Metal News for August 31, 2012
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28 news articles posted on this day.
Brighton, U.K. band Unbeliever has posted a new song online titled "Organized Chaos," which can be heard in the player below or downloaded over at bandcamp. Unbeliever also commented:
"Here it is everyone! Stoked to finally be able to release this. Any support, whether it be a like, a share, telling your friends, a download or anything is super appreciated. Our drummer Matt is back in Brighton next week so we'll hopefully be announcing some gig dates soon! go download Organised Chaos FOR FREE and let's get things moving!"
Swedish death metal overlords Evocation will release their fourth studio album, "Illusions Of Grandeur," on September 24th in Europe and on October 23rd in North America via Century Media Records. Watch the first half of Evocation's studio report (created by Anders Björler of The Haunted/At The Gates) through Metal-hammer.de here or in the player below.
"Illusions Of Grandeur" was recorded at IF Studios (In Flames, The Huanted) & Evocation Studios together with producer Roberto Laghi. You can also hear the album's title track in the YouTube player after the jump.
As a very special guest, Johan Hegg of Amon Amarth laid down guest vocals on the song "Into Submission." The track listing for "Illusions Of Grandeur" is as follows:
1. Illusions Of Grandeur
2. Well Of Despair
3. Divide And Conquer
4. Perception Of Reality
5. Metus Odium
6. I'll Be Your Suicide
7. Crimson Skies
8. Into Submission
9. The Seven Faces Of God
10. Final Disclosure More...
Deadpoint, the Polish metal band with a South American vocalist, has posted the song "Over the Masses" online, which comes off the band's new 2012 demo. Deadpoint is currently working on a three track EP, with further details to be released as they are made available. To hear more from Deadpoint, check out the band's Facebook profile here.
Update: the stream is no longer available, but the album is now available for ordering online through Kaotoxin records right here.
Formed in 2002 in the center of France by members of Defecal Of Gerbe (Goregrind) and Brennkelt (Black Metal), Savage Annihilation is all about being true to what the name suggests: uncompromising death metal brutality.
For the band's 10 year anniversary, Savage Annihilation is proud to announce a multi-album deal with up-and-coming French label Kaotxon Records (home of Ad Patres, Darkall Slaves, Dehuman, Eye Of Solitude, VxPxOxAxAxWxAxMxCx, and more) which will result in the release on October 1st of new full-length, “Cannibalisme, hérésie et autres sauvageries."
Metalunderground.com is now proud to present you with a full stream of the upcoming album. Pre-orders will go live this coming Monday, September 3rd, and the stream will be available for the entire month up until October 7th.
Kaotoxin Records comments on the band: "Raw, brutal, fast, blasting and featuring sick soloing, Savage Annilhilation is bringing back that primal proto Death Metal feeling the likes of Morbid Angel ('Abominations' / 'Altars'-era), (early) Sepultura, (early) Krisiun, Nephasth or Nefas made popular before them, with the addition of their very own vision of twisted-ness. 'Cannibalisme, hérésie et autres sauvageries' will unleash Savage Annihilation’s heretic Armageddon upon mankind, joining the Great Old Ones in their quest for the (savage) annihilation of mankind." More...
A Sickness Unto Death is currently recording the band's first full-length album entitled "Despair," which will include eight songs and is tentatively set for release in late 2012. The band has also now posted three tracks from the release online.
Check out the song "Ghost Light Dawn" in the YouTube player below, or hear the tracks "A Rain of Shards" and "A Goddess in Dust" over at the band's Facebook profile.
San Francisco/North Bay progressive deathcore unit Ænimus has teamed up with Heavy Blog is Heavy to unleash a brand new track entitled "Inertia," from the forthcoming and currently untitled debut album. Check out the song in the player below or through Heavy Blog is Heavy here.
Guitarist Brian "Deebs" James had the following to say about the writing process for the song and a bit of what fans can expect from the full length: "I am beyond excited to finally release a hint of what is to come and hope everyone enjoys! 'Inertia' was written with an experimental mindset as well as the strong intention of straying away from predictable things many bands tend to do nowadays. I feel like the song turned out exactly how we all imagined which fills me with satisfaction! If one were to base this song off of what the rest of the album is like, I'd say you took an axe to the tip of the ice berg and then just a little bit more..so there's still some curve balls too. We're anxiously waiting to show everyone all of this music we've been working on over the past couple years and look forward to releasing it very, very soon."
Ænimus os currently wrapping up the recording process for the debut album at NB Recording in Santa Rosa, CA with Producer Nick Botelho (Deadly Remains, The Kennedy Veil). A release date has not been set, though the band plans to release it sometime later this year. The track listing is:
I. Asherah's Hourglass
II. The Awakening
III. The Grasp of Ruin
V. Descent Into Chaos
VI. Black Malice Construct
VII. Black Malice Alchemy
IX. Heavy Lies the Crown
XII. The Final Delirium More...
U.K. act Vidina has now released a new EP titled "The Appropriation," which is available for streaming online. Check out the tracks at bandcamp or in the player available below. The track listing is as follows:
1. Intervention 00:54
2. Flight 19 04:15
3. Winds 03:17
4. Breach 03:07
5. Purge 01:20
6. Excommunicate 03:53
7. Call To Prayer 02:26 More...
Italian symphonic power metallers Holy Knights will be releasing their second album "Between Daylight And Pain" in North America on October 2nd via End Of The Light Records. Today the artwork and tracklisting for the album have been revealed.
Holy Knights, which features members of Thy Majestie, arrived on the scene in 2001 with debut album "Gate Through The Past." In 2010 the band entered the studio to commence working on sophomore album "Between Daylight and Pain," which according to a press release contians "powerful guitars, captivating melodies, refined orchestrations and evocative atmospheres." Pre-orders are now available at this location.
The album's track listing is:
2. Frozen Paradise
3. Beyond the Mist
4. 11 September
5. Glass Room
6. Wasted Time
8. The Turning to Madness More...
Orloff has posted a new song online titled "Cobwebbed And Decayed," which can be heard in the player available below. The track comes off Orloff's recently finished new album "Apparitions Among the Graveyard Skies," set to be released later this year on Razorback Recordings.
Razorback previously commented on signing the band, "Razorback is thrilled to announce the signing of Orloff! Hailing from the swampy state of Louisiana, these horror creatures play some of the most original, heavy, and haunting Death Metal we have ever heard! Utilizing creepy organ sounds, evil and thundering riffs, and an unrelenting vocal assault that sounds like Satan and his army of demons choking the life right out of you! The band's debut album will be released sometime later this Fall.""
Sinthetik has posted the band's entire "Concrescence" release online for streaming, which can be heard in the player below. The track listing is:
1. Beginnings 00:27
2. Cause 03:58
3. Effect 01:03
4. Lucidity ft. Lauren Babic 06:48
5. Surreal 03:57
6. The Transition 04:09
7. Zen ft. Lauren Babic 06:31 More...
After splitting with the band's vocalist earlier this month, Lydia Ayer has now issued the following update about recruiting new members:
"Hello world. We want to proudly announce and welcome two new members to the band. First Mike Feole will be playing guitar for us and second Dante Marino is our new vocalist. We have been working with Mike for a little while now hes been picking up very well and Dante is just getting started with learning the material.
"We ask for your respect and appreciation we have been working harder than ever to keep this band alive and on its feet. Things have been really rough making this all seem like a soap opera. Just please hang in there with us and we promise we'll have something special for your ears very soon." More...
The Swedes of Pain have just announced the “Kidneys To The Limit” 2012 mini-tour through Finland together with Finnish electro-crossover-metallers Turmion Kätilöt. Mastermind Peter Tägtgren states:
“We’ve decided to throw a party with our Finnish friends in Turmion Kätilöt that most likely will endanger your (and our) health. This time Pain will act as an opening act for TK.”
The mini-tour will cover the following five cities:
17.10. FIN Helsinki - Virgin Oil Co.
18.10. FIN Jyväskylä - Lutakko
19.10. FIN Mikkeli - Wilhelm
20.10. FIN Kuopio - Henry’s Pub
21.10. FIN Turku - Klubi
David Stephens, singer for We Came As Romans, just recorded a video message for the band's upcoming European "Never Say Die" headlining run. Check out the video below, or find more info on the tour at Facebook here.
The "Never Say Die" tour also features Bless the Fall, Stick To Your Guns, Obey The Brave, At The Skylines, and The Browning. Dates are as follows: More...
Absent Distance will be releasing new album "Common Ghost of the Lifelines" this coming November 10th, 2012. The artwork was made by Bryan Shepard of Raining Brains and can be viewed below, while the track listing is as follows:
2. Goliath's Brow
3. Hyperwill Crisis
8. Through the Vast
9. The Specialist
10. It's Sulfur
12. Áramlás (bonus track)
Horna is set to embark on the "Adventus Satanae MMXII" European tour with Tortorum this coming September. Horna has now issued the following announcement about Hell Militia dropping off the tour:
"The news are coming officially soon as well, but Hell Militia has been forced to cancel their participation on the upcoming tour. Reasons to this will be explained if they make it public as it's none of our concern. We are a bit bummed this happened but replacement will be announced shortly and we believe none of you will be disappointed!"
Thu 20.9. Berlin/D – Slaughterhouse
Fri 21.9. Erfurt/D – From Hell
Sat 22.9. Oberhausen/D - Helvete
Sun 23.9. Roeselare/B – Zaal Diezie
Mon 24.9. Nantes/F – Floride
Tue 25.9. Paris/F - Glazart
Wed. 26.9. TBA ---> France/Switzerland
Thu 27.9. Retorbido/IT – Carlitos Way
Fri 28.9. Nova Gorica/SLO - Mostovna
Sat. 29.9. Großerlach/D – VFRR Clubhaus
Sun 30.9. Prague/CZ - Matrix More...
Swedish thrash act Wasted Shells has checked in with the following update about recording a new album:
"Just writing a little update to let you all know that our yet untitled 2nd album is starting to take shape! Things are really flying and all the drums, and soon all the bass have been recorded.
"The album will contain 9 songs and song titles include 'Used to be Mine,' 'The Atheist' and 'Machine' and will be heavy as hell, yet moody and fast, just the way we want it!
"We might have 1 or 2 gigs to publish very soon, so keep your eyeballs open. Dont´t forget to check out our videos from the studio!"
You can check out all the band's recently posted video clips over at this location.
August Burns Red is pleased to share “Flurries,” the first new track revealed from the band's upcoming Christmas album "August Burns Red presents: Sleddin’ Hill, A Holiday Album" - in stores October 9th from Solid State Records. The track is one of two original compositions on the album. Listen to the song in the player below or over at the band's website, where pre-orders are also available.
"’Flurries’ is one of two original songs I wrote for the record,” says guitarist JB Brubaker. “It’s the first track on Sleddin' Hill and it’s a dynamic song that begins with a big build-up before kicking into gear. We were able to play with all sorts of layers in this song including strings, lots of different bells and booming war drums. I definitely think the song sets the tone for what is to come on the rest of the record."
In addition to original songs, the 13-track release features fresh takes on classics such as “Jingle Bells,” “Winter Wonderland” and even “Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer.” The album also compiles remixed and remastered versions of the band’s previous holiday singles, “O Come, O Come Emmanuel,” “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” and “Little Drummer Boy” coupled with an updated version of the band’s rendition of “Carol of the Bells,” heard in Frank Miller’s (300, Sin City) movie The Spirit and Seth MacFarlane’s (Family Guy) American Dad. More...
The premiere of the new Madball video "The Beast" has been posted over at Crave Online. The track is included on Madball's latest EP, "Rebellion." The video was filmed over in Badalona, Spain while Madball was on tour with Portugal's Devil In Me.
Filming of "The Beast" utilized backdrops of the New York hardcore band's stage performances and the guerilla vibe of being filmed in the back of a moving vehicle. Read more about the process over at this location. More...
The debut album from Spanish melodic death metallers The Descent will be released on October 1st through Xtreem Music. The "Dimensional Matters" artwork design was handled by Auryn Digital, production was done by Carlos Creator at RockStudios, and the album was mastered at Swedish Fredman Studios by Fredrik Nördstrom. You can check out the art below, and the track listing is:
1. The Web of Lies
2. Sacred War
3. Winter Hell
4. Rejected by the Sun
5. The Day After
7. Wraith (Tied to Reality)
8. No One Cares
10. Guilty Conscience More...
U.K. metal act Allerjen has issued the following statement online about canceling tonight's previously scheduled live show:
"We have some bad news regarding tonight, we cannot perform tonight in Preston due to illness. Without going into the gory details, I've had a bad stomach virus and I'm nowhere near in a fit state to play tonight.
"The night is still going ahead, so please still support the night and have a good time without us! Sorry to all involved and hopefully we'll be able to re-arrange a date and come up soon."
You can also check out Allerjen's recently posted music video for "Achieving Equilibrium" over at this location.
Dutch doom/death metal act Asphyx continues to promote new album, “Deathhammer,” which was released worldwide at the end of February via longtime partners Century Media Records. It is with great pride that Asphyx now announces the band has been invited to appear at 2013’s edition of the prestigious Roadburn Festival. The event's promoters commented:
“We're extremely pleased to announce that Asphyx will be playing a special set of their slowest death/doom (only throwing in a couple buzzing, diabolical tracks for good measure) at the Roadburn Festival 2013 on Saturday, April 20th at Het Patronaat in Tilburg, Holland.
"Especially for Roadburn Festival 2013, Asphyx will put emphasis on their most epic, crushing material, played with guts and balls, and which will guarantee pure doom/death rapture. Along the way, Asphyx' undisputable influence on many bands that have shredded Roadburn stages will become apparent as well.”
The Roadburn Festival 2013 will run for four days from Thursday, April 18th to Sunday, April 21st, 2013 (the traditional Afterburner event) at the 013 venue in Tilburg, Holland. Other acts appearing at Roadburn Festival 2013 include Alcest, Castle, Hour of 13, Jess and the Ancient Ones, Kadavar and many more will be announced soon. More details can be found here. More...
Chilean metal band Lefutray has posted a behind the scenes look at the making of its music video for the track "Screaming in Silence," which comes from the band's album "Last Breath." The video was filmed at the Instituto Nacional de Cancer, Hospital San Jose in Santiago, Chile. It was filmed and edited by Diego Araya.
U.S. grindcore act Pig Destroyer posted up a preview clip for the forthcoming new LP "Book Burner." The album marks the band's fifth release and first in five years. "Book Burner" is scheduled for release on Oct. 22, 2012 (United States), Oct. 29, 2012 (U.K.), Oct. 26, 2012 (Germany/BENELUX) via Relapse Records. It will be available in the following formats: CD/Deluxe 2CD/LP/Deluxe 2xLP/Ltd Ed. Deluxe/2xLP/CS/Digital.
Pre-orders can be made at this location.
Finnish metal act Wintersun posted a Facebook fan interview video featuring Jari Mäenpää discussing the upcoming "Time I" release. The interview was conducted by Bleeding Red frontman Timo Joos. "Time I" is scheduled for release on October 12th, 2012 (EU) and October 19th, 2012 (North America) via Nuclear Blast with "Time II" expected in 2013.
Samples of the album were recently embedded into the trailer for the upcoming Heidenfest 2012 tour, which can be seen at this location.
Check out the interview here:
In what appears to be the real life version of the "golden ticket" from Willie Wonka fame, German gothic death band Atrocity has told Metal Hammer Germany that the plan for the upcoming "Okkult" trilogy is to take one track off of each of the three upcoming releases, destroy all master tapes, and hide the tracks over three continents - Europe, America and Asia - in a "song treasure hunt," starting with the first release in 2013. The "missing tracks" will neither be maintained by the band nor the record label and will never be played again until they are found. Fans are encouraged to find the tracks.
As for "Okkult," Atrocity's plan is to take the sound back to the band's roots with orchestra parts performed by the Lingua Mortis Orchestra under the direction of Victor Smolski (Rage) and recorded in Minsk.
Atrocity frontman Alex Krull was quoted in the article (translation by Google) as saying:
"With 'Okkult' we want to start a very special album trilogy. We have begun to work a long time ago about it. Most recently with the "Die Gottlosen Jahre" DVD, a complex film strip appeared on our more than 25 year career, which even now is to run at film festivals. Reason enough now usher in a new era of Atrocity! Musically, no prisoners will be taken, the "Okkult" series is also violent, bombastic and bleak. This is not only the toughest and most brutal albums ATROCITY be for years, but also the darkest works of our band's history. Lovers of our hard stuff like "Hallucinations", "Death Wish", "Blood" or "Atlantis" are in the "Okkult" series fully come into their own, although the "Okkult" course material has its own unique touch."
Read the full article at this location.
This week a start on the darker side with the Lust Boys followed by a Brazilian Christian band and then back to the sleaze with Glitter Magic. That’s right we are starting with drinking, finding God, and then back to drinking. It’s the circle of life, or the life of a spiritual alcoholic. More...
Nashville act Ancients, which recently released a new lyric video, has issued the following statement about canceling upcoming live shows due to vehicle and health issues:
"Last weekend in St. Louis, our van's transmission blew out. It completely totaled the van and left us without transportation. Our lead guitarist, Corey, also had a health concern while on the road. When we got back to Nashville, doctors told him that he would no longer be able to tour or play shows in such an an intense atmosphere due to his condition.
"With this string of shit luck, we have been forced to cancel a few shows in September. We apologize profusely to anyone who was planning to attend these shows. Corey will still remain an active studio member of the band as we finish up our next release.
"We are all picking up shifts at our day jobs trying to save up for a new van. If you want to help, pick up some merch or donate a little something to our paypal: email@example.com.
"ANCIENTS IS NOT BREAKING UP. Instead, we will just have some new and extremely pissed off material heading your way soon. Thanks for all of the love and support so far. We appreciate every single on of you more than you know. We're not done yet."
Seattle doom quartet Samothrace has just issued the following statement about the band's unfortunate but necessary withdrawal from the pending East Coast tour with Pallbearer and Royal Thunder, which is set to embark in just one week:
"Samothrace is very sorry to announce that we will have to cancel our part on the upcoming tour with Pallbearer and Royal Thunder due to an immediate illness in the family of a band member.
"The most important thing right now is family. We are stoked to have had the opportunity to do the tour and will be planning to make our way out east in the near future. We appreciate the understanding."
Samothrace just wrapped up a five-city West Coast tour last week in support of sophomore LP "Reverence To Stone," released via 20 Buck Spin at the end of July. The album was recorded at Soundhouse Studios in Seattle with producer Brandon Fitzsimmons (ex-Wormwood) and mastered at Earhammer by Greg Wilkinson (Brainoil, Graves At Sea). "Reverence To Stone" is still streaming in its entirety via Pitchfork.com here.