Metal News for July 30, 2013
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27 news articles posted on this day.
A fairly brand new name to the genre, Dallas-born death metal entity Cleric will leave a memorable impression upon the scene soon enough, as a debut LP is approaching, confirmed for release on local independent label Tofu Carnage Records. The following press release was issued about the band:
"Formed by underground combatants from Kill the Client, Baring Teeth, and Tyrannosorceress, the members of Cleric are no stranger to all things brutal and visceral, and they fuse their old-school death metal aggressive tendencies here into a relentless attack. Recorded by Garry Brents (Kill The Client, Phobia, Noisear) and mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege (From Ashes Rise, Nails, Sleep), Cleric’s debut full-length LP, Gratum Inferno, boasts nearly a half-hour of grating, Stockholm-bred but Americanized death through seven hymns of debauchery, bizarre, haunting and horror-soundtrack elements permeating from deep within its hellish core.
"Not only designed to be experienced aurally, Gratum Inferno is for those who truly appreciate the aesthetic value of deluxe packaging and heavyweight color vinyl. The album is pressed on 200-gram, translucent yellow wax with blood red and milky clear splatter and features heavyweight spot-varnish printed jackets, gold foil-stamped inner-sleeve graphics, and was mastered at 45rpm for superior sound quality. This is an album that was truly meant for vinyl. The original and insane cover art was masterminded by Jason Barnett (Noothgrush, etc.). Gratum Inferno will see its proud release via Dallas’ Tofu Carnage Records -- responsible for quality vinyl releases for Dead To A Dying World, Akkolyte, Unconscious Collective and Ecocide -- in mid-September, with an official street date pending.
"Amped on releasing the crushing debut, Tofu Carnage set up preorders for the album early, and hooked up with Cvlt Nation to stream Gratum Inferno nearly two months before its proposed release. Uncage the audio and illustrative iniquity of Gratum Inferno for yourself right here."
1. Gratum Inferno
2. Through the Starless Abyss
3. From Womb to Tomb
4. Satanic Dimensions
5. Into Death and Far Beyond
6. Left-Hand Wrath
7. Faith in Debauchery More...
Symphonic black metal act Frost Despair has posted footage online of the band performing material off the new album "Surreal." The songs were performed live in Uranio Rock Metal Festival in March, when the group played along with Rotting Christ and Turisas in Porto Alegre, Brazil.
The album was recorded in Hurricane Studios and features artwork created by Marcelo Vasco (Dark Funeral, Dimmu Borgir, Borknagar). A release date will be announced soon. The track listing is as follows:
01. The Sixth Bell
03. Thrones Of Human Power
04. Darkly Strike
07. Fall Into The Darkness of Illusion
08. Claim For The Apocalyptic Eradication
09. God's Nightmare
10. Slaves To Superstition
11. Thrones Of Human Power (orchestral version) (bonus track)
12. Claim For The Apocalyptic Eradication (orchestral version) (bonus track)
Vattnet Viskar has compiled a making-of video from time spent in the studio recording "Sky Swallower," the band's debut full-length album.
"Sky Swallower" was recorded at Universal Noise Storage under the watchful eye of producer Brett Boland, and features eight songs of atmospheric black metal, filtered through the members' own hardcore pasts and imbued with doom metal's heart-rending heaviness. The album is due out September 3rd via Century Media Records.
Melotov Records presents its release of Bone Dance's 2010 EP, "Snakecharmers," which is due out August 27th.
Originally self-released by the band and now long out of print, "Snakecharmers" finally gets its justice, thanks to Melotov. A limited run of 500 copies, Melotov's reissue of the EP features new artwork, adorning a one-sided, color vinyl 12" (200 "smoke haze," 300 gold).
From Boise, Idaho, Bone Dance churns out what the band refers to as "utter, desert-driven nihilism" - suffocating heaviness in the order of Botch, Coalesce, and Engineer. Sludgy riffs spiral downward, drums strike and recoil, and vocalist Morgan Mechling spits pure disgust as if preemptively delivering mankind's eulogy.
The "Snakecharmers" reissue comes after Melotov's release of Bone Dance's self-titled full-length in Fall 2012. The "Snakecharmers" track listing is as follows: More...
Current members of Killswitch Engage and Shadows Fall and ex-members of Overcast and Cannae have combined forces in the project Death Ray Vision.
The band's 12 song album "We Ain't Leavin' Till You're Bleedin" will be released via Bullet Tooth on September 10th, 2013. The first single from the album "Break Every Chain" is now streaming at YouTube. Check out the short track below.
Kicking off on September 13th, the band will play select East Coast dates with Sworn Enemy and Acaro on the "Raging Semi-Tour." The first date to be announced is September 14 at The Palladium in Worcester, MA. More dates to be announced soon!
The album's track listing is:
01. We Ain't Leavin' Till You're Bleedin'
02. Over My Dead Body
04. Condemned When You Were Born
05. Fuck Compromise
06. Live Fast… Never Die
07. Break Every Chain
08. This Is Progress
10. Your Shallow Grave
11. False Prophet
12. A Forest (Of Kegs) More...
Serpent Noir has checked in with the following announcement about working on an upcoming new album:
"We are soon to begin working on our most magical and esoteric album to date. For that purpose our dear fraters Thomas Karlsson (a well-known occult author of important works such as 'Qabalah, Qliphoth and Goetic Magic') and Tommie Eriksson (the leader of the mighty horde Saturnalia Temple) will contribute to this work.
"Thomas will write most of the album's lyrics while Tommie will lend us his magnificent voice. Responsible for the artwork and layout will be the exceptional new artist and frater of ours Michael Idehall."
The recording is scheduled to take place this autumn. Meanwhile, Serpent Noir is set to perform the band's first live ritual outside of Greece on the 20th of September 2013 in the Netherlands.
Breed 77 has checked in with the following announcement about vocalist Paul Isola missing upcoming tour dates:
"Unfortunately Paul is not going to be able to join us for the first few dates of our tour - he is dealing with some serious personal issues and although it kills him to miss out, it is impossible for him to make it to the first shows.
"He appreciates your understanding and we would like to respect his privacy and give him the time he needs to sort stuff out. He will be back in time from Bloodstock onwards and worry not, the band and our friend Rui lopez will be taking up vocal duties!
"Thanks for continuing to believe in Breed 77 and as always, hold on tight for the ride as we set the world on fire! See you at the front."
The Defiled's new album "Daggers," the band's first for Nuclear Blast Entertainment, will be released this coming Friday, August 2nd.
In anticipation of the release, Metal Hammer Germany is streaming the record in its entirety. Check out the full album stream here or in the player below.
"Daggers" follows the band's debut album "Grave Times" (2011). The Defiled is confirmed as main support to Motionless in White on an upcoming U.K. tour in September. Dates are available after the jump. More...
After latest studio work "Imaginaerum" (reviewed here) and the release of fantasy motion picture "Imaginaerum by Nightwish," Finnish symphonic metallers Nightwish are approaching the end of a cycle now, as the last three live shows in support of the releases are closing in.
And what would be a better way to celebrate the grand finale than to capture the entire upcoming show at Wacken Open Air - the world’s biggest heavy metal festival - for a live DVD/Blu-ray?
Mastermind and keyboardist Tuomas Holopainen states: "The time has come soon to wrap up the magical & memorable one-and-a-half year 'Imaginaerum World Tour' 2012-2013! We still have three shows left, one of them being at the legendary Wacken Open Air Metal Festival on the 3rd of August.
"This show will be something extra special, since it will be released later this year on DvD/Blu-ray, together with a massive 'Imaginaerum World Tour' 2012-2013 documentary. Our darling flying Dutchwoman, Floor Jansen, has been nothing but incredible during her time in Nightwish on this tour, so this is a perfect opportunity to immortalize the current vibe of the band on film!"
Be sure to be right in front of the True Metal Stage at Wacken Open Air on coming Saturday, August 3rd, at 22:45 CEST when Nightwish will capture the bombastic live magic for eternity! The final "Imaginaerum World Tour" shows are as follows:
03.08. D Wacken - Wacken Open Air
10.08. B Kortrijk - Alcatraz Festival
11.08. D Hildesheim - M’era Luna Festival
Ashes of Ares is the new formation of Matt Barlow (ex-Iced Earth), Van Williams (ex-Nevermore) and Freddie Vidales (ex-Iced Earth).
On September 6th (September 17th in the U.S.), Nuclear Blast releases the band's self-titled debut album, which was produced at Morrisound Recording by Jim Morris (Death, Iced Earth, Control Deniedd).
Today Ashes of Ares proudly presents a new album trailer - check it out below. "Ashes Of Ares" will be released as a limited CD in Digipak including a bonus track as well as in two different 2LP versions. The track listing is as follows:
01. The Messenger
02. Move the Chains
03. On Warrior's Wings
05. This is my Hell
06. Dead Man's Plight
07. Chalice of Man
08. The Answer
09. What I Am
10. The One-Eyed King
11. The Answer (acoustic version) More...
Wyoming's Righteous Vendetta, which recently shared a tale for our weekly Pit Stories column, has announced several August/September tour-dates with hard rock powerhouse 10 Years.
Righteous Vendetta will hop on the tour, already in progress, on August 20 in Flint, Mich. Commented vocalist Ryan Hayes: "We are excited to announce we will be doing a string of tour-dates with 10 Years. This is a band we jammed before we were even in a band, so getting to play with them on tour is truly awesome for us."
A full list of confirmed tour dates can be seen below. Aside from the upcoming tour, Righteous Vendetta is currently gearing up for the release of a new full-length, due out this fall. The band recently completed recording its new album at JTW Recording Studios in Hubertus, Wisconsin with producer, Joel Wanasek, who also produced the band's previous effort, Lawless. More...
Irish act Dead Aeon has checked in with the following announcement about splitting with the band's bass player:
"Due to creative differences, we have decided to part ways with our bassist Daniel (Dohg) Doherty. We wish Daniel well in all his future musical endeavors. This will not affect our appearance at this October's Siege of Limerick or any other shows we book in the near future. Details of our new bassist will be released soon." More...
Howling has posted a new song online from the band's upcoming EP "Tear the Screams from Your Throat," which is due out October 2013. Check out "Shape Shifting Enemy" at Bandcamp or in the player available below.
Rolling Stone has just premiered The Devil Wears Prada's new lyric video for "Martyrs." Check out the video below.
Dan Swano of Witherscape has posted a video clip online explaining why there are two different mixes available of the band's debut album "The Inheritance." Check it out below.
The track listing is as follows:
1. Mother Of The Soul
2. Astrid Falls
3. Dead For A Day (lyric video available here)
4. Dying For The Sun
5. To The Calling Of Blood And Dreams
6. The Math Of The Myth
7. Crawling From Validity
8. The Wedlock Observation
9. The Inheritance
Germany's Shakhtyor released a self-titled debut through Cyclone Empire Records in Europe, and has now confirmed August 20th as the release date of the album in North America via Metal Blade Records.
In celebration of the North American release of the album, lastrit.es (formerly metalreview.com) is hosting a stream of the second track from the album, "Handschuhmann." Check it out below. Metal Blade Records also comments:
"Shakhtyor, the Russian miner, arises from the depths with pounding drums, massive bass and walls of guitars. Since 2009, these three guys from Hamburg have been working on their blend of doom, sludge, post metal and stoner rock. Beginning in 2011, they've regularly hit the stages to preview what was to come with their first full-length album, which was finally released in April 2012. Backed by positive feedback from various well known blogs, and with new songs up their sleeves, they began playing the clubs across Germany, broadening their fan base among fans of Neurosis, Omega Massif, Ufomammut or Entombed with every show." More...
Ambient black metal outfit Lebensnacht has released the "Syksyn Kuoleminen" album, which can be heard at Bandcamp or in the player below. The track listing is as follows:
1. Herbsttag 01:30
2. Welkes Leben 05:33
3. Herbststerben 06:50
4. Weibe Einsamkeit 04:08
5. Lebenswinter 06:57
6. Kuolema 08:57
7. Paattyminen 06:15
8. OH 00:33 More...
Rockmite.com has posted footage online of Nine Inch Nails performing a new song titled "Disappointed," which will appear on the band's upcoming album "Hesitation Marks."
Check out the live clip below (the new song starts about halfway through).
Nine Inch Nails' upcoming album "Hesitation Marks" is due out this coming September 3rd on Columbia Records.
To hear more from the album, check out the previously posted video clip for "Came Back Haunted" at this location.
After releasing a music video for "Secret Vasectomy," Ken Mode has now teamed up with Sick Drummer Magazine to post a drum video.
Check out the footage of Ken Mode's Shane Matthewson performing "Counter Culture Complex" in the player below. The song comes off new album "Entrench," which has the following track listing:
1. Counter Culture Complex
2. No; I'm In Control
3. Your Heartwarming Story Makes Me Sick
4. The Terror Pulse
5. The Promises of God
6. Romeo Must Never Know
7. Secret Vasectomy
8. Figure Your Life Out
10. Why Don't You Just Quit?
An official video is now available for the song "Antenna" by Italian band Australasia. The video was created by Tim Van Helsdingen and can be viewed below.
"Antenna," originally appearing on the "Sin4tr4" EP, has been re-recorded and will be part of the new album "Vertebra." The coming album was recorded and mixed at 16th Cellar Studio (Rome) by Stefano "Saul" Morabito.
Legion will be releasing a brand new music video, directed by Kevin J Custer, on Tuesday, August 6th for the single "And Then, The Devil Said." A teaser trailer can be found below. Legion's brand new LP "Woke" is out today and can be heard in its entirety after the jump.
IWrestledABearOnce has premiered a stream of the entire new album, "Late For Nothing," for fans today via Loudwire.com. Check out the album stream below.
The band’s third full-length album is scheduled for release on August 6th via Century Media and is available for pre-order now in a variety of packages and formats at this location.
IWABO is currently trekking across the U.S. on The All Stars Tour 2013 with Every Time I Die, Chelsea Grin, Veil of Maya, Terror and more. Dates are available after the jump. More...
L.A.'s Warbringer has been locked away in The Omen Room studio with producer Steve Evetts (Dillinger Escape Plan, Sepultura, Symphony X) for the past few months and is about to complete "IV: Empires Collapse."
"IV: Empires Collapse" is a collective work between the five band members and the producers. "Musically, all five of us brought something for the rest of the group to work off of and we were all a part of chiseling away at the ideas," says drummer Carlos Cruz of the recording process. "Having five band members with eclectic tastes in music from Crust Punk to Progressive music and everything in between brought about new musical directions for the material."
The album will be released October 15th, 2013 via Century Media Records. A previously posted studio video can be found right here.
The band will hit the road in support of genre legends Overkill and Kreator starting the night before Halloween in Baltimore and ends with two nights in New York City. More...
Join Victory Records as the label catches up with Scott Vogel and the rest of Terror at Toyota Park in Chicago, IL on July 24th stop of the All Stars Tour.
Talking candidly about what it means to "Live By The Code," along with the past, present, and future of Terror, Vogel opens up before a crushing set to a sea of loyal hardcore devotees. For a taste of the explosive live performance, an in-depth interview with the band, and upcoming tour dates, check out the clip below. More...
The wait is almost over, in exactly one week from today, the self-titled 4th full-length album from Boston metallers Revocation will be released on Relapse Records.
This is the first release to feature new bassist Brett Bamberger, and the album's artwork was created by Orion Landau (Dying Fetus, Obscura, Nile).
Broken Hope has unveiled the album cover artwork for the band's new album, "Omen of Disease." The cover painting was created by horror artist, Wes Benscoter (Slayer, Cattle Decapitation, Autopsy, Kreator, etc).
Broken Hope's Jeremy Wagner comments: "Wes Benscoter is one of my favorite artists, EVER. In my opinion, he’s right up there with Frank Frazetta, Michael Whelan, and Todd Schorr. Ever since Benscoter did our Repulsive Conception and Loathing album covers, I've wanted to work with him again. I was beyond thrilled when Benscoter agreed to take on the Omen of Disease project…and he nailed it! He's captured the vile essence, putrid vibe, and apocalyptic, disease-laden horror of Omen of Disease. Thank you for creating another masterpiece, Wes Benscoter."
The "Omen of Disease" album was recorded between two studios: drums were exclusively recorded at Belle City Sound in Racine, WI. with engineer Chris Wisco, and the remaining bulk of the album was completed at Mercenary Digital Studios in Zion, IL. with engineer Scott Creekmore. The album is slated for worldwide release in October via Century Media Records. More...
UK-based thrashers Merciless Terror will release their full-length debut, "Vile Extinction," on October 7th via Devil's Clause Records. Formed in 2009, Merciless Devastation first hit the scene in 2011 with the critically acclaimed debut E.P "Perpetual Devastation" - which was mastered by James Murphy. Check out the track "Shattered Existence" following the album cover art and tour dates if not acquainted with the band.
The upcoming debut album comes on the heels of last year's self-released EP, "Eternal Decay," and sees the band overcome a series of obstacles in the form of lineup changes. Earlier this year, Michael Brush (ex-Hellbastard) stepped in to take over drum duties and original guitarist David Siddons took his leave and was recently replaced by shredder Luke Tasker. Frontman Dale Linsdell commented, "'It has been tough this past year, with new line up changes/touring and recording the album itself, we are glad to finally unleash it upon the world. This will be 11 tracks of pure terror."
"Vile Extinction" was recorded at Stuck on a Name Studios by co-producer Ian Boult and was mixed and mastered by Neil Williams at Abysmal Audio. The album artwork was handled by legendary artist Jon Zig and the bands logo was revamped by local artist Gary Ronaldson of Bite Radius Designs. On Sunday, August 11th, Merciless Terror will be performing on the New Blood stage at this year's Bloodstock Festival. The band has also announced several more live dates, including a September tour of Russia. Dates are as follows:
August 11th - Bloodstock Festival (New Blood Stage)
August 29th - Exeter, UK @ The Cavern
August 30th - Brighton, UK @ The Green Door Store
August 31st - Bristol, UK @ The Hatchet Inn
September 7th - Moscow, RU @ Under The Ground
September 8th - Samara, RU @ Zvevda
September 9th - Ufa, RU @ Dance Bar
September 10th - Chelyabinsk, RU @ Club Ozz
September 11th - Perm, RU @ 13 Komnata
September 12th - Kotlas, RU @ Club Pila
September 13th - Arkhangelsk, RU @ Black Wings of Death Fest
September 14th - Vologda, RU @ Iris Club
September 15th - St. Petersburg, RU @ Stoker