Metal News for August 2, 2012
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This week Bret Michaels (Poison) announced he is working on a movie about his life. For those of you that missed this announcement (God Bless You) you didn’t notice that Michaels has a production company with partner Charlie Sheen. What!?! The movie is the story of his life starting in Pittsburgh and then…you know what, I can’t do this. This is not a good idea. More...
After the release of 2009's "Through My Dog's Eyes" (reviewed here), Ephel Duath was to go on hold while mastermind Davide Tiso headed off into solo territory. But much like the band's music, the unexpected will happen and change will come, and now Ephel Duath has relocated from Italy to the U.S. and comes with a newly revamped lineup.
Featuring drums by Marco Minnemann and bass by Steve DiGiorgio, the band's newest output is the three song dirge "On Death and Cosmos," to be followed soon by a new full-length album. With the North American release date just on the horizon, I had the opportunity to chat up guitarist Davide to discuss how this EP and album combo has been coming together, what it's like to work with his wife in a band, and how the metal scenes differ between his previous and current locales. More...
Western Massachusetts “death groovers” Western Massacre have announced the dates for their 2012 tour, which blasts off on Friday, August 3rd at the Silk City TapRoom in Florence, MA. The tour will be in support of the band's debut album "Freedom Through Violence" reviewed here.
Fellow Massholes Spoken Like A True Hero will offer support during the eight-gig, ten-day romp. Tour dates are as follows: (times and/or dates subject to change):
Friday, August 3rd, 9:00 PM - Silk City Taproom - Florence, MA ($5 General admission)
Saturday, August 4th, 9:00 PM - PVD Social Club - Providence, RI ($5 General admission)
Monday, August 6th, 7:00 PM - The Shop - East Haven, CT (Free Admission)
Wednesday, August 8th, 8:00 PM - Mojo 13 - Wilmington, DE (Free Admission)
Thursday, August 9th, 6:30 PM - Le Grand Fromage - Atlantic City, NJ ($10 General Admission)
Friday, August 10th, 8:00 PM - Hard Hat Café - North Haven, CT (Free Admission)
Saturday, August 11th, 3:00 PM - Railroad Tavern - Keene, NH ($8 General Admission)
Sunday, August 12th, 12:00PM - American Legion - Post 338 Southwick, MA ($20 All Day ticket)
Maegi, the power-prog metal project of Oganalp Canatan (Dreamtone), has now revealed the cover artwork for upcoming new album "Skies Fall," which can be viewed below. The album is set for release in late 2012/early 2013. The tentative track listing (excluding the interlude songs) is as follows:
Communications Breakdown (ft. Zak Stevens)
Take No Prisoners
Hide & Seek
Those We've Left Behind
A Different Fate
Demise of Hopes (ft. Tim Ripper Owens)
Diebomb has announced the band's new album will be titled "Sanatorium," and the album is set for release on September 11th, 2012. A brief teaser for the album is available at this location, and you can also watch a lyric video for the song "Catastrophic Endings" in the player available below. For more info on Diebomb, head over to the band's official Facebook profile.
AFM Records has signed Los Angeles-based metal quartet All Hail the Yeti, and the band's self-titled debut album is now confirmed for North American release on August 28th. The band has documented the creation of the album, as well as the group's overall whiskey-soaked, fight-fueled, locked-cocked-and-ready-to-rock approach, through a new trailer available below.
The album's track listing is as follows:
1. Deep Creek
2. When the Sky Falls
3. Suicide Woods
4. The Weak and Wounded (Prelude to Flames)
5. After the Great Fire
7. The Art of Mourning
8. I Am Wendigod
9. Axe Murder Hollow
10. Ruby Ridge (Every Knee Shall Bow)
11. Judas Cradle More...
After a year of hard work on the album, Italian act Quantum Illusion has now dropped a new release titled "Fragments from Obscured Revelations," which features six tracks of instrumental progressive metal. The album is now available online in digital format, with a physical CD release to follow in August, which will also include a free download of "The Barcode Conspiracy" EP. A teaser trailer for "Fragments from Obscured Revelations" can be viewed below.
Freshly returned from their Eastern Emergence Tour of the Canadian Maritimes, Montreal tech death shredders Derelict are pleased to confirm the addition of guitarist Simon Cléroux (The Unconscious Mind) and bassist Xavier Sperdouklis (ex-Vengeful) to their permanent lineup.
"Simon and Xav have been with us since we released Perpetuation in April," comments Derelict vocalist Eric Burnet. "They have proven themselves to be hard-working musicians, as well as a lot of fun on the road! They both put a huge amount of work into learning our songs, and they're already both contributing to writing new material. We're looking forward to the next album being even more collaborative than Perpetuation."
In addition, Derelict has added to the band's growing bank of instrument footage with two new guitar solo videos, produced by Chimera Sky Studios. Watch Max Lussier perform the solos to "Intricate Decay" and "Ergogenic" below. More...
Jacksonville, FL based straight edge hardcore act Breakout is now streaming a new demo release online. Check out the 2012 demo album at bandcamp or in the player below. The track listing is:
1. Born To Die 02:14
2. Crime Pays 02:21
3. Resist 02:31
4. Worthless Life 02:06
5. Scraping By 02:02 More...
Victory Records has issued the following announcement about Pathology releasing a new guitar playthrough video:
"Fans of metal grab your long neck, tune to drop A and shred along with death metal band, Pathology! Watch the guitar/ bass demonstration exclusively on MetalSucks.net of guitarist Kevin Schwartz and bassist Oscar Ramirez as they slay to 'Media Consumption' from their latest release, 'Awaken To The Suffering.'
"Pathology is currently preparing for their heaviest and most technical album to date, The Time Of Great Purification, out September 25th." More...
MyChildren MyBride has issued the following statement about not performing during the band's previously schedule appearance at Heavenfest:
"To all our friends, fans, and supporters that came out to see us at Heavenfest this year, we're deeply sorry you didn't get to see us play! There was a huge misunderstanding, and miscommunication between the festival and our booking agency which made us miss our set time.
"Upon arrival at the festival we tried ALL DAY LONG to get them to let us play on any stage they could fit us on. The staff tried relentlessly, but unfortunately it just didn't happen. We came, set up merch, got to see a lot of our friends bands play, and had an amazing time!
"Again... So sorry if you missed us! We can't wait to play Heavenfest next year, I promise we won't be late!"
MyChildren MyBride has also released a new music video for the song "God of Nothing," which is available online at this location.
Thrash-inspired doom metal trio Castle will release second album “Blacklands” on September 11th on the band's new North American label Prosthetic Records. Casgtle commented as follows: "We are proud to announce that Castle's dark vision has found a home with Prosthetic Records in North America. They are a label that looms large in metal and are as diverse and committed as we are to bringing original, great music to legions of metal fans everywhere. With their help we look forward to doing just that with 'Blacklands.'"
Following several tours of Europe, Scott "Wino" Weinrich and Conny Ochs are bringing their "Heavy Kingdom" tour to American soil, with the tour set to embark this Saturday. Throughout this special trek the two artists will perform together playing their soulful, folk/rock collaborative LP "Heavy Kingdom" in its entirety and more each night.
The entire "Heavy Kingdom" LP can be streamed via label home Exile On Mainstream at this location. The dates for the tour are:
8/04/2012 The Alternative Cafe - Seaside, CA
8/05/2012 The Vinyl Revolution - Monterey, CA
8/08/2012 The Satellite - Los Angeles, CA
8/09/2012 Cafe Du Nord - San Francisco, CA
8/11/2012 Rotture - Portland, OR
8/12/2012 The Comet Tavern - Seattle, WA
8/13/2012 Burt's Tiki Lounge - Salt Lake City, UT
8/14/2012 Larimer Lounge - Denver, CO
8/15/2012 The Riot Room - Kansas City, MO
8/16/2012 Turf Club - Saint Paul, MN
8/17/2012 Ultra Lounge - Chicago, IL
8/18/2012 Now That's Class - Cleveland, OH
8/19/2012 Ace Of Cups - Columbus, OH
8/20/2012 31st Street Pub - Pittsburgh, PA
8/21/2012 Broadway Joe's - Buffalo, NY
8/22/2012 Saint Vitus Bar - Brooklyn, NY
8/23/2012 Great Scott - Allston, MA
8/24/2012 AS220 - Providence, RI
8/25/2012 North Star Bar - Philadelphia, PA
8/26/2012 Strange Matter - Richmond, VA
8/27/2012 DIVEbar Raleigh - Raleigh, NC
8/28/2012 Golden West - Baltimore, MD
Decline of the I is a French project led by A.K., a musician known from underground metal acts such as Vorkreist and Merrimack. According to a press release, his new project is a "bold conjunction of quality post black metal influences" and the band describes itself as "a mix between Burzum, Neurosis and Code."
The debut Decline of the I album, entitled "Inhibition," is set to be released on September 25th in Europe and November the 6th in North America via Agonia Records. The artwork can be found below, and here you can watch a teaser for the release: More...
Innerstrength Records has announces the signing of The Insurgence. The band's new album, "Elimi-Nation," was recorded at Soundhouse by Jack Endino and is scheduled for release on September 29th on CD, colored vinyl, and digitally. A video for the song "We Can't Be Stopped" was recently filmed and will be released soon.
Formed in 2006, The Insurgence is a punk band with metal and hardcore influences. Influenced by "world issues" and not just governmental politics, they "take being pissed off about unjust bullshit in the world and turn it into a musical outlet where they can possibly educate and motivate others," according to a press release. The band goes on to say, "Not sounding like you're being preached to, it's more coming from the gut, sincere, raw and pissed off. It's about 'the big guy stepping on the little guy,' which you quickly discover listening to their songs about such topics as corporate greed, the American oligarchy, religious exploitation and the military industrial complex. Such truths might not be easy to stomach, but they are a glaring reality, and The Insurgence do not avoid anything controversial or uncomfortable, just to avoid offending people." More...
Kittie has released details surrounding the band's upcoming best of compilation, "Not So... Safe," which is due out on September 11th, 2012. The album will feature tracks from the records "Spit," "Oracle," "Safe," "In The Black," and "I've Failed You." The track listing will be:
4. Paper Doll
5. What I Always Wanted
6. Run Like Hell
7. Safe (KMFDM Inc. Remix)
8. Into The Darkness
9. Look So Pretty
10. Cut Throat
11. My Plague
12. Do You Think... (Live) More...
Century Media Records is happy to announce the addition of the Scottish metal band Bleed From Within to the family. The band is collectively excited about the new label home:
"We're honoured to be joining the Century Media family, alongside bands which we've looked up to and admired since before we even began making music. The label is one of the most respected metal labels in the world and we are excited to be a part of it. Century Media have always been a powerhouse in bringing cutting edge new music to the world and we will endeavour to live up to the name. We look forward to our future at the label, working with great people who have shown their belief in this band."
Bleed From Within is currently recording drums and vocals for a new album and Century Media Records debut with Romesh Dodangoda (Funeral For A Friend, Motörhead, Lost Prophets) and all the guitars with Adam "Nolly" Getgood of Periphery. Check out an update that the band filmed in the studio below. More...
Death/doom lords Hooded Menace are gearing up to release "Effigies of Evil" on September 11th via Relapse Records. The band is also beginning to work with director Justin Oakey of Burial Offerings (Ulver, Hex Vessel, etc) on a clip for the track "Crumbling Insanity." The video is a concept piece based around the Fall of the House of Usher. A screenshot of the video can be sampled here.
Hooded Menace has scheduled a few live outings in Europe. Dates are as follows:
August 18 - Helsinki, Finland @ Lepakkomies (w/ Horse Latitude)
August 30 - Copenhagen, Denmark @ Kill-Town Death Fest
November 17 - Madrid, Spain @ Sala El Grito (w/ Dead Congregation) More...
Century Media Records has issued the following announcement about inking a deal with Gorement:
"Gorement, one of the finest yet obscurest death metal bands to ever emerge from the soil of Sweden, has signed a worldwide deal with Century Media Records for the release of the band's entire recordings.
"Within The Shadow Of Darkness - The Complete Recordings will be available exclusively at CM Distro as a 2CD and double vinyl (incl. the 2CD) in late September. Other than Gorement's discography compilation Darkness Of The Dead (released in 2004), the entire musical content included on the upcoming release has been carefully remastered from the original master tapes by Dan Swanö, who has already been in charge of the production of Gorement's demos and the Into Shadows EP. The result is mind-blowing: All songs sound fresh and incredibly massive without ever losing their original character."
Dan Swanö also comments: "Gorement was one of the first bands outside my 'circle' that I ever recorded. The first demo was done on a 4 track portastudio, and I must say I am a bit surprised that the sound on that one is the coolest after the restoration! Gorment could have been so much bigger if they had recorded the 1st album in a studio that would have given them the fat and 'gory' sound their music deserves. The songs are catchy and the musicianship high above average in the SweDeath scene at the time. It was a pure pleasure to revisit these recordings and carve out the best sonics possible."
The track listing is as follows:
My Ending Quest
Vale Of Tears
The Lost Breed
Silent Hymn (For The Dead)
Sea Of Silence
Obsequies Of Mankind
Darkness Of The Dead
All songs taken from the album The Ending Quest (1994) More...
Bahrain metal band Qafas has announced the details for the new album "Larghetto Laments," which is being self-released. The artwork can be viewed below, and the track listing is as follows:
01. Shudder and Dark (Introduction) [6:33]
02. Abysmal Sickness [4:27]
03. Lamenting 11 [Theme] [2:41]
04. Time Only Rotts Old Wounds (Instrumental) [5:26]
05. Sleepless Death [4:37]
06. Cage Concerto [3:07]
07. Moon's Heart (1000 Funerals cover) [9:37]
08. A Funeral Finale [3:44]
09. Frail Loveless [7:46]
10. XIV (Submergence in Blood) [11:14]
Pop metal act Apparitions has posted a new lyric video online for the song "Like in the Movies," which can be found below. You can also download the song for free over at this location, or listen to the previously posted song "Burn Alive" right here.
U.K. act Exist Immortal has posted a studio video update online from the band's time working on the "Dream Sequence" EP. Check out the footage below. The band also commented on its history and sound:
"Exist Immortal hail from West London and Brighton. Despite the band's conception in 2008, a performing line-up was not established until late 2010 when Stefan joined up with fellow students Kurt and David in college.
"After the recording of their début EP 'Insects', the band joined up with full-time vocalist and old friend Monty and his bandmate Meyrick. Exist Immortal fuse catchy melodies, soaring epic vocals, technical riffing and all out grooves to create a unique maelstrom of musicianship." More...
Japanese act Desecravity has issued the following announcement about recruiting new guitarist Shogo Tokita:
"This is an official announcement for a new lineup. The one of our guitar players, Keisuke Takagi, has already left the band due to a personal reason. We have decided regarding this matter since the begining of this year 2012.
"This is not accidental issue, it is a planned schedule. He is a very skillful and great person, we really miss him but we hope he is going to his own way he wish and want to thank him greatly.
"Therefore, now we announce a new guitar player, Shogo Tokita, has joined. He is a very talented and skillful guitar player and is also vocal. We feel like we got a new superior weapon. He is pretty much ready to stand in front of everyone.
"The new Desecravity's first show will be to the next stage on Aug 10th at Wild Side Tokyo."
Twilight, the black metal band featuring Blake Judd of Nachtmystium, has issued the following announcement about gearing up to record a new album:
"We start recording the new Twilight album this weekend. Century Media Records will be releasing it. Go like the official Twilight page to get more updates on the project as it progresses."
Further details on the upcoming follow-up to "Monument to Time End" will be announced as they are made available. Twilight is:
Blake Judd - Guitars, bass, vocals
Imperial - Vocals, bass
Wrest - Drums, guitars, bass, effects
Sanford Parker - Guitars, keyboards
Stavros Giannopoulos - Guitars
Thurston Moore - Guitars, vocals
"Hymns of Ghastly Horror" is the fourth album from Swedish cult band Revolting and it is scheduled to arrive internationally September 7th on FDA Rekotz in CD and digital formats. The vinyl LP version will be released on November 16th. "Hymns of Ghastly Horror" features nine tracks, whose listing is below. Also, check out the promo clip for album track "The Mother of Darkness" after the jump
1. The Mother Of Darkness
2. Their Thoughts Can Kill
3. Ravenous Alien Spawn
4. The Black Queen
5. The Thing That C.H.U.D. Not Be (inst)
7. Prey To Katahdin
9. The Hatchet Murders More...
Orchid, which signed to Nuclear Blast earlier this month, will be releasing a brand new EP featuring three new tracks plus one song from the latest full-length album, "Capricorn." The EP is set for release on September 7th, 2012.
The EP, entitled "Heretic," marks the first release for Nuclear Blast and will be released both digitally as well as on 10" Vinyl. The track listing is:
02. Falling Away
03. Saviours Of The Blind
04. He Who Walks Alone
Commented guitarist Mark Baker: "Late in 2010, after we submitted the Capricorn full length to our label and waited for the release, we realized that there wouldn’t be any extensive touring, so we just kept writing and rehearsing new material. A few months later, we were back in the studio cutting basics for new songs. By the time we finished the business of changing labels, we had way more than one album worth of new songs. We, along with Nuclear Blast, decided it would be a great idea to release a few of those on an EP this year while we wrap up everything for our next full length. We’re really excited for people worldwide to get a chance to check out what we’ve been up to in the last year. These new songs have the classic, anthemic Orchid sound that people expect from us, along with a few elements that we’ve never shown before." More...
My Autumn has released a new lyric video online for the track "Oceanships," featuring Anatoly Borisov (Sarah Where Is My Tea) and Victor Guillet (Betraying The Martyrs). Check out the clip below. The "Oceanships" single is taken from the band's last album "Oblivion Era."
Relapse Records has announced that General Surgery will be hitting the road later this month for a string of European shows. The tour poster can be viewed below, and the currently announced dates are as follows:
Aug 9 Jaromer, Czech Rep Brutal Assault Open Air
Aug 10 Bad Berka, Germany Party San Metal Open Air
Aug 31 Växjö, Sweden Uffes Källare
Sept 1 Copenhagen, Denmark Kill-town Deathfest
Oct 13 London, UK The Unicorn Camden
Oct 14 Bristol, UK The Croft
Devolved has posted a new track online for streaming titled "Supremacy Enforced," which is taken off the upcoming full-length "Reprisal," due out November 20th via Unique Leader Records. Check out the song in the player available below. "Reprisal" is the band's first release with guitarist Mark Hawkins and vocalist Mark Haggblad.
Five piece groove/djent act Sessions has released the band's new EP "Metacognition" online for streaming. Check out the songs in the player available below. Sessions worked with guitarist Chris Purvis of Friend For A Foe on the release, who also commented:
"Purvis here! So who here wants to hear my latest work on the music side of things? Of course ALL of you do, so head on over to the Sessions Bandcamp page where they've just released their debut EP 'Metacognition' that I recorded, mixed, and mastered (and even helped write and do some additional instrumentation/synth here and there!).
"Even better is that the EP is available for download for 'Pay What You Want' so be sure to throw the guys a couple of bucks (and you can stream it from their site!). If you're strapped for cash, just enter 0.00 as your total and hook em up later! So check it out and let me know what you think!" More...
A new video teaser has been posted online of first impressions of the new Wintersun album "Time I," which was shot just after a listening session at the Nuclear Blast headquarters. Check out the footage below.
"Time I" is scheduled for release on October 12th, 2012 (EU) and October 19th, 2012 (North America) via Nuclear Blast and the track listing is as follows:
1. When Time Fades Away
2. Sons of Winter and Stars
I Rain of Stars
II Surrounded by Darkness
III Journey Inside a Dream
IV Sons of Winter and Stars
3. Land of Snow and Sorrow
4. Darkness and Frost
5. Time More...
After the recent release of Widow Sunday‘s second EP, "Dance Metal," the band has decided to make a walk through video of the fan favorite song, “The Wave.” Check out the guitar playthrough clip below.
In other Widow Sunday news, the band is planning several dates for the fall spanning the Northeast and further. Get your dancing shoes ready. "Dance Metal," the follow up to the 2010 full-length "In These Rusted Veins," was recorded with Shane Frisby (Bury Your Dead, Hand of Mercy, Deez Nuts, The Ghost Inside) at the Brick HitHouse and mixed by Pete Rutcho (Vanna, Revocation, Hell Within, Corpus Christi), with artwork done by former guitarist Adam Cutler of Motionless Visions Design.
Italian black 'n' roll band Surge Assault is set to release the bands debut EP "The First Division." The EP is set to drop on August 10, 2012 through Lo-Fi Creatures. The band sports the motto "Satan Wants You Drunk," and consists of the following members:
H. Fever - Voice
Monarch - Lead Guitar
Korsakoff - Rhytmic Guitar
Bass - Drums
Plague - Bass
Check out the song "Alcoholic Blasphemy" streaming below:
Canadian progressive metal act Dream Aria posted a new music video for the song "Fallen Angel." The song is the title track of the band's latest album "Fallen Angel," which is available now through iTunes or the band's website at this location.
Check out the video here:
Spanish metal act Gaunlet, featuring Time Symmetry drummer Alejandro Martínez, is streaming the entire new LP "Stubborn," the band's third, in full. The album was self-released back in April and is available through iTunes or at the band's website at this location.
"Stubborn" features guest performances by Aitor Gorosabel (Su Ta Gar), Ix Valieri (037), Javier Cardoso (Vita Imana), José Gil (Unsouled), Rown Houland (Clockwork), José Garrido (Arwen), Manuel Seoane (Burning Kingdom) and Dagarod.
The band previously released a music video for the song "Slave," which can be viewed here.
Check out the full album stream here:
Swedish hard rockers Europe posted a new music video for the track "Firebox." The song appears on the band's latest LP "Bag of Bones" album, which is available through EarMusic/Adel Records.
Check out the video here: