Metal News for July 30, 2012
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Eight more bands have been confirmed for MDF XI, which is to take place Memorial Day weekend, May 23-26, 2013. Here are the latest bands confirmed:
PAGAN ALTAR (UK) - Exclusive US show!
VINTERLAND (Sweden) - Exclusive US show!
GRIDE (Czech Republic)
An updated list of confirmed bands up to now can be found below:
!T.O.O.H.! (Czech Republic) - Exclusive US show
AHUMADO GRANUJO (Czech Republic)
ANTAEUS (France) - Exclusive US show
AOSOTH (France) - Exclusive US show
CARCASS (UK) - Exclusive US show
CONVULSE (Finland) - Exclusive US show
GRIDE (Czech Republic)
INGROWING (Czech Republic)
PAGAN ALTAR (UK)
RIGHTEOUS PIGS - Exclusive US show
Headliners and more band announcements are expected soon. With Sonar closing, information regarding the new venue is expected to be revealed sometime in August.
Today, Denial of God offers an exclusive stream of the band's brand-new album, "Death and the Beyond," through Decibel magazine's website. "Death and the Beyond," out now through Hells Headbangers, can be heard in its entirety for a limited time right here.
The band's publicist also commented, "A cult name in the darkest metal underground, Denmark's Denial of God has been going strong since the golden year of 1991. And while 'Death and the Beyond' may only be the band's second album, Denial of God don't skimp on the old-school evil: quality before quantity!" More...
Finland's Decaying has issued the following announcement about working on an upcoming album:
"All but two songs have now lyrics written and the rehearsing continues. We are going to start tracking guitars in the start of October. No studio date has been set for the drums yet though. Can't wait to get this album recorded!
"The track listing for 'The Last Days Of War' looks like this right now, although the song titles aren't final. All songs have been demoed and we're right now rehearsing them.Total length of the CD is about 46 minutes.
"1. 'Preparation' - it is the intro for the album, a minute long song with a cool Bolt Thrower -like melody.
"2. 'Code Name Overlord' - our 'new Operation Citadel' of the record. Fast riffing, drums annihilate and the chorus is memorable. The lenght of the song is 6 minutes... Tells about the Invasion of Normandy.
"3. 'The Ardennes Offensive' - the fastest song of the album, 4 out of 6 minutes is constant thrash beat. The song slows down a bit in the middle section, and once again starts ripping things apart. Battle Of The Bulge was the last large scaled, although desperate offensive Germany launched in the WW2.
"4. 'Firestorm' - The second longest track, about seven and half minutes. This one has multiple sections - in the beginning it goes midtempo with a lead guitar on top, then it speeds up for a while accompanied by a galloping guitar riff. Things slow down to create a doom metal atmosphere, and in the end there's a fast heavy metal riff which will get some heads rolling for sure! The theme for "Firestorm" isn't yet quite set, but right now it will probably tell about the bombing raids Britain and US commited over Germany in WW2. More...
Hirax has posted the first part in a new video diary series online from the band's time in the studio working on a new full-length album. Check out the footage below, taken from Skull Seven Studio in North Hollywood, CA.
Yesterday Bleeding Through announced that vocalist Brandan Schieppati underwent emergency orthodontic surgery. The band has now issued the following announcement about completely dropping off its current tour with Demon Hunter:
"It is with deep regret that I am here to report that we have to drop off the current Demon Hunter tour. As you all know, Brandan had to undergo and emergency orthodontic surgery day before yesterday.
"Due to the severity of his procedure and upon Dr.'s orders, he has been advised not to perform as too not further increase the painful situation he has found himself in.
"To anyone who has had this done, then you know if it is complicated how painful it can be. He is recovering well and we will do make-up dates for the shows we are missing. We all express our most heartfelt apology to Demon Hunter, Cancer Bats, Willows, and The Plot in you.
"To anyone who bought tickets, to those who will miss this and still go, and to the ones that will be pissed. Trust me, we are sorry and appreciate your understanding. See you all soon!"
Southern hard rockers Nashville Pussy have confirmed a string of West Coast tour dates for August. This run will include shows supporting legendary classic rockers ZZ Top as well as a string of headline dates.
Frontman Blaine Cartwright is beyond excited to be touring with one of his favorite bands of all time ZZ Top, stating "It is the high point of our career to be playing with ZZ Top." Guitarist Ruyter Suys added: "Nashville Pussy will bring the meat and the fire, the audience can marinate in beer and ZZ Top can slow cook it til the meat falls off the bone!"
Dates are as follows:
8/13: Phoenix, AZ @ Rhythm Room
8/16: Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades
8/17: Fresno, CA @ Audie's Olympic
8/19: Oakland, CA @ The Uptown Theater
8/23: Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
8/25: Boise, ID @ Neurolux
With ZZ Top
8/14: Bakersfield, CA @ Bakersfield Fox
8/15: Santa Rosa, CA @ Wells Fargo Center
8/18: Saratoga, CA @ The Mountain Winery
8/21: Eagle, ID @ Eagle River Pavilion
8/22: Troutdale, OR @ Edgefield Concerts on the Lawn
8/24: Bend, OR @ Les Schwab Amphitheater
Virulent has released an official video clip for the single "Chuggernaut," taken off the band's debut album "The Great Destroyer." The album is slated for release later this summer. Check out the video clip for "Chuggernaut" below. For more info on Virulent, head over to the band's Facebook profile here.
Nervgift is a new Swedish project from Örebro with members from Kvoteringen, Coldworker, and Ond Bråd Död. The band has now posted its debut demo "Du ska dö först" online, which can be heard over at SoundCloud. Nervgift is:
Oskar Pålsson - Guitar & Bass (Coldworker)
Calle Henriksson - Vocals (Kvoteringen)
Andreas Gustavsson - Drums (Ond brad dod) More...
Shaman Recordings has issued the following announcement about Black Magician streaming a new song online:
"With a name like Black Magician you sure as Hell ain’t going to be getting glam rock or emo! No sir, these Liverpudlian retrogressive throwbacks are about to drop their debut album, ‘Nature Is the Devil’s Church’…5 tracks of expansive, ritualistic, soul stealing doom of the highest order in a little over 40 minutes. Huge, monolithic riffs entwine with swirling Hammond organ around unique throat burning vocals combine to create a sound that has been described by the living legend that is Doomlord as 'Atomic Rooster playing early Cathedral,' nuff said!
"And now, The Sleeping Shaman is thrilled to be streaming the 2nd track from the album ‘Full Plain I See, The Devil Knows How To Row,’ enter the world of fear and despair at this location.
"Shaman Recordings will be releasing just 300 copies of ‘Nature Is The Devil’s Church’ on appropriately sacrificial blood red vinyl that also comes with a digital download card, and for those of you who prefer things a little more compact, Burning World Records will be handling the CD version with a planned release date of September 2012." More...
The Company Band has a new five song EP ready entitled "Pros & Cons," set for release tomorrow via Weathermaker Music. You can check out our interview with the band about the release here.
Today The Company Band is giving people the chance to hear the "Pros & Cons" EP in its entirety, before it hits stores tomorrow. The EP is streaming as part of the AOL Music Full Album Listening Party Series, and can be heard at this location.
The track listing is as follows:
1. House of Capricorn
2. Black Light Fever
3. Kill Screen
4. Loc Nar
5. El Dorado
Maryland powerviolence instigators Strong Intention will set stages ablaze again this August. The 10 date adventure will commence in Clifton, New Jersey and roll through New York, Maryland, Tennessee, and Virginia. The band will be joined by Misery Index from August 14 – 19 and then Abigail Williams from August 20 – 23.
Comments SI founding frontman Zac Ohler: “Looking forward to ending the Summer on the road with the grind machine that is Misery Index and then mixing it up with some dates on the Abigail Williams farewell tour. Make no mistake, this is not a fucking game… remember kids, always leave violence up the experts!”
In related news, Decibelmagazine.com recently posted an in-depth interview with the longtime scene vet. Check it out here.
8/14/2012 The Depot - York, PA w/ Misery Index
8/15/2012 Dingbatz - Clifton, NJ w/ Misery Index
8/16/2012 St. Vitus - Brooklyn, NY w/ Misery Index
8/17/2012 Café 611 - Frederick, MD w/ Misery Index
8/18/2012 Boneyard - Atlantic City, NJ w/ Misery Index
8/19/2012 Ottobar - Bmore, MD w/ Vital Remains, Misery Index
8/20/2012 Johnson City, TN w/ Abigail Williams
8/21/2012 Coffin House - Roanoke, VA w/ Abigail Williams
8/22/2012 Balls Bluff - Leesburg, VA w/ Abigail Williams
8/23/2012 Café 611 - Frederick, MD w/ Abigail Williams
Rain Without End Records has issued the following announcement about signing a deal with AstorVoltaires:
"We are extremely excited to welcome AstorVoltaires to the Rain Without End Records family. AstorVoltaires is the brilliant solo project of J.Escobar.C (ex-Mar de Grises) which was born in Santiago, Chile in 2008. The music is primarily melodic doom metal, mainly focusing on slow melancholic sounds and minimalistic resources. RWE Records will release the new album 'BlackTombsForDeadSongs' on Dec 6th, 2012.
"AstorVoltaires’s debut album 'Katan Nagantü' was released on Endless Winter in October 2010. The album features Spanish lyrics but title is Mapudungu (an isolated language spoken in south-central Chile) and the literal meaning is 'through the afternoon' with the implicit meaning being slightly different - It`s the story that carries life itself, a race that everyone runs, past, present and future. It is through life experiences, sorrows, joys, love and hate."
Full details for “BlackTombsForDeadSongs,” including artwork and track listing, will be available in the near future as the album artwork is currently being finished.
The Swedish female-fronted melodic metal band End of September has uploaded the track "Waiting For The Rain" on YouTube. The song comes off the band's self-titled debut album that was released in Europe on May 11th and North America on May 22nd through Ulterium Records.
Check out the song below, or catch End of September live at the following shows:
August 10th: Frizon Festival - Örebro, Sweden
August 24th: Youth Celebration Festival - Keuruu, Finland
December 7-8th: Christmas Rock Night - Ennepetal, Germany
Nasum has tapped Black Breath to support the band on what is being billed as the final Nasum tour ever. The band recently reunited for a string of shows with Rotten Sound‘s Keijo Niinimaafilling filling in on vocals for late frontman, Mieszko Talarczyk.
The trek will take place in Europe and kick off on September 20th, with the following dates confirmed thus far:
Sept. 20 Helsinki, Finland Nosturi
Sept. 21 Gothenburg, Sweden Truckstop Alaska w/ SKITSYSTEM
Sept. 22 Copenhagen, Denmark Pumpehuset
Sept. 23 Hamburg, Germany Logo
Sept. 24 Utrecht, Netherlands Tivoli De Helling
Sept. 25 London, UK Underworld
Sept. 26 Paris, France Glazart
Sept. 27 Geneva, Switzerland Usine
Sept. 28 Munchen, Germany Backstage
Sept. 29 Ljubljana, Slovenia Gala Hala
Sept. 30 Budapest, Hungary Durer Kert
Oct. 1 Bratislava, Slovakia Randall
Oct. 2 Ostrava, Czech Rep Barrak
Oct. 3 Krakow, Poland Fabryka
Oct. 4 Berlin, Germany Magnet
Oct. 5 Malmo, Sweden KB w/ SKITSYSTEM, PYRAMIDO
Oct. 6 Stockholm, Sweden Debaser Medis w/ SKITSYSTEM, MASSGRAV
Prestige recently had to cancel a show due to the band's van catching fire. Video has now been posted online of the vehicle inferno, which can be viewed below, and the band commented:
"About our van fire on July 28th on our way to Kalamath Falls, OR - we lost drums, symbols, symbol stands, all our guitars, a peavey 5150 amp, all of Justin and Jacobs clothing, all our guitar pedals, Damien's shoes, Justin's microphone, and many other things.
"If you want to help us out, please come out to our next three shows and support us and our friends. Few Words For Comfort drove up from Lancaster, CA just to have our three week tour cut short. Let's give em a good time, come out to Redroom on Wednesday to see FWFC, Vessels and us, Thursday at the Charleston and Grimm Den in Hermiston, OR on Friday and buy merch from us and all the other bands.
"If you would still like to donate and help us out, our PayPal email is firstname.lastname@example.org or you could purchase our album on our bandcamp page for $6. If you want more information on what happened, check out our video below. Thank you to everyone that has supported us and sent us donation. We are amazed at the support we have gotten across the country from all of you. This is a huge set back, but life moves on. Thank you all for your support and we will see you on the road in September." More...
Voices of Destiny and former drummer Erik decided to part ways in February 2012. Since then the band has been searching for a new band member. Voices of Destiny issued the following brief update about recruiting a new drummer:
"Finally we found a new drummer. His name is Klaus Ackermann and we are really happy to welcome him in the VoD family!"
The band was on tour with Xandria and Epica in May, with Revealing Dawn's Jan sitting behind the drums. Enjoy the video tour diary in the player below. You can also listen to Voices of Destiny's latest album “Power Dive” at this location. More...
London metalcore act Despite My Deepest Fear has released a new music video for the song "Game Changer," which can be viewed via Front Magazine or in the player below. You can also listen to more songs from the band over at the Despite My Deepest Fear Facebook profile here.
Montreal's Beheading of a King has released a new drum playthrough video for the song "Sources," which was filmed by Ben Dundas Cinematography and can be viewed in the player below. For additional details on Beheading of a King, and to hear more music from the band, head over to the group's Facebook profile here.
Truth Corroded has posted a teaser trailer online for the band's upcoming Australian Tour, dubbed "Australia The Bled 2012," which will be in support of latest album "Worship the Bled." The trailer can be viewed below, and the currently announced dates are as follows:
August 10 – The Beetle Bar, Brisbane, Qld
August 11 – Venom Nightclub, Sydney, NSW
August 25 – Metal for a cure @ Fowlers Live, Adelaide, SA.
September 7 – Ferntree Gully Hotel, Melbourne, Vic
September 8 – Bendigo Hotel, Melbourne, Vic
October 12 - Enigma Bar, Adelaide, SA (supporting Warbringer) More...
Nergal, frontman of Polish blackened death metal kings Behemoth, has been named as one of the most valuable Polish stars by Forbes Magazine.
Commented Nergal: "That's quite unexpected I must say. Excuse my ignorance but to be honest I've never been a Forbes reader and I'm not sure what this is all about… I reckon it's quite an awarding affair though. Anyway, I really hope I'm the first extreme metal musician that has ever appeared in the pages of this elite magazine. Am I?;)" More...
Indonesia's Vallendusk has issued the following announcement about gearing up to record a new album:
"Our huge thanks to you for showing support so far... whether you have bought the EP, bought a download, listened to a video, uploaded a video... or however else. Either way, your interest in Vallendusk is greatly appreciated.
"All music for the debut full length is written. The album will contain 7 new songs. We are in middle of intense rehearsing on the materials at the moment. Everything has turned out pretty fucking amazing in our rehearsal camp.
"For those who enjoyed the EP, here will be more of made that EP what it was... yet, we're now taking everything to the next level! We expect to enter the studio in the 1st week of October. Will keep you updated here as our work progress. Cheers!"
To hear the band's music, check out the previously posted song "The Wooden Sphere" at this location.
Swiss act Sybreed has posted a second studio report online, filmed at Downtone Studio, during the recording sessions for "God Is An Automaton." Check out this video clip, covering the guitar recording sessions, in the player available below. Sybreed's new album "God is an Automaton" is set to be released on Listenable this coming September 24th (Europe) and October 2nd (North America).
Autumns Eyes, which released new album "Please Deceive Me" (reviewed here) earlier this year, has issued the following statement about re-recording early songs:
"I recently revealed a current project where Im recording the first five songs ever written by yours truly. Lots of fans have been asking for details on what to expect sonically from this new release. Right off the bat you will notice the songs are much longer and more in depth than any other Autumns Eyes tracks. The song style is very sporadic as I never paid attention to popular formats featuring verse-chorus-verse or something similar. You can also rest assure my wretched voice won’t be gracing the album anywhere, since these are all instrumental songs.
"I never wrote the songs for public release, they were just some what of a hobby for me in the beginning. I was a drummer for my entire life, and when my parents asked what I wanted for Christmas in 1998 all I could repeat was a new drum set. The time came and there was no drums in sight, all that bastard Santa Claus left was a four track recorder. Apparently my parents got the idea from my brother in law (also a musician) who suggested the four track to be a smarter choice in the long run, and how right he was!
"The device collected dust for months before I actually used it, but when I did it was like opening the creative flood gates. I borrowed a friends keyboard and played out drum tracks by hand followed by guitars, bass, and keyboards. I had never written a song before, and simply wrote riff after riff piecing together whatever sounded right at the time. Eventually my friends began to take notice, and apparently like what they heard. One of their favorite tracks they nicknamed the 'Mad Clown Song' for its Elfman inspired demonic circus sound.
Thrash legends Testament have released a new music video for the track "Native Blood," which comes off their new album "Dark Roots of Earth." Check out the video clip below. The album is set for release tomorrow, July 31st, 2012 (North America) through Nuclear Blast Records. The track listing is as follows:
1. Rise Up
2. Native Blood
3. Dark Roots of Earth
4. True American Hate
5. A Day in the Death
6. Cold Embrace
7. Man Kills Mankind
8. Throne of Thorns
9. Last Stand for Independence More...
Megadeth kicked off a short tour of Asia yesterday, with a concert in Manila. Bassist David Ellefson has now posted a video clip from the trek, which shows some of the band's travels through the city, a meet-and-greet with fans, and backstage rehearsals.
Check out the footage in the YouTube clip available below. Megadeth's latest album, "Th1rt3en" (reviewed here), is available everywhere now.
Heavy metal sensation Huntress has dropped off the band's remaining tour dates with Wretched, which were set to run through August. The band issued the following brief announcement:
"Due to unforeseen circumstances, Huntress will not be continuing the tour with Wretched. Thank you for the fans that came out to the earlier shows. We will see you again soon!"
Huntress also has upcoming tour dates with Dragonforce scheduled for October, and the band has not issued any official announcement on whether those dates are also going to be canceled. For more info on upcoming Huntress activity, head over to the band's Facebook profile.
Century Media Records and its associated labels InsideOut Music, Superball Music, and People Like You Records are pleased to announce that their entire repertoire is now available on Spotify.
"Spotify offers great tools to discover new artists. We feel that this is essential for our promising newcomers. In that respect, Spotify gives those artists a very good forum," states Antje Lange, general manager Europe.
After the initial decision to pull the Century Media catalog from Spotify, label execs were impressed by the resulting debate, especially the messages and comments by the thousands of fans who weighed in on the issue. Fan sentiment and continued discussions with Spotify have resulted in the label reversing its initial decision. More...
Viva Hate Records has issued the following announcement about inking a record deal with black metal act Negator:
"We are extremely proud to announce the signing of Germany's finest extreme black metal bands to our roster. Negator and Viva Hate Records join forces to take further steps with the band. Negator's next full length is going to be released in spring 2013 - when Negator will see his 10th anniversary. Curious about their sound? Click here to hear it."
The band’s head and vocalist Nachtgarm (King Fear, Dark Funeral) comments on the new cooperation:
"After a time of inconsistency we finally have a new target on the plan of action. With Viva Hate Records at our side on the battle fields we will now continue our campaign even more vigorously and way more forcefully. Let the slaughter begin!"
Throne of Malediction has announced that the band's upcoming new full-length album, and follow-up to "Ceremonial Blood" (reviewed here), will be titled "Out of Darkness Comes Light." Further details on the release will be announced as they are made available.
"Born of Innocence," a track set to appear on the album, can also be heard in the player below. As with several other songs currently to be in included with the release, "Born of Innocence" features guest spots from Tamara Picardo (Upon Shadows) on keyboards and Kevin George (Martriden) on bass.
Following many months of touring throughout 2011 and into 2012 in support of fourth full-length release, "Celestial Lineage," Wolves In The Throne Room this week issue an official statement on the current state of the band as well as some insight on what the future may hold for the brothers Weaver. The group comments:
"After months of journeying we’re settled back into our life at home. Soft, warm breezes, the calls of Ravens and Eagles, the scent of Cedar and Salt Water. The Northwest Summer is a soothing balm to the stresses and strains of the road and the alchemic pressure-cooker of the recording studio. But it has been a great two years for us.
"We are so proud of Celestial Lineage, and our tours in the United States and Europe were inspiring and full of good experiences. Contrary to sensationalist rumor, we have no desire or intention to end Wolves In The Throne Room. It is very possible that future albums will be recorded. Live performances might transpire. But for now, we are reconnecting to hearth and home. More...
Wolfchant, which had to cancel its appearance at the Kilkim Zaibu Festival last month due to health issues, has now issued the following announcement about recording new material:
"Songwriting and recording in progress! We started writing songs for our upcoming album some time ago. Also we now started to rerecord our first studio album Bloody Tales From Disgraced Lands. Be prepared for new Wolfchant stuff soon! Finally our new website is also available. Enjoy!"
You can also check out Wolfchant's music over at the band's official Facebook profile here.
Baring Teeth has posted a video clip compilation of the band rehearsing portions of several new songs that will appear on upcoming new album, titled "Ghost Chorus Among Old Ruins."
The album is currently scheduled for a late 2013 release. Further details will be announced as they are made available, and you can find more info on Baring Teeth at the band's Facebook profile here.
U.S. based death metal act Malodorous is currently writing material for an upcoming release, and the group has now made its previous demo available for free streaming. You can snag the tracks from "Augury of the Aborted" at this location, or stream the songs over at Facebook or in the player below.
Chilean/U.K. based thrash act Criminal has issued the following announcement about bassist Dan Biggin undergoing surgery:
"We would like to inform you that Danny had surgery on his spine last week due to a herniated disk. He had been in a lot of pain in the last few months but was on a waiting list and didn't expect to go under the knife so soon.
"Fortunately everything went well so after a period of recovery he will hopefully be like new and rocking the stage with CRIMINAL."
For more details on upcoming Criminal shows and to check out the band's music, head over to Facebook.
Luca Turilli's Rhapsody posted up a trailer for the upcoming "Cinematic World Tour 2012/2013" preview clip. The tour begins on November 10, 2012 in Charleroi, Beligium. For tour dates, venues and tickets, head on over to this location.
The band is touring in support the new LP "Ascending to Infinity" (see review at this location) and promises a stage show complete with video projections and a few surprises, including material from Luca Turilli's solo albums.
Check out the trailer here:
Taiwan has no shortage of ass-kicking front women in its growing metal scene, with a collection of female-fronted groups that are making a name for themselves both locally and abroad. Here are three bands from Taiwan with ladies at the helm that prove metal is no longer nearly as male-dominated as it once might have been.
Eye of Violence
Though just in her early twenties, Eye of violence front woman Lala Lin is already a seasoned veteran in the Taiwan metal scene, having previously done time in Hardcase before making a move over to Eye of Violence in 2009. The band has been active in Taiwan, playing all over the country, and recently made its first couple of forays to foreign shores, making two appearances in South Korea. Combining elements of metalcore, deathcore, and hints of electronic music, Eye of Violence has a determinately modern sound for the younger generation of metal fans. Currently, the band is playing in support of its debut EP, “Tears of the Victims.”