Metal News for August 1, 2011
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Each week in Unearthing the Metal Underground, we look at underground bands that embody the metal genre and this week is no exception as we focus on Ogden, Utah. The metal that comes from this area and nearby is astounding, they are metal bands that fly under the mainstream radar but have metal music seared into their souls.
Better known as O-Town to locals, Ogden has an impressive emerging underground music scene. However, the metal reverberating out of this area is distinguishable for the simple fact that they bring it hard, with every show, every song and with every note. Three bands stand out from the pack for a variety of reasons, one being they scorch your souls with their intensity and two… because they are metal to the core.
"The Dead Gates- the entrance to eternal suffering where the hounds of hell feast upon the damned," an apt description for a band as hardcore as these boys. Hailing from Ogden, Utah, these metalheads have taken the Wasatch Front by storm, not only banging heads with O-Town fans but creating a solid fan base throughout Utah. By combining searing guitar riffs, irresistibly heavy bass lines and drum beats of ferocious proportions they create a melodic yet forceful tone that cascades over you. Add that to the vehement growls and intense vocals and you get an effectual sound that is as savage as it is addicting. Deadgates is: Sam E. (vocals), Josh W. (guitar), Mat L. (guitar), Kirk T. (bass), and Matt H. (drums). Check them out on their Facebook on Myspace and on Youtube.
The new supergroup consisting of former members of The Haunted and In Flames have released a new track titled, "An Eye for an Eye." The new track can be found on Youtube here:
No label has been announced yet for the band's upcoming record although it is known that they will be playing their first show on the Close-Up BÅten Cruise on September 9th.
Mausoleum will be releasing the upcoming album "Back From the Funeral" through Razorback Recordings in late Summer/early Fall. To give fans a taste of the upcoming album, the band has now posted a new song online.
Head over to the Razorback Recordings official Facebook page here here to listen to the new track "Radioactive Resurrection."
Mausoleum also recently announced its first live performances in September. Details are available here.
Additional information on Mausoleum, and more songs available for streaming, are available through the band's MySpace music profile.
New live footage featuring The Faceless bassist Evan Brewer performing material from his recently released solo album "Alone" has made its way online. You can check Evan Brewer performing his tracks "Actualize" and "Contraband" in the player provided below.
Skeletonwitch has announced the new album "Forever Abomination" will be released on October 7th in Europe and October 11th in North America. The track listing and artwork for the album can be viewed below.
1. This Horrifying Force (The Desire To Kill)
2. Reduced To The Failure Of Prayer
3. Of Ash And Torment
4. Choke Upon Betrayal
5. Erased And Forgotten
6. The Infernal Resurrection
7. Rejoice In Misery
8. Cleaver Of Souls
9. Shredding Sacred Flesh
10. Sink Beneath Insanity
11. My Skin Of Deceit
Memphis May Fire has announced that it will be heading overseas this coming September for the "Rise Records European Tour." Other acts scheduled to appear on the trek include The Color Morale and Dream On Dreamer. You can check out the full list of dates, cities and venues below.
09/16 Messancy, BEL – Rider’s Park
09/17 Eindhoven, NET – Dynamo
09/18 Southampton, UK – Joiners
09/19 London, UK – Underworld
09/20 Manchester, UK – Mojo
09/21 Leeds, UK – The Well
09/22 Glasgow, UK – Ivory Blacks
09/23 Nottingham, UK – Stealth
09/24 Reading, UK – Facebar
09/25 Paris, FRA – Batofar
09/26 Koln, GER – MTC
09/27 Hamburg, GER – Hafenklang
09/28 Trier, GER – Ex-Haus
09/29 Stuttgart, GER – Juha West
09/30 Milan, ITA – Palazzo Granaio
10/01 Bologna, ITA – Blogos
10/02 Steyr, AUT – Roda
10/03 Wein, AUT – Acara
10/04 Munchen, GER – Feierwerk
10/05 Dessau, GER – Beat Club
10/07 Mechelen, BEL – Metteko
Ontario, Canada progressive metal act Solace has posted an instrumental preview of a new track online. The new song, which is titled "Stockhome Syndrome," is to be included on Solace's forthcoming new album "Call & Response." You can check out the instrumental of "Stockhome Syndrome" by using the player located below.
Black Tusk has posted a demo version of "Ender of All" online now at the band's Facebook page, which can be found by heading over here.
"Ender of All" is one of the ten brand new tracks that embody the band's forthcoming full-length album "Set The Dial." Black Tusk recorded "Set The Dial" this past June in Seattle, WA with engineer Jack Endino (HIGH ON FIRE, SOUNDGARDEN, BRUCE DICKINSON).
"Set The Dial" is currently set for an October 25th North American release date, October 31st internationally. Additional release information will be posted shortly.
Black Tusk saw the recent re-issue of debut album "Passage Through Purgatory" this past May. The re-mastered album with bonus tracks is currently streaming online now through the Black Tusk Bandcamp page.
Death of Desire has checked in with the following announcement about recruiting new member Nox Arcane Nova from Eyes of Noctum:
"We have recruited Nox Arcane Nova (Eyes of Noctum) as our Bass player/backing vocals/keyboards.
We have started working on the compositions for our next album to be released somewhere in 2012.
Expect something totally crushing."
Death of Desire has also announced it will be appearing in the upcoming "Out of the Black" documentary about black metal. You can find further information on the movie here.
Swedish metallers In Flames have posted the following statement online announcing the cancellation of the remainder of its 2011 U.S. tour dates due to a medical emergency.
"It is with huge regret that today with immediate effect In Flames must cancel their current US shows as part of the Rockstar Mayhem Festival and their own US Headline shows. But due to a serious terminal illness of one the band’s immediate family members they feel they have no option.
"We have had the most amazing and fun times as part of the Rockstar Mayhem Festival and we are truly grateful for all the support the whole festival has shown
"We will be back at the start of 2012.
"Once again our apologies, In Flames."
Bradlee Dean, president of the "You Can Run But You Can't Hide" Christian ministry, who describes himself as a "heavy metal preacher" and "a renowned hard metal rocker who came to Christ after suffering a hard life as a young boy," is suing political commentator Rachel Maddow for $50 million. Dean is a member of the band Junkyard Prophets, which is the official band of the ministry.
According to the complaint from Dean, which can be read here, he is suing Maddow for defamation when she quoted Dean's views on homosexuality, Christianity, and Islamic Sharia law, which was taken from a radio show Dean took part in.
The complaint alleges Maddow and other news stations are attempting to discredit him in order to harm the presidential campaign of Michelle Bachmann, stating "This explains the malicious attacks on Bradlee Dean and his ministry, which are being used to harm the presidential campaign of Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, who is a conservative Christian."
The quote in question from Dean is as follows, and the television segment in which Maddow discussed the issue can be viewed below (the section about Dean starts at 1:40):
"Muslims are calling for the execution of homosexuals in America. They themselves are upholding the laws that are even in the Bible, the Judeo-Christian God, but they seem to be more moral than the American Christians do. Because these people are livid about enforcing their laws. They know homosexuality is an abomination. If America won't enforce the laws, God will raise up a foreign enemy to do just that."
A statement from Dean regarding his remarks and the news commentators that have reported on it can be found here.
You can also check out Bradlee Dean's website for his film "My War: The Testimony of Bradlee Dean" by heading over to this location.
Progressive deathcore act Rose Funeral has announced that it will be releasing its awaited new album, titled "Gates Of Punishment," on September 27, 2011 through Metal Blade Records. The track listing for the effort can be viewed below and there is also a new song available for streaming titled "Beyond the Entombed."
1. Legions Of Ruination
2. Grotesque Mutilation
3. Beyond The Entombed
4. False Divine
5. Arise Infernal Existence
6. Malignant Amour
7. A Recreant Canticle
8. The Desolate Form
10. Amidst Gehenna
11. Gates Of Punishment
Prophecy Productions announces the signing of German Viking/folk metal band, Falkenbach. The two parties have agreed upon a long-term partnership.
Vratyas Vakyas, the sole contributor to Falkenbach, comments: "As a label, Prophecy stands for qualities and ideals that are very important for me personally and for Falkenbach. After being in touch with Martin Koller for more than 15 years, I am particularly happy that Prophecy and Falkenbach are going to travel together from now on. At the moment, we are busy preparing the next album, and I am really looking forward to our co-operation."
Considered a innovator of the pagan/folk metal sound, Falkenbach has twenty years of releases under their kilts that includes "...En Their Medh Riki Fara...," "Heralding - The Fireblade" and their latest "Tiurida."
Winnipeg, Canada-based act Annex Theory (featuring ex-Quo Vadis vocalist Trevor Birnie) is gearing up for a ten-date assault that will see the band storm across the Canadian countryside alongside Laika, in support of the group's recently released digital EP "Beneath the Skin."
When asked about the upcoming outing, guitarist/vocalist Sam Jacobs had the following to say:
"Touring was something we had planned on doing from day one, so it's an incredible feeling to finally have the chance to hit the road! We want to thank the guys in Laika for throwing us on this tour, it's a great chance for us to start spreading the word and show people what Annex Theory is all about! It's gonna be one hell of a time!"
The dates are as follows:
August 10th - Winnipeg, Manitoba - The Zoo
August 12th - Thunder Bay, Ontario - Jack's
August 13th - North Bay, Ontario - The Granite Club
August 14th - Toronto, Ontario - Blue Moon
August 15th - Windsor, Ontario - Coach and Horses
August 16th - Hamilton, Ontario - Waltz Live Music Club
August 17th - Montreal, Quebec - Katacombes
August 19th - Fredericton, New Brunswick - F-Studio
August 20st - Halifax, Nova Scotia - Coconut Grove
August 24th - Ottawa, Ontario - Cafe Dekcuf
August 25th - Sault ste. Marie, Ontario - The Rosie
August 26th - Thunder Bay, Ontario - Black Pirates Bar
Annex Theory has made a new track entitled “Orbit” available and it can be streamed through Got-Djent.com at this location. The track comes off the band’s debut digital-only EP, “Beneath the Skin,” released via Pivotal Rockordings on June 1st, 2011.
Cianide is premiering "Dead and Rotting" today at Metal-Army.com. The track comes from the Chicago death metal band's new album "Gods of Death," released via Hells Headbangers.
In addition to a number of splits, demos and compilations, "Gods of Death" marks the sixth studio full-length by Cianide.
Gothenburg, Sweden based metallers Age of Woe will release their self-titled debut 7" digitally this autumn via Pivotal Rockordings. Age of Woe consists of members of End of All, Massmord, The Process, and No Hawaii.
Age of Woe’s debut self-titled 7" release was recorded and mixed at Belly of the Whale Studio in Gothenburg with Carlos Sepulveda and Mastered by Ulf Blomberg of HoboRec in February of this year. Pivotal Rockordings will make the debut available digitally worldwide and the limited vinyl printings will be available through Addiction to War in France, Halvfabrikat Records and HoboRec in Sweden, and Nakkeskudd Plater in Norway.
The "Age of Woe" track listing is as follows:
1. We Are Dead
2. The Antagonist
3. No Remorse
Age of Woe has also confirmed the following tour dates with more to be announced in the near future:
Aug 20 – Blitz, Oslo, Norway
Aug 27 - Skjul 46, Gothenburg, Sweden
Nov 1 – Soap Box Club, Nancy, France
Nov 2 – Les Arcades, Besançon, France
Nov 3 – Kuzeb, Bremgarten, Switzerland
Swedish photographers John & Lena Resborn have checked in with the following announcement about releasing a documentary photo back about the underground metal, hardcore, and punk scenes in Southeast Asia:
"It's a book filled with portraits and interviews with the driving spirits in those scenes in Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and the Philippines and also hundreds of pictures from concerts, distros, parties and snapshots from their everyday lives. It will show that this music exists everywhere, it will give an unique insight in today's society through the eyes of the underground metal community and hopefully at the same time kill many prejudices people might have about this part of the world.
"We have been working on this project for 3 years now and it will be unleashed this November if all goes as planned. Right now we have a Crowdfunding campaign on IndieGoGo where all supporters around the world can contribute to the completion of this book, and we need all help we can get to spread the word about both the book and the campaign."
You can check out a teaser trailer for the book below, or head over to this location for details on contributing to the project.
Halifax’s Thrashfest has announced it's full line up, including Baltimore's deathgrind band Misery Index, Quebec's Fuck The Facts, Ottawa's Aggresor, as well as local openers Hellacaust, The.Daisy.Anthesis, Orchid's Curse, and many more.
The festival is set to take place on August 19th and 20th at Gus' pub; tickets are $20 in advance or $10 for Friday night and $15 for Saturday night.
"We are very proud to announce the 5th annual Thrashfest will include, 15 acts who will preform over 2 days and 3 shows. This years event will host a variety of local and international acts," commented festival organizer Myron Cottreau. The full festival Line up is as follows:
Friday August 19th
NORTH END METAL ALL-STARS
THE DAISY ANTHESIS
Saturday August 20th
FUCK THE FACTS
MISERY INDEX More...
Revolvermag.com is currently hosting a stream of the Krum Bums' song "Injection," which is taken from the band's latest album "Cut the Noose" (reviewed here). The new album is which is set to be released on August 23rd through People Like You Records.
Listen to "Injection" and check out an interview with Dave Tejas and Revolver Magazine at by heading over here.
Krum Bums also has the following upcoming tour dates with Toxic Holocaust: More...
In support of their respective debut releases "Safer Than Reality" and "Home," Aliases and Visions will be embarking on a short run of U.K. showcase dates this September/October. The details are as follows:
28th September – The Hydrant, Brighton, UK
29th October – Corporation, Sheffield, UK
30th October – Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes, UK
1st October – Lock 42, Leicester, UK
2nd October – Central Station, Wrexham, UK
You can also check out the recently uploaded Aliases video for "What's Left For Us" by heading over here.
Metal Injection is currently hosting the premiere of the debut music video from Detroit, MI’s Battlecross for the track "Push Pull Destroy," the first single off of the band's debut album "Pursuit of Honor." Check out the clip in the player below. "Pursuit of Honor" is due out August 2nd, 2011.
The video for Push Pull Destroy was shot by Roy Warner Creative & Videography on location at the Yankee Air Museum, located on the grounds of the historic Willow Run Airport. It was at Willow Run where Henry Ford mobilized his manufacturing base to contribute to the war efforts by mass producing the B-24 Liberators that provided American Air Power to win WWII for the Allies. The band also commented on the clip:
"The video was shot in front of a number of military aircraft, including a B-52 Stratofortress and a C7 Caribou with a special appearance by the B-17 Yankee Lady, one of the only ten surviving flyable B-17s in the world. The Yankee Air Museum is the home to the Yankee Lady, long considered to be the most beautifully restored of all of the remaining flyable planes. This picture is of particular significance because only a day prior to the video shoot, the B-17 Liberty Belle crash landed outside of Chicago, IL and was destroyed. The crew exited safely before the plane was engulfed by flames---another testament to her strength and service to protect its crew.
"Portions of the video were shot at the former Packard Automobile Plant in Detroit, MI. Long abandoned and in ruins, the shoot location is reminiscent of the destruction in Germany by the mighty eighth air force of WWII."
Norway's Trollfest has posted the third and final episode of a three-part video series about the band's trip to Metalfest 2011. You can check out the clip below.
Danzig Legacy will share the stage next to Slayer at Fun Fun Fest 2011 held at Auditorium Shores in Austin, Texas November 4-6.
Danzig Legacy shows the original members of Samhain and Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein of Misfits joining Danzig on stage for Samhain and Misfits sets. Also, Glen will perform a set of solo material.
Earth Crisis, Eyehategod, Public Enemy, Boris, The Upright Citizen's Brigade, Bane and The Damned are among the acts to participate in the festival.
Trivium frontman Matt Heafy was interviewed by BareBonesRadio at a recent stop on the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival tour, and the video clip can be seen below. Trivium's new album "In Waves" is due out on August 9th, 2011.
It was also recently announced that Trivium will be touring alongside Dream Theater. Details are available here.
As I Lay Dying recently performed at several festivals in the Midwest including KRROFEST in Sioux Falls, SD and KQRC Rockfest in Kansas City, KS. While traveling, the guys shot some behind the scenes footage to discuss the logistics of flying out to play shows. Check out the clip below.
Shawn Drover from Megadeth took some time out of the band's schedule at the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Fest to talk with BareBonesMusic.com in a video interview, which can be viewed below. Drover talks about the band's upcoming thirteenth studio album "Th1rt3en," as well as his favorite Megadeth albums.
French black metal collective Glorior Belli has unveiled the first single, “Secret Ride To Rebellion,” off the band's upcoming new full-length, "The Great Southern Darkness." The album is scheduled for a North America release on September 27, 2011 via Metal Blade Records.
Comments vocalist/guitarist Julien of the tune: “‘Secret Ride To Rebellion’ begins furiously with the right mix of blackened tremolos, catchy melodies and wicked words. Then slowly, the track reaches a frenzy point over the last minutes of dark incantations. Sorry pal, you’ve just been exposed to the black light and there’s no return from there!”
Check out “Secret Ride To Rebellion,” at the band’s official landing page, where you will also find pre-order details, at this location.
"The Great Southern Darkness" track listing is as follows:
1. Dark Gnosis
2. Secret Ride To Rebellion
3. They Call Me Black Devil
4. Negative Incarnate
5. Bring Down The Cosmic Scheme
6. The Great Southern Darkness
7. The Foolhardy Venturer
8. Per Nox Regna
9. The Science Of Shifting
10. Chaos Manifested
11. Horns In My Pathway More...
Progressive heavy metal veterans Dream Theater have announced that they will be embarking on a headlining tour of North America in support of their forthcoming new studio album, "A Dramatic Turn Of Events," which will be released on September 13th through Roadrunner Records. Support on the trek will come from Florida based metal outfit Trivium, who will be celebrating the release of their fifth album, "In Waves," which will hit the shelves on August 5th, also via Roadrunner.
The tour dates are as follows: More...
After recently posting the new single "Under it and Over it" online, Five Finger Death Punch has now announced it will headlining the "Share the Welt" tour this fall. The tour is in support of the band's upcoming third album, "American Capitalist," which hits stores on October 11th, 2011.
Heading out to support Five Finger Death Punch on the tour are All That Remains, Hatebreed, and Rev Theory. More dates are set to be announced in September, so stay tuned for updates. See below for all current tour dates.
8/13 Twin Lakes, WI @ Shadow Hill Ranch
8/16 Honolulu, HI @ Blaisdell Arena
8/19 Saratoga Springs, NY @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center – (WQBK’S A BIGGER DAY OUT)
8/20 Winnipeg, MB @ MTS Centre – (ROCK ON THE RANGE CANADA)
8/26 Post Falls, ID @ Greyhound Park Ampitheater – (KHTQ ROCK HARD AT THE PARK)
8/27 Auburn, WA @ White River Amphitheatre – (KISW PAIN IN THE GRASS)
8/28 Hillsboro, OR @ Washington County Fair – (PDX ROCKFEST)
9/10 Chandler, AZ @ Firebird Raceway – (UFEST)
9/18 Dayton, OH @ Montgomery County Fairgrounds – (WXEG X FEST)
9/24 Irvine, CA @ Irvine Meadows/Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre – (EPICENTER)
Share the Welt tour:
10/16 San Francisco, CA @ The Warfield
10/17 Medford, OR @ Medford Armory
10/19 Salt Lake City, UT @ The Great Slat Air
10/22 Denver, CO @ First Bank Center
10/25 Boise, ID @ Taco Bell Arena
10/26 Reno, NV @ Knitting Factory
10/28 El Paso, TX @ Speaking Rock Entertainment Center (not SHARE THE WELT)
10/29 San Antonio, TX @ Sunken Garden
11/1 Little Rock, AR @ Clear Channel Metroplex Event Center
11/2 Oklahoma City, OK @ Diamond Ballroom
Exhumed has announced that they will resume their North American trek this fall and hit more of the cities not covered on their first leg, including most of the East coast. They'll be bringing Cephalic Carnage along once again, as well as Goatwhore and Havok. Metalunderground.com will once again be sponsoring this leg of the tour as well.
Here are the new tour dates:
Oct 26 - The Juggernaut (no Goatwhore) Gallup, NM
Oct 27 - Sorority House (no Goatwhore) Amarillo, TX
Oct 28 - The Conservatory Oklahoma City, OK
Oct 29 - Fubar St Louis, MO
Oct 30 - Reggies Rock Club Chicago, IL
Oct 31 - I-Rock Nightclub Detroit, MI
Nov 01 - Alrosa Villa Columbus, OH Tickets
Nov 01 - Alrosa Villa Columbus, OH
Nov 02 - Montage Music Hall Rochester, NY Tickets
Nov 03 - Wreck Room Toronto, Canada
Nov 04 - Les Foufounes Electriques Montreal, Canada
Nov 05 - Rock Café Le Stage Trois Rivières, Canada
Nov 06 - L’Agitee Quebec City, Canada
Nov 08 - Palladium Worcester, MA
Nov 09 - Europa Brooklyn, NY
Nov 10 - Championship Trenton, NJ
Nov 11 - Mojo 13 Wilmington, DE
Nov 12 - Sonar Baltimore, MD
Nov 13 - The Casbah at Tremont Music Hall Charlotte, NC
Nov 14 - Masquerade Atlanta, GA Tickets
Nov 15 - Brass Mug Tampa, FL
Nov 17 - Siberia New Orleans, LA
Nov 18 - Korova (as part of Goregrowler’s Ball w/ SUFFOCATION) San Antonio, TX
Nov 20 - Orpheum Theatre (no Goatwhore) Flagstaff, AZ
The second of leg of shock rock act Alice Cooper's "No More Mr. Nice Guy" tour will kick off on August 5th in Billings, Montana. The complete list of upcoming Alice Cooper tour dates in August is as follows:
8/5 Billings, MT - Alberta Bair Theater
8/6 Sturgis, SD - Buffalo Chip Campground
8/7 Moorhead, MN - Bluestern Center For The Arts
8/9 Akron, OH - Akron Civic Center
8/11 Grand Rapids, MI - Rockin The Rapids
8/12 Pittsburgh, PA - Stage AE (Outdoor Stage)
8/13 Mashantucket, CT - MGM Grand Theatre
8/15 Morristown, NJ - The Community Theatre at Mayo Center
8/16 Reading, PA - Sovereign Performing Arts Center
8/17 Columbus, OH - The LC Pavilion
8/19 Fairlea, WV - State Fair of West Virginia
8/20 Englewood, NJ - Bergen Performing Arts Center
8/21 Red Bank, NJ - Count Basie Theatre
8/23 Scranton, PA - Weinberg Theatre
8/25 Northampton, MA - Calvin Theatre
8/26 Buffalo, NY Erie - Canal Harbor Park
8/27 Detroit, MI - DTE Energy Music Theatre
New Zealand's Exordium Mors has been confirmed to perform at the upcoming Siamese True Metal festival, which is set to take place on September 3rd, 2011. The band also commented on its upcoming appearance:
"Ave! Exordium Mors conquers Siam 2011 at 'Siamese True Metal Festival' (Replacing this year's 'God Beheading Ritual'). Sharing the stage with the Mighty Impiety and Siam Desekrators Surrender of Divinity plus much more!
"Those that attend this gig can pick up an advanced copy of the DVD 'Hellstorm of Fire and Chaos' destroyed, pillaged and raped earlier this year.
"Furthermore merch will be available at this show, so pick it up or fukk off! The Die has been cast...attend at your own caution. Nothing will be left of Siam except Ash and Bone. 666."
A teaser trailer for the festival is available after the jump, or you can check out the promotional poster below.
Norwegian act Sworn has posted a new song online named "The Silver Asylum," which is taken from the group's upcoming as-yet-untitled album. You can listen to the track in the player below.
Sworn has also announced the new album is set for release in late 2011 or early 2012. Details on the release will be revealed as they are made available.
Norway's Cage of Torment is currently in the studio laying down tracks for an upcoming 6 song mini-album. The band has now checked in with the following brief update about the drum recording process:
"Studio update: Did drums on Friday and Saturday. Fucking great. Start recording guitar and bass today, Monday."
The new mini-album will be the band's follow-up to the previously released three song demo titled "Everything Ends In Flames." You can check out songs from the earlier demo by heading over to the official Cage of Torment MySpace music profile.
Hatesphere has checked in with the following announcement about the band's upcoming new album:
"Finally, after having spent most of June in the studio the new album is done and soon ready to be presented to all of you. 'The Great Bludgeoning' will be released on the following dates around the world via Napalm Records: ESP/FIN/SWE: 21.09.2011 G/A/S, Benelux & ITA: 23.09.2011 Rest of Europe: 26.09.2011 USA/CAN 27.09.2011.
"The album is produced, mixed and mastered by our long time friend Tue Madsen (The Haunted, Sick Of It All, Moonspell, Dark Tranquillity) at the Antfarm Studios in Aarhus, Denmark, and cover artwork is done by Mircea Gabriel Eftemie, who has previously worked with Soilwork, Strapping Young Lad and Mnemic (where he also swings the guitar)... and also did our 'Ballet of the Brute' cover!
"We have aimed the new album in a more old-school direction than its predecessor. With people this experienced joining the band it has been a very relaxed and enjoyable process to write the songs, and we have all agreed on the concept. More metal and everything that follows. The cover, the title and the lyrics speaks for themselves. We are an angry-sounding metal band, and we have no intention of denying that. That's why the cover is more back-to-the-roots and the lyrics are again about aggressions, drinking and hate. The things that HateSphere has always been about. Expect brutality, melody and groove in just the right dose. We have had one hell of a time writing and recording it, and we cant wait to present the album to all of you before long! Within a month or so, we will have the first song snippet and video ready for you - so keep your eyes and ears open. More info soon!"
The track listing and cover artwork for the new album are available below.
1. The Killer
3. Smell Of Death
5. The Wail Of My Threnode
6. Resurrect With A Vengeance
7. The Great Bludgeoning
8. Need To Kill
9. Devil In Your Own Hell