Metal News for August 18, 2014
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34 news articles posted on this day.
The Lurking Corpses today reveals the cover artwork for upcoming album "Workin' For The Devil," which was created by Scott Jackson of Monsterman Graphics.
The album is due out via Hells Headbangers on October 14th, 2014, and the full track listing is as follows:
1. Workin' For the Devil
2. The Gate
3. The Leech and the Worm
5. Blind Dead Arise
6. She's Alone Again
7. Dead Fuck
8. Lady Frankenstein
9. You're Dead
10. Love Fades Away
11. No One Will
12. In Hell (I Wait for You)
13. Christina is Dead
14. The Legend of the Swamp Hag
15. Tormentor [Slayer cover] More...
Following a recent stomp through New Zealand and Australia, North Carolina crossover act Corrosion Of Conformity is readying to kick off a short run of West Coast live assaults.
The near two-week trek will commence tomorrow in Spokane, and come to a close in Vancouver on September 1st. The band will be joined by Bl'ast!, Brant Bjork & The Low Desert Punk Band, and Lord Dying.
Corrosion Of Conformity will be touring in support of the fittingly titled "IX" full-length released last month via Candlelight Records (reviewed here). See the band live on these dates:
8/19/2014The Hop - Spokane, WA
8/21/2014 In The Venue - Salt Lake City, UT
8/22/2014 Summit Music Hall - Denver, CO
8/23/2014 Sister - Albuquerque, NM
8/24/2014 Club Red - Mesa, AZ
8/26/2014 Brick By Brick - San Diego, CA
8/27/2014 The Roxy - Los Angeles, CA
8/28/2014 DNA - San Francisco, CA
8/29/2014 Catalyst - Santa Cruz CA
8/30/2014 Dante's - Portland, OR
8/31/2014 El Corazon - Seattle, WA
9/01/2014 The Rickshaw Theater - Vancouver, BC More...
Upon Shadows has released a new instrumental album based on the seven stages of grief. You can stream the album below, and the track listing is as follows:
1. Shock 03:56
2. Denial 04:32
3. Anger 05:34
4. Understanding 07:55 (watch the music video here)
5. Guilt 04:48
6. Depression 05:55
7. Acceptance 03:48
Cycles Within Cycles is a precursor to post-rock/metal outfit The Clouds Will Clear, which recently released a self-titled EP via Bleeding Light Records.
Now, Bleeding Light will also issue a digital and limited cassette version of Cycles Within Cycles lone work, "Mouths of Rivers." The label comments:
"Highly cinematic with rich texture and dramatic voice over samples sweep across this four song EP in short order, but leave a lasting impression. An intriguing document and insight of what was to come and what will continue in the future with The Clouds Will Clear.
"The cassette release will be limited to 35 copies and will be available through Bleeding Light Records along with a 'name your price' digital version on September 9th. Pre-orders will be available soon." More...
Ghost Brigade has begun writing for a fourth album, which will see release via Season of Mist. Regarding the forthcoming work, the band said:
"Right now we are working on new material for the next album and I don't know, somehow all this feels like a new beginning. Everyone's super-motivated and we are rehearsing more actively than ever before."
In the meantime, Ghost Brigade is offering the track "Clawmaster" as a free download at Bandcamp here. "Clawmaster" is taken from the band's latest full length, "Until Fear No Longer Defines Us." More...
India's Kryptos has issued the following statement about an upcoming European tour:
"As part of the Wacken Roadshow 2014 we are proud to announce our biggest European tour yet. We will be hitting the shores of Europe with Graveworm, Emergency Gate and Tenside this September for a massive three week tour spanning across countries like Germany, Belgium, Italy, Austria, Hungary, Slovakia, Czech Republic and Switzerland.
"The Apollyon Rising tour kicks off on the 19th Metal Dayz festival together with other killer bands like Dark Tranquillity, Tankard, Alpha Tiger, Edguy and many more.
"A major round of cheers to ICS, Thomas, Holger & Miriam, Enno from ENORM Music, Sabrina from Seaside Touring, All Access, Mario Lochert, Udo Simon, Timo and everyone at AFM Records for their amazing support.
"Watch out Europe, we’re bringing a storm of denim and leather all the way from India. Hail to the old school \m/"
Dates are as follows:
19.09.14 (DE) Hamburg Metal Dayz
25.09.14 (DE) Hamburg - Knust
26.09.14 (DE) Oberhausen - Helvete
27.09.14 (DE) Leipzig - Theaterfabrik
28.09.14 (DE) Berlin - K17
29.09.14 (DE) Augsburg - Spectrum
30.09.14 (DE) Köln- MTC Club
01.10.14 (DE) Wiesbaden - Schlachthof
02.10.14 (BE) Maasmechelen – Rockclub Jan Hertog
03.10.14 (IT) Bruneck - UFO
04.10.14 (AT) Wörgl - Komma
05.10.14 (AT) Vienna - Aera
06.10.14 (HU) Budapest - Dürer Kert
07.10.14 (SK) Bratislava - Randal Club
08.10.14 (CZ) Prague – Klub Nová Chelmnice
09.10.14 (DE) Nuremberg - Rockfabrik
10.10.14 (DE) Weimar - Atrium
11.10.14 (CH) Pratteln - Z7 More...
Seattle's Blood of Kings and Portland's Hessian have just finalized all tour dates for their upcoming "Bachelor Of Starvation" tour.
Both bands are touring in support of new albums: Blood of Kings recently released "Starvation," and Hessian is set to release "Bachelor of Black Arts" on September 1st.
Stream the entirety of "Starvation" below, and you can also check out a video clip for Hessian's "Funeral Disco" after the jump. Dates for the trek are as follows: More...
Danko Jones is happy to announce the release of the group's first official live album exclusively through Spotify. Listen to "Live At Gröna Lund" at Spotify here. The following press release was also issued:
"With close to 20 years of touring experience and a reputation as one of the best live bands in the world it would have been wrong not to at least try and capture the energy of the Danko Jones live show on tape with the recording taken from their only show in Europe this year – at the legendary Gröna Lund amusement park in Stockholm, Sweden on May 16th. Their relation to Sweden has always been a special one and has resulted in countless shows, two gold singles and top ten album chart positions, so for this show to be the pick for a live album seems only natural.
"The album contains 20 tracks of classic songs from their live repertoire and ends with 'Bring On The Mountain' – a song everyone who has ever attended a Danko JOnes concert will be familiar with – that is now being made available as a recording for the very first time.
"The band is currently finishing up a new studio album and will do a string of festival dates in Canada this fall along with an exclusive U.S. show at Motörhead’s Motörboat along with Megadeth, Anthrax and of course the hosts themselves!"
Glass Cloud will be joining Whitechapel and Upon A Burning Body this Fall on the "Our Endless War" tour. Dates will be as follows:
OCT 10 EXPO FIVE EXPO DOME Louisville, KY
OCT 11 THE MASQUERADE Atlanta, GA
OCT 12 CANNERY BALLROOM Nashville, TN
OCT 13 ZYDECO Birmingham, AL
OCT 14 BACKBOOTH Orlando, FL
OCT 15 CULTURE ROOM Ft. Lauderdale, FL
OCT 16 THE ORPHEUM Tampa, FL
OCT 18 SCOUT BAR Houston, TX
OCT 19 BACKSTAGE LIVE San Antonio, TX
OCT 20 THE DOOR Dallas, TX
OCT 21 CLUB PATRON Odessa, TX
OCT 23 NILE THEATRE Mesa, AZ
OCT 24 HARD ROCK LIVE Las Vegas, NV
OCT 25 SOMA San Diego, CA
OCT 26 SAN MANUEL AMPHITHEATER San Bernardino, CA
OCT 28 OAKLAND METRO Oakland, CA
OCT 29 HAWTHORNE THEATRE Portland, OR
OCT 31 STUDIO SEVEN Seattle, WA
NOV 1 KNITTING FACTORY Boise, ID
NOV 2 MURRAY THEATER Murray, UT
NOV 3 THE SUMMIT MUSIC HALL Denver, CO
NOV 5 WOOLY'S Des Moines, IA
NOV 6 THE BOTTOM LOUNGE Chicago, IL
NOV 7 MAGIC STICK Detroit, MI
NOV 10 GRAMERCY THEATRE New York, NY
NOV 13 THE OTTOBAR Baltimore, MD
NOV 14 THE NORVA Norfolk, VA More...
At long last, after 11 years defiling the underground, Canada's Necroholocaust delivers debut album, "Holocaustic Goat Metal," due out via Iron Bonehead on September 29th, 2014. The label also comments:
"One of Canada's best-kept secrets, Necroholocaust honor their country's venerable tradition of blackgrinding ultra-violence, as established by gods of war Blasphemy and Conqueror, as well as other foundational bands like Archgoat and Germany's Blood. Uniquely, Necroholocaust began as a studio-only project that utilized a primitive, pulsing drum-machine.
"As years went on, the band developed into a commanding live force, and further developed their barbaric onslaught across splits with Blasphemophagher, Deiphago, Obeisance, Baphomets Horns, Godslaying Hellblast, Manticore, and Satanik Goat Ritual among others. Here, on the tellingly titled Holocaustic Goat Metal, Necroholocausthave delivered their most gutsfucking, OTT material to date - literally, 'Holocaustic Goat Metal' that's neither strictly black metal, grindcore, nor death metal - and seal its fate with a powerful 'n' punishing production. Whether inciting violence and bloodshed or establishing a ritualistic trance, you will be possessed by Holocaustic Goat Metal."
The track listing is as follows:
1. Rise Of Antichrist (Victory Command)
3. Altar Of Plagues
4. Slaughter The Lamb
5. Defile The House Of God
6. Deathraid Of Intolerance
1. Inverted Christ
2. Infinite Death Prophecy
3. Bleed The Baphomet More...
Unstoppable extreme metal machine Hate has begun mixing a monstrous new album entitled "Crusade:Zero" at Hertz Studio, Poland.
The album contains nine new tracks and should be released at the end of this year via Napalm Records. "Crusade:Zero" follows previous album "Solarflesh" (reviewed here) and will be the band's first release since the death of bassist Moritifer.
Hate mainman Atf Sinner also issued the following update from the studio: "Hey everybody! We want you to know that a big step in the progress of producing 'Crusade:Zero' is done. We are happy to announce that all recordings are finished and we are in the mixing phase now.
"It all sounds extremely heavy and organic. Recently we have done a lot of work on samples with our co-producer Michal Staczkun getting every arrangement to the highest audio potential! We also had one guest appearance on the album by Filip Halucha (on the pic) known as a member of Vesania, Black River, Rootwater and ex-member of Decapitated, who recorded bass in eight of the songs. I must say we are truly glad to have him on this record!"
Decibel Magazine today presents the complete album stream for Darkness Divided's debut album, "Written In Blood." Give it a listen below.
Set for release tomorrow, August 19th, "Written In Blood" is Darkness Divided’s answer to meaningless metal. Vocalist Gerard Mora offers:
"We are so excited to share Written In Blood with everyone today! A lot went into this album, and we feel like the music and the message is something everyone can get into. We hope that it speaks to you, and we hope you enjoy the music!" More...
American doom rock outfit Mount Salem is premiering a brand new video for "Lucid," which was directed by Dave Skwarczek and can be seen below.
Recently, Mount Salem confirmed the band's first European tour in support of the "Endless" album. Dates are as follows:
25/10/14 NL - Leeuwarden - Into The Void Festival
26/10/14 DE - Hamburg - Rock Club St. Pauli
30/10/14 DK - Copenhagen - Stengade
31/10/14 DE - Paderborn - Thumbs Up Fest
01/11/14 NL - Rotterdam - Dutch Doom Days
02/11/14 UK - London - Our Black Heart
07/11/14 ES - Zaragoza - Arrebato
10/11/14 IT - Milan - Lo-Fi
11/11/14 IT - Bologna - Freakout Club
12/11/14 AT - Wien - Arena
15/11/14 DE - Würzburg - Hammer of Doom Festival
16/11/14 DE - Leipzig - Plaque
Mount Salem comments: "We are very excited to be coming overseas for our first time. Traveling is a hobby for all of us so we're thrilled to be able to see new countries, meet new people, and of course, play some music." More...
Denmark's Ferocity has issued the following announcement about starting work on an upcoming album:
"Well time for an update friends. After a well deserved summer break we have started the recording process for the new album. No tight schedule at the moment but hopefully we will be able to finish this before the end of the year.
"The new songs are slowly taking shape and sounds raw and fresh. A twist of 'The Sovereign' but slightly different and perhaps a bit more experimenting.
"Stay tuned for more as the recording process moves on..."
You can also check out the band's previous release "The Sovereign" in the Bandcamp player provided below. More...
Acrania will be joining Martyr Defiled for a U.K. tour this coming September. Dates are available below.
Martyr Defiled will be performing in support of new album "No Hope No Morality" (available for streaming in full at this location), while Acrania is about to drop new album "Totalitarian Dystopia" (reviewed here).
19/9/14 - Swansea @ Static Rock Bar & Music Venue, Swansea
20/9/14 - Farnham @ Liberal Club
21/9/14 - Peterborough @ South Grove Community Centre
22/9/14 - Bridgwater @ Bridgwater Rugby Club
23/9/14 - Plymouth @ Tiki Bar
24/9/14 - Northampton @ Racecourse
25/9/14 - Sheffield @ Southsea Live
26/9/14 - Preston @ The Adelphi Preston
27/9/14 - Selby @ The Riverside
28/9/14 - Mansfield @ The Intake Mansfield More...
A new opus from Inter Arma will arrive this fall via Relapse Records: "The Cavern" is a single-song 40+ minute epic EP, and pre-orders are now available here.
Check out a sample featuring guest vocals from Windhand's Dorthia Cottrell in the player below."The Cavern" was originally written in 2009, but has been refined over the course of the past few years.
The band was able to lay the work to tape last year during breaks from relentless touring, and the recording was captured with producer Mikey Allred at Dark Art Studios in Madison, TN, the same surroundings and setup that captured last year's monolithic "Sky Burial" LP. More...
Sacrilege Records is proud to present Woodtemple's fifth album, "Forgotten Pride," set for international release on September 30th. The label comments:
"Hailing from Austria and guided by the vision of mainman Aramath, Woodtemple have been one of the finest purveyors of pagan metal since the dawn of the new millennium. Here on Forgotten Pride, Woodtemple continue their ascent to pagan metal's highest rank with a sound which can rightly qualified as melancholic pagan metal.
"Of course, the blackened bloodlust is still the foundation of Aramath's craft - surging, cascading, triumphant - but within that bloodlust stirs an ancient sadness that then blossoms into Woodtemple's cleanest and most melodic work. Taken as a whole, Forgotten Pride defies the conventions of cliche 'pagan metal' and presents a dynamic, daring totality.
"The album will be released in a noble A5 digibook, including a 12-page booklet, and limited to 500 copies for the first pressing."
The track listing is as follows:
2. Forgotten Pride
3. Sign of the Sun
4. So Far Away
5. Eternal Silence
6. Outro More...
Magenta Harvest has issued the following announcement about heading off for the "Volatile European Waters" tour:
"Good news to all of you out there in mainland Europe! Magenta Harvest is embarking on their 1st ever European tour. As we are setting this up by ourselves we would gladly accept contributions for gas money, highway fees etc. These are gonna come out of our own pockets, so every penny is welcome.
"We are therefore now putting up a campaign where you can buy our CDs, and T-shirts. All the money will go directly towards the tour costs. We are also printing some special tour shirts that we sell through the crowd funding campaign here, they can be picked up at the venue before the show."
22.10 Prague, Czech Rep.
23.10 TBA, Germany
24.10 Berlin, Germany @ Blackland
25.10 Erlangen, Germany @ New Force
26.10 TBA, Germany
28.10 Nancy, France
29.10 Geneve, Switzerland
30.10 Brescia, Italy @ Circolo Colony
31.10 Ljubljana, Slovenia
1.11 Wien, Austria. More...
Black metal outfit Stigmhate has posted a song online taken from newly released album "Zodacare Od Zodameranu," which is out now on Bakerteam Records. Check out "Mistress Of Bone’s Mounds" in the player below.
Bakerteam Records comments: "Active in the extreme metal scene for the last 15 years, the band is back with their most obscure and oppressive album to date, both musically and lyrically."
The album was recorded and mixed between Outer Sound Studios and Destroyed Studios by Giuseppe Orlando (Novembre, Necrodeath) and Stigmhate's own guitarist Mike, and mastered at Hertz Studios (Behemoth, Vader, Decapitated). More...
Pay No Respect's new release "Hope For The Hopeless" is due out via In At The Deep End Records on August 25th. Today the full EP has been made available online for streaming, thanks to Metal Hammer.
Check it out below, and you can pre-order your copy of "Hope For The Hopeless" at this location. The track listing is as follows:
1. Hope For The Hopeless
2. One Chance
3. Face Defiance
4. This World Is Ours More...
Alitor has released a new song titled "Horror," which can be heard below. The track will appear on forthcoming album "Eternal Depression," to be released via Witches Brew later this year. Alitor is:
Marko Todorovic - Vocals/Bass
Jovan Sijan - Rhythm Guitar
Aleksandar Stevanovic - Rhythm and Lead Guitar
Stefan Djuric - Drums
U.S. prog/power metal band Artizan has launched an IndieGogo crowd funding campaign for upcoming intergalactic rock opera album "The Furthest Reaches."
See all the perks for contributing and get full details at this location.
"The Further Reaches" will be released on CD and vinyl in April of 2015 at the Keep It True festival, while all contributors will receive a digital copy of the new album three days before the worldwide release.
Tom Braden - vocals
Ty Tammeus - drums
Shamus McConney - guitars
Jon Jennings - bass More...
U.K. metal outfit Hieroglyph has released the "Freefall" EP, which is now available online for streaming online.
Give it a listen below, and if you like what you hear, you can pick up a copy at this location. The track listing is as follows:
2. Dubious Disc
4. In The Air
The "Ephemera" audio book depicts the story of the new Aeon Zen album in a dramatic and moving 4 part epic tale of futuristic struggles, loss, and rebellion.
The first part of the audio book has been posted online and can be heard below. You can also check out the band's previously released music video for "Unite" at this location.
"Ephemera" which is due for release on September 1st (Europe) and September 2nd in North America.
Inner Wound Recordings is proud to announce the signing of the U.S. progressive power metal band MindMaze.
The group's new album "Back From The Edge" will be released on October 24th in Europe and October 28th in North America. The band will be playing the DeLand Rock & Metal Festival this November, and Inner Wound Recordings also issued the following press release:
"Despite nearly unanimous praise for the songwriting on their debut album 'Mask of Lies,' the band has strived harder than ever to craft amazing songs filled with first-class musicianship, memorable hooks, and powerful melodies and riffs. The new album sees the band moving further towards forging a strong identity rather than borrowing little bits and pieces from all over their map of influences. More...
Formed in the Bavarian foothills when the second wave of black metal had grotesquely clawed out of the grave and into the unforgiving light, Dark Fortress benefited from the rotten fruits of right place and right time.
For the past two decades, Dark Fortres gone from strength to strength. Across six full-lengths, the Landshut-based sextet stretched the boundaries of black metal, while remaining pure to the tenets of a genre that pivoted (and continues to do so) solely around the axis of the dark and all that resides hideously inside of it.
Dark Fortress is now set to release Veneral Dawn on September 2nd via Century Media Records. Check out the advance track "Chrysalis" below, thanks to New Noise Magazine, and you can also pre-order the album at this location. The track listing is as follows:
1. Venereal Dawn
3. Betrayal And Vengeance
5. I Am The Jigsaw Of A Mad God
6. The Deep
9. On Fever's Wings More...
Italian thrash metal band Ancient Dome recently signed a record deal with Punishment 18 Records for the release of the band's third full-length album, "Cosmic Gateway to Infinity."
The artwork (available below) was realized by Mario Esturado Lopez Morales, known for his work with Endovein, Game Over, Repulsor, Critical Solution, Evil Invaders, and Sabbat.
The group previously released two albums with Punishment 18 Records, "Human Key" (2009) and "Perception of this World" (2010). More...
A new video clip for "Crash," a song taken off the full-length album "The Enemy Within" from Mindwars, has been posted online can be seen below.
"The Enemy Within" is the debut album of the thrash metal band (featuring Holy Terror and Jester Beast members) and is due out in physical format this Fall via Punishment 18 Records. Footage from the recording studio can also be found at this location.
Cavalera Conspiracy is gearing up to release new album "Pandemonium" via Napalm Records later this Fall.
Today the band has also released a first track cut off the album. Check out the song "Bonzai Kamakazi" below, courtesy of the fine folks at Loudwire.com.
"Pandemonium" is officially due for release on October 31st (Europe) and November 4th, 2014 (North America) on Napalm Records.
Swedish retro rock band Opeth is on the cusp of dropping new album "Pale Communion" - due out next week (August 26th) via Roadrunner Records.
Before the official release, Opeth has now launched an online stream of the entire album.
Hear all of "Pale Communion" at Prog.Teamrock.com here (since the stream doesn't seem to be available in the U.S. or Canada we've included a YouTube stream below - listen in now before it gets taken down).
Opeth will also be heading off on a North American tour alongside In Flames this December. Get the full list of dates and venues at this location.
The new album's track listing is as follows:
1. Eternal Rains Will Come
2. Cusp of Eternity
3. Moon Above, Sun Below
4. Elysian Woes
7. Voice of Treason
8. Faith in Others More...
Ne Obliviscaris will release forthcoming album (and Season of Mist debut) "Citadel" on November 7th (November 11th in North America). Further details are forthcoming, but for now check out the cover artwork below. More...
On September 16th, 2014 Nailjar Records will release the new Siftercide album. The label comments:
"While many bands play death metal and grind, few (if any) add trumpets, trombones and saxophones into the mix! Consisting of 19 tracks of insane bursts of speed, Self Titled is a definite must listen to!
"The band originally started in 2000 as a ‘shock rock’ goregrind project. However, after a handful of shows, demos, and CD-R releases went on hiatus. Eventually, the band picked up again and an album was recorded but never released. In 2012, the band dropped all old songs and started working on new material, this time incorporating a horn section.
"The new incarnation of Siftercide has been busy playing locally and regionally from basements to established venues. This line-up, despite having a solid core, has a fleeting horn section, often playing shows without the brass. Current members allow Siftercide to be Siftercide, and there is no official line up as far as individuals are concerned."
The band also comments on its lineup: “We don’t have a ‘members’ list. Anyone and everyone can join/leave. Right now after how many years, we have a stable core. We are always looking to expand. We don’t use real names, stage names, or any names. We are simply – Siftercide.” More...
Out of the nebulous ether a new shape of pure darkness has formed, giving the world Orphans Of Dusk: a Gothic death/doom metal three piece featuring members from Dunedin, New Zealand and Sydney, Australia.
The debut "Revenant" EP features artwork by Luciferium War Graphics and is out now digitally, with a physical edition available soon.
To give you a taste of the darkness, we're now proudly premiering second track "Starless."
Listen in, and let us know what you think of this intriguing new outfit via the comments section below!
The "Revenant" track listing is as follows:
1. August Price (5:02)
2. Starless (7:25)
3. Nibelheim (6:36)
4. Beneath the Cover of Night (8:13)
2013 marked the tenth anniversary of Australian black metal band Pestilential Shadows and after a decade of darkness, Seance Records now unleashes the group's fifth full-length album, "Ephemeral," set for international release on October 31st. The label comments:
"Ephemeral retains Pestilential Shadows' signature poetic heaviness and melody but twists the dagger deeper into the soul. It is gritty and raw, driven by heart-wrenching emotion and fathomless despair. It quickens the blood with bitter poison and, like its namesake, reminds us that life is fleeting - merely a transitory state between birth, death, and nothingness. So, as surely as the scythe falls indiscriminately on young and old, rich and poor, know that death touches us all. We are Ephemeral."
2. Mill of Discord
4. Sorrow of Tongues
5. Hymn of Isolation & Suicide
7. Expire More...