Metal News for July 5, 2012
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Saskatoon label Hypnotic Dirge Records will be releasing the self-titled album from Australian ambient doom band Subterranean Disposition on September 1st. The band is sharing the fifteen minute opus "The Most Subtle of Storms" over on the label's Bandcamp page, or listen to it below. This song has been streaming awhile and will be included on the album.
The one man brainchild known as Subterranean Disposition is the creative vehicle of Terry Vainoras, who has been in every genre of Australian band possible. His previous acts include Damage (grindcore), Earth (melodic death), Order Of Chaos (hardcore), Hellspawn (black metal) and Cryptal Darkness, The Eternal and Insomnius dei (doom).
According to "The Mark Reale Tribute Page," bassist Don Van Stavern, guitarist Mike Flyntz and drummer Bobby Jarzombek have written new songs for Riot in the style of "Thundersteel" and "Immortal Soul" and are planning big news for the band.
In a post on Facebook: "DVS and Mike have written over 15 new songs in the Thundersteel/ Immortal Soul tradition! Riot is on the move! Great news coming soon...............Shine On, Riot!"
Emmure is headed out for a European tour this coming November supporting Parkway Drive, along with The Word Alive and Struc/tures. Emmure is also currently gearing up for the Trespass America Festival, which will take over the U.S. starting July 13th in Broomfield, Colo.
The band's upcoming November tour dates are as follows (find full Tresspass America Festival dates at this location):
11/13 Tilburg, NET – 013
11/14 Birmingham, UK – Ballroom
11/15 Manchester, UK – Academy
11/16 Leeds, UK – University
11/17 London, UK – Roundhouse
11/18 Lint, BEL – Eurocam Media Center
11/19 Hamburg, GER – Große Freiheit 36
11/20 Oslo, NOR – Sentrum Scene
11/21 Stockholm, SWE – Debaser Medis
11/22 Gothenburg, SWE – Trädgårn
11/23 Berlin, GER – Huxleys
11/24 Oberhausen, GER – Turbinenhalle
11/25 Wiesbaden, GER – Schlachthof
11/26 Zürich, SWI – Komplex
11/27 Trezzo Sull’Adda, ITA – Live Club
11/28 München, GER – Kesselhaus
11/29 Budapest, HUN – Dürer Kert
11/30 Prague, CZE – Meet Factory
12/01 Dresden, GER – Eventwerk
Asking Alexandria's new short film, "Through Sin and Self-Destruction," is now available through the YouTube clip below. The band's publicist issued the following press release:
"This is a controversial, uncensored look into the real lives of a new era of rockstars for today's generation as they take over the Sunset Strip. This is the first, but not last collaboration between writer Ash Avildsen and director Frankie Nasso, who together take you on an ambitious visual endeavor that hasn't been strived for in rock since the legendary Guns N' Roses trilogy.
"The film is comprised of three music videos for the songs 'Reckless & Relentless,' 'To The Stage,' and 'Dear Insanity.' Guest appearances are made by Belladonna, Andy San Dimas, Sebastian Bach and more. This is truly the essence of sex, drugs and heavy metal."
Chicago-based heavy metal act, Dirge Within, has uploaded some behind-the-scenes footage from the band's recent music video shoot for the track, “Memories.” Join Dirge Within and local director, Peeler, as the group pieces together the first music video from its sophomore release, "There Will Be Blood," which hit stores in April.
“The new video for ‘Memories’ was just shot in our hometown of Chicago with a fresh, up-and-coming director named PEELER, and it is looking amazing,” said guitarist, Shaun Glass. “We shot some typical joking around footage for all to check out in the behind-the-scenes vibe! Enjoy!”
Be on the lookout for the “Memories” music video, premiering online next week. Dirge Within also recently contributed a tale of a couple with no inhibitions for our "Pit Stories" column at this location. More...
Arsonists Get All The Girls has issued the following announcement about upcoming tour dates with Hypno5e and Exotic Animal Petting Zoo:
"Yes the rumors are true! We are hitting the road in September for a West Coast run! This is our first tour back in a year so make sure to come out and party! Here are the dates!"
9/7 – Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst
9/8 – Sacramento, CA @ The Boardwalk
9/9 – Medford, OR @ Imperial Ballroom
9/10 – Eugene, OR @ TBA
9/11 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater
9/12 – Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
9/13 – Spokane, WA @ A Club
9/14 – Boise, ID @ The Venue
9/15 – Ogden, UT @ Mojoes
9/16 – TBA
9/17 – Fullerton, CA @ Slidebar
9/18 – San Diego, CA @ Brick By Brick
9/19 – Phoenix, AZ @ Rocky Point Cantina
9/20 – Bakersfield, CA @ The Dome
9/21 – Las Vegas, NV @ Cheyenne Saloon
9/22 – Temecula, CA @ The Vault (no Exotic Animal Petting Zoo) More...
New England black metal quintet Autolatry is set to embark upon a massive U.S. tour in support of its self-released EP entitled "Of The Land." The tour is set to kick off on July 12th in Worcester, MA with cities and venues confirmed through August 2nd. The band will remain on the road for another three weeks before wrapping things up with a homecoming show on August 24th in New Haven, CT. Confirmed dates and venues are listed below.
AUTOLATRY U.S. TOUR:
July 12, 2012 @ Ralph's :: Worcester MA
July 13, 2012 @ JR's :: Philadelphia PA
July 14, 2012 @ Strange Matter :: Richmond VA
July 15, 2012 @ Blue Nile :: Harrisonburg VA
July 16, 2012 @ The Hideaway :: Johnson City TN
July 17, 2012 @ Axemanor :: Raleigh NC
July 18, 2012 @ The Courtroom :: Rock Hill SC
July 19, 2012 @ The Black Lodge :: Winston-Salem NC
July 20, 2012 @ The Get Down :: Asheville NC
July 21, 2012 @ The Radio Room :: Greenville SC
July 22, 2012 @ Conundrum Music Hall :: West Columbia SC
July 23, 2012 @ Shantytown Pub :: Jacksonville FL July 25, 2012 @ The Peacock Room :: Orlando FL
July 26, 2012 @ The Brass Mug :: Tampa FL
July 27, 2012 @ Play by Play :: Pompano Beach FL
July 28, 2012 @ 1982 :: Gainesville FL
July 30, 2012 @ Siberia :: New Orleans LA
July 31, 2012 @ The White Swan :: Houston TX
August 1, 2012 @ Dirty Dog :: Austin TX
August 2, 2012 @ The Korova :: San Antonio TX
MORE DATES TBA... More...
Israel's Soul Torture has posted the artwork online for the band's upcoming release "The Reign of War," which can be viewed below. The track listing will be as follows:
1. Gaius Julius Caesar
3. The Fugitive Pattern
4. Between Madness and Revenge
5. Something Wicked this Way Comes
6. The Fugitive Pattern (dark electronic remix)
7. Between Madness and Revenge (broken remix)
8. Darkness Before the Night (early demo remix)
Abyss Records' Summer of Sickness campaign continues with the release on July 6th of SouthWicked's "Death's Crown." It actually all started when Allen West (Six Feet Under, Obituary) and Marco Vreven (The Quiescent, Exterminator) on the Lowbrow 'Buried in Europe' Tour decided to start a new band. A couple of months later they were working on some songs and recorded a demo tape in the Red Room Studio's in Ybor City. Rock Rollain (Kult of Thorn) joined the forces and days before the first gig they asked Sven Poets from Shattered Skull (BE) to come aboard.
Below is the tracklisting of the nine-song "Death's Crown," with the cover art featured in the YouTube upload of the track "Craving for Blood" directly following it. SouthWicked also has a big gig scheduled at the Titan Fest in the De Klinker Club in Aerschot, Belgium on September 15th, playing with at least eight other confirmed bands. For more news on this event, head over to its Facebook page.
1. Intro (The Massacre Begins)
2. Death's Crown
3. Craving for Blood
4. Killing Spree
5. The Phantom Prince
6. Graveyard of Bones
7. Charming Karma
8. Green River Killing Fields
9. The Only Living Witness
My Autumn has posted a lyric video online for the song "Oblivion Era," which can be found below. The band also commented:
"There was no news from us for a long time, many people thought that our things went very bad, because our drummer Mark Mironov has left us, he plays in Betraying the Martyr and lives too far away from us.
"But no! We're superfine at the moment, we have a new members, we have finished our album on english language, and we looking for a label! We will present our new drummer very soon.
"This is a self-titled single from our album, which was attended by Alex Erian (Obey The Brave, ex-Despised Icon member). Sit back, enjoy our lyric video, and download the song, while we waiting, and cross your fingers for us, in order us to have been noticed by a label. We hope you will like it, dont forget to share this with your friends!" More...
Canada's Gross Misconduct has issued the following announcement about canceling upcoming shows due to John Kurucz suffering a back injury:
"Dudes, John here. Shitty news. I have re-aggravated a serious back injury that has rendered me useless.
"Unfortunately we can't play the two shows scheduled for this month on July 6th and 13th. We will make it up to yous dudes later this summer, or early in the fall.
"Love you long time, John/GM."
For more Gross Misconduct, you can also check out the band's previously posted music video for "Of Redemption" at this location.
IWrestledABearOnce is on the full Vans Warped Tour this summer performing on the Ernie Ball Stage. Fans attending the festival will notice something unfamiliar on stage: the band performing with a different vocalist. To cast all rumors and speculation aside, guitarist Steven Bradley has issued the following statement:
"So here it is... complete transparency. A press release written by me (Steven, original IWABO guitarist) with the truth on what's going down.
"The day before our Warped Tour show in Dallas, TX we had a day off in the DFW area. Krysta lives there now, so she went home to relax and do some laundry. The next day, we received word from her minutes before our set that she discovered she and her fiancé are expecting a kid and she would not be returning to finish Warped Tour with us. Obviously this is an insane curveball for everybody, but in typical IWABO fashion we will press on. And no matter what happens, Krysta has been our best friend for years and we want her to be happy.
"So what the fuck is the plan then, you ask? Well on literally a few minutes notice, our friend Courtney LaPlante flew her ass down to meet up with us today so that won't miss a single show of this tour. Courtney is a beast in both the singing and screaming departments and is also an incredibly awesome person. We wouldn't tarnish the years of work that we've put into this band by having somebody half-ass it on stage with us, so please come to a show and give her a high-five and make her feel welcome for doing us this huge favor. It makes it feel even better and more natural since she has been a long-term fan of our band and already knows the material.
"So long story short; Fear not friends and Bear Fuckers... We will continue to play Warped Tour and we hope that you will continue to support us. Getting to play for and talk to so many of you on a daily basis is honestly what we live for, and we will definitely continue with our plan to high-five everybody on Earth. We will update you with more info soon, including some new tour dates and info on our recently-finished full-length horror/comedy/whatever film A Beary Scary Movie!
"And finally, thank you so much to everybody who has been so supportive of us for all these years and we hope to see you again soon!"
Norwegian black metallers Ragnarok, who signed with Agonia Records earlier this year, have released a new video for the title track from their last album "Collectors of the King." The video is produced by William Brovold, directed by Stefan E Pedersen and the cinematography is by Lasse Roed. Check out the clip below.
Drummer and Ragnarok founder Jontho had this to say about the video: "It’s the first official video we’ve done for the band, and for a band that’s been around as long as we have, you could say it’s been a long time in coming. It’s a very dark piece in every sense of the word and perfectly conveys the atmosphere and subject matter of the track itself. We’re very pleased with the result, and now we’ve got a taste for it, it certainly won’t be the last video we make and you can rest assured that the new album will provide plenty of material for the next one."
The band recently entered Endarker Studios in Sweden to record what will be Ragnarok's seventh full-length album. At the production helm is studio owner and Marduk bassist Devo. So far all the drum and guitar tracks have been recorded for the as-yet-untitled album, which is due for release later this year.
The band’s next live appearance will be in August at this year’s Party.San Open Air Festival in Schlotheim, Germany. More...
Bay Area thrash metal veterans Forbidden have announced that they have canceled their scheduled appearance at this year's Wacken Open Air festival in Germany, owing to the departure of long time bass player Matt Camacho, while vocalist Russ Anderson has announced that he will be taking a break from the music business. Speaking about his departure, Camacho stated:
"Playing in Forbidden has been a dream come true for me. It has allowed me to tour the world, play with and meet some of the most amazing bands, make friends for life, perform some phenomenal shows, and, most important, experience the most amazing FANS...I'll truly miss the inspiration and love that people from around the world have shown towards the MUSIC. As I leave for a new endeavor, I want to express my thanks and gratitude for all the incredible musicians both past and present who have graced their magical touch on Forbidden's music. To be a part of this band and to have these guys as friends and family for life is a true blessing. Thanks guys for the support and I look forward to seeing Forbidden carry on for years to come." More...
U.S. black metal act Winterus has now revealed the cover artwork for the band's upcoming new album "Dark Womb," which follows the "In Carbon Mysticism" debut (reviewed here). You can also listen to a new demo song, titled "Hell Form," in the SoundCloud player available below.
Ex-Melvins member Mark Deutrom has released a video for new song "Ruckus Juice." Jennifer Deutrom animated and directed the video. Bob Sabiston of Flatback Films produced the video.
"Ruckus Juice" will be available for purchase via an upcoming limited edition Mark Deutrom 12" with more info to be released at a later date. More...
Morbus Chron, which signed to Century Media Records earlier this year, has now issued the following announcement about streaming a new track online:
"The first song off our new 10" EP, 'A Saunter Through The Shroud,' can be heard through Rockhard.de. Release date July 23rd. Strictly limited to 1000 copies. Preorder at cmdistro.de. It will be available on time for our appearance at Hell's Pleasure Festival in Germany."
The EP's track listing is as follows:
1. Channeling The Numinous
2. Black Orb Reverence
3. The Place of the Four Hundred Volcanoes
Folk metal warriors Ensiferum will release their brand new opus to North American fans late this Summer through Spinefarm Records. Titled "Unsung Heroes," the band’s fifth studio offering is over an hour long and sees the Finnish five-piece pushing their signature sound to bold new heights of drama and excess.
A cinematic experience from beginning to end, "Unsung Heroes" includes the 16-plus minute track “Passion Proof Power” showing that when it comes to epic statements, Ensiferum is very much at the frontlines, swords in hand. Produced by Hiili Hiilesmaa (HIM, Sentenced, Apocalyptica), the album features artwork by Kristian Wahlin and a medley of special guests including members of Die Apokalyptischen Reiter plus legendary Finnish singer/actor, Vesa-Matti Loiri.
Comments bassist Sammi Hinka of Unsung Heroes: “On this album we pushed the boundaries of the key elements that make Ensiferum's music what it is and really took our music to another level. Crushing metal combined with majestic and beautiful folk and orchestration parts make this album something really unique in the whole genre!”
The album will drop in Europe on August 27th. A confirmed U.S. street date as well as details on the video for “In My Sword I Trust” and an official North American tour will be announced in the coming weeks. Stay tuned for more info. The album's track listing is as follows:
2. In My Sword I Trust
3. Unsung Heroes
4. Burning Leaves
5. Celestial Bond
6. Retribution Shall Be Mine
7. Star Queen (Celestial Bond Part II)
9. Last Breath
10. Passion Proof Power More...
Rhode Island's Thy Will Be Done is currently on tour in Japan as part of a co-headlining run with Japanese crossover act The Aggressive Dogs. While the band members may not be able to celebrate the 4th of July at home with family and friends, they are doing their best to celebrate it on the road.
Thy Will Be Done filmed a very special video tour blog where the band attempts to celebrate the holiday by searching for fireworks, drinking and roaming through the streets of Japan. Check it out below.
Thy Will Be Done also recently completed work on a brand new EP that is slated for release later this summer. More details, including title and release date will be revealed in the coming weeks. More...
Stray From The Path, which recently posted a Rage Against the Machine cover online, has now announced dates for the The Eastern Canada Tour with Obey the Brave and Counterparts. Special guests Backtrack and Northlane will also be coming along for the trek, kicking off September 10th. The following press release was also issued:
"It is no coincidence that listeners of Stray From The Path will often have a difficult time confining them to a specific genre. The have made it a point to remain unpredictable, intricate, and intelligent. Listeners can expect their music to surpass the gratuitous and/or contrived music that is all too common today, and instead perform articulate songs that refuse to compromise their precision, honesty, and genuine desire to impress. Be sure to check out their awesome, new album Rising Sun now. For additional information feel free to visit the band's Facebook profile."
9/10 - Windsor, ON @ The Dominion House
9/11 - London, ON @ London Music Hall
9/12 - Barrie, ON @ The DIY
9/13 - Hamilton, ON @ Absinthe
9/14 - Toronto, ON @ The Mod Club Theater
9/15 - Kitchener, ON @ Club Wax
9/16 - Montreal, QC @ La Sala Rossa
9/19 - Quebec City, QC @ L'Agitee (No OTB)
9/20 - Fredericton, NB @ Kinsmen Center
9/21 - Halifax, NS @ The Pavilion
9/23 - Rimouski, QC @ Coop Paradis
9/24 - Jonquiere, QC @ Komplexe K-Baret
9/26 - Ottawa, ON @ Mavericks More...
Recently reformed Los Angeles power metal band Heretic unveiled the album artwork for the comeback LP "A Time of Crisis." The sophomore full length is scheduled for release on July 26, 2012 through Metal On Metal Records and is the first release from the band since 1988.
The band previously posted the new song "Remains," which can be heard over at this location.
The track listing for "A Time of Crisis" is as follows:
1. The Divine Inquisition
2. Tomorrow's Plague
5. A Time of Crisis
6. For Your Faith
7. Raise Your Fist
9. Child of War
10. Police State
11. The End of the World
12. Let Me Begin Again More...
Walking Corpse Syndrome, which features two drummers and a violin player among its ranks, has posted a new video clip online of the band recording scratch tracks to prepare for the studio, where the new album, codenamed Album: Epsilon, will be recorded. This new release will follow the band's last full-length "Narcissist" (reviewed here).
The band also previously commented about recruiting a new vocalist: More...
After previously revealing that frontman Alexi Laiho had been hospitalized in Norway, Children Of Bodom has now announced the band is forced to cancel the previously scheduled appearance at the Ruisrock festival. Children of Bodom comments:
“This is not an easy letter for us to write. Alexi is suffering from a serious infection. He is still in hospital in Oslo under supervision of the doctors and we don’t know yet when they will release him.
"We have no choice other than canceling Ruisrock in Turku on Saturday as well. This is a very bitter pill for us to swallow. We had decided to do only two festivals in our homeland this summer to make it real special, and now this.
"We hope that we will be able to make up for this very soon. To all our fans who had been looking forward to rock with us at Ruisrock this weekend, take our apologies and enjoy the festival. In our spirits, we will be there, too.”
A Hero A Fake has teamed up with Bloody-Disgusting.com to premiere the new music video for "Dead and Done," which can be viewed at this location. Victory Records also commented:
"Watch the exclusive premiere of the sexy and bloody video by A Hero A Fake for the track 'Dead and Done' right now on Bloody-Disgusting. Due to graphic content you must be 18 & over to watch!
Indie Recordings has issued the following statement about inking a deal with Oslo-based act NettleCarrier:
"We are proud to announce the signing of NettleCarrier! NettleCarrier is freezing cold, satanic black metal at its best. It’s true, it’s Norwegian. Starring T. Ciekals (Djevel, Ljå), Mannevond (Koldbrann, Urgehal) and Dirge Rep (Orcustus, Gehenna, Gorgoroth, Enslaved), this band has a great future ahead. The 7” vinyl 'To Strangle The Hero Of Heaven,' released in 2007, was an eye opener for the underground scene and NettleCarrier is now finally ready for a full-length album.
"NettleCarrier was formed in 2004 when T. Ciekals, at the time member of the band “Ljå”, moved to Oslo and teamed up with Mannevond from the infamous 'Koldbrann.' They had a burning desire to create a black metal band that did not sound like any other band, but with an older and more sinister sound. In late 2006 Vold joined in on drums for a short while and as a threepiece the pace increased. This resulted in the 7” vinyl 'To Strangle The Hero Of Heaven.'
"When Mannevond started Urgehal and T. Ciekals formed 'Djevel,' NettleCarrier was put on ice for almost three years. After the Djevel album was released, T. Ciekals was finally able to focus on NettleCarrier again. The very talented Dirge Rep joined the band on drums in 2010 and the decision to record an album was taken. Thus 2012 sees the release of a full-length album from this talented trio."
For more details on NettleCarrier, navigate over to the band's Facebook profile.
Gideon posted the new music video for the track "No Acceptance." The song is taken from the band's new LP "Milestone," which was released this week through Facedown Records.
Check out "No Acceptance" here:
San Diego’s Pathology has revealed new cover artwork (available below) and announced that band's new album will be titled "The Time Of Great Purification." The album is slated for release on September 25th, 2012.
Pathology is wrapping up time in the studio with Daniel Castleman and Lambesis Studios for this third Victory Records release. “This is definitely our heaviest and most technical album to date,” states drummer Dave Astor. The upcoming release features artwork by Par Olofsson, creator of the cover art for their last two albums, "Legacy Of The Ancients" (7/06/10) and "Awaken To The Suffering" (9/13/11). The concept is simple: the Doctor is controlling the 2012 apocalypse and destroying the world! More...
Finland's Overhead is currently streaming the new album "Of Sun and Moon" in its entirety over at Progstreaming.com. The album was released on June 30th, 2012, and the band also recently posted a music video for "Berlin," which is available here.
The "Of Sun and Moon" track listing is as follows:
1. Lost Inside 2
3. An Afternoon of Sun and Moon
7. Last Broadcast
9. Angels and Demons
California's death/grind act Murder Construct, featuring Cattle Decapitation vocalist Travis Ryan, posted an album preview clip for the debut length debut LP "Results." The album was recorded in Architeuthis Sound and Trench Studios in California with engineers Sean Vahle and John Haddad and is scheduled for release on August 28, 2012 via Relapse Records (pre-orders available at this location).
Check out the clip here:
Italian symphonic black metal act Heretical announced that the band will release its third full length album, and first since 2001 ("Ars Infera"), entitled "Dæmonarchrist - Dæmon est Devs Inversvs." The band was last heard on the 2009l demo "MMIX Rehearsal Demo."
The new album was produced by Fabio Monaco (Schizo) and recorded at Sound Empathy Studio (Stockholm, Sweden). Vocalist Gianluca Becuzzi of the Italian dark metal band Limbo will appear on the new release. The band is currently negotiating with various record labels for distribution of the release.
In addition, the new LP will feature the following new lineup around founding member/guitarist Azmeroth (Deathwork):
Nefarius - Vocals
Azmeroth - Guitars & Bass
Orias (ex-Aposthate) - Keyboards & Vocals
Arymon (aka Dario Casabona Schizo, Brisen, Zora, ex-Sinoath) - Drums
Finnish black metal act Enochian Crescent has checked in with the following announcement about parting way's with vocalist Wrath:
"'All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy; for what we leave behind us is a part of ourselves; we must die to one life before we can enter another.' - Anatole France
"After all the twists and turns, ups and downs that we have lived through as years rolled by I never thought that there would be a day when Wrath and I put our musical partnership to a shelf. The decision was a moment of both great sadness and great relief. However, this was something that had to be done at this stage to ensure the continued productive musical careers of both parties. I can assure you all that both Wrath with Black Dawn and I with the remaining members of Enochian Crescent shall outpour new music with newfound vigour and intensity.
"When we founded Enochian Crescent in 1995, Wrath and I made a pact that should either quit the band we would put the name to rest also. As a man of my words I shall honour this agreement. The remaining members (Bolton - drums, Tunturituuli - bass, Vilhelm - guitar, and Viktor - guitar, vocals) shall continue the musical legacy of Enochian Crescent and you will be hearing songs from the old albums in the live-set. We are recruiting a new lead vocalist, whose name shall be announced in the future, to complete the band and to finish up the new full-length album. The already booked festival gigs shall be played under the name Enochian Crescent alongside with other contractual responsibilities.
"The remaining band members want to wish Wrath all the best in the future and I personally want to thank my long standing Omega Comrade and friend for all these years. He is a man with unique vocal talent and personality to match in this world of mediocrity.
"The new album is already recorded music wise and we shall bellow in the rest of the vocals in late August or early September, so you can expect a late 2012 or early 2013 release through Spinefarm Records. The new material pushes the borders of Enochian Crescent's musical realm further in every direction and to be honest I just cannot get enough of the new songs.
"Even though these news might shock and upset some, worry not; it was all for the best. And you may (if you will) enjoy both the voice of Wrath and the music of Enochian Crescent in near future. In LVX et NOX."
Melbourne act Elysian has issued the following announcement about parting ways with the band's vocalist:
"Elysian regret to announce that our vocalist and best friend Ben Garner has decided to part ways with Elysian. Ben has been with us from the start and we will miss him like a brother. We have always viewed him as an inspiration and one of Australia's finest metal vocalists. This was in no way a bitter split and we still have plans to move forward. Ben will be playing his last show with us this Saturday night in Canberra at Assidian's 2nd b'day celebration.
Ben also had this to say: "I am sad to say that i am leaving Elysian, but it is for quite a simple reason, I have another dream that I want to accomplish. Elysian is the greatest band and musical experience that I have ever had the pleasure of being a part of. I for one am really excited to hear what they come up with in the future and I wish them and all the bands I have shared the stage with in my time the best of luck."
The band released new album "Wires of Creation" back in March of 2012, and the full album is available for streaming at this location. For more info on Elysian, head over to the band's official Facebook profile.
Front man Helmuth of Austrian act Belphegor recently experienced severe health issues and will not be appearing at the upcoming Extremefest shows while he continues to recover. The band has now announced a session vocalist will be recruited for the appearances.
Helmuth comments: "Ave demons! Since I'm not fully recovered, I can't do vocals at these festival shows. Bloodbrother Barth will handle the vocal duties til I am able to do the vox again and give 100 percent. He's our man behind the curtain since 1998. He knows exactly how we roll. Be prepared..."
Belphegor is also currently in the process of working on a new album and follow-up to "Blood Magick Necromance" (reviewed here). Footage of the band rehearsing the new material is also available at this location.
French melodic death metal act Destinity has posted a pre-production video clip online, which is available below. The video shows the band working on new material a few days prior to entering Hansen studios in Denmark to record a new full-length album and follow-up to "XI Reasons To See" (reviewed here). Destinity also commented on the clip:
"French language only for the moment, sorry to our fans from another country! This is a video about the pre-production of the new album! But you can also hear some new stuff in here! Cheers!"
This year's edition of the U.K. Bloodstock Open Air Festival is set to take place from August 9th - 12th, with full details available at the festival's website here. The organizers of BOA 2012 have now posted a teaser trailer for the event, which can be viewed below.
Italian symphonic metal band Ancient Bards posted a new music video for "Through My Veins."
The track appears on the band's latest release "Soulless Child," which was issued last November through Limb Music.
Directed by Matteo Ermeti and filmed by Matteo Ermeti and Andrea Larosa, "Through My Veins" can be viewed here:
Firewind posted a trailer for the upcoming fall tour of Europe with Leaves' Eyes. For dates and venues, head over to this location.
Check out the trailer here:
Börn Again, the international metal group featuring vocalist Marta Gabriel of Crystal Viper, posted a music video for the song "Neverending Fire." The song was released as a single in 2009 through High Roller Records (distributed by Pure Steel Records).
Börn Again is:
Marta Gabriel - vocals, keyboards (Crystal Viper)
Martin Albrecht - bass guitar (ex-Stormwitch/Mystic Pophecy)
Björn Daigger - guitars (ex-Majesty/Civilization One)
Tom "Golem" Danczak - drums (Crystal Viper)
Check out "Neverending Fire" here:
German drunken thrashers Tankard posted a new lyric video for the title track from the forthcoming 30th Anniversary album "A Girl Called Cervesa." The album is scheduled for release on on July 27, 2012 through Nuclear Blast Records. A music video for the track is expected on July 9, 2012 (for a preview, head over to this location).
The track listing for "A Girl Called Cervesa" is as follows:
1. Running On Fumes
2. A Girl Called Serveza
3. Witchhunt 2.0
4. Masters Of Farces
5. The Metal Lady Boy (Feat. Doro Pesch)
6. Not One Day Dead (But One Day Mad)
7. Son Of A Fridge
8. Fandom At Random
9. Metal Magnolia
10. Rapid Fire (A Tyrant's Elegy)
Check out the lyric video for "A Girl Called Cervesa" here: More...
Czech power metal band Eagleheart announced the addition of new vocalist Roman Sácek to the band. Sácek replaced recently departed singer Vojta "Kai" Šimoník, who sung on the band's first three releases, including the latest "Dreamtherapy" (see MetalUnderground.com's review at this location). New vocalist Sácek also fronts the Czech hard rock band Starostovi Muži.
The following was posted on the band's Facebook page:
"We are pleased to announce that our new singer is Roman Sácek!!!!!! Roman joined the band two months ago, he's a really cool guy with a huge voice and we hope you will accept him as warmly as we did! Welcome to the family, bro!! :)" More...
Italian power metallers Holy Knights have signed a deal with Scarlet Records for the worldwide release of their second album "Between Daylight And Pain," the band's first in ten years. The band debuted in 2001 with the critically acclaimed album "Gate Through The Past," but have gone through a series of internal problems that put the band in hiatus, with its members focused on various projects such as Thy Majestie, Trinakrius and Crimsonwind. In 2010, the long break finally ended when the band entered the studio to record the sophomore album. No release date has been announced. The album was just released in Japan through Rubicon.
The track listing for "Between Daylight And Pain" is as follows:
2. Frozen Paradise
3. Beyond the Mist
4. 11 September
5. Glass Room
6. Wasted Time
8. The Turning to the Madness