Metal News for August 28, 2012
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New York hardcore metal legends Pro-Pain have posted their tour dates they will be heading out on shortly with special guests Undivided and Hemlock. Pro-Pain is touring in support of its new album "Straight to the Dome," which will be released Sept. 7th on Sunny Bastards/Goomba Music, with distribution through Nuclear Blast. You may sample all eleven tracks over on the Nuclear Blast website.
PRO-PAIN 2012 Tour
w/guests Undivided & Hemlock
30.08.2012 Berlin (D) K17
31.08.2012.Slany (CZ) Rock na Valniku Festival
01.09.2012 Bad Lauchstadt (D) Die Goethestadt Rockt Vol ll Festival
02.09.2012 Pforzheim (D) Bottich
05.09.2012 Munchen (D) Backstage
06.09.2012 Lyss (CH) Kufa
08.09.2012 Bischofswerda (D) Morbides Festival
09.09.2012 Mnichovo Hradiste (CZ) Vostrov
10.09.2012 Prague (CZ) Modra Vopice
11.09.2012 Trebic (CZ) Club-B
12.09.2012 Havirov (CZ) Stolarna
13.09.2012 Jena F-Haus (D)
14.09.2012 Roermond (NL) ECI Cultuurfabriek
16.09.2012 Drachten (NL) Iduna Matinee Show
18.09.2012 Marburg (D) KFZ
19.09.2012 Cottbus (D) Gladhouse
20.09.2012 Hemeln (D) Sumpfplume 21 09.2012 Essen (D) Endzeit Festival
22.09.2012 Bad Salzungen (D) Pressenwerk
Blasting metal at home or in the car is one thing, but extreme music is frequently meant to be experienced live with a sea of headbangers surrounding you, which is why we share favorite pit stories from musicians and fans each week. Today guitarist Kragen Lum of Prototype shares this tale of seeing a crazy Slayer show:
Probably the craziest pit that I have ever seen was at the Hollywood Palladium during Slayer’s set on the Reign In Blood tour. Dark Angel opened the show that night, as a last minute replacement for Flotsam and Jetsam, and got the crowd pretty pumped up. By the time Slayer came on the stage all hell broke loose. The adrenaline was flowing and at various times during the show there were fist fights in the audience. The real craziness was in the pit though. There were literally 2 huge pits, side by side on the floor, and at various points the pits joined together into what looked like a figure 8. It was a sea of bodies slamming into each other in a strange, almost coordinated effort.
As Slayer continued to play, the crowd got more and more violent and the spotlights were moved to point at the fights in the crowd instead of at the band. I had been to lots of shows already at that point but I had never seen anything like that pit. It was so intense in there that the police had called in the riot squad to wait outside the venue and help disperse the crowd after the show. I’ve heard Dave Lombardo refer to this show in interviews as the most insane pit he’s ever seen. There is no question in my mind that he is absolutely correct.
Prototype is gearing up to drop new album "Catalyst" on September 11th via Nightmare Records. You can check out a trailer for the release at this location.
Progressive black metal act Khonsu is streaming the new album "Anomalia" at Stereokiller right here. "Anomalia," the band's international debut, is the vision of guitarist Steffen Gronbech (ex-Keep of Kalessin).
Khonsu also recently premiered a new video, the bands first, for the track “The Malady." Check it out at this location. The video was produced Gammaglimt Videoproduksjoner AS and directed by Khonsu mastermind Gronbech.
The album's track listing is as follows:
1. In Otherness
2. The Host
3. Darker Days Coming
4. Inhuman States
5. So Cold
6. The Malady
7. Va Shia (Into The Spectral Sphere)
Chickenfoot will be re-releasing the band's self-titled album as a deluxe double disc version on October 16th, 2012. Frontman Sammy Hagar comments:
"Chickenfoot 1 will always be special to me for exactly what it is. Our former label went out of business and the album had been discontinued. You could not find the album anywhere, which is crazy! We got the masters back and our new label will re-release the 1st album and we thought we should include some live tracks from 'Chickenfoot lll'.”
The release will feature live tracks recorded on the "Different Devil" tour this past spring while supporting latest record, "Chickenfoot III." The track listing is: More...
"Dead End Kings" (reviewed here), the ninth album from Sweden’s Katatonia, is now available in North America via Peaceville Records. The follow-up to 2009’s "Night is the New Day" can be purchased online in a multitude of formats and bundle packages via Omerch or on iTunes. Katatonia was also recently covered in our Sunday Old School column here.
Fans can get a free preview of Dead End Kings this week on Exclaim.ca, where the record is streaming in its entirety at this location. The album's track listing is:
1. The Parting
2. The One You Are Looking for is Not Here (with Silje Wergeland)
4. The Racing Heart
8. Undo You
10. First Prayer
11. Dead Letters
North Dakota based stoner/doom act Egypt has been resurrected after its break up following the 2007 self-titled EP "Egypt" was issued through Lyderhorn Records. The band is set to release its first full length LP "Become the Sun" later this year through Totem Cat Records. A stream of the new track "Orb of the Wizardking" can be heard below.
The track listing for "Become the Sun" is as follows:
2. The Village is Silent
3. Orb of the Wizardking
7. World Eater
8. Snake Charmer
9. Black Night (Deep Purple)
10. Elk River Fire
Check out "Orb of the Wizardking" here: More...
German epic power metallers Orden Ogan have just finished the recordings for their upcoming new album "To The End." Band leader Seeb Levermann comments:
"It's done! We have finally finished recordings, mix and mastering for our upcoming new album 'To The End.' Overal it took a lot longer than expected, but now we are 100% satisfied with the result and we can't wait to unleash it."
"To The End" will be released on October 26th, 2012. Further details on the album will be announced as they are made available.
Papa Roach has been forced to withdraw from the Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival. Lead singer Jacoby Shaddix has been diagnosed with a nodule on his left vocal cord, and at the advice of his physician he will undergo corrective surgery to remove the nodule and prevent further damage.
“It’s no secret that I’ve been having issues with my voice lately. I was hoping to be able to go out there and kill it on this tour by resting and doing vocal exercises, but my voice has just gone out on me. I hate to let our fans down, but unfortunately surgery is the only way to fix it,” Shaddix said. “The last thing we want to do is give our fans less than 100% every night. We know they’ll understand and we’ll be back better than ever.”
Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival co-producer John Oakes comments, “It was amazing having Papa Roach on the road with us for the first few UPROAR shows. We’re disappointed that they can’t continue for the rest of the tour, but Jacoby’s health is the priority and we wish him a speedy recovery."
The Rockstar Energy Drink UproarFestival main stage schedule will be adjusted to allow longer performances from Shinedown, Godsmack, Staind and Adelitas Way. For the latest information and to purchase tickets, head to this location.
In addition to Canadian tour dates in September, Stray From The Path has also announced a headlining U.S. tour this coming October alongside Reign Supreme, Counterparts, and Gideon. Full details on the run are available in the tour poster below, or over at the Stray From the Path Facebook profile here. More...
On September 14th, the new Bullet album “Full Pull” will be released via Nuclear Blast. To give you a first impression of the reception, Nuclear Blast has uploaded a collection of some press reactions and statements to YouTube. Check out the teaser clip below.
The track listing for "Full Pull" is as follows:
1. Midnight Oil
2. Full Pull
3. Running Away
4. All Fired Up
5. Rolling Home
6. In The Heat
7. High On The Hog
8. Rush Hour
12. Get On (Bonus Track) More...
Fell Willow, founded in August 2011 in New York City, is the musical brainchild of multi-instrumentalist Anthony Raftery. After one year of writing, recording, and production, Fell Willow has forgone the notion of a demo and released a debut album, titled "Elsewhere." The full album is available for streaming through the player below.
Commented Raftery: "I want to write music from the heart that I would listen to myself. I want to write metal that appeals to a new school of open-minded fans, who've taken the time to experience and appreciate what the world had to offer before there was metal - because if you think about it, there was so much music that embodied metal's ethos before it existed."
The album's track listing is:
1. Sapling 01:23
2. The Ravensroad 04:07
3. Coldhands 02:50
4. Elsewhere 04:26
5. Winter's Eye 03:57
6. Frost Fangs 04:52
7. The Elk and the Elm 03:38
8. Meltwater 02:16
9. The Larkspur Crown 08:04
10. Reflection Beneath the Elder Canopy 03:09 More...
Sweden's Eternal Oath has posted a new demo song online titled "Sunborn," which is available for sreaming via the band's Facebook profile here. The band commented on the track:
"So folks, this is the first of three songs that we recorded for promotional purposes, and we thought that why not let you guys hear some of the stuff, that we´ve been up to for the past months. Hope you´ll like it..."
Eternal Oath also previously commented about working on new material: "As you probably noticed it's been pretty quiet on our side but the songwriting process for the new album has taken up a lot of time. Currently, nine songs are ready for the final arrangements. We plan to write a couple more before we start recording the new album, tentatively in late January. See ya!"
Exhumed, having just finished brutalizing stages on the final nights of the Summer Slaughter tour, has announce a next North American excursion supporting co-headliners Napalm Death and Municipal Waste.
Notes frontman Matt Harvey: “We had planned to finish up our tour cycle for All Guts, No Glory with the Summer Slaughter tour we're currently wrapping up, but as we kept talking about bands we'd like to go out and support on tour, the top two names on the list were quite literally Napalm Death and Municipal Waste. Needless to say, when we were had the opportunity to take part in this tour, our plans to stay home and work on a new record just seemed boring in comparison. There was no way we were passing this up!
"In the immortal words of Mick 'Human Tornado' Harris, we are bloody chuffed to take part in such an autopsy holocaust doss! I couldn't think of a better bill for us, and the prospect of playing with even more of our favorite bands like Attitude Adjustment, Repulsion, and Dayglo Abortions only sweetens the pot! So please bring your liberty spikes, English Dogs-style crimped hair, crusty dreads, hessian thrash bangs, patch jackets, bootleg LARM shirts and as much beer as you can possibly sneak into the venue, because this one is going to be fucking insane! See you there!”
The upcoming Exhumed tour dates are as follows: More...
Eryn Non Dae. has revealed the band's second album "Meliora" is set to drop on October 8th, 2012. You can stream snippets from the songs on "Meliora" at this location. The following press release was issued about the album:
"Eryn Non Dae. push the limits of their metal further still: Meliora is both cerebral and organic, complete with dynamic relief, softer abstract and atmospheric passages of contained energy appear and transport the listener. From this highly textured mosaic the concept comes to life: this time coming from a long introspective process. Meliora speaks of the metamorphosis of a man into a higher being. This transformation is born from a realization of inner truth. On this inexorable journey towards the end, a light may be found.
"The lyrics of Meliora swing between appeasement and resignation, with references to mythology and alchemy. Filled with actual experiences, the album expresses a physical and psychic quest. The lyrics are raw and fragile, vindictive and sensitive, bleak yet filled with goodwill and hope. Meliora is, finally, a fragment of pure humanity."
The album's track listing is:
2. The Great Downfall
3. Scarlet Rising
6. lack Obsidian Pyre
7. Hidden Lotus
Norway's ambient black metal band Posthum has released the single "Scarecrow" from the upcoming album "Lights Out," set to be released via Indie Recordings. Check out the song below. "Lights Out" will be released in North America on September 25th and in Europe on September 21st.
The "Lights Out" track listing is:
2. Leave It All To Burn
7. Down In Blood
8. Summoned At Night
10. Lights Out More...
If you feel like you need a serving of pure evil, the new track from Norwegian black metallers Nettlecarrier should fill that craving. Listen to the first single, "The Boiling Blood," from the band's new self-titled release in the player below. The album is due out on 9/25 in North America (9/21 in Norway). You can pre-order the the album exclusively via the Indie Recordings webshop here.
Nettlecarrier consists of T. Ciekals (Djevel, Ljå), Mannevond (Koldbrann, Urgehal), and Dirge Rep (Orcustus, Gehenna, Gorgoroth, Enslaved). The band originally formed in 2004 when, according to T. Ciekals, "I had been in contact with Mannevond and we were both fans of each others bands.” The two had a burning desire to create an older and more sinister sound that was unique to any other black metal band around. Following the addition of the band's former drummer Vold came the first release, a 7" called "To Strangle The Hero Of Heaven."
Despite the title's underground success, Nettlecarrier was put on hold for almost three years. “I left Ljå in 2007 to focus on Djevel and Mannevond was busy with Urgehal, but Nettlecarrier wasn’t dead, just buried for a while," stated T. Ciekals. Following the release of the Djevel album, Ciekals was finally able to focus on Nettlecarrier and in 2010, with addition of the talented drummer Dirge Rep, set out to record a new album. More...
Norwegian act Kvelertak will return to the U.S. this fall to tour alongside Converge and Torche. Nails, Coalesce and Whips/Chains will perform on select shows as well. The band says:
"Converge brought us out for our first-ever European tour two years ago, so it's a great honor for us that they now are taking us out on our first proper U.S. tour! Not to mention the other bands, that line-up is ridiculous. Needless to say, we're beyond excited!"
The band also announced via Twitter that recording has begun for a new album, stating "First day at Godcity with Kurt Ballou. All I can say is, this album is going to fuck the first album in the ass. Hard."
See Kvelertak live: More...
Because Obituary has a history that dates back a quarter-century, few will dispute their legacy as siring death metal's progeny. Considering how early this Tampa, Florida band planted its roots, it’s a bit ironic that two of its members—John and Donald Tardy—bear an adjective in their last name that denotes late arrival. Obituary didn’t come to the party, they hosted it. The group has left such obvious signs of impact--from John’s savage snarl to Trevor Peres’ mid-paced groves—that it doesn’t take a private dick to reveal the bloody prints they left on the face of modern metal.
Modern is hardly a term used for a band over twenty years old, but it still applies today, and not just in death metal. Metalcore and deathcore surely borrowed a few tricks of the trade from the Tardys’ and crew. As the group prepares to write its ninth studio full-length, promoters and fans still demand the classics. According to Tardy, upcoming European tours may feature set lists culled primarily from their first two recordings,” Slowly We Rot” and “Cause of Death.”
Three years have passed since Obituary released their last recording “Darkest Day.” The group has been too busy playing gigs to settle down and make a new album. There is a gap of information in these three years. In the following phone interview, John Tardy happily updated us on subjects such as past and future tours, the Tardy Brothers’ solo record and lineup changes. More...
Indie Recordings is proud to announce the signing of Nidingr. The band had the following to say about the signing:
"Nidingr is looking forward to working with a great label on Norwegian soil, finally we will get proper backup from a decent label. We are sure Indie Recordings is the label we need to get us out to the masses and up to the next level."
Indie Recordings also issued the following statement:
"Nidingr, known for their efficiently complex song writing, ravaging dissonant, but at the same time very catchy riffs and breakneck tempos are back starring present and past members of bands such as Mayhem, Gorgoroth, DHG (Dødheimsgard), 1349, God Seed and many more.
"Their two previous albums, 'Wolf Father' - which features Mayhem’s Hellhammer on drums - and the critically acclaimed 'Sorrow Infinite and Darkness,' which recieved a 4/5 rating on Metalcrypt.com, who labeled the record as 'one of the most interesting albums that has crawled out of the blackened depths of Norway.' Stay tuned for more information on the band via Facebook here."
Century Media Records has issued the following announcement about inking a deal with German act Marathonmann:
"Please welcome the amazing Marathonmann to the family - our 'friends' convinced them quite quickly to sign the contract. Be sure to check out their current single 'Die Stadt gehört den Besten' below."
The release of the second and final installment of Ufomammut’s "Oro" album series, "Oro: Opus Alter," is on the horizon, with a North American street date of September 18th via Neurot Recordings. In preparation for its release, today “Sulphurdew,” the third of the five tracks contained on the album has been released.
The more than twelve-minute-long visual depiction of the crushing “Sulphurdew” is viewable first via The Obelisk. Check out the clip right here or in the player below.
The limited edition 2xLP version of "Oro: Opus Alter" can now be preordered by North American fans via Neurot Records’ webstore here. The band's upcoming live shows are are also available after the jump. More...
Ireland’s Chosen has checked in with an update on the completion of its debut album:
“In psychology, there is a phenomenon known as the planning fallacy, whereby people tend to underestimate how long they will need to complete a task, even when they have experience of similar tasks over-running. Of course, the entire writing and recording process of any given album is not always a rigidly structured affair but, rather, is often subject to the whims of key individuals and the capricious vicissitudes of modern day human life. More...
New Mexico's Christian thrashers Ultimatum (not to be confused with about a dozen death, thrash, and punk bands of the same name from across the globe) are celebrating their 20th anniversary with many things in store for the fans.
First up, the band has just launched a brand new website complete with the history, media, and video footage from the band's career. Check out the website here.
In addition, the band just announced a 20th anniversary compilation titled "Heart of Metal - 20 Years of Ultimatum," which consits of 4 brand new tunes and some of the band's fan voted favorites. The brand new album cover design was done by David Besanson and Ultimatum has just released a video clip showing the cover art as it was being developed. Check out the clip below. More...
New Jersey’s atypical progressive experimanglers A Fucking Elephant – who have been assaulting basements and forcing acoustic trauma since 2007 -- will barricade themselves in the studio with engineer Colin Marston (Krallice, Dysrhythmia, Behold… The Arctopus) this weekend to lay down two new tracks. The material being recorded is for a 7” the duo – drummer Greg Meisenberg and guitarist Matt Keys -- will be releasing in January, in conjunction with a stateside tour to support it.
The newly-confirmed 7” will be A Fucking Elephant’s first new material since the split full-length with cohorts El Drugstore, which dropped in early 2011 via Nefarious Industries, a label created by members of both bands and other local allies. The new 7” will also be released through the label, and will be joined by other new titles in the coming months.
More info on the studio session and upcoming live actions will be released in the weeks ahead. In the meantime get nuts with live footage of one of the new songs to be recorded for the 7”, bearing the polished title “I'm Addicted To Drugs And Sex And I Want You To Choke Me,” in the player below. More...
Orestea has released a new music video for "The Game," which is the first single from new EP "This Is An Overture." Check out the video below.
The band's new EP is also currently available to pre-order now from this location. "This is an Overture" is due out on September 1st, 2012.
Converge will release new studio album, "All We Love We Leave Behind," on October 9th, along with a deluxe package that includes a 48 page full-color hardcover, clothbound book with original art created by front-man Jacob Bannon via Epitaph (vinyl on Deathwish).
Accompanying the track "Aimless Arrow” is a new video directed by filmmaker Max Moore (Whips/Chains, Code Orange Kids, etc) that visually expands on the heavy emotional lyrical content that the song carries. The new single can be heard in the player below or over at Pitchfork.com by going here. The following press release was also issued about the album:
"For the first time in years, All We Love We Leave Behind is an album that contains no special guests or outside collaborators and every aspect of the music, production and aesthetics of the album was handled by Converge in order to give listeners an unfiltered glimpse into the creative vision of these Boston-based innovators.
"Recorded and mixed by guitarist Kurt Ballou at his renowned Godcity Studios in Salem, Massachusetts, All We Love We Leave Behind is a no-frills Converge album that sees the band—which also features vocalist Jacob Bannon, bassist Nate Newton and drummer Ben Koller—eschewing fancy production techniques in order to create seventeen songs that work as a cohesive whole yet can also stand on their own."
"There's no artificial distortion, triggers, or Auto-Tune on this album," Ballou explains, "it's all organic, it’s real sounds that capture the way the band performs live."
"I think we really stepped up our game on this record. The most important thing to this band is that with every album we want to create something that excites us and moves us in some way," explains Bannon. "There are a lot of subtle nuances on this record are really special to us and we definitely hit those individually on this record."
"It's always been important for us to have a lot of dynamics in our music because no one wants to listen to a million miles an hour all the time," Bannon responds when asked about the melodic mid-tempo groove of a song like "Coral Blue." More...
The Los Angeles based metallers in Portrait of Gray, who recently performed the August 25th date of the Summer Slaughter tour, have released a new single titled "Sleeper." You can check out the tune in the SoundCloud player below or by heading over to the band's YouTube page here. The track was produced by Portrait Of Gray and engineered by Daniel Castleman.
Scum of the Earth's third album, "The Devil Made Me Do It," hits stores today through the Chicago-based Goomba Music, Inc. label. Produced by horror-rocker Riggs and Volkstoker, it was recorded at “Scum HQ” in Branson, MO and is the follow-up to 2007’s "Sleaze Freak" (Eclipse Records). A music video for the track "The Devil Made Me Do It III" has now been released and can be viewed below.
As Riggs states, “Being that this is 2012 and the end of the world and all, I thought the Scum of the Earth sound has ran its course, so I re invented the sound with the help of a producer/programmer by the name Volkstroker. We worked on the songs for eight months and this was the end result. Check it out before you turn into a zombie. Cheers!”
The vile and despicable mob of macabre is fronted by former Rob Zombie guitarist Riggs, whose artistry and musical vision birthed Scum of the Earth's debut in 2003, which hit hard on topics of lust, carnage, and debauchery strewn across a sanguinary soundscape, with cranium-cracking power and infectious rhythms. More...
Prototype is preparing for the release of new album "Catalyst" on September 11th via Nightmare Records. Today the band has released the first single "Catalyst," the title track of the album. The single is available for purchase on iTunes, Amazon and CD Baby or can be streamed at this location.
"We're very pleased that the first single 'Catalyst' is available now available for purchase as a single," said guitarist Kragen Lum. "Download the track now and complete the album in just 2 more weeks when it's released! Prepare for an epic sci-fi journey..."
Prototype has also released an exclusive video trailer for Catalyst. Get a sneak peek and delve further into the album in the player below. The following press release was also issued about the album:
"The first new material from the band in over six years, Catalyst is a story-based science fiction concept album containing over 60 minutes of new music. Produced entirely by the band and mixed by Neil Kernon, the new album also sees the return of the classic Trinity lineup of Kragen Lum (guitar), Vince Levalois (vocals/guitar), Kirk Scherer (bass) and Pat Magrath (drums). With Catalyst, Prototype continue to expand their sound by adding new elements to their unique blend of thrash metal and progressive music, creating their heaviest, and clearest album to date."
The track listing is: More...
Prolific Portuguese heavy acid/70's band Black Bombaim is streaming its third release, "Titans," over on Bandcamp. The four song release consists of epic droning tracks titled A through D. Also on the same Bandcamp page are the two other releases that Black Bombaim has put out, the self-titled debut and the sophomore release "Saturdays and Space Travels." The band will be appearing at the TRC Zigur Fest in Lamego, Portugal on August 31st. For updates on this festival go to the Facebook event page.
Hungarian act Ektomorf posted a six second teaser for the upcoming music video for "Unscarred." The track appears on the new album "Black Flag," which is scheduled for release on August 31st, 2012 through AFM Records. The band is also streaming the track over at this location.
The track list for "Black Flag" is as follows:
1 War Is My Way
3. The Cross
4. Cut It Out
5. Black Flag
6. Private Hell
7. 12 Angels
9. Fuck Your God
10. Never Surrender
11. Sick Love
12. Feel Like This
13. Kill It
14. The Pretender (bonus track)
Check out the teaser here: More...
Costa Rican death metal act Insepulto will release its debut LP "Morbid Spawn of Resurrection" this year through Psycho Records.
According to the press release: "Emerging from the depths, Insepulto has resurrected with the sole purpose of corrupting the righteous! This will be achieved through a continuous worshiping of Old School Death Metal via their brand new debut “Morbid Spawn of Resurrection”. The album has been conceived under the ancient parameters of the genre, evoking the wrath and malevolence of early British and Floridian styles.
"Packed with impious lyrics & photos, this infernal aural output is crowned with a killer cover [see below] by one of the most respected and talented underground artists, the Chilean freak Daniel “SelfDesecrator", whose work has embellished releases by some of the most evil underground bands in the world. Prepare your soul to be corrupted!!!
"For fans Massacre, Death (old), Cancer, Malevolent Creation, Deicide and all old gods!!" More...
Montreal's blackened folk act Valfreya posted a new music video for the song "Alefest." The song appears on the band's debut full length album “Path to Eternity,” which was issued this past May through Maple Metal Records.
Check out "Alefest" here:
Neurosis unveiled the album artwork and track listing for the band's upcoming LP "Honor Found In Decay." The album will be released worldwide through the band’s own Neurot Recordings October 26, 2012 (Germany), October 29, 2012 (UK) and on October 30, 2012 (North America).
The track listing for "Honor Found In Decay" is as follows:
1 We All Rage In Gold
2 At The Well
3 My Heart For Deliverance
4 Bleeding The Pigs
5 Casting Of The Ages
6 All Is Found... In Time
7 Raise The Dawn More...
British heavy metal legends Saxon have announced that they have completed recording their new studio album, the first since 2011's, "Call To Arms." The record is expected to be released in February of next year and will be mixed by Andy Sneap, who has previously worked with the likes of Megadeth, Testament and Exodus. You can view a short video update from lead singer Biff Byford below:
U.K. traditional metal band HeKz is streaming the song "A Pound of Flesh" and offering the song as a free download. The song appears on the band's debut full release entitled "Tabula Rasa" which was issued back in April via Metal Dwarf Music. For more information on the album, head over to the band's Official Website.
Check out "A Pound of Flesh" here:
Finland’s doom/death-lords Hooded Menace are streaming another new track "Evoken Vulgarity" taken from the band's third LP and Relapse Records debut "Effigies of Evil". The album is scheduled for a September 11, 2012 release.
According to the press release, the album is described as "combining the grooving riffs of Black Sabbath and early Cathedral with the fire of classic Autopsy and Asphyx, "Effigies Of Evil" is an instant metal classic." The album "is the peak combination of Hooded Menace’s fascination with classic 90s death metal, prototypical 70s doom and cult horror flicks-----a collection of obsessions that any heavy-music fan proudly wears for life."
The track listing for "Effigies of Evil" is as follows:
1. Vortex Macabre
2. Effigies of Evil (streaming at this location)
3. In the Dead We Dwell
4. Curses Scribed in Gore
5. Crumbling Insanity
6. Summoned into Euphoric Madness (streaming at this location)
7. Evoken Vulgarity
8. Retribution in Eternity
Check out "Evoken Vulgarity" here: More...
New York's Jack Starr's Burning Starr (featuring former Virgin Steele guitarist Jack Starr, Reverence vocalist Todd Michael Hall and bassist Ned Meloni along with Ex-Manowar drummer Rhino) is streaming the reworked "Burning Starr" track. The song first appeared on the 1987 release "Blaze of Glory," but was re-worked as a bonus track on the band's latest LP "Land of the Dead." The album was issued last November 2011 through Limb Music.
Check out "Burning Starr" here:
San Francisco doom act Orchid is streaming the title track of the band's brand new EP "Heretic" which is due for for release on September 7th, 2012 through Nuclear Blast Records. The band also added a snippet of "Saviours of the Blind" with commentary, which can be seen below.
"Heretic," will be released both digitally and on 10" Vinyl. The track listing is as follows:
2. Falling Away
3. Saviours of the Blind
4. He Who Walks Alone
Check out "Heretic" here:
Finnish act Sonata Arctica posted a new music video online for the song "Shitload of Money."
The song appears on the band's latest album "Stones Grow Her Name," which is available now through Nuclear Blast Records (see Metal Underground.com's review of the album at this location).
Check out the video here: