Metal News for August 1, 2012
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37 news articles posted on this day.
Up and coming Swedish death dealers Erupted are wrapping up work on their forthcoming debut full-length for Abyss Records. Titled "In the Grip of Chaos," the album is slated for release later this year. The track "That Which Is Denied Gains Power," one of eight new songs on the release, is streaming below. The band commented:
During the last months of 2011 until April of 2012 we have been doing recordings for our upcoming album. We haven't had a lot of time to play live, socialize, or even drink beer. But now, more than half a year after it was started, our album is on the finishing stretch and we can proudly present one of the tracks.
This album is going to consist of both new and old tracks, some of which our longtime listeners might remember from live shows or earlier recordings. We are currently looking for shows for our summer and hopefully we will be out showcasing our new material a lot, so keep an eye out for live videos and recordings to get sneak previews of more songs!
The whole studio experience has been special because both bass and drums were recorded on an analog tape recorder, which meant a lot of retakes, but we hope that some of the 'live' feeling got recorded on there as well. Besides that the recording experience has been good. All the mixing and mastering was done at Kloster Productions by Robin 'Rojne' Svensson, the same guy that mixed Faces of Death
Below is the tracklisting and cover art for "In the Grip of Chaos," which includes two songs from the 2010 release "Faces of Death" (denoted by asterix). The new track, "That Which is Denied Gains Power," follows.
Salvation From Below
In the Grip of Chaos
Path of Perdition
Death of A Depraved Mind
Blazing Fall of Heaven
That Which Is Denied Gains Power
Born of Hate
Faces of Death*
Italian power/progressive band Vision Divine, founded by guitarist and songwriter Olaf Thorsen (Labyrinth) and singer Fabio Lione (Rhapsody Of Fire), announced that the album "Destination Set To Nowhere" will drop in North America on September 18, 2012 via Eagle Rock imprint Armoury Records. The album is also scheduled for release in Europe through Germany's EarMusic/Edel Group Records on September 14, 2012.
Featuring 11 tracks, the saga of "Destination Set To Nowhere" follows a man’s journey through outer space. He, along with other like-minded individuals, fled the earth out of social-political frustration. Together they eventually locate a new planet to inhabit where they could truly live out their visions of peace. Slowly though, they revert to the same ideologies they meant to leave behind. The only escape is to set out again, one man leaving alone: destination set to nowhere.
Comments Olaf Thorsen of the offering: “We are sure this album will finally give us the chance to show all of our potential; we worked hard on it in order to give the best possible album. In the end, we went even beyond our expectations thanks to the excitement and the good vibes we got from starting this adventure.”
The track list for "Destination Set To Nowhere" is as follows:
1. S´io Fosse Foco
2. The Dream Maker
3. Beyond The Sun And Far Away
4. The Ark
5. Mermaids From Their Moons
6. The Lighthouse
7. Message To Home
8. The House Of The Angels
9. The Sin Is You
10. Here We Die
11. Destination Set To Nowhere More...
NettleCarrier, which recently signed to Indie Recordings, will release a self-titled album packed with cold, satanic black metal on September 21st in Europe and September 25th in North America. The album's track listing is:
1. The boiling blood
2. Paa vaare paaler deres hoder
3. I Helvete Kristus skal forgaa
4. Naar Han vaakner
6. Cup Of lethe
7. Bundet til masten
Artist Truls Espedal (Enslaved, Theater Of Tragedy, Djevel) made the cover art for the album, which can be found below. More...
Sweden's Graveyard has set "Lights Out"as the title for the band's next album, which is set to be released October 26th, 2012 via Nuclear Blast. Commented drummer Axel Sjöberg about the album title:
"The title 'Lights Out' sums up the feeling of the new album, and a feeling that we have. That these times that we live in are strange times, where no one really sees anything straight/the way they are."
About the cover of the upcoming album, Sjöberg adds: "We all know that both we and pretty much everyone was really excited about the cover of 'Hisingen Blues.' So we had to come up with a really strong idea to match the strength of that cover. It's just about finished now, but even without having seen the final version, we are convinced that no one will be disappointed by the cover to 'Lights Out.' We've worked with several people that all added their part, and as the saying goes in Sweden: the sum of the parts is bigger than the parts alone. So sharpen your raven's hatches and get ready for 'Lights Out.'"
Mexican death metal act Gods of Suffering has posted a teaser trailer online for the band's "Infernal Misanthropy" EP. Check out the trailer in the YouTube clip below, or for more details on Gods of Suffering, head over to the band's Facebook profile.
Obsidian Sky has posted a second studio update video from the band's time recording a debut full length record in San Diego, California with producer Daniel Castleman. Check out the clip in the player below, or listen to the previously posted song "Parasites" over at this location.
Farewell to Arms recently finished the recordings for the band's upcoming album, which will be released in November via Massacre Records. The band has documented the recordings at the Weltraumstudios in Munich in several video clips. You can check out the two new videos, covering guitar and vocal recording, in the player below.
Corni Bartels (Hackneyed, End Of Green) is responsible for the production, the mix, and the mastering. Mark your calendars on September 2nd, because on this day Farewell To Arms are going to release the artwork as well as the track list of the impending album.
Don't miss Farewell To Arms live on August 31st in Ausgburg, Germany, where the band will be supporting Heaven Shall Burn at the Kantine. More...
European horror-punk act The Other is now back with new album "The Devils You Know," and once again the band worked with producer Waldemar Sorychta for this release. The album is available for streaming either through the player below or via Bloody-Disgusting here.
The album's track listing is as follows:
1. The Devils You Know
2. My Home Is My Casket
3. Take You Down
4. Skeletons In The Closet
5. Fright Night
6. Puppet On A String
7. In My Veins
8. Nice Day For A Funeral
9. Nightmare On Halloween
10. The Phantom Of The Opera
11. Fire From Outer Space
12. Where Is Your Saviour Now
13. Hell Is A Place On Earth
14. In The Shadows
15. Ewigkeit More...
Minneapolis based post-metal/sludge band Earthrise has released the band's debut LP titled "Eras Lost" online for streaming. Check out the full release in the player below or over at bandcamp. The track listing is:
1. Challenger Deep 06:14
2. Titan 04:25
3. Suspension 03:04
4. Former Worlds 07:06
5. Polar Low 05:32
6. Relentless 03:29
7. Mirovia 03:35
8. Eighteen Hundred 06:33
9. Transmission 04:01
10. Exhale 05:22
11. Frame Dragging 03:45 More...
Ottawa death-thrash warriors Mortor have announced the release of “Shoot ‘em Up,” the group's first recording since 2010’s "Metal Ride" and first to feature new members Antonin (Lead Guitar) and Jay (Drums).
The record is slated for release on Sunday, September 9th, with a special CD release party that sees the group acting as direct support for Kreator and Swallow the Sun. A trailer of the new record can be heard here.
Recorded at Garage Studos by Christian Donaldson (Cryptopsy) and engineered by Mathieu Marcotte (Augury), "Shoot 'Em Up" includes the following 14 tracks:
2. Under the Flag
3. Eat Lead
4. Shoot ‘Em Up
6. Trigger Happy
7. Locked and Loaded
9. Whiskey Surgery
10. Days of our Knives
11. For Glory
12. Point Blank
13. The Bonesaw
14. Let’s Deflagrate
Taco Bell has announced its 2012 Feed the Beat roster, which includes 100 up-and-coming artists from across the United States who will receive $500 in Taco Bell gift cards to keep their hunger satisfied on the road.
The new lineup marks the most diverse Feed the Beat group yet – ranging from rock bands to DJs to country artists – some of whom will be given the unique opportunity to be a part of the brand’s marketing campaigns.
This year's rock and metal leaning bands include Adelitas Way, Chelsea Grin, Periphery, and We Came As Romans. For a complete list of bands and more info on the program, fans and interested artists can head to this location.
Black Light Burns, the alter ego of Limp Bizkit guitarist Wes Borland, has teamed up with CraveOnline.com to exclusively stream “How To Look Naked,” the first official single from the band’s upcoming sophomore release, "The Moment You Realize You’re Going To Fall." The album is due out August 14th in North America and August 10th (GAS) /August 13th (UK) in Europe.
Stream “How To Look Naked” at this location. A music video by director Agata Alexander is currently in production and will be available soon.
Borland adds, “Once again I have been asked to say something about a piece of music that should speak for itself. This song may be about you. You are ashamed of yourself. You filter everything in fear of not having the love you put out into the world reciprocated. You have no tact. You are a bag of hammers in desperate need of being dropped off of a cliff. You've grown into a worthless consumer living off a steady diet of bullshit. You reside entirely in a bubble but constantly look for confirmation by playing up your existence to be a shallow reflection of the faux heroes you vicariously live your life through. Should I beat the horse anymore? Has the carpet been thoroughly pulled out from beneath the feet of the song? Is any word written here relevant to any part of the song it's referring to? Anything is possible. Giving quotes for singles feels like whispering sweet nothings to a maple tree. I think I just got sap on my face. I'd mostly like to thank CraveOnline for hosting and debuting the song for us. ‘How To Look Naked.’ Enjoy.” More...
"A Toast To Romance," the first single from the multinational hard rock/metal band Meldrum, is available now as a digital download through Reversed Records. The track can be heard in the player below.
The band's third album 'Lifer' is due out this fall and was produced by producer/engineer Rob Shallcross (Strapping Young Lad, GWAR, Zimmers Hole, West of Hell) and Gene Hoglan (Testament, Death, Dark Angel, Dethklok).
In celebration of the release of Sophicide’s debilitating "Perdition Of The Sublime" full-length, today the crypt keepers at MetalSucks host the exclusive premiere of the album’s tenth track “Dawn Of A New Age.” Witness "Dawn Of A New Age" at this location.
Set for North American release on August 14th, 2012 via Willowtip Records, "Perdition Of The Sublime" was recorded, mixed, and mastered by founder/songwriter Adam Laszlo at his home studio and features 11 smoldering hymns. The track listing for "Perdition Of The Sublime" is as follows:
1. The Art Of Atrocity
2. Within Darkness
3. Perdition Of The Sublime
4. Of Lust And Vengeance
6. Blood For Honour
7. Freedom Of Mind
8. Folie Á Deux
9. Lafayette's Deception
10. Dawn Of A New Age
11. The Essence Of Warfare More...
Maryland death metallers Dying Fetus have announced two shows this September in New Jersey and New York in support of latest release "Reign Supreme." The band will hit Dingbatz in Clifton, NJ on September 6th and Revolution in Amityville, NY on September 7th. These shows will serve as warm up shows for an upcoming European tour.
"Reign Supreme" landed spots on four of Billboard's charts during its first week of release. The album came in at #181 on the Top 200 Chart, #4 on the Heatseekers Chart, #14 on the Hard Music Chart and #31 on the Independent Chart. The band's video for the song "From Womb to Waste" is also available for viewing here.
Upcoming Dying Fetus tour dates are as follows: More...
Mediaskare Records and Bloody Disgusting have teamed up to premiere Exotic Animal Petting Zoo's music video for "Thorough. Modern." The Jeremy Jackson (Foxy Shazam) directed video can be seen here or in the player below.
The song comes from the band's "Tree of Tongues" album, which is available in stores and online now. The track listing is as follows:
1. Thorough. Modern
3. You make wonderful pictures.
4. Through the thicket...across endless mountains
6. Apis bull
7. The great explainer
8. Kaspar Hauser could see the stars in the daytime.
9. Gypsy among the pines.
10. Whores of Babel
11. Arcology More...
Parkway Drive has spent the past two months at Sunset Lodge Studios in LA recording the follow up to 2010's "Deep Blue," and the band has now announced the recording is officially completed.
Production was overseen by Matt Hyde, whose vast resume includes Slayer, Sum 41, Alkaline Trio, Hatebreed and Children of Bodom. Stay tuned for title, artwork, and tracklisting details on the new album in the coming weeks.
Alternative Press also recently caught up with the guys in the studio. You can check out photos from the recording process and an interview with the band at this location.
Italy's Sawthis has 11 tracks ready to be recorded for a new album and successor to the previous album "Egod." Further details on the upcoming release will be announced as they are made available.
The band will perform on August 5th at Spirit of Burgas Festival (Bulgaria) and on August 7th at Metal Camp (Slovenia). Following these two festivals the band will enter the studio for new album recordings. The band has also released a European tour video diary, which can be viewed below. More...
Paris-via-Montreal act No Place For Heroes has just put new single "Girls Want Bad Boys" online for free download. The song is available through TheNewReview.net here or in the player below.
"'Girls Want Bad Boys' is a straight-to-the-point kind of song," comments NPFH guitarist/vocalist, Will Maurer. "It's rock arranged and composed like an energetic electronica track. We wanted to make a point of underlining the changes that are coming with this new album we are working on, which will be more rock with some electronica influences."
The single was recorded in winter 2012 in Paris, with the same crew (Krang Team) that produced the first NPFH album. "This single has sort of a tragicomic concept," explains Maurer. "It's about a regular guy who finds himself in a car chase with the police after having pulled a stunt to impress a girl... because girls want bad boys! We're talking about doing all this in a video eventually." More...
Swedish death metal legends Grave will release their 10th studio album "Endless Procession Of Souls" on August 27th in Europe and on August 28th in North America via Century Media Records. To hear the album's new single, "Perimortem," head over to CVLT Nation.com here.
The album's track listing is as follows:
2. Amongst Marble And The Dead
3. Disembodied Steps
4. Flesh Epistle
5. Passion Of The Weak
6. Winds Of Chains
7. Encountering The Divine
9. Plague Of Nations
10. Epos More...
Angel Vivaldi has posted a brand new music video online featuring Jay Tarantino from Shadows Of Dawn. Check out the video for "A Martian Winter," taken off the "Universal Language" album, in the player below. You can also watch the previously posted video for "A Mercurian Summer" over at this location.
Century Media has announced the signing of the Serbian-based band, Destiny Potato. The band comments:
"Just a few months after we officially formed the band we got an opportunity to play our first show at Euroblast 2011 where we met some boys and gals from Century Media as they came to hear/see us play. Not long after the fest we got in touch with them and after months of negotiations we are finally here and really looking forward to an amazing collaboration with all the great people in and around this label."
Officially formed in the spring of 2011, Destiny Potato mastermind David Maxim Micic and singer Aleksandra Djelmas had been writing and recording songs together since they were 16. Maxim and Djelmas attended the same high school and both their fathers played in one of Serbia's most popular progressive rock bands, Yu Grupa.
"I officially met Alex in a music class," says Maxim. "We knew our father's played together so we first started talking about that, then we realized we both loved pop music and would get together after school and write lots of piano based tunes with dreams of one day having a number one song on the pop charts."
Following high school, Maxim attended the prestigious Berklee College of Music. It was there a friend introduced him to some heavier sounds, namely the UK based tech metal band, Sikth.
"From there I just started discovering so much more metal music. I decided to do a solo album inspired by these bands as well as Serbian and other Eastern European music (Maxim has self released 2 solo albums thus far, the Bilo series, volumes 1.0 and 2.0) though some of the heavier sounds also started to be incorporated into the music Alex and I were working on."
Maxim and Djelmas worked with a few other people during this time and began uploading songs and clips online. When deciding on band name, they wanted to come up with something light-hearted to fit their personalities, yet something that everyone would remember. Destiny Potato was chosen. "I really have no idea what it means or where it actually came from," comments Maxim. More...
Vision of Disorder is set to release "The Cursed Remain Cursed" on September 18th, 2012 and today the band has posted an extensive video interview from a recent stop by the offices of Sirius Satellite Radio. Get the scoop on the new album at VOD’s Facebook Page right here.
The album’s lead single “Loveless” has already stormed into the Top 20 on CMJ’s Loud Rock Album chart, and is still streaming via longtime Lambgoat.com at this location. Vision of Disorder also has the following upcoming live shows:
9/14/2012 The Underworld – London, UK
9/15/2012 Mojo Live – Manchester, UK
9/29/2012 Club Reverb – Reading, PA @ East Coast Tsunami Fest
10/19/2012 Club Revolution – Long Island, NY
11/24/2012 Music Hall of Williamsburg – Brooklyn, NY w/ Primitive Weapons, Yuppicide More...
Asking Alexandria has posted a new music video online for the track "Breathless," which was directed by Frankie Nasso and filmed live at The Wiltern on Halloween 2011.
Check out the video clip in the player available below. You can also view Asking Alexandria's previously posted music video for "Through Sin And Self-Destruction" at this location.
Shadows Fall and more have been featured on the new Boston Phoenix metal compilation put together by Born Of Fire Records. The full compilation is available for streaming or free download via bandcamp or in the player below. The track listing is:
1. Shadows Fall - Weight Of The World 03:56
2. Doomriders - Girl You Want (Devo cover) 02:42
3. Finisher - Survivalists Fade 01:42
4. Phantom Glue - Perils 03:48
5. Sexcrement - Trucker Bombed 03:32
6. Lunglust - Broken Idol 02:04
7. Obsidian Tongue - Hyper-Dimensional Blood Lotus 04:41
8. Abnormality - Schismatic 05:02
9. Morne - My Return 08:35
10. LIVVER - Black Winds 01:46
11. Rule - Das Brute 05:00
12. Soul Remnants - Chopwork 02:28
13. Tenebrae - Black Mass 01:41
14. Wormwood - Hollow Black Eyes 03:59
15. Nachzerher - Storm Of Fuck 03:22
16. Black Pyramid - Aphelion 06:46
17. Jack Burton Vs David Lo Pan - Based On The Evidence 02:43 More...
Earthen Grave drove south from Chicago to play shows in New Orleans and Dallas. Unfortunately, the NOLA show was canceled on Thursday, which led to an impromptu performance in Austin made possible by Hipsterectomy. The local crossover crushers invited Earthen Grave to play their CD release show at Trophy’s.
Due to the punk-heavy lineup, in many ways Earthen Grave’s performance was akin to The Obsessed opening for hardcore bands in Washington D.C., circa the early ‘80s. This was Hipsterectomy’s show, but the band offered Earthen Grave the headlining spot. Even though Earthen Grave features former Trouble member Ron Holzner, the crowd mostly consisted of locals who had come out to see their friends play. Once Earthen Grave took the stage, most of the crowd filtered out. More...
On August 24th the new Wisdom album "Judas," originally released back in 2011, will now see an official release via NoiseArt Records as a limited digi pack version including an exclusive bonus track coming off the EP "At The Gates." The band has now also released an official album trailer for "Judas," which can be seen below.
In addition, Wisdom has posted a track-by-track commentary with explanations of each song, which can be found after the jump.
Terror is currently touring the world in support of latest release, "Keepers Of The Faith," hitting North America this month with Bane, Naysayer, and Rotting Out before heading over to Europe, then Ireland and the UK this fall-- but the group's impending stop in the Czech Republic has now been cancelled. In regards to this cancellation, Terrror comments:
"Terror is going to cancel their show in the Czech Republic this month. We feel obligated to stand up for Randy Blythe. This situation seems to be taken too lightly. Randy comes from punk and hardcore roots, just like Terror. He still supports underground music and has always supported Terror -- even singing on stage alongside us when we play Richmond. This hits really close to home for us having members of the band and our crew from the hometown of Lamb of God.
"We love our Czech fans very much and have amazing shows there, but we need to 'stick tight' to our friend Randy, which is why we have chosen to cancel the show. As a band that could easily be in this same position at any given show, we don't think we can play there and act like this is OK - it isn't.
"This is bigger than a hashtag or a clever t-shirt-- we as a community need to take action and speak up. Free Randy Blythe." More...
Norwegian folk metal band Trollfest posted up the third of a series of tour diary footage as the band performs live in support of the forthcoming album "Brumlebassen," which is due out on August 24, 2012 through NoiseArt Records. In this third and final installment, shown below, the band wraps up its Extemefest 2012 date in Austria at St. Pölten. The video was shot and produced by Manskow Productions.
The band also recently released a new music video for the new song "Trinkentroll," which can be seen at this location.
Check out the video here:
Los Angeles traditional metal band White Wizzard are at work on the follow up to the 2011 release "Flying Tigers." The band is streaming the new demo track "Torpedo of Truth," which will appear on the yet untitled new album.
In other news, the band starts the "North American Assault" tour on August 9, 2012 in Kansas City. For dates and venues, head over to this location.
Check out "Torpedo of Truth" here:
Italian gothic doom metal band The Foreshadowing posted up a third studio report on the band's recordings of the third release "Second World." The album was released through Cyclone Temple in Europe this April, but will see a worldwide release through Metal Blade Records on August 14, 2012.
The Foreshadowing features vocalist Marco Benevento (How Like A Winter) who also fronts the dark metal band Kamlath along with legendary Mercyful Fate/King Diamond guitarist Mike Wead.
The track listing for "Second World" is as follows:
3. The Forsaken Son
4. Second World
6. Ground Zero
7. Reverie Is a Tyrant
9. Noli Timere
10. Friends of Pain
Check out the studio report here: More...
American metal veterans Machine Head have posted their new music video online for the son, "Darkness Within." You can check it out below. The song comes from the group's latest studio album, "Unto The Locust," which was released in the Autumn of last year through Roadrunner Records and was the band's highest charting album to date, peaking at number 22 on the Billboard Charts. More...
Swedish epic doom metal band Void Moon is currently putting the finishing touches on the band's debut full length album "On the Blackest of Nights" at Night Wind Studios in Malmö, Sweden. The album is scheduled for release through Cruz Del Sur Music on November 2nd 2012 in Europe and on the November 6, 2012 in the United States on a limited digipack CD, vinyl, regular CD and digital formats.
Void Moon was formed in early 2009 by bassist Peter Svensson and vocalist/guitarist Jonas Gustavsson along with drummer Thomas Hedlund. The first demo was released during the spring 2010, later released as a 4-track 7’’ EP entitled “Through the Gateway” 7” EP by the German label Metalbound Records. Following the release, Erika Wallberg joined the band as lead guitarist and in April 2011, a second demo was released, entitled “The Mourning Son”.
Void Moon draws inspiration from Black Sabbath, Candlemass, Solitude Aeturnus and contemporary bands like Hammers of Misfortune and Grand Magus. The songs are written in the early doom vein and the lyrical themes surround Crowley’s teachings, horror stories, death and philosophy. More...
Swedish Viking Metallers King of Asgard are now streaming entire new album "...To North" in collaboration with Terrorizer England. Click here to check out the album.
You can also head over here to watch the video clip for the new song "The Nine Worlds Burn." The "…to North" track listing is:
2. The Nine Worlds Burn
3. The Dispossessed
4. Gap of Ginnungs
5. Bound to Reunite
7. Up on the Mountain
8. Plague-ridden Rebirth
9. Harvest (The End)
10. …to North More...
In Flames has been added to Canadian music festivals Heavy TO and Heavy MTL. The shows will be taking place on August 11th and 12th, and links with more information on each festival are listed below.
The band exclaims, "We are super excited be able to play Heavy MTL and Heavy TO, our only North American shows this summer! Come check out the amazing line up at these great festivals."
The band has sold over 2.5 million records over the past few years, with latest release "Sounds Of A Playground Fading," debuting at #27 on the Top 200 Billboard Charts in the US and #1 on the German album charts. The music video for "Where The Dead Ships Dwell" off of that album, can be seen at this location.
California's Devildriver is preparing to hit the road one final time in North America in support of latest release "Beast." The tour is scheduled to kick off October 7th in Grand Junction, Colorado with a string of headlining dates before the band meets up with GWAR on October 12th in Philadelphia, PA to start the "Fate or Chaos" tour. Devildriver will also play select headline dates during off days of the tour with GWAR. A complete list of tour dates can be found below.
Frontman Dez Fafara commented on the upcoming tour with GWAR: "Devildriver was going to take some time off from our touring schedule in October and November, but when we were asked to support GWAR, it was a resounding YES in our Camp!
"The GWAR tour we did is still the most fun the band and I have ever had on a run and we are all excited and looking forward to these shows. Our crowds go together well and it will be Halloween Season so it seems appropriate and fitting we should be out on the road at this time and with a timeless act like The All Mighty GWAR! HAIL to the Devils Duo about to ride together again!"
Devildriver recently announced its signing to Napalm Records. Following this tour, the band will take some time off and will then head out for a European tour in February of 2013. Look for the band to be back with their new album and Napalm Records debut in 2014. More...
Vancouver, BC's Archspire has released a new track online for streaming. Give the song "Plague Of AM" a listen through the YouTube clip below. Archspire is:
Oli Peters - Vocals
Dean Lamb - 8 String Guitar
Tobi Morelli - 7 String Guitar
Jaron Evil - 6 String Fretless Bass & Backing Vocals
Spencer Prewett - Drums