Metal News for July 9, 2013
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35 news articles posted on this day.
Zed has checked in with the following announcement about new tour dates in support of the "Desperation Blues" release:
"Hey everybody! Our new album 'Desperation Blues' is here and available now, and we are doing a small tour to support it!
"If you live in any of those areas, come out and party! We have lots of new merch including new hoodies, shirts and hats, not to mention the new album in CD and vinyl format! If you cant make it to a show, you can listen to the album for free on our Bandcamp page!"
July 12th - The Catalyst - Santa Cruz CA
July 18th - The Black Forest - Eugene OR
July 19th - The Red Room - Portland OR
July 20th - The Victory Lounge - Seattle WA
August 3rd - The Red House - Walnut Creek CA
August 24th - Spancky's - Cotati CA
October 11th - The Blank Club - San Jose CA
October 12th - Vinnies - Concord CA More...
Capital Chaos TV has posted footage online of Cannibal Corpse performing live in Oakland, California.
Cannibal Corpse dedicated the set to the recently deceased Jeff Hanneman of Slayer. Check out the live show footage below.
Swedish black metallers Watain are set to release their new album, "The Wild Hunt," on August 19th in Europe and August 20th in North America through the band's own label His Master's Noise via Century Media Records.
Produced once again by Tore Stjerna at his Necromorbus studio in Alvik (Sweden), "The Wild Hunt" is a sonic and lyrical tour-de-force that explores Watain's roots. The Wild Hunt will be released worldwide in the following formats (see below for details): More...
Deprecated has inked a multi-album deal with Unique Leader Records. The label issued the following statement:
"Forged from the crucible of some of the industry's most influential bands, comes the
tempered, hulking monstrosity that is Deprecated. Cast from members of the mighty Suffocation, Decrepit Birth, and Disgorge, Deprecated is the embodiment of agonizing brutality.
"While the solid foundation of original members AJ Magaña, Derek Boyer and Torrey Moores oversee the composition of Deprecated's material, the addition of Terrence Hobbs and Matt Sotelo fuse to be one of death metals more formidable string sections to date. Both Terrence and Matt being of polar opposite styles in their respective bands bring their influential talents and unyielding ferocity together with that of Deprecated’s old school approach to exploit and pulverize ones adrenal gland in its vice.
"After the tracks for the 'Deriding His Creation' re-release were recorded, the final piece was to be put in place by utilizing one of the industry's top engineers to ensure the albums message was clearly stated. Zack Ohren of Castle Ultimate studios known for engineering releases for bands such as Suicide Silence, Severed Savior, Decrepit Birth, Suffocation, Immolation and Six Feet Under, just to mention a few, brings the over indulgent aggression of Deprecated's music to a mirrored finish ensuring fans of all that is heavy to question the direction that death metal has so unfortunately taken."
The official worldwide street date for “Deriding His Creation” has been set for October 1st, 2013.
We Butter The Bread With Butter has just premiered a new music video for “Alles Was Ich Will” with CraveOnline. Check out the video below.
The song appears on the band's new full-length album, "Goldkinder," coming out in the U.S. on August 13th. The previously posted song "Das Uhrwerk" is also available for streaming at this location.
Everyone's favorite alien overlord and lead-throat thing of GWAR, Oderus Urungus, will take a brief break from his arctic slumber to get "fucked up with the fans" for the debut of the GWAR-B-Q beer.
The beer was created from a recipe by Rob Chalmers especially for the upcoming GWAR-B-Q (August 17th in Richmond,VA), but as a special treat for the fans Oderus himself will be travelling (via bat-shaped helicopter, of course.) to Ybor City, Florida to officially debut the brand-new, mind-altering product.
"This is another milestone on the road leading to the GWAR-B-Q, the new GWAR album, and the brand-new GWAR show we will be putting on tour this fall," said the hardest-partying front-creature in rock. "I am looking forward to meeting with the fans, getting incredibly wasted, and then vomiting all over them. Then we will sell that!"
The event, which is presented by GWAR, Cigar City Brewing, Crowbar Live and DMD will feature free samples of the all new GWAR B-Q Beer as well as Brutal Burgers topped with GWAR-B-Q Sauce.
"Next product? GWAR meat!" said Oderus. Admission to the event is five dollars at the door. The first fifty fans wearing GWAR gear or attire will be admitted free. In addition to the guzzling and the gorging, the event will also feature live music from GWAR ATTACK, (GWAR cover band), American Fix, Black Tides Roll and Doom Wolf. The event is 18 and up. More...
Hells Headbangers has announced October 31st as the release date for Shitfucker's "Suck Cocks in Hell" debut album, on both CD and LP formats. The following press release was issued about the band:
"One of the metal underground's best-kept secrets, Detroit scum-crew Shitfucker have finally delivered a full-length of filth after a prolific slew/spew of EPs and demos, under the fuck-off-tourists title of Suck Cocks in Hell.
"A power-trio in the grand tradition of early Sodom, Venom, and Motorhead, the three nuclear zombies of Shitfucker gnarl together ancient blackthrash and toxic hardcore-punk into a blown-out brew bubbling over with disease, degradation, and devil worship. Bow before apocalyptic witching metal of the highest order/odor: this is Shitfucker's Suck Cocks in Hell!"
The cover and track listing is to be revealed shortly, but in the meantime, two of the "Suck Cocks in Hell" tracks can be previewed below. More...
Garden State progressive metal act Gyre has inked a record deal with Monolithic Records, the label arm of community based webzine The Monolith. The band and label are excited to announce the group's new EP "Second Circle," due out July 23rd, 2013.
"Gyre is proud to announce the release of its second EP through Monolithic Records," said the band in a statement. "We understand that no band is an island. In this understanding Gyre is excited to team up with Tom Quigley, Jesse Zuretti and Monolithic to further our musical endeavor.
"Listeners can expect progressive metal that does not lose sight of the power of structure and song, and an understanding that it is the connection between our emotions that really get messages across to audiences. As Nietzsche said, 'In music the passions enjoy themselves.' Come enjoy our passion with us." More...
Beneath My Feet has released a new video clip for "The Color Of A Thousand Sunsets," which was directed by Tomi Skantz and can be found in the YouTube player below. Hear more from Beneath My Feet by heading over to the band's Facebook profile here.
Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals has released a new music video for "Bedridden," which can be found below courtesy of Loudwire.com.
"Bedridden" comes off upcoming album "Walk Through Exits Only," due out July 16th via Season of Mist in partnership with Anselmo's own Housecore Records.
Gris has premiered the new track "Épitaphe de Suie" via TheInarguable.com. The track is the epic 14-minute closer to Gris' new double-album, "À l’âme enflammée, l’äme constellée…," released today by Sepulchral Productions.
Check out the song in the SoundCloud player below. The double album's full track listing is as follows:
2. Les forges
7. Seizième prière
9. Une épitaphe de suie
10. Nadir More...
Vista Chino, the band formed by John Garcia and Brant Bjork (formerly of Kyuss), is gearing up for the release of "Peace." The album will drop September 3rd in North America via Napalm Records.
Following a debut North American performance at the Orion Music and More Festival, the band has confirmed a North American headline tour in support of "Peace." Support on the tour will come from the Portland Oregon rock outfit known as Black Pussy. The tour kicks off September 6th in Calgary, Alberta and runs through September 28th in Columbus, Ohio.
Drummer Brant Bjork cannot wait to showcase the new music for the fans: "Vista Chino is super excited to bring the fresh VC rock to the American fans. We'll be rocking songs from our new Vista Chino record 'Peace' along with some Kyuss classics and the legendary Mike Dean from COC will be bringing the electric bass...so, be there or be square." More...
Germany's Beyond is currently streaming the entirety of debut album, "Fatal Power of Death," which is set for vinyl release through Iron Bonehead Productions on July 15th.
Give the album a listen courtesy of Decibel Magazine in the player provided below. The following press release was also issued about the band:
"Once again, Iron Bonehead Productions discovers one of the best, brightest/darkest hopes for the death metal underground: Germany's burly and beguiling Beyond, who unleash the LP version of their debut album, Fatal Power of Death.
"With evocative artwork by Comaworx, the aptly titled Fatal Power of Death is a dynamic, multi-hued journey into the mysteries of death - and The Metal of Death - through oft-epic, flowingly serpentine songwriting and hideous, incendiary execution, twisting their way downward into caverns of disease 'n' dread but never losing sight of a well-composed song. An insanity-driven trip into the darkest depths of your mental abyss - behold the Fatal Power of Death, and enter Beyond..." More...
Hemorrhaging Elysium has checked in with the following announcement about completing work on a new album:
"Finished recording Hemorrhaging Elysium's full-length album last night, 'Degrading Mortality.' Special thanks to Chad Griffin of Eternium for his guest vocals on the album. Time to mix and master it, so we can show you lovely despicable gents 10 tacks of carnage!"
You can also check out the band's music and find more info on Hemorrhaging Elysium over at Facebook here.
Portland’s punk metal combatants Toxic Holocaust recently completed the recording for a forthcoming new full-length.
Titled "Chemistry Of Consciousness," the 12-track beast of an offering was recorded by the band, mixed with Converge guitarist Kurt Ballou at his own GodCity Studio, and mastered by Brad Boatright (Sleep, From Ashes Rise, Nails) at Audiosiege Engineering.
Elaborates Toxic Holocaust founder Joel Grind: "I'm excited to announce that the new Toxic Holocaust record has been completed. We recorded it ourselves like we did last time but this time around we had our friend Kurt Ballou mix. It's sounding so crushing! Lots and lots of distortion! Musically I went into a more punky territory than the last record while still maintaining the Toxic Holocaust sound. I look forward to everyone hearing it!”
"Chemistry Of Consciousness" is set to deploy this Fall via Relapse Records. Further details – including cover art and track listing - are to be revealed in the coming weeks.
The tune comes courtesy of the band’s full-length debut, "Scorn," initially released earlier this year via a collaboration between Throatruiner and Mordgrimm Records. "Scorn" was recorded by Dave Otero at Flatline Audio (Cephalic Carnage, Catheter, Cobalt) and delivers a demoralizing brand of blackened doom through seven asphyxiating odes of hatred, disease, and despair.
Today, the full details on Lalu’s "Atomic Ark" -- the newest pending solo effort from French progressive composer Vivien Lalu -- have been made available to the public, including the first single from the album. Check out the song "Slaughtered" below, which features Jordan Rudess of Dream Theater. The following press release was also issued about Lalu:
"The latest in a long line of releases from the composer, including group and collaborative efforts with other artists in the progressive rock/metal realms as well as previous solo excursions, several of which saw release via Lion Music and other notable labels, Atomic Ark bears the most extensive works from Vivien Lalu to date.
"A cinematic masterpiece boasting an array of beautiful and expansive elements as well as some darker, ominous passages, Atomic Ark surges with over fifty minutes of prime progressive prowess, the album was fully conceived and composed by Lalu. The composer also enlisted an all-star lineup including vocalist Martin LeMar (Mekong Delta), bassist Mike LePond (SymphonyX), guitarist Simone Mularoni (DGM) and drummer Virgil Donati (PlanetX), in addition to countless guest contributions, to complete the album. Of these notable guest appearances, the massive track "Slaughtered" -- which has today been unveiled -- features solos from keyboardist Jordan Rudess (Dream Theater, Liquid Tension Experiment) and guitarist Marco Sfogli (James LaBrie)."
The "Atomic Ark" album is confirmed for release via Sensory Records on September 9th in Europe and September 10th in North America. Stay tuned for more album updates and additional music from the album to be released in the coming weeks. More...
SPV/Steamhammer has signed a worldwide deal with NWoBHM cult act Battleax. The deal is not only for a new studio album called "Heavy Metal Sanctuary," which is due in early 2014, it also includes the deluxe re-releases of "Burn This Town" (out in October 2013) and "Power From The Universe" (out late summer 2014) with new covers, extended booklets, and lots of bonus material.
The current line-up consists of the original members Dave King (vocals) and Brian Smith (bass) as well as Mick Percy (guitar) and Paul Atkinson (drums). Dave King and Brian Smith say about the signing:
"We think speaking for the whole band that we are all elated to be joining the SPV family. A label with great worldwide distribution and also featuring some of our favourite bands. It is wonderful to have the opportunity to re-release our old classic albums again as well as introduce our fans to our new more powerful sound. After a long and hard struggle we have finally managed to complete our new album Heavy Metal Sanctuary which we know will delight our fans worldwide.
"We do not think it will disappoint in either the songs or the production, and we feel that although it sounds modern and 21st century, it is still classic Battleaxe! We thank all our loyal fans all over the world who encouraged us to reform (indeed some even demanded it), even though some of you were not even born when the original albums were first released. Now because of this new deal, we will be able to see many of you in 2014 on the European festival scene and possibly around the world. Finally of course many many thanks to Olly Hahn and all the staff at SPV for making this dream come true! "
SPV/Steamhammer A&R Olly Hahn ads: "Sometimes you have to do something....and I did. As a child of the NWoBHM due to the lack of informations you had to buy by the cover. In some cases the cover were good but the music average, in other cases the cover were not really good but the music was killer. This happened to me when I bought "Burn This Town". The whole album, as well as the second one "Power From The Universe", are classics for me and I know for many metal fans too. And I heard the new songs which are really strong and will surprise a lot of people. Yes, the band is ready to deliver...so are we!"
Manilla Road has checked in with the following announcement about releasing a 30th anniversary edition of "Crystal Logic" with extra tracks:
"We still celebrate the 30th anniversary of the LP 'Crystal Logic,' the Roadster Records original pressing (the blue Black Dragon LP was released later). Soon on Golden Core/ZYX: The 30th Anniversary deluxe edition with bonus tracks you've never heard before, a big booklet with unseen photos/flyers/other memorablia, liner-notes etc."
Footage of the band performing at the Hellfest 2013 can also be found below, or you can read our retrospective of the many distinctive album covers from Manilla Road at this location.
Korn will be releasing the band's new album - and 11th studio release overall - titled "The Paradigm Shift" this coming October 1st, 2013.
"The Paradigm Shift" features the return of former member Brian "Head" Welch, who previously left the band to pursue a career in Christian books and music.
New album "The Paradigm Shift" follows the band's 2011 full-length "The Path of Totality." For more info on the coming album, you can also read the band's recent interview with Rollingstone.com about the writing process right here.
Rotting Out has released a new music video for the track "No Clue," which is available courtesy of New Noise Magazine and can be viewed below.
"No Clue" comes off the band's "The Wrong Way" album. Rotting Out is also heading out on tour this summer and fall. Dates are available after the jump.
Virginia's Immoralist has released a new music video for the track "Haunted," which can be viewed below. For further details on Immoralist, head over to the band's official Facebook profile here.
British extreme metal legends Carcass have released a trailer previewing music from their upcoming sixth full-length release, "Surgical Steel." Check it out below.
The new album will be released on September 16th (UK), September 13th (Rest of Europe) and September 17th (North America) through Nuclear Blast.
Fleshgod Apocalypse's new album "Labyrinth" will be released on August 16th, 2013 in Europe and August 20th, 2013 in North America via Nuclear Blast. The new track "Elegy" has now been posted online and can be heard below. The album's full track listing is as follows:
2. Minotaur (the Wrath Of Poseidon)
4. Towards The Sun
7. The Fall Of Asterion
10. Under Black Sails
11. Labyrinth More...
Danish thrashers Caro are pleased to announce the release of their new album, "Letchworth Village," set to hit stores on July 17th, 2013. The following press release was issued about the album:
"Letchworth Village marks the second full-length for Caro, and although they stick to their roots on this release, Caro manages to capture a tornado in a bottle.
"Fast riffs, screaming solos and guttural vocals that some describe as a cross between Barney from Napalm Death and Randy from Lamb of God, Caro's hard old school thrash is nonstop aggression. Letchworth Village captures the high intensity gritty and energetic live performance of the band and captures it in the studio. The bands aggression can be heard in every track you listen to.
"Caro is a thrash band from Frederikshavn, Denmark. The band was formed in 2007 under the name Omen, but changed to Caro in 2011. The band is inspired by different bands and playing a mix of thrash, death and progressive metal. To date the band has toured extensively in Denmark and Europe as well as played numerous festivals both in and out of their home country. Caro is a touring band and looks forward to playing in your town soon." More...
Impossible Voyage has released a new video clip for "I Am The Greetest," which can be found below. The following press release was also issued about the abnd:
"The soaring vocals and style hopping of Impossible Voyage are on full blast in their latest release I am the Greetest, which can be streamed and downloaded for free from the band's bandcamp, or heard in the accompanying video. The self proclaimed pioneers of post-future-prog-metal eagerly present this release as their follow up to 2012's Meatman and Cinderella EP."
Full of twists, turns, winks and burns, keyboardist and one of four singers Anthony Gobeille says of the single, "It shows everyone our energy, versatility, and exuberance while letting them know we're seriously serious. Our hope is that there's something here for everyone to connect to, while also giving them something new to discover." More...
Chicago's Diamond Plate has officially revealed that the band's upcoming album is titled "Pulse." Fans were kept in suspense each day last week as the album title was uncovered one letter at a time.
The follow-up to Diamond Plate's 2011 debut album, "Generation Why?" (reviewed here) was recorded with producer Neil Kernon (Judas Priest, Nevermore, Deicide) at Studio Chicago. Diamond Plate comments:
"During the months of recording, the album took on a life of its own. Our goal was to capture the energy of a live band, and working with Neil gave us the freedom to create the music we've always wanted to play. A straightforward explanation of the title 'PULSE' is that it represents music, or life, in its purest form. The real meaning behind the album can only be discovered by the person using his/her ears."
The artwork for Pulse was created by artist Gustavo Sazes (Morbid Angel, Arch Enemy, Sepultura). Check it out below. "Pulse" is due to be released on August 20th in the USA via Century Media/Earache Records and on digital formats in Europe on August 19th. More...
Dream Theater’s self-titled album – the band’s 12th studio release overall, and fourth with Roadrunner Records – will be released this coming September 24th, 2013. Guitarist John Petrucci comments:
“I see every new album as an opportunity to start over. To either build or improve upon a direction that has been evolving over time or to completely break new ground. This is the first self-titled album of our career and there is nothing I can think of that makes a statement of musical and creative identity stronger than that. We’ve fully explored all of the elements that make us unique, from the epic and intense to the atmospheric and cinematic. We’re incredibly excited about Dream Theater and can’t wait for everyone to hear it.”
The nine-track disc was recorded at Cove City Studio in Glen Cove, Long Island, with guitarist Petrucci producing and Richard Chycki engineering and mixing. It’s the band’s second album with drummer Mike Mangini, and the first one on which he was a part of the writing process from the beginning. More...
Arian Odabaei of Scientic has checked in with the following announcement about streaming a track from an upcoming solo release:
"It is my great pleasure to announce the release of the first single, 'String Theory,' from my forthcoming solo album. This might be the only independent online release as I'm looking for a record label to release the whole album.
"The song (and the entire album) is the result of many years of blood, sweat and tears and persistent dedication to music and guitar virtuosity. Thanks to everyone for love, support, inspiration and encouragement over the years. An extra special thanks goes to my axe wingman and best friend Hans Brian Christensen for the killer mix and mastering. I hope you enjoy the song and please share the video, subscribe to my Youtube channel and visit my new FB page! Thank you!"
DevilDriver will be releasing sixth studio album "Winter Kills" this coming August 27th via Napalm Records.
A lyric video for the first single "Ruthless" was recently completed, and today the video is receiving its premiere courtesy of RevolverMag.com. Check out the lyric clip below.
The new album's track listing is:
1. Oath of the Abyss
3. Desperate Times
4. Winter Kills
5. The Appetite
7. Curses and Epitaphs
8. Caring's Overkill
9. Haunting Refrain
10. Tripping Over Tombstones
12. Shudder (Bonus Track)
13. Back Down to the Grave (Bonus Track) More...
Estonian act Defrage has a new music video out now for the track "We Are Metal." The band also comments on the clip:
"Whats the meaning of life? Our new video 'We Are Metal' tells a story about the quest for life's purpose... Laptop speakers forbidden! Rock On and Peace Out!"
Check out the video clip below, or watch the previously posted video for "The Sick Letter" over at this location.
Matricide has released a new music video for "Wear & Tear." Check out the rubber ducky mayhem below.
"Wear & Tear" comes off the band's upcoming full-length album, "When Random Turns To Fate," set for release later this year. To hear more Matricide, check out the band's lyric video for "The Point of No Return" at this location.
Two time Juno-award nominees Cancer Bats has just announced the band will once again be taking alter ego Bat Sabbath on the road.
As a special treat for fans, this time around, the band will perform two full sets every night, one as Cancer Bats and one as Bat Sabbath. Coined the Double Header Bat Madness Tour, the tour includes five dates in the U.S and thirteen dates across Canada.
"We are all way too stoked for this Canadian run!" says lead vocalist Liam Cormier. "All of the touring we've done on this record has been amazing and we can't think of a better way to finish it all off then with one last Canadian banger! AND to make it the ultimate rager, we're adding a full Bat Sabbath set to keep the party going all night. I can't think of a better way to end off a record and to get stoked on writing a new album!"
The Canadian portion of the tour kicks off September 30th in Victoria, BC at Club9ONE9 and wraps up on October 19th in Ottawa, ON at Mavericks. Tickets for the tour will go on sale on Thursday July 11. Full tour details are below. More...
After going on hiatus last year, California death metal outfit Carnifex has announced a new deal with heavy-metal institution Nuclear Blast.
“Signing with Nuclear Blast is a career defining moment for Carnifex,” commented frontman Scott Lewis. “To be aligned with the largest metal label on earth is a true honor. This world-wide deal signals a turning point for us as a band and individuals. Together with Nuclear Blast you will see Carnifex like you have never seen us before. Prepare yourself for an album that crushes any and all expectations. An album that will stand as the definitive mark for modern metal.”
Carnifex will begin recording a Nuclear Blast debut this July at Audio Hammer Studios in Sanford, FL with metal producer Mark Lewis (Arsis, The Black Dahlia Murder, Whitechapel. DevilDriver). Expect a release tentatively sometime in the first quarter of 2014.
Carnifex also welcomes longtime friend of the band Jordan Lockrey as new lead guitarist. You can catch the band live on the Impericon Never Say Die Tour: More...
Tuska Open Air Metal Festival promised to be an event to remember this year, with huge acts such as King Diamond, Wintersun and Nightwish taking command of the main stage! With finally perfect summer weather and a lineup that challenged many other summer festivals, Friday came with much awaited anticipation!
Many of the bands this year were scheduled at the same time, perhaps the cause of this was that in the past there have always been four stages, but this year there were only three. Only two of these stages allowed media to shoot footage and photos, which led to a massive and unfortunate stress factor to an otherwise phenomenal festival experience. In addition, overcrowded photo pits with unqualified photographers led to an unfortunate decline in coverage from other medias this year. Die hard Tuska fans and Medias still showed up in hordes, and showed why Tuska is still the metal festival to be at in Helsinki! More...