Metal News for August 30, 2013
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Brazilian act DeathTron has posted the track "Hell Of The Soul" online, which can be heard in the player below. The song was recorded, mixed, and mastered at Estúdio RG by Guilherme Malosso and Yuri C.
NY based progressive metal band Vaura has completed work on new album "The Missing." Profound Lore Records comments:
"Following last year’s 'Selenelion' release (Weird Records), Vaura (comprised of vocalist/guitarist Josh Strawn from Religious To Damn, guitarist Kevin Hufnagel from Gorguts and Dysrhythmia, bassist Toby Driver of Kayo Dot and Maudlin Of The Well, and drummer Charlie Schmid) take their unique style of combining progressive metal and classic ‘80s goth/darkwave into more defined and dense territory with 'The Missing.'
"With a sound and aesthetic influenced by the darker and more brooding moments of the aforementioned styles when they came to fruition in the ‘80s, Vaura also incorporate sounds also reminiscing the likes of post punk, early ‘90s indie rock, and shoegaze respectively along with some intricate moments found on 'The Missing' that even hark back to the heyday of classic-era Queensryche and 'Grace Under Pressure' era Rush.
"As the next proper step succeeding 'Selenelion,' with 'The Missing' (captured at The Thousand Caves by Colin Marston) VAURA solidify and define their sound even more by becoming one of the more distinct and creative bands from the NY area."
To officially be released October 29th, the track listing for “The Missing” is as follows:
1. The Missing
2. Incomplete Burning
3. The Fire
4. Mare Of The Snake
5. Pleasure Blind
6. Passage To Vice
7. The Things That We All Hide
8. Braced For Collapse
10. Putting Flesh To Bone More...
Genre-defying 14-string guitarist Felix Martin has debuted a new playthrough video for "2 AM," a jazz/metal-flavored song from his Prosthetic studio debut "The Scenic Album." Check it out below.
Martin's "The Scenic Album" — due out Sept. 17 – combines instrumental progressive metal with elements of jazz, fusion, funk, and world music with support from acclaimed drummer Marco Minnemann (The Aristocrats, Necrophagist, Steven Wilson, Joe Satriani) and bassist Nathan Navarro. The track listing is:
1. The Tango I
2. The Tango II
3. The Tango III
4. Spam II
5. Triangle Tune
6. High Spirit (watch the clip here)
7. Viroliano Tries Prog (check out the playthrough here)
8. Viroliano Tries Jazz
9. Viroliano Tries Metal
10. Eleven Drums
11. 2 AM More...
Prosthetic Records is pleased to announce the signing of British band Anacondas for an international, multi-album deal.
Stuart Hunter, guitarist and joint vocalist of the band, commented: "We are proud to announce that we have signed to Prosthetic and that our album ‘Sub Contra Blues’ will be released worldwide this autumn. We’re excited to be working with a great label who has put out albums from some of our favorite bands throughout the years. Thanks to all the people who have supported us and made this possible."
Prosthetic Records also issued this statement: "Anacondas formed in 2010 from the ashes of acclaimed English band Johnny Truant, who blazed their way through the noughties with a frenetic, forward-thinking take on modern metallic hardcore. During the final breaths of Truant, Hunter conceived a comparatively stripped-down, instrumental-based project that would be dense and progressively sludge-driven, balancing immense heaviness and delicate melody in equal measure. Reunited with brother and fellow ex-Truant James Hunter (bass), and with mutual friend Tim Newman on drums, the new project — Anacondas— became a fully realized band with all three sharing vocal duties in barbarous harmony. More...
GWAR recently went back to the band's hometown of Virginia with a larger than life G Pen to host the GWAR-B-Q, the ultimate BBQ for metal addicts, where lead singer Oderus Urungus had a special announcement to make...
You can also check out the new song "Bloodbath" at this location, which comes off the band's new album "Battle Maximus," due out September 17th.
Montreal, QC metal band Dissension is premiering now latest track "Graceless Death," which is taken from the band's forthcoming debut album "Of Time And Chronic Disease."
The track can be heard in a lengthy interview below with vocalist/guitarist Nathan Afilalo conducted by Canadian metal podcast Ondes Chocs. The song itself starts at the one hour and nine minute mark.
"Of Time And Chronic Disease" is being released digitally worldwide on September 10th through Believe Digital along with it being sold physically on vinyl. Keep your eyes peeled, as Metalunderground.com will also be premiered a new track from the album next week.
Nathan Afilalo comments: "Having been a band for about six years, we have long anticipated the great day where we could let our music take flight upon the winds of the world. With that in mind, Of Time and Chronic Disease is a summation of our music since it contains some of our very earliest songs to some of our latest. The album has to be taken as a whole, as the individual songs all represent a different facet of the whole that is our music. It's like a hydra, the beast can only truly be slain if you remove all of its heads and immerse yourself in the dark pools of its blood."
The band will be holding a CD launch in Montreal, QC on September 13th at Foufounes Electriques with local support from Skeleris, Murtenscythe, Intonate, Citizen Vicious. More...
U.S. experimental black metal outfit Nutrition will release new album "Terminus Occultus" on September 1st, 2013.
The release is a three track, 30 minute offering combining death, black, and thrash with touches of industrial sci-fi elements. A teaser for the album can be heard below, or over at the Nutrition Bandcamp page here.
Debut LP "Taedium Vitae" was released via Southern Lord on August 6th, and now West Palm Beach dissonant hardcore/punk outfit Centuries this week confirms a pending month-long U.S. tour.
Centuries will embark on the newly confirmed twenty-eight city assault in Gainesville on September 17th and tackle the first four shows alone while traveling north. The band will then link up with Pittsburgh-based Pray For Teeth and both acts will forge on for the next two dozen shows together. Stay tuned as the final unconfirmed venues are locked over the coming days. More...
Milwaukee, Wisconsin based act Victim has released debut CD "1985." The band comments:
"If you like old school speed metal with blazing drums and shredding solos then this is a MUST HAVE! Victim is National Recording Sessions Player Angelo Petropoulos on guitar and programming and Agustin Alvarez Jr on bass and lead vocals.
"The disk is recorded and released by Sonic Dreams Studio and Music Production Company based out of Brookfield Wisconsin, and mastered at the famed Stabbing Studio in St. Louis, MO. Speed, brutal aggression, shredding solos, dark intense music that will make you band your skull for hours! Visit our website for more info."
Originally scheduled as a two day fest in Toronto, Spread The Metal Fest will now only be taking place on Saturday, Sept 7th at the Opera House with the following line-up:
Beheading of a King
Answer With Metal
The all-day heavy metal music celebration will be hosted by The Governor, from the "Governor's Ball podcast." All profits are to be donated by Spread the Metal Records to Kiva.org. Tickets are $30 in advance or $35 at the doors, with ticket info available right here.
After releasing a lyric video for "Marytrs," The Devil Wears Prada has premiered another new track online.
Listen to "First Sight" in the player below, courtesy of Avclub.com. "First Sight" is the third track to be released from the band's upcoming album "8:18," which will be available everywhere on September 17th. More...
Dream Theater guitarist John Petrucci and vocalist James LaBrie recently sat down with Roadrunner U.K. and answered questions submitted by fans.
Video of the interview can be viewed below, and the members answered questions such as which of the older albums does 2013's "Dream Theater" resemble, whether they'll ever do another concept album, and whether they write melodies to correspond with James's vocal range.
Dream Theater's new self-titled album is due for release on September 24th, 2013. Check out a lyric video for the song "The Enemy Inside" over here.
Scar The Martyr's has posted a snippet of a new song "My Retribution" online, which can be heard by heading over to the band's official website here.
Scar The Martyr, which features Slipknot's Joey Jordison, has a self-titled debut due out everywhere October 1st, 2013. The previously posted song "Blood Host" is available at this location. You can also catch the band live with Danzig:
8/30 Universal City, CA Gibson Amphitheatre
8/31 Tempe, AZ Marquee Theatre
Anathema has teamed up with ArtistDirect.com to launch a clip from the band's upcoming live Blu-ray/DVD/CD "Universal." Check out the live performance of "Untouchable, Part 2" below.
"Universal," a concert film on Blu-ray and CD/DVD capturing a special one-off gig at the ancient Roman theatre of Philippopolis, is due out September 17th on Kscope.
Directed by photographer/filmmaker Lasse Hoile (Porcupine Tree, Opeth, Dream Theater), the film and album package the magic of the unique evening where the band was joined by the Plovdiv Philharmonic Orchestra to kick off a lengthy world tour in support of the album "Weather Systems" (reviewed here). More...
Argentinian bizarre metal kings Asspera have released another official video from their latest album, this time for the track "El Ritual del Pueblo." The song is from the twelve song "Viaje al Centro de la Verga" release from last year. Stream that entire release over at this location. Back in May, Asspera also had an official video for the track "Patada en los Huevos," which can be viewed here in case you missed it.
Asspera will be also be performing the following live dates in Argentina:
Aug. 31st - Willie Dixon Blues Club, Rosario
Sept. 14th - Auditorio Oeste, Buenos Aires
Nov. 9th - Auditorio Sur, Buenos Aires
Reflections Records has checked in with the following announcement about releasing an album from Black Mask:
"Death unfolds…. We’re very excited to release Black Mask's self-titled debut full-length and once again throw some real anger in the face of this planets ugly population.
"Black Mask is a band from Western PA, USA who are taking things to another level, integrating elements of crust and grind along with other nasty, niche subgenres. Throughout, crushing guitar riffs brood with doom-metal meanness while high-pitched, intentionally dissonant noise-rock squeals ‘n’ whines giving the band a kind of caustic cruelty that almost makes you wonder if Black Mask really does want to make its audience members suffer just for being alive…
"Black Mask's self titled debut album contains the band's first 7” as well as the 'Lost Below' 7” (released on GTR Records). 100 will be pressed on colored vinyl and are available for mailorder only. Expected release date: October 3, 2013. Black Mask will be touring Europe with Eternal Sleep this coming October." More...
New England experimental tech death deviants The Summoned and grotesque thrashers Drive-By Bukkake are heading out next month to pillage the Northeast U.S. and parts of Canada.
The Summoned released "If Only Minds Could Paint Pictures" in 2011, which features nine tracks recorded at Mudskipper Studio in Arlington, MA that were engineered, mixed, and mastered by Fred Sladkey. Nina Saile of Gorgol Productions handled the cover art.
DBB also saw a release in 2011 with the 20-track escapade "Oozing Doom" that features cover songs of Andrew W.K.‘s “We Want Fun,” Anal Cunt‘s “You’re A Cop,” Death Threat‘s “Dead at Birth,” and a few other cover tunes including “Pain and Destruction,” the theme song for WWF wrestlers Demolition.
Thu 09/12 – Worcester, MA @ Ralph’s Rock Diner
Fri 09/13 – Florence, MA @ JJ’s Tavern
Sat 09/14 – Bay Shore, NY @ Even Flow
Sun 09/15 – Oneonta, NY @ Susquehanna Trail Campground – Dirty Fest
Tue 09/17 – Belleville, ON @ Belle Pub
Thu 09/19 – Sherbrooke, QC @ Bar Le Saloon
Fri 09/20 – Montreal, QC @ Cafe Chaos More...
Finnish electronic metal quintet Khroma is heading out on another European tour, starting from August and stretching to late October, 2013. The "Autumn Collapse 2013" tour will see Khroma travelling through the band's native Finland, the Baltic countries, Poland, and Germany.
The 15-date tour will kick off in Leipzig, Germany on Friday, Aug. 30th, and will be completed in Estonia’s capital Tallinn almost two months later. You can hear the band's latest single "Chariots" over at Facebook here. The band's new full-length album will be released in early 2014.
30.08. Leipzig (DE), 4Rooms
31.08. Schramberg (DE), MAT Open Air
03.09. Bielsko-Biala (PL), Rudeboy Club
04.09. Wroclaw (PL), Liverpool Klub
05.09. Poznan (PL), Klub Y Bazyla
06.09. Berlin (DE), Blackland
07.09. Hamburg (DE), Bambi Galore
13.09. Oulu (FI), Nuclear Nightclub
14.09. Kajaani (FI), Balls
20.09. Tartu (EE), Rock’n Roll
21.09. Jelgava (LV), Balerija
16.10. Riga (LV), Route66
17.10. Cesis (LV), Fonoklubs
18.10. Liepaja (LV), Fontaine Palace
19.10. Tallinn (EE), Rock Club Tapper
Tramortiria is currently working on an upcoming new album. SG Records issued the following brief statement:
"After the success of 'Wrath Among The Dead' the band is really proud to announce the release of a new album of 'Stun Metal' branded Tramortiria. Recording sessions will start at Acme Rec Studio on late February 2014."
Magna Vice will release the "Serpent of Wisdom" album via Inverse Records on September 20th, 2013. The track listing is as follows:
1. Temple Of Sin
2. Hope You Find Your Way Out
3. Gods Of War
4. Green Giant
5. Knowledge talks, Wisdom Listens
6. Real Delusions
7. Yellow Sky
According to Inverse, the album is an "ambitious 70-minute progressive heavy metal concept album." The label goes on to state:
"Serpent of Wisdom tells the story of war veteran Edward 'Earl' Diamond who suffers from hallucinations. He realizes a helping hand is closer than he expected – but first he must free himself from the shackles of yesterday. The story is carried by numerous clues and soundscapes in between songs. Even though the band was founded in 2010 its members are no newcomers. Previous and related acts include Taage Laiho Gang, Blackhog, Atomwood, Law, Neumann & the
News and Dee Moons to name a few." More...
Pat DeLeon has parted ways with Imminent Sonic Destruction. The band comments:
"We are sad to report that Imminent Sonic Destruction drummer, Pat DeLeon, has decided to leave the band. We support Pat as a friend, and are grateful for his contributions over the last 7 years. He will always be a part of the I.S.D. family. The band intends to move forward, continuing to work on what will be the 2nd ISD album, as we search for a new drummer. See you on the road in 2014!"
Pat also released the following statement about his decision to leave the band: "I would like to say thanks to the guys in the band, as well as all the friends and fans of Imminent Sonic Destruction for putting up with me over the years. I wish them all the best of luck as I am stepping down as drummer for the band. More...
Tucson sludge deviants Godhunter has been at Arcane Digital Studios (Exhumed, Misery Index) with Ryan Butler (Landmine Marathon, Unruh) and the sessions are being used to construct the band's official full-length LP, "City Of Dust."
A concept album about life and death in a decaying desert shithole of a hometown, little else has been released on the album other than it shall prove to be another bulldozing supply of booze and bong-friendly hardcore-infused sludge pulverization.
"City Of Dust" will soon be completed and the remaining parts constructed over the coming months for disbursement on CD, LP, and digital formats in March of 2014. You can also see the band live:
8/31/2013 The Rock - Tucson, AZ w/ Truckfighters, Powered Wig Machine
10/02/2013 Yucca Tap Room - Phoenix, AZ w/ Orange Goblin, Holy Grail
10/10/2013 The Rock - Tucson, AZ @ Southwest Terror Fest w/ Kylesa, Demon Lung
11/08/2013 The Rialto - Tucson, AZ w/ Clutch, The Sword More...
Today Exhumed is streaming rarities from the "Necrocracy" recording sessions. Illuminates band member Matt Harvey:
"Just like last time, when we entered the studio to record Necrocracy, our collective cup was runnething over. We knew the record would end up right around 35 minutes, but it wasn't clear just yet which tracks would be destined to end up as bonus material.
"It was a tough call, but 'The Beginning After The End,' and 'Not Yet Dead Enough' ended up as bonus material, as did the outro 'E Pluribus Mortem' that we worked up in the jam room only a few days before recording. We also came up with a short nasty one right before we entered the studio that became 'Chewed Up, Spit Out' and while we were tracking the drums we wrote another blaster, 'Go For The Throat.'
"We were originally trying to get Relapse to do a split of some kind with these two tracks, but it didn't come together and we thought they were too much fun to keep to ourselves, so you can enjoy them here. For those of you wishing we still wrote one minute songs, here you go! Think of Necrocracy as the malignant main dish and these morbid morsels as some superlative side dishes that should enhance your dining experience. Cheers, and enjoy! See you mutants on the road!"
Hamerex is excited to announce the brand new album "IX," which will be released on Monday the 7th of October through the bands own label IX Music. The follow-up to "Rites Of Passage" features 10 brand new tracks the band has already been playing live over the last year.
"We are extremely proud of what we have acheived with the new album." comments guitarist Steve Blower. "There was a great feeling going in to the studio. We'd learnt a lot from 'Rites Of Passage' and we believe we've improved on every aspect of recording and had room to experiment a lot more."
Hamerex returned to Planet Platforms to record the new album with bassist Andy Firth taking on engineering and mixing duties while working closely with the rest of the band. The track listing is:
1. IX Circles (Blower) 2:20
2. The Life Of Death (Blower) 4:46
3. Inferno (Blower) 6:29
4. Edge Of Madness (Blower/Moules) 5:16
5. The Extremist (Firth/Moules/Blower) 3:30
6. Mortuary (Blower) 3:37
7. The Stranger (Blower/Firth) 5:58
8. Descent Of Angels (Firth/Moules) 3:36
9. The Night Of Samhain (Blower/Moules) 11:03
10. Still The Wall Remains (Blower) 6:11
The "IX" album will be released as a special 6 panel digipak featuring a large amount of artwork painted by James Mullet throughout the packaging. The album will also be made available digitally on iTunes, with other digital outlets forthcoming. Pre-orders are available at this location. Check out "The Life of Death" below, which is based on Clive Barker's "Books of Blood" series. More...
The long awaited Doommantia Vol. 2 anthology has been released. This compilation was put together to raise money to benefit Ed Barnard, founder of Doommantia.com. After suffering with heart problems for years, Ed was hit with astronomical hospital bills which left him homeless. Due to the lack of decent healthcare in the US, Ed has now returned to his homeland of Australia to receive the care he deserves.
To help him with living expenses, 84 bands and artists from all over the world have come together once again to ease the burden left upon Ed. Just a nominal sum (with an option to pay more) gets you over 9 hours of some of the best doom, stoner, sludge, psychedelic, and drone jams out there. Stream the whole compilation and get the download details over at bandcamp. More...
German occult death metallers Abyssous premiere the new track "Examination Rite" today via Decibelmagazine.com. Give the song a listen below.
The track hails from the band's "...Smouldering" LP, set for international release on October 1st via Irone Bonehead Productions. The track listing is as follows:
1. Entering the Cave
3. Burial Sea
5. Black pyramid
6. Profaning Intrusion of...
7. The Inverter
8. Exanimation Rite
9. Abscondence More...
Israel's Betzefer has revealed the artwork for new album "The Devil Went Down to the Holy Land," which can be viewed below. The album is due out October 28th, 2013.
Art direction and design for the album were handled by Nir Gutraiman, while concept art & puppet design were done by Yonathan Bereskin and Ricardo Werdesheim of Zaz Animation Studio. Photgraphy comes courtesy of Gal Gamo. More...
Arkona, which is currently recording a new album and will be heading out for tour dates this winter, has checked in with the following statement to Mexican fans:
"Unfortunately, we have to tell you, that we will not visit Mexico in October-November this year. We tried our best to book the show in your country, because we know how you are waiting for us.
"But the problem is that both weekends, which were possible for Mexico, are already booked for the other bands. As you know, we are living very far from you, so it would be impossible to fly to one single show.
"But we want to ask you to wait a bit more and we will come to you after release of new album 'Yav,' be sure! We will wait for the next Mexico show together with you all! So don’t be sad and prepare for the next battle!" More...
Jersey metal legends Overkill are entering the studio on Monday to begin tracking their next record due out sometime in 2014.
The new material will be tracked at Gear Recording and mixed by Greg Reely, who also mixed "The Electric Age."
Overkill will be appearing on "The Battle of San Bernadino" on September 13th supporting Iron Maiden, Megadeth, Testament, and Anthrax. The band will then hit the road harder than ever with Kreator on the "Legends of Thrash" 2013 tour stretching coast to coast capped off by two nights in New York city. Dates are as follows: More...
Before entering the studio to record a new album, Finland’s dark and melodic death metal outfit Insomnium has compiled a making-of documentary of the band's time recording "One For Sorrow" (reviewed here), which was Insomnium's Century Media debut full-length.
Check out the clip below, and fans in Europe can also see the band supporting Children of Bodom this fall. Dates are available after the jump.
Within Temptation will release its new single "Paradise (What About Us?)" as an EP on September 27th (EU) and October 1st (North America) via Nuclear Blast. The EP will also contain three demo versions of new tracks to appear on the upcoming full length.
The announcement reads: "'Paradise (What About Us?)' will be released as an EP, containing four new songs.
"In addition to 'Paradise (What About Us?),' the EP will contain demo versions of three brand new songs: 'Let Us Burn,' 'Silver Moonlight' and 'Dog Days.'
"By releasing these demos we want to invite you in our home studio and show how we capture song ideas at an early stage of creating a new album. These demo versions are far from their final sound on the album, but will give you a hint of what we’re working on. It will be fascinating to hear how the end result will sound like, once the album is released.
"We hope to make the waiting time for the new album a little shorter and sweeter with this release. It’s so exciting to share the different stages of our music with you. Stay tuned for more important news on the EP."
Check out the previously released teaser of "Paradise (What About Us?)" here: More...
Oklahoma-based progressive metallers Vangough have announced that their forthcoming third album will be entitled, "Between The Madness," and will be released November 5th. Their fifth release overall, the album will come in a "badass 6-panel Digipak with booklet," according to vocalist Clay Withrow, who was able to take time out for an interview with Metal Underground's Frank Serafine. Withrow elaborates on the back-story of the album as well as their acoustic EP, and also talks about his time playing guitar for Pain of Salvation on their summer tour, as well as goofing off in the studio.
Withrow positively notes, "We didn't hold anything back for this release because we had no one holding us back." More...
Ashes of Ares, the band formed by ex-Iced Earth vocalist Matt Barlow, posted behind the scenes footage for the upcoming music video for the new track "This Is My Hell." The song appears on the upcoming debut self-titled album, which is due for release on September 6th, which is the same day the band will perform at ProgPower USA XIV in Atlanta, Georgia.
The track list for "Ashes of Ares" is:
1. The Messenger
2. Move the Chains
3. On Warrior's Wings
5. This is my Hell
6. Dead Man's Plight
7. Chalice of Man
8. The Answer
9. What I Am
10. The One-Eyed King
11. The Answer (Acoustic Version) (Bonus Track)
Check out the footage here: More...
After announcing John Wetton as the a guest vocalist for Ayreon's upcoming release "The Theory of Everything," Arjen Anthony Lucassen has revealed the name of the latest "guess the female vocalist" video as Ancient Bards' Sara Squadrani (see reveal video below). The new release is due out later this year.
Check out the reveal here:
Stormlord posted a lyric video for the new track "My Lost Empire." The song appears on the forthcoming fifth album "Hesperia," which is scheduled for release on September 20th via Trollzorn Records.
The album is the first since "Mare Nostrum" was released in 2008, and features the first studio release to feature guitarist Andrea Angelini (Withate) who joined in 2010 and keyboardist Riccardo Studer (Opus Maledicta) who joined in 2011.
The track listing for "Hesperia" is as follows:
3. Bearer of Fate
5. Onward to Roma
6. Sic Volvere Parcas
7. My Lost Empire
8. Those Among the Pyre More...