Metal News for August 23, 2013
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Joey Lacaze, the drummer for Eyehategod, Outlaw Order, Ten Suicides, and Italian Cemetery Suicide Accidents, has passed away.
Eyehategod had just returned days ago from a successful month-long tour in Europe. You can visit EyeHateGod's Facebook profile to catch up on any released statements.
EyeHateGod had recently announced three 25th anniversary shows to take place in September and October. As there has been no official statement from the band, it is unclear if these will go on as planned or are more likely going to be cancelled.
Officials listed the cause of death due to respiratory failure; he was afflicted with long-term asthma.
An account is set up for the benefit of his daughter Lilith LaCaze. Checks can be made payable to the Lilith LaCaze or Joseph LaCaze donation fund at any Capital One Bank in any city.
Chicago defenders of steel Scythe today premiere the new track "Leather Aggressor," which can be heard below courtesy of Decibel magazine.
The track hails from Scythe's second album, "Subterranean Steel," set for release on September 11th through R.I.P. Records in North America and through Primitive Reaction for Europe and the UK. The album's track listing is:
1. Leather Aggressor
3. Subterranean Steel
4. October Dies
5. The Grunting Dead
6. The Bray Beast
7. Beyond the Northwoods
8. Nights of Terror
9. Thunder Hammer More...
Chicago based heavy rock band SOiL will hit the U.K. as direct support to reggae rockers Skindred starting January 22nd, 2014 at The Junction in Cambridge England.
This tour will be the first U.K. trek in support of SOiL's sixth studio release "Whole," available now through Pavement Entertainment and AFM Records. "Whole" is the first album to feature original vocalist Ryan McCombs since 2004's "Re.De.Fine." Russian and European tours will follow the U.K. dates, with further details forthcoming.
"We are both excited and scared to tour the UK with Skindred," states SOiL bassist Tim King. "Excited because Skindred are great friends of ours and it's been long overdue to tour together again. Scared because Skindred are great friends of ours and we will definitely be in danger of having too much fun and getting in too much trouble together!"
Skindred's drummer Arya Goggin says: "We always pride ourselves on having great guests on our tours and we are really excited to have SOiL as our main special guests on our Kill the Power UK Tour especially with Ryan back in the lineup. They are great friends and absolutely slay it live so we cant wait to party with them. We are also extremely excited to have LA band Viza also join the tour and to bring some of their unique energetic gypsy punk metal madness to the proceedings which should make for a great evening." More...
Chapter 14, which features Chad Ackerman (ex-Destroy the Runner, As I Lay Dying, Austrian Death Machine), has posted the following message online about changing names to A Veil:
"Hey everyone, we wanted to let you know that we have decided together as a band to become A Veil. Right now we are recording new material. We decided to bring over Chapter 14 songs that we have not released yet and do so through A Veil.
"Chapter 14 had two amazing U.S. tours and we couldn't have done that without you. Thank you for letting us eat your food, sleep on your floors and couches, and for keeping us on the road while touring.
"We are excited to share A Veil with you, and we are going to continue together as musicians and friends."
Israeli slamming death metal outfit Morbid Crucifixion has revealed the cover artwork for new album "Decaying Human Flesh." Check out the herd of rancors below.
The album is due out in early 2014. For more info on the band, head over to Facebook here.
As Portland's doombrewers Diesto prepare for their fifth full-length, "For Water or Blood," to see vinyl/digital release this Tuesday, August 27th via homegrown Eolian Empire, today their gnarly new video for "Edge Of The World" infiltrates the interweb. Check it out below.
Directed by Adam Cornelius from a script by band friend Scott Blais, and filmed at a completely off-the-grid location in the Cascade Mountains, the blackened backwoods comedy in "Edge Of The World" features appearances by all four members of Diesto as well as their underworld comrade Erik Olson of Lord Dying stardom. More...
Masada's "Hideous Rot" is now seeing a 12" vinyl pressing courtesy of Blood Harvest on September 27th, 2013. The following press release was issued about the band:
"Although the name might be new, Masada feature legendary scene vet Cazz 'The Black Lourde of Crucifixion' Grant (Crucifier, ex-Grand Belial's Key) on vocals and drums. Along with guitar/bass wizard Chris Milewski, Masada create complex, labyrinthine constructions that warp the mind and wrack one's equilibrium, recalling the likes of Coroner, Timeghoul, mid-period Pestilence, and even later Death whilst keeping a unique identity all their own. Open your mind and let in Hideous Rot..."
1. Hideous Cerebral Pulp
3. Exist To Rot
4. Suffer Mental Decay
5. Toxic Unreality More...
Greek act Revolted Masses has posted a video clip online for the title track off debut album "Us Or Them," which can be viewed below. The cartoon segments of the clip are taken from Brother Can You A Spare A Job by Tom Neely and Greg Saunders. Revolted Masses is:
George Triantafullidis - Vocals
Vaggelis Theodorakis - Guitars
Kwstas Karvounis-Zoumpos - Guitars
George Stathopoulos - Bass Guitar
George Anamouroglou - Drums
Delusion is returning with new album "The Temple Divine," which is to be released on Ravenhurst Records August 30th, 2013. A teaser trailer is available below.
According to a press release, the band delivers 12 songs of "powerful, melodic, and memorable music mixed and mastered by Drew Mazurek, whose credits include Linkin' Park, Gwar, Nothingface, and others."
Xibalba will be touring Europe this coming September and October with Hierophant. Dates for the trek can be found at the Xibalba Facebook profile here or in the tour poster available below.
Broken Hope has released a video clip containing the song "Ghastly," which can be found below and is taken from the album, "Omen Of Disease."
The new album is due out via Century Media Records on September 30th (EU) and October 1st (US), 2013. Previously posted track "The Flesh Mechanic" can also be heard over at this location.
Philadelphia's With Life In Mind has checked in with the following announcement about calling it quits:
"Hi all. Josh here. It’s been a while since we’ve updated anyone so I wanted to take the time to do that now. Over the past few years this band has allowed us to experience things we never would have thought possible, see places we had only hoped to see, and make some of the most amazing friendships we could ask for. Unfortunately, for myself and the rest of the guys, our time in WLIM has come to an end.
"Any and every reason for this would be a waste of time to go into detail about. The story is never new, no one is ever surprised. So, I’ll keep them brief and to the point. It has been a revolving door of members since 2009, making it very difficult to move forward with a lot of things. Money has never been something this band was blessed with, which can halt progress altogether. It came to a point where the remaining few of us could no longer pour what little money we had into what great amount we needed to get us to the next step. There really isn’t much more to it than that. More...
Newly formed Finnish act Evil Drive has posted several new songs online for streaming. Check out "Bullet" and "No Way In The Lie" in the players below, or hear more over at the band's SoundCloud profile here. Evil Drive is:
Viktoria Viren - Vocals
Ville Wiren - Guitar
Niko Huusari - Guitar
Juha Beck Drums
Jussi Mäkinen - Bass
Tear Out The Heart will be joining The Browning and This Or The Apocalypse for a full U.S. tour beginning September 20th. See a full list of dates below, along with the music video for "Coffin Eyes."
9/20 – Portage, IN @ Camelot Hall
9/21 – Indianapolis, IN @ Old National Centre
9/22 – Muskegon, MI @ Club Envy
9/24 – Flint, MI @ The Machine Shop
9/27 – Providence, RI @ Loft 71
9/28 – Lemonye, PA @ Championship
9/29 – New York, NY @ Tobacco Road More...
Legendary thrash act Metal Church, who celebrated a reunion at sea aboard 70,000 Tons of Metal in January 2013, have now posted samples from the upcoming comeback release "Generation Nothing." The album is targeted for release this fall via Rat Pak Records.
The track listing has been revealed to be:
1. Bullet Proof
2. Dead City
3. Generation Nothing
4. Noises in the Wall
5. Jump the Gun
8. Hits Keep Coming
9. Close to the Bone
10. The Media Horse
Samples of "Hits Keep Coming" and "Scream" can be heard here: More...
New York avant-garde progressive metal band Castevet has completed work on new album "Obsian," the follow-up to the "Mounds Of Ash" debut. The album will see release on October 15th via Profound Lore. The label comments:
"With 'Obsian' Castevet (who now feature Krallice bassist/vocalist Nicholas McMaster amongst the triarchy) have crafted a more-dense, immense, and layered album than its predecessor, an album which defines a new paradigm in dissonant blackened progressive metal dementia.
"With layered rhythmic uneasiness and meticulously constructed musical counterpoint serving its purpose as a crawling hateful offering unlike anything you’ll hear within metal this year, 'Obsian' is the vision of three of artistically fervent musicians who sonically portray a morally impaired and devastating scenario of inevitable ruin and downfall."
1. The Tower
3. The Curve
4. Fathomed By Beggars And Victims
6. The Seat Of Severance More...
Scott Hull, guitarist for the legendary grind kings Pig Destroyer, is this month's featured guest on the Decibel Magazine Podcast.
In their first own location podcast, Decibel infiltrated the sordid underworld of Scott Hull's Visceral Sound studio to talk Pig Destroyer, Agoraphobic Nosebleed, the Decibel 100 show and much more. Check out the podcast right here.
Pig Destroyer will be hitting the road this summer for a handful of festivals including Hopscotch Fest (with label-mates Inter Arma and ASG), Basillica Soundscape in Hudson, NY and the Housecore Horror Film Fest in Austin, TX. A complete list of dates can be viewed below.
Frontman JR Hayes commented on the upcoming shows: "In September, we'll be at the Hopscotch Fest where I'm pretty sure we'll be making our NC debut. Only took us 16 years. Oh yeah, and Gorguts will be there to tech-metal your face off. The following Friday we'll be in Hudson NY in an old glue factory for a show/art exhibit masterminded by legendary cult director Matthew Barney. All bets are off for that one. Anything could happen. More...
Dallas death metal battalion Cleric will crush the weak with a disparaging debut LP, "Gratum Inferno," through Tofu Carnage Records this fall, the label now confirming the street date for the record as September 26th. The following press release was issued about the band:
"Formed by members of Kill the Client, Baring Teeth, and Tyrannosorceress, Cleric fuses their old-school death metal aggressive tendencies here into a relentless attack, which their Gratum Inferno LP attempts to capture in full-force.
"Recorded by Garry Brents (Kill The Client, Phobia, Noisear) and mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege (From Ashes Rise, Nails, Sleep), Gratum Inferno boasts nearly a half-hour of grating, Stockholm-bred but Americanized death through seven hymns of debauchery, bizarre, haunting and horror-soundtrack elements permeating from deep within its hellish core.
"The platter is being pressed on 200-gram, translucent yellow wax with blood red and milky clear splatter and features heavyweight spot-varnish printed jackets, gold foil-stamped inner-sleeve graphics, was mastered at 45rpm for superior sound quality, and bears insane cover art was masterminded by Jason Barnett (Noothgrush, etc.). More...
"Stolen," a new video from the Brazilian alcoholic groove metal outfit Broken & Burnt, has been posted online.
The song will be featured in "Stolen / Unsober," a split EP that the band will release this month along with Blackslug. This follow-up to 2012's "Let The Burning Begin" album will feature 3 tracks of each band and will be available for download soon.
About the video, the band members said: "The idea behind it is simple, exactly what you guys are seeing, a 'do-it-yourself' style! We got videos that friends recorded in our gigs and that's it! It shows a bit of our concerts and us in studio."
Indie Recordings has checked in with the following announcement about the release of "Unravel" from Gehenna this coming October 14th:
"It's finally here - 'Unravel!' Having kept us waiting since their 2005 release of 'WW,' 'Unravel' is Gehenna’s latest addition to the Norwegian black metal experience.
"It carries the spirit from WW, and twists it to confront a more post-apocalyptic era – rather than the ragnarok of the bourgeoise, the individual, and the failings of western society – Gehenna faces 21st century existence head on. There is no remorse, no compromise – there is only perfect hate.
"Gehenna was formed in 1993, and were part of the 2nd wave of Norwegian black metal. They recorded their Black Seared Heart demo in May of that year, and soon caught a lot of attention in the underground. Two of the tracks from this demo were released as a 7” vinyl titled Ancestors of the Darkly Sky shortly after.
"Gehenna also caught the attention of Metalion of the legendary Slayer Mag, and penned a deal with him to release the mini-album First Spell on his label Head Not Found in 1994. After First Spell, Gehenna signed with London-based Cacophonous Records (also early Cradle of Filth and Dimmu Borgir), and released Seen through the Veils of Darkness (1995) and Malice (1996) on this label.
"Following the tour in 1996, new label negotiations took place, and Gehenna penned a deal with Moonfog Productions (also Darkthrone, Satyricon) for their next albums Adimiron Black ((1998), Murder (2000) and WW (2005). These three albums have later been re-released on Peaceville Records. In 2008 Gehenna signed with Indie Recordings, and released an upgraded version ofFirst spell in 2009." More...
As the self-titled debut LP from Portland, Oregon grindcore patrol Transient nears its release in just over two weeks -- hitting the streets via Six Weeks Records on September 10th -- today Pitchfork releases a new single. Check out "Positivism" at this location.
You can also listen to the previously posted track "False Philanthropy" over here. Catch Transient live on these dates:
10/10-12/2013 The Rock - Tucson, AZ @ Southwest Terror Fest
11/08-09/2013 Oakland Metro - Oakland, CA @ Six Weeks Records 20th Anniversary More...
Ministry's upcoming album "From Beer To Eternity" is due out this coming September 6th worldwide via AFM.
The band has now released a second making-of clip for the album, which can be found below. You can also watch the previously posted first video in the series at this location.
"PermaWar," the first music video off "From Beer To Eternity," was also recently posted online and can be viewed at this location.
"From Beer To Eternity" features the final studio recordings by long-time Ministry collaborator guitarist Mike Scaccia, who died in December from a heart attack suffered three days after rough tracks for the album had been completed.
Saint Vitus has announced a new U.S. headlining tour in the fall with Pallbearer, Zoroaster, and The Hookers. A full list of tour dates can be found below.
Saint Vitus is also re-issuing the "Die Healing" and "C.O.D." albums vis Season of Mist, with order information available here.
10/4 San Antonio TX @ Korova
10/5 Norman OK @ The Opolis
10/6 St Louis MO @ Firebird
10/7 Minneapolis MN @ 7th St Entry
10/8 Chicago IL @ Reggies
10/9 Grand Rapids @ Pyramid Scheme
10/10 Detroit MI @ Magic Stick
10/11 Cleveland OH @ Grog Shop
10/12 Pittsburgh PA @ Rex Theater
10/13 Baltimore MD @ Metro Gallery
10/14 Upstate NY @ Bogie's
10/15 Boston MA @ Middle East
10/17 West Chester PA @ The Note
10/18 Brooklyn NY @ Europa
10/20 Springfield VA @ Empire
10/21 Richmond VA @ Strange Matter
10/22 Asheville NC @ The Orange Peel
10/23 Nashville TN @ Exit / In
10/24 Atlanta GA @ The EARL
10/25 New Orleans LA @ One Eyed Jacks More...
Running Wild will release new album "Resilient" in Europe this coming October 7th, 2013. The band has now revealed the cover artwork, available below, and the track listing is as follows:
1. Soldiers Of Fortune
3. Adventure Highway
4. The Drift
5. Desert Rose
7. Run Riot
8. Down To The Wire
9. Crystal Gold
10. Bloody Island
11. Payola & Shenanigans (Limited Edition Bonus Track)
12. Premonition (Limited Edition Bonus Track) More...
Maryland rockers Clutch have confirmed that they will be heading back down under next year to participate in the Soundwave Festival.
The first show is Saturday February 22nd in Brisbane, followed by shows in Syndey, Melbourne, and Adelaide before wrapping up Monday March 3rd in Perth. A complete list of dates is below. Clutch's headlining Australian dates will be announced shortly.
Clutch will also kick off the next leg of the "Earth Rocker" World Tour this coming September 14th in Baltimore, MD with an appearance at The Shindig Festival. But before that, Clutch will make a one off trip to Western Canada and appear in Edmonton, Alberta on August 31st for the Alberta's Own Festival.
Support on the headline tour in September will come from The Sword andCrobot. The start of the October leg of the tour will begin with another festival appearance in Virginia Beach, VA at Localpalooza. Support on these shows will be provided by The Sword and American Sharks. More...
Bulgarian old school death metallers Concrete have recently inked a deal with the Canadian underground label Mulligore Productions.
The band's new offering, "Dawn of Revival," is set for a worldwide October 1st release. The opus was recorded, mixed, and mastered at the Playground Studio in Shumen, Bulgaria by producer Marin Marinov of Abaddon. Check out the song "Devour My Flesh" below.
After having to cancel two shows due to a health issue with front man Alexi Laiho, Finnish metal superstars Children of Bodom will be heading out on a European tour next month.
You can enter a sweepstakes to win passes for the tour at this location, or check out a teaser trailer for the European trek below.
Dates and venues for the tour are available after the jump. More...
Chimaira has announced the "No Mercy for the Midwest" tour, which will see the band supporting latest album "Crown of Phantoms," released back in July.
A teaser trailer for the album can be heard at this location.
Details for the U.S. shows are as follows:
9/21/13 Indianapolis, IN - Egyptian Room @ Old National Centre
9/22/13 Peoria, IL - Brass Rail
9/23/13 Sauget ,IL - Pop's
9/24/13 Steger, IL - Another Hole in the Wall
9/25/13 Minneapolis, MN - Skyway Theater
9/26/13 Sauk Rapids, MN - Bubba's
9/28/13 Rockford, IL - Back Bar
9/29/13 Battle Creek, MI - Planet Rock More...
Spanish thrash metal outfit Fuck Off is about to unleash a new comeback album. Just one year after the 1988 debut album "Another Sacrifice" was re-issued, the band, which reformed in 2010, will see 3rd full length "Smile As You Kill" released in September through Xtreem Music.
"Smile As You Kill" will contain 7 new songs, a re-recording of "People in War" from the group's very first 7" EP and a cover of Rainbow's "Long Live Rock & Roll," which was intended for a Dio tribute album with Spanish bands that was supposed to come out in early 2011. The following press release was issued about the album:
"All this has been written & recorded during the last 2-3 years with different members but with original member Pep Casas (guitars) and new vocalist Albert as main basis of the album. However, one of the songs ("Gardens of Stone") was entirely recorded by original vocalist Joe.
"The new album follows the traditional style of the band, an old fashioned speed/thrash/heavy ,etal totally exempt from modern influences and clichés, being recorded the 80's way with analogic systems, but counting with the mastering of Swedish gurú Dan Swanö who gave all the songs the heavy and powerful feeling it needed."
The track listing is as follows:
2. Doomed From the Cradle
3. Gardens of Stone
4. Smile As You Kill
5. The Priest
6. We Are Back in Town
7. Impera la Corrupción
8. People in War 
9. Long Live Rock & Roll [Rainbow] More...
Ashes of Ares is the new formation of Matt Barlow (ex-Iced Earth), Van Williams (ex-Nevermore) and Freddie Vidales (ex-Iced Earth).
On September 6th, Nuclear Blast releases the band's self-titled debut album, which was produced at Morrisound Recording by Jim Morris.
Today Ashes of Ares proudly presents the second part of a track-by-track trailer, including a preview of five new tracks plus comments from Matt Barlow. Check it out below. The new album's track listing is as follows:
01. The Messenger
02. Move the Chains
03. On Warrior's Wings
05. This is my Hell
06. Dead Man's Plight
07. Chalice of Man
08. The Answer
09. What I Am
10. The One-Eyed King
11. The Answer (acoustic version) More...
BrooklynVegan today presents the premiere of Calculator's video for "Overture," a song off the LA band's recent full-length, "This Will Come To Pass." Watch the clip below.
With the full-length album out now, Melotov Records prepares for its grand reissue of another Calculator release: the out-of-print 2010 album, "These Roots Grow Deep," a collection of the band's early work.
Due out August 27th on Melotov, the reissue is a limited pressing of 500 white vinyl LPs featuring all new artwork. Recorded between 2007-2009, the songs on the album were tracked at various locations including The Earth Capital in LA with producer Alex Estrada (Nails, Touche Amore, Xibalba). More...
Brooklyn's industrial blackened doomsmiths Batillus, who were covered in the genre flip-flopping edition of our "Unearthing the Metal Underground" column, are pleased to unveil their work of cinematic grimness in the form of "Concrete."
An ultra bleak, narrative story that brings the track to life in a most uncomfortable fashion, "Concrete" was directed by Gretchen Heinel, features actors Candice Freshko, David McManamon, Rush Aaron Hicks, Mockingbird Girl, Jane Marguerite and La Luna and serves as the band's first ever music video.
German gothic metal act The Vision Bleak, featuring Allen B. Konstanz (Ewigheim) and Ulf Theodor Schwadorf (Empyrium), is streaming the new track "The Wood Hag." The song appears on the upcoming new release "Witching Hour." The album is scheduled for a September 27th release through Prophecy Productions.
Check out "The Wood Hag" here:
Finnish gothic metal band Unshine is streaming the new track "The Blood Of Ardennes." The song appears on the band's new release "Dark Half Rising," which drops today in Europe via Massacre Records.
The track listing for the album is:
1. Nadja‘s Wailing About Coming Of The Frost
2. The Oath To Wilderness Of Unredeemed Nature
5. Defender Of His Faith
6. Their Horses Never Touch The Ground
8. The Blood Of Ardennes
9. Ikuinen Taistelu
10. Bone Fires
11. Ategenos (At The Death Of Winter)
Check out "The Blood of Ardennes" here: More...
Vista Chino, featuring John Garcia and Brant Bjork (formerly of Kyuss), has posted up a preview clip featuring clips from the entire new album "Peace." The album will be released September 3rd in North America via Napalm Records.
Check out the preview here:
Icelandic viking act Skalmöld released a new music video for the song "Gleipnir." The song appears on the band's latest effort "Börn Loka," which was issued last year via Napalm Records (see review here).
"Börn Loka" ("Loki's children") is a concept album that focuses on the story of the siblings Hilmar and Brynhildur. In order to achieve honor as a Viking warrior, Hilmar has to embark on a perilous journey, fight terrifying beasts and possibly make the biggest sacrifice imaginable. Check out the video here:
German prog metal act Assignment is streaming the new track "Ending Love." The song features guest vocal performances from Michael Bormann (PowerWorld) and Robin Beck. The song will appear on the worldwide release of the band's third album "Inside the Machine," which drops on October 11th via Mausoleum Records.
The conceptual release also features guest vocalists: Mats Leven (Candlemass/ex-Yngwie Malmsteen/ex-Addagio) and Carsten Kaiser (ex-Angel Dust).
The track listing is as follows:
1. Upload The System
2. The Intrusion
3. I Am The Machine
5. Love Between Heaven & Hell
7. Messiah’s Fall
8. Ending Love
9. Another Sacrifice
10. Electric City
11. Walk Alone
12. Eternal Silence
13. Bug In The System
14. End Of The Machine
Check out "Ending Love" here: More...
Finnish melodic death metal act MyGrain, featuring Damnation Plan vocalist Tommy Tuovinen (known here as To(mm)yboy), posted a music video for the new track "Dreamscape." The song appears on the band's upcoming fourth studio album "Planetary Breathing." The album drops via Spinefarm Records on September 27th.
The track listing for the album is:
2. Waking Up the Damned
4. Black Light Supernova
6. Rats in the Cradle
7. The Ghost in Me
8. Mechanimal Instinct
9. The Final Skyline
10. Planetary Breathing More...
Swedish act Bombus posted a lyric video for the new track "Into the Fire." The song appears on the upcoming sophomore release "The Poet And The Parrot," which hits the light on August 26th in Europe and September 17th in North America. The album will be available as limited edition Digipak (with 2 additional bonus tracks), as standard CD and as gatefold vinyl (180gr. black or dark green version). Pre-orders can be made at this location.
The track list for the album is:
Progressive metal act The Safety Fire is streaming the entire new release "Mouth of Swords" ahead of the September 2nd (EU) and September 3rd (North America) release date through InsideOutMusic.
The track list is as follows:
1. Mouth Of Swords
2. Glass Crush
4. Beware The Leopard (Jagwar) feat. Tommy Rogers
5. Red Hatchet (see music video)
6. Wise Hands
7.? The Ghosts That Wait For Spring
8. I Am Time, The Destroyer
9. Old Souls
Check it out here: More...
After revealing Rick Wakeman as the second guest keyboardist, Arjen Anthony Lucassen has revealed the name of the yesterday's "guess the vocalist 3" video as Lacuna Coil's Cristina Scabbia (see video below). The new release "The Theory of Everything" is due out later this year.
Check out the reveal here: