Metal News for July 4, 2013
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30 news articles posted on this day.
Boston thrashers Razormaze have inked a deal with Ireland’s Slaney Records for their sophomore full-length "Annihilatia."
The album features artwork by Andrei Bouzikov (Cannabis Corpse, Municipal Waste, Skeleton Witch) and was tracked at Damage Studios by Pete Rutcho (Havok, Recoation). This will be the band's first album featuring new guitarist Joe Gettler. Razormaze has also leaked a track from the album entitled "Worshipping The Void," which can be heard below.
“This is easily our heaviest, most technical, mature and well written album yet.” Comments vocalist Alex Citrone. “Two years in the works and its finally ready. We know it’ll be well worth the wait."
The band will be embarking on a tour of the Eastern U.S. in support of "Annihilatia." The dates are as follows: More...
Kaledon has announced today the recruitment of new keyboard player Paolo Campitelli. Kaledon released latest LP "Altor: The King’s Blacksmith" back in April, and you can also check out the band's music video for "Childhood" at this location.
White Wizzard has confirmed dates for a full European headlining tour, which kicks off on September 27th in Brighton, England.
The band will be hitting the road in support of new studio album, "The Devils Cut," starting with a string of recently announced U.K. shows, followed by stops in Germany, Denmark, Italy, Switzerland, and the Netherlands. White Wizzard bassist and mainman Jon Leon comments:
"We are very excited to get back over to Europe. Giovanni and I have worked hard to get a solid line-up of guys that will actually tour and stick it out and to make White Wizzard a stable entity for the fans. We appreciate all of our fans being so patient and supportive. What we have now is a line-up that has been together over a year that is very dedicated and serious. The fans will finally get to see the five guys that recorded the album and we promise we will not disappoint.
"This is only the beginning as we are already writing the next album and we are hungry to finally see the band through to its intended vision. If you dig the album, just wait until you see this group of guys live. We are on a mission in its first stages and we hope you come along for the ride. It is going to be a blast!!!" More...
Austrian power metal band Dignity will release new album “Balance Of Power” on Fastball Music/Soulfood. The album will be out in October and introduces new lead singer Søren Adamsen from Denmark.
The band comments: “We are really happy to announce that we joined forces with Fastball Music. Being with a label that believes in our music and that wants to take the next step with us really means a lot to us. For us, this album marks a new era, and our fans can expect an album that is filled to the brim with powerful music, melodic hook lines, virtuosic solo spots and atmospheric parts.”
A video clip for the opening track “Rebel Empire” was filmed last week in Germany, and will be released in early September.
Skydancer has posted a trailer online for the band's coming album "Land of the Grim," which will be releasing in Fall 2013 via Suspiria Records. Check it out below, and the album's track listing will be as follows:
1. Swamp Tomb
3. Ancestral Lands
4. L' Even
5. Meet The Ferryman
6. Treason Wall
7. The Galician Exile
8. Lembranza More...
Decapitated has teamed up with Metal Hammer to release a music video for "404." Check out the video here or in the player below.
"404" is taken from the album "Carnival Is Forever" (reviewed here), and the track listing is as follows:
1. The Knife (4:34)
2. United (5:26)
3. Carnival Is Forever (8:51)
4. Homo Sum (4:35)
5. 404 (5:10)
6. A View From A Hole (6:13)
7. Pest (3:38)
8. Silence (4:18)
Damien Deadson is the moniker and brain-child of Ryan Helm, once best known as the rhythm guitarist for the band Demon Hunter. Helm has now has taken on the title of singer and songwriter with new album, "Crown Me, Destroyer," which was released in May 2013 via Infamous Empire Records.
Now a new music video for the track "15 Years of Hate" is available and can be viewed below. The following press release was also issued about the band:
"Damien Deadson has enough energy to power a small fleet of Panzer Tanks. It's a fuel that burns full-throttle, ignited by the heat of their lyrics and the power and passion of their music and performance. Hailing from Winston-Salem, NC, Damien Deadson fuses progressive metal with powerful groove oriented riffs. These songs are dark, rich, and hauntingly honest. Along with a virtuosic blend of crushing guitars, syncopated drums and raw emotional vocal honesty, Damien Deadson has a firm grasp on the power in mood setting in his playing and the honesty in his vocals. More...
Netherion is currently streaming the entire "Sphere Of Terror" album online. Stream the album in the player below or download it over at Bandcamp here. The album's track listing is as follows:
1. Into the Decay 01:45
2. Chains Of Slavery (Ft Adrianna Tentori) 03:11
3. Words Of Perdition 04:53
4. Mutilate the Ignorance 03:54
5. Sphere Of Terror 04:38
6. Breeding Paralysis 04:35
7. Catastrophic Reality 04:35
8. Dogmatic Separation 03:30
9. New Dimension 03:10
10. Legion Of Redemption 03:09
11. Kill With Hate 03:43 More...
Famined Records has released a free 4th of July Summer Sampler, featuring eight songs from the label's current and past roster. You can stream the sampler at Neck Deep Media here or in the player below. The track listing is as follows:
1. After Me, The Flood - Truth Is... 02:49
2. Dresden - Bury Me 03:35
3. The Afterimage - The Seeking 04:10
4. Three Crowns - Turning Cycles 03:05
5. Arbiter - MechaGod 02:05
6. Ugly Colors - Take It From Me 03:15
7. Stargazer - Genesis 04:16
8. We Are The Illusion - Nine Circles 04:19 More...
Dark Tranquillity has checked in with the following announcement about upcoming European tour dates:
"The Construct is real and is coming to you this fall. Starting this November, we are bringing the European Construct tour out on the road. We are all very excited to deliver a brand new show full of new songs as well as old favourites. Cheers!
"P.S. Non-europeans: Don't worry, we're working on plenty of other tours/shows and will announce the details as soon as we can."
Howling has posted a teaser trailer online for a new EP due out later this year. Check it out below. Lines lifted from songs appear in the video, as well as some exclusive artwork done for Howling and movie stills from the 1981 film "Wolfen," which inspired one of the songs on the album.
Tony Proffer - Guitars and Bass
Vanessa Nocera - All Vocals
Elektrokutioner - Drums
A previously unreleased recording from Bl'ast! will soon see the light day via Southern Lord. The following press release was issued about the coming album:
"As far as stories of lost and found recorded material go, few tales can be told where all the pieces of the puzzle come together in fortunate ways, resulting in a brand new recording that surprised even the band themselves.
"Having formed in 1982, infamous Santa Cruz hardcore legends Bl'ast! released their first album, The Power of Expression in 1985. This debut blew everyone away and went on to become one of the highly sought after, 'must-have' hardcore albums of the ‘80s. Bl'ast! was beyond intense, continually pushing the boundaries of hardcore with their advanced musicianship, unstoppable energetic delivery and explosive live performances. This overwhelming power caught the attention of SST records, who released the band's second album, It’s In My Blood in 1987. Their third LP, Take The Manic Ride, was then released by the label in 1989. Bl'ast!'s wide-eyed, ambitious approach and intense perseverance became an influence for many bands to come. Shortly after the release of Take The Manic Ride, the band broke up and their story was buried by time and dust....UNTIL NOW!
"Earlier this year Bl'ast! guitarist Mike Neider contacted Southern Lord with news that he had found some mysterious old Bl'ast! master tapes in a abandoned storage locker. Greg Anderson, a Bl'ast! fanatic, wasted no time in sending the tapes to a studio to be baked. Needless to say, after 25 years gathering dust, the quality had deteriorated. Still, nobody could have anticipated what would follow. With the audio digitized, Southern Lord contacted fellow longtime Bl'ast! fiend, Dave Grohl about mixing this recording, his response was an enthusiastic 'FUCK YEAH!, LETS DO THIS!'
"Whilst inside Grohl's famous 606 Studios (and with the Neve console as featured in the recent Grohl produced documentary Sound City) an astonishing discovery was made; a completely unheard, unreleased Bl'ast! recording session from the mid-‘80s. More...
Groove metal outfit Cold Snap will release new album "World War 3" tomorrow, July 5th. The cover artwork was created by Mario Štrlek and Booqua Creative studio can can be viewed below. The album's track listing is as follows:
1. Straight to Hell
3. Rise Again
4. Unleash Me
6. Dead Guardian
9. Silent Killer
10. Court is Corrupted
12. My Emptiness More...
Frosttide's new full-length album "Awakening" will be released August 30th, 2013 via NoiseArt Records. The artwork is available below, and the track listing will be:
01. Winter’s Call (Intro)
03. Quest for Glory
04. No Turning Back
05. Dawn of Despair
07. Ruins of Defeat
08. Unwritten (Engraved in the Stars) More...
Achernar Dream has posted the song "Faithless Soul" online, which can be heard in the YouTube player below. "Faithless Soul" comes off the "Hypocrisera" album.
The organizers of the East Coast Tsunami festival have checked in with the following announcement about confirming the lineup:
"The East Coast Tsunami Fest 2013 is coming quickly! The lineup is set, the venue is ready to go, and people are getting excited. Every year we raise the bar a little bit on the lineup, location, vendors, and overall quality of the end user experience, so expect a lot from this year's Tsunami Fest.
"The shows will occur on Friday September 27th, Saturday September 28th and Sunday September 29th, at Reverb in Reading PA.
"The headliners are: Friday - The Bouncing Souls, Street Dogs, Man Overboard, The Menzingers and Saturday - Hatebreed, Terror, Wisdom in Chains, Breakdown, Shadows Fall, Cro Mags, Comeback Kid, Indecision, Acacia Strain and Sunday - E Town Concrete, Knuckledust (London), Strife, Figure Four, One Life Crew, Death Threat, Strength For A Reason, and a ton of other talent. The opening bands and the day by day breakdown can all be found on the lineup page." More...
After two long years since it was filmed, Melbourne's Frankenbok is finally releasing its first live DVD. Filmed at the now closed down Prague Bar in Thornbury in the northern suburbs of Melbourne, it captures what this band of bearded maniacs do best: play live.
You can pre-order your copy from this location. The DVD will be in stores mid August 2013 through Fair Dinkum Records and Rocket Distribution.
Slipknot drummer Joey Jordison was interviewed at the Graspop Metal Meeting in Belgium this past weekend. Check out the clip below to hear him discuss new project Scar the Martyr.
Jordison discusses how the upcoming album came together, including finding vocalist Henry Derek via a recommendation from King ov Hell from Gorgoroth, the group's influences and musical style, and more.
As of August 5th 2013, "Perpetuation" and "Unspoken Words," the 2012 and 2009 full-length releases by Montreal death metal shredders Derelict, will be available in retail stores worldwide through Maple Metal Records.
"MMR approached us to distribute these albums, and we couldn't be happier to go for it," comments Derelict vocalist Eric Burnet. "We've worked hard over the years to set up many of our own independent tools and services, but we were sorely lacking in terms of in-store distribution. MMR are helping a lot of hardworking metal bands, and we're happy to be one of them!"
An A&R rep from Maple Metal Records in Toronto comments: "MMR is totally stoked to offer worldwide distribution for Derelict's albums. We are confident Derelict has what it takes to be a major player in the technical death metal genre, and this Canadian band is ready to break-out onto the international metal scene in a huge way!"
"Perpetuation" saw Derelict be nominated for "Metal Artist Of The Year" at the 2013 Canadian Independent Music Awards alongside Devin Townsend, Bison BC, and more. The band is currently playing select shows in Canada and concentrating on writing a follow-up release. More...
Roadrunner Records recently got Trivium bassist Paolo Gregoletto on the phone to talk about the charity bike ride from London to the Download Festival he took part in, as well as the band's upcoming album.
This new release, and follow-up to "In Waves" (reviewed here), was produced by Disturbed and Device frontman David Draiman and is due out in the fall. You can read the full interview here, or check out these excerpts:
RR: Let's talk a little about the upcoming album. What was the writing process like?
Well, I think after going through making In Waves and touring for a whole year, year and a half, we really had the time to figure out what we wanted to do with the next record. Even before we’d gotten with David [Draiman] and started to plan with him, we were trying to get a really concise and clear vision of how we wanted the album to look and how we wanted it to sound, everything. And I think after touring with In Waves and really gelling as a band once again, now with Nick [Augusto] in the band, we were having fun writing again. And we wrote on tour—every tour we did for In Waves, we were writing and writing, and the closer we got to finishing the record cycle, we just kept writing more. And then eventually we got David on board with us, and we started sending demos over to him and he kind of gave us some general notes that he’d send for each song, whether he was feeling it, what he liked about a certain song, what could be better, and we kept going back and forth for maybe a month or so. Once we got to the studio with him, we really dug into the song structures, vocals, lyrics, everything, and that was definitely intense. Ten, 12-hour days of working on the music, writing, something that was—I don’t think we’d ever experienced pre-production that intense before. But it really helped us. We learned a lot from ourselves and from David, being so close together and working that long.More...
The Last Hangmen has released a live video clip for the track "Knocking Tombstones Down," performed at Sektor Evolution 2013. Check it out below. "Knocking Tombstones Down" comes off the "Servants of Justice" album, which can be ordered at this location.
Colorado metal act The Casket Crew has released a new single, "Funeral Dirge," and the cover art from upcoming album "Coercion."
The track "Funeral Dirge" is meant to introduce the band to a wider audience and set the tone for the new album, which has more of a malevolent and crushing attitude than previous material.
"Coercion" is set to be released in October 2013 on badGod music. "Coercion" is the band's third album overall and the follow-up to the 2010 album entitled "Somber Ceremony." More...
Fatality vocalist / guitarist Spencer Le Von has posted his first diary entry on the band's current Towards Disastour. Check it out right here.
The Canadian thrash party monsters Fatality unleashed their sophomore album "Psychonaut" last week on June 28th and are currently on the road supporting the release. Vocalist / guitarist Spencer Le Von comments:
"Psychonaut, this complex riff addled collection is the result of much blood, sweat and endless passion. Eight tracks of blistering progressive thrash metal, each one of them filled with enough ear candy to satisfy your heavy metal sweet tooth. So this weekend, fire up that BBQ, get your rye and coke on ice and let your whole street hear it."
The album's track listing is:
1. Enter Purgatory - 7:54
2. Thoughts Collide - 5:11
3. Monstrous - 5:26
4. Before the Collapse - 5:29
5. Towards Disaster - 4:47
6. Psychonaut - 6:10
7. Satan’s Shepherd - 4:18
8. Thrashterpiece II - 7:15 More...
The Great Divide's new video for "Innocence" is out now and can be viewed below. "Innocence" is the second single from "Tales Of Innocence And Experience," out now on Useless Pride Records. You can also hear more from The Great Divide over here.
As Prayers Fail has released a new music video for the track "Hollow Stare," taken from the band's second full-length album "High Hopes & Heavy Hearts," which will be released on July 12th, 2013. Check out the clip below, or find more info on the band at Facebook here.
The Modern Age Slavery has posted a live video clip online for "Icon Of a Dead World," which can be found below. The band also comments:
"Hey guys! Guess what? We have a present to you on this 4th of July! Check out this live video taken from our last gig in Reggio Emilia. Our good ol' fan & videomaker Michele Casolaro made this one single shot experiment, no cuts at all, just timeline effects… ain't that crazy cool?"
Civil War, the new symphonic power metal band featuring ex-Sabaton members, has uploaded the song "Gettysburg" to Soundcloud in celebration of the 150th Anniversary of the historic battle.
Check out the song below, which is taken from the band's debut full-length "The Killer Angels" (reviewed here), out now on Despotz Records.
"The Battle of Gettysburg. 150 years have passed since it took place, but still today it's one of the greatest battles in history," commented the band. "This is a song that reflects the memories and thoughts of one single soldier. His name is unknown, maybe he never existed. But if he did, maybe this is what went through his mind. We give you the song, 'Gettysburg.'" More...
Voros, the five piece Australian metal outfit featuring former members of Double Dragon
and A Red Dawn, has released the second installment of the three part debut EP, "The Sky
Featuring two new tracks, titled "Pollaxe" and "Death Throes," "The Sky Burial EPs: Part II"
was recorded by Andy Kite at Against The Grain Studios and mixed and mastered by Darren
Jenkins (Mortal Sin, Daysend, DepriVation) at Jenk Music Productions. Check out the tracks below, and the following press release was also issued:
"The EP highlights Voros’ musical diversity by fusing the brutality, melody and speed of
'Pollaxe’ with the crushing, melodic rhythm of ‘Death Throes.’ It is an ideal demonstration
of the band’s ability to play a variety of metal styles, while maintaining their own distinct
"The Sky Burial EPs: Pt I" was released on February 18th, 2013 and can be heard at this location. The third part in the EP series will be released in late 2013 digitally, with a physical copy combining all three parts due out in 2014. More...
Napalm Christ has made the band's new 2013 demo available for streaming and free download at Bandcamp. You can also stream the tracks below.
These three demo songs, along with an additional 4 songs not currently released, will soon be available on cassette via Goatprayer Records. The demo's track listing is as follows:
1. Idols of Evil 03:56
2. Life is Dimming 06:18
3. Reclaimed by the Earth 09:22 More...
Perversion, a Dubai based death metal band, has released its first official video of the song "The Great Deception," taken from debut album "Pillars of the Enlightened." The video was shot during a live performance of the band in Egypt back in 2011 and can be viewed below.
"Pillars of the Enlightened" will be officially released through Blast Head Records on the 30th of July. Pre-orders are now available right here.