Metal News for August 22, 2014
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The new Sloths EP, "Twenty Years," is a trio of songs recorded at Haywire Studios (Nux Vomica, Honduran) and mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege (Baptists, Sleep, Oathbreaker, Tragedy).
"Twenty Years" is a split release between The Ghost Is Clear Records, Don’t Live Like Me Records, and Illuminasty Records.
Due out digitally on August 29th (with a physical edition coming in October), the track listing is as follows:
We'll be premiering a track from the release soon, so keep your eyes peeled! Sloths will also be bringing this material on the road during a West Coast/Midwest tour this September, with details forthcoming. More...
A new force to be reckoned with in the metalcore world, Texas quartet Darkness Divided has skyrocketed straight to a record deal and is officially a part of the Victory Records family. You can now hear what all the fuss is about, as the band's debut full-length "Written In Blood" (streaming below) has officially been released through Victory.
We also got in touch with the band to discuss it's sudden success, the metal scene in the San Antonio area, and switching gears from music school to traveling the country in a van for metal shows. Read the full interview below. More...
Mexican metal band The Arcane Hate has a new video clip out now for "Lifeline," which can be seen in the YouTube player below. For more info on the band, head over to The Arcane Hate's Facebook profile here.
Madame Violence has released the band's very first music video for the track "House Of Pain," taken from the debut EP, "Vengeance Through A Dying World." The EP's track listing is as follows:
1. Intro 01:00
2. Obsolescence 06:11
3. Intellectual Gallows 04:06
4. House Of Pain 04:10
5. Morphing Resonance 03:36
Sleepwave is the new band from former Underoath singer Spencer Chamberlain, featuring band mate Stephen Bowman.
Today Sleepwave premieres a video for "The Wolf" through Revolvermag.com. The clip features live footage from the band's current tour with Nothing More and can be seen below.
Sleepwave will release debut album "Broken Compass" on September 16th via Epitaph Records. Chamberlain states:
"People ask me all the time why I didn’t just do a new band that sounds like Underoath. It would be easy to do that. But I wanted to do something that’s not out there right now that needs to be out there again….Not everyone will love Sleepwave. But nobody will be able to leave a Sleepwave show saying we phoned it in." More...
"The Star" - the prime track leading off secrets Of The Sky's side of the "GH/0ST:S" LP split with Godhunter - is now playing online and can be heard below thanks to Metalsucks.net.
The track was recorded at Trident Studios with engineer Juan Urteaga (Testament, Machine Head, Cattle Decapitation). "GH/0ST:S" brings nearly thirty-five minutes of new material into existence, with Godhunter's side recorded and mixed by Ryan Bram at Homewrecker Studios, and the full release mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege.
"GH/0ST:S" will see a deluxe LP release through a joint effort between Godhunter's Battleground Records and Earsplit's The Compound Recs on September 9th, pressed on black/white swirl 180-gram wax in a run of 300 copies including a digital download. Pre-orders are available at this location. More...
Megaton Leviathan is preparing to release "Past 21: Beyond The Arctic Cell" on September 9th, 2014 via Seventh Rule Recordings.
The record was mixed by Megaton's newest resident thaumaturgist, Mort Subite (V.I.I.R.L., Alfheimr, Benighted In Sodom live), and is a near lethal dose of solemn audio narcotic, shifting the listener somewhere outside the realm of space-time for the duration of its dissociative transduction from speakers to brain.
Sonic Altar has issued the following announcement about posting a new song online and going on indefinite hiatus:
"Hello world! Wow... It's been some time. Firstly, apologies for the lack of communication surrounding our activity this year. Friends and family will obviously already know what has been going on but for the rest of you, hopefully this will shed some light.
"Dave and I relocated to Gothenburg (Sweden) in January to pursue another project called The Terrorhawks and everything is in full swing over here. During this time we have also built our own recording and rehearsal studio called Greyskull.
"The project has since developed into a fully functional band. We are currently finishing off an album and are booking some gigs in Sweden and Denmark before the end of the year. When we have a single or something out, I'll post it up here for those interested.
"As for Sonic Altar, we are on an indefinite hiatus. Around 7 years of my life was dedicated to this band and perhaps some day it may return in some shape or form. But in the meantime, our respective interests are focused elsewhere. It's taken some time for me to be able to post this, due to many different reasons but the main one being that it is quite a sad thing to admit. There wasn't any animosity or anything between the band that has caused this, it was just time to take things to the next level and that could only really happen the way that it has. More...
Black Salvation has issued the following announcement about a lineup change with the band:
"The times they are a changin, and so we need to announce that Christian Seitz has chosen to leave Black Salvation in order to find salvation on his very own path.
"These last five years were full of profound experiences and all kind of significant moments we surely will keep in our minds.
"However that won't tear us apart and won't affect any of our plans as we already found a replacement.
"Simon Wender will take care of the rhythms and beats from now on and we're fucking eager to go on with him, exploring new aspects in writing songs & playing live. 1st show with Simon will be in Dresden 3rd of September."
Catch the German metal band live on these dates:
30.08 - Leipzig - last one with Seitz
03.09 - Dresden - 1st one with Simon
04.09 - Berlin
05.09 - Leipzig
30.10 - Cottbus
This afternoon, Nashville-based Yautja is on the way to Atlanta, beginning a new six-city tour with an inclusion at the inaugural Southern Darkness Festival this weekend the prime target.
On the massive Southern Darkness lineup, Yautja joins the likes of Pelican, Phobia, Weekend Nachos, Bongripper, A Storm Of Light, Lord Mantis, Coke Bust, Centuries, Primate, Magrudergrind, Jungbluth, Mouth Of The Architect, Maruta and others at the Tampa-based, one-day/three-venue event, taking over tomorrow, Saturday, August 23rd.
Following the festival, the band will rage New Orleans, Baton Rouge, and Birmingham on the way home with one more show still being locked.
8/22/2014 Daniel's House - Atlanta, GA
8/23/2014 Crowbar - Tampa, FL @ Southern Darkness Festival
8/25/2014 Saturn Bar - New Orleans, LA w/ Heat Dust
8/26/2014 The Legendary Noise Floor - Baton Rouge, LA w/ Baby Boy
8/27/2014 The Forge - Birmingham, AL
Yautja is also currently devising a tour for October which will take the group back up through the Northeast U.S. and into Canada; the tour will be completed and announced in the coming days. More...
Grieve has released a new music video for the "Aeon" track, which comes off the "Crux" EP and was directed by Jonny Knowles / Gavin Edson. Check it out below. The group also comments on its sound:
"Hailing from Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, Grieve is a 5-piece metal band. Elements of groove, melody, and technicality are combined to create a unique and powerful sound enriched with dynamics and textures. Forming in 2004, the band has been through changes of members, sound and focus, eventually evolving to become what it is today."
To hear more from Grieve, head over to the group's official Bandcamp page here.
Technical death metal band The Faceless has issued the following announcement about being involved in a vehicle crash yesterday while out on tour:
"To elaborate on the events of last night, in a freak accident, we ended up totaling our vehicle on a stretch of Canadian highway.
"A pack of moose were covering all lanes of the highway and it was completely unavoidable. Some how we all managed to walk away totally unharmed, though a bit shaken up.
"Through the help of our tour mates in Fallujah, Black Crown Initiate and Archspire, we managed to get to a tow yard and onward to a rental facility to get a vehicle and get back on the road. We WILL be playing the remaining tour dates on our current headline tour.
"Thank you for all the support in the past few hours and we hope to see you at the upcoming shows." More...
Following the announcement of the first leg (U.S.) of their world tour, Sleeping with Sirens and Pierce the Veil, are proud to announce European and U.K. dates for Spring 2015 in conjunction with Rockstar Energy Drink. Tickets go on sale Friday, August 29th at 9AM local time; log onto this location for all details.
"The World Tour" is a five-month, multi-leg co-headline world tour, and the first time the two bands will share the stage since their completely sold-out "Collide With The Sky" 2012 trek. With PTV and SWS alternating the closing spot on the bill, the European of the tour will kick off on March 20th in Belgium and finish with two dates at the London Forum on April 10th and 11th, 2015.
"The World Tour" launches in the U.S. on November 5th in Fresno, CA with Beartooth and This Wild Life supporting. More...
Putrified J has released a brand new track online for streaming titled "Killed, Mutilated, Skinned."
This new song is taken from a series of 5 tracks that we will released on a split CD with Goremonger and Aborning, due out via FTA Records later this year.
You can also hear the band's previous release "The Last Harvest" by heading over to this location.
TheObelisk.net today opens a portal to the mammoth closing number from Sorxe's debut LP, "Surrounded By Shadows," with the more than eight minute-long, "The Mountain Man." Give the track at listen at this location.
Sorxe will independently release "Surrounded By Shadows" via digital download and digipak CD on September 2nd, 2014. Digital preorders are now posted online, including an instant download of the track "Steamroller," over here.
Comprised of former members of Graves At Sea, Via Vengeance, Magnetplan, Daughters Of Fission and more, Sorxe's dynamic assault is fueled by two and multiple styles of layered vocals. "Surrounded By Shadows" was recorded by the band's Tanner Crace in multiple sessions in June 2013 at Francisco Studios and February through June 2014 at The Vaulted Owl, with the album mastered by Byron Villain Recording. More...
Witch County England's Devilment - featuring Dani Filth - has published the first episode of an official album interview series for the band's upcoming debut album, "The Great And Secret Show," which is scheduled to be released on Halloween 2014 (October 31).
Check out members Dani, Daniel, and Lauren talking about the band name origin, the musical direction, and how the group differs from Cradle Of Filth in the video below.
The band, consisting of Dani Filth (vocals), Daniel Finch (guitar & samples) Colin Parks (rhythm guitar/lead guitar), Nick Johnson (bass guitar), Aaron Boast (drums), Lauren Francis (keyboards & vocals) recently signed a deal with Nuclear Blast Entertainment.
Dani Filth had this to say about the signing, "I am thrilled to be a part of the Nuclear Blast family with my other band, the Witch County fiends Devilment. Our debut album »The Great And Secret Show« is a horror-metal fuelled slay ride of maleficent proportions and deserves some deep infernal love from a label that has dominated the metal market for aeons. And we have found that unconditional love at Nuclear Blast. All of us in the band are really looking forward to the forthcoming months, as the proverbial war machine kicks into gear and the album surfaces like some sub-aquatic monster hellbent on smashing stuff. Until then keep a cyclopean eye out for regular social media updates, videos and the announcement of live shows to further whet your appetite...” More...
The latest ragin' persuasion from St. Louis-based awesome party squad Cross Examination broke out onto the streets this week in the form of the "Dawn Of The Dude" EP. The high-octane thrash/hardcore output closes a six-year gap between releases from Cross Examination.
As Chicago-based Organized Crime Records this week officially drops "Dawn Of The Dude," Decibel Magazine is now hosting a stream of the entire brain-bashing EP alongside a conversation with Cross Exam Dan on the band's current status, a discussion (with visual proof) of why the band self proclaims "we are bad at vans," and more. You can also hear the full release below. More...
The Devil Wears Prada is set to headline the second night of the Chicago area engagement of Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare.
The quintet will be joined by special guests (TBA) as they take over the ultimate Halloween horror event at the Odeum Expo in Villa Park, IL on September 27th.
After spending thr summer on the main stage of the recently wrapped 2014 Vans Warped Tour, The Devil Wears Prada will help launch the Halloween season in Chicagoland and tickets are on sale now at this location with prices starting at $25.
The Great American Nightmare in Chicago will feature three attractions based on Zombie's own horror films: The Lords Of Salem In Total Black Out, The Haunted World Of El Superbeasto 3D, and Haunt Of 1,000 Corpses. These attractions were first seen at the 2013 Great American Nightmare debut in Pomona, California and have been improved and enhanced based on visitor feedback.
The fully immersive haunted house experience at Rob Zombie's Great American Nightmare will include the Bloody Boulevard with freak shows, musical entertainment – including Street Drum Corps’ renowned Prime Evil Percussion -- roaming characters, themed food and beverages, games and vendors each night. More...
Fremont, Ohio based metalcore band Convictions has released an official music video for the track "Sharks," which is available below. The following press release was also issued about the clip:
"Sharks is the epitome of what metal hardcore should be and was produced by the much sought after producer Joey Sturgis with the video being directed and edited by David Borges. The video originally premiered on BryanStars and 'Sharks' is now available as a free download on SoundCloud!"
Kaine is excited to announce the band has been added as last minute support to Mordred's tour of Britain/Ireland. Kaine was offered the slot after original openers Furyon had to cancel.
Kaine will be having a change of personnel for the tour as guitarist Anthony Murch will not be able to take up his duties due to work commitments. Anthony will however be playing the London date with the band.
Saxon Davids (Entropy) will be playing lead guitar for the rest of the tour. David has had two days and one rehearsal to get ready for this tour, which was only offered to the band and confirmed on Monday. Dates are as follows: More...
While currently on another world tour, this time to support the "Pariah’s Child" album (reviewed here), Finnish melodic metal heroes Sonata Arctica swung by the studio to re-record debut album "Ecliptica," which was originally released 15 years ago.
This new version will be released on October 24th under the banner "Ecliptica – Revisited; 15th Anniversary Edition" through Nuclear Blast.
Way back when, "Ecliptica" was recorded at Tico-Tico studios and mixed at Finnvox by Mikko Karmila. The album was promoted live on tour with Stratovarius and Rhapsody. Henrik 'Henkka' Klingenberg comments:
"When it first was suggested to us by our Japanese label that we’d re-record our debut album 'Ecliptica,' it felt a bit weird, but somehow the idea grew on us. Being that only Tony and Tommy played on the original one, we thought that it would be a fun thing to do, to give these great songs another run.
"We’re definitely not trying to re-write history, the original 'Ecliptica' is the starting point of this band and a very special album with a certain feel of innocence and enthusiasm which cannot be recreated as such since we’re not teenagers anymore. Having said that, this new version is more of a tribute and an update on how these songs sound when played by our current line-up.
"We wanted to stay true to the original album as much as possible and not turn this into some weird re-arranged project where you couldn’t tell which song was being played. So here it is, the 15th anniversary version of 'Ecliptica'.
"Hope you enjoy it, we certainly had a good time digging into these songs and laying down the tracks." More...
Saturnalia Temple is now working on a second album, planned for an early 2015 release. Listenable Records also issued the following statement:
"As a band that moves intently and without compromise, this new recording is also being done in their own studio 'Sitra Ahra,' in the forests outside Uppsala, Sweden.
"The critically acclaimed first album Aion of Drakon took the band to numerous major festivals including Roadburn, Hell’s pleasure and Heavy Days in Doomtown as well as on both European and North American tours.
"The strong occult and dark magical backbone is more prevalent than ever, and as a band that actually started before the current occult trend appeared, and considering that mastermind Tommie Eriksson is both a published writer and well known practitioner and lecture holder on the magical and occult arts, this will be a record that stands out from the tepid repetition of 70s clichés.
"The album is to be named 'To The Other' to signify that it is a gift from the band to both the Other Side, and to all that is in the shadows, in the other side of existence, that which has been neglected by the everyday world of light. US drummer Tim Call (Aldebaran, Howling Wind, Nightfell etc) brings his experience and power to the band on this recording.
"The album will be released by Listenable Records in Europe, and The Ajna Offensive in the U.S. The album will be mixed and mastered by Michael Zech (Triptykon, The Ruins Of Beverast)."
Ophis has released a taste of upcoming new album "Abhorrence In Opulence" with the 12 minute monolith "Resurrectum."
Listen to the track below, and if you like what you hear, you can pre-order the new album at this location. "Abhorrence In Opulence" is due for release on September 5th, 2014.
Onheil is streaming new track "The Omega Legions," taken off forthcoming album "Storm Is Coming."
The song can be heard below, and "Storm Is Coming" will see release on September 5th, 2014 via Cyclone Empire. The album's track listing is as follows:
1. Embrace the Chaos
2. Kill Tomorrow
3. Self-Destruction Mode
4. The Omega Legions
5. Storm Is Coming
6. The End of Everything
7. Wings of Death
8. Dronkenschap in Duisternis II
9. Nature's Wrath
10. Streams of Silence More...
Burning Nitrum has released a promo video for the upcoming "Molotov" album, which features samples of all 10 tracks and can be heard below.
The album's artwork was created by Ed Repka (Megadeth, Death, Massacre, Vio-Lence, Toxik, Uncle Slam and many more). The "Molotov" track listing is as follows:
01. Subversive Nausea
02. Remote of Death
03. Apocalypse of Pain
04. High Speed Bangers
05. Lying Until The End
06. Falling into Slavery
07. Slave of Lust
08. Sparkling Splatter
09. Nemesis, The Death Star
10. Turned to Ashes (Nothing Stands Still)
Dublin outfit Coldwar has a new music video out for "13th Moon," which comes by way of the "Pantheist" album and is available below. The album's track listing is as follows:
1. Heart Of Darkness
2. Ether Child (watch the lyric video here)
3. Mazu Awakens
4. 13th Moon
5. The Falcon Cannot Hear The Falconer
7. Consciousness Paralysis
8. Abandonment Of Being
9. Last Days Of The 4th Sun
Samael has released the track "Ad Gloriam" online, which is taken from Xy’s side album "Sedunum" - an instrumental journey specifically created for the Swiss city Sion.
Give the new song a listen below.
Samael also recently posted a new live music video for the classic track "Moonskin" taken off the iconic '90s album "Passage." Check it out over here.
You can get your own copy of the "Sedunum" album at this location, and the full track listing is as follows:
1. Sedunum : 3.14
2. Ad Gloriam : 4.18
3. Dreams of Yore : 3.13
4. Celestial City : 4.59
5. Elsewhere : 2.15
6. In Aeternum : 4.27
7. Timeless : 2.24
8. For Victory : 2.33
9. Once : 1.58
10. Through Ages : 4.23
11. Eternal Peace : 3.32
12. In Memoriam : 3.03
13. Babylon : 4.30 More...
Falloch just released a teaser trailer for the band's upcoming album "This Island, Our Funeral." Gloom up your Friday with some atmospheric music below.
The album is due out October 21st (September 22nd in Europe) and can be pre-ordered at this location. The track listing is:
2. For Life
3. For Uir
5. I Shall Build Mountains
Finnish melodic metal act Soulhealer announced that the third studio release will be entitled "Bear the Cross." The album is set to drop via Pure Legend Records (a division of Pure Steel Records) on October 17th. The album's artwork, created again by Timo Wuerz, can be seen below. The album was mixed and mastered by Janne Tolsa of Note-On Studio.
The track list for the album is:
1. Unleash The Beast
2. Bear The Cross
3. The Journey Goes On
4. Fall From Grace
5. Dead Man Walking
6. Thorns In My Heart
7. The Viper’s Kiss
8. Blinded By The Light
10. Settle The Score More...
Polish technical death metal act Decapitated released a trailer for the upcoming release "Blood Mantra." The album is set for release on September 19th (EU), September 29th (UK) and September 30th (North America) via Nuclear Blast.
The track list for "Blood Mantra" is:
1. Exiled In Flesh
2. The Blasphemous Psalm To The Dummy God Creation (streaming here)
4. Blood Mantra
8. Red Sun
9. Moth Defect (Bonus Track) (Digipak Edition)
Check out the clip here: More...
Jaded Heart released a music video for the new track "Control," which features MasterPlan vocalist Rick Altzi. The song will appear on the band's upcoming new release "Fight the System," which is set for release on September 26th via Fastball Music.
The track list for the album is:
3. Not In A Million Years
4. I Lost My Faith
6. Never Free
7. Till Death Do Us Part
8. Terror In Me
11. In The Shadows
The deluxe edition also comes with two bonus tracks:
13. Flee and Run More...
Swedish melodic death metal act Gormathon released a music video for the new track "Land of the Lost." The song appears on the upcoming new release "Follow the Beast," the sophomore full length release due out via Napalm Records on the following release schedule:
September 24th: NOR/SWE
September 26th: G/A/S, FIN & BENELUX
September 29th: UK & EUROPE
October 7th: US/CAN
Gormathon describes the music as "melodic death metal and thrash with influences from modern Heavy Metal to inspirations of old Metal heroes from the eighties." "We all have different backgrounds and influences. Presumably this is the main reason why our music sounds a bit different than the usual Metal styles" explains guitarist Stefan Jonsson. "We had very clear ideas about how GORMATHON should sound. We knew exactly what the Metal scene is missing nowadays. We had to get it only from our minds to our instruments. I think our new record will prove that we have successfully implemented our project."
The band continues a tradition of fine metal bands coming from the small Swedish town of Bollnäs. Jonsson explains what is going on with this fabled city itself: "Here’s nothing going on. That’s why we are so devoted to the Heavy Metal. But when you leave our boring town and dare to walk through our dark forests, then you will encounter gnomes, trolls and other beings."
Check out "Land of the Lost" here: More...
Sweden's Scar Symmetry premiered a lyric video for the new track "Limits of Infinity." The song is the first taste of the band's upcoming new release "The Singularity (Phase I: Neohumanity)," the first in a new trilogy concept album series set for release on October 3rd (EU), October 6th (UK & France) and October 14th (US) via Nuclear Blast Records.
Per Nilsson comments: “I thought to myself... am I allowed to fuse death metal with AOR, and go extreme in both directions? I didn't ask for permission, I just went and did it, and I'm pretty excited to hear what people are gonna think about it.”
Henrik Ohlsson adds: "Limits to Infinity” unveils the malevolent plan of the elite, the hidden hand, and their discoveries regarding the secrets of the universe. The lyric elaborates on the decision makers' long-term plan to merge with machines and colonize other planets."
The track listing for "The Singularity (Phase I: Neohumanity)" is:
1. The Shape of Things to Come
3. Limits to Infinity
4. Cryonic Harvest
5. The Spiral Timeshift
6. Children of the Integrated Circuit
8. Technocalyptic Cybergeddon
Check out "Limits to Infinity" here: More...
Brazil's Hellish War has an official music video out now for the title track to new album "Keep It Hellish," which can be found below. "Keep It Hellish" was released earlier this Summer, and the track listing is as follows:
1. Keep It Hellish
2. The Challenge
3. Reflects on the Blade
4. Fire and Killing
5. Scars (Underneath Your Skin)
6. Masters of Wreckage
7. Phanton Ship
8. The Quest
9. Darkness Ride
10. Battle at Sea
After premiering the song "Starless" online with us earlier this week, New Zealand's Orphans Of Dusk has made the full "Revenant" EP available online for streaming.
Grab your own copy of the release at Bandcamp here, or stream the songs below. The track listing is as follows:
1. August Price 05:03
2. Starless 07:25
3. Nibelheim 06:36
4. Beneath the Cover of Night 08:13 More...