Metal News for August 4, 2013
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16 news articles posted on this day.
Cryptic Forest (featuring several members of Finsterforst) has released a trailer for the upcoming album "YSTYR," which is set to be released worldwide on August 16th, 2013. Check out the trailer below, and pre-orders are now available at this location. The track listing is:
1. Heralding Bleakness
3. Throne of Fire
5. Call to War
6. Crown of Ice
7. King of Cryptic Forest
9. Creatures of the Dark
Profound Lore Records has issued the following update about Portal working on a new music video:
"Portal is currently shooting a video for the song 'Curtain.' It is being directed by Zev Deans who has directed videos for Chelsea Wolfe and Liturgy respectively.
"Below are a couple of still images from the video shoot. This is destined to hopefully be one of the most disturbing and nightmarish metal videos ever."
The "Curtain" track comes off the band's latest album "Vexovoid," which has the following track listing:
2. The Back Wards
7. Oblotten More...
Fleshgod Apocalypse will release new album "Labyrinth" on August 16th via Nuclear Blast (reviewed here). The band has now issued the following announcement about bringing along Veronica Bordacchini for upcoming tour dates:
"Yes, it's going to happen! We are really proud to announce that the soprano singer Veronica Bordacchini will be on tour with us from now on, included the upcoming tour in North America with Wintersun, Arsis and Starkill!
"She did an outstanding job in the studio on 'Agony' and 'Labyrinth' and now it's amazing to have such a talented singer on stage every night!
"Last but definitely not least we are going to play some new songs from our new album 'Labyrinth' on the next tour so BE FUCKIN' THERE!"
You can also stream the song "Minotaur" in the player below, and the album's track listing is as follows:
2. Minotaur (the Wrath Of Poseidon)
4. Towards The Sun
7. The Fall Of Asterion
10. Under Black More...
German stronghold of Satanic metal supremacy Iron Bonehead Productions has announced September 2nd as the release date for the vinyl version of Heretic Cult Redeemer's self-titled LP. The following press release was issued about the coming LP:
"Yet again, Iron Bonehead Productions discovers one of the best, brightest/darkest hopes for underground metal, this time in the form of diabolical black metallers Heretic Cult Redeemer and their self-titled debut.
"From seemingly out of nowhere - or a nameless abyss, at least - arrives Heretic Cult Redeemer, but the band actually comprises veterans from the fertile Greek black/death metal scene which includes such bands as Acrimonious, Necrovorous, and Embrace of Thorns. And that experience shows across the band's debut album, as Heretic Cult Redeemer redeem gnarly, orthodox black metal into something epic and daring, each cavernous 'n' careening construct opening up new portals into the beyond whilst keeping the intensity feverish."
The track listing is as follows:
1. Crawling Hope
2. Bleeding of the Giant Sun
3. The Oldest of Times
5. Destiny of Death
6. Unknown Salvation More...
Manowar (which was covered in today's Sunday Old School) has joined forces with British actor, author, and adventurer Brian Blessed for the spoken narration on "The Warrior’s Prayer" to appear on the upcoming re-recorded album "Kings Of Metal MMXIV."
"The Warrior’s Prayer" features a spoken narration that depicts a grandfather telling his grandson an epic fantasy story from his childhood. Manowar's Joey DeMaio comments:
"Brian is the perfect fit! Not only because he is a gifted screen and theater actor and has a majestic, thunderous voice. But also because he truly embodies the values of Manowar and heavy metal: He has an adventurous spirit and dares to do what he has set his mind on, no matter what. He has climbed the Mount Everest and has taken a trek to the North Pole! What else do I have to say? He may not have known it until he met us, but he is a true brother of metal!"
Brian Blessed has left lasting impressions in the cult movie "Flash Gordon," in Kenneth Branagh’s "Henry V" and in Kevin Costner’s "Robin Hood – Prince Of Thieves," among others.
"For me, the whole experience was completely miraculous and life changing. What a privilege to be part of such a divine, great team," said Brian Blessed after the recordings.
"Brian was spectacular! He didn’t just narrate the story. He performed it. He lived it! It was a magnificent spectacle that will bring the story of “The Warrior’s Prayer” to life in the listener’s mind," further commented Joey DeMaio.
For the recordings, Manowar returned to Birmingham, England, where 25 years ago the band recorded a 100 voice male choir for "The Crown And The Ring," another track featured on the "Kings Of Metal" album and to this day the signature ending of every Manowar show.
Massacre Records has checked in with the following announcement about inking a deal with Silent Opera:
"We're happy to welcome Silent Opera from France to the Massacre Records family! The band was formed in 2007 by Olivier, Laure and Romain.
"They started writing their first songs and were soon in need of great musicians to complete the line-up. Jon and Steven later joined the band and Silent Opera entered the Laguna Records Studio to record their debut album.
"They released 'Act One' in 2010 and presented it live during a tour in France in March 2011. The main characteristics of Silent Opera's musical style are sharp riffs, Laure's clear voice combined with Steve's heavy and growling vocals as well as melancholic melodies.
"With the lyricism, melancholy and brutality Silent Opera hope that your deepest emotions rise when you listen to their songs.
"Silent Opera's new album 'Reflections,' mixed and mastered by Mobo (Lokurah, Gorod, Minushuman) at the Conkrete Studio, is expected to be released in early 2014!" More...
International gothic symphonic metal project Vita Nova, the brainchild of LA singer/songwriter VK Lynne and Italian guitarist/composer Federico Salerno, is set to release a debut CD this August.
Recorded entirely remotely, Vita Nova is the work of 13 artists from 6 different countries in a labor of love that nearly fell apart several times.
"Everyone’s schedule was already full with their own projects, so we were especially grateful when all the guest artists got on board without hesitation," says VK. "However, we still had time differences, language barriers and budget restrictions to contend with, and pretty much everything that could go wrong, did, at one point or another, but still…we couldn’t deny that we had something here, so we pushed on."
Lynne and Salerno wrote and orchestrated all the material, and gathered their wish list of guest singers and players to perform. Featured artists include: More...
Melbourne, Australia's Broozer has posted a new music video for the track "Feeder," which features the efforts of 42 zombies and 15 makeup artists and can be found below.
"Feeder" comes off the band's latest album "12.04.12," available now through Grindhead Records. The track listing is as follows:
6. Bird in a Cage
Drugmetal.ru spoke to Red Fang's guitarists Bryan and David before their gig in Moscow, Russia in June.
Video of the interview is now available online and can be found below. The interview features parts of Red Fang's life performance, bar stories, road accident s,and the band discussing an upcoming album.
Aenimus has posted the band's full new "Transcend Reality" album online, which can be heard in the YouTube playlist below. The album is officially due for release on August 6th, 2013 and the track listing is as follows:
1. Asherah's Hourglass
2. The Awakening
3. The Grasp Of Ruin
5. Descent Into Chaos
6. Black Malice Construct
7. Black Malice Alchemy
9. Heavy Lies The Crown
13. The Final Delirium
Abominant has now released its 10th studio album "Onward to Annihilation" via Deathgasm Records, and a track from the release is available for streaming online. Check out "Legions of Hell" in the player below.
Ordering info is available at this location, and Deathgasm also comments on the album: "Two decades of violent death metal warfare have led ABOMINANT to this - their most unrelenting and brutal material to date!"
The album's track listing is:
1. We Are Coming
2. Conquerors of Dust
3. Left To Rot (Hypocrisy cover)
5. Onward to Annihilation
6. Hold Your Ground
7. Beside The Dying Flame
8. Legions Of Hell
Wings Denied has checked in with the following tour recap and announcement about recording a new album:
"After 17 states on the East Coast and 30 days of mayhem, our summer tour has officially ended. Thank you to everyone who came out, wore a shirt, bought some merch, and helped us out on the way in any way possible.
"We received such an overwhelming amount of positivity and support on this tour. We'd like to thank The Circle Pit, The Djent-lemen's Club, It Djents, DjentWorldwideTV, and got-djent.com for sponsoring the tour as well as the boys in A Minor Error for touring with us. We had such an amazing time!
"Moving on, in two days Alec is jumping into the recording studio to record the full-length album with Jamie King so expect some studio updates!! So long for now!"
You can also stream the band's previous release "Awake" over at this location.
Orestea will be heading out for a brief run of European tour dates in September, with details available in the tour poster below. The band also comments:
"We are going on tour in September with our good pals ESO! Who's coming to hang out with us? Share this poster around, tweet it, pop it on your blog, print it out and stick it on your face so that when you walk around everyone will see it (ok, that last one was a bit silly). See you on the road!" More...
Chilean metal band Huinca has released a new music video for the track "Orias," which comes off the "Sic Semper Tyrannis" album released via Digmetalworld Records.
The video "Orias" was directed by Carlos Toro at Abysmo Producciones and can be found below. Digmetalworld also comments on the clip:
"The music video was based on real events that occurred when an individual called Rodrigo Orias Gallardo murdered Father Faustino Gazziero D’Estefani in Chile, 2004. Assuming the accounts of the murder are accurate, Orias seems to have been a complete nut. Almost a week later, someone painted some Satanic symbols on a wall of the same cathedral where the priest was killed." More...
New York act Go Forth has checked in with the following update about recruiting a new guitar player:
"We'd like to inform you all that we found another guitarist! His name is Eric Bechard. He has shown outstanding dedication to learning the material we have, and will also be bringing his writing style into the mix, so expect more diverse music to be coming from us in the future!"
Some bands play heavy metal music. Others embody it in every possible way. Perhaps the best example of the latter would be a group who formed in Auburn, New York in 1979. A band by the name of Manowar. Fittingly enough for a group so devoted to heavy metal, the seeds of the band were sewn on the touring cycle for metal godfathers, Black Sabbath, who were supporting their album, “Heaven and Hell” at the time. Their bass tech and fireworks manager, Joey DeMaio got talking to former Dictators guitarist, Ross Friedman (AKA Ross the Boss,) who was then performing with Black Sabbath’s support group, Shakin’ Street. They became friends quickly and decided to form their own band, rounding out the lineup just after the tour by adding drummer Carl Canedy and DeMaio’s former classmate, Eric Adams on vocals. They began by performing covers before moving on to craft their own brand of metal, eventually crafting their first demo, "Demo 1981," their only recording with Canedy, who left soon after and was replaced by Donnie Hamzik, a native of Poland. He joined at a fortunate time, as Manowar soon signed their first record deal with Liberty Records, with whom they released their debut album, "Battle Hymns," in August of 1982. The eight song record was perhaps most notable for the inclusion of acting great, Orson Welles who performed the narration on the song, "Dark Avenger." They promoted the album by joining controversial hard rocker Ted Nugent on tour as his support act, but the partnership wasn’t the most fruitful and the young metal act soon arranged their own North American tour, as well as their first gigs in Europe, where they found particular favour in Germany and Great Britain. These tours proved too much for Hamzik, who decided to leave the group upon returning to America and Manowar soon found their third drummer in Scott Columbus.
Along with a new drummer, the band found themselves a new label after parting ways with Liberty. They signed with Megaforce Records for their North American releases and caused a stir on the other side of the Atlantic when they signed a European deal with Music For Nations in their own blood. They began recording their sophomore effort immediately afterwards, releasing an EP named, "Defender," (it’s title track featuring another collaboration with Orson Welles,) before releasing their second full length, "Into Glory Ride." The album was a big hit with metal fans the world over due to the more adventurous nature of the music and the group planned to tour extensively in support of the album, paying particular attention to the United Kingdom, though they would ultimately be forced to cancel their British shows. To make up for the disappointment they caused their English fans, they titled their third album, "Hail to England," which, as one might expect, gained them an even larger fan base in the title country. The album was recorded and mixed in under a week but was instantly hailed as their best work, going on to be regarded as the pinnacle of their "classic" lineup by many fans. They teamed up with Danish black metal pioneers, Mercyful Fate for a number of shows, where they were initially serving as support, before audience reaction bumped them up to the headline position. More...