Metal News for August 10, 2013
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14 news articles posted on this day.
California progressive metal act Echoes of Eternity has reported that the band is on permanent hiatus. Guitarist Brandon Patton posted the following on the band's official Facebook Page:
"Echoes of Eternity is on what may be a permanent hiatus. Don't hold your breath for any new music from us.
"For those of you who are interested, I am working on a demo for a new project I've started. It is similar to Echoes of Eternity but with a male singer. I'll keep you posted as we progress.
"Thanks for all the past support of EoE. Brandon"
Echoes of Eternity released two albums: "The Forgotten Goddess" in 2007 and the latest "As Shadows Burn" in 2009. More...
Organizers of the Keep It True Festival in Germany have announced that the Saturday headliner will be the reunited Dark Angel, with original vocalist Don Doty, Eric Meyer (Guitars), Mike Gonzalez (Bass) and new guitarist Justin Zych. Thought not officially confirmed, the announcement hints that drummer Gene Hoglan may return as well.
Dark Angel joins another reunited act to appear at the festival: Jag Panzer, who will play with guitaris Joey Tafolla. The roster announcement reads:
"We are extremely proud that we can announce the big Saturday headliner for Keep It True 2014.
"Thrash Metal legends Dark Angel will play their very first show with original singer Don Doty at KIT 2014. Also in the line up are Eric Meyer (guit.), Mike Gonzalez (bass) and Justin Zych (guit.). The drummer is not confirmed yet, but will be announced very soon. Looks like it will be a famous person from Dark Angel history, too.
"With 'Darkness Descends' Dark Angel recorded a milestone in Thrash Metal and at KIT you will see AT LEAST three musicians from that record performing. It will be legendary!!
"The festival is already COMPLETELY SOLD OUT. Thanks for your outstanding support!"
Here is the billing so far:
Dark Angel (USA) (First Time in Europe with Original Singer Don Doty)
Jag Panzer (USA) (Special Early Days Show for the first time in Europe with Joey Tafolla)
Flotsam & Jetsam (USA) (Exclusive “No Place For The Deceiver” Show)
Hexx (USA) (special old school show)
Sinner (GER) (Special Old School Show)
Atlantean Kodex (GER)
Persian Risk (UK)
Iron Cross (USA)
Deep Machine (UK)
Night Demon (USA)
Iron Kingdom (USA) More...
"The Witchhunt," the forthcoming 12th studio album from death metal pioneers Master, is now available for pre-order. Set for a September 27th worldwide release on Germany's FDA Rekotz, "The Witchhunt" will be available on digital, CD and white, black or blue vinyl formats. Several pre-order CD/LP + t-shirt packages are being offered.
FDA Rekotz and Master are also offering an 'Ultimate Fan Package' that includes the album on CD and vinyl, a MASTER t-shirt, patch and sticker and a copy of "Speckmann - Underground Survivor - The Pictoral," a limited edition, 196-page book featuring pictures and stories from Master founder and death metal pioneer Paul Speckmann. Check out the pre-order options at this location.
"The Witchhunt" features 11 brand new tracks of classic and catchy death metal with artwork courtesy of ArtWars Media Design. The tracklisting and cover art is featured below.
Plans of Hate
Waiting to Die
God of Thunder
Remove the Clowns
Raise your Sword
Wipe out the Aggressor
Manipulated to Exterminate
The American Dream
Kaotoxin Records has set September 3rd as the date on which "The Fall of Omnius" from French death metallers Nephren-Ka will be unleashed. Nephren-Ka's follow-up to 2010's "Revenge and Supremacy" EP is the musical embodiment of Frank Herbert's 'Dune' saga. As heavy as Shaï-Hulud, the giant worm, and as brutal as a horde of raging Feydakins, "The Fall of Omnius" is the manifestation of a war for survival and supremacy. Produced at Hertz Studio (Behemoth, Vader, Insain...) and featuring artwork/layout by Stan W. Decker (Avalon, Vanden Plas, Dysmorphic...), "The Fall of Omnius" title cut may be listened to below.
Portland, Oregon's Ape Machine is hitting the road for the third time this year, once again plowing its way across the urban wastelands of the U.S. west coast. For the first time since the band's landmark European tour this past June, Ape Machine is revisiting the frequent haunts of past West Coast tours, all in the support of the band's Ripple Music debut, "Mangled By The Machine." The band commented:
"We spent sixteen days trekking across Europe and that experience helped us refine our live set to be much more precise," states guitarist and band founder, Ian Watts. "We're a live band. The album ('Mangled By The Machine') was recorded in a live setting and all in one session. It's a natural setting for us and a place we itch to get back to every time we get off the road."
Ape Machine West Coast Tour Dates:
Aug 16th @ Blue Lamp - Sacramento, Ca.
Aug. 17th @ Audie's Olympic - Fresno, Ca.
Aug. 18th @ The Local Bar (Hangover Sundays) - Anaheim, Ca.
Aug. 19th @ Soda Bar - San Diego, Ca.
Aug. 20th @ The Royal Dive - Oceanside, Ca.
Aug. 21st @ On The Rox - West Hollywood, Ca.
Aug. 22nd @ Dex Records - Chico, Ca.
Aug. 23rd @ Oak Street Speakeasy - Eugene, Or.
Aug. 24th @ New Frontier Lounge - Tacoma, Wa.
Belgian metal act Channel Zero announced that drummer Phil Baheux died today. There was no information as to the cause of death, but it was sudden and unexpected.
The announcement reads: "It is with great sadness that Channel Zero must announce the death of their brother and drummer Phil Baheux. The death of Phil Baheux (age 45) this morning is a terrible shock to the members of the Group and the crew. We ask you to respect the privacy of his family and the group."
Channel Zero's latest offering was the 2011 Roadrunner Records release "Feed 'Em with a Brick." More information will be reported when it becomes available. More...
California death horde Gravehill is set for a weekend of blood and blasphemy when it invades Portland, OR for an appearance at the Northwestern Black Circle Festival 5 today on Saturday, August 10th. Sharing the stage with Gravehill will be Ghoul, Drawn & Quartered and more.
To celebrate its appearance at the festival, Gravehill is bringing along a special two-song demo featuring tracks from its upcoming third release, "Death Curse." Each copy is handmade, hand-numbered and each member of Gravehill has his own edition of the demo complete with a personal message. These demos are limited to 50 copies and will only be available at the fest.
For the rest of the world, Gravehill is now streaming a demo version of the song "Black Blood Rising," from the "Death Curse" sessions. Check it out below in the player. Gravehill vocalist Mike Abominator had this to say about Death Curse:
"We have some filthy fucking death metal terror here with these new 'songs' (more like hymns of death noise.) These are the things of nightmares, the stench that makes you puke. This is what this album will make you do when you hear it. The 'demos' that we are floating around actually fucking suck. We threw them together and wasted our time doing them for a stupid fucking waste of time that I won't get into. But we are spreading the plague of the new material anyways.
In the meantime, we slaughtered the material and got it ready for the album recording, of which we have started doing at Trench Studios with John Haddad (Hirax, Phobia, Coffin Texts, Abysmal Dawn, Murder Construct, Final Conflict and many more) and our very own Hellheim Studios. We are going with the raw, putrid and dismal live sound this time, as live as we can get it, to try and capture the feel of one of our live performances, of which we feel hasn't been represented with our releases so far. Expect the same rotten and old school death metal from us. Fuck triggers! Fuck trends! Fuck technical bullshit! Fuck progress! And Fuck You!"
Death Curse is set for a January 2014 release on Dark Descent Records.
The UK’s alt-stoner trio Trippy Wicked has been working on a five-song EP exploring the sludgier side of its split-personality genre hopping style. Superhot Records is set to unleash the EP, titled "Underground," in September on digipack CD featuring the artwork of Daniel Schooler. Check out the title track below.
To promote the EP, Trippy Wicked will be embarking on a tour of the UK, with Wight and Bright Curse in support for all but the first date. Wight had recently released its first live album "Live auf 603qm, while Bright Curse had just released its self titled EP on Bilocation Records. Here’s the full list of dates:
*With Steak and Kerela
August 21st Brighton - Sticky Mike's Frog Bar
*With Wight and Bright Curse
August 22nd Bristol - Exchange
August 23rd London - The Black Heart
August 24th Birmingham - Scruffy Murphy's
August 25th Cardiff - The Moon Club (HUB Festival)
August 26th Sunderland – Pure
August 27th (Private acoustic show)
August 28th Manchester - The Bay Horse
August 29th Edinburgh - Bannermans Bar
August 30th Cambridge - The Man on the Moon
August 31st Sheffield - The Three Cranes
Wolves at the Gate will be hitting the road with A Skylit Drive, For All Those Sleeping, I the Mighty, and PVRIS this coming September on "The Rise Up Tour." Dates are as follows:
Sep 20 Boardwalk Sacramento, CA
Sep 21 Chain Reaction Anaheim, CA
Sep 22 The Roxy Los Angeles, CA
Sep 23 Basement Phoenix, AZ
Sep 24 Blackwater Music Albuquerque, NM
Sep 26 Aftershock Merriam, KS
Sep 27 The Garage Minneapolis, MN
Sep 28 Reggies Chicago, IL
Sep 29 Thompson House Newport, KY
Sep 30 Peabodys Cleveland, OH
Oct 02 The Palladium Worcester, MA
Oct 08 The Social Orlando, FL
Oct 09 Roc Bar Jacksonville, FL
Oct 10 American Legion Pensacola, FL
Oct 12 House of Rock Corpus Christi, TX
Oct 17 Marquis Theatre Denver, CO
Oct 18 In the Venue Salt Lake City, UT More...
Serbian act Broken Mirror has posted a new song online for streaming. Check out the track "The Journey" in the YouTube clip available below. You can also find more info on the band by heading over to the Broken Mirror Facebook profile here.
Trivium bassist Paolo Gregoletto was interviewed backstage at the German Wacken Open Air festival, prior to the band's performance. Check out the video below.
The band's new album "Vengeance Falls," which follows 2011’s "In Waves," arrives in stores and at all digital retailers on October 15th, 2013. The album's track listing is as follows:
1. Brave This Storm
2. Vengeance Falls
4. No Way to Heal
5. To Believe
6. At the End of This War
7. Through Blood and Dirt and Bone
8. Villainy Thrives
9. Incineration: The Broken World
10. Wake (The End is Nigh)
Wisconsin blackened death metallers Emblazoned will release "The Living Magisterium" via Deepsend Records on September 3rd, 2013.
The EP was produced by Chris Wisco at Belle City Sound in Racine, WI and the track listing is as follows:
2. Extinction of Creation
3. Bound by Eternal Penance (streaming below)
4. Refuge in Darkness
5. In Ex Cathedra More...
Toronto's Skull Fist will be setting out for the Canadian "Shred The East" tour this month, kicking it off in Ottawa, ON on August 16th.
Commented the band: "Canada hasn’t been fisted in a while but it can’t handle a whole fisting at once. So the lucky ones on the East are gonna get it first! GET PIST WITH THE FIST."
Dates are as follows:
Aug 16 Ottawa, ON – Cafe Dekcuf
Aug 17 Montreal, QC – Frites Alors
Aug 18 Quebec City, QC – Bar La Source
Aug 21 Saint John, NB – Pub Down Under
Aug 22 Fredericton, NB – Lava Vodka Bar
Aug 23 Moncton, NB – Esquire Tavern
Aug 24 Windsor, NS – Community Center
Aug 25 Halifax, NS – Marquee Ballroom
Aug 28 Trois Rivieres, QC – Rock Cafe Le Stage
The CD re-release date of the 1985 vinyl "Back To The Wall" from Bloody Climax is set for September 6th, 2013. Pre-orders will start on August 23rd via Pure Steel. The label also comments:
"For collectors of 80s metal this autumn will definitely be a hit! At the beginning of September Karthago Records starts with the Heavy Metal Classics Collection, which will present you lots of 'one hit wonders' of Heavy Metal history! The series starts off with one of the biggest classics of German Heavy Metal (unfortunately it was the only album of this band).
"The extremely rare 1985 vinyl 'Back To The Wall' by Bloody Climax will be officially released on CD, together with previously unreleased songs of the planned - but never released - second album. Careful remastering, 78 minutes playing time and a 24-page booklet will make every collector’s dreams come true.
"The original album, which is on a level with classics like Black Fate and Creature, is very rare and expensive and collectors will know that it is one of the rarest German Heavy Metal albums ever. Rare and brilliant Heavy Metal albums are always coveted by collectors and Bloody Climax 'Back To The Wall' is a classic which should definitely be in every collection. More...