Metal News for July 3, 2013
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My personal confessions are less about what I enjoy that would shred my credibility through a wood chipper and more about which bands I used to despise that I'd never talk shit about today. Namely, I used to really hate System of a Down, Iron Maiden, Behemoth and Chimaira. After only hearing a handful of songs from each, I decided that all were overrated before actually giving their discography a real chance.
Holy shit did I regret that later on after listening to Chimaira's self-titled album, Iron Maiden's “Powerslave”, “Zos Kia Cultus,” and the entirety of “Toxicity” (although I still maintain that “Chop Suey” has always been overrated and overplayed and I'm not a fan of the title track on “Resurrection”).
It's hard to look at yourself after talking shit about music that you were completely ignorant about. Eventually, I moved on to "Seventh Son of a Seventh Son,” “Resurrection,” and “Steal This Album” and realized that I was talking out my ass and sounded like one of those guys who calls eurodance “techno” but has never listened to speedcore or confuses hip-hop with R&B. More...
Arizona's American Standards has posted the following announcement online about lineup changes:
"It's with mixed emotions that we announce the departure of both our drummer Geoff and guitarist Brennen. Both have been with American Standards since its inception. They leave on a good note with the reason that they're at different points in their lives with different priorities then when the band started. We wish them the best of luck and look forward to any future projects.
"With that being said, their last show will be our EP release September 14th at Havana Cabana (formerly Rocky Point Cantina). You can expect a new single and video from the EP early August.
"Going forward we've been fortunate enough to pick up the very talented Craig Burch (The Last March Of The Ents) and Mike Cook (Your Young/The Author) to fill their spots.
"With these new members we've already began writing a follow up full length album due out early 2014. As a decision by the band, we plan to release this album without backing from We Are Triumphant due to disagreements in artist development and vision. Still Life and the respective merchandise will continue to be available through Victory Records.
"We'll continue to play all booked dates as well as have several tour announcements in the near future. As always, we thank everyone for their continued support."
Greek band Danger Angel has released a new video clip for the song "Not An Angel," which can be viewed below. The "Not An Angel" single comes off the band's "Revolutia" album, available now. The track listing is as follows:
1. Revolutia 00:40
2. One Hit In The Night 04:14
3. When I'm Gone 04:33
4. Not An Angel 03:50
5. Falling 05:21
6. Decadence 04:12
7. Dead By Christmas 04:22
8. King Of Thieves 04:33
9. Road Kill 03:53
10. My Last Day On Earth 04:31
11. Don't Die Young 03:58
12. I'm Not Here 04:31
13. Last Call 04:08
14. Rock My Heart (Bonus Track) 03:42
Brazil's John No Arms has dropped a new music video online for the track "Viking Life." Check it out below, or hear more from John No Arms over at the band's Facebook profile here.
Lyraka has posted a video message to fans online, which can be viewed below, and the band also comments:
"A message to Lyraka fans/friends about the delay of Lyraka Volume 2: Sonata Sirena. We must apologize in advance, as youtube won't allow this to be played in some countries. Andy would also like to apologize for not looking like a Rock Star!"
Canadian act Corrupt Leaders has a new self-titled release out, which can be heard in the player below. The track listing is as follows:
1. Dig Their Own Graves 01:20
2. Breathe 02:01
3. Backward to Death 02:54
4. Traditions of Abuse 01:23
You can also catch the band live:
July 26 - Windsor, ON w/ Whiskey Tax, Deviant 21, Raid
Aug 17 - Chicago, IL w/ Dogma, Common Enemy, Decay A.D.
Aug 23 - Detroit, MI w/ Dogma & more TBA More...
Oklahoman death metallers Cascus are proud to announce the upcoming release of their debut self-titled EP, which will be available via Bandamp this coming July 23rd, 2013.
Independently recorded, mixed, and mastered in Oklahoma City, the band aims to incorporate fresh elements into the death metal genre. Listeners can pre-order the new CD at this location. According to a press release, the EP "combines exotic textures, a rich assortment of instrumental acrobatics and a diversity of soundscapes that is truly unlike anything to come out of America's heartland."
"We worked very hard to put this together," offers guitarist and vocalist Jay Gleason. "We wanted to do proper justice to the music, give it a chance to become what we wanted it to be. Our influences are very diverse, and that definitely comes through."
In support of the new EP, the band is planning a series of shows in Oklahoma and the surrounding areas. To stay on top of the latest news, tour dates or to order the album, you can visit the band's Facebook profile. A teaser trailer for the EP is available below, and the track listing is as follows:
4. Nexus More...
Vancouver act West of Hell, which features vocalist Chris Valagao of Zimmers Hole on vocals, is thrilled to release a brand new music video for the track "Water of Sorcery." Check out the clip below (courtesy of Revolvermag.com).
The track is cut from the band’s debut album, "Spiral Empire," which was produced by Rob Shallcross (3 Inches of Blood, Strapping Young Lad) and hit stores in May 2012 via Reversed Records.
West of Hell will head out on a headline tour of Canadian cities beginning July 18th, 2013. Dates are available after the jump. More...
Prince George, Virginia act Beyond The Victory has posted the following message online about releasing a new EP:
"Here's the news you've all been waiting for! This Friday at 7 we're releasing our debut EP 'Paradigm'! It'll be on our bandcamp at that time! We're very excited to release this to your ears, it's been a long time coming but it's finally here! And as a little extra, we've decided to show you guys the tracklisting!
2. Sue Me
3. Paradigm Ft. Shawn Yates (Ex. At The Skylines)
4. Escape From Pompeii
5. Glass Ceiling Ft. Andrew Baylis of Life On Repeat
"It's finally only a couple days away guys. Share this on your wall, post it on your friend's wall, and just spread the word! 7/5/13 is the date, mark your calenders! You won't be disappointed!"
Serianna just wrapped up time in studio for new album "Define Me" with producer Josh Schroeder, who is responsible for new albums from For Today and The Color Morale.
The 13 song album "Define Me" will be released on August 13th, 2013via Bullet Tooth through Ingrooves/Fontana. The first music video for "Exist To Outlive" will premiere on VEVO this July and the band kicks off a U.S. tour with In Dying Arms on August 6th.
Guitarist and songwriter Kris Meyer-Ruef commented on the new album: "The Inheritors record was almost 3 years in the making by the time we had the pleasure of releasing it on Bullet Tooth. It seems only natural that at least 4 years since the birth of that record, Serianna is due for serious growth. Over the past year, we have gone through a major line up change and thought hard about the future of our band. It was pretty apparent to any fan of our band before that we were heavily rooted in metal core, influenced by the bands that could riff the tightest and fastest. We operated like a well oiled machine, tight and uniform. But that was just the problem: we operated like a machine. This new record has given us all the opportunity to pour our hearts into our music in a way that we felt was impossible before. Every one of us has a voice, and you will hear that through every song on this record. We went heavier, groovier, darker and more honest. I know deep down that kids are still looking for something real to fall in love with. We genuinely believe these songs are just that." More...
With over 70 shows booked so far in 2013, New Jersey trio Old Wounds continues its reign of terror this summer with another U.S. tour, this one focusing heavily on the western half of the country.
The centerpiece of the tour is a coveted slot on The Power of the Riff Festival in Los Angeles, alongside The Obsessed, Final Conflict, From Ashes Rise, and more. Other dates see Old Wounds play with bands such as Every Time I Die, Terror, and KEN Mode.
The tour coincides with the release of Old Wounds' new split seven-inch with upstate New York's Trenchfoot, out August 13th on Melotov Records. The following press release was also issued:
"Two of the East Coast's most ferocious young hardcore bands, Old Wounds and Trenchfoot are like-minded outfits breathing new life into the crushing metallic vibes of their older brothers' generation. While Old Wounds nod to the exhilarating charge of crushers like Buried Alive and Turmoil, Trenchfoot play an even darker game, in line with the depressive anthems of Tragedy or Cursed. Both bands' material for the Melotov split was recorded by Kevin Bernsten at Developing Nations (Pulling Teeth, Full of Hell). Melotov releases the split August 13th on vinyl and as a digital download." More...
Invisible Oranges is now presenting the premiere of "Captain Keith Pierce," a new slice of the supernatural riff conjuring that fills Phantom Glue's second album, "A War of Light Cones." Stream the track through the player below or at Invisible Oranges here.
The album is reportedly an "alternate history of Colonial America," rooted in Lovecraftian evil, with the song "Captain Keith Pierce" telling a tale of cryptids' burials and rebirths.
Phantom Glue's second album and first for Black Market Activities, "A War of Light Cones" was produced by Converge guitarist Kurt Ballou at GodCity Studio (Torche, Doomriders). Ballou's connection to Phantom Glue dates back to the 90s when he and frontman Matt Oates were bandmates in The Huguenots.
BMA releases "A War of Light Cones" on July 16th as a color vinyl LP and digital download. More...
Anders Björler (At The Gates) has announced he will be releasing a new solo album titled "Antikythera." Anders states:
"A little status update: The mix & master is all done. CD & Vinyl designs are all completed. I have signed a record deal & a publishing deal. I won't have any more specific detailed news about 'Antikythera' until after the summer probably, so have a great summer everyone..." More...
A new band has recently formed titled Ghost Ship Octavius, which features among its ranks Chris Amott (ex-Arch Enemy, Armageddon), Matt Wicklund (God Forbid, Ex-Himsa, Warrel Dane Solo) and Van Williams (ex-Nevermore, Pure Sweet Hell, Ashes of Ares).
Ghost Ship Octavius is currently working on a debut album, with details on the process available over at Facebook here. The band also comments:
"Formed in the Summer of 2012, Ghost Ship Octavius have combined their diverse yet complimentary music styles to create a powerful and dynamic sound highlighted by soaring vocals, virtuosic guitars and hooky but progressive arrangements."
Los Angeles based insane troupe IWrestledABearOnce has premiered a brand new song titled “Carnage Asada,” which features a solo from legendary axeman Steve Vai. Check it out at Guitarworld.com or in the player available below.
The new song is featured on the band’s forthcoming album, "Late For Nothing," which is scheduled for release on August 6th via Century Media Records and available now for pre-order at this location.
Portland's Lord Dying will release new album "Summon the Faithless" via Relapse Records on July 9th. Now the band has teamed up with CraveOnline to stream the full album. Give it a listen here, or check it out through the player available below. The following press release was also issued about the band:
"Lord Dying come from Portland, Oregon, a place over abundant with purveyors of the heavy riff. region where the inhabitants are plagued with nerve and joint damage due to lack of sunlight. In a time where everyone is trying to out-sludge or out-doom each other Lords Dying gives something less than a fuck. They are a metal band with members of Black Elk , Portals, Le Force, and Cremains, who in their short, one year's time as a band have shared the stage with Red Fang, Down, Unsane, Yob, Valient Thorr, Ghost and many others." More...
Guitarist EP Rautamaa of Re-Armed has checked in with the following statement about parting ways with the band:
"I'd like to thank all the fans and friends and of course guys from the tours during these past years. It's been amazing ride, full of tears, laughs and good spirit! But life goes on and my path with Re-Armed has come to an end. My last show with the guys is 19.7 in Kerava Finland.
"I wish all the best for the band, it was just my time to go and do my own thing. We only got this one life, one opportunity and one chance to build it as we want it to be.
"You will find my ugly face in the future from a band called Whorion. Cheers guys, final round is on me!"
Oakland-based harbingers Lycus will unleash the ominous curse of their debut LP "Tempest" next week on July 9th via 20 Buck Spin. The full album is now available for streaming at CVLT Nation here or in the player below. The following press release was also issued about the album:
"With a honed, masterful approach to their songwriting and delivery, Lycus seemingly adds new vitality to the funeral doom genre with Tempest, the album’s three expansive tracks consuming nearly forty-two minutes of your soul with each listen.
"Recorded and mixed at hometown Earhammer Studios with Greg Wilkinson (Brainoil, Pallbearer, Samothrace, High On Fire), the album is literally drowning in an ocean-sized pool of incredibly descriptive accolades from media outlets.
"While references to Mournful Congregation, Ahab, Thergothon, Noothgrush and My Dying Bride are inevitable, Lycus deliver both caustic and clean riffs and interject multiple vocal styles and additional instrumentation which elevate the material on Tempest to their own place among the scene’s veterans and forerunners." More...
Australian visionary metal act Ne Oblivscaris, which was nominated as one of the best newcomers of 2012 in our annual awards, has now seen the song "And Plague Flowers The Kaleidoscope" included in a teaching curriculum at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
The song will undergo a compositional analysis by Professor Matthew Hindson, Chair of Composition at the Conservatorium. Matthew Hindson is a classical composer whose works have been performed by ensembles and orchestras throughout the world. His recent ballet music, for example, has been presented by such companies as the Birmingham Royal Ballet, the San Francisco Ballet and the National Ballet of Japan.
Professor Hindson commented on the event, saying: "I will be presenting 'And Plague Flowers The Kaleidoscope' to the composition students at the Conservatorium next semester as an exemplar in structure, mixing timbres, meters, modes, how to approach virtuosity, sound and noise, extended performance and techniques. The students will need to study 2 technical aspects of what Ne Obliviscaris have done in their music, and then use these techniques in their own classical music compositions."
The Professor continues: "It is my pleasure to introduce such high quality music making to our students, alongside other music by composers including Beethoven, Gershwin, Steve Reich and Peter Sculthorpe. Musicians deserve to hear the music of Ne Obliviscaris, and the music of many other metal bands, in order to appreciate the compositional complexity that lies within it, no matter what their musical tastes." More...
Norwegian act Arvas recently signed with Aeternus Tenebrarum Music Foundation for the release of the "Into The Realm Of The Occult" album later this year. Now the band has also checked in with the following announcement about parting ways with drummer Fordervelse:
"Fordervelse is no longer a part of the band... Now, I guess one wonders why I came to this conclusion, to 'fire' a long time friend and partner. Well there are reasons for everything, and there are facts to the matter one simply don't want to share with everyone simply because they are supposed to stay between the involved parties.
"This is between Fordervelse and I and of course it is tragic and sad, for the band and for him, and even for me. I see no reason to comment this matter any further. I wish him good luck in future projects he may join in on and so forth.
"As for Arvas now, I will go on, the two next album releases will be released as scheduled under the ATMF banner. Arvas will also continue to play live sooner or later!"
Floridian death metal band Infernaeon is pleased to announce the release of upcoming album "The Cancer Within."
Recorded at Smoke and Mirrors Recordings in Tampa, Florida, "The Cancer Within" was produced/recorded/mastered by James Murphy of Safehouse Production and mixed by Peter Tagtgren of The Abyss in Sweden.
James Murphy is quoted as saying "This is one of the best death metal albums I've worked on in a long time."
The band has released a track from the album, entitled "Deflowered," available below. "The Cancer Within" will be released August 27th on Black & Blue Records in stores worldwide. U.S. and Canadian tour dates will be announced shortly. More...
The members of Earth Crisis are readying for their first live dates since early February. Celebrating the 20th anniversary of the release of their landmark "Firestorm" EP, the band will mark the milestone with performances on both coasts and a quick trip south of the border before resuming work on a new album.
Joining the band will be Shai Hulud, Thy Will Be Done, and White Widows Pact for the east coast dates with Lionheart and Harness completing the billing for the west Dates can be foudn below.
Earth Crisis guitarist Scott Crouse recently said, “We can’t believe we are celebrating the 20th anniversary of Firestorm. None of us were even 20 years old when we recorded it. Its release forever changed our lives and, we are told, many other people’s. Come out and help us do this right.”
7/12/2013 Underground Arts - Philadelphia, PA w/ Shai Hulud, Thy Will Be Done, White Widows Pact
7/13/2013 Lost Horizon - Syracuse, NY w/ Shai Hulud, Thy Will Be Done, White Widows Pact
7/14/2013 Santos Party House - New York, NY w/ Shai Hulud, Thy Will Be Done, White Widows Pact
8/15/2013 Pubrock/Chaser - Tempe, AZ w/ Lionheart, Harness
8/16/2013 You Revoucion - Tijuana, Mexico w/ Lionheart, Harness
8/17/2013 Chain Reaction - Anaheim, CA w/ Lionheart, Harness
8/18/2013 924 Gilman Street - Berkeley, CA w/ Lionheart, Harness
With the July 9th release of debut album "Goliath" less than a week away, Butcher Babies has teamed up with Revolver Magazine to offer a stream of the full album. Give it a listen here or in the player below.
Butcher Babies kicked off the 2013 Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival in grand fashion Saturday in San Bernardino, CA, beating the oppressive, 105-degree heat with a blistering set. The band has also been added to the upcoming Monster Energy Aftershock festival in Sacramento, CA to perform September 14th.
Produced by Josh Wilbur (Lamb Of God, Gojira, Hatebreed), "Goliath" chronicles the story of the forsaken as they transform into monsters that society has built, and monsters that turn to society for retribution. More...
Australian progressive metal band Circadian Pulse has just released a video clip for the song "Hourglass," taken off the group's debut EP "In the Blink of an Eye." Check out the video below. The "In The Blink Of An Eye" track listing is as follows:
1. No Return 10:28
2. Hourglass 07:05
3. Without Love 04:49
4. Sea of Sand 01:46
5. Failed by a System 06:22
Maldivian melodic heavy metal band Nothnegal and label Season of Mist have issued an updated release date for the band’s experimental self-titled EP, which follows the band's debut album "Decadence" (reviewed here).
The new North American release date for the EP will be August 6th, 2013. The EP will droop in all other territories a week prior on July 29th. The track listing is:
4. Flux Plane More...
Throne of Malediction, which recently parted ways with vocalist/guitarist Jessica H, has released a new single online for streaming and free download.
This new song "Breakdown" will likely be the last track from Throne Of Malediction to feature the former member.
Check out "Breakdown" in the player below, or download the track over at the Throne of Malediction Bandcamp page here.
Veil of Maya has posted a new music video online for "20/200" and "Divide Paths," which both come off the "Eclipse" album. Check out the video below. You can also catch Veil of Maya all summer long on the All Stars tour. Dates are available at this location.
Like Moths To Flames is now streaming the band's full new album "An Eye For An Eye" via Rise Records's YouTube profile. Check it out in the playlist below. "An Eye For An Eye" drops July 9th, 2013 and pre-orders are now available at this location.
Eternal Oath has a new lyric video out now for the "Tears of Faith" single, which is taken from the band's latest album “Ghostlands," available now. Check out the lyric clip below, or head over to the band's Facebook profile for more info on Eternal Oath.
Ghost B.C. today revealed a new visual offering for "Monstrance Clock." The video is premiering today via Noisey and can be viewed here or in the player below. Directed by Robert Semmer, the video features live performance footage captured during the band's recent Haze Over North America Tour.
In what must be every hardcore Ghost fan's dream come true, the band also released a dildo and butt plug set earlier this year.
Ghost B.C. dropped second psalm "Infestissumam" on April 16th via Loma Vista Recordings. The 10-song offering was produced by Grammy Award winning producer Nick Raskulinecz (Foo Fighters, Queens of the Stone Age, Alice in Chains) in Nashville, TN. The album's track listing is:
2. Per Aspera ad Inferi
3. Secular Haze
4. Jigolo har Megiddo
5. Ghuleh / Zombie Queen
6. Year Zero
8. Body and Blood
9. Depth of Satan’s Eyes
10. Monstrance Clock More...
Megadeth has released a new music video for the title track to new album "Super Collider," which can be viewed below. The album's track listing is as follows:
2. Super Collider
4. Built for War
5. Off the Edge
6. Dance in the Rain
7. The Beginning of Sorrow
8. The Blackest Crow
9. Forget to Remember
10. Don't Turn Your Back...
11. Cold Sweat (Thin Lizzy cover)
The new We Came As Romans album "Tracing Back Roots" comes out July 23rd, 2013. Now the band has posted a new lyric video online for the song "Fade Away," which can be found below. The "Tracing Back Roots" track listing is:
1. Tracing Back Roots (streaming here)
2. Fade Away
3. I Survive ft. Aaron Gillespie
5. Present, Future, and Past
6. Never Let Me Go
8. Tell Me Now
9. A Moment
10. I Am Free
11. Through the Darkest Dark and Brightest Bright More...
After unleashing debut album "The Healing Powers of Hate" last month, Montreal, QC's BornBroken now announces the departure of vocalist Jesus Salazar, who will be replaced by vocalist Matt Bailie (ex-The Catalyst). Guitarist Mike Decker comments:
"We had come to a pass in the road; Jesus had some tough life decisions, which came down to no longer being able to sing for BornBroken. We have had 2 great years with Jesus and recorded a stellar debut CD. We wish him the best in his future projects and health. Thanks for everything! To all our fans, this bump in the road came with a glimmer of hope at the end. BornBroken was able to quickly fill the empty spot in the lineup and is happy to announce The Catalyst's ex-frontman Matt Bailie as the new singer. We will debut our live show with Matt on July 12th in Montreal at Foufounes Electriques supporting The Agonist."
Matt Bailie also comments: "I would like to thank Mike, Simon, Tommy & Joe for the opportunity to once again destroy and dominate on stage. BornBroken has big things planned for the not so distant future and I am glad to be a part of it. This is a new chapter for me musically and I personally cannot wait to unleash our music upon the masses, "Hear our cries...the Broken shall rise."
See BornBroken w/The Agonist on July 12th:
July 12, 2013 - Foufounes Electriques - Montreal, QC w/ The Agonist, Order In Disorder, Through Death, Evertrapped
You can also stream the band's full new album "The Healing Powers of Hate" at this location.
After 5 endless months since recording started, and going through laborious process of editing, mixing & mastering, the new album from Avulsed, titled "Ritual Zombi," is finished!
The different versions of the album will see simultaneous release via eight different labels in four formats:
- Xtreem Music (Europe) CD
- Seraved Rec. (North America) CD
- Coyote Rec. (Russia/CIS) CD
- American Line Prod. (Central America) CD
- Obliteration Rec. (Japan/Oceania) CD
- Disembodied Rec. (South America) CD
- Xtreem Music (World) vinyl 12"LP
- Narrowwards Rec. (Asia) Cassette
- Metalhit & Avulsed (World) Digital More...
Witherscape, the stunning new atmospheric and progressive death metal outfit formed by Swedish singer, multi-instrumentalist, and producer extraordinaire Dan Swanö and fellow Swedish multi-instrumentalist Ragnar Widerberg, will release debut album "The Inheritance" on August 6 in North America (July 29 in Europe) via Century Media Records.
In anticipation of The Inheritance's release, Witherscape has now premiered a lyric video for the album track "Dead for a Day" on Decibel Magazine.com. Watch it here or in the player below.
True metal warriors Manowar posted up a second sample clip for the upcoming live release "Lords of Steel Live" EP. The clip features the track "Thunder From the Sky," the title track of the band's 2009 EP. The new live EP is scheduled for release digitally as a worldwide iTunes exclusive on July 9th, 2013 and on CD via the Kingdom of Steel on August 16th, 2013. A sample of "Hail, Kill And Die" can be heard over here.
The track list for "Lords Of Steel Live" is:
1. El Gringo
3. Hail, Kill And Die
5. The Lord Of Steel
6. Thunder In The Sky
Check out the sample here: More...
Austrian metal act Gallows Pole announced that the band will release its seventh album "And Time Stood Still" on July 26, 2013 through Pure Rock Records (a division of Pure Steel Records).
In the 80's, there were some Austrian bands like No Bros, Speed Limit and Gallows Pole, who played classic melodic heavy metal, but they couldn't really compete with the German bands. So, many people never knew that Gallows Pole released some really popular songs on the first two releases "In Rock We Trust” (1981) and “We Wanna Come Home” (1989). With "And Time Stood Still," you will find all the typical trademarks of the quintet: melodic hard rock/traditional metal that meets the unique and authentic, powerful vocals of Alois Binder.
The track list for "And Time Stands Still" is as follows:
1. And Time Stood Still
2. Summer Rain
4. Here And There
5. Rock This Town
6. Take Me To The Heaven
7. I Don’t Wanna Go
8. Hold Nights
9. Summer Rain (Radio Edition) More...