Metal News for August 11, 2011
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31 news articles posted on this day.
City of Fire has taken to crowdfunding of it's second album. The band's Pledge Music campaign to secure funding for their second album, surpassed 113% in just 10 days, but is still ongoing. To thank all fans who supported the cause, Burton C Bell has released the following statement:
"Dear Friends! Thank you all for your kind generosity and support. This is a beginning of a new era, not just for City Of Fire, but also for the music industry as well. Thanks to the intertron (world wide web), City Of Fire is able to reach out to those that want to see “their” band get ahead, through actual contributions from it’s followers.
"I am, (as well as Byron, Sho, and Bob), impressed, amazed, and humbled ALL at the same time. We can will make this happen, on our own terms, to deliver an album that will be expected by our fans. I wish I had this opportunity when I started my music career 20 years ago. We will keep you all updated on our progress.
The band's next target is now 200%. Now at 129%, the campaign will end in 61 days. Visit the band's Pledge Music pagefor more details.
Katatonia has checked in with the following announcement about canceling the band's appearance at the Unirock Festival:
"It is with great regret that Katatonia are forced to cancel their September 9th appearance at the Unirock Festival in Istanbul, Turkey.
"Due to a conflict with the festival’s promoter who were not able to fulfil their contractual obligations, our agent and management decided to pull out as we can’t afford to risk financial loss.
"We hereby apologize to any fans who were expecting us to appear and we’ll do our absolute best to schedule a new tour date for Turkey in the near future."
Katatonia will also be heading to North America this fall with Opeth for the "Heritage" tour. Full details are available by heading over to this location.
Montreal based death metal act Krokmiten is currently offering the "Alpha-Beta" album as a free download through the band's website here. The concept album consists of one single 46-minute track accompanied by an animated video synced to the music directed by the band's guitarist/vocalist Simlev. The recoding was done at SLA-M Studio in Montréal by Krokmiten and Engineer Éric Thibeault. The mixing and mastering was handled at EXPAZ Studio in Montréal by Guy Dubuisson.
Guitarist/Vocalist Simlev comments about the project: "I'm very proud about what we've achieved. It's an ambitious experimental project that I've been obsessed with for quite a while. I'm very excited to share it with everyone."
"As the music industry struggles, it was out of question from the start to approach a label with this project. They've fucked with people for so long, they pretty much get what they deserve. So we've decided to produce it ourselves and take the independant route. Releasing it for free is very important to us.
"We hope people will watch and listen to alpha-beta and leave us comments on the numerous outlet we offer. Go to our website and download everything absolutely free. What we're looking for are feedbacks, good or bad. You can also make a donation via PayPal if you like what we're doing and want to help the band."
You can also stream the entire album by using the YouTube clips available after the jump. More...
Edguy is set to release the new album "Age of the Joker" on August 29th, 2011 in Europe. The band is now streaming several song samples online. Head over to the band's Facebook profile to check out samples of "Robin Hood," "Pandora's Box," "Rock of Cashel," and "Nobody's Hero."
The band also recently posted a music video online for the song "Robin Hood," which can be found at this location. The "Age of the Joker" track listing is as follows:
1. Robin Hood
2. Nobody's Hero
3. Rock Of Cashel
4. Pandora's Box
6. Two Out Of Seven
7. Fire On The Downline
8. Behind The Gates To Midnight World
Lifeforce Records has checked in with the following announcement about inking a deal with Night In Gales:
"We are very pleased to announce the signing of the German pioneers of melodic death metal, Night In Gales to the Lifeforce Records roster. It has been silent about them far too long!
"Flashback: After Night In Gales' debut EP 'Sylphlike' had hit the scene like a bomb in 1995 (up till now this release remains one of the best selling demos ever!), the first album 'Towards The Twilight' was released in 1997 under the wings of Nuclear Blast Records and NIG toured with bands such as of In Flames, Hypocrisy, Children Of Bodom and Death, before releasing their second album 'Thunderbeast.' Further touring with acts like Dismember or again Children Of Bodom followed, as well as appearances at festivals like Wacken Open Air or Summer Breeze Open Air.
"While the releases this far presented the band with a clearly melo-death rocking groove, their third album 'Nailwork' in 2000 showcased a rather morbid and more progressive side to things and NIG not only toured Europe with Old Man's Child and Krisiun but also visited Japan together with Defleshed.
"The band's upcoming 'Necrodynamic' release in 2001 saw them switching to Massacre Records and also to a more varied and melodic stylistic approach, which after some line up changes also lead to the band taking a break in order to musically re-orientate. In doing so, there was music released by the members of Night In Gales during the zero years in / with acts like Deadsoil, The Very End, Grind Inc. or In Blackest Velvet, yet nothing was to be heard by NIG apart from the self-released 'Ten Years Of Tragedy' EP 2005 (a free download offering, celebrating the group's tenth birthday!). More...
Nightwish is preparing to release the band's next album, "Imaginarium," early in 2012, and the act has posted a short video teaser to get fans excited. You can check out the clip below.
You can also check out "Imaginarium" studio footage by heading over to this location.
London's The Pandemonium has posted a pre-production teaser clip online from the band's time working on an upcoming release. You can check out the teaser clip below.
Additional details on The Pandemonium are also available by navigating over to the band's Facebook profile.
German wolf pack Powerwolf has returned with "Blood of the Saints" (reviewed here), another disc full of fist pumping anthems and catchy choruses.
Powerwolf organ player Falk Maria Schlegel has checked in with Metalunderground.com to explain the religious themes found in the album and discuss the recording process, which included a brand new drummer taking the reins mere days before recording started. Falk also explained the band's recent music video for "We Drink Your Blood," which was shot in a church for an authentic gothic approach to match the album's theme and atmosphere. More...
Megadeth has made it official, the band's 13th studio album, titled "Th1rt3en," will be released on November 1st, 2011. Dave Mustaine commented, "This record is the culmination of my work over the 13 records I recorded. There are moments on Th1rt3en that capture my every emotion, and other moments where I am releasing feelings I never knew existed! My proudest moments of my musical career are captured on Th1rt3en.”
"Th1rt3en" also marks the recorded return of bassist Dave Ellefson, who was part of the band's classic lineup from 1983 to 2002. In a move that delighted the band's legion of diehards, Ellefson returned to performing live with Megadeth in early 2010 and has remained a fixture on the stage ever since. This is the first time Ellefson has played on a Megadeth record since 2002's "Rude Awakening."
The album's title has several layers of meaning, which front man Dave Mustaine revealed in a recent chat with RollingStone.com, saying, "I was born on September 13th; this is my thirteenth record. It just seemed like it was the right thing to do to call it Th1rt3en."
Megadeth recorded an original track, "Never Dead," specifically for the NeverDead action-adventure video game franchise; that song will appear on "Th1rt3en," as will "Sudden Death," which the band recorded for Guitar Hero: Warriors Of Rock.
Spanish band LLVME has checked in with the following brief announcement about the progress of the band's new album:
"Daniel Cardoso (Anneke van Giersbergen, Heavenwood, Anguelus Apátrida, Ava Inferi...) is currently mixing our new album 'Yía de Nuesu' at Ultrasound Studios here."
As the album's progress is underway, you can also check out LLVME's music by heading over to the band's MySpace music profile.
Dutch act Martyr has announced the band's new album will be titled "Martyr." The band has now revealed the track listing for the release, which is as follows:
3. Art Of Deception
4. Circle Of 8
5. All Warriors Blood
6. The Uninvited
7. Insensible Scream
8. Scene Of Hell
10. Justified Killing
12. Speed Of Samurai
A preview of the title track "Circle of 8" is also available online by heading over to this location.
French act Bringers Of The 7th Plagues has posted a new pre-production track online for streaming, which is titled "System Has Failed." You can listen to the song in the player below.
You can also find more info on Bringers of the 7th Plagues, and listen to songs available for streaming, by heading over to the band's Facebook profile.
Sumerian black/thrash metal kings Melechesh will present their new bass player at their upcoming festival appearances. The band split with bassist Rahm earlier this year.
Founder, mainman, vocalist and guitarist Ashmedi explains: ”The relationship is in a strict tryout phase which will allow the bass player to find his way into the band and to see if he fits in well. Additionally – as often before – Moloch won’t be able to be part of the live line-up on our European tour as well as on two festivals due to his PHD finalisation and other commitments, which he had to reschedule because of our previous US and European tours. But as always we’ll have a trusted backup guitarist who toured with us in the past. See you on the road! Get ready for Sumerian Sonic Magick!”
The band's upcoming festivals are as follows:
12 August Party San Germany
17 August Summer Breeze Germany
20 August Motocultor fest Brittany France
27 August Elserock fest Netherlands
Danish black metal bombardiers Horned Almighty have started writing material for their upcoming 5th album. The as-yet-untitled effort will be recorded in late 2011 / early 2012.
Horned Almighty released the band's 4th album "Necro Spirituals" in 2010 through Candlelight Records. Following the album release Horned Almighty went on a 10 day killing spree throughout mainland Europe with fellow devil worshippers Glorior Belli (France).
Details on the new album will be announced as they are made available. In the mean time, you can check out Horned Almighty's music by heading over to the band's Facebook profile.
Anubis Gate has announced its new self-titled album will see release on September 13th, 2011 through Nightmare Records. You can check out the track listing and artwork below.
1. Hold Back Tomorrow
2. The Re-Formation Show
3. Facing Dawn
4. World in a Dome
5. Desiderio Omnibus
6. Oh My Precious Life
7. Golden Days
8. Telltale Eyes
The mammoth five-date The Power of the Riff will invade the West Coast this week, kicking off with the main festival in Los Angeles this Saturday. Those in charge of the event want people there early to check out the new bands that are playing first, so the first 50 people through the doors at both the L.A. show this Saturday as well as the Seattle show on 8/18 will receive a $50 Converse Gift Card. Full show orders and set times for all five shows are posted below.
8/13/2011 Echo/Echoplex – Los Angeles, CA
Upstairs (The Echo)
Doors @ 12:00
PLAGUES 12:30 – 1:00
HARASSOR 1:15- 1:45
SEVEN SISTERS OF SLEEP 3:30-4:00
BAPTISTS 4:15- 4:45
SKIN LIKE IRON 5:00-5:30
MASAKARI 5:45- 6:15
BLACK BREATH 7:30-8:15
Doors – 2:30
EARLY GRAVES 3:00-3:30
BLACK COBRA 4:30-5:00
ALL PIGS MUST DIE 5:15- 6:00
TRAP THEM 6:15- 7:00
8/15/2011 Elbo Room – San Francisco, CA
Doors – 7:00 pm
ALL PIGS MUST DIE 8:30-9:00
BLACK BREATH 9:15-9:45
TRAP THEM 10:00-10:30
WINTER 12:00 -1:00 More...
Germany's Dark Suns has posted the artwork online for the band's new album "Orange," which can be viewed below. The band also commented:
"Hi folks! Time to start with the obligatory niblets to shorten time until official release... This will be this year's autumn, we really do not know an exact date for now.
"Anyway, here it is. Hope you enjoy it. We will post the tracklist here soon. You know how the wind blows... Thanks for watching, see you guys later!"
Swedish death metal masters Hypocrisy have announced the release of a new DVD called “Hell over Sofia - 20 Years of Chaos and Confusion."
Mikael Hedlund states: “Finally after 20 years a DVD will be released to tell you the truth of Hypocrisy. It’s called 'Hell over Sofia- 20 Years of chaos and confusion.'
"It will contain a full concert from our last tour 'Long time, No death' 2010 in Blue Box Club in Sofia, Bulgaria. It was a show that had everything! The crowd was helping us doing one of our best shows ever in our history and it was recorded with several cameras. The DVD will also contain a one and a half hour documentary that will show you our 20 years of chaos and confusion.
"We would like to give our fans the true story of the past and give them all the details what have happened on our jurney over all these years. There are secrets that never has been told plus pictures and clips that never has been showed. This DVD will give you the full cover of Hypocrisy!”
“Hell over Sofia- 20 Years of chaos and confusion” will be out on October 14th, 2011.
Norwegian black metal act Tsjuder recently reunited after a five-year hiatus. The infernal trio's forthcoming album is entitled "Legion Helvete" and has been scheduled for an October 14th release (October 18th in the United States). Below are the cover artwork and track listing.
1. The Daemon Throne
2. Fra en Råtten Kiste
6. Black Shadows of Hell
7. Blod og Aske
8. Vårt Helvete
The first pressing of "Legion Helvete" will be available as a limited edition digipak adorned with a metal medallion.
Sabaton has posted footage online of the band's trek to Berlin to support Judas Priest. You can check out the footage below.
Sabaton also released "World War Live: Battle Of The Baltic Sea" on August 5th, 2011. You can check out a trailer for the live release by heading over here.
Cleveland, Ohio based heavy metal outfit Chimaira has posted a new music video online for the song, "Year of The Snake." You can check it out below. The song comes from the group's forthcoming new studio album, "The Age Of Hell," which will be released on August 16th through eOne Music.
White Arms of Athena will be dropping the band's new album "Astrodrama" through Prosthetic Records on August 16th, 2011. In anticipation of the upcoming release, the act has now teamed up with Hails and Horns to stream the entire album online.
Head over to the Hails and Horns website at this location to check out "Astrodrama" in its entirety.
The album's track listing is as follows:
5. Crown Chakra
6. Astral Body
7. In the Encephalon
10. From Now On
Fan-filmed footage has been posted online of Sri Lankan blackened thrash act Unholy Sermon performing "Personifying Procrastination" from the "Sacrificial Rite" album live at Black Mass Festival 2011. You can check out the clip below.
Unholy Sermon was also covered in the Sri Lankan edition of our Unearthing the Metal Underground column, which can be found at this location.
Footage has been posted online, courtesy of WHOOZNXTtv, of Asking Alexandria performing "A Lesson Never Learned" at San Antonio's Warped Tour. You can check out the live clip below.
You can also check out Asking Alexandria's video clip for "Closure" by heading over here.
Enthrall has checked in with the following update about the release of the band's upcoming "Throes of Fire" album:
"To all the fans of heavy metal and Enthrall, the much anticipated and eagerly awaited album, entitled 'Throes of Fire' from Enthrall will be released shortly within the coming months. Confirmed date for the release will be posted soon.
"The album promises to captivate Heavy metal fans, with songs that traverse a unique style...encompassing elements of old school & new school alike. The album will be released worldwide via the esteemed Independent record Label in Greece Metalfighters. Visit Enthrall's page to give a listen to the sample track, taken from the album, entitled 'Burden.'"
Akron, Ohio-based sludge metal act Rue has again planted its vile seed, and in these putrid days of Summer, in this foul Year Of Our Lord 2011, the corrupted crop is nearing harvest. The vines sprouting forth will take the form of "Thorns," Rye’s first new release in over three years, and the band's first on CD in over seven.
The CD pressing of "Thorns" is set for release through independent stalwart Shifty Records on October 4th, 2011 and an LP pressing will follow at a later date. The cover artwork and track listing are available below.
3. For Thousands of Years
5. Broken Arms Broken Wings
6. Storm and Sea
9. Strong Will Evolve
10. High Iron Blues
12. A Walk of Lies
13. Thorns (Reprise)
Suffocation is a name that certainly needs no introduction. Since the band's debut, 1991 releases “Effigy of the Forgotten” and the “Human Waste” EP, bands all around the globe have aspired to growl as low, beat their drums as fast, and groove as hard as Suffo. If you see a sprawled out, illegible logo on a name befitting brutality, most likely said group has a Suffocation poster in its practice space.
In 1990, Suffocation recruited drummer Mike Smith and guitarists Doug Cerrito and Terrance Hobbs from the disbanded local group, Mortuary. Both Smith and Cerrito later left the group (Smith later returned and is their current drummer), but Hobbs has stayed with the group since their inception. Along with Frank Mullen’s trademark bowel-bursting vocals, Hobbs trademark style has become synonymous with the Suffocation brand. He has the ability to quickly changes gears from slow, slam-stomping rhythms to screaming solos and blurring speed, all the while hooking the listener.
Terrance Hobbs is truly a living legend in the realm of death metal, and the guitar industry is finally recognizing his greatness. Hobbs recently signed an endorsement with B.C. Rich guitars. The guitar-making titan is honoring him with a signature-series, Warlock guitar.
Hobbs spoke with Metalunderground.com via the InterWebs on a number of topics, including his love for guitars and his forthcoming product. More...
Borknagar's Jens F. Ryland has weighed in on having their music pulled from Spotify under the recent decision by Century Media. Here's what he had to say on the topic:
"A couple of days ago I received a mail from Century Media stating that they had removed Borknagar and all the other Century Media bands from Spotify. In the two days after this a debate has formed and I’ve seen articles and comments in several zines and newspapers, including The Independent and LA Times. Metalsuck.net (sic) is even having an ongoing row with the 'Suits' of Century Media on their site. What I haven’t seen yet are any comments from the musicians themselves, so let me tell you what I think of this:
"Stepping into this salad I’m still undecided which side I’m actually on. The way I see it, this situation is an ongoing shape-shift of the whole business. And it’s still in it’s early stages, most people and businesses are still confused and have little idea of what is going on and noone can really see the outcome of this. It makes most of the ongoing debate into a blabber of nonsense where nothing constructive comes out. Spotify are hiding the numbers, Century Media is offering critics to come work for them for free and Metalsuck are stating that most bands would be better of with no payment as it would lower the use of drugs! Guys, this isn’t going to renew the music business!
"I think I just decided to not side with any of these. More...
Swedish act Apostasy has officially set the "Nuclear Messiah" album for release on August 24th, 2011. Pre-order information is available here, and you can check out the artwork below. "Nuclear Messiah" is the follow-up to 2005's "Devilution."
You can also check out a teaser track from the new album by navigating to the Apostasy MySpace music profile.
Brazilian act Almah has announced the band's new album, and follow-up to the "Fragile Equality" release, will be titled "Motion." Almah has now revealed the official track listing for "Motion," which can be viewed below.
2. Living And Drifting
3. Days Of The New
4. Bullets On The Altar
5. zombie Dictator
6. Trace Of Trait
7. Soul Alight
8. Late Night in '85
9. Daydream Lucidity
10. When And Why
The cover artwork for the "Motion" album is also available by navigating your browser here.
Mexican black metallers Moonlight have checked in with the following update about recording a new album:
"Moonlight is currently recording the upcoming album entitled 'Lucifer's Rising,' the album will contain 8 brand new songs.
"All the guitars and bass are done, the vocals will be recorded at Meph Studio in a few days. The new album will be unleashed in February 2012 via AZERMEDOTH RECORDS. More news soon."
You can also check out the band's music by heading over to the Moonlight MySpace page.