Metal News for August 3, 2012
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Russian beer-folk metal act Troll Bends Fir has posted a making-of video for the song "Humppa Is My Neighbour" with frontman Jonne Järvelä of Finnish act Korpiklaani. The video, available below, features footage shot in Saint Petersburg (Russia) and in Lahti (Finland). You can also watch the band's previously posted video for "Ave Celia!" at this location.
Troy, OH’s Miss May I has just posted a fourth official Vans Warped Tour video update, which can be viewed below. In addition, PureVolume.com has posted a video with responses to reader questions personally hand-picked and answered by singer Levi Benton, asked directly by other Warped Tour fans. Check out that video at this location.
Miss May I recently announced an upcoming headlining position on Alternative Press Magazine’s annual fall tour, The AP tour Fall 2012, sponsored by PeterSaysDenim. The tour, featuring a line-up handpicked by the AP staff, will be heading out on a 32-day trek that kicks off mid-October till the end of November. Tour dates will be announced soon. Miss may I will receive direct support from California's The Ghost Inside, melodic metal act Like Moths To Flames, Australia’s modern metal quintet The Amity Affliction, and technical metal up-and-comers Glass Cloud.
Miss May I’s most recent album, "At Heart," was released on June 12th, 2012 with Rise Records and reached #32 on the Billboard Top 200 it its first week. Upcoming tour dates are as follows:
8/04 -Redmond, WA (Seattle) @ Marymoor Park
8/05 -Portland, OR @ Rose Quarter Riverfront More...
Following the unveiling of the packaging and track listing of the "I Get Wet" 10th Anniversary deluxe edition last week, Andrew W.K. has given details of a super limited 500 double-disc autographed edition.
In addition to a special autographed 20-page booklet that accompanies the two discs, the 500 double-CD copies will include very unique personal items from the party king himself. These items, inserted at random, may include a piece of Andrew W.K.'s own personal, stage-worn and filthy white Levi's 501 jeans that were cut into 496 pieces. Three of the remaining limited packages will contain a lock of W.K.'s unwashed hair, while one lucky purchaser will receive an autographed airplane ticket stub that W.K. used to fly from Prague to New York City. Out of consideration for the recipients of his dirty jeans and hair, a Bloody Nose Air-Freshener will be included in all packages to help with any potential odors contained in the CD case.
"I wanted to give a piece of myself and this party to everyone who got one of these limited editions," explains W.K. "Originally, I had wanted to include used tissues and one of my hangnails, but I was told that international customs doesn't allow sending human flesh or bodily fluids in music packaging. So I decided to give the party people my dirty white jeans and hair instead. My jeans and hair give me party power-kind of like Dumbo's magic feather. They're blessed with the power of positive partying, and I hope that these objects bring even more magical partying to anyone who possesses them." More...
Symphonic metal band Divino Disturbo has posted two tracks online for streaming. You can listen to "Wolf Song" and "Lux Aeterna" in the YouTube clips available below, or find more info on the new project over at Facebook.
Female fronted alt punk/nu metal band Sumo Cyco has released a new video for the single “Loose Cannon." The clip, available below, is the sixth independant music video directed and produced by the band. For more info on Sumo Cyco, head over to the band's Facebook profile here.
The Lamb Of God frontman emphasizes how he wants to return to tackle his next court appearance and see this whole matter through. Randy Blythe is reportedly currently enroute to the United States.
California act Arkaik has released the 6th track from the band's upcoming album "Metamorphignition." Check out the song entitled "Soliloquies of the War Machine" in the player below.
The "Metamorphigntion" album we be released worldwide on October 9th 2012 through Unique Leader Records, with artwork by Tony Koehl. A preview of the album is also available over at this location.
The fourth installment of the "...And Justice For Art" series was posted at Pure Grain Audio, which you can access by going here. In this edition, writer Ramon Martos Garcia looks at the artwork of the Californian black metal quartet Cormorant, and the symbolism from its "Dwellings" release, collaborating with Alice Duke and all of its previous endeavors.
Texas-based progressive and dynamic blackened death metal act Vex is currently on the road as part of the Summer of Losers East Coast Tour in support of its most recent recording, "Memorious." While on the road, Vex will be selling hand-numbered, limited-edition copies of "Memorious" with artwork designed by bassist William Edgar. This tour pressing of the album will only be available at the shows listed below. Select songs from "Memorious" are streaming at ReverbNation or below in the player.
August 3, 2012 @ Poison Lawn :: Knoxville TN
August 4, 2012 @ The Get Down :: Asheville NC w/ Typhonic Age
August 5, 2012 @ Blue Nile :: Harrisonburg VA w/ Within Our Gates and Helgamite
August 6, 2012 @ JR's :: Philadelphia PA w/ Alement and Shadows in the Crypt
August 7, 2012 @ Saint Vitus :: Brooklyn NY w/ Prostituion, Bloodseeker, Last Legion
August 9, 2012 @ Slim's Downtown :: Raleigh NC w/ Shadows, Hansgraf
August 10, 2012 @ The Milestone :: Charlotte NC w/ Grohg, Sons of Tonatiuh, Musket King
August 11, 2012 @ Phoenix Taproom :: Jacksonville FL at the Endless Bummers Fest
August 14, 2012 @ Hi Ho Lounge :: New Orleans LA
August 15, 2012 @ The White Swan :: Houston TX
Blut Aus Nord has posted a teaser trailer online for the band's new album "777 - Cosmosophy," which can be viewed below. The album will be released in North America on October 9th, 2012. Debemur Morti Productions also commented on the release:
"The denouement. The calm after the storm (but, still, disquiet interrupts the serenity); when the floods have washed away the debris. The circle is closed. Haunting, dreamlike, an altered state has been achieved. All-knowing wisdom prevails. At one with all -- omniscient. Soaring, alive with insight, bursting with extra-ordinary energy. Almighty. At the centre of an infinite structure in perpetual deconstruction, '777 - Cosmosophy' represents the instinctive manifestation of human and obsolete conception of Time. Where the light feeds the darkness, where every second is the Eternity and sounds the death knell - the monumental work of the eccentric soul gets lost in a deep echo... and this echo is the sublime Sound of the Universe.
"A beautiful tragedy; a tragic beauty. Devastatingly restrained, the climactic movement in the monumental '777' trilogy represents the culmination of a rapturous evolutionary process. Arguably Blut Aus Nord's most-daring venture yet, the third and final chapter represents both the beginning and the end. Et le Chaos se tut..."
After 30 years of carrying the hardcore torch, Agnostic Front returns to western Canada in support of new record "My Life My Way." The New York hardcore legends will be supported by California based Death By Steroe and Canada's West of Hell. The string of Canadian dates will celebrate the band's 30th anniversary of brining New York hardcore to the world.
The tour is set to kick off October 19th in Vancouver, BC Canada. Full details are available in the tour poster below. You can also check out Agnostic Front's music video for "Us Against the World" at this location.
Agnostic Front's latest album, "My Life My Way," was released in March 2011 via Nuclear Blast Records. The CD was recorded at Mana Recording Studios in St. Petersburg, Florida and features 13 new powerful and anthemic songs laid down by Erik Rutan under the watchful guide of producer Freddy Cricien of Madball. The record was mastered by Alan Douches at West West Side Music in New Windsor, New York. More...
Throatruiner Records has issued the following announcement about releasing a self-titled LP from Bone Dance:
"Bone Dance, a ritually charged and menacingly DIY band seeped in all things heavy, is rising from the South Idaho desert with their first self-titled LP for Melotov Records (USA), Throatruiner Records & Prototype Records (Europe). Bone Dance takes the grime and gravelly glut of the band’s previous work, the self-released Snakecharmers, and reevaluates not only its intensity, but also the band’s heritage: retooling the ferocity of hardcore, the technical acumen of extreme metal, and the minimal gauze of sludge and doom.
"This is the kind of tight, controlled, anvil-heavy music that only comes out of an area dominated by the Religious Right, the Conservative Coalition, and some of the most culturally repressive mechanisms in America. Bone Dance acts as a document of this inheritance by time and place and on principle rejects all of it. As a combatant to the moderate veneer that glosses even the counterculture in their hometown of Boise, Bone Dance have crafted not a shield but a weapon against the repressive devices they so clearly detest.
"By deconstructing typical sludge breakdowns, by retooling blast beats into searing grooves, by inverting a biblical poetic into a sinister manifest of their body politic, Bone Dance forges a musical dialogue exemplifying the clash typical of the liberal-conservative head butting seen throughout misleading media; however, the band seems to reject even mainstream leftist views in favor of an utter desert-driven nihilism. Bone Dance proves yet again that the frontier isn’t innovation—the frontier is misery."
Mike and Danny from the band Prime Evil (NY), talked to ArmyOfOneTV at the "Evilution" album release party at The Loft in Poughkeepsie, NY on Jul 27th. They discussed the addition of new members and some other insight about coming back to the scene on a foreign label (Inferno Records, France). Watch the video interview below.
Rob Yench (former Incantation) and Craig Stiles from the band Mausoleum talked to ArmyOfOneTV on Jul 27th at the Loft in Poughkeepsie, NY. They discussed the direction of the band towards the roots of the death metal sound and coming back to the stage after ten years. Watch the interview below.
The lifestyle, music, and action sports driven apparel company Berma has put together a Summer Sampler music compilation featuring 26 Berma family bands.
Berma's "Summer Sampler 2012" compilation features tracks from the likes of Straight Line Stitch, Hero In Error (Mediaskare), Turbid North (Ironclad Recordings/Metal Blade), The Kennedy Veil (Unique Leader), No Consequence (Basick), and 21 other up and coming bands.
The compilation can be streamed via the "Summer Sampler '12" tab on Berma's official Facebook page here. A link to a free download of the compilation is also available on the same page.
One year on from the sad passing of former Threshold vocalist Andrew "Mac" McDermott, the U.K. metallers have uploaded some previously unseen footage of one of Mac's last performances with the band as a tribute to him. Recorded at the Z7 in Switzerland, you can now watch Threshold perform "Mission Profile” during the Subsurface tour of 2004. Check it out below.
Threshold’s new album “March of Progress” will be released on August 24th (EU), August 27th (UK), September 11th (US) through Nuclear Blast Records. The track listing for "March Of Progress" is as follows:
2. Return Of The Thought Police
3. Staring At The Sun
4. Liberty Complacency Dependency
6. The Hours
7. That's Why We Came
8. Don't Look Down
11. Divinity (Bonus Track) More...
Swedish psychedelic classic rockers Witchcraft have made the first single off their upcoming album "Legend" available for streaming online. Surf over to the band's official Facebook profile and check out "It's Not Because Of You."
The single will be made available for purchase on August 17th digitally and as limited 7“ vinyl, including a special non-album bonus track called "Take Me With You When You Die." The 7“ vinyl will be issued in three different versions: Green (Nuclear Blast Mailorder only), copper, and black.
"Legend" marks Witchcraft's first album in five years and will be released September 21st, 2012 via Nuclear Blast. More...
Budapest act KreepMaster has posted a playthrough video clip online for the song "Lullaby Of War," which can be found below. KreepMaster will also be releasing a new album titled "Supralizer" this coming September. For more info on the band, head over to Facebook.
Denver grind terrorists Death of Self, featuring Clinging To The Trees Of A Forest Fire vocalist/guitarist Ethan McCarthy, today kick off a U.S. takeover. Dubbed the "Grindcore Is My Mother Fucking Life's Blood Tour 2012," the bloodshed begins at Love Sprout in El Paso, Texas.
From there the band will wage hate, animosity, and general discontent through 16 more cities. Ears will be punished and souls will be scarred. Death of Self is touring in support of the newly-released "Mental Disintegration" 7” EP. You can check it out at the Death of Self official BandCamp page here.
The tour dates are:
8/03/2012 Love Sprout - El Paso, TX
8/04/2012 Korova Basement - San Antonio, TX
8/05/2012 1808 - Austin, TX
8/06/2012 La Grange - Dallas, TX
8/07/2012 The Wild Salmon - Lafayette, LA
8/08/2012 The Big Top - New Orleans, LA
8/09/2012 The Garden - Atlanta, GA
8/10/2012 World Trade Center - Nashville, TN
8/11/2012 The Seat Lodge – Rock Hill, SC
8/12/2012 Boxfort – Boston, MA
8/13/2012 Lit Lounge - New York, NY
8/14/2012 JR’s - Philadelphia, PA
8/15/2012 Halfway House - Detroit, MI
8/16/2012 Blind Bob’s - Dayton, OH
8/17/2012 The Marilyn Mansion - Peoria, IL
8/18/2012 Asshole Castle – Kansas City, MO
8/19/2012 West Wing – Omaha, NE
Ohio's Eternal Void has posted a new track online for streaming. Listen to the newly released "Devil's Cut" in the player available below. You can also check out a teaser trailer for the band's upcoming EP at this location. The new EP will follow the band's previous release "One of Us" (reviewed here).
Taunted will release the band's third full-length studio recording in Q4 of 2012. The third installment titled, "Taunted – 9 Sins," features a special appearance from drummer Larry Howe of the American band Vicious Rumors. Taunted comments, "The band would like to state that it was a pleasure working with Larry. We all became brothers in metal and we look forward to possibly working with him in the future."
The track listing is:
1. 7 Colors – 4:14
2. Laceration – 4:57
3. Chaos Theory – 5:08
4. Dead Doll – 5:07
5. Room 237 – 3:36
6. Tower Of Hellions – 5:33
7. Sinner’s Language – 5:05
8. Written In The Flames – 5:45
9. Taunted 2 – 10:25
The new CD was tracked at Fang Studios in San Mateo, CA and Trident Studios in Pacheco, CA (MACHINE HEAD, TESTAMENT, EXODUS) and was mixed/mastered by Juan Urteaga at Trident Studios. The album was produced by Joey Genoni and Taunted.
Intervals has posted a behind the scenes video clip from the studio online, which can be viewed below, and the band also commented:
"Day 3 in the studio is done and leads are finished. We're ahead of schedule and things are sounding awesome so far! Our friends over at Heavy Blog Is Heavy put up a little interview type thing I shot with Ben Dundas. Check it out!"
Indian act Undying Inc, which was interviewed for an episode of Headbanger's Kitchen, has issued the following announcement about parting ways with the band's drummer:
"After 6 years of trials, tribulations, 2 international stints and 1 album, Undying Inc announces the departure of drummer Yuvraj Sen. We wish to confirm and clarify that this was an extremely hard decision for all of us, but we have mutually agreed and parted ways on a positive and forward thinking note.
"Yuvraj is a stellar musician and we are very proud of the work we have accomplished together and ask for our fans and friends for their continued respect and support for both his and the our future endeavours.
"Undying Inc will continue to evolve and grow into the beast it is meant to be and we will continue to write new material for the upcoming EP, however the band will not be going live until a suitable replacement is announced. But we promise that we will soon return refreshed, re-energised and re-injected."
For more info on Undying Inc, head over to the band's official Facebook profile here.
Dropbunny has released a new video for the track "There's Nothing Here And It Screams," which can be viewed below. The band also commented:
"The song is an attempt to recreate the music experienced independently by both bassist John Barrymore, and vocalist Xero. In Barrymore's case, he awoke completely paralyzed on three separate nights, with deafening, complex and terrifying music in his ears.
"He was trapped in that position for what seemed like hours, before the music slowly faded and he found himself able to move again. Xero's (much less frightening) experience was of finding a radio in a dream which played hypnotic music that 'kept rising out of almost white-noise, before descending again.' Finding that both of them had heard almost identical music, the band set out to make these sounds a reality.
"The filmclip features a re-imagining of a medieval southern Indian ritual which appeared in Frazer's 'The Golden Bough.' It combines extremes of hilarity and horror." More...
Upon the Skies, The Nova has released a new song online for streaming titled "Thy, Traitor." Check out the song in the player available below. The band also commented on its history and sound:
"Upon the Skies, The Nova is a band based in Queens Village, New York, spawning from two young artist's willingness to blend their respective musical styles and tastes together. With roots in hardcore metal, metalcore, jazz fusion, and electronica, their sound embodies characteristics of them all, yet they find it is hard to categorize their music into one specific genre. Ultimately, they seek to send a message, and cause for their listeners to empathize with the emotions of their music; and hopefully provide something new and refreshing for them to enjoy."
As "The Feather Tipped the Serpent’s Scale" -- the sophomore LP from Salt Lake City-based duo Eagle Twin -- nears official release via Southern Lord at the end of this month, today Guitar World is hosting a stream of the second song from the album. Stream "Ballad of Job Cain Part II" via Guitar World or in the player below. The upcoming Eagle Twin tour dates are:
West Coast Tour w/ Gaza
8/02/2012 The Boise Venue - Boise, ID
8/03/2012 El Corazon - Seattle, WA
8/04/2012 Backspace Cafe - Portland, OR
8/05/2012 Origami Recording Lounge - Chico, CA
8/06/2012 Ryan's Saloon - Reno, NV
8/07/2012 Thee Parkside - San Francisco, CA
8/08/2012 CYC (Chinatown Youth Center) - Fresno, CA
8/09/2012 Secret Desert Show - Death Valley, CA
8/10/2012 Kensington Club - San Diego, CA
8/11/2012 Echo/Echoplex - Los Angeles, CA @ The Power Of The Riff West [info/tickets]
8/12/2012 Chasers Nightclub - Scottsdale, AZ
New Zealand/Australia Tour w/ Russian Circles
9/26/2012 Kings Arms Tavern - Newton, NZ
9/27/2012 San Francisco Bathhouse - Wellington, NZ
9/28/2012 Corner Hotel - Melbourne
9/29/2012 Fowler’s Live - Adelaide
9/30/2012 The Bakery - Perth w/ Drowning Horse
10/04/2012 ANU Bar - Canberra
10/05/2012 The Zoo - Brisbane
10/06/2012 The Hi Fi - Sydney More...
The dual-drummer, violin playing metal act Walking Corpse Syndrome has uploaded footage of the band performing the song "Choke" live in Missoula, Montana. Check out the clip in the player below.
Walking Corpse Syndrome recently recruited a new vocalist and is now both re-tooling the band's back catalog and working on an upcoming full-length album to follow the "Narcissist" release (reviewed here). The album is currently codenamed "Epsilon," and further details will be announced as they are made available.
German heavy metal veterans Paragon (founded in 1990) have inked a deal with Napalm Records. The band’s 10th album "Force of Destruction" is scheduled for an end of October release.
The new longplayer was produced by Piet Sielck (Gamma Ray, Blind Guardian, Iron Saviour) at Powerhouse, Hamburg. Guest vocals on the bonus version of the song "Blood & Iron" were provided by Kai Hansen & Piet Sielck.
Stay tuned for more details, or you can also check out additional info on Paragon over at the band's Facebook profile. Paragon is:
Andreas Babuschkin - Vocals
Wolfgang Tewes - Guitars, Backing Vocals
Jan Bertram - Guitars, Backing Vocals
Jan Bünning - Bass, Backing Vocals
Christian Gripp - Drums
Long running Swiss metal act Samael has announced several dates for the upcoming "Eastern Crusade" mini-tour. Samael is touring in support of the band's latest album "Lux Mundi" (reviewed here). The currently announced details are as follows:
24.09.12: Bingo – Kiev, Ukrain
26.09.12: Republic Club – Minsk, Bielorussia
27.09.12: Artica - St Petersbourg, Russia
28.09.12: Milk Club – Moscow, Russia More...
Vocalist Csaba Zvekan of multinational act Raven Lord has issued the following update about the band's progress on recording a new album:
"A message from the Raven Lord studio: I'm almost done. Just finalized 11 songs. Two more to go and we're off to see the wizard in Sweden for the final mix down.
"It sounds fantastic, excitingly fresh, it's got balls, melody and a massive piece of metal coming your way! Be prepared for the Raven Lord debut album."
For photos and more info on the recording process, head over to the band's Facebook profile. Raven Lord is:
Csaba Zvekan – Lead Vocals (Emergency/Killing Machine)
Stefan Lindholm – Lead Guitar (Vindictiv/Firecracker)
Jamie Mallender – Bass Guitar
Pontus Larsson – Keyboards (Vindictiv/Firecracker)
Henrik Hedman – Drums (Celestial Decay/Last Kingdom)
U.K. act Dyscarnate has posted a playthrough clip online of drummer Matt Unsworth performing the "Grinding Down The Gears" song, which is taken off the band's "And So It Came to Pass" album released earlier this year. Check out the drum video below, or you can also find Dyscarnate's previously posted music video for "The Promethean" at this location.
Flotsam and Jetsam is the latest confirmation for the upcoming 2013 edition of the 70,000 Tons Of Metal cruise.
70000 Tons Of Metal will sail Monday, January 28, 2013 aboard the Royal Caribbean Majesty Of The Seas from Miami, FL to Grand Turk (of the Turks and Caicos Islands), and will not return you to the real world for four days until Friday, February 1, 2013.
Ticket prices start at US$666 plus US$299 taxes and fees per person and include all on-board entertainment, non-alcoholic and non-carbonated beverages, all meals at the dining rooms, most on-board restaurants and even 24 room service.
The initial confirmations are as follows:
Die Apokalyptischen Reiter
Flotsam and Jetsam
Subway To Sally
According to a spokesperson from the Czech Republic prison system, Randy Blythe, lead singer of the American heavy metal outfit Lamb of God was finally released from jail yesterday, after being held on a manslaughter charge.
"The decision was reached yesterday at the end of a 16-hour closed session. The only condition of release was the approximately 8 million Czech Koruna bail," Prague court spokeswoman Martina Lhotáková said.
He is expected to return home to the United States, but will have to return to the Czech Republic to face trial.
"That’s what he wants to do," Blythe’s Czech attorney Martin Radvan told Radio Prague, "As a world-renowned artist, in a specific genre of music, of course, he cannot afford to simply disappear. There are posters with his picture all around the world, and if he wants to continue performing, he will have to return. And he wants to return because he believes he is not guilty of anything he has been charged with."
Lamb Of God frontman Randy Blythe was arrested in June on charges of manslaughter stemming from a "tragic incident" in Prague at a Lamb of God performance on May 24, 2010, which led to a death.
More information will be revealed as soon as it becomes available.
Italian folk metal band Elvenking Iposted the a fifth studio update video featuring the band recording the new album "Era" at Sonic Pump Studios in Helsinki, Finland. This update, entitled "Jakob's Chronicle" focuses on the bass recordings. "Era" is scheduled to drop on September 14, 2012 (EU) through AFM Records.
The track list for the regular version is as follows:
1. The Loser
2. I Am The Monster
3. Midnight Skies, Winter Sighs
4. A Song For The People
5. We, Animals
6. Through Wolf's Eyes
7. Walking Dead
9. Poor Little Baroness (see lyric video here)
10. The Time Of Your Life
11. Chronicle Of A Frozen Era
12. Ophale More...
Finnish folk masters Korpiklaani posted the first in a series of track-by-track videos leading to the release of the band's eighth studio release entitled “Manala,” which is scheduled for release on August 3, 2012 (EU) and August 14, 2012 (North America) through Nuclear Blast Records. The limited edition digipak of "Manala" will be accompanied by the bonus disc, which including the entire LP in English. The full track listing is as follows:
2. Tuonelan Tuvilla
3. Rauta (see music video here)
5. Petoeläimen Kuola
7. Ievan Polkka
8. Husky Sledge
12. Sumussa Hämärän Aamun
Bonus CD (English Version):
1. Honor More...