Metal News for July 31, 2015
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31 news articles posted on this day.
Crematory just issued the following announcement about recruiting two new guitarists and working on a new album:
"Crematory found new guitarists! On one hand they found Tosse Basler, who's in the music business for over 30 years and played in bands like Poison Asp, Forty Shades, Scapegoat, Avalanche or Evolution, who's handling the rhythm guitar and the clean vocals.
"On the other hand, Rolf Munkes, who also has over 30 years of experience in the business, joined the band as their new lead guitarist. Rolf is also operating as a producer in his Empire Studios, were he worked with such acts as Majesty, Tony Martin (Ex-Black Sabbath), Neil Murray (Ex-Whitesnake & Ex-Gary Moore), Don Airey (Deep Purple) or Doogie White (Michael Schenker).
"More guitars means more metal! Creamtory will hit the Kohlekeller Studio again, in September, to record a new album with producer Kristian Bonifer. And this album will cause some great surprises in spring 2016, which also marks the band's 25th anniversary! Crematory will play several festivals in the Summer then!" More...
Ares Kingdom just revealed the front cover artwork for an upcoming album, which can be seen below, and the band also comments:
"Time has come to unveil the cover of our new album, 'The Unburiable Dead.' 30.7/15: CD layout is finished, NWN making one last inspection before sending to the plant. Out in early September. LPs will follow, depending on the speed of GZ." More...
"Pale Hands," the opening track from Lament Cityscape's debut LP, "The Torn," has been issued and can be heard below.
This track comes online following Lament Cityscape's recent signing to Battlegrounds Records, which will handle the release of "The Torn" on September 4, 2015. The track listing is as follows:
1. Pale Hands
2. Turn Inward
3. The First Son
4. The Final Son
5. This Has Always Been
6. Sewn Into Our Palm
7. The Dance
8. Never Ended More...
Toronto, Ontario-based death metal horde Abyss just kicked off the "West Coast Anatomization" tour as the quartet will bulldoze south down the coastline, storming Olympia, Seattle, Portland, Sacramento, Los Angeles, Bakersfield, San Jose, Oakland and San Francisco, where the tour ends on August 8th. Check out the full "Heretical Anatomy" album below, or catch the band live on these dates:
7/31/2015 Obsidian - Olympia, WA
8/01/2015 Black Lodge - Seattle, WA
8/02/2015 High Water Mark - Portland, OR
8/03/2015 Press Club - Sacramento, CA
8/04/2015 Star Lanes - Los Angeles, CA
8/05/2015 Babylon - Bakersfield, CA
8/06/2015 TBA - San Jose, CA w/ Ask A Cop
8/07/2015 First Church Of The Buzzard - Oakland, CA
8/08/2015 The Knockout - San Francisco, CA More...
It's been a long ten days, but we're finally at the finish line: Kataklysm has now unleashed new album "Of Ghosts and Gods" along with a whopping ten full music videos.
Today tenth and final clip "The World Is A Dying Insect" can be seen below as the album officially drops via Nuclear Blast.
Kataklysm mastermind Maurizio comments: “'The World Is A Dying Insect' is the parallel between what we call parasites that we feel are the negative impact on society, and humans, the similar evolution.”
The new album's track listing is:
1. Breaching The Asylum (check out the video)
2. The Black Sheep (see music video here)
3. Thy Serpents Tongue (see the clip here)
4. Soul Destroyer (see music video here)
5. Vindication (video available here)
6. Marching Through Graveyards (see music video here)
7. Shattered (watch at this location)
8. Hate Spirit (check it out here)
9. Carrying Crosses (video available here)
10. The World Is A Dying Insect More...
Swedish fuzz/doom band Skraeckoedlan is proud to announce that the album "Sagor" will be released on vinyl this coming August 21, 2015 via Razzia Records.
The album was recorded in numerous studios with different technicians and producers during a two-year period, collaborating with Daniel Bergstrand (In Flames, Meshuggah, El Caco) and Niklas Berglöf (Ghost) among others. Skraeckoedlan describes the album thusly:
”Mountains. Colossal peaks stretches past the darkened clouds and further into the cosmos. In the leviathans towering shadow the landscape is left black, like the uncertainty of eternity. Only a pulse remains. A barely noticeable but steadily growing sensation, a promise of direction in the fangs of darkness. Through the dream we escape time, to the brink of infinity where love thrives.” More...
Finnish death metal band Necropsy will officially release "Buried in the Woods" tomorrow - August 1 - via Xtreem Music, but today all the tracks have come online early for streaming. Check it out in the Bandcamp player below. The full track listing is:
1. Buried in the Woods
2. Cold Fart Morbidity
3. Just Sharpen My Knife
4. Dead Inherit the Land
5. Full Moon Catlin
6. Pages of Flesh
7. Best Day Ever
8. Father Heresy More...
U.S. outfit Eye Of Minerva has issued the following announcement about recruiting a new bass player:
"Please welcome musician Jeff Cicero to the EOM lineup as our new bassist. Cicero takes over for Mattais Olgin, who the band parted ways with in the June.
"Mattais just didn't work out with us, but we wish him well. Shit happens, ya know. Anyway, Cicero is killing it at practices and his 1st show with us will be in Houston, Texas at BTDF 2015!" More...
Motorhead has a new lyric video online for the song "Electricity" (listen in below), and the band also comments:
"We’re proud to announce the release of our first official single and lyric video to ‘Electricity.’ a track from our forthcoming album ‘Bad Magic’ (to be released on August 28th).
"So, crank up the stereo and make sure you (and your neighbours) get your dose of loud, new Motörhead today!
"If you have already pre-ordered 'Bad Magic,' you will automatically have access to the single, along with ‘Thunder & Lightning.’ If you haven’t already pre-ordered, you can grab your copy of the album right here." More...
After dropping off the Summer Slaughter tour due to visa problems, technical death metal band Obscura has issued a new update on the progress of an upcoming album. Bassist Linus Klausenitzer comments:
"We are proud to announce that we finished the production of our new album! The production was full of extremes in so many ways. All band members were working at their limit to make this album the best possible.
"Thanks to the mix and mastering qualities of our long time producer V. Santura our songs became even more powerful than I could have imagined. You can be looking forward to very fast and Obscura typical up tempo tracks but also some very new sounds with very detailed, atmospheric, dark and heavy parts."
This upcoming release will follow 2011's "Omnivium" (reviewed here), with full details still to arrive.
The Finnish riff-mongers from Speedtrap just premiered the new track "No Glory Found" online - listen in below. The track hails from second album, "Straight Shooter," set for international release on September 11 via Svart Records. The "Straight Shooter" track listing is as follows:
1. No Glory Found
2. Torches Ablaze
3. Running Rampant
4. Eyes For Conquest
5. Serve Your Masters
6. Straight Shooter
7. Heavy Armor
8. Savage The Prey More...
Philadelphia's traditional/power metal band Power Theory has revealed the cover artwork for upcoming full-length "Driven By Fear." The album will contain nine new tracks, with full details forthcoming. If you missed it, check out the new music video for "Cut & Run" at this location. More...
Terror has teamed up with WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins to kick-out the music video for “Mind At War,” giving another peek into new album "The 25th Hour." Check it out below.
Frontman Scott Vogel says of the track, “When Nick (Jett, drummer) first showed me this song, I immediately thought it had a D.R.I. 'Four Of A Kind' crossover feel to it which I love and is pretty fresh for Terror. Lyrically, everyone can relate to this. All our minds are at war within ourselves and this fucked up world. We needed a visual that bought to life the dark side of our thoughts and the Tom Soares legendary production really shows on this track.”
Terror's "The 25th Hour" will strike on August 7, 2015. Previously posted track "The Solution" can also be heard over here.
Newly founded Argento Records has confirmed the label's first title, with the impending release "Circle Of Molesters," the second LP from Trieste, Italy's corrosive sludge quartet Grime. Argento Records comments:
"Their sound is rooted into rotten burial grounds and their songs are the sound of a decaying swamp filled with trash. Their slow and heavy groove is filthy and vicious, guitar riffs are sharp and covered with rust, drums and bass hit with the unstoppable power of a mud avalanche. And their only goal is bringing destruction to a town near you.
"Following the release of their independent debut EP in 2011 and their dominating 2013-released debut LP, 'Deteriorate' (Forcefield Records/Mordgrimm), Grime oozes forth with their most brutalizing display of gutter-born, diseased sludge metal yet with 'Circle Of Molesters.' Like a volcano rupturing megatons of rotting flesh, for nearly forty minutes the band's gnarly scourge will suck you into the darkest depths of suffocating death, yet all the while taking their petulant tonal attack to new heights, integrating more body-mangling dynamics than ever.
"Bringing this auditory destruction to life, the band enlisted the recording and mixing work of sound engineer Lorenzo Stecconi (Ufomammut, Amen Ra, Zu) and final mastering duties to Brad Boatright (Sleep, Corrosion Of Conformity, Nails) at Audiosiege, both factors helping shape every bit of the band's tonal wrath to thundering clarity." More...
Before The Mourning is streaming new track "The Deception," which can be heard below and comes off debut album "Ethereal End," due out August 21 via Street Smart Recordings.
Adam Ryan (vocals) states: "This song was created just like the rest of the tracks on our album. It’s usually all of us in a room bouncing riffs and ideas off one another until something we all can agree on is playing through the speakers in our home studio. Lyrically, this song is about a screwed up love triangle. It's about all the different deceptions used by everyone involved. Mostly behind the backs of one another. It centers around a woman who is still in love with her ex, but is with a man who isn't what he appears to be. The chorus starts off aimed at the woman, but half way through turns into a blunt statement to the deceptive boyfriend. The bridge is one final plea asking someone to help her get away from this guy before something really bad happens.
"We opened the album with this track because of its overall energy, and attitude. It's major key, almost happy sounding intro is a complete 180 from the rest of the track, as it then drops into a heavy driving groove which doesn't let up for the rest of the song. I think this song helps represent our overall sound because we don't stick to one style for every track we put out. We want to keep it heavy, but also full of melody and groove." More...
Kaine parted ways with bassist/vocalist Dan Mailer earlier this month, and now the band has issued this update about releasing a final track featuring Mailer:
"The new Kaine single 'Justice Injustice' is on its way as the band awaits the new artwork, again by Silencer 8 (who also does artwork for bands such as As I Lay Dying and Caliban) before the release will be made public. A select number of reviewers have already had a chance to listen to the new track, giving the song and musical direction praise as Kaine returns to its heavier routes.
"The track was recorded and produced by Ade Hare at Three Circles studio where the band recorded their debut album and was mastered by Z-Plane who also worked on the band’s previous album 'The Waystone.'
"It will be the last official release to feature founding member and bassist Dan Mailer, released initially as a digital download with a small, limited run of physicals to be pressed in the future." More...
Wolvserpent performed at the Stardust V festival last month, which took place at the Saint Vitus Bar in New York. Pit Full Of Shit has now uploaded footage of that entire June 27th performance - check it out below.
After openly discussing her mental health issues and bout with cancer, Jill Janus and the Huntress crew will soon release third studio album "Static" - due out September 25 through Napalm Records.
The new single "Flesh" premieres today with a stunning lyric video, available below. Huntress vocalist Janus comments:
"'Flesh' is catchy and hard rock, it's lusty and bloody, a blackened-party metal make out song. When my bandmates brought me the killer composition, I wrote the lyrics as my storyline unfolded like bizarre film noir. A female serial killer who would transform into a demonic seamstress, preying upon women. She desires their flesh for fashion. Once again, I've collaborated with the immensely talented Vance Kelly to bring my story to life. Our telepathic artistic connection has created a twisted romantic lyric video for a summer of lust. Enjoy!"
The new Huntress record was produced by Paul Fig (Grammy nominated engineer, Alice in Chains, Deftones, Trivium, Ghost BC) and Jim Rota (Fireball Ministry, Emmy nominated Executive Producer of the Sonic Highways series, Producer Sound City Movie). Pre-orders are now available through PledgeMusic here. More...
Two years have passed since Israeli thrash metal act Hammercult released the "Steelcrusher" album. Two years during which the whole world and the international metal scene has changed.
Hammercult has stayed abreast of those changes: more than ever before, the band impress with a broad stylistic range, increasingly allowing influences from the punk, hardcore and traditional heavy metal genres.
The result is entitled "Built For War," an intoxicating thrash metal manifesto with an inescapable knock out effect due out on SPV/Steamhammer this coming September 4 in North America. Today a new track from the album is also online - check out "Spoils of War" below, and you can pre-order the album at this location. The "Built For War" track listing is:
1. From Parts Unknown (Intro)
2. Rise Of The Hammer
3. I Live For This Shit
4. Spoils Of War
5. Ready To Roll
6. Raise Some Hell
7. Blackened Blade
8. Let It Roar
9. Ode To Ares (Interlude)
10. Altar Of Pain
11. Blood And Fire
12. Saturday Night Circle Pit Fight
13. Road To Hell More...
U.K. power trio Hark has announced upcoming 2015 summer festival dates beginning on August 9th and seeing the band trek through France, Germany, The Netherlands and more before concluding on August 15th. A full list of confirmed tour dates can be found below.
Hark is touring in support of latest album, "Crystalline," which can also be streamed in full after the list of tour dates.
8/9 Saint Maurice de Gourdans, FRA @ Sylak Festival
8/10 L’Usine, Geneva, CH @ Urgence Disc *Matinee show
8/12 Dinkelsbühl, GER @ Summer Breeze Festival
8/14 Rock Cafe, Hamburg, GER @ Elbriot Warm-up
8/15 Coevorden, NL @ MFC More...
Following the departure of the band's vocalist, Vale Of Pnath has gone through another lineup change, this time swapping out guitarists. The group comments:
"Due to personal reasons, Vale of Pnath has parted ways with guitarist Harrison Patuto. Although his time in the band was short lived, he was an outstanding member of this band and is a fantastic guitar player. Moving on from this is always difficult but we have so much in store for you, we can't just give up.
"Having said that, we are very excited to announce that Eloy Montes of Flub will be taking over guitar duties! We are currently in the process of finishing the writing of our full length, and his contributions thus far are more than we could have asked for.
"If you aren't familiar with his playing, check out his band or even better - check out this clip of him playing the first solo in 'Sightless.'"
Earlier this month Hecate Enthroned parted ways with the band's vocalist, but now a new member has been found. The U.K. group comments:
"We are very pleased to announce the addition of Joe Stamps as Hecate Enthroned’s new vocalist!
Joe has been a friend of the band for many years and has stood in on live vocals for us in the past; some of you may remember our U.K. mini tour in 2006 when Joe did the Southampton and Nottingham shows with us.
"We have always been fans of his incredible power and impressive range which is currently on display wih his band Lacrota (Sheffield) and in his past work with Ethereal (Liverpool).
"Joe’s great attitude, commitment and passion for what he does made him the natural choice and we are excited to start working with him live and in the studio. We are sure you will join us in welcoming Joe to the family." More...
Peruvian symphonic power metal act Ancestral Dawn has launched a crowdfunding campaign for the first Rock Metal Opera made in Perú and the first in the world mixing ancient South American instruments, international world class guests and an Inca culture based storytelling. The project features ex-Nautiluz members Jorge Higginson on bass and Jorge Segersbol on main vocals along with a cast of guest appearances. The campaign page can be accessed at this location.
Confirmed guest appearances include: Ralf Scheepers (Primal Fear), Fabio Lione (Rhapsody of Fire/Angra/Vision Divine) and Jonas Heidgert (Dragonland/Destiny). Guests will lend their voices to different characters in the story.
As for the album's conceptual story, the band reports: "The album's story takes place at the beginning of the 20th century in a fictional city inspired in Lima-Perú, known as 'The grey City,' a place always covered by a strange deep haze.
"There, catholic medical student, Sebastián Vendrel (Bastian), analyses several cases of unusual coma as the rate of suicides strangely increases in the city.
"Soon, his beloved fiancée, Jessica Isern, will fall in this rare state too, forcing him to twist his principles and search for alternative methods of ancient shamanic medicine.
"Thus, Bastian finds Andean Warlock 'Sairi Tupaj' (Fabio Lione), who knows that the answer of the disease is way more related to the dark force controlling the strange haze of the city, than just finding some natural herbs as medication. Instead he offers him the opportunity to see the real problem with his own eyes, by taking a spiritual trip with the divine beverage of Ayahuasca.
"Drinking from it will unleash the real adventure: Dark forces, ancient shamans and primordial Inca gods will guide Bastian trough an old world far beyond his beliefs." More...
Legendary U.K. metal act Saxon released a music video for the new track "Battering Ram," the title track from the band's upcoming new release. The album is set for release on October 16th via UDR Music.
The title track is also available as a digital single release and if you decide to pre-order the album on iTunes, you will automatically be able to download and stream it straight away.
The band commented: "We couldn’t be happier with the outcome and we hope that you enjoy watching it! Thank you all for your support \m/"
The track list for the album is:
1. Battering Ram
2. The Devil's Footprint
3. Queen Of Hearts
5. Hard and Fast
6. Eye of The Storm
7. Stand Your Ground
8. Top Of The World
9. To The End
10. Kingdom Of The Cross
11. Three Sheets To The Wind (The Drinking Song) More...
Bay Area thrash act Hatchet unleashed a stream of the new track "The World Beyond." The song will appear on the new album "Far Beyond Lunacy," the band's third long player. The album is set to drop on October 30th via The End Records.
"Far Beyond Lunacy" is the first album to feature new members Joey Karpowicz (ex-Intruder) on bass and Ben Smith on drums. The track list for the release is:
1. Where Time Cannot Exist
2. Living in Extinction
3. Lethal Injustice
4. In Fear We Trust
5. Killing Indulgence
6. Dead and Gone
7. Tearing into Hell
8. Prophet of Delusion
9. The World Beyond
10. Frozen Hell
11. Awaiting Evil More...
Canadian thrash act Annihilator released a new music video for the track "Suicide Society." The song is the title track off the upcoming new release, which is due out September 18th via UDR Music.
In a setting which evokes the atmosphere of a sanitarium (an abandoned East German swimming pool), Jeff Waters and company deliver an incisive, aggressive yet curiously cathartic meditation on the state of our world’s societal consciousness. The video can be viewed in the player below.
The track list for "Suicide Society" is:
1. Suicide Society
2. My Revenge
4. Creepin' Again
5. Narcotic Avenue
6. The One You Serve
7. Break, Enter
8. Death Scent
9. Every Minute More...
Greek melodic doom act Lachrymose will issue the new album "Carpe Noctum" on August 28th via Pure Steel Publishing. Pre-orders will be available on August 14th.
The main protagonist in Lachrymose - Blackmass - is well known in the black/death metal scene, as the mastermind of Rotting Flesh. Enhanced by the talented female singer Hel, bassplayer Kerk and Drummer Mancer (also in Rotting Flesh), the band recorded recorded ten darkened doom tunes together with producer Chris Fielding (Primordial, Electric Wizard). Forged with doom metal elements and powered by sophisticated melodies, the Hellenic quartet mix metal harmonies with high, operatic female vocals. A guest vocal appearance by Therion/ex-Candlemass vocalist Thomas Vikstrom.
The track list is as follows:
1. Precipice of Bliss
2. Fales God
3. Pinnacle of Faith
4. Black Legend
5. My Shadow (A Revelation)
6. Face Of Horror
7. Carpe Noctum
8. In A Reverie (feat. Thomas Vikstrom)
10. Fade More...
Hailing from Sierra Mountains old-school black metal warriors of Valdur premiere their new music video for "Blessings Of The Goat", taken from their new album "Pathetic Scum", which was released last month digitally and in digipak format via the band's own label Bloody Mountain Records.
Check out now the music video "Blessings Of The Goat" below.
All-female metalcore outfit Conquer Divide premieres its new music video for the track "Nightmares", taken from the band's self-titled debut album, which just hit stores last week via Artery Recordings.
Check out now the new music video for "Nightmares" below.
Finnish power metal veterans Stratovarius premiere their official lyric video for the song "Shine In The Dark" taken from the upcoming new release "Eternal". The album will drop on September 11th, 2015 (Europe) and September 18th, 2015 (USA) via earMUSIC.
Check out now "Shine In The Dark" below.
Iron Maiden is offering a first taste of new music from the eagerly awaited new studio album "The Book Of Souls", which will be released worldwide on September 4th through Parlophone Records (Sanctuary Copyrights/BMG in the U.S.A.). The album was recorded in Paris with Iron Maiden's longstanding producer Kevin “Caveman” Shirley in late 2014. The band decided to delay its release so that vocalist Bruce Dickinson, who was recently given the all-clear from a tumour, would have time to recuperate sufficiently to join in the preparations for the album’s launch.
Check out now the short preview of a new Iron Maiden song below.