Metal News for August 4, 2014
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Sweden's post-metal outfit The Isolation Process has released a brand new music video for “The Dead End,” a track that comes off the band’s self-titled, debut full-length album released early this year via Version Studio Records.
Produced, recorded, and mixed by Michael Nordström (Switch Opens, Lingua, Jesaiah) together with the band, and mastered by Magnus Lindberg (Cult of Luna, Khoma), “The Isolation Process” is a vast and varied musical piece that covers a wide range of moods and textures.
The Swedish all-female hard rock / heavy metal band Crucified Barbara is on the verge of releasing fourth full-length album "In The Red," due out September 10th via Despotz Records.
Vocalist Mia Coldheart was kind enough to connect with Metalunderground.com to discuss the new album, including tough issues like sexual abuse and gender roles in the metal scene brought up by the track "To Kill A Man."
Read on for the full interview where Mia talks recording in Gothenburg, shooting a music video, and digging deeper past the surface with song titles and lyrical themes. More...
Danish melodic death metal band Against The Hollow has issued the following announcement about parting ways with the band's guitar player:
"We are very sorry to announce the departure of our guitarist Niels Kristian Skov Jensen. Thanks for the years, the riffs, the parties, gigs and beers. It was truly a blast!
"We don't know what will happen next at this moment, but we will of course keep you all updated as soon as we do." More...
Following the recent unleashing of the band's self-titled sophomore 7" via Southern Lord, Virginia-based instrumental math metal duo Bowl Ethereal has just released an official video for the track "The Last Minute."
Check out the video clip below via Noisey.Vice.com (which is also hosting an in-depth interview with the band).
Comprised of Brian Metz (Amish Control Tower) on guitar, bass and production, and Pen Rollings (Honor Role, Breadwinner, Loincloth) on drums and arrangement/deconstruction duties, Bowl Ethereal loads each track with crushingly heavy riffs and sturdy rhythms, displaying absolute precision, where every drum beat, every guitar riff and every unexpected musical corner they turn is calculated for maximum impact. The album's track listing is as follows:
1. Twenty Three Exciter Dreams
2. Initial Nutrient Receptacle
3. God's Damned
4. Cryonic Slumber
5. The Last Minute
6. The Sixth Sickener More...
Atreyu recently announced the band's return from hiatus after 3 years of dormancy.
Now the band has revealed that its first returning show will take place at Chain Reaction in Anaheim, CA on September 11th. Tickets for the all ages show will go on sale Friday, August 8th at Ticketfly.com.
The reunited lineup, featuring vocalist Alex Varkatzas, drummer Brandon Saller, guitarists Dan Jacobs and Travis Miguel and bassist Marc Mcknight, will perform at Orange County venue Chain Reaction for the first time in over a decade.
The hometown performance will set the stage for the band’s upcoming performance at the Aftershock 2014 festival on September 14th in Sacramento, CA. The band is also set to appear at Slipknot's Knotfest this October (full details available here).
Sep 11 - Anaheim, CA - Chain Reaction
Sep 14 - Sacramento, CA - AFTERSHOCK 2014
Gorod is currently in the studio laying down tracks for a new album, and the band has now checked in with the following update:
"Hello guys, things are going pretty well for our new album in Mat's BUD Studio... Rhythm guitars are now recorded and it's pretty HUUUUGE! Really excited we are! We can't wait to give you a little taste of these new songs!"
Preceding its release at the beginning of September, the opening track to Phoenix, Arizona-based sludge/doom metal outfit Sorxe's debut album, "Surrounded By Shadows," is now playing online.
Hear "Steamroller" below, thanks to CVLT Nation. Sorxe is confirmed to perform at Tucson-based Southwest Terror Fest III: The Western Front, opening the main stage of the Rialto Theatre on Saturday, October 18th.
Prior to that, those in the Phoenix area will be able to pick up the new album early at the band's record release show with TOAD on August 16th. The track listing is as follows:
2. Her Majesty
3. Join Us
4. Smoke Signals
5. Make It So
6. Creeper Beast
7. Made To Suffer
8. Surrounded By Shadows
9. The Mountain Man More...
Finland-based symphonic metal act Nightwish is proud to announce a newly-inked North American deal for the U.S. and Canada via Nuclear Blast Entertainment.
The band’s as-yet-untitled eighth studio album will be the first to feature new Dutch vocalist Floor Jansen, who has toured with the band since October 2012. The album will follow previous release "Imaginaerum" (reviewed here).
Expanding the territory of Nightwish’s initial European collaboration with Nuclear Blast‘s HQ in Germany since 2004’s "Once" album, NBE President and A&R Chief Monte Conner looks forward to the growth of the band’s new line-up and states:
"It was a pleasure to work with Nightwish at my former label, but now in my new capacity at NBE, I will be more directly involved with the band than ever before. I would like to thank Nightwish and their management for their continued faith in and loyalty to me. I am particularly excited at the prospect of hearing Floor Jansen’s debut studio recording with the band. Her performance on last year’s live release Showtime, Storytime completely blew me away and proved why she is the PERFECT singer for Nightwish."
Nighwish’s long-time co-manager Ewo Pohjola of King Foo Entertainment adds the following: "Having Monte Conner now back with Nightwish in North America makes us all really happy. And with Nuclear Blast we have always felt at home since Day One.”
Recordings of the new Nightwish material are slated begin this summer and the band members have already spent time in the wilderness of Hattula, Finland working on new song demos with producer Tero “TeeCee” Kinnumen.
“It’s proven to be a very effective arrangement,” states song composer & keyboard player Tuomas Holopainen. “We have our peace here, in the middle of nature. We can concentrate 24/7.”
“There’s stuff that sounds excellent already and stuff that clearly needs some work still,” adds bassist & vocalist Marco Hietala. “We have such a strong belief in the end result that we know if will work like alchemy: Scheiße [shit] will turn to gold.” More...
After streaming the full "Please Explode" album online (still available here), Columns has now released a music video taken off the disc.
Check out the band's new clip for "Punching Nancy Grace" in the YouTube player below. "Please Explode" is due out tomorrow - August 5th - and the track listing is as follows:
1. Mudfucker 01:18
2. Rattlesnake Steps 00:52
3. Punching Nancy Grace 01:45
4. Our Creation 02:21
5. Vicarious Living 01:33
6. Drifter Aftermath 01:31
7. The God Clause 02:14
8. Bottom Feeders 01:39
9. No One's Fucking Waiting 02:31
10. Ungrateful 02:11
11. What You've Done Is Gone 03:58
12. A Blind Fight 02:04
13. Harmless Escape 02:22
14. A Guilty Bunch 01:55
15. Bear Molester 02:23
16. Laid Off For X-Mas 04:05 More...
After four long years of Silence, Krieg is gearing up for a screaming return with "Transient" on September 2nd via Candlelight Records.
The song "Order Of The Solitary Road" can be heard below, and the full album features guest appearances from Dwid Hellion (Integrity) and Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth), as well as a cover of "Winter" by Amebix.
Pre-orders for "Transient" are available at this location, and the track listing will be as follows:
1. Order Of the Solitary Road
2. Circling the Drain
3. Return Fire
4. To Speak With Ghosts
5. Atlas With A Broken Arm
8. Walk With Them Unnoticed
9. Ruin Our Lives
11. Gospel Hand More...
Lamb of God is the latest band to be featured in Rocksmith 2014's downloadable content. Learn to play three metal hits from the band: “Laid To Rest,” “Ghost Walking,” and “Walk With Me In Hell” are available today on Xbox Live, PlayStation Network, and Steam.
“Laid To Rest” – Drop D – Lead/Rhythm/Bass
“Ghost Walking” – Eb Drop Db – Lead/Rhythm/Bass
“Walk With Me In Hell” – Drop D – Lead/Rhythm/Bass
Progressive/fusion trio Trioscapes will release a sophomore album on August 19th via Metal Blade Records.
To capture the raw and dynamic mood the band has become accustomed to at live shows, Trioscapes enlisted the expertise of Kris Hilbert at Legitimate Business in Greensboro, NC to record "Digital Dream Sequence."
Those studio facilities offered the band the flexibility to track individually, or as an entire band, which was done for certain parts on the album. In a brand new studio video, Dan Briggs (bass, Between the Buried and Me), Walter Fancourt (tenor saxophone/flute), and Matt Lynch (drums/percussion) take us behind the scenes and show us a glimpse of what the writing and recording process was like. Check it out below.
Dawnfall XV - an alternative metal band hailing from Uruguay - has released the first track from the band's forthcoming "Ignite" EP.
Check out the newly released single "Avenger" in the YouTube clip provided below, and you can also download the song at SoundCloud here. The band consists of:
Matías Sosa - Guitar & Lead Vocals
Mauricio Alvarez - Bass
Juan Pablo Delprato - Drums
Ontario's Dred has released a music video for the song "Charlie LLello," which comes off the band's self-titled EP and can be seen below.
The "Dred" EP was engineered, produced, and recorded at Westmoreland Studios in Hamilton Ontario Canada by Carl Jennings. You can stream the full release at Bandcamp here. The track listing is as follows:
1. Charlie LLello 02:15
2. No Panache 02:15
3. Humanoid Abduction Theory 02:53
4. Blood, White & Blue 02:26 More...
Karlovac, Croatia-based band Eclipse Of Time has a new lyric video out now for "Hed Down South." The video features clips from the movie "Lawless" and can be seen below. You can also hear more from Eclipse Of Time at the band's official Facebook page here.
California death metal band Remains Of The Tyrant has released a new track titled "Bathing In Pestilence."
The song was produced by Robert Swanson at Mayhemeness Recording Studio in Sacramento. You can check out the track below, or download it on a name-your-price basis at Bandcamp. Remains Of The Tyrant consists of:
Jon Morris - Rhythm Guitar
Derek Johns - Bass
Trevor Smallwood - Drums
Colton Perez - Lead Guitar
Brooks Morris - Vocals More...
Finland's Solothus parted ways with the band's bassist back in March, and now the group has checked in with the following update about brining on a new member:
"Tami Luukkonen (Gorephilia) joins Solothus as our new bassist! After Dario's sudden departure, we had one name in our minds, who we would want to play in Solothus, that one name was indeed Tami.
"Luckily he was interested right away and up for the task at hand. Now we can continue stronger than ever! At the moment we are writing more material for our sophomore album, we aim to have it released sometime during next year.
"You can catch us later this year with the new line up! Also we will invade England with a mini-tour during next February!"
30.8. Turku, Klubi with October Tide, I Saw Red and Ghost Voyage
21.11. Helsinki, PRKL with Krypts
6.2. Newcastle, Northumberland Arms with Uncoffined, Austerymn and Horrified. More...
Thomsen has released a second teaser trailer for "Unbroken," which can be viewed below. The album is set for release on September 19th and will feature guests such as Udo Dirkschneider, Vinny Appice, and Bobby Jarzombek. The "Unbroken" track listing will be as follows:
1. Draw the Curtain
2. In Steel We Trust
3. New Horizon
4. Break That Spell
6. Fools of Fortune
7. Into the Unknown
9. Six Thirteen 64
10. We Made It
12. Tears of the Sun (Live from the rehearsal stage) More...
Alice In Chains is heading out on the road next week for a slate of North American headline shows, supporting latest album "The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here." Details for the upcoming trek are as follows:
Aug 08 Okanagan Centre Penticton, Canada
Aug 10 CN Centre Prince George, Canada
Aug 11 EnCana Events Centre Dawson Creek, Canada
Aug 13 Enmax Centre Lethbridge, Canada
Aug 15 Civic Center Bismarck, ND
Aug 16 Bluestem Amphitheatre Moorhead, MN
Aug 18 Peoria Civic Center Peoria, IL
Aug 19 Murat Theatre Indianapolis, IN
Aug 20 Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort Mt Pleasant, MI
Aug 22 FirstOntario Centre Hamilton, Canada
Aug 23 Casino Rama Rama, Canada
Aug 24 Métropolis Montreal, Canada
Aug 26 Casino Moncton Moncton, Canada
Aug 27 Halifax Metro Centre Halifax, Canada More...
Relapse Records is proud to announce the signing of Virginia hard rock riff worshipers Valkyrie. The label comments:
"Formed in 2002, Valkyrie consists of brothers Jake and Pete Adams (Baroness, Samhain) on guitar and vocals, Alan Fary (Earthling) on bass and Warren Hawkins on drums. Drawing heavily from the classic eras of hard rock and heavy metal, Valkyrie play guitar driven rock n’ roll replete with infectious solos and catchy, powerful vocals. The band has drawn numerous comparisons to greats like Thin Lizzy, Scorpions, Black Sabbath, early Iron Maiden, and Deep Purple.
"The quartet has released two full-lengths along with a series of EPs and singles. Valkyrie recently recorded their first full-length in over 7 years at Earth Analog Studios in Champaign, IL with producer Sanford Parker (Nachtmystium, Pelican) earlier this month. The eight song album will see an early 2015 release via Relapse."
Guitarist / vocalist Jake Adams commented on the signing and new material: "We are really excited about this new record. Some of these songs we have been working on for many years and we are glad to see them have a proper release on an excellent label. This new record will be a step up in terms of song dynamics and musicianship from the previous albums and we think our fans will dig the fresh approach to the classic Valkyrie sound."
Voices Of Extreme, in conjunction with SmashMouth Records, today releases a brand new video for the new song "Martyr," which features the band's new members Chris Risola (Steelheart) and Bill Ciaramelli. Check it out below. The new Voices Of Extreme lineup is:
Don Chaffin - Lead Vocals
Bob Brennan - Bass Guitar
Chris Risola (Steelheart) - Lead Guitar
Bill Ciaramelli - Drums
The band will be hitting the road all over the Eastern United States this Fall with the new lineup and more new music will be released in the coming months. More...
Villainy has released new 7" EP "The View From My Ivory Tower" via Helldprod Records, which follows debut album "Villainy I."
You can stream the tracks below, and Helldprod Records comments: "The songwriting has grown as well as the overall vibe. The material on the EP is more massive, epic and thunderous with a raw feel identical to the Villainy live shows."
The EP features artwork by Danny Franci and the track listing is as follows:
1. The View from My Ivory Tower 06:30
2. Heir to the Throne 05:17 More...
Chilean band Krudo has released, via its official Youtube page, the audio track "Progenitor." This is the very last track from its debut album "Demencial" which was released on Digmetalworld in 2011.
The video slideshow of the track "Progenitor" contains graphical art done by Mauricio Javier Gonzalez. Watch and listen to the track below.
Death/crust outfit Mutilated Veterans has premiered the new track "A Tank Full of Corpses" online - give it a listen at GunShyAssassin.com.
The track hails from the band's debut 12" MLP, "Necro Crust Warhead," set for release tomorrow via Hells Headbangers. The label comments:
"Exactly what its title says, Necro Crust Warhead is a hulking, heaving mass of utter D-beat destruction, galloping like the four horsemen of the apocalypse on the bones of the battlefield's dead. But far from being mere Discharge plagiarists, Mutilated Veterans up-ratchet the D-beat idiom with a molten metallic might that handily trounces even the most 'brutal' death metal band - not surprising here, as erstwhile Machetazo founder Dopi is one of the Mutilated Veterans. The mission of Necro Crust Warhead is absurdly simple: get in, get out, and CRUSH-KILL-DESTROY. This is the future of No Future..."
The album's track listing is as follows:
1. March of the Mutilated (intro)
2. War Funeral
3. Blood Militia
4. A Tank Full of Corpses
5. Triumph of Torture
6. Carnage Warfare More...
Brazilian Hard Rock band Livin Garden has released the second out of three videos performing live during a special session in a studio. All the videos were directed/recorded by Arthur Manson in Curitiba, Brazil. The video of the track "One Step Closer" can be seen below.
The band is currently promoting its newest album "Bring it On," which was recently released via Digmetalworld Records and distributed in North America via MVD Entertainment Group and Europe via Plastic Head. The physical album release will be on September 9th.
The album "Bring It On" was recorded in Curitiba/PR, at Studio Bunker, and mixed at Loud Palace Studios in Weed, CA by Sylvia Massy and Ian Rickard.
San Francisco bay area DIY and darkness-obsessed indie label Sentient Ruin Laboratories has announced the August 19th release of "Coping With Loss," the debut album from obscure Virginia-based black metal/punk/industrial/noise degenerates american (spelled all lowercase).
Composed of seven tracks for a total running time of little over forty minutes, "Coping With Loss" is a frightening voyage within the bleakest depths of the most cruel sonic ruin and auditive annihilation imaginable. Stream two of the seven tracks, "Decedents" and "Retinere," below in the Bandcamp player. More...
Vaiya will be releasing a new album titled "Remnant Light" next week via Natural World Records, and today you can hear a track off the release below. Natural World also comments:
"Vaiya's third album 'Remnant Light' is an aggressive ritual banishment of the darkest aspects of the ego. A progression upward toward the light and away from that which drags us down. Told through three thirteen minute tracks, 'Remnant Light' seeks to exalt the journey toward bliss and repel the darkness that aims to destroy true being.
"This album is a more straight forward black metal record than the two previous Vaiya releases, which were written specifically for live ritual performance, thus, there is more emphasis put on dense atmosphere and and layered instrumentation.
"Packaged in a silk screened black envelope with four separate inserts made up of mounted photos on silk screened cards."
The track listing is as follows:
3. Transformation More...
New Noise Magazine is streaming "End of Daze" from Australian traditional metal band Johnny Touch. The song, which comes off the band's forthcoming Shadow Kingdom Records release "Inner City Wolves," is now playing at this location.
Johnny Touch previously released a demo tape and two split 7-inch records and is barely known outside of their homeland. "Inner City Wolves" will be out on August 19th via Shadow Kingdom Records.
After the band's self-titled debut album, and the torment of sophomore release "Teatroelementale," it's time to announce the new chapter of In Tormentata Quiete.
The band's third full-length album "Cromagia" will see the light of day on November 17th, 2014 via My Kingdom Music. The band comments:
"We are really honoured to be signing In Tormentata Quieteto My Kingdom Music again. After the release of 'Teatroelementale,' we've worked hard for months preparing this new chapter concentrating ourselves on each single detail of this creature.
"I think it's time for In Tormentata Quiete to do the big step towards a more international audience, because 'Cromagia' is not an album like others and we really think that with My Kingdom Music this could happen!"
Further details on the album will be announced shortly, and in the mean time you can follow the latest info on the band at Facebook here.
Greek extreme metal outfit Sickening Horror have signed with Deepsend Records for the release of the band's third album, "Overflow." The over 40-minute endeavor has already offered a glimpse into its musical repertoire with the lyric video for the track "The Day the Worms Became King," a nice soiree with some killer piano chops, which is posted below.
Horned Almighty has released a new track from "World Of Tombs," which is due out September 1st, 2014 via Scarlet Records.
Check out "In Torture We Trust Pt. II" in the player below. The full album's track listing is as follows:
02. World of Tombs
03. Diabolical Engines of Torment (streaming here)
04. Unpure Salvation
05. Plague Propaganda
06. …of Flesh and Darkness
07. In Torture We Trust pt. II
08. This Unholy Dwelling
09. Blessed by Foulness
10. ** Bonus Track ** More...
Italian death-thrashers Methedras have announced the artwork for their upcoming twelve-song album "System Subversion." An official video for album track "Subversion" will be released August 15th along with a tour announcement.
Watch a video teaser for the album below. "System Subversion" follows 2009's well received "Katarsis" album, which was released on Punishment 18 Records. More...
Metal webzine Crown of Viserys has given exclusive worldwide premiere to two tracks off of "Hang Them," the forthcoming split from French grindcore acts Atara and Miserable Failure.
The songs, "Pedro" by Atara and Miserable Failure's "Crevez Tous," are now playing at this location, and below in the widgets.
"Hang Them" is set for an August 12th release on limited edition CD and digital formats via Kaotoxin Records. The CD is strictly limited to 1,000 copies (no repress). Limited edition cassette versions of each band's contribution will released by Wooaaargh Records under official and exclusive Kaotoxin Records license.
Magna-influenced French thrashers Rise Of The Northstar have announced the September 22nd release of their debut full-length, "Welcame," on Repression Records. The album's cover art can be seen below as well as the video for the album's title track.
Rise Of The Northstar is a young nu-metal/thrash band whose spirit was born in the back alleys of 1980's Shibuya. Indeed, Japanese culture, mangas and its "Furyos" all blend into ROTNS's sound. Through its lyrics, music and imagery, the band created itself a unique identity, bringing together 90's New York Hardcore, Shonen manga and contemporary metal-core. More...
"Feed the Ego," the sophomore album from Swiss thrashers Algebra, is now streaming in its entirety. The album, which DeadRhetoric.com called 'an enjoyable throwback to a time of anger-soaked thrash,' is streaming below.
Algebra is superficially an unusual moniker for a thrash band, calling to mind mathematical precision and maybe pencil-snapping frustration rather than the blitzkrieg attack of Slayer, et al. But as one absorbs Swiss thrash machine Algebra's music, the name makes increasingly more sense.
Algebra's debut album was self-released in 2012 and reissued by Stormspell Records afterward. Now they will follow that up with their sophomore effort. "Feed The Ego" satiates thrash-hungry listeners with nine aggressively complicated calculations, all mixed and mastered by Andy Classen. Unspeakable Axe Records will release this album on September 2nd. More...
French grind/mathcore group Department Of Correction has announced a three-week US Tour in support of its recent Kaotoxin Records' split "Monsters! (Six of a Kind)," (which also features Total Fucking Destruction, C.O.A.G, Miserable Failure, Unsu and Infected Society). The tour will see the band teaming with Budd Dwyer to destroy and conquer the States from August 7th - 29th.
Tour dates are as follows:
Aug.07 - New Brunswick, NJ @ The Jockstrap
Aug.08 - Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus
Aug.09 - Long Island, NY @ Even Flow
Aug.10 - Baltimore, MD @ Dishaus
Aug.11 - Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter
Aug.12 - Winston-Salem, NC @ Delurk Gallery
Aug.13 - Atlanta, GA @ 529 Wells
Aug.14 - Tampa, FL @ Brass Mug
Aug.15 - Miami, FL @ Churchill's Pub
Aug.16 - Orlando, FL @ Uncle Lou's
Aug.17 - New Orleans, LA @ The Siberian
Aug.18 - Houston, TX @ 403 Westheimer Mangos
Aug.19 - Harlingen, TX @ Hop Shop
Aug.20 - San Antonio, TX @ Korova
Aug.21 - Austin, TX @ Boneyard's
Aug.22 - El Paso, TX @ Lowbrow Palace
Aug.23 - Phoenix, AZ @ TBA
Aug.24 - Las Vegas, NV @ TBA
Aug.26 - San Diego, CA @ Standard's Record Store
Aug.28 - Los Angeles, CA @ Broadway Warehouse
Aug.29 - Oakland, CA @ TBA More...
Third Ion, the new Canadian prog metal group featuring former members of The Devin Townsend Band and Into Eternity, has released its debut single "Capitol Spill." The track is now streaming below.
The band has also launched a Kickstarter campaign to assist in completion of its debut album, "13/8Bit." To support Third Ion, visit this link.
Third Ion is the product of a mutual love of prog, video games, and science. The debut album is currently over half written and will contain eight to ten songs including the title track, which is written entirely in 13/8 time signature. 8-Bit musical renditions of every song will be released as well, to pay homage to their 1980s classic gaming inspirations.