Metal News for August 19, 2014
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35 news articles posted on this day.
Krieg's "Transient" - a tale of being a stranger in your own mind with no place to call home told through the genre of black metal - is coming out on September 2nd via Candlelight Records (reviewed here).
Both an intensely personal story and a collaboration of creativity with newly recruited members, band mastermind Neill Jameson got in touch with us at Metalunderground.com to explain the process behind the album and what's going on with the lyrical themes and cover art.
In the full interview below, Neill explains what the band will be doing to celebrate 20 years of existence, what happened with the group since the release of previous album "The Isolationist," and how Krieg meshes songs with drastically different sounds in a live setting. More...
Every week we check in with musicians from across the rock and metal scene to get their most memorable Pit Stories.
This week, guitarist David Mena Ferrer from U.K. outfit In Search Of Sun shares a story of a band that frequently makes the top of anyone's favorite pit list: Slayer! David had this to say:
Well it has to be none other than SLAYER!!!!!! June 9th, 2007 to be exact. It was my second Download Festival ever and the weather was immaculate for a change, the sun was blazing and we sank warm beer after warm beer. My friends and I were positioned left of the main stage, chilled down at the little hill (you know the one), and watching the masses of beautiful festival freaks stumble past us, already half cut, all eagerly awaiting the coming of the mighty Slayer to blow our fucking brains out!
I even remember seeing a dude dressed in a burglar costume eating a crab that day…wherever the Christ he got that from I don’t know! But anyway, the time was finally upon us so we decided to get our asses up and get closer to the action. Maybe a bit too close perhaps…More...
Atlanta, Georgia prog metal band Halcyon Way released new album "Conquer" today via Nightmare Records (read our review here).
The album will also be available in Europe on September 19th via Massacre Records, and today the band is giving everyone a chance to hear it in full. Check out all of "Conquer" in the player below, courtesy of Metal Insider. The track listing is as follows:
2. Web Of Lies
3. Conceived In Torment
5. World Comes Undone
7. Hatred Is My Cause
8. The Poisoned Apple
9. Save Your Tears
10. Every Second Counts (USA Bonus Track)
11. King Of Ruin
12. Eviscerate The Morning Sun More...
Brazilian thrash metal band Red Front today presents its new lineup and a new video clip. The video for "N.W.C." was edited by Michel Marcos from M&H Studio and can be seen below. The following press release was also issued about the band:
"Since the release of the album ‘Memories Of War’ (2011), there were more than 250 shows, including tours in Europe and South America and more than 3,000 records sold. Of course we cannot forget the notorious 'porn' video for the song ‘We Like The Bad Girls’ first of the segment in Brazilian underground.
"The clip released in early 2013 also marked the end of this cycle in Red Front, with the separation of the musicians by 'differences of vision.' Now the band returns with a new formation and is preparing a new record." More...
The Cody, Wyoming road warriors in Righteous Vendetta just announced that they will join Nonpoint’s headlining "Breaking Skin" tour. The lineup also includes Eyes Set To Kill and Letters From The Fire.
Before the start of the "Breaking Skin" tour, Righteous Vendetta will play a string of headlining shows including select dates with LA outfit 9Electric.
RV vocalist Ryan Hayes comments: “We’ve had a blast tearing up the road with all of you this season and capping off the summer with a Nonpoint tour is going to be unforgettable. Everyone in the band has been Nonpoint fans for a long time and to get to tour with them is beyond amazing. We look forward to the awesome shows, new friendships and epic times!”
Righteous Vendetta has also slated new EP "Defiance" for release on September 2nd, with latest single “Take Over” getting radio play now.
“With summer coming to an end, it is with great excitement that we are able to keep the energy going. I am thrilled to be announcing our EP 'Defiance' is being unleashed into the world. Get Ready for our 'Take Over' - new songs, new tour dates, new adventures to come!” adds Ryan.
The EP's track listing is as follows:
02. Take Over
03. What You've Done
04. Hard to Breathe
05. With Love More...
In celebration of its final detonation, today Revolver Magazine is hosting a stream of "Totalitarian Dystopia," the new full-length from London death bringers Acrania, in its venomous entirety.
Listen to the full release below, and you can also read our review of "Totalitarian Dystopia" at this location. The album's track listing is as follows:
2. Festering With Dishonesty
3. Totalitarian Dystopia
4. Servants Of Hypocrisy
5. Survival Sequence
6. A Gluttonous Abomination
7. Susceptible To Retinal Reprogrammability
8. Lobotomise, Dehumanise, Negate. [LDN]
9. Messiah Of Manipulation
10. Disillusion In A Discordant System More...
The Bay Area metal titans in Machine Head have announced more dates for their European headlining tour in November & December 2014.
The band also revealed the support bands that will accompany the tour: label mates Devil You Know (featuring Howard Jones, Francesco Artusato, John Sankey, Ryan Wombacher, and Roy Lev-Ari) and U.S. melodic death/metalcore act Darkest Hour.
After taking a creative break last year, Sweden's Hammerfall is fully recharged and back with a vengeance.
Entering a new chapter of the band's story, "(r)Evolution" will be out on September 2nd (North America) via Nuclear Blast (reviewed here).
A new teaser trailer can be found below, and the album's track listing is as follows:
1. Hector's Hymn
4. Live Life Loud
5. Ex Inferis
6. We Won't Back Down
7. Winter Is Coming
9. Tainted Metal
10. Evil Incarnate
Red Enemy has a new song out now titled "(mis)leaders," which is taken from the band's upcoming self-titled album.
Hear the song below, and "Red Enemy" will be available in stores & online November 11th, 2014 via Mediaskare Records.
From the sprawling backwoods and farmlands of rural Lozère, the French noise rock cultivators in Pord have set up at TheObelisk.net to market an example of their latest crop, harvested from incoming second album, "Wild."
Listen to "What Are Tuesdays For?" at this location. "Wild" is set to be available worldwide on September 8th, 2014.
The "Wild" European tour also begins at the Freakshow Festival on August 30th. Dates are as follows: More...
Acheron has checked in with the following announcement about lineup changes:
"Since the release of the album 'Kult Des Hasses' on Listenable Records the band has gone through some changes which have made them a much more lethal force. Vincent Crowley and Art Taylor has welcomed back guitarist Shaun Cothron to the unholy fold. Cothron played with Acheron from 2011 – 2013 and also played on the 2-song demo that got the band signed.
"After the departure of their long time drummer, Acheron has hired young skin basher Brandon Howe to cover the duties for all live shows. The band is testing the waters with Howe to possibly be a new member in Acheron."
Band founder Vincent Crowley aslo states: “I am very pleased to be playing with Shaun once again. He’s easy to get along with and a killer player. It will be great to have both Art Taylor and Shaun Cothron shredding together. As for Brandon Howe, he’s a kick ass drummer and he is hungry to play music. That is what we need right now. This is the first time in many years that Acheron is feeling like an actual band, not just some project. I think everyone involved is very much into the new energy we have invoked. And we are finally ready to start promoting our latest album Kult Des Hasses on stage!”
Acheorn is now starting to confirm new shows, which include Columbus, Ohio on November 29th and Indianapolis, Indiana on December 12th. More dates and details of live shows will be posted in the near future. More...
Today Death Penalty has premiered another track from the band's debut self-titled album. Check out "Children of the Night" below, thanks to Noisey.Vice.com
The album is available for pre-order on Amazon and is due out on Rise Above Records this coming September 16th in North America. The track listing will be as follows:
1. Grotesque Horizon
2. Howling at the Throne of Decadence
3. Eyes of the Heretic
4. Golden Tides
5. Into the Ivory Frost
6. Children of the Night
7. The One That Dwells
8. She is a Witch
9. Immortal by Your Hand
10. Written by the Insane More...
Furyon has issued the following announcement about cancelling upcoming tour dates due to a health issue:
"It is with a heavy heart that Furyon are very sad to announce that they have to pull out of the up coming Mordred/Furyon UK tour.
"This is due to our frontman singer Matt Mitchell hemorrhaging one of his vocal chords and how ever much he and the band want to do the tour the ENT specialized and colleague coaches say no. Two weeks total voice rest is needed for Matt. More...
Korn has released a new music video for "Hater," which features footage of wild audiences from across the world. Check it out below, courtesy of Rollingstone.com.
"Hater" is a bonus track included on "The Paradigm Shift: World Tour Edition."
You can also check out the band's previous video for "Spike In My Veins" at this location.
Adrenaline Mob is gearing up for a series of dates to further support second album, "Men of Honor" (reviewed here).
These shows will feature Erik Leonhardt, formally of Tantric, on bass. Appearing with Adrenaline Mob will be Roadrunner Record's artist Bad Seed Rising, supporting debut EP "Charm City." Dates are as follows:
Fri 22 Aug - New Haven, CT - Toads Place
Fri 05 Sep - New York City - Best Buy Theater (opening for Twisted Sister)
Sat 06 Sep - Pottsville, PA - Goodfellas
Sun 07 Sep - Pittsburgh, PA - Altar Bar
Mon 08 Sep - Cleveland, OH - Agora Theatre
Tue 09 Sep - Newport, KY - Thompson House
Wed 10 Sep - Nashville, TN - Exit In
Fri 12 Sep - Rochester, NY - Montage Music Hall
Sat 13 Sep - Poughkeepsie, NY - The Chance
Sun 14 Sep - Baltimore, MD - Fishhead Cantina
Mon 15 Sep - Virginia Beach, VA - Shaka's More...
Metal Injection has premiered "Turning the Soil," a new Category 5 storm of a tune off Divider's upcoming debut album, "All Barren." Check out the track below.
"All Barren," due out September 23rd on Glory Kid Ltd, can be pre-ordered now at this location. The album was produced by Will Yip (Circa Survive, Blacklisted) and mastered by Bill Henderson (Enabler, Most Precious Blood).
German epic melodic death metal band Nothgard has released an album teaser for upcoming 2nd full-length album "Age Of Pandora," which can be seen below.
"Age Of Pandora" is due for release on September 12th, 2014. Band member Dom R. Crey (who has also now joined Equilibrium) comments:
"With 'Age Of Pandora' we've made, what we haven't reached with it's album predecessor. Aggression combined with harmony, technical parts combined with silent nuanced, more emotional, orchestral passages. Even on lyrical level I'm very satisfied this time. There are no clichés at all on these new album, but true real-life topics and very own feelings, which have a deep meaning for me and the band. Simply perfect for our fans to get eventually 'lyrical mirrored' so to say."
The album's track listing is as follows:
01. Of Light And Shadow
02. Age Of Pandora
03. Blackened Seed
04. Black Witch Venture
05. In Blood Remained
07. Obey The King
08. Wings Of Dawn
09. Mossback Children
10. No One Holds The Crown More...
Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats released third album "Mind Control" last year via Metal Blade Records / Rise Above Records in North America.
In support of "Mind Control," Uncle Acid played North America for the first time this May as part of the Maryland Deathfest. The band will now return to North America this Fall for a full North American tour kicking off September 24th in Philadelphia, PA and running through October 12th in Los Angeles, CA.
In conjunction with the tour, Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats will be releasing a new 7" single called "Runaway Girls." The band also shot a video for the song, which can be seen below, courtesy of Loudwire.com. More...
Death metal trio turned four piece Display of Decay is thrilled to share the entire new "Outbreak of Infection" EP, which can now be heard below thanks to Bloody-Disgusting.com.
"Outbreak of Infection" is scheduled to be unleashed on August 26th, 2014 along with two live festivals paired on the release week, Harvesting Hell in Edmonton on August 22nd & Loud As Hell in Drumheller, AB on Aug 31st. The album's track listing is as follows:
1. Born of Rot (3:37)
2. Manchurian Candidate (4:24)
3. Praise The Gore (3:30)
4. Outbreak of Infection (3:50)
5. Black Diamond (KISS cover) (3:13) More...
Belgian death metal band Emeth will release upcoming fourth album "Aethyr" on September 15th via Xtreem Music. The band has now released the title track, which can be heard below, and the track listing is as follows:
01. I Became Flesh and Dwelleth Amongst Thee
02. Exterminate the Vacillating
04. Der Einsam Wandler
05. Suffering Comes with thy Name
06. Eidolons of Ash
07. The Hour of the Great Contempt
08. Wrath Upon the Cursed
09. Lama Sabachtani
10. Serpents Walk as if Human More...
On the 1st of September, Siberian will release "Modern Age Mausoleum" via Swedish label Gaphals. The label comments:
"The 40 minute long, 9 track debut album holds both a Swedish rawness and a progressive mysticism that leads to an abyssal depth of eternal gloominess. Using a metallic edge the band transforms a cold Swedish heritage of rage and frustration to an outburst over both society and mankind. Siberian will leave its mark in Europe in September during a 13 day long tour.
"The album was recorded at Studio Underjord Norrköping Sweden. Engineered and mixed by Joona Hassinen and mastered by Niels Nielsen from Dead Soul. Hassinen has previously worked with Vanhelgd, Ocean Chief and Year of the Goat. The artwork is hand painted by Mattias Frisk who has previously worked with Ghost B.C, Maim and Night.
"In relation to the release the band will change their name to Siberian. The quartet earlier went by the name Shrine but chooses to change it due to other bands with similar names. Under the former name the band released an EP through German record label Moment of Collapse Records, toured Germany and shared stage with bands such as Entombed, Orange Goblin, Downfall of Gaia and Skraeckoedlan." More...
Heavy metal legend Philip Anselmo and best-selling true crime author Corey Mitchell’s horror-meets-metal extravaganza, the Housecore Horror Film Festival, has already released several huge jaw-dropping bands and film events for this year’s lineup.
The event features the Official 40th Anniversary Reunion of the surviving cast members of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, including “Leatherface” himself, Gunnar Hansen; a TXCM 2 reunion with the cast including Bill “Chop-Top” Moseley; and a U.S. exclusive combined headline performance by the legendary Glenn Danzig of immortal classics from both Danzig and Samhain.
Now, they’ve returned for their biggest announcement yet, the return of Philip Anselmo’s legendary band, Superjoint. More...
Gaia Epicus is starting a new Indiegogo crowd funding campaign for an upcoming album.
Check out a video below of the band discussing the campaign. Gaia Epicus also comments:
"In this video Thomas talks about the past, present and the future. He talks about what happened with the last album Dark Secrets, and he also shares some sound clips from the demo containing songs for the 6th studio album."
Progressive/fusion group Trioscapes has released sophomore album "Digital Dream Sequence" worldwide on Metal Blade Records.
To celebrate the release, the band has partnered with Prog Magazine to premiere a video for the title track from "Digital Dream Sequence." Watch the Chuck Johnson-directed performance video below.
Dan Briggs comments on the video: "We shot this video on the last day of our two week recording session at Legitimate Business in Greensboro, NC and I feel like it perfectly captures the raw intensity we were trying to capture. No bullshit, live in the studio." More...
Teramaze has released a new pre-production studio report as the band works on a new album, this time focusing on keyboards with new member Dave Holley, who just signed an endorsement deal with Korg. Check out the footage below.
U.S. black metal outfit Krieg is gearing up to release "Transient" on September 2nd via Candlelight Records (reviewed here).
Today the band has teamed up with No Clean Singing to stream the track "Return Fire" (available below). The full track listing is as follows:
1. Order Of the Solitary Road (streaming here)
2. Circling the Drain
3. Return Fire
4. To Speak With Ghosts
5. Atlas With A Broken Arm
8. Walk With Them Unnoticed
9. Ruin Our Lives
11. Gospel Hand More...
Iceland's Solstafir will release new album "Ótta" on September 2nd in North America (August 29th worldwide) via Season of Mist Records.
Today the full album has been posted online for streaming. Check it out below, courtesy of of Ruv.is. The album's track listing is as follows:
8. Náttmál More...
Downfall of Gaia just finished the recordings for new album "Aeon Unveils the Thrones of Decay," due to be released in the Fall of 2014.
Downfall of Gaia comments: "All of us are pretty satisfied with the result of the new record and we are excited to share this new piece of music with the audience! The writing process itself became a bit more complex just because of the fact that our new drummer Michael Kadnar is living in New York and all of us are based in Germany. But in the end we were able to manage all of this in a good way, hit the studio and recorded our most aggressive sounding record till today.
"Once again we recorded at the '79 Sound Studio with Christoph Scheidel and we couldn't ask for a better guy! Mixing job one more time by Jack Shirley from Atomic Garden and master by Brad Boatright from Audiosiege. Anytime again, guys!
"The recording itself went pretty smooth just besides the annoying fact that all of us became pretty sick in the last few days of the studio and right before our European tour with Toxic Holocaust and Black Tusk, sitting there with a cold, fever and hardly able to talk, everything went just as planned! Definitely a funny pic to see! But for now we are happy to be done with the studio and can't wait to play the new material live!"
Today the metal / punk band Midnight streams the entirety of second album, "No Mercy for Mayhem," which officially drops released today via Hells Headbangers.
Give it a listen below, or get your own copy of the release at the Hells Headbangers Bandcamp page. The "No Mercy For Mayhem" track listing is as follows:
1. Penetratal Curse
2. Evil Like A Knife
3. Prowling Leather
4. No Mercy For Mayhem
5. The Final Rape Of Night
7. Woman Of Flame
8. Try Suicide
9. Whiplash Disaster
10. Aggressive Crucifixion
11. Destroy Tsunami's Power (CD Bonus Track) More...
Today, black thrashing Greek cult Principality of Hell streams debut album, "Fire & Brimstone," in full. Check it out below or pick up your copy at the W.T.C. Productions Bandcamp page. The record label also comments:
"Burning with power from Hell and emitting sacrilegious smoke, Fire & Brimstone is an album that has one - and ONLY one - aim: to revive the old black/thrash spirit of the early/mid '80s, when legends like Venom, Bathory, Celtic Frost, Sodom, and Voivod stalked the earth. On paper, it sounds like an idea that's been wrung dry, but it's an idea that takes on especial gravitas coming from black metal scene veterans - namely Greece's legendary The Magus, who's wielded wide influence upon the black metal scene since the early '90s with Necromantia and Thou Art Lord.
"Joining him in Principality of Hell are fellow conspirators El (Soulskinner, Thou Art Lord) and J. Maelstrom (Ravencult, Thou Art Lord), and together they create a rowdy, galloping ride through blackthrash's darkest past. And yet, each song (including a classic early Exodus cover on the CD version, and a cover of Slayer's 'Tormentor' on the vinyl version) remains varied from the next, with each deadly strike lodging immediately within the cranium."
The track listing is as follows:
1. Fire & Brimstone
2. Codex Inferno
3. The Bleeding Nun
4. We ride at Night
6. The Witches’ Coven
7. Hellfire Legions
8. The 9th Seal
9. The Hand of the Hangman
10. Strike of the Beast (Exodus cover) More...
London hard rock/stoner act Steak released a music video for the new track "Rising." The song appears on the upcoming release "Slab City," which is set to drop via Napalm Records on the following schedule:
Sept. 1st: UK
Sept. 5th: G/A/S, BENELUX & FIN
Sept. 8th: Rest of Europe
Sept. 9th: USA/CAN
Sept. 10th: NOR/SWE/ESP
The track list for "Slab City" is:
2. Liquid Gold
3. Slab City
5. Quaaludes and Interludes
10. Old Timer D.W (Bonus Track)
Check out the music video here: More...
U.K. progressive metal band Threshold released another preview clip for the band's upcoming new release "For the Journey," which is out on September 19th (EU) and September 22nd (UK) via Nuclear Blast Records. The preview features an interview segment with guitarist Karl Groom explaining the amps and gear used for the release. A review of "For the Journey" can be found at this location.
The track listing for the album is:
1. Watchtower on the Moon (see lyric video here)
3. The Box
4. Turned to Dust
5. Lost in Your Memory
6. Autumn Red
7. The Mystery Show
8. Siren Sky
9. I Wish I Could (Bonus Track - digipak, vinyl and download versions)
10. Lost in Your Memory (Acoustic Version) (Bonus Track - vinyl and download versions)
Check out the clip here: More...
Italian experimental metal act Nero Di Marte posted a trailer clip for the upcoming new release "Derivae." The album's title was taken from the Italian phrase "andare alla Deriva" ("to go adrift") and correlates with the lyrical theme for the release. The album is set for release via Prosthetic Records on October 27th (EU/UK), October 28th (USA) and Nov .1 (Germany).
Check out the clip here:
UMC - promoters for the World's Largest Cruise Festival, 70,000 Tons of Metal - announced that Swedish hard rock/traditional metal act Crucified Barbara is the latest act to be added to the 2015 roster. The band has a new album called "In the Red," which drops on September 10th via Despotz Records.
70,000 Tons of Metal casts off on Thursday, January 22, 2015 from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida with a stop at Ocho Rios, Jamaica, returning on Tuesday, January 26, 2015 aboard a new ship, Liberty of the Seas (via Royal Caribbean), which will accommodate four stages. The All-Star Jam band will be back this coming January, which features members from the various acts aboard performing cover tunes live. There will also be two hot tubs on the pool deck stage.
All the information on the festival, along with booking information can be found at 70000tons.com.
Crucified Barbara joins previously announced bands below, with 31 bands still to be announced:
Lake of Tears
Michael Schenker's Temple of Rock
U.K. stoner/doom act Alunah posted a preview clip for the new music video for "Heavy Bough." The song appears on the new album "Awakening the Forest," which is set to drop via Napalm Records/Spinning Goblin on the following release schedule:
Oct. 3rd: G/A/S, FIN & BENELUX
Oct. 6th: UK & EUROPE
Oct. 7th: US/CAN
Oct. 8th: NOR/SWE/ESP
The track list for "Awakening the Forest" is:
1. Bricket Wood Coven
2. Heavy Bough
3. Awakening The Forest
4. The Mask of Herne
5. Scourge and The Kiss
6. The Summerland (Bonus Track)
Check out the clip here: More...