Metal News for July 27, 2012
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42 news articles posted on this day.
Milwaukee stoner doom trio Moon Curse is streaming its debut five song self-titled EP over at Bandcamp. The EP, which was released digitally last month, was recorded and mixed by Nolan Trealo at The Ring and mastered by Justin Perkins at the Mystery Room with the illustration done by Vince Zager. Moon Curse also has a live gig coming up on August 4th through the 5th at The Sunny Daze Music Mass 2012, which will take place at the Shelp Family Compound in Plymouth, Wisconsin with eighteen other bands. Stream the "Moon Curse" EP below.
Cormorant has issued the following announcement about offering the "Dwellings" album for streaming or pay-what-you-want download:
"For a limited time, you guys can download our latest album, Dwellings, straight from our Bandcamp page for the low, low price of $WhateverYouGot. Get it while the gettin' is good."
The album can be heard below, and the track listing is:
1. The First Man
3. Confusion of Tongues
5. The Purest Land
6. A Howling Dust
7. Unearthly Dreamings More...
Australia's Aeon of Horus has issued the following announcement about beginning the recording process for a new album:
"The time has come! Yesterday we began tracking drums for our new album at the Brain Studios in Sydney. So far we're looking at 10 tracks which are shaping up to be some of the heaviest and most progressive work we've done yet. Check out the video update below."
Hungarian act Angertea has finished work on new album "Nr. 4: Songs Exhaled," and the band has now released a documentary clip covering the recording process. Check out the video clip below, which also includes a new song.
Neige of French act Alcest has issued the following announcement about working on an upcoming album:
"Hello there! Some days ago Winterhalter and I recorded demos for the next Alcest album, for which I have almost finished the songwriting. Only a few arrangements are missing, and the lyrics as well... In our case they always come late in the process.
"As I said in recent interviews, you can expect something different from Alcest's previous releases. I don't think there are any metal music elements anymore, though a lot of very intense parts and dynamics are still there. Things are just done in another way, and the core remains the same. That album will come back to the nostalgic side of Alcest, it's very dreamy, aquatic and a bit less progressive than the last two albums. Melodies are taking their time to grow, if you see what I mean.
"I feel very excited about these songs and this new approach feels very refreshing to me. I also can tell that the album will be recorded next March in Iceland at Sundlaugin, Sigur Rós' studios, with producer Birgir Jón Birgisson. There will also be guests appearances - more infos about this will come later. I will keep you posted!"
Alcest will also be heading out on a European tour with Katatonia in November. Details are available at this location.
Today, Ektro Records announces the release date as September 5th for Arkhamin Kirjasto's debut album, "Torches Ablaze." Following a self-titled EP in 2010, Arkhamin Kirjasto's "Torches Ablaze" features Finnish eccentric Jussi Lehtisalo, owner/operator of Ektro Records. The album's track listing is:
1. The Cult of No Return
2. Knights of Torment
3. Sleeping Beauty
4. Sea of Madness
5. Bitch from Hell
6. Thousand Snakes
7. Speed, Yog Sogoth
8. Golem Made of Flesh
9. Synthetic Death
10. When the Light is Dead and Gone More...
I Spit Ashes will be releasing "Inhaling Blackness - Reflecting Light" through Massacre Records on August 24th, 2012. The band has now posted 30 second clips online of each song from the album. Check out the teasers over at Last.fm here. The album's track listing is:
3. Cracks In The Mirror
5. Crossing The Borderline
6. One Star per Tear
7. Error Concept I
8. Towards The Sun
9. My Ulysses
10. When Daylight Dies
11. Moonray Guidance More...
The daily band lineup has been announced for Rock Vegas - powered by Rockstar Energy Drink - which is being billed as "Sin City's Loudest Two-Day Rock Music Festival" and takes place Friday, September 28th and Saturday, September 29th at Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas.
The two-day rock extravaganza will feature performances from Rob Zombie, Shinedown, Marilyn Manson, and Godsmack, plus Staind, Stone Sour, Papa Roach, Buckcherry, Adelitas Way, All That Remains, P.O.D., Art of Dying, Redlight King, New Medicine, Deuce, Otherwise and more.
Rob Zombie provides some insight into what fans can expect from his theatrical live performance, noting: "I am packing up the trucks with everything I need to destroy Sin City's loudest music festival. I know Las Vegas has seen it all, but you ain't seen nothing like this."
The daily performance lineup for ROCK VEGAS powered by Rockstar Energy Drink is as follows:
Friday, September 28
Shinedown, Godsmack, Staind, Papa Roach, P.O.D., Adelitas Way, Deuce, Redlight King
Saturday, September 29
Rob Zombie, Marilyn Manson, Stone Sour, Buckcherry, All That Remains, Art of Dying, New Medicine, Otherwise
Tickets go on sale Saturday, July 28th at 10:00 AM Pacific Time and are priced as low as $39 each, plus fees. VIP packages will also be available for purchase. Discounted hotel rates at Mandalay Bay, Luxor, and Excalibur are exclusively available for Rock Vegas attendees. To buy tickets, make hotel reservations, visit this location.
"The Shadow of Greed/Crusades" is the first official CD release from Hartford, Connecticut d-beat punks Oiltanker. The limited edition, numbered CD release combines the band's "Shadow of Greed" LP and "Crusades" 7”, previously only available on vinyl.
Busting loose with sixteen socio/politically-fueled crust anthems in under thirty-two minutes, the CD is set for release on August 14th, 2012. You can check out songs from the release over at Facebook.
The track listing is:
1. Last Words
3. Who's in Control
5. The Circle Complete
6. A Means to an End
7. By Death or by Force
8. Ignorant Bastards
11. Consume and Grow
13. No Remorse
California's Casket Of Cassandra has issued the following update about the band's condition after being involved in a car accident earlier this week:
"As everyone knows we got in a major car accident on Monday our drummer is still in the ICU in Seattle. He is getting better everyday and we thank you all for the support you've given us.
"We were suppose to be playing Bay Area Metal Fest this Saturday and although we are not able to play we will be there selling merch and supporting the other bands to all of our fans that were planning to go we still want you there and if you say our band name at the door 50% of proceeds go to our drummer Chris and his family!
"Please be there for him and for all the amazing other bands that still deserve your support! Thank you again for everything we have the best fans! Hope to see you all tomorrow!"
For more info on Casket of Cassandra and upcoming benefit shows, head over to the band's Facebook profile.
Southern Lord has confirmed August 14th as the official North American release date for "Chaos Reigns," the new album from Nuclear Death Terror. The label commented on the band:
"Hailing from Denmark's capital city of Copenhagen, death-crust quintet Nuclear Death Terror have waged war on the world with their tales of despair, human atrocities and man-made Armageddon since 2003. 2012 sees the unit hooking up with Southern Lord for the release of Chaos Reigns, a CD compilation of ten crushing tunes from several of the band's vinyl releases. The band's metallic crust-punk coalesces elements of Tragedy, Discharge, Doom, Amebix and even some Slayer into a thunderous, pissed-off brew of moshworthy riff mayhem."
The "Chaos Reigns" track listing is:
5. Total Annihilation
7. Devolve to Submission
8. World Enslaved
9. Chaotic Alliance
10. The Darkest Age
11. Morbid Tales
This fall will indeed be the Season of the Witch, as Hells Headbangers announces October 23rd as the release date for the reissue of both Acid Witch's "Witchtanic Hellucinations" and Witch Cross' "Fit For Fight" debut albums.
Additionally, October 23rd will also be the release date of Witch Cross' limited-edition "All That's Fit for Fighting" 3CD+DVD discography collection, which will also include the lone "Fit For Fight" album.
The pickings for metal have been slim for quite some time on the Rock Band Network, and this week again only features a handful of new tracks for the headbanging crowd. Xbox 360 enthusiasts can now download these two songs:
Asking Alexandria – “To the Stage” (160 MSP)
Halcyon Way – “On Black Wings” (80 MSP)
The PS3 version will also get the following tracks on 7/31/2012 (North America) and 8/1/2012 (Europe):
Carnifex – “Until I Feel Nothing” ($1.99)
Amberian Dawn – “Come Now Follow” ($1.99)
As previously reported, Rock Band and Rock Band Reloaded will be removed from the iTunes App Store at the end of the month, following the expiration of the license with maker Harmonix.
Periphery's Misha Mansoor has now issued the following final track-by-track breakdown for the "Masamune" track off new album "Periphery II:"
"This is the end of the 'Trilogy' on the album and this song was originally demoed in Mauritius when I was on vacation. I remember being in a particularly good mood and wondering why all my heavy riffs had to be so dark, and I decided to try to write something a bit 'happier' sounding. And that is how I Soundclick demo known as 'The Moonstar.' Again this idea felt incomplete to the band and I, and I didn't want to work on it until I could take a really good stab at it, and I ended up writing the rest of this song on a retreat. Even if the other guys aren't writing, I definitely like having them there to oversee things and get their opinion on my ideas and where the song/arrangement is heading. I wanted this song to have a Jekyll/Hyde kind of arrangement so that it could end on a dark note to really contrast the upbeat and happy first half, and the doomy middle section ended up being a good way to bridge the two halves of the song.
"When we started writing the trilogy, we realized that we could arrange this song to be not only the end of the song but the end of the album, especially as the second riff of this song is a reference to the second riff of Muramasa, and lyrically it worked perfectly for what was going on in the story. Spencer ended up taking a very different approach to this song which caught me off guard at first, but once I started understanding what he was going for I realized that he knew exactly what he was doing. I think for everyone else in the band, this song was the 'take it or leave it' song, but I was the one really gunning for it. When it all came to life in the studio and had Spencer's complete ideas, I think it quickly became one of our favorites, and on a lot of days it is my favorite song on the album. More...
Pulverised Records is pleased to announce the reissue of "World Of Myths" from Swedish death-prog cultists Crypt of Kerberos. The following press release was also issued:
"Defying all musical trends of the time, the band’s criminally underrated debut was initially released in 1993 through Adipocere Records. An audaciously innovative display of powerful, avant-garde arrangements, and blistering death metal brawn, the record still sounds fresh and exciting some two decades since its release!
"Digitally re-mastered by Peter Bjärgö at Erebus Odora Studio, Sweden (Interment, Regurgitate, Arcana, etc), the reissue comes in digipak form with new artwork and layout, an updated CD booklet which includes live and studio images, special liner notes by drummer Mattias Borgh as well as never-before-released rehearsal demos from the entire World Of Myths studio session.
"Crypt of Kerberos consists of past and present members from Eternal Darkness, Tyrant, Arcana and Blood Mortized among others and will be most devoured by fans of Nocturnus, Cynic, Pestilence and Atheist!"
Croatian act Avicularia has released a new video clip online, which can be viewed below. The band also commented:
"Avicularia has a new live video for the song 'Requiem For Ego,' filmed & recorded @ a show in Zagreb on 22.4.2012. See the band playing with its new lineup and get ready for the next coming!"
U.S. metal act Element of Eclipse has posted a new song online for streaming, which can be heard below or over at Reverbnation. The band commented:
"Element Of Eclipse releases a new track from the new Apotheosis album titled 'Vadicidal Storm
(Autumnal Reaping Ov The Apocryphal Prophets).' The time is here, This is the aeon where man becomes god. ENJOY YOUR FUCKING LIFE!"
The album's track listing is as follows:
I. ASTRAL FIRE (Pneuma)
II. VADICIDAL STORM (Autumnal Reaping Ov The Apocryphal Prophets)
III. THELEMIC VEHEMENCY (Auspicious Enterprise)
IV. ANTICHRISTIAN ASSAULT (Defeating The Legions Ov Error)
V. APHOTIC THRONE TRIUMPHANT (Horus On The Horizon Returns To Forever)
VI. ELIXER VITAE (IA APOPHRASZ)
VII. RAVENOUS WONDER (Wolfish And Moon Blood)
VIII. URANEUS CROWNED (The Dark Side Ov The Sun)
IX. METAMORPHOSIS OV THE ADHERENT (Master Ov The Temple That Dwells In The City Ov The Pyramids) More...
Roadrunner Records has posted a video clip online of band members saying farewell to the U.K. staff, which can be viewed below. The label also commented:
"When we were at Download Festival this year we decided to get a few of our bands in front of the camera to bid our Roadrunner UK colleagues a fond farewell. There are some lovely messages of support from the bands and there's even a message from Download promoter, Andy Copping. Check out the clip below.
"Just to reiterate, Roadrunner UK is still open and operating, we just don't have the full team that we used to have. We really appreciate all of your awesome support and your partience with us getting this Download footage online later than we had hoped." More...
Killswitch Engage has been doing the rounds at European festivals this summer, one of which being Rock Am Ring. YouTube user Max406Plus has now uploaded footage of the entire set, which can be viewed in the player available below.
The band is also currently working on a new album. To find out what's happening with the upcoming release, see what front man Jesse Leach had to say at this location.
Swedish female metal outfit Crucified Barbara posted up a new lyric video for the song "Everything We Need." The song appears on the forthcoming album "The Midnight Chase" due out in North America on July 31, 2012 via Nuclear Blast Records.
The band previously streamed the new track "Into the Fire," which can be heard over at this location.
Check out "Everything We Need" here:
Influential doom legends Pentagram will be playing a few select dates in the U.S. in September. To kick off the month, Pentagram will be headlining the Power of the Riff 2012 in Brooklyn, NY with support from Agnostic Front and many others.
The full lineup, as well as tickets can be found at this location. On September 26th and 30th, fans can also catch Pentagram supporting Down for two shows.
Sundance Selects / 9.14 Pictures, in conjunction with MPI Home Video, will release the award-winning documentary, "Last Days Here" on DVD format in the U.S. and Canada on July 31st. "Last Days Here" is based on the life and struggles of vocalist / founder Bobby Liebling and metal pioneers Pentagram. The film most recently won the Jury Award for "Best Documentary" at the Calgary Underground Film Festival. More...
Shadow Kingdom Records has set September 11th as the date for worldwide release of "The Time Lord" EP from 70s cult NWOBHM act Pagan Altar. Consisting of remastered material from as far back as 1978, "The Time Lord" has five tracks which are posted below. Shadow Kingdom Records owner Tim McGrogan had this to say about "The Time Lord":
Pagan Altar is arguably the very best band in the entire world that has flown under the radar for far too many years. It gives me great pleasure to announce this amazing EP release. This N.W.O.B.H.M. band is still going strong as they have wrote a mountain of music that has since been released over the years on its very own label. These are the oldest known recordings to exist dating all the way back to 1978! These are demo recordings and they didn't properly record a few of these other songs until later on.
These demo recordings are the birth of what I believe is one of the very best bands ever existing. This album has atmosphere written all over it and there's no one that remotely sounds like Pagan Altar. Bands and people today are just discovering these sounds for the first time and now they influence a ton of music that's being written today in the metal world. The CD version has been re-mastered to scrub and preserve this recording to the best possible sound that we can deliver. This has not been released on vinyl until now.
Shadow King Records is currently streaming "The Black Mass" at this location, or you may listen to it below in the player.
1. Highway Cavalier
2. The Time Lord
3. Judgement Of The Dead
4. The Black Mass
Chrome Waves has finalized plans for a tour through the U.S. in August that will see the group join forces with bands like Skeletonwitch, Mares of Thrace, Morne, Bloodiest and more. Below is the full routing for this trip.
8/10 - Chicago, IL @ Cobra Lounge (w/ Mares of Thrace)
8/11 - Indianapolis, IN @ The Jukebox (w/ Skeletonwitch)
8/12 - Columbus, OH @ Carabar
8/13 - Baltimore, MD @ TBA
8/14 - Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie
8/15 - Providence, RI @ TBA
8/16 - Somerville, MA @ Radio (w/ Morne & Vattnet Viskar)
8/17 - Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus (w/ Bloodiest)
8/18 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Summer Seance Festival (w/Derketa, Bloodiest + more)
My Sleeping Karma's "Soma" will be released as a strictly limited first-edition 6-page digipack, including two bonus tracks. Furthermore, the album will also be released on limited gatefold colour vinyl exclusively available through the Spinning Goblin Productions / Napalm Records online store. The album is set for an October 9th release and the track listing is as follows:
3. Eleusine coracana
7. Interlude by sheyk rAleph (Bonus Track)
8. Glow11 (remix by Holzner&Kaleun (Bonus Track) More...
The Chicago-based black metal outfit Nachtmystium is gearing up to release "Silencing Machine" next week on July 30th in Europe and July 31st in North America. Over the past few years, the group has been heralded for a unique brand of psychedelic, Pink Floydian black metal. But as a band that's always on the move, Nachtmystium is ready to bring this new effort back to the more traditional black metal sound found on break-through album, "Instinct: Decay" (2006).
Recorded at Engine Studios with the band's own synths/electronics specialist Sanford Parker (YOB, PELICAN) handling producer duties, Silencing Machine is, as front-man/lead guitarist Blake Judd puts it, "A fuckin' black metal record."
To hear "Silencing Machine" in its entirety before release date, head over to Spin.com for the exclusive album stream. The album's track listing is as follows:
1. Dawn Over The Ruins Of Jerusalem
2. Silencing Machine
3. And I Control You
4. The Lepers Of Destitution
5. Borrowed Hope And Broken Dreams
6. I Wait In Hell
7. Decimation, Annihilation
8. Reduced To Ashes
9. Give Me The Grave
10. These Rooms In Which We Weep
Serpentine Path is gearing up to unleash a suffocating debut full-length on September 11th via Relapse Records. A trailer for the album is available at this location.
The band, featuring all three members of NY underground icons Unearthly Trance as well Tim Bagshaw of U.K. stoners Electric Wizard and Ramesses, has unleashed a first track from the new album, called "Crotalus Horridus Horridus," on Pitchfork! Click here to check out the song.
Now available from Relapse's online shop, Serpentine Path's self-titled debut is available in CD, vinyl and digital formats. The vinyl comes in two version, 180 gram black and a limited edition snot green vinyl. All versions can be pre-ordered at this location. More...
The Devin Townsend Project unveiled the album artwork and track list for the new album "Epicloud." The album is due for release on September 18, 2012 (North America) and September 24, 2012 (EU) through InsideOut Records. The album will be released in standard, vinyl and deluxe editions, with the latter limited to 5000 copies and containing demo tracks.
A preview for the release and upcoming tour dates can be found at this location.
The track list for "Epicloud" is as follows:
2. True North
3. Lucky Animals
5. Where We Belong
6. Save Our Now
12. Hold On
13. Angel More...
The U.K. doom heroes in My Dying Bride have announced the title of their forthcoming opus, "A Map of all our Failures," due out in North America on October 16th via Peaceville Records. The album will be released in a multitude of formats, including CD, double vinyl, and special edition CD/DVD.
A Map of all our Failures is perhaps best and most effectively summarised by guitarist Andrew Craighan, who describes the album as, “a controlled demolition of all your hopes.” The album recording and mix was recently completed at Futureworks Studios in Manchester UK, with long-standing production maestro, Mags, at the helm.
The track listing is:
1. Kneel till Doomsday
2. The Poorest Waltz
3. A Tapestry Scorned
4. Like A Perpetual Funeral
5. A Map of all our Failures
6. Hail Odysseus
7. Within The Presence of Absence
8. Abandoned As Christ More...
After completing his epic quadrology last year with the simultaneous release of "Deconstruction" and "Ghost," renowned multi-instrumentalist and producer Devin Townsend is ready to start the next chapter in the Devin Townsend Project's career with new effort, "Epicloud."
Due out September 18th in North America and September 24th in Europe, "Epicloud" boasts 13 light-hearted, hook laden tracks featuring once again, guest vocal appearances by Anneke van Giersbergen. For the first taste of "Epicloud," featuring the album's intro, "Effervescent," check out this clip:
This September, DTP and Katatonia will team-up for the "Epic Kings & Idols Tour," a co-headlining North American run featuring Paradise Lost as direct support and Stolen Babies as openers. Dates for the "Epic Kings & Idols Tour" are below, so check to see when Hevy Devy will be coming to a city near you. More...
A couple of years after its debut release "Beyond the Grave," Pennsylvania's Shadows In The Crypt just released its second album "Cryptic Communications" on Horror Pain Gore Death Productions. Below is the tracklisting for the release, plus an upload of the track "Embracing the Forbidden Arts." Another track, "Hymnal Choirs Perishing," is streaming over at YouTube. Shadows In The Crypt features George Loveland (Decieverion, ex-Crucifier, ex-Invasive Command) on vocals, Stephen Corridean (ex-Evil Divine, ex-Wykked Wytch) on guitars/bass and shredder Lawrence Wallace.
1. Beneath Threatening Skies
2. The Vengeful Gathering
3. Embracing The Forbidden Arts
4. Hymnal Choirs Perishing
5. Baphomental Affliction
6. As Shadows Cover
7. Cryptic Communications
8. Revolutionary Genocidal Madness
9. Disgracing The Pulpit More...
Dublin's Syphor has checked in with the following announcement about recording a new full-length album:
"Syphor are proud to announce that recording has begun on their 2nd studio album, title TBC. The album will be released very early in 2013 and will feature the single Inferno, Evolution of Aggression and many more. Stay tuned for updates and for sneak previews of tracks from it.
"Syphor would also like to thank all of you and those we've met on the road since the release of the first album, for your support we're eternally grateful and look forwarded to supplying you with some more Syphor for your music collection."
You can also listen to the previously released "Inferno" single at this location.
French grind/death act Unsu has teamed up with Metalunderground.com for the U.S. premiere of new music video "The Filthy." Enjoy the pig squealing madness in the player below. Kaotoxin Records also commented:
"Kaotoxin records proudly present the debut music video by Unsu for the title track of their latest MCD, 'The Filthy.' The video, directed by Jordan Saunders of UK's Dead Parrot productions (also responsible for music videos for Flayed Disciple, Merciless Terror, Fool Body Autopsy and many more and already working on a brand new Eye Of Solitude one among others) has been shot July 9th & 10th, 2012 at l'Hôtel de la Musique in Roubaix (FR) and La Rumeur in Lille (FR).
"The label on behalf of the band, would like to sincerly thank everyone involved in the shooting, including the very special guests (lightning fast) appearances by the members of Malignancy, Cephalic Impurity, Unfathomable Ruination, Eye of Solitude, Trifixion, Purify, and Forget Your Fears. Unsu's debut full-length, which will feature the full-quality music video as a CD-ROM bonus track, will be released first 2013 half through Kaotoxin records."
Italian death thrashers Amorphead posted a new video for the song "Chaos Expression," the title track of the band 2011 self-released EP. The release is available as a free download by the band at this location.
Matteo Gregoraci: Bass
Giorgio Faini: Drums
Antonio Mazza: Guitars
Alessandro Morrone: Guitars
Emiliano Iozzo: Vocals
Check out the "Chaos Inception" here:
Finnish metal band Wintersun posted a behind the scenes video featuring the "Time I" photo shoot. The band is putting the finishing touches on the long awaited "Time" albums. The first, "Time I," is scheduled for release on October 12, 2012 (EU) and October 19, 2012 (North America) via Nuclear Blast.
The track listing for "Time I" is as follows:
1. When Time Fades Away
2. Sons of Winter and Stars
I Rain of Stars
II Surrounded by Darkness
III Journey Inside a Dream
IV Sons of Winter and Stars
3. Land of Snow and Sorrow
4. Darkness and Frost
Check out the video here: More...
Portuguese gothic metal act EnChanTya is streaming the new song "No Stars in the Sky." The song appears on the band's debut full length release "Dark Rising," which is scheduled for a September 28, 2012 drop via Massacre Records.
EnChanTya has been on the scene since 2004 having released a demo and more notably the 2005 debut self-released EP "Moonlighting the Dreamer."
Check out "No Stars in the Sky" here:
During the whirlwind of music and mayhem at this years Tuska Festival, Ari Koivunen and Ben Varon were kind enough to take a few minutes to talk to us at Metal Underground! Following their recent performance at SXSW, and an upcoming European tour with Ensiferum and and Profane Omen, these guys have been very busy this year! After the release of their last album "Beneath" this past October, in many ways the band has blown up, and its certainly exciting to hear and see what is next to come for the Helsinki based band! In the meantime, we had a chat about what's up in the world of Amoral, the real reason Ben wants to see Detroit again, and whats on the to do list next!
Canada's Ex Deo has posted a new music video for the song "I, Caligvla." The song appears on the long awaited new album "Caligvla." The Roman legions will see the release of "Caligvla" on the notorious emperor's 2000th birthday on August 31, 2012. Check out Metal Underground.com's review over at this location.
The track listing for "Caligvla" is as follows:
1. I, Caligvla
2. The Tiberius Cliff (Exile to Capri)
3. Per Oculos Aquila
5. Pollice Verso (Damnatio ad bestia)
6. Divide et Impera
7. Teutuborg (Ambush of Varus)
8. Along the appian way
9. Once were Romans
10. Evocatio : The Temple of Castor & Pollux
Check out "I, Caligvla" here: More...
Day three was upon us, and the only thing that banished the gloomy weather was knowing that the day held a few favorites in store. For me at least due to a stubborn illness I caught only the biggest acts. With a healthy mix of folk metal, deathcore, and even some classically inspired loveliness Day three promised to be another rousing adventure in Helsinki for everyone who came out to enjoy.
Suicide Silence was the first act of the day. The energetic Americans started the day off with some epic stage presence and brutal death core that prepared our ears for what was to come this day. Usually I’m not into this genre, but these guys have the kind of energy that is contagious. Singer Mitch is unusually acrobatic for a front man and has the audience frantically headbanging and moshing as he seemingly defies gravity while singing.
Next up was everyone’s favorits cellists, Apocalyptica. There’s something about this band that just pleases everyone, form pretentious purists to the most brutal metal fans; these guys have a very wide fan base. Always impressive is the fact that these well trained musicians can get a clean sound from their strings, even despite the humid weather and rain which usually wreak havoc on acoustic instruments. It’s hard not to enjoy the enthusiastic act on stage when the music can go from lovely, to rageful from one beat to the next. Though I wouldn’t have dreamt it doable these guys run around, headbang and essentially violate their cellos with bows that drop horse hair all over the stage; all while emitting music that permeates the festival grounds with its torment. More...
And then it was Saturday! Day two of Tuska again started a bit earlier then the hungover and tired festival goers may have wished but the drowsy vibes quickly vanished (though not the rain clouds) as the day started on a much folkier note. Tuska Day Two promised another heavy day of good music, good people and the summer vibe that has Finns and Non Finn's coming from all over to partake in the festivities.
First up today was Estonian folk metallers Metsätöll! I have been excited to see these guys for years now and it was with bated breath that I entered the photo pit this morning! And here I will be a bit blasphemous and state that Lauri (Varulven) Õunapuu is quite simply a god of folk instruments. Throughout the set he seamlessly switched from bagpipes, to flutes, and numerous stringed Estonian folk instruments. Each one was expertly played and gave the performance a mysterious lovely quality. The Estonian language is quite obviously similar to Finnish, and in fact singer Markus "Rabapagan" Teeäär wows the predominantly Finnish crowd (and presumably wins their hearts) by speaking to them in Finnish. It needs to be said: his accent is much better than mine. Metsätöll is one of those folk metal bands that clearly love what they do, and though the music is fun and foly as ever, there is a lovely mysterious undertone that lends one’s mind to thinking thoughts of dark forests and legends of old. More...
Another week and another group of young Aussie rockers; “Raise Your Fist” is the first official music video from the upcoming 2012 album from the band Mystery. While they finish work on their new album Mystery has announced that for each of their original songs they will produce a video that will be correlated into a movie. “Raise Your Fist”, today’s video, is presumably part of this bigger picture. More...
Stuttgart, Germany based act Helldorados posted up a new music video for the track "You Live, You Learn, You Die" (heard below). The song appears on the band's latest effort "Helldorados," which is available now through Massacre Records.
Check out the video here:
Canadian rock/metal site PureGrainAudio.com recently debuted a column entitled "...And Justice For Art", a new series focused on exploring every detail behind the making of some of the most stunning cover artworks in the history of metal music. The first installment of the series, which we posted earlier this month, explored the impact that cover artwork can have on the overall album experience and tapped the brain of famed artist Eliran Kantor (Testament, Atheist, Sigh) as well as members of Archaios and Cormorant. The second edition to the series got a bit more in-depth and examined the creation of the artwork for Death's "Symbolic."
Part Three, which can be found here, sees Kantor discussing his work on the cover for Sigh's newest album, "In Somniphobia." Next week, the series will examine the visual accompaniment to CORMORANT's Dwellings. "...And Justice For Art" is the result of writer Ramon Martos-Garcia, who is also known in the underground scene for his involvement with third world metal bands like Archaios, Divinis Invocat and the indie record label Dark Canvas Records.