Metal News for July 5, 2013
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30 news articles posted on this day.
U.K. death metal act Acrania has posted a pre-production track sampler entitled "Disillusion in a Discordant System," which comes from the band's early 2014 Unique Leader release "Totalitarian Dystopia." Check it out below.
On August 30th, 2013 Apostasy Records will release "Sublunar Chaos," the fourth album by the Swiss death metal quartet Punish.
This tech death crusher was produced together with mastermind Christoph Brandes at the Iguana Studios (Necrophagist, Deadborn, Spheron). The artwork was done by the French scene artist Remy from Headsplit Design, and the track listing will be as follows:
01. Incipit Chaos
02. Sublunar Black
03. Selfimposed Neurotic - Corroded Ad Infinitum
04. Notorious Deathdealer
06. Arise From The Ambush
07. Future Repeats
08. Denial Means War
09. M2 (Instrumental)
10. Under Despotic Flag More...
Go Forth has posted the song "Balance" online, which can be heard in the player below. The track comes off upcoming album "Mindful," to be released via We Are Triumphant. The label comments:
"We are most excited to bring to you the latest member of the herd. Go Forth is everything we love about a band. Amazing music filled with passion. If you truly want to help us and enjoy this band be vocal about it. We couldn't do this without every single one of you. Their full-length 'Mindful' will be released this summer physically and digitally."
Ereb Altor will release new album "Fire Meets Ice" this coming July 26th, 2013 via Cyclone Empire Records. The band has now released another track from the album online. Check out "My Ravens" below.
"Fire Meets Ice" will be the follow-up to previous album "Gastrike" (reviewed here), and the track listing is as follows:
After the separation from Nick Barah and several intensive auditions, the gothic metal band Godyva has announced new bassist Paela. The new member comments: “For me it's a huge pleasure to join this band. Everybody work professionally and with the right ambition and humility. I can't wait to play with them live!”
Vocalist Lady Godyva adds, “We've been lucky enough getting the chance to check several very talented bass players, but Paela soon seemed to be on a higher level to me ... and then it's a great wag with his hometown strange dialect!”
Drummer Enyo also states: “I've never felt in my entire life a feeling so marked and powerful between my drums and the bass lines.”
This upcoming July 26th, Paela will play his first concert with Godyva in the Italian city of Bari at La Nueva Vida.
Swedish act Circle of Chaos has inked a deal with Massacre Records. The label comments:
"Circle of Chaos started out as a project of the band's guitarist HG Hogström in 2008. As the project developed, he began searching for musicians to complete the band. The original line-up then included HG Hogström (guitars), Thomas Jonsson (bass), Staffan Lundholm (drums), Antonio da Silva (vocals) and Allan Lundholm (guitars).
"Dan Swanö mastered Circle of Chaos' debut album 'Black Oblivion' that was released in 2010. It was well received worldwide and the band played their first live shows in Sweden.
"In 2011, the band played their first shows abroad, in Germany and Poland, and shared stages with bands like Gun Barrel, Embodying The End and Dawn Of Destiny. At Germany's Bremer Metal Festival in November 2011, Julian 'Julle' Loaiza was introduced as new vocalist.
"During spring 2012, Circle of Chaos released the 5-track album 'Twoheaded Serpent,' which was mixed and mastered by King Diamond's Mike Wead. They went out on a headliner tour in Poland and the Czech Republic and also entered the Emergenza Festival and went all the way to the Scandinavian finals!
"Circle of Chaos has the ambition to always deliver energetic and captivating live shows. Anders 'Atte' Strokirk joined the band as new guitarist in January 2013. The natural adjustments in the line-up have strengthened and shaped a crew ready to go "all in" and let you know what 'Swedish Metal Chaos' is all about!
"The band is currently working hard on their upcoming album 'Crossing The Line' - with Germán Echiburu on drums - which is set to be released later this year via Massacre Records!"
Manowar has posted another preview clip online from "The Lord Of Steel Live" EP, which is due out on iTunes on July 9th and physical format on August 16th, 2013. Check out the teaser below.
With "The Lord Of Steel Live" Manowar celebrates highlights from the Lord Of Steel World Tour 2012/2013, featuring performances from the Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Italy, Russia and Sweden.
"From the first show in Zaragoza/Spain to the last show in Yekaterinburg/Russia, The Lord Of Steel World Tour was a terrific experience" said Joey DeMaio. "Performing new songs for the first time in front of your audience is the ultimate test of the power of the songs to connect to the only people that matter. Our fans were totally brutalized and went wild as you will hear on this new EP," he continued. "The Lord Of Steel Live" is a thank you to our amazing fans; it will forever immortalize this tour and those who attended it." More...
Almah has set “Unfold” as the title of its fourth album, which will be coming later this year. The CD is currently being recorded in São Paulo, Brazil at the Do It! Studio of Edu and Tito Falaschi.
The cover artwork was designed by Nathalia Suellen (Lady Symphonia), who has previously worked Dark Moor, Random House, Penguin Group, Harper Collins, Simon&Schuster, McCann Erickson, Scholastic, and others.
Further details on the album will be forthcoming. On September 19th, 2013 the band also will take part in the Rock In Rio Festival. More...
Inanimate Existence has checked in with the following announcement about lineup changes within the band:
"Line-up update: our vocalist Cameron who is also one of the 2 composers of the band has decided to make the conversion back to guitar along side our guitarist and main composer Joel Guernsey.
"Cameron will still be doing a majority of the lyrics and also vocals on our new album as well as live. We will be looking for a new vocalist soon... in the mean time if you want to make a tryout video you're more then welcome to.
"Here is a track from Cameron and Ron's old band that Cameron played and recorded on. Thanks for your continued support. We'll see you guys soon." More...
Dutch metallers Revamp will release second album "Wild Card" on August 23rd via Nuclear Blast. Today, vocalist Floor Jansen offers you further information on the album’s cover artwork and the song writing process in the form of the third album trailer that can be watched below.
The opening track "The Anatomy Of A Nervous Breakdown: On The Sideline" will be released as a digital iTunes single on July 19th. The album will feature guest musicians Mark Jansen (Epica), Marcela Bovio & Johan van Stratum (Stream of Passion), Daniel de Jongh (Textures), and Devin Townsend. The band comments:
"The record lives up to its name 'Wild Card' in every single second! This album became the most aggressive album I’ve ever made and in the lyrics I tell a lot about my personal experiences of the last years. This resulted into some heavy stories and some openhearted ‘screams’ I needed out of my system. It matches the violence of the music in a great way, we wrote as a great team! But not one sentence or word can really cover the contents of this album. Its variety in all its ingredients makes it almost impossible. A wild card is an unpredictable and unforeseeable factor. You don’t know what you’re getting, or when. That’s this album! It’s 100% ReVamp and it’s your wild card!” More...
Gales of Avalon has a new video out now for the track "Robert's Lament," which was directed and edited by Mark Dillon with camera assistance by Cody Clement. Check it out below.
You can get the new Gales of Avalon album "When The Ravens Return" as a name your price download at Bandcamp here. The track listing is as follows:
1. What Hell Have I? 04:37
2. Robert's Lament 05:00
3. These Words 03:30
4. Ocean Ranger 04:44
5. Darkened Mirrors 04:52
6. Winter Sun 04:17
German true metallers Wizard have revealed the front cover artwork for their coming 10th studio album titled "Trail Of Death," which follows previous full-length "...Of Wariwulfs And Bluotvarwes."
The artwork was painted by Jens Reinhold, who has previously worked with Running Wild, Sodom, and Virgin Steele. "Trail Of Death" will be released on September 27th, 2013 via Massacre Records, and will be available as a CD, limited edition LP, and digital download. More...
Attica Rage will release new single "Long Ride Home" from the "88MPH" album on Monday July 8th 2013, along with a bonus live track, "Road Dog Forever," recorded and filmed at Hard Rock Hell in December 2012.
The tracks are being released worldwide via Off Yer Rocka Recordings and will be available to download from iTunes and all major music stores.
The live video of "Road Dog Forever" accompanies the release, along with a promotional video from album producer Roddy Macaudio, showing the band in the studio recording "Long Ride Home."
Attica Rage will hit the road this autumn for a U.K. headline tour promoting "88MPH," kicking off with a main stage slot at the Cambridge Rock Festival on August 4th. Dates are available after the jump. More...
Jorn has released a new music video for "Cancer Demon," which is taken from the album "Traveller," out now on Frontiers Records. Check it out below. You can also watch the previously posted video clip for "Traveller" at this location.
Jorn consists of:
Jorn Lande: Vocals
Willy Bendiksen: Drums
Trond Holter: Guitar
Jimmy Iversen: Guitar
Bernt Jansen: Bass
Iron Maiden has checked in with a new video road report, which can be viewed below, and the band also comments:
"Iron Maiden are on the road! Here's the first tour diary... Check out our website for tour dates as we continue around Europe, back to the U.K. and then on to North and South America."
Los Angeles act Elitist has released a preview stream off new EP, "Between The Balance." The EP is scheduled for a July 30th release and the preview clip is available below.
"Between The Balance" was self-produced, recorded, and mixed by the band’s guitarist Julian Rodriguez at Parallel Focus Studios and mastered by Will Putney at The Machine Shop.
Guitarist Julian Rodriguez states: "On Between The Balance we aimed to magnify the best attributes of the band. As well as create something that will draw the listener back again and again. This release marks a fresh new chapter for our bands career."
The EP's track listing is as follows:
1. Domino Theory
2. Return to Sender
3. Vice Versa
4. Echo in the Room
5. Lonely Giant More...
Abruzzo, Italy's The Juliet Massacre has posted a new pre-production demo tarck online titled "Freedom of Speech." Check it out below. The band also comments on its history and sound:
"The Juliet Massacre is a death machine formed by 5 friends who have decided to create the heaviest metal ever conceived. The band has been working since 2002 (at the beginning, its name was The Absainther, then it became Lost in Autumn) and nevertheless is formed by young members (they're aged around 24).
"Massively influenced by bands of the american deathcore scene and of the British metal scene, they've obtained a huge appreciation on the web and live, where the fivesome shows its best qualities: aggresssion and involvement. All this, joined to the immense affection from their many fans, make the Juliet Massacre one of the new important realities in the European extreme metal scene."
Midnite Hellion has checked in with the following announcement about signing a new record deal with Witches Brew:
"Midnite Hellion is extremely pleased to announce that we have joined the Brew Crew! Our partnership with the most excellent German label, Witches Brew, begins with our upcoming vinyl release, featuring all newly recorded material with our current lineup. More details to be announced soon, but we predict a late Summer release!"
Witches Brew also comments: "OK heavy metal maniacs the time has come! It is with great pride we announce that New Jersey's Metal Warriors Midnite Hellion have joined the Brew Crew! I am very happy to be working with this fantastic band and can guarantee you will not be disappointed with what this collaboration has in store for the future!" More...
A new Castero track titled "For The Land I Fight" is now available for streaming online and can be heard below. The track is taken from upcoming album "Revolutions," due out later this month. You can also check out the previously posted song "He Must Rule" at this location.
Paris act Order of 315 has posted a video clip online for the track "Nonpoint," which comes from the album "Near Birth Experience." Watch the YouTube video below, or you can find more tracks from Order of 315 available for streaming at Facebook here.
The 2013 edition of the Heidenwahn Festival - which was to include a lineup featuring Manegarm, Fejd, Adorned Brood, and more - has now been cancelled and is being pushed back to a later date in 2014. The organizers of the festival comment:
"Through several problems we delay the Under The Banner of the Black Light Festival & Heidenwahn Winter Festival to 2014. The Festivals are not canceled, just delayed. All ordered tickets are valid for 2014. We try that all bands from the festivals will play in 2014 too (Gehenna, Archgoat & Throne of Katarsis too).
"We sent already a information to all bands, we hope that you have got it. It was a hard decision for us, but through personal problems and business-problems (through the cancellation from Gehenna, Throne of Katarsis & Archgoat exploited our calculation for the fest) it was the right decision.
"Sorry for this delay, but we try to arrange professional Festivals for 2014! In the next days we can release the new dates."
Prophecy Productions has checked in with the following announcement about releasing a DVD from Empyrium:
"June 11th, 2011, was a landmark date in Empyrium's history. After more than 15 years, Schwadorf and Helm played their very first show ever on that day, taking place at the Wave Gotik Treffen in the Pantheon of Volkspalast Leipzig.
"For this memorable event, the two core members put together an illustrious concert line-up, consisting of Konstanz (The Vision Bleak), Neige (Alcest), Eviga (Dornenreich), Fursy Teyssier (Les Discrets), Aline Deinert (Neun Welten) and Christoph Kutzer (Remember Twilight), who had rehearsed pieces from every creative phase of Empyrium as well as the new, so-far unreleased song 'Dead Winter Ways.'
"The show, which lasted about 70 minutes, was captured in sound and vision to be released now as an audio-CD and BluRay/DVD. This magical world premiere, recorded in high-resolution HD video and stereo, respectively 5.1 surround sound, constitutes the heart of 'Into The Pantheon.'
"In addition to the concert, a documentary of more than 100 minutes provides a detailed and exhaustive account on the band's past by means of interviews with Schwadorf, Helm and the live musicians. Therefore, 'Into The Pantheon' is not only a must for fans, but also serves as an ideal introduction for everybody who wants to get a comprehensive overview of Empyrium."
The "Into The Pantheon" release is due out August 30th, 2013 and will be available in these formats:
- CD plus booklet in a cardboard case
- DVD/Bluray (region code free) plus booklet in a cardboard case
- Slipcase box including both cardboard cases with CD, DVD and Bluray plus booklet and photo cards of the Empyrium live line-up
Atoma, which released the "Skylight" album last year (reviewed here), has checked in with the following announcement about going on an indefinite hiatus:
"Atomic friends, we have been forced to put AtomA on ice for a while.
"As nationalism, racism and neoliberalism is on the rise in Europe we fear the well being of our families these coming decades, since we are immigrants in Sweden. Therefore we've been forced to put aside music to focus fully on studies and high education in order to be able to take care of our own when and if the shit goes down in these western countries.
"It pains us that we've had to take a break in the middle of writing the next album, but right now we must work and study hard to protect our families and loved ones from a very uncertain future.
We don't know when we'll be back, but you'll find out on our facebook page.
"We thank you deeply for the support you've been showing AtomA so far and we hope to be back soon to continue developing the vision we had, to create challenging albums that is no slave to any genre, but free to explore and roam through the universe of sound without imaginary prisons.
See you soon." More...
Ottawa, ON melodic death thrashers Chariots of The Gods have posted a new tour blog from their current "Ride The Tides Tour" in support of debut album "Tides War" (reviewed here). Check out the road report at this location.
"Tides of War" was produced by award winning producer/engineer/mixer Glen Robinson who has worked with names such as The Ramones, AC/DC, GWAR, Annihilator, and Voivod. COTG's new album delivers 14 epic, crushing tracks to follow-up the 2010 debut EP "Reverence." You can stream "Tides of War" below. More...
Naturmacht Productions / Rain Without End Records are extremely pleased to announce the signing of two up and coming underground bands: Depicting Abysm and Temple of Void. The following press release was issued about the bands:
"Depicting Abysm is a two-man depressive black metal act from Saint Petersburg, Russia. Depicting Abysm plays an atmospheric brand of depressive black metal in the vein of Austere and features two members of Epitimia. Thick atmospheres and dream-like melodies full of darkness and beauty. The sound of Depicting Abysm is full of contrast. The band recently appeared on the 2013 split album 'Silentium!' with fellow Russian bands Windbruch and Gmork. 'Silentium!' was released as a free download by Hypnotic Dirge Records. Naturmacht Productions will release Depicting Abysm’s debut full length 'Immersion' in December 2013. Current line-up:
A - all instruments & programming
K - vocals
"Temple of Void is a 5-piece death doom band from Detroit, Michigan. ToV plays a heavy blend of old school death metal and doom with some modern influences. Thick, heavy grooves with dark melodies and harmonies conjure a fresh take on the old school sound of the early 90's death/doom bands. The band is quickly making a name for themselves in the underground doom scene with the release of their acclaimed demo 'Demo MMXIII.' ToV will join the Rain Without End Records roster as they begin work on their debut full length. A vinyl edition will also be released by Saw Her Ghost Records. Current line-up:
Alex Awn – Guitars
Eric Blanchard – Guitars
Mike Erdody – Vocals
Jason Pearce –Drums
Brent Satterly – Bass More...
The Ocean has just announced the first part of the Pelagial World Tour 2013. Part 1 will take the band to the US, Canada, Mexico, Taiwan, Hong Kong, China, and Russia during the coming 3 months. Part 2 will follow in October / November and will focus on Europe. The band comments:
“We're stoked to get out on the road again, to play with a lot of exciting bands and get to see a lot of cool places, eat funky food and hear funny languages! See you guys on one of these continents.”
Apathia Records has just released a free digital compilation titled “Compendium: Year I – III.” The compilation contains eleven tracks from bands of differing styles and can be downloaded at this location (Facebook, Twitter, or Google Plus required). The track listing is:
Chapter I: Pryapisme – Un Druide Est Giboyeux Lorsqu’il Se Prend Pour Un Neutrino
Chapter II: Heart Attack – Black Box
Chapter III: Öxxö Xööx – Ämä
Chapter IV: Wormfood – The Dead Bury The Dead
Chapter V: Abstrusa Unde – Hastra Na
Chapter VI: What Mad Universe – Eris In The Sky
Chapter VII: Genital Grinder – Green Piss
Chapter VIII: Como Muertos – Sangre De Mi Sangre
Chapter IX: Përl – Fusce Deliria
Chapter X: Lyan – Lulled To Eternity
Chapter XI: Blien Vesne – Esperar
Luc from Gorguts is overwhelmed by the buzz around "Colored Sands" and wants to thanks personally everyone who supports and believe in the band. Check out his video message below.
You can pre-order the new "Colored Sands" album via Season of Mist here, or check out the previously posted song "Forgotten Arrows" at this location. The album drops on August 30th (EU) and September 3rd (North America).
The new album's track listing is:
1. Le Toit du Monde
2. An Ocean of Wisdom
3. Forgotten Arrows
4. Colored Sands
5. The Battle of Chamdo
6. Enemies of Compassion
7. Ember's Voice
9. Reduced to Silence More...
Sodom has checked in with the following statement about canceling the band's previously scheduled live appearance in India:
"Due to solid problems we are forced to cancel the upcoming show in Bangalore/India. We already had our suitcases packed and were ready to go.
"We are awfully sorry to take these steps and we are deeply disappointed by this situation, but in the end there's the awareness that not everything is done to our entire satisfaction. We are 'only' the musicians, who would have loved to rock India and we owe this to our fans, even more because we never performed over there, of course through no fault of our own.
"The one who botched this up will have to be confronted with the fans and the local scene for his faults. We concluded a contract, which has strictly abided by our booking agency ourselves. In the end, this set of problems redounds upon us, because we're in the front line and have to be answerable to our fans.
"I hope we didn't lose too many fans due to this mess, but all people who know us are aware of the fact, that we would do anything for our fans. We hope for your understanding and keep you informed about the latest facts."
Sodom would have been performing in support of latest album "Epitome of Torture," which is out now. More...
Mammoth Mammoth will be heading out on a double-headlining tour with Sweden's The Quill this coming November. Dates for the trek are as follows:
08.11.13 DE - Hamburg / Marx
09.11.13 DE - Osnabrück / Bastard Club
10.11.13 NL - Rotterdam / Baroeg
12.11.13 UK - Wolverhampton / Slade Rooms
13.11.13 UK - Manchester / NQ Live
14.11.13 UK - London / 02 Islington Academy 2
15.11.13 BE - Biebob / Vosselaar
16.11.13 DE - Essen / Turock
17.11.13 DE - Köln / Underground
18.11.13 DE - Freiburg / Walfisch
19.11.13 CH - Zürich / Mascotte
20.11.13 DE - Frankfurt / Nachtleben
21.11.13 DE - Leipzig / Moritzbastei
22.11.13 DE - Berlin / Bi Nuu
23.11.13 DE - Bremen / Tower More...