Metal News for August 5, 2013
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Grind, slam, death, black: metal has its share of extreme bands that revel in pulverizing an audience with unrelenting brutality or smothering out all hope with ceaseless darkness. Today we’ll move away from that side of metal however, to enjoy the more melodic sounds heavy bands have to offer.
Every week we unearth three bands you may not have heard of from the more underground corners of the scene, and this week’s all about the melody! If you dig power, prog, classic metal, or any combination of the three, these are all bands that are well worth your time.
Kicking off our latest look at less extreme bands is Finland’s Cardiant, which leans significantly more towards power metal, but with a dash of traditional and prog metal thrown in for good measure. The band has a lot going on across that spectrum, so don’t be surprised if you hear a variety of piano and keyboard segments, along with some choruses of clean singing that even bring to mind Devin Townsend’s “Epicloud.”
While there are a scattered handful of darker moments, overall Cardiant is melodic and upbeat through and through. The band’s latest album “Verge” is out now through Inverse Records, which follows the previous two full-lengths “Tomorrow’s Daylight” and “Midday Moon.” Get acquainted with the outfit through two tracks off “Verge” below.
Norwegian grindcore innovators Beaten To Death have set October 4th as the release date for their second album "Dødsfest!," coming out via Mas-Kina Recordings.
Here’s what drummer Christian "Bartender" Svendsen had to say about the recording process of the new album: "I think we gain more than we lose when we record live. It's far from perfect but it sounds ten times more authentic than your typical metal record."
Vocalist Anders Bakke complements, "The guitars sound like a shotgun marriage between The Troggs and Big Black, and oddly enough it blends perfectly with the brutality of the rhythm section, like warm poo with hard snow."
Meanwhile, the band has launched a brief YouTube teaser for the album, check it out below. The track listing is as follows:
1. Vulpes Vulpes, Mustela Lutreola, Praedium
2. The Egg Thrower
4. True Norwegian Internet Metal Warrior
6. Erik Og Skrik
7. Døv, Døvere, Død
8. Obliteration Of Nekromantheon
9. Nazi Slippers
10. The Flesh Prince With Swell Hair
11. Aspen Hellweek
12. Vinni Butterfly More...
Tear Out The Heart has released a new music video for "Coffin Eyes" featuring Dan Marsala (Story of the Year), which is taken from the "Violence" album.
Watch below as Tear Out The Heart walks the streets of the band's hometown, St Louis, MO, and performs to a sea of banging heads for a sold out show at The Pageant.
South African symphonic black/death metal band Spectral Realm is busy recording a debut album. The album will be titled "Voyage to Spectral Realm."
The band has the honor of recording "Voyage to Spectral Realm" with South African metal figure and mastermind of thrash act Warthane, Sean Van Dominic. The album is due out in the first quarter of 2014.
Spectral Realm is:
Ryno (Lord Onyr) Rabe - Lead Guitar
Estiaan (Ethorius) Petzer
Theo (Septic Septre) Rabe
Craig (ThaneAcheron) Turner
Garreth (WraithPulse) Anderson
Shelby (Maelanthe) Green
Lexington, KY's Beyond the Shore, which recently returned from The Blackest Hearts Tour with Bermuda, is pleased to announce Jonathon Pugh as the group's new full-time drummer.
Jonathan joined Beyond the Shore on the road for The Blackest Hearts Tour where he delivered a commanding performance at each stop of the 18 date tour. The 22-year-old drummer from Shelby, NC previously played for the band Lions of Winter.
The band comments: "All of us in Beyond the Shore are very excited to announce that we've brought in Jonathon Pugh to be our new full-time drummer. We all met him in North Carolina while recording our current release Ghostwatcher and had stayed in touch since. Here we are almost later and we couldn't be happier to have him sitting behind the kit for us. Jonathan's a very talented drummer, but more importantly he fits well with us as dudes and that's invaluable when making music and touring together." More...
Bloody Disgusting has premiered Bermuda's new music video for the track "Process of Drowning", which can be seen below.
The song comes from the band's album "The Wandering," which is available in stores and online now from Mediaskare Records. Vocalist Corey Bennet describes the video process:
"The video was shot in Birmingham, Alabama in the span of three days (one for our performance shots and two for Abbey’s story shots) with local director Alan Collins. We had a great time shooting it (though as any band will tell you, lip syncing to your own music and acting as though you’re playing is awkward) and learned a lot from the experience.
"We knew we wanted a story to the video, and wanted there to be meaning to it rather than just a bland performance video. Thus the idea of our heroine being kidnapped, tortured and drowned (signifying being taken advantage of, used, hurt, or betrayed by individuals) by a faceless assailant, who mistakenly walks away from his victim and thereby becomes the victim himself. We are beyond proud of the final product, and hope you all enjoy watching it as much as we enjoyed creating it. Our biggest thanks go out to Alan and his crew, as well as our actress Abbey, for their gracious involvement!" More...
Archspire has announced a fall Canadian headlining tour starting on September 20th in Victoria, BC and ending in the group's hometown of Vancouver, BC on October 20th.
The tour will also see Archspire joined by label-mates Beyond Creation as a headliner on select Ontario dates. Full details can be found in the tour poster below.
Archspire is currently finalizing the recording of a forthcoming Season of Mist full-length at Vancouver's Rain City Recorders. More...
Children of Bodom bassist Henkka Seppälä sat down at the Indianapolis Mayhem Festival for a video interview.
In the interview, he talks about the band's first Mayhem Festival, touring in the US, new album "Halo of Blood" (reviewed here), and more.
Check out the interview footage available below.
Swedish act Writing The Future has posted a lyric video online for "Locked Away," which is taken from the debut EP "The Fifth Element."
Check out "Locked Away" below, or you can also watch the band's previously posted music video for "The Rock Song" at this location.
U.S. progressive metal pioneers Fates Warning has headlining touring runs confirmed for October in Europe and November/December in North America, with further live activity to follow in 2014. Currently announced dates are available below.
The band will be touring in support of its first studio album in nearly a decade. Entitled "Darkness In A Different Light," the album will be released on September 30th, 2013 in Europe and October 1st, 2013 in North America via InsideOutMusic.
"Darkness In A Different Light" is Fates Warning's first album of new material since the release of "FWX" in 2004 and also marks the first release for the band's current line-up of Ray Alder (vocals), Jim Matheos and Frank Aresti (guitars), Joey Vera (bass) and Bobby Jarzombek (drums).
The album was produced by Matheos and mixed by long time Fates Warning engineer Phil Magnotti, while mastering was handled by Maor Appelbaum at Maor Appelbaum Mastering, California. The artwork for the album was designed by Conte di San Pietro. More...
The new album "Broken Leaves and Haunted Streets" features re-recorded versions of the first five Autumns Eyes tracks ever written over a decade ago.
"Broken Leaves and Haunted Streets" follows the previous album "Please Deceive Me" (reviewed here) and is due out August 6th, 2013.
Band mastermind Dan Mitchell has now posted a track-by-track comparison of the original songs versus the new 2013 versions. You can read the full post and hear all the track comparisons at the Autumns Eyes website, or check out the first segment below:
"Broken Leaves and Haunted Streets was actually written back when I was seventeen years old and completely new to the songwriting process. I’d been a drummer all my life, and had more recently been experimenting at the time with guitar, bass, and piano.
"As a birthday and Christmas were approaching, my parents knew that I was in search of a new drum set, but instead opted to get me a different kind of gift in the shape of a four track recorder. They thought it would be a better investment down the line if I knew how to record and capture my own creativity, but I was reluctant to accept this idea and barely touched the device for the first year owning it. More...
Brookyn-based metal trio Tidal Arms is set to release a self-titled sophomore album this Fall. The ethereal, ten track offering was self-produced and mixed by guitarist/vocalist Tom Tierney and Alex Mead-Fox at the band's own Spaceman Sound in Greenpoint, and was mastered by Alan Douches (Converge, Torche, The Dillinger Escape Plan etc.) at West West Side Music.
Comments guitarist/vocalist Tom Tierney, "On this record we went further in all the directions we started down on the debut. It is without a doubt a collection of the heaviest, dreamiest and most satisfying songs we’ve written as a band. We’re super excited about the record and can’t wait for everyone to hear it!"
The track listing is as follows:
1. Gooski's Ladder
3. Dunston Mass
4. Jungle of Dust
5. Mad Glacier
7. Tide Alarms
9. Beach Torture
10. Cosmic Donald's More...
Kataklysm has posted a teaser trailer for new album "Waiting For The End," which can be found below. Maurizio Iacono also comments:
"The album art depicts a child which represents innocence in humanity, covered in dirt and blood from life's experiences. In front of him, his death represented by a reaper who comes to claim his soul for the afterlife, or the abyss. It's open to the fans to decide with their own beliefs. In the end this is the transition between life & death." More...
Brotherhood of the Lake has checked in with the following announcement about parting ways with the band's guitarist:
"We regret to inform you all that our guitar player and founding member, Rusty has decided to leave Brotherhood Of The Lake.
"We are all still very close and there is absolutely no hard feelings between any of us, but while we respect his decision, of course we are sad to see him go.
"We intend to continue as Brotherhood Of The Lake so we may be quiet for a little while getting ourselves sorted, and making sure we're stronger than ever.
"We wish Rusty all the best and we'll see you all at a show soon." More...
The Juliet Massacre will be heading out on the "Brutal As Fuck" European tour later this month. Dates for the trek are as follows:
14/08 @ Chapeau Rouge, Prague (CZ)
15/08 @ Rockowy Klub Muzyczny Morion, Szczecin (PL)
16/08 @ Ungdommens Hus, Days of Fury Fest - Fredericia (DK) - W/ Liferuiner, Martyr Defiled
17/08 @ Dynamo Hardt, 5611 DE Eindhoven (NL) - W / Fallbrawl, Embrace Destruction
18/08 @ Schwarzer Adler, Tannheim (DE)
19/08 @ L'Excalibur, Reims (FRA)
20/08 @ Le Blogg, Lyon (FRA)
21/08 @ Morts Subites, 83130 La Garde (FRA)
22/08 @ No man's land, Volmerange-Les-Mines (FRA)
23/08 @ Stichting Riddim, Venray (NL)
24/08 @ Taverne Du Théâtre, La Louvière (BE)
25/08 @ Winston Kingdom , Amsterdam (NL) - W/ Martyr Defiled More...
Anubis Gate has been busy working on the follow-up to the band's self-titled album (reviewed here).
The recording has now been finished and the mixing process is about to begin. Anubis Gate comments:
"All files send to Nikos Markogiannakis who is designing the cover. Next monday we start mixing the album. Behind the buttons will be the great Jacob Hansen (assisted by Kim Olesen)
"On another note we had some very great band photos taken by Vibeke Johannson. So everyone can see the old geezers of the new lineup soon." More...
Brazil's Eridanus has posted the new track "HellTherapy" online, which was produced by Roger Fingle at Estúdio Nitro and can be heard below. The band also comments:
"It's time to 'HellTherapy!' Eridanus now officially releases the single 'HellTherapy' which has the same name as our new album. Soon we will release the full album. Stay tuned for that very soon we will have more news!"
Metadox will showcase new material with founder Frank Tosi handling lead vocals/guitars on the August 19th show in New York City at The Studio located at Webster Hall. The following press release was issued about the show:
"In this day and age, it's hard to find musicians willing to make the best decisions and have the patience to do things the right way. After the bands recent vocalist challenges, Frank Tosi felt it was the best decided to fill the lead vocals position himself.
"New York’s revitalized Metadox is composed of some powerhouse players from the New York metal scene, the band is poised for it's re-emergence very soon.
"The Webster Hall show will also include Nightmare Recording Artist Seven Kingdoms and should be a great opportunity to see Metadox transformation. More...
Unbeliever has posted a new video studio diary online featuring vocal recordings, which can be viewed below. The band also comments:
"Here's the final studio diary - vocal tracking. Featuring our albums title track, For Now, We Survive and an improtu cover of one of the greatest love ballads of all time."
"For Now, We Survive" is due out August 12th, 2013 and you can also check out a previous guitar tracking video for the album at this location.
Tasmanian technical death metal artisans Mephistopheles will unleash their second full-length, and first for Willowtip Records, this Fall.
Titled "Sounds Of The End," the ten-track offering was recorded at Red Planet Studio with Jake Long. "Sounds Of The End" includes cover art by Bill Dean (Psycroptic, Iciclan, Excarnated) and a layout provided by Cock And Ball Torture drummer Sascha Pahkle.
Comments Matthew “Chalky” Chalk of the outcome: "I've never been happier in any of my bands over the years than I have been in Mephistopheles. What we've put together is the freshest, most alive, most invigorating music I've ever been a part of and I cannot wait to show the world that Mephistopheles are here, we've got something new to say and we mean business!"
1. Pariahs of the Universe
2. Silver Doors
3. Soldiers of the Endtime
4. The End of All Light
5. Battle of the Sea and Sky
6. Those Whose Skin Was Gold
7. The Great Orbs Beyond Our Skies
8. Generation O
9. A Dolmen Maker's Lament
10. The Siren of Eternity
Featuring former members of Spawn of Possession, Psycroptic, and Space Raven among others, Mephistopheles is a four-piece technical metal band from Hobart, Tasmania. More...
Slayer will headline concerts at two venues the band hasn't played in 25 years - the Hollywood Palladium on Monday, October 28th, and New York's Theater at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday, November 27th. Gojira and 4ARM will support.
Registered Slayer Fan Club members will be receiving a special email offering them "first-access" to purchase tickets through a special pre-sale that begins tomorrow. Tickets go on sale to the public Friday, August 9 at 10AM local time. Log onto Slayer's website for more ticketing info.
This will be the first time that Slayer - Tom Araya/bass, vocals, guitarist Kerry King, drummer Paul Bostaph, and guitarist Gary Holt, who continues to fill in for the late founding member Jeff Hanneman - will play a concert in New York since The Big Four concert at Yankee Stadium on September 14th, 2011, and the band's first Hollywood show since 2010's Jagermeister Music Tour.
Slayer has also been confirmed to play the Fun Fun Fun Fest 2013 to be held at the Auditorium Shores in Austin, TX November 8-10.
While recovering from the devastating loss of Hanneman, Araya and King have begun to work on new material and hope to spend some time in the studio prior to these dates.
Ohio act The Dagger Rebellion has checked in with the following announcement about deciding to disband:
"To those who have supported us since July 2005 all the way to those who may have just heard about us yesterday: We want to thank you from the very bottom of our heart and soul for checking out what we do. Today we come with the burden of letting you guys know that as of a few days ago, we have decided to call it a day, and end The Dagger Rebellion.
"We are looking in to a last show as of this writing. There was one scheduled, but unfortunately something came up, and we are unable to take part in it.
"Thank all of you again for taking this crazy journey with us. This isn't the end musically for most of us. We will update you guys on our new musical endeavours, and a potential farewell show.
"Paul, Shawn, Nick, Adam, and Bryan." More...
Lightless Moor has posted the song "Chained To A Dismal Chant" online, which is the first single from the band's new album "The Poem - Crying My Grief to a Feeble Dawn," being released via WormHoleDeath / Aural Musi cGroup.
The album was recorded and mixed at Realsound Studio in Parma (Italy) with producer Wahoomi Corvi (Crysalys, The Way Of Purity, Haterial), and mastered by Mika Jussila at Finnvox Studios (Finland).
Southern California’s In This Moment is returning to headline status this Fall hitting the road on the first-ever Hellpop Tour.
The tour will also feature Motionless in White, Kyng, and All Hail The Yeti in support. The trek kicks off October 24th in Tempe, AZ at the Marquee and runs through November 27th when it wraps up at Club Nokia in Los Angeles, CA. Dates are available below.
In This Moment will also be playing a special Halloween show in Shreveport, LA on October 31st which will be a spectacle not to be missed. Pre-sale tickets for the initial announced dates will go on sale on Tuesday August 6th at 12:00PM EST and on-sale to the public on Friday, August 9th via Ticketmaster. Additional dates will be announced in the upcoming weeks.
Before heading out on the Hellpop Tour, In This Moment will embark on the Carnival of Madness Tour alongside Shinedown, Papa Roach, Skillet and We As Human. More...
U.K. act Desolated has a new music video out now for the track "Suffering," taken from the "Disorder Of Mind" EP. The video was directed by Tom J. Cronin and can be viewed below. The "Disorder of Mind" track listing is as follows:
1. Year of the Snake
2. Death by My Side
4. Strung Up
Satyricon's new self-titled album will be released this coming September 9th, 2013.
The band has now revealed the various vinyl and CD configurations that will be available, with pre-order information up at this location.
The "Satyricon" track listing will be as follows:
1. Voice of Shadows
2. Tro og Kraft
3. Our World, It Rumbles Tonight
4. Nocturnal Flare
6. Walker Upon The Wind
8. Ageless Northern Spirit
9. The Infinity of Time and Space
10. Natt More...
The 2013 installment of the Bloodstock Open Air, scheduled to begin on Thursday August 8th and continue through Sunday, August 11th, will be broadcast live from Derbyshire, U.K. via the live stream at Daily Motion, or by simply bookmarking this page and coming back to watch the entire feed in the player right here:
The schedule for bands to be streamed live has not yet been finalized, however, headliners Slayer, Lamb of God, Anthrax are scheduled to be part of the action. The festival will also feature appearances from: King Diamond, Accept, Voivod, Municipal Waste, Firewind, Dark Funeral, Ex Deo, Death Angel, Avantasia, Sabaton, Gojira, Katakylsm, Hell, 3 Inches Of Blood, Beholder, Stormbringer, Devildriver, Exodus, Amorphis, Fozzy, Whitechapel and Gama Bomb to name a few. For more information, head over to this location. More...
Progressive metal act Dream Theater premiered the new single "The Enemy Inside" over at USA Today (also available below).
The song appears on the upcoming self-titled release "Dream Theater," which is scheduled for release on September 24th via Roadrunner.
The track listing for the album is:
1. False Awakening Suite
2. The Enemy Inside
3. The Looking Glass
4. Enigma Machine
5. The Bigger Picture
6. Behind the Veil
7. Surrender to Reason
8. Along for the Ride
9. Illumination Theory More...
Devildriver teamed up with Crave Online to premiere the band's new video for "The Appetite" (also shown below).
The song appears on the new album "Winter Kills" which drops on August 27th via Napalm Records. The track listing for "Winter Kills" is:
1. The Oath
2. Ruthless (see lyric video)
3. Desperate Times
4. Winter Kills
5. The Appetite
7. Curses and Epitaphs
8. Caring's Overkill
9. Hunting Refrain
10. Tripping Over Tombstones
The video was directed by Dan Burke of PianoFight Films. Check it out: More...
U.K. progressive act Haken, featuring Tom MacLean and Richard Henshall of To-mera, released a music video for the new track "Pareidolia." The song appears on the band's third album "The Mountain," which is scheduled for release on September 2, 2013 via Inside Out Music. Pre-orders can be made over here.
The track listing for the album is:
1. The Path
2. Atlas Stone (streaming here)
3. Cockroach King
4. In Memoriam
5. Because It’s There
6. Falling Back To Earth
7. As Death Embraces
Check out "Pareidolia" here: More...
Headspace, the U.K. progressive metal band featuring Threshold vocalist Damien Wilson and Ozzy Osbourne keyboardist Adam Wakeman, posted a new music video for the track "Die With A Bullet." The song appears on the 2012 debut full length LP "I Am Anonymous," issued in 2012 via Inside Out Music.
Check out the video here:
Motorhead was forced to shorten the set at the legendary Wacken Festival over the weekend due to bassist/vocalist Lemmy Killmiester's ongoing health issues. The festival commented on the situation. A three song excerpt of the performance has surfaced and can be seen below.
San Francisco old school thrashers Kill Ritual posted a new track "Harder Than Stone." The song is now available on all digital stores: Amazon, iTunes, etc. and as free download via Rock N Growl Records. The song appears on the band's sophomore LP "The Eyes Of Medusa," which is targeted for release in 2014. The will once again be mixed by Andy LaRocque and engineered by guitarist Steve Rice.
Initially recorded during the basic tracking sessions of the "The Serpentine Ritual" CD "Harder Than Stone" showcases the unique songwriting of the band and their relentless pursuit of song craft and validity. Clocking in at 7 minutes the song has many twist and turns and shows the depth of the band and their many influences. The new song was recorded, mixed and mastered at Fossil Sound by Steve Rice.
Kill Ritual is:
Crimson – Vocals
Steve Rice – Guitar
Danyael Laughing Bear – Bass
Gee Anzalone – Drums
Check out the track here: More...
The Indianapolis Metal Fest III will take place September 20-21, 2013 at the Old National Centre in Indianapolis, Indiana. Among the acts features is the reformed Byzantine, as well as, Temple of Brutality, which features Megadeth bassist David Ellefson and guitarist Stet Howland (W.A.S.P.). Tickets can be purchased over at this location.
The full slate of acts to appear:
Rivers of Nihil
Angel Vivaldi More...
Dark Age released a music video for the new track "Afterlife." The song appears on the upcoming new album "A Matter of Trust," the band's first album since 2009 ("Acedia"). The album is set to drop on September 6, 2013 via AFM Records. The single is available as a digitial download along with three edited versions of the track on August 16th over at this location. Pre-orders for the album can be made over here.
The video was directed, produced and edited by Christoph Mangler. Check it out:
Australian traditional metal band Dragonsclaw released a new music video for the track "Battle Cry." The song appears on the latest LP "Judgement Day," which was released as a physical CD on August 2nd via Killer Metal Records. The song is a tribute to the late Mark Reale, guitarist and founder of Riot, who passed away in January of 2012.
The band commented: "Mark passed away while we were writing our album, in fact we were in the studio when we heard the news. What developed was our own tribute to Mark's legacy with Riot. You'll notice many Riot lyrical and song references here, this is of course deliberate, even down to the title of this track. In the Riot song 'Metal Soldiers' the lyrics say: 'Let me hear your battle cry...' They also speak of 'Metal Soldiers, marching through the night.' Well this is our reply to that...our lyric is 'Marching through the night... WE HEAR YOUR BATTLE CRY!' Indeed we did...R.I.P. Mark."
Check it out here: More...