Metal News for August 29, 2011
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35 news articles posted on this day.
Volumes has posted a new track online titled "Affirmation of Ascension," which is taken off the band's upcoming album "Via." Check out the track by heading over to the Volumes Facebook profile.
"Via" is set to be released in stores and digitally on September 27th, 2011 through Mediaskare Records. To support the release of "Via," Volumes will be hitting the road as a part of the Midwest Meltdown Tour alongside Oceano, Thick As Blood, Legend, and Demolisher. Following that run, the band will appear on select dates of the Crush’Em All II Tour with Veil of Maya, After The Burial, Misery Signals, and Within The Ruins. Details are as follows:
9/16 St Paul, MN @ Station 4
9/17 Sioux City, IA @ The Underground
9/20 Evansville, IN @ Boney Junes
9/22 Ft Wayne, IN @ Sunset Hall
9/23 Bloomington, IL @ The Castle Theatre
9/24 Rockford, IL @ Take 20
Threat Signal posted additional in studio footage of the recording sessions at Planet Z studio's in Massachusetts where the band is recording it's third LP "Threat Signal." The album is scheduled for release on October 7, 2011 through Nuclear Blast Records. Check out the video here:
The track listing is as follows:
1. The Island
2. Legacy Of The Seediq
5. Southern Cross
7. Broken Jade
8. Root Regeneration
10. Quell The Souls In Sing Ling Temple
Norwegian black metal band Blodsgard released new song "Mit Blod Flyter (Svart Eksistens)" and is streaming it online. The song can be heard here:
Lizzy Borden has announced a European Xmas Tour on Facebook for late November and early December 2011. The confirmed dates and locations are posted below, but the band promises more dates to come.
Heaven and Hell Metal Festival
Garage De Luxe
(14+. Under 16s MUST be accompanied by an adult)
Prestatyn, North Wales, UK
Hard Rock Hell Festival
Anatomy of I, the band featuring Michael Dorrian, Steve Di Giorgio, and Dirk Verbeuren, will be releasing "Substratum" on September 5th, 2011. The band has now posted the entire album online for streaming, which can be heard by heading over to the Anatomy of I Facebook page.
The album's track listing is as follows:
1. Organic Machine
2. Harvest The Fallen
5. Washed Away
6. Fluid River
7. Banished Messiah
9. As Eternity Ends…
10. Bound In Flesh
The Athens, Georgia-based melodic metal act Theocracy is currently in the studio putting the finishing touches to the band's third album, with more news about the release to be announced soon.
In the mean time Theocracy has scheduled European tour dates for the fall. Details are as follows:
October 21st - Stedsj - Barneveld, Netherlands
October 22nd - Metal Church - Eckernförde, Germany
October 23rd - Randal Club - Bratislava, Slovakia
October 24th - Collosseum Club - Kosice, Slovakia
October 25th - Barrak Music Club - Ostrava, Czech Republic
October 26th - Exit-Us Chmelnice - Prague, Czech Republic
October 28th - Rampe Club - Bubikon, Switzerland
October 29th - Rock Without Limits - Balingen, Germany
Norwegian black metallers Vreid kicked off the Black Path Of America Tour 2011 last week in Toronto and though their arrival was met with a series of weather calamities and one canceled show in NYC due to the prospective threat of Hurricane Irene, the band soldiers on.
Commented bassist Hváll: "Our North America tour has been filled with action so far. An earthquake upon arrival, tornadoes as we entered Toronto and then Irene came and shut down our New York show. Mother earth has unleashed her wrath upon us this time around. We are extremely disappointed that our New York show got canceled, but be sure that Vreid will return. We kicked ass in Toronto and had a great show; next up was Montreal which was massive. An absolutely fantastic show in all ways. The audience of Montreal has to be one of the most dedicated on this planet. Then we hit Kingston, New York. It was good to see people ignoring the rain and fear of Irene, to come to The Basement to rock like a hurricane. Now we are in Cleveland and ready to give a massive dose of Norwegian metal at Peabody's. We hope the upcoming shows will continue in the same good way as the first three. The audience in North America has once again shown their intense dedication, which makes these shows a blast for us. See you soon."
Check out fan-filmed footage of the band in Toronto in the player below.
The remaining dates on the tour are as follows: More...
After months of delay due to problems with the studio where the band was recording, Brazilian death/doom metal band Lacryma Sanguine is resuming recordings for the new album "Amongst These Walls." The band commented on the upcoming album:
"The negotiations with a new label proceed in advanced stage and the band hopes a good distribution of their first full-length album which still has no preview of release. The album will keep the conceptual idea which has been started with the EP 'As The Autumn Ends' from 2008."
Swedish death metal act As You Drown has announced "Rat King" as the title of the band's upcoming sophomore album to be released October 7th/10th worldwide via Metal Blade Records. The successor to the 2009 debut "Reflection," "Rat King" was recorded at the band's own AYD Studio in Borås and was mixed and mastered by Plec (WATAIN, SCAR SYMMETRY, MISERATION) at Panic Room Studio in Skövde in July 2011. Lyrically, the album explores the medieval German folk phenomena of rat kings, which were associated with plagues that devastated the European continent.
Surf now over to this location to check out the pre-order information and the first single "You Should Be Paranoid." The album's track listing and artwork can be viewed below.
2. Slaves To The Kingdom Of Fear
3. You Should Be Paranoid
4. Rabid Wolves In Sheep's Clothing
5. Your Loyal Betrayer
6. The Coming
7. The Nothing
8. Bleeding Structure
9. Cleansing Hands More...
The World We Knew has teamed up with Guitar World to stream the new album “Death Dealer” online. You can listen to the album in its entirety by heading over to this location.
"Death Dealer" marks the third full-length release from the Long Island based metal band, following up 2009's "To The Wolves." The album will be released tomorrow, August 30th, via BlkHeart Group.
The "Death Dealer" track listing is as follows:
1. Hopeless Hero
2. Death Dealer
3. The Endless
4. Grand Destroyer
6. Against All Odds
7. Ground Zero
8. Judgment Day
9. Secrets Don’t Make Friends
Tesseract recently announced the recruitment of new vocalist Elliot Coleman, and the band has now posted a recording clip online.
You can check out the footage below of Tesseract recording the "Eden" single with Francesco Carmeli at Sphere Studios in London.
In Cold Blood has posted a video clip online for the song "They Live," which is based on Ray Nelson's short story "Eight O'Clock In The Morning" and John Carpenter's movie "They Live." The band also commented on the song:
"Those same influences strongly inspired the whole album. The lyrics inquire the exposure of our mainly consumer society, where media, conformity and trends drive and force people to not think independently and to pursue ephemeral aims even in an almost anti-human way. We're ready to play intensively to support this album and these messages, so we're pleased to announce the following dates, including the first In Cold Blood Mexican tour arranged by Rebel Prods Mexico."
In Cold Blood's "A Flawless Escape" Mexican tour dates are as follows:
06.10 Queretaro @ Black Dog
07.10 Celaya @ Estribo
08.10 san Luis Potosi @ TBA
09.10 Durango @ TBA
12.10 Zacatecas@ TBA
13.10 Torreon @ Bolt Night Club
14.10 Monterrey @ Rock House
15.10 Mexico City @ Billy's
16.10 Texcococo @ la cabaña
Ontario's Ascariasis has checked in with the following update about the band's upcoming album:
"It's been awhile since we've released a concrete update with our progress, so we figured it was about time. Over the past year we've been writing material for our forthcoming release, and it's finally coming together now. This week, Devin and I are hoping to wrap up tracking our parts, as well as the mixing process so we can finally begin to assemble everything.
"For those of you wondering why this record has taken so long to manifest, it's been completely self produced. We're all broke students that can't afford studio time, so we've taken this task entirely upon ourselves, and it hasn't been easy. Needless to say, although we don't have a final release date, expect to see a final product within the next 1-2 months. That's not to say there won't be more songs coming your way until then, however.
"Anyway, onto the good stuff.
"Our full length record, Ocean of Colour will be released in Fall 2011. The album will feature 8 main tracks including revised versions of Against the Tempest and Torchbearer. Other song titles include: Shatter, Carving the Empire, Eleven, and of course, Ocean of Colour.
"No details yet as to if the record will be self released or not, but we can tell you that the artwork is currently being created by SOMEONE NOTORIOUSLY GOOD (The Black Dahlia Murder, Morbid Angel, Ulver). Stay tuned for more details, we can't wait for you guys to hear what we have to offer."
Finland's Insomnium is currently offering a free download of the song "Unsung," which is taken off the band's upcoming album "One For Sorrow." The new album is set for release on October 12th in Finland, October 17th in Europe, and October 18th in North America.
Head over to this location to snag the "Unsung" download (email registration required).
Insomnium has also announced an upcoming European tour in support of the release. Details are available in the tour poster below. More...
French black metal heathens Glorior Belli are premiering the second single off their upcoming new full-length album "The Great Southern Darkness" through Metalnews.de. Head over here to check out the song “Negative Incarnate.”
In related news, Revolvermag.com is also currently hosting the band’s brand new “They Call Me Black Devil” video. Check out the clip below. "The Great Southern Darkness" is scheduled for a North American release on September 27th, 2011 via Metal Blade Records.
"The Great Southern Darkness" track listing is as follows:
1. Dark Gnosis
2. Secret Ride To Rebellion
3. They Call Me Black Devil
4. Negative Incarnate
5. Bring Down The Cosmic Scheme
6. The Great Southern Darkness
7. The Foolhardy Venturer
8. Per Nox Regna
9. The Science Of Shifting
10. Chaos Manifested
11. Horns In My Pathway
Christian metal act Oh, Sleeper will be releasing the new album "Children of Fire" on September 27th, 2011, and the band recently posted a new song from the album titled "Endseekers" online.
Oh, Sleeper has now uploaded a new studio video clip from the band's time recording "Children Of Fire" with Andreas Magnusson in Indianapolis. Check out the clip below.
Czech Republic based djent act Modern Day Babylon has posted a teaser trailer online for the band's upcoming album, which can be viewed below.
The track listing is as follows:
1. Key of existence (intro)
2. The signs
3. Instant djentlemen
4. Hearse the halo
5. The unknown guest
7. Universal intelligence (guest solo by David M. Micic)
8. Analog love (outro)
9. Bonus track
Hydrogyn has posted a video clip online with vocalist Julie discussing the band's upcoming activity and work on a new album. You can check out the clip below, and the band also commented:
"It has been a year in the making but Julie has finally climbed back in the saddle and is ready to bring Hydrogyn back to the masses. This is the first installment of video Blogs that will posted by the band leading up to the new release."
Thaurorod has issued the following update about writing new material for an upcoming album:
"Thaurorod is currently writing and finalizing the songs for the 2nd studio album which will be released early next year via NoiseArt Records.
"Before the release you can check out Thaurorod live in Quest For Power event at Dom, Helsinki on 29th October. The band will present some new songs from the upcoming album live for the first time ever in Finland.
"Quest for Power line-up: THAUROROD - 22.00, MERGING FLARE - 23.00, DREAMTALE - 00.00. Tickets for the event are sold by TIKETTI at this location."
Razorback Recordings has issued the following announcement about releasing the "Anthropophagy of Doom" album from Italy's Sepulcral:
"Razorback is proud to announce we will be releasing the debut CD from Italy's Sepulcral! This underground Italian band plays dark and catchy old-school death metal with doom influences... taking inspiration from such classic early 90's bands such as Derketa, Impetigo, Mythic, Autopsy, Necrotomy, Hellhammer, Incantation, as well as the brilliant and morbid horror themes from such masters as Mario Bava, Dario Argento, and more! This is simply a match made in HELL...
"The debut 9 song album, titled 'Anthropophagy of Doom,' will be released sometime later this year on Razorback Recordings. Be prepared for one of the best debut albums in unholy horror death metal! Check out the song 'Nightmare Mirror' on youtube from the upcoming album!"
Volbeat has checked in with the following announcement about receiving support from Clutch on upcoming European shows in October and November:
"Volbeat is honored to get support from Clutch on our mainland European shows this fall. See the tour dates here. Please note, that four of the shows are already sold out.
"Clutch delivers a groovy, potent rock 'n' roll in a sonic crock-pot of chugging blues riffs, punk rock grit, bombastic funk beats and raw, infectious vocals. (Read more about the band on Clutch's homepage) We're happy to invite these hard rockers on our mainland Europe Tour 2011!"
In a recent post on Facebook, Slipknot percussionist Shawn "Clown" Crahan revealed that the band will be embarking on a headlining tour of the United States of America next year in June, but also stressed that the band is not working on a new album. His posting reads as follows:
"Slipknot will be touring by next June in America only, but that does not mean things will not change and as they do I will along with others tell you our family first.
"No album yet because it is to soon and there are no songs yet because the band needs to come together to write this next one. I can not wait to feel the ideas like choking on color.
"Everything happens for a reason, so be ready."
It’s really difficult to begin to describe The Living Fields for the uninitiated. They seem like a standard doom metal band at first, but then the violins/violas come in, along with the multiple vocal styles. All of a sudden, this unassuming doom metal band has traversed through genres ranging from progressive rock to death metal. It’s a sound that is equally confusing and mesmerizing. Their second album, “Running Out Of Daylight,” makes you work for its attention. After the first dozen listens, it starts to pay off.
What’s most amazing about “Running Out Of Daylight” is that the album was done by long-distance communication. The band members are scattered throughout all parts of the world, and it took guitarist/bassist Jason Muxlow years to get everything together. Muxlow is the main composer of the band, and oversaw the whole creation of the album. I had an opportunity to speak to Muxlow in early August about “Running Out Of Daylight” and how long-distance songwriting works. More...
Former Skid Row vocalist and solo artist Sebastian Bach has revealed that his house in the state of New Jersey, which he has lived in for twenty one years, has suffered massive damage as a result of the tropical storm Irene, which has been sweeping across the East Coast of America and left at least twenty people dead. A message from Bach posted on his Facebook page reads:
"I am numb, in shock, and devastated to report that my home of 21 years, my house featured on MTV Cribs, has been destroyed, condemned, and deemed uninhabitable due to the extreme flooding courtesy of Hurricane Irene. In the two decades I have lived in this home, there has never been a single drop of water in the basement or anywhere else in the structure. Now Irene has overflowed the reservoir adjacent...
"Somewhere under this water is a KISS pinball machine and two gargoyles from the Dynasty tour. If you see them floating past your house, they're mine. Or at least they were :("
American death/doom metal outfit Novembers Doom has announced that the band has decided to part ways with drummer Sasha Horn and will be searching for a new drummer immediately. A statement from the group reads as follows:
"Due to choices made by Novembers Doom’s drummer, Sasha Horn, in both his personal and professional life, only after much consideration, and a long year of a 1400 mile distance hurdle, Novembers Doom and Sasha Horn have decided to mutually part ways.
"For once this isn’t your typical 'musical differences' excuse, this is simply, due to distance and Sasha’s pursuit and focus in other directions, it became clear to all of us, he was no longer able to contribute the same dedication to Novembers Doom as the rest of the band. We wish Sasha the best in his future endeavors.
"As for the future of Novembers Doom, we are currently seeking to fill this position. Anyone interested in this opportunity can contact us through firstname.lastname@example.org.
"Several projects are already in the works, and where it’s too soon for any formal announcements, we can assure you, Novembers Doom’s best days are yet to come."
Located out in the Caribbean between Cuba and Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic has long been an island nation melting pot for a variety of cultures and styles brought over by the millions of tourists and influences that converge upon it. Dominicans are known in America for the crop of professional baseball players they produce and in our large Hispanic community for the stream of bachata/merengue music along with the superstar reggaeton production duo Luny Tunes.
The times are changing though, and the rich history that the Dominicans have had with folkloric rock music has gradually come to include all genres of popular rock/metal throughout the last couple of decades. Bands such as Toque Profundo and M-16 have opened up the floodgates to more extreme categories of rock music, producing the likes of Ad Bestia's hardcore, Santuario's punk rock, the thrash of Necro, good traditional thrash from Overhated and the power metal of Altus Mortem. For a comprehensive look into the Dominican Republic's rich rock history, check out the two-part video Dominican Rock Pt 1 and 2 to gain a greater insight into the scene.
Nowadays, with home studio computer equipment and social networking, hundreds of young bands are cropping up all over the Dominican landscape. In fact, a few homegrown independent labels now showcase the talents of the more extreme Caribbean bands - Dark Canvas and Goecia records. Today we will take a look at three of the most deserving and hard working bands paying their dues in the trenches of Santo Domingo.
Conceived in 1994, Archaios are the premier melodic techno-thrash band from Santo Domingo. Fusing intricate leads with an abundance of bridges and time changes, this is one band that deserve a further listen. Their new one, "The Distant," drops in November and is an exponentially good progression from their debut, 2006's "Out of the Shadows." You can check out their songs in full at their Myspace page and listen to the promotional sampler clip below, plus a few other tracks from their debut. Also, you can read a full interview with the band here.
It has been a long journey for Dominican metallers Archaios, one lasting nearly two decades. Although releasing their debut "Out of the Shadows" five years back, Archaios had yet to find a core audience outside of their island homeland due to lack of label support and logistics. This could very well change in 2011 when their new album "The Distant" is released. That darker thrash sound they were known for has metamorphosized into techno-melodic stylings that are sure to win over a serious, mature metal audience. Their new label, Dark Canvas, supports them all the way and is busy putting all the pieces in place for a tour of the US sometime in the coming year. We sat down with guitarist Eric Cruz to get inside the mindset of the Dominican Republic's premier thrash band and listen to his version of the path Archaios are on. More...
Bergen, Norway based black metal outfit Taake has announced that the band will be embarking on a short headlining tour of Europe this October in support of the forthcoming new album, "Noregs Vaapen," which will be released in September. Joining Taake on the trek will be fellow Bergen natives Byfrost, which will also be promoting a new album, "Of Death," which was released this past June, as well as Donn The Philosophy.
The tour dates are as follows: More...
Australian thrash metal veterans Mortal Sin have announced that they have signed a new European record deal with NoiseArt Records, which will release the group's brand new studio album, "Psychology Of Death" on November 18th.
The album will be available as a special edition digipak which will include Mortal Sin's debut album, "Mayhemic Destruction" has a bonus disc. A message from the band reads as follows:
"Mortal Sin are proud to announce we have signed to NoiseArt/Rock The Nation for the release of our new album Psychology of Death! What we wanted to do was a simple thrash album, sometimes you can get so caught up in the complexities of everything that you forget about what thrash is all about. This time around we said we wanted to go back to our roots, we we’re going to write an album like Mayhemic Destruction, simple old school thrash! This is by far our fastest and heaviest album to date. We really wanted to grab people by the balls with this one!"
German death metal outfit Hackneyed has posted the last in a series of trailers online for the band's forthcoming new studio album, "Carnival Cadavre." You can check it out below, along with the previous album trailers. The album was released in Europe on August 22nd and will hit North American shelves tomorrow (August 30th) through Lifeforce Records. More...
Svartsot has checked in with the following announcement about upcoming tour dates in Denmark:
"We can now officially announce the tour of Denmark which starts on September 2nd and will take place on various weekends throughout the remainder of 2011. The tour has been given the name the '…Og Landet ligger så øde hen' tour (for English speakers the tour title is '…And the Country is so Desolate'), and comprises of 9 dates at the present time, although there will almost certainly be added more dates over the next few weeks."
Details are as follows:
September 2nd – Harders, Svendborg with Heidra (DK), Rarefaction (DE) and Fejd (SE)
September 3rd – Musikhuzet, Rønne with Sylvatica (DK)
September 17th – Studenterhuset, Copenhagen with Sylvatica
October 14th – Tante Olga, Randers with Heidra and Fairytale Abuse (DK)
October 28th – Paletten, Viborg with Phonomik (DK) and Heidra
November 11th – Pavillonen, Grenaa with Sylvatica and TBA
November 12th – Magasinet HM88, Nakskov with Sylvatica and TBA
November 25th – Vershuset, Næstved with Heidra and Sylvatica
November 26th – Studenterhuset, Aalborg with Heidra and Sylvatica
Svartsot also recently released the "Maledictus Eris" album. You can check out a trailer for the release by heading over to this location.
Finland's Eternal Tears of Sorrow has checked in with the following brief update from the studio about the band's progress recording new material:
"Greetings from the studio! All vocals for the first session were recorded during the weekend and all we can say: Sounds damn heavy! We decided to celebrate the milestone with couple of beers and by diving into arctic snowball pool."
Eternal Tears of Sorrow has also posted more photos from the recording studio via the band's Facebook profile at this location.
Swedish act Within Y has posted the second in a series of studio video clips online discussing the band's upcoming album. You can check out the clip below. The band has also posted a new segment of the album's cover artwork, which is available after the jump.
Sunset Nation has issued the following statement about the band's show at the Toyota Speedway being cut short:
"First and foremost, thank you to everyone who came out and supported yesterday's show at the Toyota Speedway. For 2 months Sunset Nation has been promoting this event and was scheduled to perform for 2+ hours. After Sunset Nation's first of two sets, the band was approached by the people of Adrenaline Radio and Metal Mulisha who expressed Sunset Nation was easily the best band the Speedway has booked in all of the years they have been promoting these events. All Seemed well...
"5 Songs into Sunset Nation's second set, the band was notified that the owner of the Toyota Speedway was demanding the plug be pulled. He felt the brand of metal music was too heavy and inappropriate for the Speedway's clientele. Only for the speedway 1 hour later to open the racing event with Metallica's 'No Leaf Clover'...
"Most bands, and most humanoids for that matter, would have allowed this type of disrespect to prevail and simply accepted such insolence with zero consequences. They fucked with the wrong band. When someone buys a ticket to see a Sunset Nation show, they will see the entire show, or the band promises to make the culprit regret they ever fucked with the Sunset Nation family.
"Immediately following the plug being pulled, Bryan Ross methodically marched over to the owner's cronies and demanded that the Sunset Nation audience be compensated for their tickets. The owner clearly felt he was untouchable and that the Sunset Nation family were some dumb metal kids wasting his precious time. Bryan Ross quickly made him regret his foolish ways by making him fear the wrath of our Metal Gods and simply threatening to kick his pompous ass. Security threatened to have Ross arrested while he laughed in their faces... In the end, Ross warned the negligent owner that Sunset Nation will pay him a visit again one day and be bringing him a gift...
"So, to all of you who purchased a ticket to yesterday's event, we are now officially buying everyone's ticket to our next show on September 15th..We do what we say and say what we do... Fuck the Machine..."