Metal News for July 30, 2011
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Crown The Lost has announced that lead guitarist/vocalist Joe Bonaddio has left the band to pursue other interests. Guitarist and founding member David E. Gehlke commented: "I'd be remiss if we didn't speak of Joe's impact on the band, especially on a pure musical level, as he was a key driver in practically all of our existing compositions. I have had the good fortune of playing with Joe for nine years and can safely say his talent is one-of-a-kind, and while it's going to be odd to no longer be playing with him, this change is utterly necessary for us to be able to move forward and achieve new plateaus. We remain very good friends with Joe and wish him the best in his pursuits."
Dave Watson of Mantic Ritual will be filling in on all live dates until a permanent lead guitarist is secured. Watson is no stranger to Crown the Lost, having produced/engineered the band's last two albums
Crown The Lost's new album, "Cold Pestilent Hope" (reviewed here) was just recently released and is available on all major digital retailers for the price of $6 USD.
Advance samples from the upcoming FUNERAL IN HEAVEN / PLECTO ALIQUEM CAPITE split LP "Astral Mantras of Dyslexia" have been posted online and can be heard below:
Italy's Dynabyte has posted a music video online for the song "Wave," which is taken from the album "2KX." You can check out the clip below.
You can also listen to the song "The Mummy" taken off the same album by heading over here. The "2KX" track listing is as follows:
4. Hereditary Neuronavigation
5. Cold Wind of Fear
8. The Mummy
9. I'm Not Scared
12. Blinded by my Light
Japan's Dir En Grey is currently streaming the band's entire new album "Dum Spiro Spero" online. You can check out the tracks off the album by heading over to the Dir En Grey MySpace music profile. The new album is set for release via The End Records on August 2nd, 2011.
The "Dum Spiro Spero" track listing is as follows:
1. Kyoukotsu No Nari
2. The Blossoming Beelzebub
3. Different Sense
5. "Yokusou Ni Dreambox" Aruiwa Seijuku No Rinen To Tsumetai Ame
7. Shitataru Mourou
11. Decayed Crow
12. Hageshisa To, Kono Mune No Naka De Karamitsuita Shakunetsu No Yami
14. Ruten No Tou
16. Amon (Symphonic ver.)
After previously uploading the new songs "Wake Up, Its Time" and "Cognitive Dissonance And The Children of Hamelin," Fallen Martyr has now posted another new track online titled "Revelry and Reverence." You can check out the song in the player below. The track is taken off the upcoming album "Shadows," which does not yet have an official release date.
The track listing for the upcoming "Shadows" album is as follows:
1. Revelry and Reverence
2. Wake up, Its time
3. Therian Premonition
5. The Restless king
6. Passing through the Veil of The Exterior World
7. Body of Light
9. Cognitive Dissonance and the Children of Hamelin
10. The 8th Circle
11. Soul Left Bare
12. (Cast Me Out)
Haken has announced the band's new album "Visions" will be released this coming October. The band also previously posted a teaser clip online for the upcoming album. Haken has now revealed the cover artwork and track listing, which can be viewed below. The band commented on the album's progress through two Facebook posts:
"Mixing. Done! All thanks to the mighty Christian Moos! What's that? There's a guest musician featured in Visions who also played on the soundtrack for The Empire Strikes Back?!"
2. Nocturnal Conspiracy
4. The Mind's Eye
Just For Fun
A YouTube user named "iAMVyt" has posted a video clip online discussing the idea that metal elitism is causing the downfall of the entire genre, and that there cannot truly be an "underground" scene in the age of Facebook. Take a gander at the video clip, and feel free to share your thoughts on metal elitism and what it means to be "underground" in the comments section below. "iAMVyt" also commented on the clip:
"This is just a short video covering a couple of my beliefs about metal elitists. No, this is not criticizing everyone who enjoys metal. It is not criticizing everyone who identifies themselves as a 'metalhead.' It is not criticizing everyone who has a strong belief in anything involving music or metal.
"It is criticizing what I believe to be foolish views and opinions. If you do not agree with my opinions, that is FINE. If you are a metalhead and find that this video does not describe you... You are not a metal elitist."
Greece's Acherontas has issued the following announcement about completing the recording of "Vamachara," the band's new album:
"After 183 hours of recordings,the new opus of Acherontas 'Vamachara' is in hands of Agonia Records. After many changes in line up for the good of the band, new contracts with labels & months of working the music & the philosophical concept behind, for us this was a great challenge of will to overcome our previous releases and rise our art in other dimension of creativity and spirituality.
"I am proud to announce that the goal had achieved! For sure, this is the most complete
& professional release of the band these 15 years of existence. Now Darkness has a different form...
"Vamachara streches back to the buried past, regressing back when the female archetype was worshiped through the Cult of Vama, the falsely so-called excremental, cast-out, left overs of spiritual practice, labelled as such by unaccomplished followers of the Solar Gods. The lunar waters shall possess the soul essence with the blood current of immortality, pushing the adept towards self excellence through the imbibation of the nectar of Salvation that is Amrita, through ordeals of black Al-Khemy. The vultures on infertile grounds of the desert cry LA ILAHA ILA ANA, and you shall kneel to drink from the cup of the fornication of the priestess-either dust or fire. Enter the Womb of the Black Moon and be reborn.
"The new Acherontas full-length features 7 hymns of glorious black metal, featuring 2 tracks by Scorpios Androctonus. Out through Agonia Records on 31 of October 2011 in Europe & USA. It will be out as: double gatefold LP, digipack CD, and special merch as zippers, hoodies & tshirts will take place. Let the feathers of Abraxas reflect the function of Samsara."
Loch Vostok has posted a new music video online for the song "Sacred Structure," which can be viewed below. The band also commented on the clip:
"Hi guys check out our new video from the upcoming album Dystopium that will be out on 23rd of September. It's called Sacred Structure and was directed by Martin Gustafsson."
Massachusetts metal act Unearth is currently on this year’s edition of the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival. To commemorate the summer-long festivities, the band will be posting a series of video clips throughout the tour. The first clip can be viewed below.
Commented vocalist Trevor Phipps: “Thanks to all who’ve come out to support Unearth during this year’s Rockstar Mayhem Fest! We’ll be uploading a handful of videos showing how our summer is going, so come back often to check it out. The first episode showcases live footage, our signings and some hangout time. This fest is killer day in and day out, so don’t miss it if it comes near you. See you on the road!”
Unearth's upcoming tour dates are as follows:
07/30/2011 Jiffy Lube Live – Washington, DC
07/31/2011 Susquehanna Bank Center – Camden, NJ
08/02/2011 Verizon Wireless V. Beach Amphitheater – Virginia Beach, VA
08/03/2011 Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion at Walnut Creek – Raleigh, NC
08/04/2011 Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH *Off Date w/ Suicide Silence, All Shall Perish
08/05/2011 First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre – Chicago, IL
08/06/2011 DTE Energy Music Theatre – Detroit, MI
08/07/2011 Verizon Wireless Music Center – Indianapolis, IN
08/09/2011 Zoo Amphitheatre – Oklahoma City, OK
08/10/2011 Gexa Energy Pavilion – Dallas, TX
08/11/2011 New Daisy Theatre – Memphis, TN *Off Date w/ Suicide Silence, All Shall Perish
08/12/2011 Lakewood Amphitheatre – Atlanta, GA
08/13/2011 1-800-Ask-Gary-Amphitheatre – Tampa, FL
08/14/2011 Cruzan Amphitheater – West Palm Beach, FL