Metal News for August 15, 2014
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Dragonhammer has released a new music video for "Follow Your Star," which can be seen below, and the band also comments:
"We are pleased to present our first official video. In the past years our fans have always wondered this but we were waiting for a special occasion! We thought this is the right time!
"This video is composed from voluntary contributions donated by our fans mixed with our recording shooted during our tour supporting Freedom Call... this is a tribute to all friends.
"No bullshit but reality! You will make a trip with us in what has been a great musical and human experience! Ride the Dragon and take your flight on our music and images! Because after all this time we found our star and we followed the light..."
Post-hardcore band Retrace The Lines has signed with Art Gates Records to release a debut album, which will be titled "Handmade Crown."
The cover design was created by artist David Querol and can be seen below. "Handmade Crown" was recorded by Pedro Giménez and Alex Magnieto in Musicoath Studios, and then mixed and mastered in Prime Records Studios.
The album is due out later this Fall and will feature the following tracks:
04. Ignorance & Prejudice
06. Part of me
07. The difference
08. Handmade Crown
11. Part of me (Acoustic) More...
After a period of six years in the wilderness, Norway's exponent of groove-laden black metal, Khold, will return with a new album "Til Endes," which is set for release on September 30th via Peaceville Records.
Today, Khold has teamed up with Pitchfork.com to launch the album's title track in the latest installment of the "Hell Awaits" column. Check out the song at this location.
"Til Endes" explores the dark foreboding corners of the metal spectrum with eerie riffs, grim vocals courtesy of mysterious frontman Gard, and catchy hooks which are so often ignored in the genre.
The album was recorded at Studio Fredman (Amon Amarth, At the Gates, Opeth) in Sweden in June 2014 with the line-up of Gard (vocals/guitar), Sarke (drums), Rinn on guitar and Crowbel on bass. "Til Endes" also notably includes a cover of the Sepultura track "Troops of Doom," given the full Khold treatment and titled "Dommens Arme." More...
Ontario's A Scar For The Wicked just released a new album titled "The Necrobutcher," which was produced at Silverwings Studios. Now you can also check out a lyric video for the new track "Surrounded By Giants" in the player below. The full track listing is:
1. Silence Vile Temptress 03:19
2. Within The Rot 02:32
3. Surrounded By Giants 03:46
4. The Necrobutcher 03:42
5. The Blood Ritual 05:15
September 1st will mark the release of a vinyl split containing the newest recordings from Polish frostbound pagans Arkona and Polish-Norwegian squadron Illness.
The 7” EP release will contain one track by each band prepared especially for this occasion. Arkona will bring "Klucz Do Istnienia," a track recorded during the "Chaos.Ice.Fire" sessions, while Illness will hammer the nail with "Zaraza," a song kept in dehumanized, industrial-black style.
The EP will be released by the joint force of Godz Ov War Productions and Third Eye Temple as a standard sleeve with two-sided insert in a limited amount of 300 hand numbered copies. More...
Visceral Disgorge has a new video clip out now for the track "Necrocoprophagia," which can be viewed below. The band comments:
"We dedicate this video in the honor of our fallen band mate and brother Steve Rosenzweig who passed away recently.
"We would also like to thank Nick at Viral Veil Productions for doing such an awesome job at putting the video together for us. HELP us spread the word of the video to honor Steve the way he deserves! THANK YOU TO ALL OF YOU WHO SUPPORT US EVEN IN HARD TIMES!!!" More...
Rusty Eye has released a music video for the band's cover of "Mamá" by Amantes de Lola and taken off the "Saca el Cobre" album.
The new video clip was directed by Alejandro Ordoñez from Raubtier Productions and can be seen below. Rusty Eye consists of:
Mr. Rust (bass and vocals)
Baron Murtland (guitar)
Miss Randall (drums and vocals)
After the success of our DevilDriver giveaway in June, we’re inviting South Florida residents (or any able/willing to attend) to see The Black Dahlia Murder, Suicide Silence, Chelsea Grin, and Alterbeast on Monday, October 13th. If interested, email firstname.lastname@example.org with subject heading “Black Dahlia Murder,” and submit your full name matching your ID.
Even if you can’t make it, lend us a hand and share our giveaway far and wide on social media; the more popular it gets, the more we can spread this experiment nationwide and to a venue near you.
Next, co-host Mike Smith (OverkillExposure) weighs in with a rather prickly and pessimistic insight on the longterm effects of Internet culture on the music/metal scene, specifically the downsides (and there are always downsides).
The downloading issue has been talked to death, but Mike sees some mass psychological implications at work here as well, and they do not bode well for the future. His hypothesis: due to the increased platform the Web offers to egoistic, insecure, and often talent-starved amateurs, there will never again emerge a tremendously popular, universally loved rock ’n’ roll band, much less a metal band. Listen in to hear his full thoughts on the matter.
Finally, Kevin offers a detailed review of the new self-titled album from Darkest Hour, which boasts a new rhythm section and a potentially divisive new direction in style - although Kevin puts up a passionate and justified defense on the album’s behalf. Do you agree?
Unsacred Seed has issued the following announcement about parting ways with bassist Eric Gallivan and canceling tonight's show:
"Unfortunately we have some bad news. Our bassist, Eric, will no longer be playing with us. He got a last minute teaching job over-seas and had to leave immediately to get ready for the September semester. We wish him the best of luck and hope he comes back to visit ASAP!
"However, because of this short notice, we won't be able to get a replacement for the show tonight, so we had to pull of the bill. At the last minute, Nihility were able to take our place, and we can't thank them enough!
"We are currently trying to find a permanent replacement, and have some great bassists in mind. But if your interested in the gig, don't hesitate to message us!
"So come on out to the Richmond tonight and support the scene! The rest of the band will still be there tonight if you wanna say hi." More...
Sumerian Records is proud to welcome Circa Survive to its worldwide roster and this partnership kicks off with the deluxe edition of the group's last album, "Violent Waves," coming out September 9th.
This disc was originally released by the band with no record label backing or traditional distribution outlet, yet still debuted at #15 on the Billboard Top 200 chart. The "Violent Waves "re-release will also feature a full-length DVD of the group's sold-out performance from The Shrine in Los Angeles this past December, Check out the DVD trailer below.
Anthony Green (vocals) states: "We are so happy to be a part of the Sumerian family. To be able to have the same creative freedom as we did on our own plus the benefits of having their team helping us spread our music and message is a dream scenario.
Ash Avildsen (Sumerian Records Creator & CEO) further comments: “Today is one of the happiest and fulfilling days of my career and I think I speak for our entire staff when sharing that sentiment. Having Circa Survive join the Sumerian family is a dream come true. Their passion and approach of artistic transcendence as a band is exactly what we continue to strive for with Sumerian as a brand.
“Their progressive, ethereal songwriting that conveys emotion in such a unique way has built them an incredible cult following while always staying true to themselves, which is the definition of musical success in my mind. Sumerian is honored to play a part in their career and vision. We hope to help them achieve even bigger goals while bringing their music to more new ears worldwide.”
Circa Survive is currently working on a brand new full-length offering and will be announcing headlining touring plans shortly. More...
The blog Doomed & Stoned has put together an extensive compilation of underground heavy bands in Portland, Oregon, which features Ape Machine's "Angry Man," Blackwitch Pudding's "Swamp Gas Of The Nevermizer," and a whole lot more. The site's founder, Billy Goat, comments:
"Portland, Oregon is known for many things--it's the 'Rose City,' clustered around the mighty Willamette River and nearby Mt. Hood, the home of Nike and the Trail Blazers, even a major network television show called Portlandia.
"But to the hard working locals, Portland is home two the two big things that really matter: brews and bad-ass rock 'n' roll. Doomed & Stoned in Portland is a snapshot of the heavy music scene right now in Portland--from the ever-popular Red Fang, Lord Dying, and Toxic Holocaust, to rising stars such as Sons of Huns, Ape Machine, and Drunk Dad.
"Most of all, here is a collection of bands with a strong DIY ethic--everything from experimental metal to a distinct brand of Northwest punk to the ultra-heavy metal doom giants like Graves at Sea, Usnea, and Stoneburner. Not to mention the bands that just like to "Keep Portland Weird" (Blackwitch Pudding, Pinkzilla, Big Black Cloud). Over 65 bands waiting for you to lend them your ears--and a free download, to boot. You may just discover your next favorite bands."
The Swedish dark rock/metal master in Katatonia will release a 4-disc set this coming September 15th for "Last Fair Day Gone Night" via Peaceville Records.
The set features Katatonia's electrifying set from London’s esteemed Koko venue, with the band’s performance captured on DVD with accompanying double audio disc of the whole concert.
This special 4-disc set also includes a full & extensive documentary charting the early days and subsequent rise of the prolific Swedes, as told in the words of band masterminds Jonas Renkse and Anders Nyström.
Recorded during a series of special celebratory shows to mark the band’s 20th anniversary during 2011's "Last Fair Day Gone Night" tour, founding members Anders Nyström & Jonas Renkse are joined by drummer Daniel Liljekvist, plus guitarist Per Eriksson and bassist Niklas Sandin, for an exhilarating evening fueled by a rich & extensive set of Katatonia tracks both past & present.
The set also includes a special 10th anniversary performance of the landmark 2001 album "Last Fair Deal Gone Down" in its entirety. Sleeve artwork comes courtesy of long-time collaborator Travis Smith. Pre-orders are available at this location. More...
The artwork and full track listing for Sons of Crom's upcoming first opus, "Riddle Of Steel," are today being revealed.
The "Riddle Of Steel" cover art was conceived by Helgorth from Babalon Graphics (Blut Aus Nord, Behexen Official, etc.) and the album is set to drop in September through Debemur Morti Productions.
2. Master of Shadows
3. Golden Gates
4. Call of the Black Mountain
5. Cimmerian Dance
7. Seven Spells (The Riddle of Steel) More...
Baltimore’s salty hardcore heroes in Old Lines have revealed plans to release their full-length album, "No Child Left Behind," on October 14th via No Sleep Records.
“This record in general is about somewhat taking the focus away from corporations and the lawmakers that support them, and instead taking responsibility for our own part in letting them do it,” says vocalist Matt Taylor. “As long as people remain silent and apathetic to what's happening around them, these issues will multiply, and the repercussions will become more severe for the earth and everything on it. In 2014, we don't have the luxury of ignorance anymore.”
Apathetic behavior is a theme that runs throughout the new record, including on the band’s new track “Traps.” The song puts society on blast for turning a blind eye for so long to the destruction of our planet and the resulting changes in climate.
“Traps is a song about how we all are responsible for the state our environment is in, and (more specifically) our collective regret that these issues have reached such a catastrophic degree,” Taylor adds. “We've ignored countless warnings from scientists all over the world for the sake of our own personal convenience. Only now, as the damage is becoming more visceral and the earth as we know it is in a tailspin, are people starting to admit that issues such as global climate change have real consequences and demand attention. However it's all just a little too late. We set the traps ourselves, and now we're crying that we're caught in them.” More...
Book of Reflections is re-issuing the "Chapter II - Unfold the Future" album, which was originally release in 2006. This new version features a smattering of re-recorded vocals and a new mix. Check out a teaser trailer below. The track listing is as follows:
1. Unfold the Future
2. Bringer of the Torch
3. Free My Soul
4. Heal Me
5. Uncover the Lie
6. Ashes to Ashes
7. Make Sure You Don’t Fall
8. Deep Inside
9. Blink of an Eye
10. Got to Get Low
11. Love Conquers All
Hatebreed singer and former host of MTV's Headbangers Ball Jamey Jasta has launched his official podcast, "The Jasta Show."
The weekly podcast will feature Jasta interviewing musicians, athletes, and other influential figures. During the first three episodes, Jamey Jasta interviews label mates Eddie Hermida (Suicide Silence) and Scott Ian (Anthrax) as well as Of Mice & Men's drummer Tino Arteaga.
The show touches on everything from what it's like for Hermida to fill the shoes of Mitch Lucker to the timelessness of AC/DC with Scott Ian to the next wave of superstar metal bands with Arteaga.
"The Jasta Show" podcast is available for free via this location and you can also hear the first three episodes below.
"With all the touring I have been doing globally, I have been running into so many amazing people. Now the opportunity has arisen to do this show and I am so excited," exclaims Jasta. "I am doing this because I have the desire to hear people's stories and tell stories of my own."
"The Jasta Show" is produced and distributed by the Paragon Collective Podcast Network. Alex Aldea of the Paragon Collective states, "Jamey has one of the earnest, distinct and influential voices in metal music. This show isn't just about interviews, it's about giving listeners a real backstage glance into the lives of their heroes, their stories, and hopefully inspires them to also make their dream become a reality." More...
Colombian guitarist Nicolas Waldo today releases his "Master of the Universe" album digitally via Lion Music. You can check out a preview clip below, and the track listing is as follows:
1. Space and Time
3. Master of the Universe
5. Galaxy Cluster
7. The Everlasting
8. Prince of Peace
As the official unveiling of "Twilight Upon Us," the forthcoming debut from West Coast sludgecore perpetrators Colombian Necktie, draws near, today Decibel Magazine spews forth a new helping of heaviness with the sonic menace of "Guiding Light."
Candlelight Records today confirms October 7th as the North American release date for Orange Gobline's new album, "Back From The Abyss."
Recorded earlier this year in London, the album reunites the band with producer Jamie Dodd. It was mastered at Turan Audio in late July. The album will be available for pre-order via iTunes and Amazon beginning August 26th.
Loudwire.com is celebrating the announcement with an exclusive North American stream of the album’s first single, "The Devil’s Whip." Stream the track right here.
Vocalist Ben Ward says: “this song is a real old-school banger stuffed full of riffs, sleaze, filth, and speed… just like the best metal should be! It’s Motorhead-style, outlaw-biker rock in all its glory, destined to get heads banging, fists pumping, drinks flowing and asses shaking. If you don’t find yourself breaking the speed limit to this song, desperate to find the roughest bar in town, start a fight and spending the night in a cell, then you are quite clearly already dead. Let’s ride, let loose, let’s rip… that’s right, you can’t escape The Devil’s Whip.” More...
Long running evolutionary Swiss metal band Samael has released a video clip for an oldie-but-goodie: check out the clip for "Moonskin" below.
"Moonskin" is taken off the "Passage" album, and the video was filmed and edited by Sergeï Ulyanov during the Inferno Festival 2013 in Lausanne (Swizterland).
The Wacken Metal Battle Canada champions in Mutank have written about their experience at the Wacken Open Air on Bravewords.com with live video of the group thrashing the track "Running Reds."
Read the festival recap over here and you can see the video below.
Mutank performed on July 30th on the WET Stage for the international Wacken Metal Battle after winning the Canadian Metal Battle, which had over 100 Canadian bands compete.
Mutank's debut album "M.E.C.H. Metal" was released in early 2014 and is available as a pay what you want download on Bandcamp. You can also see the band live:
Aug 23 - Trailer Thrash Fest - Saint-Pie, QC w/ Reanimator, Eternal Judgment, Death Lullaby, Venomenon, Dissension and more! More...
Mesopotamian black/thrash metal act Melechesh is currently in Athens, Greece recording a 6th full-length album to be released worldwide via Nuclear Blast on a as-yet undisclosed date.
The band spent one month in a rehearsal room in Germany tweaking all the details and will spend the next six weeks in Athens recording the new album, tentatively entitled "Enki." Commented band leader Ashmedi:
"Again we chose to record in a Mediterranean area to capture the Melechesh essence. We have many good friends here and have toured with some Greek bands over the years and everyone here is being very helpful to this work. In keeping with our tradition all songs are diverse and tell different stories both lyrically and musically, from the black thrash to the ritualistic tribal tunes to the more in your face rocking and neck breaking songs.
"Last couple of years where extremely challenging for me and this rubbed on the album for the better, abstract moods such as post-enlightenment depth, sonic magick, anger and retribution. Metaphorically speaking, it is a Sumerian sonic deluge to cleanse us from drones, parasites and insects interpret that as you see fit." More...
Eagle Rock imprint Armoury Records today confirms the upcoming debut album from Germany's Neopera for August 29th.
Neopera was founded by guitarist and driving force of German metal band Dark Age, Joern Schubert, and features Dirk Schlaechter, the longtime bassist for Gamma Ray.
Fusing classical music and modern heaviness, the recordings for "Destined Ways" were luckily already finished when the Hammer Studios tragically burned down in the Autumn of 2013, after which producer Eike Freese was the driving force who intertwined all of the tracks and recordings. The track listing is as follows:
1. The Marvel Of Chimera
2. A Call To Arms
4. Destined Ways (watch the lyric video here)
5. Falling Water
6. The Greed
8. Last Pantomime
11. Song Of Revenge
12. The Unspeakable More...
Ohio's Dismemberment is happy to announce the band will be hitting the road in September for a whirlwind three day mini-tour.
Guitarist Jacob Shively had the following to say about the trek:
"Very excited for this upcoming run of shows and to be opening for the legendary Solstice and sharing the stage with Mobile Deathcamp.
"Plenty more stuff in the works and we've begun working on material for a new full-length. Stay tuned!"
09/04/2014 The Shrunken Head -Columbus OH *with SOLSTICE
09/05/2014 Token Lounge -Detroit MI *with MOBILE DEATHCAMP
09/05/2014 Berlin Music Pub -Ft. Wayne IN More...
Philadelphia black thrash act Blood Storm announced that the new album will be entitled "The Stellar Exorcism" and is set for release on September 23, 2014 via Barbarian Wrath Records. The track "Howling Void" can be heard streaming in the player below.
"The Stellar Exorcism" marks the band's fifth full length studio album. The track list is as follows:
1. Howling Void
2. Ituhat Ipsos
3. Distortions of Enlil
4. Winds of Faceless And Terrible Ones
5. Disease Falls From the Stars
6. Chain of Endless Suffering
7. Venom Elementals
8. Sordid Stench of Human Life
9. Earthstorm Exorcism
10. Unwinking Eye of Oblivion More...
U.K. act Devilment, featuring Cradle of Filth's Dani Filth, released a lyric video for the new track "Mother Kali." The song appears on the upcoming new release "The Great and Secret Show," which is out on October 31st (EU), November 3rd (UK) and November 11th (USA) via Nuclear Blast.
The band will embark on a tour with Lacuna Coil this November. For dates and venues, head on over to this location.
Check out "Mother Kali" here:
German metal act Messiah's Kiss, featuring ex-Jack Starr's Burning Star/ex-Riot (live) vocalist Mike Tirelli, announced the band's return with the new album "Get Your Bulls Out." The album marks the fourth album and first in seven years ("Dragonheart," 2007). The album is set for release on December 5th via Massacre Records.
More information is expected this September. The album's artwork can be seen here:
German legends Helloween posted an update about the upcoming follow up to 2013's "Straight Out of Hell" (see review here). The band will hit the studio this October and has targeted May 2015 for the new release.
The update reads: "After successfully concluding their world-tour in support of the 2013 output "Straight Out Of Hell," the party has been concluded upon the festival summer.
"Clearly no time to sit back & relax, as the pumpkin heads will heading right for their very own MiSueno Studios, located on the isle of Tenerife to start working on the successor of 'Straight Out Of Hell' in October. Joining the band to handle production duties will be long-term companion Charlie Bauerfeind. The new album which is set for a release in May 2015 will be the first since Helloween have inked a new deal with old label home Nuclear Blast, where they released two albums - 'The Dark Ride' (2000) and 'Rabbit Don’t Come Easy' (2003), both of which have been re-issued with extended bonus material in 2013.
"Last but not least, HELLOWEEN would like to send out a big 'Thank You' to all the Helloween Maniacs worldwide with some live impressions of the title track of the charting success 'Straight Out Of Hell' turned out to be, landing on a sensational #4, their highest German chart entry to date, holding this position for five long weeks. Additionally they made another five Top ten entries in Europe and also cracked the US Billboard Charts." More...
German hard rock act Blood God, featuring Debauchery frontman Thomas Gurrath, released a music video for the new track "Defenders of the Throne of Fire." The song appears on the new album "Blood is My Trademark," which drops today via Massacre Records.
The track list for the album is:
3. Defenders of the Throne of Fire
4. Warhordes From the Underworld
6. Sexy Music for Sexy People
7. Blood is my Trademark
8. World of Blood Gods
9. Mr. Kill
10. Dragonbeasts Are Rising
Check out the video here: More...
Richmond sludge/doom act Windhand released a new music video for the track "Orchard." The song appears on the 2013 sophomore release "Soma," which is available now via Relapse Records.
The footage was compiled by Jordan with additional editing by John Quiles. Check it out here:
Sweden's In Flames released a music video for the new track "Through Oblivion." The song will appear on the band's upcoming new release "Siren Charms," which drops on September 5th (EU) and September 9th (USA) via Epic Records.
The track listing for "Siren Charms" is:
1. In Plain View
2. Everything’s Gone
4. Through Oblivion
5. With Eyes Wide Open
6. Siren Charms
7. When The World Explodes
8. Rusted Nail
9. Dead Eyes
10. Monsters In The Ballroom
11. Filtered Truth
Check out "Through Oblivion" here: More...
German legends Helloween posted a new live music video for "Straight Out of Hell." The song is the title track of the band's latest release, which was issued back in January of 2013.
The video was produced by Randy Cold. Check it out here: