Metal News for August 16, 2012
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35 news articles posted on this day.
Ottawa, ON death thrashers Mortor are gearing up for the release of their new album "Shoot 'Em Up" on Tuesday, September 18th and are now unleashing to fans a free download of the first single "Under The Flag." Check out the song in the YouTube clip below, or snag the track for download at bandcamp here. The following press release was also issued about the album:
"Recorded at Garage Studios by Christian Donaldson (Cryptopsy, Mythosis) and engineered by Mathieu Marcotte (AUGURY), Shoot 'Em Up includes 14 tracks of blistering speed, crushing riffs, and trademark catchy hooks and is the follow up to the band's 2010 gut wrenching annihilator 'Metal Ride.'
"In additional news, the band will be opening up for German thrash metal legends Kreator and Finnish death / doom metal band Swallow The Sun in their home town of Ottawa on Sunday, September 9th at Mavericks (221 Rideau St.) and will be sharing with local fans exclusive advance copies of their new album at the show." More...
Svart Records recently revealed October 23rd as the North American release date for Bedemon's "Symphony of Shadows," a set of all-new material by the act regarded by many as the original true U.S. doom band. While the album will be hitting major retail outlets on that date, it can be ordered immediately through the Housecore website (the label of DOWN frontman Phil Anselmo) here.
To celebrate this event, esteemed doom authority TheObelisk.net is exclusively premiering the track "The Plague" off Bedemon's "Symphony of Shadows" at this location.
The album's track listing is:
2. Lord of Desolation
3. Son of Darkness
4. The Plague
6. Kill You Now
9. Eternally Unhuman More...
California metal band High on Fire has announced that front man and guitarist Matt Pike has emerged from his recent treatment for alcohol rehabilitation and is ready to conquer the world. High on Fire is celebrating by releasing the first music video from new album "De Vermis Mysteriis," for the track "Fertile Green."
The video was directed, animated, and edited by Phil Mucci for Doomsday Entertainment (Passion Pit, Islands). Check out the Vice premiere of "Fertile Green" now through Noisey.vice.com at this location, or in the player below.
High on Fire's upcoming tour dates are:
September 28 Melbourne, AUS
September 29 Sydney, AUS
September 30 Brisbane, AUS More...
After Baroness was in a bush crash yesterday, the band has now issued the following update:
"The band members of Baroness and their crew are recovering from injuries sustained after their tour bus crashed outside of Bath, England early on Wednesday morning.
"John Baizley has broken his left arm and left leg. Allen Blickle and Matt Maggioni each suffered fractured vertebrae. All three remain in the hospital as of this writing. Pete Adams has been treated and released from the hospital.
"Three of the five crew members who were on the bus have also been treated and released. One member is still undergoing testing. The driver of the bus remains in critical condition.
"Please stay tuned for further updates. Thank you for all the support during this extremely difficult time."
Design the Skyline has teamed up with Hails & Horns Magazine to bring fans a dynamic demonstration video. Play along with guitarists Matt and Julien, Dean on bass, and synth player Keebler as they blow through “Destroyer,” from the 2011 release "Nevaeh."
The video can be viewed through Hails & Horns or in the player below.
You can also catch Design the Skyline on a headlining tour beginning this Friday, August 17th in Fort Worth, TX with support from Amyst and Silence the Messenger. Dates are available after the jump. More...
Doom metal trio Castle has been confirmed to take part in next year's installment of the Roadburn Festival, where the group will perform alongside the likes of Electric Wizard, Godflesh, and Sigh. The annual event, held at the 013 venue in Tilburg, Holland, will take place from April 18th - 21st.
The band announced, "We're very excited to be invited to play Europe's premier heavy music festival, and we look forward to the incredible experience of performing at Roadburn 2013."
Castle's latest music video for “Corpse Candles,” from the new release “Blacklands,” appears below. The new album was produced by Billy Anderson (Eyehategod, Cathedral, Neurosis) and will e available in North America on September 11th. The previously posted "Blacklands" video is also available at this location. More...
Chicago's Black September has confirmed a September 25th release date for the new album "Into The Darkness Into The Void," which was recorded in the band's hometown at Bricktop Recording (Weekend Nachos, Veil of Maya) by Andy Nelson.
The band has described the new album as "ravenous and pure" and "one step beyond our previous efforts into a realm of untamed energy." A new track, titled "Rabid Hunger," can now be heard at CvltNation.com here. The track listing is:
1. Into the Darkness
3. Rabid Hunger
6. Beyond The Realms
8. Unhallowed Ground
9. No Return More...
After several months of silence, following bursts of worldwide touring in support of the two-part "Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light" album series, Earth has confirmed a full U.S. tour this Fall. The following press release was issued about the trek:
"The most extensive American tour Earth have planned since their 1990 inception, the Seattle purveyors of the slow-motion riff will traverse the country and back on a twenty-six date run, from the last week of October until just before Thanksgiving. Along the way the quartet will take part in the massive annual Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin, Texas alongside literally dozens of international artists of all genres. This will be the first U.S. tour since they hit the road in support of Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light I in 2011, the band’s set for the tour confirmed to contain a majority of the material from Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light II.
"While the band is touring in support of the Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light albums, the Earth lineup for this voyage will be the touring lineup from the band’s lauded 2008 LP The Bees Made Honey in the Lion's Skull, comprised of Steve Moore on keys and trombone, Don McGreevy on bass, Adrienne Davies on drums and founder Dylan Carlson on guitar.
"Preceding the newly announced U.S. dates, Earth also has also confirmed a full tour of New Zealand, Australia and Japan through most of September! This venture will be performed as a trio; Dylan Carlson, Adrienne Davies and Don McGreevy." More...
Chimaira has issued the following statement about keeping the band name after several lineup changes and announcement about working on new material:
"The last few years have been bizarre, to say the least. Chimaira went through an insane amount of changes that would have killed 99% of the bands out there, and all things considered, probably should have killed us, too. Since 2009, we’ve switched labels, management companies, booking agents, merchandisers, and unfortunately, band members.
"Like many bands, we were tested in order to survive an ever-changing industry. There were various suggestions implemented to try and improve our situation; some methods worked, some not so much. Regardless, we all had different ideas and life goals that ultimately led to where we are today.
"For over a year, we’ve been working incessantly to assemble a solid team that would represent Chimaira moving forward, all the while rebuilding the entire infrastructure. With the music industry being in a transitional period, it was imperative to align ourselves with the right people.
"Thankfully, a new balance has been found and goals have been met. Though the past few years have been difficult (with actual blood, sweat, and tears), today I’m excited to announce that the machine is running stronger than ever.
"I want to thank all of our dedicated fans for understanding that every change made was to keep Chimaira alive. A harrowing journey, the humility that accompanied each step of the path is a blessing, and your loyalty speaks volumes that will not go unrecognized. More...
New Zealand's Mothra has released its debut music video for the song "The Beginning," which can be viewed in the YouTube player available below. The track was mixed by Aaron Harris from Isis, and shot in 4 different countries. For more information on Mothra, check out the band's official Facebook profile here.
Canadian act Heaven's Cry, which signed to Prosthetic Records back in June, has now issued the following announcement about completing work on a new album:
"We are extremely happy to announce that our new album is completely done! Prosthetic Records has received the final product which has been mastered by none other than Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studios in Sweden (Opeth, Katatonia, Symphony X, Devin Townsend Project, Soilwork, etc.) Stay tuned for more details on it's release and for upcoming shows!"
Additional info will be announced as it is made available. In the mean time, check out Heaven's Cry tracks available for streaming over at Facebook here.
Hundredth's music video for "Weathered Town" has been premiered excusively on Alternative Press' website and can be found right here. The video was directed by Micheal Dean and features footage from the band's tour of Europe alongside Vanna. The song comes from the band's abum "Let Go," which is availble in stores and online now from Mediaskare Records.
Hundredth will be heading back out on the road alongside Defeater, Rotting Out, and Silver Snakes beginning August 27th, followed by another tour of Europe with Walls of Jericho, Death Before Dishonor, and Betrayal. Here are the band's upcoming tour dates: More...
The Bukowski Family deathsquad has released the "Initiation" EP online for streaming, which can be heard below or over at bandcamp.
"Same shit with full color covers, lyrics, label and crap as a name your price release! Anything you silly fucks care to 'donate' to our sick cause will go into merchandise developement so be generous. We were when we fucked your parents last night," says the Bukowski Family.
The track listing is:
1. Initiation 04:32
2. Feces of Love 03:17
3. The Tenderizer 02:58
4. Flayed Skin Tapestry 03:09
5. Discipline of the Flesh Sculptor 03:27
6. Uncle's Tinder 04:44 More...
Downspirit, the band formed by ex-Symphorce/ex-Freedom Call guitarist Cedric "Cede" Dupont, has new album "Bulletproof?" coming this week in North America. Today the band is streaming "Bulletproof?" in its entirety courtesy of Pure Grain Audio. Get a first listen at this location.
The album's track listing is:
2. Life After her
3. Get the F*** Up
4. The Wish
5. Human Gift
6. Are you Proud?
9. Gotta Get Away
10. What a Way to Die
11. I'm a Survivor
12. The Look More...
French black metal band Darkenhold has posted a teaser trailer for the band's forthcoming album "Echoes from the Stone Keeper," which is set to be released on Those Opposed Records this coming October, 2012. Check out the clip below, or find more info on Darkenhold over at Facebook here.
Haeresiarchs of Dis, which will be releasing new album "Thirty-Eighth Sermon of the Unborn" on November 27th through Moribund Cult, has now issued the following announcement about an upcoming split CD:
"Very shortly UW Records (my micro-record label) will release the long awaited split CD between Haeresiarchs of Dis and Ophidian Forest! Should be available generally everywhere by end of this month. Been looking forward to this project for a very long time!
"This record most probably represents the last physical CD release under the UW Records imprint (because let's face it, times have changed); but we're very proud of what we've accomplished thus far, now with six CDs and a DVD release under our belt, and prouder still to be sticking to our guns to the very end, releasing a purely underground split digipack CD that is 100% raw cult true black metal all the way and not intended for mass crowd consumption in any manner.
"There is no better way to go out than on our own terms, fully compromised, and looking forward to what new technologies await. As a wise person once told me, the record industry is coming to an end; but the music industry has only just started."
Ophidian Forest was covered in the Croatian edition of our "Unearthing the Metal Underground" column, and also took part in our editorial on Christian "unblack" metal versus non-Christian black metal.
Texas based metal act Harken has announced the recruitment of new vocalist Coleby Arnett, and the band has also now uploaded a new version of the "Pleres" track with vocals from the new member. Check out "Pleres 2.0" in the player below, or find more info on Harken over at the band's Facebook profile here.
Sister Sin has unleashed a lyric video for the digital single “End Of The Line,” taken from the forthcoming album "Now and Forever," due out October 23rd. Watch the video in the player below.
Sister Sin will be releasing the new album "Now & Forever" on October 23rd, 2012. The band's upcoming tour dates are:
8/18– Falun, SE – Rockstad Falun w/ Iced Earth, Epica, Sabaton, Danko Jones, Eluveitie
8/25- Vasteras, SE – Black Summer Festival w/ Entombed, UDO, Doro
8/31 – Linkoping, SE @ L’s Orient
9/01 – Goteborg, SE @ Sticky Fingers
9/07 - Vaxjo, SE @ Club Dirty Harry
9/08 – Trollhatten, SE @ Backstage Rock Bar
9/28 - Helsinki, Finland @ On the Rocks
9/29 - Vasa, Finland @ Leipätehdas
10/6 - Orebro, Sweden @ Klubb Kaktus
10/27 - Malmo, SE – Rockmassan More...
PMK Records has released a new tribute to Amebix featuring a variety of bands. You can stream "Amebix Balkans" in the SoundCloud player below, and the track listing is:
J.W. POZOJ - The Moor
PANIKOS - Beyond the Sun
HELLSTORM - Slave
SUN OF NOTHING - Drink and be Marry
TRUE - I.C.B.M.
TERRARIUM - Axeman
MOTHERPIG - Promazin
MOR - Zima More...
Swedish deathcrust delinquents Bombs of Hades will unleash new full-length, "The Serpent’s Redemption" via Pulverised Records on September 17th, 2012. The follow-up to 2010’s "Chambers Of Abominations" was recorded and mixed at Welfare Sounds Studio (RAM, Bombus, etc) and offers up eight tracks of sonic wreckage as well as the unholy artwork of Polish illustrator Rafal Kruszyk (Interment, Hooded Menace, Machetazo, Cianide, Coffins etc.).
Check out the song “Burn” at the band’s official Facebook profile right here. The following press release was also issued about the band:
"Forged in 2002 by bassist Ander Ekman and vocalist/guitarist Jonas Stålhammar (ex-God Macabre, ex-Utumno, etc) as an excuse to get drunk and pay homage to the likes of Discharge, Anti Cimex, Dissober, Autopsy, Nihilist/Entombed, Carnage and Slayer, Bombs of Hades initially churned out gristly crustpunk before heading towards an oldschool Swedish death metal direction, always retaining a burly d-beat/crust vibe. The band issued their Carnivores EP through Blood Harvest Records in 2008 as a limited 7”. The EP harvested considerable underground buzz and sold out. Bombs of Hades went on to release the Chambers of Abominations full-length again through Blood Harvest as well as an assortment of split 7”s and 10”s. Now it’s time for The Serpent’s Redemption. Bring out your dead…" More...
Stealing Axion will release the new album "Moments" on August 27th in Europe and August 28th in North America via InsideOut Music, and in anticipation of this release, the band has now posted another track from the upcoming debut full-length. Listen to the track "47 Days Later" in the YouTube player below.
"Moments" was mixed and mastered by Acle Kahney (Tesseract guitarist and producer), who worked closely with the band on the sounds and textures of the album. For another preview of "Moments," fans can listen to the previously released track "Mirage of Hope" right here.
The album's track listing is:
1. Mirage of Hope
3. Everything or Nothing
4. 47 Days Later
5. The Unwanted Gift
8. It's Too Late Now
10. Moments Part 1
11. Moments Part 2 More...
Brazilian metallers Angra are set to release their first "best of" album titled "Best Reached Horizons" in October 2012 on Steamhammer/SPV. This 20 year career spanning album was compiled by the band and will be available as a double jewel case CD with a massive booklet including liner notes by guitar player Rafael Bittencourt.
CD1 contains an overview of the Andre Matos era and CD2 spans the Edu Falaschi era featuring a cover version of Led Zeppelins "Kashmir." Release dates are listed below.
Scandinavia: October 24th, 2012
Germany: October 26th, 2012
Europe: October 29th, 2012
USA: October 30th, 2012
The track listing is:
01 Carry On taken from "Angels Cry"
02 Angels Cry taken from "Angels Cry"
03 Wuthering Heights taken from "Angels Cry"
04 Evil Warning taken from "Angels Cry"
05 Nothing To Say taken from "Holy Land"
06 Holy Land taken from "Holy Land"
07 Carolina IV (live) taken from the EP "Holy Live"
08 Freedom Call taken from the EP "Freedom Call"
09 Lisbon taken from "Fireworks"
10 Metal Icarus taken from "Fireworks" More...
Icarus Witch has issued the following announcement about having computers and other items stolen in Montreal:
"Our van was broken into last night in the parking lot of Katacombes in Montreal. Fortunately our gear was in the venue.
"Unfortunately, the thieves made off with thousands of dollars in computers, clothing and personal items. If anyone has information on the incident please contact us.
"Now we are preparing for tonight's concert in Toronto, so if you're in the area, please come out and catch the show."
Icarus Witch still has the following upcoming tour dates with White Wizzard:
Aug. 16 - Toronto, ON - The Wreck Room
Aug. 17 - Buffalo, NY - Broadway Joe's
Aug. 18 - New York, NY - The Studio at Webster Hall
Aug. 23 - Richmond, VA - Kingdom
Aug. 24 - Raleigh, NC - Berkeley Cafe
Aug. 25 - Atlanta, GA - The 120 Tavern
German death metal band Algetic is gearing up to release its debut album "Sewer Dynasty" shortly, and has shared a couple of songs from it. Below are streams of the tracks "Machete Lynch Mob Pacification" and the title track. Algetic, which hails from Karlsruhe, Baden used to be known as Grotesque Impalement before changing its name.
Vilipend is a Candadian destructive force which has carved out a name for itself after self-releasing two full lengths and a live album since 2009. Now, Vilipend has joined forces with A389 Recordings and is gearing up for the August 19th release of "Inamorata." The band's publicist states, "Imagine 90's metalcore ala Turmoil/Deadguy crossed with nihilistic sludge like Buzz*oven/Eyehategod - yes, it's that fucking awesome!"
Now you can check out "Inamorata" in its entirety over at Exclaim.ca here. Vilipend is also hitting the road in support of the new album with Meek Is Murder. Dates are as follows:
Aug 16 The Garrison Toronto, ON (w/ Jucifer)
Aug 18 Suburban Blend Jamestown, NY
Aug 19 The Worthen House Lowell, MA
Aug 20 Lit Lounge New York, NY
Aug 21 Kung Fu Necktie Philadelphia, PA
Aug 22 Ottobar Baltimore, MD
Aug 23 Kopec Pittsburgh, PA
Aug 24 Rake's End Cincinnatti, OH
Aug 25 Township Chicago, IL
The U.K. metallers Monuments will be releasing their debut full-length album, "Gnosis," this August 27th in Europe and September 25th in North America. A new teaser trailer for the upcoming "97% Static" video has now been posted online, and can be viewed below. You can also listen to the previously posted song "Degenerate" at this location.
The album's track listing is:
1. Admit Defeat
4. The Uncollective
5. Blue Sky Thinking
6. 97% Static
7. Empty Vessels Make The Most Noise
9. Denial More...
Washington's Envisionist has just released a new album online titled "Dystopian Sequence," which is now available for streaming or name-your-price download. Listen to the new tunes in the player below or over at the Envisionist bandcamp page here.
The track listing for the album is as follows:
1. Retrogression 00:56
2. Remove And Contain 03:47
3. Custody 04:25
4. Absence 00:55
5. Sentry 05:02
6. Stabilize 01:40
7. Dystopian Sequence I: Simulations 05:49
8. Dystopian Sequence II: De-Evolution 02:07 More...
Brooklyn sludge rock instigators Hull today announce a short run of tour dates to close out the Summer. Set to commence on August 25th in Annandale, Virginia, the band will hit seven cities, including an appearance on the Mutants Of The Monster Fest II Labor Day Weekend. This will mark Hull's first tour without longtime guitarist Drew Mack.
Comments the band in a collective statement: “We are honored to perform at Mutants Of The Monster II Festival in Little Rock organized by, none other than, CT of Rwake, Slow Southern Steel, Iron Tongue, et al. We are very excited to get back on the road and pay homage to the land, in this next chapter of HULL. Baptized in blood, ye hath forge thine surrender to the night.”
8/25/2012 The Cellar Door – Annandale, VA w/ Auroboros
8/26/2012 BP House – Richmond, VA
8/27/2012 Chapel Hill Underground – Chapel Hill, NC w/ Caltrop, Systems
8/28/2012 529 – Atlanta, GA w/ Stallone, Hawks
8/29/2012 Spring Street Fire House – Birmingham, AV w/ Black Hole Kids, Central Fires
8/31/2012 Mutants Of The Monster II Fest – Little Rock, AR w/ Rwake, The Ascent Of Everest
9/01/2012 Springwater – Nashville, TN w/ Hellbender More...
Chaos Records has announced the second offering from Swedish deathpunk commandos Turbocharged on September 2nd. Titled "Christ Zero," the MCD is 25-minutes of anti-Christian warfare propaganda, including five tracks of theme-based blasphemy. A limited edition (500 copies) four-panel digipak will also be available. Mastered by Rikard Lofgren at Leon Music Studios (Vomitory, Enforcer), the new EP picks up where 2010's "AntiXtian" left off. Chaos Records is currently streaming the track "G-Virus," which we have for you below before the tracklisting.
1. The Impression
2. Christ Zero
3. Holy Man
5. Campaign of Hate
6. In Heaven There is No Hatred
7. The Awakening
8. The Atheist Impulse
Germany's Eis has will release new album "Wetterkreuz" on September 28th, 2012 and the band has now issued the following announcement about the track listing:
"The last remaining song titles for 'Wetterkreuz:' The last album track is 'Bei den Sternen,' plus a cover version of Sun of the Slepless' 'Thou whose face hath felt the winter's wind' on the digibook and Gatefold LP versions. Concerning the additional remix album, 'Bei den Sternen' is reworked to an ambient version by S.atyrus S.ancti and entitled 'Seventy-two seconds.' So we have:
1. Mann aus Stein
2. Auf kargen Klippen
4. Am Abgrund
5. Bei den Sternen
6. Bonus: Thou Whose Face Hath Felt The Winter's Wind (Sun Of The Sleepless cover song)
1. Captivus ("Mann aus Stein" reworked by S.atyrus S.ancti)
2. Auf kargen Klippen (remixed by Duncan Patterson of Alternative 4)
3. Wetterkreuz - Odyssey remix (reworked by Kai Reidenbach of Out Of Mind)
4. Am Abgrund - Laudanum induced mix (reworked by The Gentleman and Henry Hyde Bronsdon of A Forest Of Stars)
5. 72 Seconds ("Bei den Sternen" reworked by S.atyrus S.ancti) More...
Swedish death metal legends At The Gates have announced that they will be heading to Australia this Autumn for a short series of shows, beginning on October 31st. The band has recently been performing on the Summer festival circuit, including stops at the MetalCamp and Brutal Assault festivals.
The Austrlian tour dates are as follows:
October 31 - The HIFI - Brisbane, Australia
November 1 - Metro Theatre - Sydney, Australia
November 2 - Billboard - Melbourne, Australia
November 3 - Capitol - Perth, Australia
Now in their twenty third year as a band, Northern Ireland's, Therapy? are still going strong having released one quality album after another. Their latest record, "A Brief Crack Of Light" will be hitting the shelves in North America next month, and MetalUnderground.com had the chance to speak with frontman Andy Cairns about the album, as well as when fans can expect them to cross the Atlantic, plans for the future and Prime Minister David Cameron.
Diamond Oz: First of all, thank you very much for taking the time to answer these questions. I’d like to start with your new album, "A Brief Crack Of Light" which will be released in the United States next month. Can you explain the meaning behind the title?
Andy Cairns: Hi, thanks for the interview, we're really excited that this album is getting a release in North America.
The album title comes from a quote by the Russian writer, Nabokov "the cradle hangs above an abyss and common sense tells us our existence is a brief crack of light between two eternities of darkness". We felt the title fitted in with all the existential themes on the album. Watching life in all it's little dramas and absurdities all played out in such a short time span.
Diamond Oz: The album has been available in Europe since February. Why did it take so much longer for the record to be released in North America?
Cairns: We had to get the right people to put it out. We wanted to make sure that our North American fans could get a chance to be aware of the record and get their hands on it. A few of the people we talked to earlier didn't understand the band so we held off.More...
Former Nightwish vocalist Tarja Turunen posted videos for the songs "Into the Sun" and "In for a Kill." The songs were taken from the upcoming double live album/DVD entitled "Act I." The release is due to drop on August 24, 2012 (EU) and September 4, 2012 (North America) through Ear Music in 2-CD, 2-DVD and Blu-Ray format.
Check out "Into the Sun" here:
Check out "In for A Kill" here:
Former Angra/Symphonia and current Viper vocalist Andre Matos is set to release his third solo album "The Turn of the Lights" on August 22, 2012 through Avalon Online. The album marks the first since the 2009 release "Mentalize." Matos' solo band also consists of former Angra guitarist Andre Hernandes, current Viper guitarist Hugo Mariutti and Aclla bassist Bruno Ladislaus.
The track listing for "The Turn of the Lights" is as follows:
2. Course of Life
3. The Turn of The LIghts
6. On Your Own
9. White Summit
11. Sometimes More...
Symphonic metal band Kamelot unveiled the artwork for the forthcoming LP "Silverthorn," which is scheduled for release on October 30th in North America, October 26th in Germany and October 29th in the rest of Europe via Steamhammer/SPV. It will receive its Japanese release October 24th via King Records.
The LP and limited edition will have one version of the art, while the standard version of "Silverthorn" will have a different variation. The standard version will be presented as an Ecolbook. The limited edition box contains the Ecolbook, a bonus CD with nearly 60 minutes of music, a 44 page book and an exclusive poster. The double LP version is a gatefold on colored vinyl and includes the CD.
Guitarist Thomas Youngblood commented on the artwork:
"Artist Stefan Heilemann captured the true essence of the story and the main character. The booklet and 44 page book is packed with amazing images!"