving into three bands that all share a love of Celtic and pagan themes, as well as a desire to mix traditional instruments with abrasive black metal or melodic power metal.
Whether you are looking for a night of fun drinking in a folk atmosphere, an in-your-face dose of extreme metal that draws from other influences, or even a more melodic and calm experience, these three bands show what Canada, Arizona, and the U.K. have to offer in the world of folk metal.
For our first trek into folk-laced metal we’ll take a look at Canadian act Trollband, which recently released the debut album “In The Shadow of a Mountain” (reviewed here). The band has now made the album available as a completely free download to get the music out to a wider audience.
In conjunction with the album’s review, Metalunderground.com conducted an interview with Trollband to discuss the band’s decision to give away the release and other topics, such as the many guest musicians appearing on “In the Shadow of a Mountain.” The interview is available for viewing here.
Splitting the difference between a harsher act like Finntroll and a more melodic band like Equilibrium, Trollband has plenty of symphonic black metal mayhem to keep the heads banging, even while a host of folksy sounds keep the music grounded in a more traditional style. To hear more of Trollband you can check out the band’s MySpace page, or listen to the songs “Heathen Blood” or “Nidhoggr” in the clips below.
Professionally filmed video footage of TESTAMENT's July 24 performance at the Heavy T.O. festival at Downsview Park in Toronto, Ontario, Canada has been posted online. Check it out below:
As previously reported, Testament has announced the title of their upcoming new album
Karma to Burn is hitting the road once again, trekking across the United States next month. The band's first U.S. dates supporting the new album "V," released this June by Napalm Records, Karma to Burn's latest tour will see the act playing 20 dates total. You can also check out Karma to Burn's previously uploaded music video for "Cynics" at this location.
The currently confirmed dates are as follows:
August 23rd - Salt Lake City, UT @ Burt's Tiki Lounge ail.com
August 24th - Denver, CO @ 3 Kings Tavern
August 25th - Wichita, KS @ Blue Lounge
August 26th - Tulsa, OK @ Jake's Downtown Lounge
August 27th - Lafayette, LA @ Slammin' Salmon
August 28th - New Orleans, LA @ Siberia
August 29th - Birmingham, AL @ Venue TBA *Tentative Show*
August 30th - Charlotte, NC @ Tremont Music Hall
August 31st - Atlanta, GA @ Star Bar
September 1st - Asheville, NC @ One Stop Deli / Music Hall
September 2nd - Huntington, WV @ Shamrock's
September 3rd - Lexington, KY @ The Green Lantern
September 4th - Morgantown, WV @ 123 Pleasant Street
September 5th - Frederick, MD @ Krug's Place
September 6th - Asbury Park, NJ @ The Saint
September 7th - Allston, MA @ Great Scott
September 8th - Brooklyn, NY @ St. Vitus Bar
September 9th - Kent, OH @ The Outpost
September 10th - Charleston, WV @ Sound Factory
September 24th - Covington, KY @ Mad Hatter "EVIL ROBOTOTHON"
Germany's Goregast has issued the following announcement about the release of the band's new album:
"Yes guys finally we can announce the official 'Desechos Humanos' release date. It will be released through FDA Rekotz on the 9th day of September, 2011! Only a few weeks to wait and to get a really classic, brutal and morbid piece of death metal musick!"
The "Desechos Humanos " track listing is as follows:
1. Desechos Humanos
2. Puerco de Dinero
3. Honor the Dead
4. Corta la Coleta
5. Nice Guy Next Door
6. Necrophagic Pathologist
7. The Boozer
9. Unslave Yourself
Wolves in the Throne Room's fourth full-length album "Celestial Lineage" has been completed and is nearing its September 13th, 2011 release date via Southern Lord Records. The band has now revealed the cover artwork and track listing for the album, which can be viewed below. The cover art for "Celestial Lineage" was created by photographic artist Alison Scarpulla, and the package designed by Aaron Turner (Isis, Twilight, Hydra Head Records). T
1. Thuja Magus Imperium
2. Permanent Changes in Consciousness
3. Subterranean Initiation
4. Rainbow Illness
5. Woodland Cathedral
6. Astral Blood
7. Prayer of Transformation
In celebration of the new album, Wolves in the Throne Room will take to the road throughout North America in several waves to kick off the touring cycle in support of "Celestial Lineage." Dates are as follows: More...
The Prophecy 23 has posted a video clip online showing the band rehearsing for upcoming shows and talking about Wacken Open Air and the new song "Princess Of Gorleben." You can check out the clip below.
The Prophecy 23 is also currently working on a new album. The band's latest update about the upcoming album can be found here.
Almah recently finished recording the new album "Motion" at Norcal Studios in São Paulo. The band has now posted two new video clips online from the recording process, which can be found below. The "Motion" cover artwork is also available after the jump.
Ophidian Forest has issued the following announcement about releasing a split album with Greek act Pyrifleyethon:
"Pyrifleyethon / Ophidian Forest split CD called 'Summoning of the Igneous;' is available for order. It consists of an intro and six new tracks (three tracks by each band). Excellent Greek old school black metal meets something you haven't quite heard from Ophidian Forest, or any other band, before."
The cover artwork can be viewed below.
The organizers of Great Britain's Damnation Festival, which will take place on November 5th at Leeds University Union in Leeds, England, have announced four more additions for this year's edition of the event. British thrasher Evile will be performing at the festival, as will new confirmations Turisas, Xerath and A Man Called Catten.
You can check out a poster featuring the updated lineup below. More...
Sweden's The Quill will release the band's first album "Full Circle" in over five years tomorrow via Metalville Records. MetalInsider.net is hosting a stream of the entire album, which can be heard by heading over here.
Recently the band members also took the time to provide a track-by-track description of "Full Circle." You can check out the track breakdown after the jump.
All Shall Perish has posted behind-the-scenes footage online from the band's time shooting a music video for "There Is Nothing Left," which is off the band's new album "This is Where it Ends." You can check out the clip below.
"This is Where it Ends" hits stores on July 26th in North America and July 29, 2011 (Europe) via 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
Kittie has revealed the first of many behind the scenes clips of the band hard at work on the upcoming record "I've Failed You," which is due out August 30th. You can check out the clip below.
The band will "I've Failed You" on August 30th, 2011 via eOne Music. For this effort, Kittie enlisted the talents of Siegfried "Siggy" Meier at Beach Road Studios in Goderich Ontario who took on producing rolls.
Kittie recently shot a music video for the new song "We Are The Lamb" 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. More...
Denmark's E'nemia has checked in with the following announcement about replacing the band's drummer and vocalist:
"In a resounding strike of misfortune, E’nemia, with heavy hearts, said goodbye to both drummer Jonas and vocalist Nichlas after more than 2 years of good times We wish them all the best and hope their paths in life will lead them to their dreams
"But even on the ropes did the remaining three members even think of quitting the fight for one second and so, we – Casper, Tommy and Rune – started searching for replacements
"Not only do we now have the pleasure of presenting two new members We have the pleasure of presenting two new friends who have allowed E’nemia to not only recover but to stand stronger than ever.
"With a proud heart, E’nemia, welcomes vocalist Carsten Albrektsen and drummer Christoffer Andersen into the family and are now back in the fight."
You can also check out E'nemia's music and find more info on the outfit by heading over to the band's Facebook page.
U.K. based act Telepathy is currently offering the band's new EP "Fracture" for streaming and as a free download. You can check out the release by heading over to the Telepathy Bandcamp page. The EP's title track can also be heard in the player below.
The "Fracture" track listing is as follows:
5. Minus Ten
Revolver Magazine has hosted a worldwide premiere of Battlecross's upcoming full-length debut "Pursuit of Honor," which is scheduled to hit North American record shelves on August 2nd.
"Our mindset was to deliver a no bullshit, straight to the point, bang your head, relentless punishment kind of record. I want this album to give people chills. Like driving 90 in a 40 mph speed zone and not even realizing it. We want people to feel like they can take on the world after listening to this record," commented the band of the record.
To check out Pursuit of Honor in its entirety, point your browser to this location. The stream will run from July 25th to August 1st, the day before the record hits streets.
The band's first music video for the track "Push, Pull, Destroy" is set to premiere online on August 2nd. "Push, Pull, Destroy" was shot by Roy Warner Creative & Videography on location at the Yankee Air Museum, located on the grounds of the Willow Run Airport. It was at Willow Run where Henry Ford mobilized his manufacturing base to contribute to the war efforts by mass producing the B-24 Liberators that provided American Air Power to win WWII for the Allies.
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
The upcoming "Sermon of Underground Brutality" show will be taking place on January 15th, 2012 in Birmingham, U.K. and is set to feature Hecate Enthroned as the headlining act.
U.K. based gothic metal band Immortal Empire has also issued the following update about the show:
"Immortal Empire has been included in an all day extreme metal event held in January 2012 in Birmingham with a whole bunch of extreme metal acts including Hecate Enthroned, Eastern Front, Abgott and many more."
You can also find additional details by heading over to the Sermon of Underground Brutality Facebook event page.
After more than three decades of delivering heavy metal to the masses, Jag Panzer has officially decided to call it quits.
"We are proud of every album we released and the support we've received from the heavy metal community," states guitarist and founder Mark Briody. " We've played so many places around the world and enjoyed every minute of it but the time has come where we just cannot move forward as a band."
Guitarist Christian Lasegue left the band last month to pursue his degree full time. "Christian did an amazing job on The Scourge of the Light and it was a pleasure working with him," continues Briody. "We wished Christian well but kept this quiet until we found a replacement."
Drummer Rikard Stjernquist says, "Several guitar players applied for the job. It was a pleasant surprise to see so many young guitarists with advanced chops. One player, 19 year old Jake Dreyer, submitted videos of him nailing solos from both Chris Broderick and Christian Lasegue. We were ready to welcome Jake into the band but unfortunately that will not happen. There is no doubt in any of our minds that Jake will go on to be a household name in his own right."
Bassist John Tetley adds a final statement: "In closing, we'd like to send out a huge heartfelt THANK YOU to metal fans throughout the world. You all rule!"
You can also find Jag Panzer's video clip for the song "Burn," which debuted online back in March, by heading over to this location.
World Under Blood is set to release the new album "Tactical" (reviewed here) on July 26th (North America) and July 29th, 2011 (Europe) via Nuclear Blast Records. The band has now posted a preview of the album online, which can be heard in the player below.
Furor Gallico, which recently signed to Massacre Records, will release the band's debut self-titled album on July 29, 2011. The track listing and cover artwork for the album are available below.
2. Venti di Imbolc
3. Ancient Rites
5. The Gods Have Returned
6. Golden Spiral
8. Miracolous Child
10. Bright Eyes
11. La Caccia Morta
13. The Glorious Dawn
Saxon's new album "Call To Arms" has already dropped in Europe, and the album is planned for release on September 27th, 2011 for North America. The band has now issued the following brief update about the release dates for Japan and Brazil:
"Call To Arms will be in stores in Japan on the 25th of July and hit the stores in Brazil and Argentina on the 25th of August. Check out your local dealer or get ready for the download!"
You can also check out the "Hammer of the Gods" music video, which is taken off the new album, by heading over to this location.
A Dream of Poe has announced the band will be hitting the road in November, 2011 for a string of European tour dates alongside Helevorn and Bellator. The shows kick off on November 10th and will come to a close on November 19th, with the following three dates already confirmed:
Friday the 11th of November A Dream of Poe will be opening for the 11th Hour and Spina Bifida at the Dutch Doom Days festival in Rotterdam, Netherlands.
Saturday the 12 pf November Helevorn will be climbing the stage with the Greek act Shattered Hope and many more bands to be confirmed.
Saturday the 19 of November the entire package will hit the stage in Lokeren (Belgium), together with the mighty Pantheist.
More dates and additional details will be made available shortly.
Legendary KISS guitarist Ace Frehley has been announced as a special guest for the October Rock 'N Shock Festival in Worcester, Mass.
Frehley, who will meet and greet fans and sign memorabilia, joins an impressive lineup of stars of all things horror and sci-fi, including Robert Englund (aka Freddie Krueger), Kane Hodder (Jason in "Friday the 13th"), Gary Busey ("Predator 2," "Pirhanna 3D") and scream queens Heather Lagenkamp ("A Nightmare on Elm Street") and Camille Keaton ("I Spit on Your Grave").
The three-day festival, which takes place at the DCU Center and the Palladium in Worcester, annually features several metal bands. Past performers have included Type O Negative, GWAR, Misfits, Meshuggah, Mushroomhead, The Haunted and Devil Driver.
Bands for this year's festival, which runs from Oct. 14-16, have yet to be announced. You can find more details at the Rock 'n Shock website here.
From the Boston Herald:
Coheed and Cambria bassist Michael Todd was set free on bail early today, two weeks after his shocking arrest for allegedly robbing an Attleboro (Mass.) pharmacy hours before a show.
Todd, 30, was freed on $25,000 bail at midnight from the Dartmouth House of Corrections, said Bernie Sullivan, spokesman for Bristol Sheriff Thomas Hodgson.
It was unknown this morning who posted bail for the New York-bred rocker.
Read the full article at Boston Herald.
World Under Blood is the new melodic death metal project from CKY frontman Deron Miller. Joining forces with metal drummer extraordinaire Tim Yeung, Miller has put together an album in “Tactical” that represents his vision of the genre. The band’s debut is aggressive, full of great solos, a tight production from James Murphy, and some of the catchiest vocal lines heard so far this year.
Most will be surprised by what Miller can do with this style of music, a far cry from his work with CKY. I had the chance to speak to Miller about how World Under Blood came about, his thoughts on the current state of the music industry, and an update on the status of the Death tribute project he is a part of. More...
Aittala has posted the first new music video online from the band's new album, "Haunt Your Flesh." The video is for the song "'Juliet" and was directed by Blake Faucette (All Aces Media) and Justin Reich (The Antimatter Studio). Check it out below:
Chicago based hard rock outfit Disturbed will be placing themselves on hiatus after they finish performing at this year's Rockstar Energy Mayhem festival according to lead singer David Draiman, citing unspecified personal issues within the group. He claimed that the band has no plans to tour in 2012 and that they have no immediate plans to regroup after the Rockstar tour.
Speaking to Idaho radio station KQXR, Draiman stated: "We don't know what we're doing... We're not gonna do our own thing either. This is gonna be the last tour that the American people get to see us in for a while, if not indefinitely. We have some things going on internally, we have some personal things going on. So I don't know. It's hard to tell."
More information on the situation will be revealed as it becomes available.
Spiritual Beggars has checked in with the following recap of the band's appearance at the Tuska Open Air festival:
"Just returned home from the Tuska Open Air Metal Festival in Finland - amazing vibe there! Sadly this was our last live performance for awhile.
"We'd like to say a big THANK YOU to all the music lovers who came and rocked with us at the 2011 European summer festivals!
"We had a blast playing these shows and being Spiritual Beggars again… Making new music with the 'Return To Zero' (2010) album and playing shows in Japan, Greece, Belgium, France and Finland was pure, unadulterated fun!
"Spiritual Beggars also wishes to salute our fabulous crew: Eddie, Clem, Dirk, Marina… The label people at InsideOut (Europe) and Trooper Entertainment (Japan) and our management, Kult Management Ltd. We still have limited quantities of merch left in our European and US web stores - check it out! Hopefully we'll be be back sooner rather than later!"
Video footage of Spiritual Beggars performing at the Tuska Open Air festival can be viewed below. More...