Metal News for August 18, 2011
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31 news articles posted on this day.
Norwegian metal sons Leprous have seen their brand of progressive rock-meets-metal gaining traction in the scene lately, with new material coming out soon and recently reaching a wider audience by acting as solo artist Ihsahn's backing band.
"Bilateral," the band's third full-length, sees official release at the end of the month and will be a must-have for fans of prog rock or avant-garde metal. In anticipation of the coming opus, Leprous vocalist / keyboardist Einar Solberg got in touch with Metalunderground.com to discuss the sound of the album, working with Ihsahn in the studio, and appearing on the latest StarOfAsh album as a guest musician.
Einar also shared his thoughts on the band's changes over three albums, and how the recent terrorist attack in his native Norway has affected the Norwegian people. More...
Three years after "Destination: Nowhere," Necroblaspheme has announced the completion of the upcoming EP "XXVI: The Deeper, The Better."
Recorded at Studio Sainte-Marthe (France) with Francis Caste (Kickback, Arkon Infaustus, Bukowski, Hangman's Chair, Comity, etc ...) during the winter of 2011, the EP will consist of six new titles, including a cover the band describes as "unexpected." You can check out new material from the EP in the player provided below.
Balkan based atmospheric black metal act Macabrum has signed a deal with S.D.I. Produktionen from Germany to release the band's first full-length album entitled "Monument of Eternal Grief..." The band commented on the album:
"On a new album we've mixed all kind of different influences from our past, from classical to black metal music. Therefore, we used piano as a main instrument on some songs accompanied with violins, choir and cellos. Classical music always had a huge influence on us and we think that every listener will find that connection on this album. It is over 50 minutes long and it truly represents everything we stand for. We will not deny that it was a tough work to make it sound the best way possible, but now as we listen to it, we feel so damn proud that we succeeded in our goal."
"Monument of Eternal Grief..." will see release this Autumn, and a teaser for the release can be found below.
Slovakian death metal act Perversity has announced the release of the band's upcoming fourth album "Ablaze" through Lavadome Productions on August 31st, 2011.
You can check out a track from the release, titled “Merciless Messiah,” by heading over to Perversity's Bandcamp page at this location.
Hot off the heels of the band's stint on the Vans' Warped Tour this summer, The Acacia Strain has announced a U.S. headlining tour this fall. The month-long "God Damn Tour" will see the group supported by Terror, Stray From The Path, and Harms Way. The Acacia Strain is supporting last year's "Wormwood" and this summer's limited edition double live CD "The Most Known Unknown."
The Acacia Strain's upcoming tour dates are as follows:
10/5 Bangkok, TH - The Rock #
10/8 Manila, Philippines- Venue Hall #
10/10 Nagoya, Japan- Bottom Line %
10/11 Tokyo, Japan- O-East %
10/12 Osaka, Japan- Big Cat %
10/26 Albany, NY - Northern Lights &
10/27 Jermyn, PA - Eleanor Rigby's &
10/28 Pittsburgh, PA - Altar Bar &
10/29 Columbus, OH - The Outland &
10/30 Detroit, MI - Magic Stick &
10/31 Indianapolis, IN - Emerson Theatre &
11/1 Des Moines, IA - Vaudeville Mews &
11/3 Denver, CO - Summit Music Hall &
11/4 Salt Lake City, UT - In The Venue &
11/5 Boise, ID - The Venue &
11/6 Spokane, WA - The A Club &
11/7 Seattle, WA - El Corazon &
11/8 Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theatre &
11/10 Oakland, CA - Oakland Metro &
11/11 Anaheim, CA - Chain Reaction &
11/12 Anaheim, CA - Chain Reaction &
11/13 San Diego, CA - Soma &
11/14 Tempe, AZ - The Clubhouse Music Venue &
11/16 Houston, TX - Warehouse Live Studio &
11/17 Austin, TX - Emo's Inside &
11/18 San Antonio, TX - White Rabbit &
11/19 Dallas, TX - The Door &
11/20 Tulsa, OK - The Marquee &
11/21 Sauget, IL - Pop's &
11/22 Chicago, IL - Reggie's Rock Club &
11/25 Cleveland, OH - Peabody's Down Under &
11/26 Syracuse, NY - Lost Horizon &
# w/ Every Time I Die
% w/ Unearth, Every Time I Die
& God Damn Tour w/ Terror, Stray From The Path, and Harm's Way
Revolver Magazine is currently streaming "Three Snake Leaves," the opening track off Landmine Marathon's fourth album, "Gallows," which is due out September 27th, 2011. Check out "Three Snake Leaves" by heading over here.
The "Gallows" artwork is available at this location, and the track listing is as follows:
1. Three Snake Leaves
2. Cutting Flesh And Bone
3. Knife From My Sleeve
4. Liver And Lungs
5. Dead Horses
6. Cloaked In Red
7. Beaten And Left Blind
Norway's Wolves Like Us has posted the track "Burns Like a Paper Rose" online through Noisecreep. The track features guest vocals from Gared O'Donnell of Planes Mistaken For Stars, and you can hear the song and read an interview with the band at this location.
"Burns Like a Paper Rose" is taken off the "Late Love" album, which will see its North American release on September 13th, 2011 through Prosthetic Records.
The band is touring later this year in Europe with Kvelertak and label mates Trap Them. You can also check out the Wolves Like Us music video for "Deathless" by heading over here.
Toronto's Bolero has released the new music video "Pints Held High" online in support of the band's debut release "Voyage From Vinland."
"We (Bolero) are extremely happy and excited to have finally released our debut music video! The filming went very smoothly over the production period and we can't be any happier with the work by director/ producer Garrett Henry provided us with," commented vocalist/bassist Morgan Rider.
Indestructible Noise Command and Revolvermag.com have teamed up to bring fans the debut of aq new music video for "Swallowed," cut from the band’s new album "Heaven Sent…Hellbound" (reviewed here). Check out the video clip below.
"Heaven Sent…Hellbound" is set to release next Tuesday, August 23rd on Rising Records with distribution through Candlelight Records.
Roadrunner Records has posted a video interview online with new Dream Theater drummer Mike Mangini, which was taken from the High Voltage Festival in the UK. You can check out the interview below.
Dream Theater's new album "A Dramatic Turn of Events" is due out on September 13th, 2011.
Structures has checked in with a video clip during the Slaughter Survivors Tour to talk about the band's upcoming album out later this year. Check out the clip below.
Dead Letter Circus has posted a teaser trailer online for the band's new album "This is the Warning," which was released last month in North America through Sumerian Records. Check out the clip in the player below.
French Christian metal act Betraying the Martyrs recently signed to Sumerian Records for the release of "Breathe in Life."
Betraying the Martyrs has now posted a track from the album online. Check out "Because of You" in the player below. "Breathe in Life" is set for release on September 20th, 2011.
The Faceless has checked in from the studio during the recording of the band's new album, which is due out this Fall 2011 on Sumerian Records. Check out the clip below. More details on the upcoming release will be announced as they are made available.
Czech Republic based metal band Seven has posted a new video clip online for the song "Get It," which can be viewed below. "Get It" is taken off the "Freedom Call" album, due out on September 2nd, 2011 via Nuclear Blast.
Seven also recently previously posted a music video online for the song "No Surrender." Check out the clip here.
The album's track listing is as follows:
1. Freedom Call
2. Brain Eater
3. Get It
4. The Road
5. So Scarred
6. Suicide Fall
8. Wild In The Night
9. The Joker
10. You Steal My Breath
11. To Hell
12. War Within
13. Autumn In The Rose Garden (bonus)
14. No Surrender (bonus)
The Atlas Moth has posted a new song online titled "Holes in the Desert" through Pitchfork.com, which is taken off the upcoming album "An Ache For The Distance." Head over here to check out the track.
The album is set for release on September 20th, 2011, and the track listing is as follows:
1. Coffin Varnish
2. Perpetual Generations
3. Holes In The Desert
5. An Ache For The Distance
6. 25s And The Royal Blues
8. Your Calm Waters
9. Horse Thieves
Macabre is a musical entity all of its own. Sure, the Chicago-area group pens songs about the most notorious killers in history. Their music often shares characteristics of death metal, and they often tour with death metal bands. However, death metal is an erroneous tag. Aspects of grind and thrash are also apparent in the band’s music, but their use of other genres besides rock music has resulted in a black-humored concoction known as “murder metal.”
Obviously, the murder metal tag became most apparent when the group named their album that in 2003, but the idea of utilizing other forms of music to accentuate their metal songs goes back much further. The “Sinister Slaughter” album from 1993 featured saloon-style piano notes (“Vampire of Düsseldorf”) and a campfire, sing-a-long acoustic (“Mary Bell"). The group took it even further on their follow up full-length “Dahmer.” A musical based on the life of convicted cannibal killer, Jeffry Dahmer, said album featured the Blues (“Jeffry Dahmer Blues”), a parody of the Umpa lumpa song featured in “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” (“Jeffry Dahmer and the Chocolate Factory”) and several nursery rhymes like “Grandmother’s House” and “Scrub a Dub Dub.”
The contrast of musical styles—metal meets nursery rhyme and so forth—gives Macabre comic qualities. Even though they write songs on taboo subject matter, their songs guarantee sing-a-longs. The group’s latest album, “Grim Scary Tales,” offers more necromantic nursery rhymes. Guitarist/singer, Corporate Death chatted with Metal Underground about his sordid subjects, using non-metal forms of music and a new album in the works. More...
The Nurso Experience, which features Nick Durso of NoLoveLost, posted a new song online titled "The Peacemakers." You can check out the track below, or find more info on the band by heading over to The Nurso Experience's Facebook page.
A video clip has been posted online of Opeth hitting a record store, which can be viewed below. Roardrunner Records also commented on the clip:
"Every Opeth fan knows that the band members are heavily influenced by vintage sounds, from classic metal to '70s prog-rock. In this exclusive video clip, Mikael Åkerfeldt and Fredrik Åkesson go record shopping at New Jersey's Vintage Vinyl. In the process, they talk about record collecting (Mikael is a major, and well-known, vinyl junkie), the bands that they love, and more. Check it out below!"
Opeth will be releasing the new album "Heritage" on September 20th, 2011 through Roadrunner Records. The track listing is as follows:
2. The Devil's Orchard
3. I Feel the Dark
8. The Lines in My Hand
10. Marrow of the Earth
Textures has teamed up with Revolver to stream the new song "Reaching Home" online, which is taken off the band's "Dualism" album. Head over to this location to check out the track.
The new album "Dualism" will see release on September 23rd, 2011 (Europe, Asia, Australia, South America) and September 27th, 2011 (North America) via Nuclear Blast Records. The "Dualism" track listing is as follows:
1. Arms of the Sea
2. Black Horses Stampede
3. Reaching Home
4. Sanguine Draws the Oath
5. Consonant Hemispheres
6. Burning The Midnight Oil
8. Minor Earth, Major Skies
9. Stoic Resignation
11. Sketches from a Motionless Statue
Pitchfork is currently streaming “Beyond The Lightless Sky,” the title track off Hull’s upcoming new full-length, set for release on October 11th, 2011 via The End Records. The follow-up to the band’s Sole Lord debut was co-produced by Brett Romnes and mixed by Billy Anderson.
Check out “Beyond The Lightless Sky” by heading over to this location.
"Beyond The Lightless Sky" features guest appearances by vocalist Jarboe, keys/ambiance by Fade Kainer (Batillus/Jarboe/Inswarm ), and cello by Joe Merolla, with artwork by Tamara Waite-Santibanez. The track listing is as follows:
1. Earth From Water
2. Just A Trace of Early Dawn
3. Beyond The Lightless Sky
4. Curling Winds
5. Fire Vein
6. Wake The Heavens, Reveal The Sun
7. False Priest
8. A Light That Shone From Aside The Sea
9. In Death, Truth
Back four years after the band's label debut, U.K. act Awake return with a brand new album titled "Forever More" via Lion Music on October 14th, 2011. You can check out the new song "Bleed For You" after the jump, and the band also commented on the upcoming album:
"Taking a step onwards from their debut 'Illumination', Awake have delivered a heavier grittier sound second time round that retains the melodies and depth of its critically acclaimed predecessor. 'Forever More' also marks the first album recorded with new guitar duo, the brothers Andy and Steven Coles who have brought stability to the band not to mention bringing a new dimension to heavier sound heard on the new album.
"The journey for this album started around a year after 'Illumination' was released. The bands former guitarist left (Richard Hall) and the group were keen to move on with new members when writing the new album. After thorough and extensive auditioning Andy Coles joined around June 2008 and the early ideas for the new album were formed. 'Release Me' was the first song written and came from a keyboard 'riff' that Craig came in with. Steven Coles joined the band by February 2009 and a break in writing was taken for the band to go out on the road with Magnum again. After this writing resumed and the album took shape over the next year or so. Pre-production took place in February 2010, final adjustments were made (including the inclusion of female backing vocals-Jennifer Hardy), and full recording took place April/May 2010."
On the "Forever More" lyrical slant the band states, "We wanted to convey our own personal experiences with love and loss and the hardships you face when you lose someone close to you. We hope that this is something people in general can relate to and we hope they can find meaning within the songs. More...
Azarath has announced it will be taking part in both the upcoming "Blasphemer's Campaign" and "Hatefest 2011" European tours. Details on the shows are available below.
Blasphemer's Campaign 2011 with Bulldozer, Witchmaster, and Deus Mortem
02.09.2011 LUBLIN (PL) - Grafitti (+ Infernal War)
03.09.2011 KRAKÓW (PL) - Kwadrat
04.09.2011 RZESZÓW (PL) - Live
05.09.2011 KATOWICE (PL) - MegaClub (+ Infernal War)
06.09.2011 WROCLAW (PL) - Firlej
07.09.2011 POZNAN (PL) - Blue Note
08.09.2011 WARSZAWA (PL) - Progresja (+ Infernal War)
09.09.2011 BYDGOSZCZ (PL) - Estrada Stage Bar
10.09.2011 GDYNIA (PL) - Ucho
Hatefest 2011 with Kataklysm, Triptykon, Marduk, Milking the Goatmachine, Azarath, Dawn of Disease
Metalfest Winter Edition
2011-12-02 DE - Oberhausen Turbinenhalle
2011-12-03 DE - Gießen Hessenhallen More...
Hatebreed has issued the following announcement about canceling the band's Carnival of Chaos appearance and instead playing a free show in its place tonight:
"Due to circumstances beyond our control, Hatebreed will not be playing Carnival of Chaos Thursday, August 18th, instead Hatebreed will be doing a free show, that's right, a free show in it's place at Intersection. Come on out to the Intersection Thursday night where we will paying tribute to you, our Michigan Diehards!"
Details are as follows:
133 Grandville Ave. SW
Grand Rapids, Mi, 49503
616 451 8232
Doors: 7:00 PM
Show: 8:00 PM
Local (TBD) 8:00 – 8:30 PM
Local (TBD) 8:45 – 9:15 PM
HATEBREED: 9:30 PM – ???
Times Of Grace, the band featuring Killswitch Engage guitarist Adam D. and former Killswitch Engage vocalist Jesse Leach, has posted their new music video online for the song, "Live In Love." You can check it out below. The video was filmed on the streets of Massachusetts and was directed by Tim Dennesen. The video was also made to highlight the work of the Rise Above Foundation, which works to provide children in foster care with activities.
Jesse leach commented on the video, saying, "I am excited for this video to come out. I feel like we did a different approach to the typical performance video. I enjoyed the shoot and the day we spent driving around to different locations. I feel strongly about the message of compassion and love. I hope we are able to help change a child's life through weriseabove.org or at the very least inspire others to reach outside themselves and make a difference. I want nothing more than for our music to have a positive impact in this world. One love to all!"
Director Tim Dennesen also weighed in, saying, "'Live In Love' sends a powerful message. Anthony Jarvis, the director of photography, and I wanted to give raw visuals to this message to help spread awareness. It was a mystical quest, and a lot of fun to work with Times Of Grace."
Rise Above was equally thrilled about partnering with the band to spread their message and their mission, saying, "We're honored that Times Of Grace identified Rise Above as the Massachusetts charity to spotlight in this video. Working with a band with strong roots in Massachusetts is a great way to advocate for the youth in foster care that we serve. We are proud to be part of such a powerful effort to bring critical social issues to the surface."
Dutch symphonic death metal opera band Mayan, which recently released a music video for the song "War on Terror," has now announced a string of upcoming tour dates. The currently announced details are as follows:
29-9 Perron 55, Venlo, Netherlands
30-9 Tivoli de Helling, Utrecht, Netherlands
1-10 JOC, Ieper, Belgium
2-10 Gigant, Apeldoorn, Netherlands
22-11 Club Chocolate, Santiago, Chile
24-11 Teatro Colegiales, Buenos Aires, Argentina
26-11 Carioca Club, São Paulo, Brazil
27-11 Fundicao Progresso, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
28-11 Music Hall, Curitiba, Brazil
Mayan is touring in support of the band's new album "Quarterpast." You can check out Metalunderground.com's review of the album here.
Ministry frontman Al Jourgensen was recently interviewed by British metal publication Metal Hammer, during which, he revealed why he decided to bring Ministry back from retirement after three years, as well as some revelations regarding a new album from the group. An excerpt from the interview reads as follows:
So how did the resurrection of Ministry come about?
“While I was working on [the Buck Satan record], me and Mike Scaccia from Rigor Mortis fucked around to pass the time and we had like, 5,6,7 songs and I didn’t really want to do anything with them but Mikey was like, “dude these songs are awesome.” They weren’t country, they were more like Ministry. So he’s coming by in September and Tommy Victor’s coming by in October with Tony Campos and we’re gona finish up and put out another Ministry album by Christmas called ‘Relapse.’”
Interesting title for a record…
“Well, I’m clean living but it’s like I’m relapsing back into the world of Ministry.”
So what are your immediate plans for touring?
“The doctors told me to keep it light so we’re doing four shows in the States next June. The Nokia theatre in LA, the Vic theatre in Chicago – we’ll add second shows if those sell out – Denver at the Ogden Theatre, and one night at the Nokia theatre in New York and that’s our whole American tour. That’s it. And then we go to Europe and I’m gonna do a couple of festivals and club shows. We’re gona do a limited tour, it’ll be like 5/6 weeks. Maybe 20, 21 shows and just see how it works.”
Read the full article at Metal Hammer.
American heavy metal veterans, Quiet Riot, has posted a trailer online for their forthcoming documentary movie, "Well Now You're Here, There's No Way Back." You can check it out below. The film is currently in production with a release date to be set for some time in 2012. A synopsis for the film reads as follows:
"Our story follows Frankie Banali, a world renown drummer you probably remember from the 80's band Quiet Riot. As a single soccer dad in the suburbs, his long hair and tattoos frighten the neighbors, but to other drummers he's a hero. His career took a major sideswipe when his singer Kevin DuBrow died in 2007. At a cross roads in his life he must forge ahead and make a new life for himself and his daughter.
"This film takes a trip back through time to the decade of debauchery and decadence. Real home videos shot backstage, on the tour bus, in the recording studio, and in hotel rooms with one of the 80's top platinum selling bands and most notorious bad boys. Never before seen footage from the milestones in Frankie's long career in music and his personal life now. Funny, and deeply personal and poignant exploration of Frankie's long time friendship with his band mate Kevin DuBrow. The loss of his close friend and his career as he knew it, and his life after Kevin. Follow his journey at his current moment of truth. As he goes through the ups and downs of having to fill the void left by his singer and friend Kevin DuBrow and continue on with Quiet Riot." More...
According to The Associated Press, Behemoth frontman Adam "Negal" Darski was found innocent today in a Polish court, after being on trial for ripping pages out of a Bible and labelling it, "a deceitful book" at a concert in 2007. He was being charged for the crime of insulting religious feelings, an offense which can carry a sentence of two years imprisonment in the predominantly Catholic country of Poland. Darski was cleared of the charges when he explained that the show where the tearing took place was a closed event in which only those who had purchased tickets attended and knew what to expect, a statement held up when questioned audience members stated that they were not offended by Darski's actions or comments. More...
Read the full article at The Associated Press.
To commemorate their 100th release on their 10th anniversary, XTREEM MUSIC is giving away a free "double CD" label sampler for download. The fourth label sampler, this free download showcases 24 bands from past, present and upcoming releases on the XTREEM CULT SERIES, spanning almost two hours. Cover artwork is courtesy of Finnish cult artist Turkka Rantanen (Demigod, Demilich, Paganizer, Adramelech, Depravity, Ribspreader...)
Here's the tracklisting:
1. Demigod - As I Behold I Despise
2. Rottrevore - Conspiracised
3. Funebre - Shiver
4. Revenant - The Burning Ground
5. Sacrilege - Insurrection
6. Dissect - Gals of the Eternal Solstice
7. Adramelech - Heroes in Godly Blaze
8. Morpheus Descends - The Way of All Flesh
9. Lethal Aggression - Outcast/Proud Johnny/I'll Fight
10. Unbounded Terror - Dreamlord
11. Cartilage - Why Do I Watch the Dawn?
12. Apparition - Curse of the Sunrise
1. Demilich - The Echo (Replacement)
2. Supuration - Hypertrophy - Sordid and Outrageous Emanation
3. Multiplex - Raise the Ecstatic
4. Purtenance - A Dark Cloud Arises
5. Necrophiliac - Gorefruit Trasure
6. Killing Addiction - Omega Factor
7. Abhorer - Abandonment of Chastity
8. Disgrace - Unity's Interlude Dyes Blind Tomorrow
9. Apostasy - Fraud in the Name of God
10. Phlegethon - Ornaments
11. Altar - Nothing Human
12. Absorbed - Off-World Endeavour
Stop by the Xtreem Music compilation page to get all four of the label's samplers for free download.
Montreal-based melodic/ambient metal band Project Versus is currently finishing up a few summer shows before taking a break to prepare for their upcoming tour: The Legacy Tour. For this year, the tour will only take place in the province of Quebec, but plans are being made for a broader tour in Spring next year.
The band is also finishing up their upcoming EP release that will contain eight new tracks. The EP is due to release on December 17th, 2011 and new shirts, pins and posters will also be available.
The writing process of the third album has begun as well, and the recording of a video clip is under way.
Here are the latest Project Versus shows and tour dates:
2011-08-20 \ Camping Jardins d'Eau, Marieville / Urban Aliens * Insurrection * Virulys * Project Versus * Social Fictions * Vaginal Scars * Terminal Phase * Hardcorps
2011-08-21 \ Foufounes Électriques, Mtl / Les Krugers * Project Versus * Paretic Dementia * Ogénix
Legacy Launch mini-tour 2011:
2011-09-10 \ Deathouse, Montréal / Project Versus * Aenygmist * Molt
2011-09-23 \ To be confirmed
2011-09-24 \ Bistro du Vieux Longueil, Longueil / Pallor Mortis * Kadraal * Project Versus * Era Of Confusion * Hardcorps
2011-09-30 \ To be confirmed
2011-10-01 \ Bugsy, Varennes / Insanitarium * Project Versus * Murder The Elite * Les Damnés (Event TBC)
2011-10-07 \ To be confirmed
2011-10-08 \ Vieux Moulin, Ormstown / Gottweist * Project Versus * Sans Amertume * Virulys * Terminal Phase
2011-10-14 \ To be confirmed
2011-10-15 \ Le Saloon, Sherbrooke / Smelly Pedros * Project Versus * Virulys + Guest
2011-11-05 \ Le Barok, St-Jean-sur-Richelieu / Project Versus * No Place For Heroes + Guest
2011-11-12 \ L'Agité, Québec, Daedelean Complex * Project Versus * Manslaughter Project ( Event TBC)
2011-12-17 \ L'Alizée, Mtl / Project Versus * Opusculus * No Place For Heroes + Guest More...