Metal News for August 20, 2011
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12 news articles posted on this day.
After releasing the instrumental album "Only Keys and Whispers" as a free digital download, Upon Shadows has also now made the "Tenebre" EP available for free online. Navigate to this location to check out the EP.
"Tenebre" is a mix of the albums "The Huge Circle Of Time" and "Melodies In Grey Scale," along with a new intro specially made for the EP. The track listing is as follows:
2. Dim Halo Of Dead Hope
4. Desolate Cold Of The Flesh
5. The Core
Swedish act Netherbird is currently offering the "Shadows and Snow" EP as a free download. You can download the EP by clicking here. The band has also announced that a hand numbered CD edition, limited to 500 copies, will be available in the coming weeks.
Denmark's Dawn of Demise has issued the following update about progress on a new album:
"Music & Lyrics: As of now we have written new 9 songs and lyrics are being written almost as fast. We're expecting to have a total of 11-12 songs before moving into the studio. Expect the heaviest and the grooviest music that Dawn Of Demise has ever put out!
"Studio & Producer: We have chosen Tue Madsen at Antfarm Studios (Halford, Sick Of It All, The Haunted, Kataklysm, Gorefest etc.) as our producer on the album. We'll start recording in late October and then mix + master in early December.
"Cover Art: For cover art we have chosen Marco Hassman (Fleshgod Apocalypse, Vomit the Soul, Septycal Gorge etc.) for the job and he's sketching as we speak.
"Label & Release Date: Record label and releasedate is still uncertain..."
Miseration has checked in with the following update about gearing up to enter the recording studio:
"Hi all! In about 2½ months we will start recording what is going to be our 3rd installment (album-title tba), since the start back in 2006. For this one Marko Tervonen (The Crown) has been tapped to helm production-duties, at his own MT studios, located in Trollhättan, Sweden. Christian and Marko have known each other since the mid-'90s, so this will not be the first time their roads cross each other. For instance, initially, Christian was the second guitarist of Angel Blake, which is another band of Marko's!
"Here is what Mr. Tervonen has to say for himself: 'Fuck yeah, kick ass!!! Looking forward producing the next Miseration album, godamnit! My homeboy Christian Älvestam's band. Not so many people know, but me, Christian and a few others (!, oh so mysterious famous people) actually had a secret project going on around 2003, where we recorded some tunes in the style of Katatonia, Paradise Lost etc… Really good stuff if you ask me, but it (for some reason) stayed in the C: Well, nevertheless. I'm really looking forward getting my hands extra dirty producing their hardcore Death Metal!! Let the motherfucking hammering begin!'
"As for post-production, mastering duities will once again be taken care of by our good friend maestro Plec!
"Last, but not least, we are sad to announce that we have parted ways, on a friendly basis, with our buddy Rolf Pilve. This desicion has nothing to do with personal conflicts or anything like that. This is simply the result of Rolf living in Finland, being a member of several hard-working Finnish bands, unfortunately leaving him very little time to focus on Miseration. This will however not affect any of the other collaborations Rolf, Christian and Jani have got going together. Rolf's replacement will be announced shortly! More news as it happens!"
Arkhum has issued the following statement about the band's upcoming second album and about releasing a digital EP:
"Hey there, it's Stephen and I just wanted to give a small update regarding our second album. BUT before I do that, I'm stoked to announce that we're releasing a free digital EP today with a couple remixes and a different mix of Bloodgutter Encircling! We are also posting a preproduction sample of our new song called 'Cenancestor!' This song will appear on our second album which should be out early/mid-2012 on Vendlus Records!
"Granted this is a very rough demo, it will give everyone an idea of what the Arkhum clan is doing at this moment. I have also filmed a guitar video to go along with our new track that will be out today as well, through our friends at No Clean Singing!
"We have decided on a title for our second album and most of the tracks are completed. I hope to enter the studio this December with our drummer Armen, to begin tracking all of the drum parts. Everything else will be record in my own personal studio from there on. We haven't decided on a mixing/mastering engineer just yet but we hope to have all that resolved here very soon!
"The track listing and album title should come later this year. Until then keep checking back at No Clean Singing for our EP and new song! Thanks for all the support!"
Vancouver, Canada technical metal act Nylithia has posted its new music video online for streaming. The video was filmed for the track "Immersed In The Maniacal" and features raw footage captured during the recent riots in the band's hometown. The band commented on the video by saying;
"We incorporated shots of some of the insanity, or the 'maniacal,' that was encountered in the most widely video documented riot in history, right here in our hometown after the Vancouver Canucks lost the Stanley Cup Final. We mixed it with footage of us playing in front of cookie cutter, manicured lawn, neighbourhoods where everything looks the same. In our opinion, equally as maniacal as the riot itself."
The track is to be included on the band's forthcoming new album "Hyperthrash" which the band plan to release in a unique way. Speaking on this the band offered the following;
"Nylithia has devised our own method for releasing our upcoming self-produced album. The focus MUST be put back onto individual songs, re-instilling each track with the value it deserves. Therefore we have a new model: we will be releasing our new album, one song at a time, for FREE download via Nylithia.com. Each MP3 will be accompanied by a video, lyrics, and a piece of original artwork by 'Infector EP' artist, Humanburger Jones."
You can check out the "Immersed In The Maniacal" video by using the player located below.
Machinist has posted a teaser clip online with snippets from the U.K. based band's upcoming EP. You can check out the teaser in the player provided below. For additional info on Machinist, head over to the band's Facebook page.
Explore Music has posted a video interview online with David Ellefson of Megadeth at Toronto's HEAVY T.O. Festival. Check out the interview in the clip below. Megadeth will also be releasing the band's new album "Th1rt3en" on November 1st, 2011.
Jake Dreyer is the all-American guitar prodigy. Much like guitar heroes “Dimebag” Darrell Abott and Randy Rhoads before him, Dreyer has accomplished much at a young age. At 13-years old, he professionally recorded his first album and opened for nationally recognized acts. He would have joined power metal icons Jag Panzer at the ripe-old age of 19 if the group hadn’t disbanded.
Dreyer was awarded Jagermeister’s guitarist of the year in 2008 and 2009. He has studied under David “The Shred Demon” Shankle (DSG, Ex-Manowar), Chris Broderick (Megadeth, Ex-Jag Panzer, Nevermore) and Rusty Cooley (Outworld). Barely old enough for strip clubs and the draft, Jake Dreyer has all the tools to place his name among his tutors with his first solo-dubbed recording.
“In the Shadows of Madness” (read the review) is a short instrumental EP. The album may be short, but Dreyer is long on chops. Modern, chugging groove, melody and more scales than a Weight Watchers clinic, “In the Shadows of Madness” offers a brief glimpse of greatness.
Metal Underground spoke to Dreyer via cyber land about his land mark release and his six-string obsession that brought him to his point. More...
DuskMachine has checked in with the following announcement about finishing a new three track demo:
"Our 3-song demo CD is finally done, as you can see on the pic Joe took. Next, we will approach labels and hopefully find someone who is interested in releasing the soon to be completed album. We do not plan to sell the demos, as they are made for pure promotional reasons. Joe is back from a non-stop-6-month-lasting job and will finish the vocals plus some additional guitar parts in the next weeks. The final mix is now set for late October 2011, additional info - tracklist, artwork etc. - will follow in the near future.
"Also, a big thank you goes out to all the people who are following and supporting us over the time now. We are deeply sorry for this delay and please, believe us that we are suffering from it more than anyone else. But there are things that just happen and cannot be influenced by anyone of us. The wait will be worth it, for sure. The new songs, especially with Joes voice are a huge step forward and we cannot wait to release the album and play live. Rock on!"
DuskMachine was also featured in an edition of our "Unearthing the Metal Underground" column, which can be viewed here.
Lords of Aesir has checked in with the following update about recording a new single:
"Hello everybody! Friday was the day of recording the choir for the song 'The Voice Beyond.' Our special guests were: Soprano: Mizuho Lin (Semblant) and Alto: Caroline Nardino. Thanks girls!
"Monday is the day of recording the guest singer Macos Rosa (Baritono) and the Lords of Aesir former singer Karol Schmidt (Mezzo). The new single will soon be online on myspace. 'The Voice Beyond' is a song from the new album 'The Lost Hope.'"
Nevermore/Sanctuary vocalist Warell Dane was interviewed by Greg Hasbrouck from ProgPower USA about the first album from the reunited Sanctuary since 1990's "Into the Mirror Black." Dane revealed: "I think the record is going to be called, 'The Year The Sun Died.' And there's a lot of stuff playing into that, and you can read whatever you want to for right now into it. God, that song is really good. We've been working really hard on that."
Dane went on to talk a little about the sound of the new album, stating "It's not going to sound like the old ones... it's 2011. It's still gonna be that good I think, and there's gonna be high-pitched screaming. I'm making sure of that. With Nevermore high-pitched screaming was never really called for. You know, with Sanctuary… of course it is."
When asked about the future of Nevermore since the departure of guitarist Jeff Loomis and drummer Van Williams and whether there will be another album, Dane replied "Oh Yeah."
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