Metal News for August 27, 2012
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Maine's Rebuilding the Ruins has issued the following brief announcement about parting ways with vocalist Ricky Vaccaro:
"Sad to say but Ricky has parted ways with us, we wish him the best. We're not going to get into details so please dont ask. That being said we are holding auditions for a new frontman, message us if you want to set something up."
Croatian black metal act Prognan has uploaded the entire new "Jama" EP online for streaming. You can listen to the tracks below or at the band's SoundCloud page. Prognan commented:
"We've decided to share our EP with our fans, there's no better way to thank them for supporting us for almost five years. This new EP is the last release before a new album that we are working on currently. Each song shows a segment of our history, the only way we could convey a full message to the listener and express ourselves the best way possible is by doing the entire lyrics in our language."
The track listing is:
4. Za Korak Paklu Bliže (The Stone cover) More...
Monday means it’s time to expand your metallic horizons again as we delve into the underground metal scene and dig up three bands you might not had a chance to check out yet, but which all deserve to be heard by a wider audience. This week we’re looking at heavily atmospheric groups that incorporate specific sonic elements to create an undeniable mood throughout the music. In this instance by “atmospheric” we’re not necessarily referring to ambient or even symphonic bands (although these acts do have some symphonic sounds), but rather to bands that have a clearly present atmosphere in addition to being extreme metal.
This out-of-nowhere band just signed on with Debemur Morti Productions to release an upcoming album titled “Fin De Siècle.” The vocalist’s weird, screechy screams almost would have qualified this act for our previous look at unearthing bands with bizarre vocals, and those screams are put to good use to foster a specific tone and mood.
The abrasive, off-the-wall screams mixed with the atmospheric clean singing and mid-paced guitar riffs draws all ears in, and basically forces attention as the music builds and becomes more frantic. The video for “Megalomanic,” available below, embodies the depressive black metal ideal, creating a sort of unhinged and demented sound, while vaguely giving the impression of being utterly alone in the middle of nowhere.
The maiden studio recordings from the Assembly of Light Choir will see release this week via At A Loss Recordings, boasting six ethereal hymns from the twenty-some member female secular choir. Recorded at Machines With Magnets in the choir's hometown of Providence, Rhode Island, the self-titled album features contributions from members of The Body, Braveyoung, Work/Death, Daughters, and more, creating some of the most unique songcraft in recent memory.
As "Assembly Of Light" is officially available this week, the folks at Cvlt Nation are hosting a stream of the entire album, right here.
Assembly of Light just returned from an intense West Coast tour with close friends, and labelmates, The Body and Braveyoung, where all three bands presented their own solo contributions as well as collaborative movements with members of all three bands simultaneously, as they have on previous tours on the East Coast.
Further tour plans will be unveiled in the weeks ahead as the choir permeates new parts of the Earth with its presence.
"Ramshackle" is Australian folk metal band Troldhaugen's follow up to the 2010 self-titled EP. The album is set to be released on August 31st and according to a press release "combines elements of folk metal/progressive metal with a touch of wackiness and the best aspects of the band's high energy live shows. The new album is a culmination of ideas and influences developed throughout the band's 5 year history together."
You can stream new song "Beast Wagon" in the player below, and the album's full track listing is as follows:
1. Beneath the Festering Marsh
2. The Circus of Misery
3. Beast Wagon
4. Slaughterhouse Swing
5. Corpsefed Cauldron
6. Maple Leaf Rag (Scott Joplin Cover)
7. The Accursed Passing of the Monstrous Fiend
11. A Soul for the Takin More...
In anticipation of the upcoming September 4th Epitaph release, Propagandhi is streaming the brand new record "Failed States" in its entirety. The album stream comes as the band prepares for an all-out North American tour beginning in September.
Fans can stream the new record by going to Propagandhi's Facebook page or through the player below. The following press release was also issued about the album:
"Failed States is a milestone in Propagandhi's musical journey as they willfully careen between brazen metallic tendencies and the ragged punk rock roots of their earlier work, picking up where their critically-acclaimed 2009 release, Supporting Caste, left off.
"The first surprise for listeners will be the opening salvo 'Note To Self,' a sprawling, swerving, cinematic journey through the mind of a smoldering first-world inmate, escalating into the full throttle siege of the title track, 'Failed States.' The ride doesn't get any less outrageous from there, reaching new levels of volatility with fierce, exacting tracks like the album closer 'Duplicate Keys Icaro (An Interim Report)' and the borderline barbaric 'Rattan Cane.' Keep your hands and feet inside the car at all times, people.
"Propagandhi has created a truly monumental sixth album that is the band’s most forward thinking and musically varied albums to date. Failed States is not simply proof of Propagandhi's continued dedication to pushing their musical boundaries, but an evocative (and provocative) meditation on human nature, meaning and life under an expanding, planet-wide technocracy." More...
Mexican heavy metal band Split Heaven has announced a trip to European lands for the Vuelo Nocturno Tour. The tour starts on September 8th at the Swordbrothers Festival in Germany and ends the September 22nd at the Mario's Metal Meeting 6. Details are as follows:
08.09.2012, (DE) Andernach, "Swordbrothers Festival XI"
14.09.2012, (DE) Werl, The Station
15.09.2012, (DE) Aschaffenburg, JUKUZ
20.09.2012, (B) Roeselare, De Geest Verl Ichte
22.09.2012, (NL) Tilburg, "Mario's Metal Meeting 6"
Kill Devil Hill, the band featuring drummer Vinny Appice (Black Sabbath, Heaven and Hell, Dio), bassist Rex Brown (Pantera, Down), guitar slinger Mark Zavon, and lead vocalist Dewey Bragg, is currently out on tour in North America in support of a self-titled debut album, which was released earlier this year via Steamhammer/SPV.
Starting today, Metal Injection is hosting an exclusive premiere of a mini-documentary produced by ESL Music Group. The documentary features interviews with all of the members of the band and touches on topics including the origins of the band, the writing and recording process and much more. Check out the documentary in the player below or over at Metal Injection.
Kill Devil Hill will be taking part in an in-store performance and signing session tonight at 7:00 PM in Long Island, NY at Looney Tunes. For more information on the event please visit Looney Tunes' website here. More...
The fun officially extends until 2 A.M. at Fun Fun Fun Fest 2012. Wristband holders now can attend FFF Nites, the official free after-party series to the 7th annual festival to be held November 2 – 4, 2012 at Auditorium Shores in Austin, TX. The nightly lineup includes Superchunk, Dwarves, Braid, Doug Benson, Surfer Blood, Lucero and more.
Keeping with the spirit of the festival, Fun Fun Fun Fest Founder Graham Williams has assembled a multi-genre lineup that includes Superchunk, Liturgy, Toy Selectah, King Tuff. Brutal Truth, Nachtmystium, Fight Amp and Dwarves are among the heavy acts working the graveyard shift.
Upon leaving Auditorim Shores, fans can resume their Fun Fun Fun Fest experience at venues including The Mohawk, Red 7, Club de Ville, Holy Mountain, The ND, Elysium, The Parish, Beerland, and more.
“We want fans to get the most bang for their buck,” says FFF founder Graham Williams. “With FFF Nites, ticket holders can continue enjoying quality bands late into the night, all for free
with their Fun Fun Fun Fest wristband.” Read below for a list of bands performing. More...
Death metal act Warpstone is currently streaming the entire new "Daemonic Warpfire" release online via bandcamp. The album was mixed at Stormalb Studio by Sebastien Bernard and mastered at Deviant Lab Studio by Thibault Chaumont. The album also features artwork by Italian daemon Paolo Girardi.
"Daemonic Warpfire" can be heard in the player below, and the track listing is:
1. Blood painted mountain 02:55
2. Daemonic Warpfire 03:32
3. Transluscent Snailbeast 05:29
4. The witchtower 02:21
5. Hall of the occultist 04:54
6. Obsidian Circles 08:01
7. A strange wind is wailling for the dead 01:24
8. Deathvoid uncharted 08:12 More...
Elvenking has posted a second track-by-track video clip online explaining the new album "Era." The clip, available below, features samples from the album and full commentary of the "Era" songs by Aydan (guitarist) and Damna (singer).
"Era" is due out September 14th, 2012 (EU) via AFM-Records. The previously posted first video in the series of track-by-track clips is also still available online at this location.
Sweden's Noctum will go out to tour Germany and Austria in September with Orcus Chylde. Noctum commented on the upcoming run:
"We're thrilled to hit the road once again and really excited to try out some brand new songs from our upcoming album on Metal Blade Records! If you're a promoter or know someone, get in touch via facebook so we can fill the gaps."
The dates are as follows:
18/09/12 – AT – Vienna – Arena
19/09/12 – DE – Dresden – Ost Pol
21/09/12 – DE – Cottbus – La Casa
22/09/12 – DE – Erfurt – Tiko
23/09/12 – DE – Berlin – Schokoladen
24/09/12 – DE – Hamburg – Molotow
28/09/12 – DE – Köln – Underground More...
Silent Stream of Godless Elegy has announced new upcoming European tour dates, including stops at the Samhainfest. The currently announced shows are as follows:
07.09.2012: Zabrze (pl), CK Wiatrak
08.09.2012: Byczyna (pl), Czeskie Centrum Szkolenia Rycerstwa
09.09.2012: Bielsko-Biala (pl), RudeBoy
21.09.2012: Plzen (cz), Pod Lampou – SAMHAINFEST BOHEMIA
22.09.2012: Praha (cz), Rock Café – SAMHAINFEST BOHEMIA
27.09.2012: Ostrava (cz), Barrák – SAMHAINFEST MORAVIA
28.09.2012: Brno (cz), Favál – SAMHAINFEST MORAVIA
29.09.2012: Budapest (hu), Club 202
12.10.2012: Rzeszów (pl), Red-Zone
13.10.2012: Debica (pl)
19.10.2012: Budapest (hu), Crazy Mama Music Pub
20.10.2012: Pécs (hu), tba
16.03.2013: Lenzburg (ch), Met-Bar – BELTINEFEST More...
Author & Punisher is kicking off a new string of tour dates tonight in California, with full details on the run available below. The band has also released a video clip for "Terrorbird," which comes off the band's "Ursus Americanus" album released by Seventh Rule Recordings. Check out the video after the jump.
8/27 Santa Cruz, CA @ The Blue Lagoon w/ Kayo Dot
8/28 San Francisco @ Elbo Room w/ Kayo Dot
8/30 Portland, OR @ Rotture w/ The Body + Hot Victory + Taurus
8/31 Seattle, WA @ The Comet w/ The Family Curse
9/1 Arcata, CA @ The Alibi w/ Vektor
9/2 Alameda, CA @ Lucky 13 w/ Abstractor More...
With three shorter releases under its belt, Acelsia has recently returned to the studio to record a full-length debut.
According to a press release, the as-of-yet untitled album will "give fans of melodic hard rock a sound that is original and full of emotion and contrast. The song writing draws on a broad range of influences and the lyrics feature personal thoughts on life and much more." The band also commented on the upcoming album:
"Vocalist Malene Markussen leads Acelsia and is joined by the guitar of Odd Henning, sometimes sweet, sometimes heavy. Both have already established their credentials as songwriters. Drums are already laid down (by guest Bjorn Tore Erlendsen of Aspherium) and it’s vocals next - all building towards a release at the start of 2013. In the meantime Acelsia will also release a single, most likely before the end of 2012. It’s going to be a busy time and the band promise to keep everyone updated!"
You can also check out Acelsia's music over at the band's official Facebook profile.
Abiotic will be joining Upon A Burning Body, The Word Alive, Veil of Maya, The Acacia Strain, and more for the upcoming Everything is Bigger in Texas Festival, which takes place on December 22nd, 2012 in San Antonio. Tickets for the festival will go on sale this coming Friday, August 31st. The promotional poster for the festival can also be viewed below. More...
Stoner doom act Wheelfall will officially release the "Interzone" album on November 14th, 2012 through Sunruin Records and pre-orders are coming this September. Each pre-order will also allow you to download the entire album immediately. You can check out the song "It Comes From The Mist" in the player below.
The "Interzone" track listing is as follows:
3. Holy Sky
4. The Ravages Parasite
5. It Comes From The Mist
6. Interzone More...
The new Drontheim video for the song "3 lovløse dager" ("3 Lawless Days") can now be seen through the YouTube player available below. This is the second video made by Dispenser Media for Drontheim after the video for "Deadlight" in 2011.
The theme for both the song and video "3 lovløse dager" relates to the first few days following the liberation of Norway in 1945, when many women all over Norway were punished for their relations to German soldiers during the war.
Drontheim will play the Ladehammer Festival on Friday, August 31st. See more info on the festival at this location. Drontheim features active and previous members from bands like Atrox, Manes, Chton, Goat the Head, Lumsk, Bloodthorn, and others. Drontheim is not currently signed to any record label, but is expected to finish mixing the band's debut album in the Autumn of 2012. More...
Death Of A Salesman has issued the following announcement about releasing "The Art of Misdirection" online for free:
"When we first started writing we initially wanted to do an EP. Having signed with Rising Records we we're then told we HAD to do an album and that an EP wasn't sufficient. So we had to add older tracks to make the EP into an album. Now that we are no longer with Rising we have decided to retract the album and re-release it as an EP as we originally intended. Due to your overwhelming support of DOAS and your patience, we have decided to give you this relaunched EP version of our tracks FOR FREE!
"You can now head to a this address and download the EP as it was originally intended for absolutely nothing. We are now in the process of writing what will because our first real album which will be recorded in 2013. Thank you guys very much for everything you've done for us so far and please share this around so everyone can get their free copy of the EP."
The songs can be heard in the player below, and the track listing is:
1. Emergency Broadcast 01:54
2. Digital Graveyard 02:46
3. Dr Jekyll/Mrs Hyde 04:15
4. More Secrets Than Naska 03:54
5. Danger Close 04:24
6. The Masquerade 03:03
7. Checkmate 04:18 More...
Bloodstock 2012 saw its most successful year so far as over 11,300 music fans descended on Catton Park for four days of ferocious metal mayhem. Capturing the phenomenal main stage performances across the weekend were streaming partner Daily Motion, attracting well over 200,000 visitors across the weekend. Band booker Vicky Gregory comments:
“To say we were totally blown away by this year is an understatement! We had the highest attendance in the festival’s 12 year history with over 11,300 festival goers and looking at the feedback from the fans they were equally blown away!
"The feedback we’ve recieved from all the bands that played the festival has been superb with many saying it was the best festival they have ever played and to hear that makes all the hard work worth it! Role on 2013 and a huge thanks to all that attended the festival this year - it’s good to know that metal is so alive and well in the UK!!!”
The organizers of the festival also commented on confirming Anthrax for the upcoming 2013 edition: More...
Formed at the beginning of 2009, Bagheera is a Swiss groove-metal band created with the aim to play honest, personal, and effective music, somewhere between metal to hardcore, thrash to grunge with some feelings from death metal.
Bagheera is currently preparing to embark on a European tour in September 2012. After several months fully dedicated to create a new original sound, Bagheera will release its debut full-length album, "Drift," on October 5th with the the great help of Hungry Ghosts Productions & Finisterian Dead End.
Two songs from the album can be heard in the player below, and the full track listing is as follows:
2. Ad Hoc
5. 80 Years To Learn Nothing
7. Catch Yourself
10. Eins Zwei Die More...
Reading, PA death metal troupe Rivers of Nihil has returned with a new music video for the song "(sin)chronos," which appeared on the 2011 album "Temporality Unbound." The clip was produced, directed, and edited by Matt Spencer and can be viewed below.
Rivers of Nihil recently hit the studio to record a follow-up to last year's album which NoCleanSinging.com called "a genuinely gifted act... that stands head and shoulders above the competition."
Death metal act AntropomorphiA recently signed with Metal Blade Records, and now the band has released a first single from the new album "Evangelivm Nekromantia." Listen to "Psuchagogia" to the player below.
The upcoming "Evangelivm Nekromantia" album will be released on October 19th/22nd via Metal Blade Records in Europe on CD and LP and digitally in North America on October 23rd.
The third full-length album from the Brazilian power metal opera project Soulspell, entitled "Hollow's Gathering," will be released in Europe and North America on October 12th through Inner Wound Recordings.
"Hollow's Gathering" features guest appearances by Tim "Ripper" Owens, Blaze Bailey, Michael Vescera (Obsession, ex. Loudness, Yngwie Malmsteen), Amanda Sommerville (Trillium, Avantasia), Markus Grosskopf (Helloween) and many more.
The album was mixed by Matt Smith (Theocracy) and mastered by Miro at The Gate Studio. Artwork was created by Felipe Machado Franco. An album teaser can be found below, and the track listing is:
01. Hollow's Gathering
02. A Rescue Into the Storm
03. To Crawl Or to Fly
05. Adrian’s Call
06. Change the Tide
07. From Hell
08. The Keeper’s Game
09. The Dead Tree
10. Whispers Inside You
U.K. act Bloodloss has issued the following statement about missing the band's previously scheduled appearance at the Infestation Festival:
"Our sincere apologies to all those at Infestation festival last night, due to the schedule running very late and our drummers last train being canceled, we had no option but to pull out of the show, this is the first time we have had to do this and gutted that we couldn't play for you, to add to our frustration we would have driven him back to central London but due to the LEZ zone we can no longer use our van.
"Anyway on the up side its Rob's Birthday today, so show him some love!! We will be rocking out with him tonight at The Black Sheep as part of Croydon Oxjam 2012.
"This is for charity! Ine wristband gets you access to all venues across Croydon and is only £2 voluntary entry. We'll see you at the bar later!"
You can also hear music from Bloodloss by checking out the "Paradise" track at this location.
Female-fronted, progressive metal act To-Mera has posted a teaser trailer online for the band's new album "Exile," which can be viewed below. To-Mera also commented:
"So guys, here it is (a little earlier than expected). Behold, the official video teaser trailer for 'Exile.' Best viewed full-screen and listened to nice and loud!
"We are offering a limited run of Digipak CDs available for pre-order from our webstore at our brand-new, revamped website (thanks Gogo!) right here.
"Order now to receive your CD up to a week or more before the official physical and digital release date of September 24 (and check out our new T-Shirts while you're at it)!" More...
Kunvuk has posted a new music video online, which can be viewed below, and the band commented on the clip:
"Crack heads and crackers. Check out the first official music video from 'Consume Rapture.' The video was shot while we were in preparation for the album launch and shows snippets from a pretty typical band rehearsal. Dim the lights and crank the frequencies. We give you 'Rapture Pt. 1 (Incite)'..."
You can also stream the previously posted song "Teeth Swallower" over at this location.
Romanian metal act Negura Bunget has checked in with the following statement about working on the new "Tau" album:
"The work on the first part of the Transilvanian Trilogy, entitled Tau is progressing well. We started the pre-production for a while, and we plan to begin recordings in our very own Negura Music studio in September.
"Naturally we teamed up with long time friend and visual artist Dan Florin Spataru / Encoil Mark for the graphical presentation of the album. As Tau is the very first new full length material we are releasing with Prophecy Productions, you can expect some spectacular productions.
"On the more complex visual side, the non-narrative movie is also progressing towards a spiritual interpretation of the Transilvanian nature, under the masterful supervision of our friend and multimedia artist Daniel Dorobantu.
"Finally, for the audio parts we are happy to announce we will team up with Mr. Mihai Neagoe / Mtz for the recording and mixing of the album. After working for years along us and other bands on tours and festivals and completing his master degree on Music and Media Technologies at Trinity College in Dublin / Ireland, he now joins us and Negura Music studios full time. More...
Guitarist Jonne Järvelä of Finnish folk metal outfit Korpiklaani has broken his finger, and the band issued the following brief update online:
"Without bad luck we wouldn't have any luck at all. No worries, man is alive and the tour will go on as planned. We still have one guitarist left!"
Korpiklaani is touring in support of latest album "Manala" (reviewed here) and the band's remaining North American tour dates can be found after the jump.
Nonpoint has announced a new string of upcoming tour dates starting this coming Wednesday. A full list of the newly confirmed shows can be found below. You can also check out studio footage of the band's time working on a new album at this location.
With Eye Empire
8/29 Tallahassee, Fl The Coliseum
8/30 Cape Coral, Fl Dixies Roadhouse
8/31 | Daytona Beach, FL | Frank’s Front Row
9/1 | St. Petersburg, FL | State Theatre More...
Rebellion has checked in with the following update about releasing a new album and lining up new tour dates:
"Hi there! There are lots of news for Rebellion. A new album will appear on 26/10/2012 via Massacre Records and a tour will be happening in November! Here is a summary of the first dates:
01.11.2012 Köln, Blue Shell
03.11.2012 Oberhausen, Helvete
10.11.2012 Hamburg, Ballroom
16.11.2012 Kerkrade (NL), Rock Temple
17.11.2012 Bremen, Meisenfrei
24.11.2012 Pirmasens, Zur Schwemme
"As of today, there is a brand new whiskey Special Tomi at The-Pit.de! There are Tomi's tasting notes and general facts about whiskey! Part 1 can be found here: Whiskey Special Part 1."
Finland's Ordog has been working on the follow-up to the "Remorse" album since early this year, and the band has now issued the following progress update:
"The demoing phase is over. The next step we take is begin to record the new album as soon as possible. The album will be more dynamic and it contains more variability than ever before."
Further details on the new full-length will be announced as they are made available. In the mean time, check out the band's music at MySpace here.
The U.K. act Order of the Blackguard has now officially released the new album "Black is the Colour...None is the Number" and the full release is available online for streaming or pay-what-you-want download. Check out the songs in the player below or over at bandcamp. The track listing is:
1. The Woodcutter 05:04
2. The church of the shrike 05:42
3. Death trains to death camps 05:04
4. The cult of the Hellion 03:30
5. The Decline 02:20
6. Here comes the snake.. walking as if human 04:50
7. The owls are not what they seem 08:18 More...
Lancaster, Pennsylvania's This Or The Apocalypse posted the first teaser for the band's new LP "Dead Years." The album is scheduled for release on September 24, 2012 via Lifeforce Records (Europe) and September 25, 2012 via EOne (North America).
The track listing for "Dead Years" is:
1. Hell Praiser
2. Power Hawk
3. In Wolves
5. Hate the Ones You Love
6. You Own No One but You
7. A Damn Moment
8. Gaunt and Fierce
9. Kill'em With Guidance
10. Hard Branch to Snap
Check out the first teaser here: More...
Brazilian power metal band SupreMa posted up the new music video for "Nightmare." The song appears on the band's latest LP "Traumatic Scenes." For the video, the band used surrealistic art, in particular the influences of three masterpieces of Belgian artist René Magritte ("The Therapist", 1941; "Not to be Reproduced", 1937; and, "The Lovers", 1928).
Guitarist and songwriter Douglas Jen commented on the video:
"René Magritte is a genius! Every work you can travel inside of obscure and distant seas, and It's very interesting how every people travel in a totaly opposite direction by his work, it's really amazing! The "Traumatic Scenes" album brings a lot of traces and surrealistic symbols, and the lyrics has metaphors and can be understood by several forms by every listener. The idea of reproduce some Magritte arts comes to meet to 'Nightmare' lyric. When you dream, usually appears impossible situations, strange places, nonexistent creatures, and when you travel inside the Magritte works, is where you will really feel ... inside of a dream or nightmare. The best moment of this video, happens when the actress inside her nightmare could see her pictures inside the cage, as if she was trapped inside of 'The Therapist' work."
Check out the video for "Nightmare" here: More...
Algiers based progressive metal act RiverGate posted up a preview of the band's debut EP, which is tentatively entitled "Chains of Memory." The EP has no exact release date as of yet, but is targeted for a fall 2012 release through the band.
Salah: Riffs/Lead Guitar
Zoubir: Bass guitar
For more information, check out the band's Facebook Page.
A preview video for the EP as well as a full stream of the song "Chains of Memory" can be heard here: More...
Czech Republic melodic metal act Sebastien posted a new music video for the song "Dorian." The song and video feature the appearance of both Rhapsody of Fire/Vision Divine vocalist Fabio Lione and Masterplan/Ex-Helloween guitarist Roland Grapow. The song appears on the band's debut release "Tears of White Roses," which was issued in 2010 via Escape Music.
Check out "Dorian" here:
German thrashers Exumer premiered its new music video for the title track from the band's latest LP "Fire & Damnation." The video premiered over at Rock Hard Germany's website at this location, but you can also check it out in the player below.
"Fire & Damnation" is the band's first release in 25 years and was released this past April through Metal Blade Records (check out Metal Underground.com's review at this location).
Check out "Fire & Damnation" here: