Metal News for August 11, 2013
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17 news articles posted on this day.
Arsis has posted a new music video online for "Scornstar," which can be viewed below. The song comes off latest album "Unwelcome" (reviewed here), which has the following track listing:
2. Carve my Cross
3. Handbook for the Recently Deceased
4. Choking on Sand
5. Let me be the One
6. Sunglasses at Night
7. Martyred or Mourning
8. No One Lies to the Dead
9. I Share in Shame
Ashes of Ares - which features Matt Barlow (ex-Iced Earth), Van Williams (ex-Nevermore) and Freddie Vidales (ex-Iced Earth) - is currently filming a music video for a track off the band's upcoming self-titled album. A series of photos from the shoot can be found at the band's Facebook profile here.
The self-titled album is due out September 6th (September 17th in the US). The track listing is as follows:
1. The Messenger
2. Move the Chains
3. On Warrior's Wings
5. This is my Hell
6. Dead Man's Plight (check it out right here)
7. Chalice of Man
8. The Answer
9. What I Am
10. The One-Eyed King
11. The Answer (acoustic version) More...
Chicago act Russian Circles will release new album "Memorial" this coming October 29th, 2013 via Sargent House. The album's cover was handled by photographer Ryan Russell, and you can also check out the new song "Deficit" in the player below.
A new lyric video is now available for "The Sirens, The Pleasures" by Above Us The Waves. The track is taken from the group's forthcoming debut album "Anchors Aweigh," due out September 2013 via Spreading Dysphoria Industries. The track listing is as follows:
1. The Sirens, The Pleasures
2. This I Ever Get
3. Two Left Hands
4. Reclaim The Fate
5. Fine Lines
6. Quentin's View
8. Addiction's Seed
Society 1 has released a new hybrid clip - part lyric video, part full music video - for the track "Kill Me." Check it out below. You can also watch Society 1's previously posted video clip for the song "Lifeless" at this location.
Polish blackened death metallers Behemoth recently pushed back the release of new album "The Satanist" to 2014.
However the band performed a new track from the album live at the Brutal Assault fest, titled "Blow Your Trumpets Gabriel."
Footage of the performance is now available online courtesy of YouTube user "pryxfus." Check out the clip below.
New album "The Satanist" will follow the band's previous full-length release "Evangelion" (reviewed here).
French symphonic metal act Mind Wake has released a new track titled "Blood For My Spear," which can be heard in the playthrough clip below. The band also comments:
"Ladies and gentlemen, it's been quite a long time without new content, as we've been working hard (really hard) on our last musics which should worth the wait!
"Today we introduce you the first music officially recorded with our new line-up (if you don't akready know them, Pascal at the guitar and Elsa our new singer), the first of the 4 new compositions which will be shortly available. Orchestral riffing, martial singing, bestial break, magistral solo: BLOOD FOR MY SPEAR!"
Australian act Medusa's Mirror has a new music video out now for the track "Desecrating the Divine," which is available below.
The video was directed, filmed, and edited by Shots For Bands, and the track will appear on the group's upcoming EP "Apophis." For more info on Medusa's Mirror, head over to the band's Facebook profile here.
As was previously announced, Chicago's Diamond Plate will head out on a North American tour supporting Bay Area thrashers Death Angel.
Diamond Plate will join Death Angel, 3 Inches of Blood, Battlecross, and Revocation on October 19th at the world-famous Whisky A Go-Go in Hollywood. Diamond Plate guitarist Konrad Kupiec comments:
"This lineup speaks for itself, and we couldn't be more pumped to announce this tour. After months of writing and recording the new album, we've become totally roadsick and can't wait to be back playing live!"
Today, Konrad Kupiec will play the band's new album, "Pulse," in its entirety during an official listening event at Exit Chicago. "Pulse" is due out August 20th in North America via Century Media Records/Earache Records. More...
Russian metal act Grenouer has released a new music video for the track "Midday Show," which can be viewed below. The song comes from the band's 7th studio album "Blood on the Face" out via Mausoleum Records. The "Blood on the Face" track listing is as follows:
1. Intro: Thunder Phase
2. Blood on the Face
3. Sands of Silence
4. Midday Show
5. Golden Years
7. Fix Your Life / A Few Miles from Paradise
8. The Taste of Misery
9. Brain Fever (see the music video here)
10. See No Sun
11. Last Stop
12. All in the Suit That You Wear
Russian melodic black/melodic death metal band WirgHata proudly announces that a debut album will be out by the beginning of September.
While haunting for labels, the band decided to put the whole album out for free, which will be available at Facebook. The track listing will be as follows:
2. Through the Eyes of Serpent
3. Winter Storm
4. Tombstone Garden
5. This is the End
7. Shuttered Room
8. Whispers from Beyond
9. In The Sands of Solitude
As a bonus, the band has also posted a lyric video online for "Shuttered Room" online. Check it out below. More...
Northern Ireland's symphonic metal act Selene is pleased to announce Thomas Alford will be joining the band to handle bass duties.
Selene's debut release "Among the Frozen" was released July 16th and is available to stream on Bandcamp or in the player below. The track listing is as follows:
1. Peace of Mind 04:56
2. 'Til the Shadows 04:28
3. End of it All 03:34
4. Ghost 02:52
5. The Codex 04:05
6. Rain 04:10 More...
The night of August 8th was to mark the first appearance of Amon Amarth and Children of Bodom in Nashville, TN at Marathon Music Works. In what was to be a night packed with unfortunate surprises, the venue ended up being changed (and subsequently downsized) to a smaller venue known as the Exit/In, which sold out completely. Adding to that, it was announced shortly before the first set of the night that Children of Bodom would not play their set, due to the hospitalization of Bodom front man Alexi Laiho.
Some of the attendees decided to take a refund and leave after the announcement had been made, clearly Bodom loyalists. Most of the audience stayed for the duration of the show, as it was also announced that Battlecross, Huntress, and Amon Amarth would be playing longer sets to make up for the absence of the co-headliners. Those who stayed were at least treated to a blistering few sets, easily making up for the price of admission. Amon Amarth prepared an especially powerful set that turned the packed venue's air into a murky soup of hot sweat. More...
Tortured Saint has posted a lyric video online titled "At The Gavel," which can be heard in the YouTube player below. To hear more from the band, you can also stream or download the track "Desecrator" over at the band's Reverbnation page here.
Brazilian heavy metal band Ecliptyka is in Family Mob Studios working with Jean Dolabella (ex-Sepultura drummer) on the pre-production for a second album, which will be released at the end of this year. Further information and a release date should be available soon.
Ecliptyka's debut album, "A Tale of Decadence," was released in 2011 in Brazil by Die Hard Records, and in Japan by Radtone Music.
Recently vocalist Helena Martins and guitarist Hélio Valisc recorded an acoustic cover version of Alter Bridge "Blackbird." A video of the cover can be watched below. More...
Progressive supergroup Portnoy, Sheehan, MacAlpine, Sherinian has uploaded an entire song from its upcoming "Live In Tokyo" Blu-ray disc, which is due out in September. Included in the set are "Shy Boy" from Sheehan's band Talas, MacAlpine's "The Stranger", Sherinian's "Apocalypse 1470 B.C.," (the featured track below), and Dream Theater's "A Change Of Seasons: The Crimson Sunrise".
"Live In Tokyo" is a live performance from November 14, 2012 at Zepp Tokyo for supergroup PSMS, which features drummer Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater, The Winery Dogs, Transatlantic), bassist Billy Sheehan (Talas, Mr. Big, David Lee Roth), guitarist Tony MacAlpine and keyboardist Derek Sherinian (Black Country Communion, Dream Theater, Billy Idol). This 95 minute concert showcases a wide range of instrumental performances from each of the members' careers and collaborations.
PSMS will also be playing live on the upcoming Progressive Nation At Sea cruise, which will depart Miami on Feb. 18th, 2014, headed for Stirrup Cay and Freeport, Bahamas - concluding on February 22nd. There will be Q & A panels and workshops with leading artists on the ship. Jon Anderson, Spock's Beard, The Flower Kings, Pain Of Salvation, Riverside, Tony Harnell & Bumblefoot, Bigelf, Beardfish, The Dear Hunter, Jolly and Next To None are some of the confirmed acts to date. Also featured on the cruise will be King's X, who are back in action after dUg Pinnick's successful hernia surgery in July. Get more information on the cruise at this location.
For all the controversy heavy metal has generated, one of the biggest and sometimes most divisive talking points within the genre itself is the concept of Christian metal. For a genre which has been accused time and time again of attacking the values of Christianity and portraying Satan in a more positive light than he’s used to, the idea of using the music itself to promote devotion to God may seem like something of a contradiction. However, a number of bands have not only found commercial success with their musically heavy spiritual themes, but also established a large, devoted fan base and respect among secular fans. This week (on a Sunday, appropriately enough,) we’ll be looking at one of the heaviest examples of early Christian metal, albeit one whose story takes a considerable turn, Vengeance Rising. The band was formed in 1987 by vocalist Roger Martinez, initially under the moniker, “Vengeance,” before their name was lengthened to their more familiar tag. Martinez was heavily involved in the Pentecostal Foursquare Church, eventually becoming a pastor in the denomination in Hollywood, California. He was joined in the band by guitarists Larry Farkas and Doug Thieme, along with drummer Glenn Mancaruso and bass player Roger Martin. Merely a year after forming, they released their first album, "Human Sacrifice" through Intense Records, which is considered by many to be one of the most radical albums in the history of Christian metal, adopting a brutally heavy take on thrash. Despite the promotion of their religion, they found that the favour was not returned by Christian stores, who found the sound and front cover to be demonic.
The lyrics were also a heavy topic of conversation. Despite some of the more positive (daresay Stryper-esque) titles such as "Salvation," "He Is God" and "I Love to Hate Evil," it also featured tracks with such names as, "Beheaded" and "Fill This Place with Blood." This was another reason why the record was pulled from many stores, though the same themes can be heard from most borderline insane preachers in the street. The band soon embarked on a tour to promote the album, where they caused more controversy for essentially staging their own Passion Plays on stage, depicting the death of Jesus Christ in a very graphic manner. More...