Metal News for July 8, 2013
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Staging quite the comeback after "The Enigma of Life" was panned by fans and critics, Sirenia's newly released full-length "Perils of the Deep Blue" by contrast is seeing a much more positive reaction.
The new album ratchets up the epic level, with more metal and more symphonic elements intertwining with some truly stellar song writing this time around.
Band mastermind Morten Veland was excited to discuss the changes that took place on "Perils of the Deep Blue," seeing a re-energized band utilizing new instruments and upping their game on the vocal side.
See what Morten had to say about the construction of this album and when you can expect to next see Sirenia live in the full interview below. More...
Metallica will appear for the first time ever at Comic-Con in San Diego with a special live performance and Hall H Panel on Friday, July 19th in support of the 3D feature film, "Metallica Through The Never."
The band will perform an intimate private concert at a secret location in San Diego. The film's 6:30 p.m. Hall H panel includes all four members of Metallica: James Hetfield (vocals, guitar), Lars Ulrich (drums), Kirk Hammett (guitar, background vocals), and Robert Trujillo (bass, background vocals), along with actor Dane DeHaan (The Amazing Spider-Man 2), director/writer Nimród Antal (Predators, Kontroll), and producer Charlotte Huggins (Journey to the Center of the Earth).
The Hall H presentation will world premiere the "Metallica Through the Never" theatrical trailer and poster, show exclusive preview footage, and discuss the making of the film. Only during the Hall H panel will Comic-con conventioneers in attendance have an opportunity to win tickets and learn the location where Metallica will play later that same evening. Also, the event launches advance ticket sales for the September 27, 2013 opening of the film available online at this location.
"Metallica Through the Never" opens in North America on September 27th, 2013 exclusively in over 300 IMAX 3D Theatres, and will expand into additional theaters on October 4th, 2013.
The Secret has unfurled a new live video from the band's 2012-released "Agnus Dei" LP this week.
Directed and edited by Rasmus G. Sejersen from live footage he filmed at the nihilistic Italian crew’s crushing show in Copenhagen, Denmark last year, the video for “May God Damn All Of Us” artistically authenticates the band’s brutalizing live intensity. Check it out below. You can also catch the band live:
11/14/2013 B.B.Street - Yokohama, Kanagawa w/ A.O.W.
11/15/2013 Bush Bash - Koiwa, Tokyo w/ Enslave, Wombscape
11/16/2013 Hokage - Shinsaibashi, Osaka w/ Mortalized, Birushanah, Palm, Seek
11/17/2013 Earthdom - Shin Okubo, Tokyo w/ Coffins, Weepray More...
Italy's Cemento has released the three track "Speranza" EP online for streaming or free download. Check out the songs in the player below, or snag the tracks at Bandcamp here. The track listing is:
1. Speranza 02:30
2. Infanzia 02:42
3. Vergogna 03:53 More...
Vicious Rumors has checked in with the following announcement about upcoming European tour dates:
"Vicious Rumors returns to Europe supporting the hit album 'Electric Punishment' on the SPV Steamhammer label. The Summer Of Punishment Tour is featuring major festivals such as 'Bang Your Head' July 11Th in Balingen Germany, a duel Headliner with 'Candlemass.' This is a special show featuring Keven Albert, Son of legendary VR vocalist Carl Albert. Anyone who saw VR with Keven at 'Keep It True Festival' in 2011 knows this will be a night to remember!
"VR has just been confirmed for 'MetalDay's festival,' formerly 'Metalcamp,' in Slovenia July 23rd. An epic homecoming for Tilen Hudrap, our newest family member Joining VR on bass guitar for the summer tour. The Turock Summerfest in Essen is like VR's hometown show in Germany. Oh and did we mention it's FREE! Thats right, July 20 at the Turock. VR returns to 'Headbangers Open Air' July 26Th in Brande-Hornerkirchen Germany co-headlining with Metal Church and Overkill for a set including songs that have never been played live!!
"Next, VR is unleashed at The 'Stonehenge Festival' in the NL, July 27Th. Last and going out with a bang! 'The Alacatraz Festival' Aug 10 in Belgium in is the last show in Europe this year! After 40 great shows supporting the hit album 'Electric Punishment,' VR will be going out big again playing songs never heard live... Bob Capka returns to VR on Guitar. The band is tight and ready to crush the summer stages! Look for VR on tour in Europe this Summer!
"Along with these great festivals look for special club dates in Germany, Austria and the NL, including Aug 6 & 8 with special guest Dutch rockers Rebelstar.' Let the Summer Of Punishment begin!
"Coming later this year...American Punishment Tour 2013 with Vicious Rumors, Seven Witches, and Power Theory. This crushing metal tour will hit 20 plus cities in the USA and Canada from September 19th to October 20th, 2013. With 3 albums in 3 years , Over 200 shows, The ball is rolling like a freight train from hell..." More...
Hammercult has issued the following announcement about releasing new album "Steelcrusher" this coming October:
"Our dear friends, warriors and comrades! October 28th will mark the release date of our 2nd extreme metal onslaught titled 'Steelcrusher!'
"Steelcrusher will be mixed by Chris 'Zeuss' Harris and is currently scheduled for a release on October 28th through SPV/Sonic Attack in Europe and North America! SEE YOU ON TOUR!
"Expect nothing less than explosive, iron pounding, steel crushing, extreme true metal! Warning: Steelcrusher will contain no mainstream bullshit! Just pure metal and Bloodlust!"
You can also check out Hammercult's music over at the band's Facebook profile here.
Mercenary has checked in with the following announcement about streaming new song "Generation Hate" online:
"We have decided to share another track from our new album with you all, and this is time it's a hard-hitting S.O.B.! Please check out the song 'Generation Hate' below and let us know what you think.
"Moreover, our pre-orders are now up! Please go to our official webstore at this location to find different awesome packages and special deals, including an extremely limited handmade wooden box + digipack combo!
"And a message to our fans - Your support means a lot to us. If you want to support the band and what we do, you will be doing a real and significant difference by actually buying a physical copy of the album here or elsewhere, rather than downloading it or streaming it. It keeps the wheels turning and enables us to continue to do what we do."
ZmuuG has posted the new song "Dru[u]G" online, which can be heard below and comes off "The Demon" EP. Check out the track below. ZmuuG also describes the new EP as "five instrumental metal songs full of high quality machine gun riffing, brain boiling polyrhythms and... acoustic parts!"
The brand new album "Pelon Juuret" from Finnish act Unkind is streaming now in full through Lambgoat, and will also be available everywhere tomorrow via Relapse Records. Stream the tracks at this location or through the player below. More...
Hundredth is set to kick off "The Free Mind Tour" with Counterparts, Being As An Ocean, and Heart to Heart this coming July 12th, 2013. Full details on the trek are as follows:
07/12 Charleston, SC @ The Skatepark
07/13 Wilmington, NC @ Soapbox
07/14 Nashville, TN @ The End
07/15 South Bend, IN @ Generic
07/16 Chicago, IL @ Fireside Bowl
07/17 Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville Mews
07/18 Lawrence, KS @ Bottleneck
07/19 Denver, CO @ Marquis Theatre
07/21 Boise, ID @ The Venue
07/22 Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
07/23 Portland, OR @ Branx
07/24 Medford, OR @ The Wreckroom
07/25 San Francisco, CA @ DNA Lounge
07/26 Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction
07/27 Rancho, CA @ Nitty Gritty Fest
07/28 Phoenix, AZ @ The Underground
07/29 Lubbock, TX @ Jake’s Sports Cafe
07/30 Dallas, TX @ Tom Cats West
07/31 Little Rock, AR @ Downtown Music
08/01 Evansville, IN @ The Hatch
08/02 Toledo, OH @ Frankies
08/03 McDonald, PA @ Alliance Festival
08/04 Arlington, VA @ Intensity Festival More...
My Heart To Fear's upcoming album "Algorithm" is coming out July 9th, 2013. A preview clip featuring 30 seconds from each song off the album is now available online and can be found below. You can also pre-order "Algorithm" at this location.
Spanish heavy metal act Steel Horse is currently finishing the writing process for an upcoming album. Steel Horse will enter the Traste Cero studio in Madrid this coming September to record the full-length. You can also catch the band live:
7/27th - MetalFox Festival, Castellón (Spain)
11/15th - Sala Rocksound, Barcelona (Spain)
11/16th - Sala Paberse Matao, Valencia (Spain) More...
California act Taunted has checked in with the following announcement about recruiting a new drummer:
"Taunted is proud to announce that as we were searching for a drummer to perform live with the band, we were happily surprised that instead of just a live drummer we found a permanent drummer!
"So, all the fans across the world and our beloved SF Bay Area please welcome Justin Dudra to the Taunted ranks!
"We have always known and respected the talent of Justin and even shared the stage with him when he was in his former band Torture. It is a blessing to have such a talented drummer and a person who believes in metal as much as we do.
"We look forward to this unbelievable line up that has already started rehearsing for live dates booked in October of 2013! Taunted you are!"
Panzerchrist has teamed up with Terrorizer to stream the band's full new album "The 7th Offensive." Check it out here or in the player below. The album is due out July 15th, 2013 and pre-orders can be found at this location. More...
Masticator will be releasing a new album titled "Continue the Bloodshed" this coming Winter, 2013. The album's title track is now available for streaming online and can be heard below. The "Continue the Bloodshed" lineup is:
Mike Dickson - Guitars/ Vocals
Erick Tapia - Drums
Sean Young - Guitars
Matt Florio - Bass
Jungle Rot has released a music video for the track "Utter Chaos," taken from the band's latest studio album "Terror Regime" (reviewed here). Check it out below.
Jungle Rot kicks off a European tour on August 7th at Brutal Assault Fest. To follow, Jungle Rot will continue to wreak havoc overseas as they perform at Getaway Rock Festival in Sweden, Meh Suff Festival in Switzerland, Into The Grave Festival in the Netherlands, and more. See a full list of dates after the jump. More...
Inferno Records has checked in with the following announcement about releasing a limited edition vinyl from Lonewolf:
"We're really proud to announce the next & first vinyl release ever on Inferno Records and very excited since it is one of the best albums ever released by a French band (which is in our opinion is definitely among the very best bands from France).
"The time has come to reveal the details: Lonewolf's 'Army Of The Damned' will be soon available on vinyl format - this will be limited to 300 copies worldwide (150 on regular black vinyl, 150 on blue vinyl) and comes with inserts with lyrics, pics...
"Release date is October 2013 but we really encourage you to pre-order your copy as we're confident this will sell very fast! Lonewolf has over the years created a huge die-hard metal fanbase and obviously the pack is waiting for this new item!"
Fab - the boss of Inferno Records - also says: "It has been a long time since it was said Inferno Records & Lonewolf have to join forces and release something together. For some reason, it was not possible so far. Inferno Records & Lonewolf have always been great friends showing mutual respect to the respective jobs both did so far. I am really proud & honored this day has finally come, especially that it will be released on vinyl, something we never did before... A vinyl release was always in mind since the beginning of the label, but the label had first to grow and be 'healthy,' before it was possible, and I wanted the first vinyl release to be something SPECIAL... I think the day has finally come and it is a great feeling!"
Oathbreaker has teamed up with CVLT Nation to release a new music video. Check out "No Rest For The Weary" in the player below or at Cvltnation.com here.
The video was created by Jeroen Mylle & Fabrice Parent and is taken from the upcoming album "Eros|Anteros," which is due out August 20th.
Battlecross is now streaming brand new album "War of Will" at MetalBlade.com here, or you can check it out in the player below.
This stream will be up for a limited time only, from noon pacific time today, through noon pacific on Tuesday, July 9th. "War of Will" hits stores on July 9th, 2013.
The band is on tour now as part of the Rock Star Energy Drink Mayhem Festival Tour with Rob Zombie, Five Finger Death Punch, Amon Amarth, Children of Bodom, Machine Head, Mastodon and more. Dates are available after the jump. More...
Huntress has confirmed the band will be touring late this summer with Danzig as he celebrates his 25th anniversary with Doyle.
These tour dates kick off immediately following the Huntress run with the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, and Heavy MTL Festival in Montreal, Canada. The tour starts August 13th in Bethlehem, PA, and runs through August 31st in Tempe, AZ. A complete list of dates can be found below. Huntress vocalist Jill Janus commented on the upcoming tour with Danzig:
"Huntress is honored and thrilled to be the opening act for Danzig's summer 25th anniversary tour with Doyle! I speak for all my bandmates when I say Danzig and the Misfits were immensely influential during our angsty teenage years. I'm taking a time machine back to high-five and freak out with my thirteen year old self! This rules!"
The new Huntress album "Starbound Beast" was recorded at Hobby Shop Studios in Los Angeles, CA, working with famed producer Zeuss (Shadows Fall, Hatebreed, Agnostic Front). The album came out July 2nd, 2013. More...
Aenimus will release new album "Transcend Reality" on August 6th, 2013 and pre-orders are now available here.
A teaser trailer for the release can also be viewed below. Catch the band live with Sisyphean Conscience in August on these dates:
8/2 Santa Rosa, CA The Arlene Francis Center
8/3 Las Vegas, NV The Cheyenne Saloon
8/4 TBA UT/ID
8/5 Denver CO, The Marquis
8/6 Albuquerque NM, BlackWater
8/7 Austin TX, The Annex
8/8 TBA TX/AZ
8/9 Mesa Arizona, The Underground
8/10 TBA SoCal More...
This year's edition of the Christian metal fest iMatter will be held at Eldridge Park on Saturday, September 7th in Elmira, NY. This years line up includes:
August Burns Red, For Today, The Color Morale, MyChildren MyBride, My Heart to Fear, Fit For A King, Those Who Fear, GHOSTxSHIP, and Sirens & Sailors. Additional bands will be announced throughout the summer. The following press release was also issued about the fest:
"iMatter Festival was founded in 2008 by Pastor Scott Lowmaster of Glad Tidings Community Life Center in Horseheads, NY. In the year that Lowmaster started the event, there were 48 suicides amongst the teens in the Elmira region. iMatter Festival was founded as a free event, in order to bring a message of hope to the local youth."
Pre-orders for Nhor's new album "Within The Darkness Between The Starlight" are available now through Prophecy Productions here. The release is due out August 30th, 2013.
The album will be a Gatefold Double LP (180g heavy virgin vinyl) including a poster and limited to 500 copies. The cover illustration, created by Sin-Eater, can be found below. More...
As was previously announced, Last Chance To Reason will be hitting the road with Evan Brewer later this month. Ever Forthright has now checked in with the following statement about joining a portion of the trek:
"We're excited to announce that we will be touring the US with Last Chance To Reason and Evan Brewer from 7/25 to 8/1! Check below for dates that we will be playing. After this we head out to tour with Auras!"
7/25 West Chester, PA @ The Note
7/26 Pittsburgh, PA @ The Galley
7/27 Westland, MI @ The Token Lounge
7/28 Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's
7/29 Chicago, IL @ Reggie's Rock Club
7/30 St. Paul, MN @ Skyway theater - Studio B
8/1 Englewood, CO Moe's Original More...
ASG has premiered a brand new music video for "Day's Work," which is available now at Vevo.com or in the player below.
The track comes off new album "Blood Drive," released in May, 2013. The track listing is as follows:
2. Blood Drive
3. Day's Work
4. Scrappy's Trip
6. Blues for Bama
8. Children's Music
11. The Ladder
12. Good Enough to Eat More...
U.K. act Nexilva has released a new music video for the track "Eschatologies," which was filmed by Cardiac Media and can be viewed below or over at Terrorizer.com here.
London-based progressive metal band The Safety Fire recently revealed "Red Hatchet," the first track to be taken from forthcoming album "Mouth Of Swords," which is due out on 2nd September.
The Safety Fire is now pleased to release the official music video for said track, which was filmed and directed by Jamie Carter. Guitarist and producer Derya 'Dez' Nagle had this to say about the video:
"We had so much fun recording and writing the album in vests and cut offs we thought it would be the best way to capture the energy of the song visually for all the world to see. Also we all have great legs, so it was just an excuse to show off our sexy pins."
The band also recently announced tour dates in support of "Mouth of Swords." Dates are available after the jump. More...
The Defiled's new album "Daggers" is set for release on August 2nd, and in anticipation of the release, Nuclear Blast sat The AvD and Stitch D in front of a camera to discuss the album and how each track came about.
The third part in this series of track-by-track clips is now up online and can be viewed below. The previously posted clip is available at this location). "Daggers" follows the band's debut album "Grave Times," and has the following track listing:
1. Sleeper (4:00)
2. Unspoken (4:05)
3. Saints And Sinners (3:49)
4. As I Drown (4:41)
5. Porcelain (3:23)
6. New Approach (3:09)
7. Fragments Of Hope (4:30)
8. The Infected (4:01)
9. The Mourning After (4:14)
10. Five Minutes (4:38)
11. No Place Like Home (4:44)
12. I Destroy What Destroys Me (4:16)
13. Self Under Siege (3:25) More...
Today, newly founded heavy metal trio Ashes of Ares proudly presents the first song from a forthcoming debut self-titled album. Check out "Dead Man’s Plight" in the player below.
"Ashes Of Ares" will be released via Nuclear Blast Records on September 6th (Europe) and September 17th (North America) as a limited CD in digipak format including a bonus track as well as in two different 2LP versions. The track listing reads as follows:
1. The Messenger
2. Move the Chains
3. On Warrior's Wings
5. This is my Hell
6. Dead Man's Plight
7. Chalice of Man
8. The Answer
9. What I Am
10. The One-Eyed King
11. The Answer (acoustic version)
Ashes of Ares is:
Matt Barlow (ex ICED EARTH) – vocals
Freddie Vidales (ex ICED EARTH) – guitar & bass
Van Williams (ex NEVERMORE) – drums More...
Progressive metal act Exxiles features members and guests from Symphony X, Savatage ,Trasns-Siberian orchestra, Circle II Circle, Communic, Circus Maximus, Stream of Passion, Revolution Renaissance, Spiral Architect, Lost in Thought, and Agora.
The band has now posted another teaser trailer for an upcoming release, which can be found below. A previously posted vocal recording teaser is also available at this location. Exxiles features among its ranks:
- Mauricio Bustamante
- Mike Lepond
- Chris Caffery
- Zak Stevens
- Marcela Bovio
- Oddleif Stensland
- Gus Monsanto
- Øyvind Hægeland
- Mats Haugen
- David Grey
- Sergio Agilar
- Simon Rojas
- Noel Martínez
- Antonio Rivera More...
Italian death metal band Death Of All Gods has inked a deal with WormHoleDeath for the release of massive debut album "Different Ways Of Feeling Pain" world-wide through The Orchard as a digital download. The album is due out 07/08/2013 and you can also stream a preview below.
Death Of All Gods comments: "We are so proud of being part of the WormHole Death roster! Those guys are extremely professional and they really trust in our work and in our potential; we’re sure it’ll be a great collaboration, which starts with Different Ways Of Feeling Pain."
WormHoleDeath A&R “Worm” stated: “Yes, it’s true! I was so excited when Luigi from DOAG contacted me in search of a digital release. It is somehow something new for Wormholedeath to release an album via digital download only since I’ve always seen this idea like a great idea! It is not better or worse than a 'normal' CD release… It’s just different. I see a different potential in a digital release since everything is going to be faster. Of course many bands asked us to get this kind of deal but we were waiting for the right album to make this new idea like real. In fact Death Of All Gods are signed to our label under all effects, like all the other bands, they just decided that they didn’t care about having the hard copy cd on the market and as long as they were the right band to work with we said yes. Preview their song and you will understand why!” More...
Brazil's Soulfly has posted a studio trailer for the band's yet-untitled new album. Check it out below.
The coming ninth Soulflry studio offering (the first to feature Max Cavalera's son Zyon on drums on a full-length album) is set to be released in fall 2013 via Nuclear Blast.
Pre-order info is also up now at this location.
California's Gravehill is currently working on a new album, and has now checked in with the following update about J. Corpsemolester recording bass for the release:
"Studio update: Corpse entered the studio last week to lay down bass tracks. Unfortunately he was way too high on a cocktail of drugs to keep time with anything for a majority of it.
"The first night he vomited up a burrito, passed out in his own filth, and woke to the tender caress of a homeless man stroking his vomit-smeared cheek and whispering sweet nothings in his ear. Luckily for Corpse, he has tenure in Gravehill so we can't fire him.
"Oddly enough his drug-fueled recording sessions almost scared the rest of the band straight. Almost. Next up...rhythm guitars!"
Stay up-to-date with the descriptive recording updates over at Gravehill's Facebook profile here.
Progressive death metal act Barren Earth has checked in with the following announcement about parting ways with the band's vocalist:
"Dear friends, we regret to announce the departure of Mikko Kotamäki from Barren Earth.
"Due to conflicting schedules, Mikko cannot contribute to Barren Earth's activities any longer. The decision was made by mutual agreement with absolutely no drama involved.
"We will keep working on new material, and will launch search for a new vocalist shortly. Barren Earth wants to thank Mikko for his crucial input for Barren Earth's works and wishes him all the best in the future."
Hells Headbangers has announced October 31st, that most unhallowed 'n' unholy of days, as the release date for Nekrofilth's "Devil's Breath" CD/LP. The following press release was issued about the coming CD:
"These Cleveland filth-bangers might've made a foul 'n' furious impression with their Worship Destruction 2008 demo that was re-released by Hells Headbangers, but with their debut album Devil's Breath, Nekrofilth have truly come into their own as one of the meanest, dirtiest metal bands around.
"Led by founding degenerate Zack Rose, Nekrofilth's debut album mainlines - and MEANLY - raging old-school thrash, hardcore-punk, and grind into a cantankerous-yet-catchy fist to the face of all that's kind and clean...as if song titles like 'Junkie Slut,' 'Smear the Sleaze,' 'Volcanic Zit,' and 'Scum Freak' already didn't say enough. This is the smell of Devil's Breath! Cover and tracklisting to be revealed shortly, but in the meantime, three of Devil's Breath's tracks can be previewed below.": More...