Metal News for August 15, 2012
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36 news articles posted on this day.
Swedish doom band One Inch Giant has posted a new pre-production track for its upcoming release with new label Soulseller Records. The rough mix of the track, "The Sea Opened Up," can be accessed at this location or by streaming it in the widget below. The dates that One Inch Giant will be playing, including the Krokbacken Festival in Sweden before heading over stateside, are posted below.
8/17/12 Krokbacken Festival, Leksand, Sweden
w/Skraeckoedlan, John Duva, Mud Walk, Lé Betre, Mamont, Mother of God,
Mushroom Caravan Over
8/27/12 St Vitus Bar, Brooklyn, NY
w/ Eggnogg, Nevereven, The Eyes of the Sun
8/28/12 Hanks Saloon, Brooklyn, NY
w/ Reign of Zaius, Innis
8/30/12 DC 9, Washington, DC
w/ Borracho, Auroboros
8/31/12 Gunners Run, Philadelphia, PA
w/ Black Thai, Borracho
9/1/12 El'n'Gee Club, New London, CT
Stoner Hands of Doom Festival
Live.Might.Kill has posted a new music video online for "XTC," which is the first video taken from the band's new album "2 Big 2 Fail" coming out on October 19th via Massacre Records. Watch the video in the YouTube player available below.
Besides the title track, the album will feature song titles like "XTC," "Burn The Night," "The One," "Big Screen Pleasure (And Pain)," "The Great Escape," "A Perfect Mistake," "We Fall," and "Restless Heart." For more info on Love.Might.Kill, check out the band's Facebook profile.
Colorado metal act Allegaeon performed at Bohemian Nights at New West Fest in Fort Collins, CO on August 11th. The group stands as the first metal band to ever be asked to perform at the annual festival, a fact which was highlighted on the fest's website here.
Allegaeon made the most of the day by filming a video for the song "A Path Disclosed," taken from the band's most recent album, "Formshifter." A teaser for the video, which also includes behind the scenes footage, can be viewed below.
Guitarist Ryan Glisan comments: "We are beyond honored to be the first metal band that has ever been asked to play New West Fest and hope that it opens the doors to have more in the future, the show was a blast and the crowd was amazing, it was a treat. Also, we shot some footage for an upcoming live style music video, here's a little teaser that pretty much sums up what it's like to hang out with Allegaeon for a day." More...
Woodstock, NY's band with a number for a name, 3, will be returning to the road this September with brothers-in-arms, Coheed & Cambria, who are fresh off their supporting run with metal legends Iron Maiden.
These dates mark 3's first tour dates since 2011 tours with Within Temptation, followed by Cynic. 3's most recent effort, The Ghost You Gave to Me (reviewed here), was released in October of 2011.
Vocalist/guitarist Joey Eppard comments on the dates: "We're all very excited about the fact that we'll be touring with Coheed & Cambria in September! Things have come full circle and we're beyond honored to be a part of that. Seeing my brother Josh back onstage with Coheed where he belongs will be a truly awesome experience. We can't wait to hang with all our brothers 'Heed, and give the fans a tour to remember. Get your tickets while you still can!"
09/13 Kingston, NY Ulster Performing Arts Center
09/19 Buffalo, NY Town Ballroom
09/20 Toronto, ON Mod Club
09/21 Rochester, NY Water Street Music Hall
09/22 Albany, NY The Hart Theatre at the Egg
09/24 Syracuse, NY Westcott Theater
09/25 South Burlington, VT High Ground - Ballroom
09/26 Hartford, CT Webster Theater
09/28 Worcester, MA The Palladium
09/29 Atlantic City, NJ Showboat Hotel & Casino - House of Blues
Hungarian prog-thrashers Ad Astra have released their brand new video for the song "Into Sour," taken off their latest album "Open Wide." Check out the clip below.
"Open Wide" was released as a self-financed production and made available for free download this April. The video was produced by Frisk Media, and features the band's previous guitarst Balázs Specker, as the scenes were shot before his departure.
In This Moment released new album "Blood" yesterday, August 14th, 2012 through Century Media. The band has now issued the following announcement about canceling tonight's previously scheduled tour date:
"Due to venue circumstances beyond our control, we are forced to cancel tonight's show at the Emerson Theatre in Indianapolis. We truly apologize to all of our fans that this creates an inconvenience for.
"We feel horrible for any and all of you who were excited to see us tonight - we were excited to see you!! But we wouldn't do this if it wasn't absolutely necessary.
"We'll be back soon, and thanks so much to all of you for your undying support. We love you all so much. Love and Light from ITM." More...
Ashent is gearing up for the release of third album "Inheritance," which marks the debut of the band's new vocalist Titta Tani. As a taste of things to come the band has released a preview of the opening track "Eve."
Check out the new song in the player below. The upcoming "Inheritance" album is due for release this coming September 21st, 2012 on Lion Music.
In anticipation of this week’s release of THQ’s Darksiders II video game, Adult Swim will debut a two minute, custom-animated piece produced by Titmouse Inc., the production company behind its brutally popular series, Metalocalypse.
The custom spot will be unveiled this Friday, August 17 during a Metalocalypse marathon from 11:00 pm. through 1:00 a.m. (ET/PT) and will feature the members of Dethklok, the animated band from the series, as well as Death, the main character from Darksiders II.
Darksiders II was released on Xbox 360, PlayStation3 and PC on August 14th, 2012. Awakened by the End of Days, Death, the most feared of the legendary Four Horsemen embarks on a quest to redeem his brother's name. Become the terrifying force which everything fears but nothing can escape. More...
Montreality has posted a new video interview online with Mike & Chris of The Devil Wears Prada. In the video clip available below, they discuss going to school together, jobs they've had as teenagers, an upcoming 5th studio album, wanting to work with Slipknot & Slayer, and more.
Trivium's Matt Heafy held a special acoustic concert at the Moscot store in New York City on August 13th, 2012 to help raise awareness for the Moscot MobilEyes Foundation which provides free medical eye care and eyewear. During the concert, which was covered by Metal Injection, Heafy performed an acoustic cover of Opeth's "Harvest," taken from the "Blackwater Park" album. Check out the footage below or over at Metal Injection. More...
Scornage's new album "ReaFEARance" is due out on August 24th, 2012 via Massacre Records and samples from all the tracks on the release are now available for streaming. Check out the sample clips at this location. The album's track listing is:
1. Six Minutes to Fear
2. At First I Hate
3. Frozen Throne
4. We Bury Our Dead Alive
5. Face the Blade
7. In a Cage
8. Coming Back
9. The Holy Rape
10. Stabbed Again More...
Canada's black/death destroyers Weapon announced earlier this year that they had joined forces with Relapse Records and would be recording their third full length offering. Soon after, the band embarked on one of the most evil tours of the year, joining forces with Marduk and 1349.
Now, Weapon has completed work on a new release and will drop "Embers and Revelations" on October 9th. Pitchfork has partnered with the band to debut the first song from the album, titled "Embers and Revelations." Check out the song at this location.
Weapon looks to be on the road for the majority of the coming year so stay tuned for tour dates and more information. More...
Canadian melodic death metallers Laika have issued a statement regarding last month's ill-fated Laikaruptour 2012 with tech deathers Abhorupt, which saw the band stranded outside Vancouver, BC for several days due to vehicle issues. Vocalist Jordan Dorge comments:
"We are back safe and sound from tour, it was a rocky one but we kept our spirits up. First we would like to thank all the promoters, bands and fans for making this tour possible. We unfortunately only got to complete 3 of the 8 shows we had booked out west. Our van broke down 3 hours outside of Vancouver. We were super crushed as we were looking forward to hitting Vancouver again and the rest of the dates.
We got it towed to a nearby town and they helped us get to Kamloops where we waited for the van to get fixed up. Other than the blown transmission we had a successful tour, showed fans a little taste of new material and got our new guitarist worked into the tour life. We are already making plans as your reading this to make up for the lost dates, so stay tuned. See the tour video below to witness the journey we had!"
Check out that Laikaruptour 2012 video below. Back at home, Laika is preparing to hit the studio with engineer Ryan Forsyth to record the long overdue follow up to 2010's "Crafting the Cataclysm." To help fund the album, entitled "Somnia," Laika has launched an IndieGoGo campaign, which you can go to at this location.
With its North American Devastation Tour featuring Single Bullet Theory and Rikisha underway, Into Eternity has posted a video update (of sorts) highlighting what life on the road has been like for the Canadian progressive death metal act. Starring new vocalist Amanda Kiernan and drummer Bryan Newbury, the video is streaming below.
Blackguard is hard at work on pre-production for the band's fourth album "Storm." Vocalist Paul Zinay comments:
"Hey everyone! We are currently hard at work and pre-production is coming along very nice. Everyone here is ecstatic over the material we have. Our new guitarist Louis is a riff machine and working his ass off to help make this the best Blackguard album to date. The writing process this time around is unlike anything we’ve done before. In the past, one or two people would make up the vast majority of material for the album. This time, however, everyone is contributing ideas and music and the results are beyond my expectations.
"We will be heading into studio in September to start tracking and we’re hoping to have the record out in early 2013. Lyrically, I’m taking a step into new territory by trying my hand at writing a concept album. This won’t be as intricate or vast as 'The Emerald Sword saga' or 'The Metal Opera,' but this will be an exciting and new challenge for me nonetheless.
"That’s it for now. We’ll try to update everyone as often as possible. In the meantime, keep your eyes open for some exciting tour news that will be announced in the coming weeks. Cheers!" More...
Canada's ultimate party band Cocaine Moustache, whose frontman recently decided to jump into a bonfire, is set to bring more booze soaked grooves to a few venues through western Canada later this month.
Since releasing debut album 'On the Mirror' in February of this year the hard rockers have left a trail of white powder and empty bottles were ever they go. Their nine track sonic cocktail of booze-fueled anthems 'On The Mirror' was done with Producer/Juno Award winning engineer Rob Shallcross (Strapping Young Lad, GWAR, Zimmers Hole, West of Hell) and was released via Reversed Records.
The upcoming Cocaine Moustache dates are as follows:
Friday August 24th @ The Rickshaw- Vancouver, BC
Thursday August 30th @ The Vat- Red Deer, Alberta (With West of Hell)
Friday August 31st @ The Pawn Shop-Edmonton, Alberta
Saturday September 1st-@ The Distillery- Calgary, Alberta
Sunday September 2nd @ The Dirty Jersey- Kamloops, BC (With West of Hell)
You can also listen to Cocaine Moustache's 'Out Of My Hands' now via SoundCloud at this location.
Montreal's Arise Horror has released the new album "Sinister Nights" online, which is now available for streaming. Check out the songs through the player below or over at bandcamp. The album's track listing is:
1. Sinister Nights 01:11
2. Crown Of The Dead 03:25
3. Bestial Blood 03:00
4. The Dark Gift 03:12
5. Return Of The Damned 02:44
6. Venom In The Veins 03:09
7. The Sleepless Ones 02:03
8. This Eternal Void 02:55
9. The Evil Below 02:23
10. What Lies In The Cave 02:57
11. Heart Of Darkness 03:23 More...
Today Sky of Rage is premiering a track from debut album "SOR." The song "Countdown" can be streamed here courtesy of Noisecreep. The following press release was also issued about the band:
"In the autumn of 2009 the two old friends Tomas Friberg and Joachim Nordlund were listening to old school heavy metal. After that, they decided to write some songs together. A couple of hours (and beers) later the first song had seen its light.
"After a couple of months a few songs were written and the duo decided that they needed a singer for the project. Both wanted a singer that could both growl and sing with a more clean voice because they thought the songs needed that kind of approach. His name is Staffan Carlsson. Staffan worked with some of the already written songs and started to work with the vocals and lyrics right away. It took a while for Staffan to feel comfortable with this kind of heavy metal, but when he had nailed two or three songs they all knew that they had found a unique sound.
"As the songwriting process continued, guitarist Janne Cederlund (ex. Thalamus), an ambitious was the next to join the band. Finding a bass player seemed to be a bit harder for the band, until one night in the spring of 2011 when Joachim was out he met Mika Itäranta. Mika had left Astral Doors two years ago and now he had the drive to get back into Rock and Roll again. The band was now complete. More...
Acrania has posted behind the scenes footage from the band's recording process for an upcoming album to see release later this year. Check out the footage below. More info on Acrania is also available online via Facebook here.
Megadeth's Dave Mustaine, who is no stranger to controversial statements and has repeatedly stated he doesn't believe President Obama was born in the United States, has now said he believes Obama staged the recent shootings in Colorado and Wisconsin to "pass a gun ban." Video of Mustaine making the statement can be viewed below. Dave says:
"Back in my country, my president is trying to pass a gun ban, so he's staging all of these, these murders, like the 'Fast And Furious' thing down at the border, Aurora, Colorado, all the people that were killed there, and now the beautiful people at the Sikh temple."
Florida's Seven Kingdoms has announced the band's new album "The Fire is Mine" is coming this October 9th, 2012 via Nightmare Records. A preview of the album cover's artwork is available below, and more info on Seven Kingdoms can be found via Facebook here.
Gallows has dropped its latest video for the new track "Outsider Art," taken from the band's forthcoming self-titled album due out September 10th, 2012. Check out the video below, or you can also watch the previously posted "Last June" video over at this location. For more details on upcoming Gallows music and tour dates, navigate to the band's Facebook profile.
Axewound has released a new music video for the track "Cold," which can be viewed in the player available below. Axewound is: Matt Tuck, Liam Cormier, Jason Bowld, Mike Kingswood, and Joe Copcutt.
Axewound's upcoming live shows are:
Oct 01 Rescue Rooms Nottingham, United Kingdom
Oct 02 King Tuts Glasgow, United Kingdom
Oct 03 Academy 3 Manchester, United Kingdom
Oct 04 Slade Rooms Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
Oct 06 The Underworld London, United Kingdom
Oct 07 Thekla Bristol, United Kingdom
Today Stereogum is hosting the exclusive premiere of “The Swart Raven,” from U.K. black metal legion Winterfylleth. The track comes off the band’s upcoming new full-length, "The Threnody of Triumph," set for release in North America via Candlelight Record on September 25. Listen to the song at this location.
The band’s third full-length was recorded in Wales with producer Chris Fielding (Primordial, Electric Wizard) and delivers ten new conceptual compositions that delve into tales of England’s archaic history, recounting major events and battles. You can also check out the previously posted song "Void of Light" by clicking here.
The track list for "The Threnody of Triumph" is as follows:
1. A Thousand Winters
2. The Swart Raven
4. A Memorial
5. The Glorious Pain
6. A Soul Unbound
7. Void of Light
8. The Fate of Souls After Death
9. Home Is Behind
10. The Threnody of Triumph
Ottawa’s own maniacal ‘violent death metal' masters Accursed Spawn have released their first-ever video for the song "Dismember the Informant" from the group's 2010 demo. The video, created by singer Luke Wargasm, features a collage of war footage from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. The video can be viewed below. Accursed Spawn also commented:
“We’ve always been a DIY band, so I thought to myself, why the fuck not just make our own video? I thought the war footage was a perfect match, given of course the lyrical content of the song, but also the gritty atmosphere it portrays. All the footage used was filmed by actual soldiers themselves, making it a bit lo-fi, but I think this gives the video a powerful feel. I mean common, the sight of neon green night vision while fireballs light up in the sky over baghdad during a guitar solo? What more could you want!"
The band is currently gearing up for live performances, having spent much of the summer writing new material following the release of "Engendering a Sociopath" in early 2012 during a short stint with New York legends Malignancy. For tour dates, free downloads and more, visit the bands official Facebook page here. More...
Heavy metal dark horse Thy Will Be Done will be releasing a new 6-song EP entitled "Temple" on September 25th. The artwork can be viewed below, and the following press release was issued about the EP:
"Known for their DIY approach, the EP was produced and engineered by THY WILL BE DONE, mixed by acclaimed metal producer ZEUSS (Whitechapel, Suicide Silence, Soulfly) at Planet Z and is the inaugural release on the band's own Eye.On Lion Recordings with INgrooves Fontana handling world-wide distribution. Eye.On Lion Recordings is a DIY-style record label designed to release new music, merchandise, as well as other media from the band. The first single, 'You, The Apathy Divine,' was officially released through iTunes on June 26th following the band's performance at the Orion Music + More Festival, for which they were hand-picked by the festival curators Metallica.
"Temple is the band's third release following 2009's groundbreaking In Ancient of Days and the critically acclaimed 2007 debut, Was And Is To Come. The Temple EP shows the band expanding on their sound that both peers and press have already described as defying metal sub-genres. The first single off the EP, 'You, The Apathy Divine' has been climbing steadily on SiriusXM Liquid Metal's weekly Top 12 countdown The Devil's Dozen It has been one of the most requested songs since its release." More...
Armenian black metal act DivahaR has released a new live music video for the track "Areakan," which can be viewed below. The footage was shot this past April at the Highland Metalfest 2012. For more info on DivahaR, head over to the band's Facebook profile here.
Nervecell has issued the following statement about the band's upcoming Asian shows alongside Decapitated:
"Nervecell is 3 weeks away from heading over to Asia next month supporting Decapitated! Having already toured in the Philippines, India and Sri Lanka last year, our return back to Asia this time around consists of shows in countries where Nervecell has never ever played at before, such as Nepal, Thailand and Singapore.
"We always been fortunate and lucky enough to get offered to play in such exotic countries in the past and this trip is certainly one we're all looking forward to getting underway!"
The dates are as follows:
08.09.2012 Nepal, Katmandu @ Nepfest 2012
11.09.2012 Thailand, Bangkok @ Barbies Pub
13.09.2012 Singapore, Singapore @ Zouk
Hardcore act No Turning Back has posted a new song online for streaming. Listen to "Can't Keep Me Down" in the YouTube player below.
The track comes off No Turning Back's new album "No Regrets," due out October 12th in Europe through the band's own label Take Control Records and on September 29th in the United States on Tsunami Fest, released by Fast Break Records. For more details on No Turning Back, check out the band's Facebook profile here.
Solo metal act Autumns Eyes, which released new album "Please Deceive Me" (reviewed here) earlier this year, has now posted the first in a series of video blogs called "Behind the Riffs."
Check out this first video covering the band's debut "Remember the Victim" album in the player below. To hear more from Autumns Eyes, check out the music video for the title track off "Please Deceive Me" at this location.
A tour bus carrying the members of the band Baroness skidded off of a sheer 30 foot viaduct in Bath after hours of heavy rain on the A36 at Brassknocker Hill in Bath at around 11.30 GMT this morning. Nine people were taken to the hospital, two with serious injuries.
Baroness had just played a gig in Bristol and was on the way to a show at Talking Heads in Southampton when the wreck occured. An air ambulance, police, twelve fire trucks and four ambulances were deployed to the scene, which closed down the entire road. We will bring you more details on this as they emerge. Read the full article here. More...
Belarussian slam band Relics Of Humanity recently released its debut album "Guided by the Soulless Call" on Amputated Vein Records. Five of the songs have made their way into YouTube uploads, including the one playing below - "Melting of the Forsaken Millions." Cover art for "Guided by the Soulless" was done by none other than the prolific album artist Jon Zig.
Those who either there or caught the Bloodstock live feed on Saturday, August 11, 2012, witnessed Sanctuary unveiling two new tracks that are set to appear on the long awaited third studio release "The Year the Sun Died." Fan video footage of the new tracks "I Am Low" (from YouTube user "fearfulevil") and "The World Is Wired" (from YouTube user "g6o6k6u6") hit the web shortly after the event.
Check out the footage here:
New Zealand traditional metal band Razörwyre is streaming the song "Nightblade" (heard below). The song will appear on the band's debut full length LP "Another Dimension," which is due for release on September 15, 2012 through Inferno Records.
Check out the album art and "Nightblade" here:
Romanian power metal band Magica unveiled the album art and title of the band's forthcoming sixth release and follow up to the 2010 release "Dark Diary" (see Metal Underground.com's review at this location). The album will be entitled "The Center of the Great Unknown" and will be released through AFM Records. The artwork (seen below) was created by Claudio Bergamin.
More news on the track list and release dates are expected shortly.
Italian folk metal band Elvenking Iposted the a sixth video studio update video featuring the band recording the new album "Era" at Sonic Pump Studios in Helsinki, Finland. This update, entitled "Damna's Chronicle" focuses on the vocal recordings. "Era" is scheduled to drop on September 14, 2012 (EU) through AFM Records.
The track list for the regular version of "Era" is as follows:
1. The Loser
2. I Am The Monster
3. Midnight Skies, Winter Sighs
4. A Song For The People
5. We, Animals
6. Through Wolf's Eyes
7. Walking Dead
9. Poor Little Baroness (see lyric video here)
10. The Time Of Your Life
11. Chronicle Of A Frozen Era
Check out the studio video here: More...