Metal News for August 9, 2012
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Stray From The Path has issued the following statement about having the Reno stop of the All Stars Tour cut short:
"I'm sorry Reno for our set getting cut short. We will not tolerate security guards choking out kids for singing along , and we had to stand up for our fans. We will not tolerate our crew member getting punched in the face by security. We do what we do for the kids, and nothing else. In the end we were thrown out of the venue for 'inciting a riot.'
"Nobody should be treated the way that kid was treated. That's someone's son, brother, or best friend. He was going off for our band and was assaulted.
"Don't stand for this at your shows. This is about you, us and music, not power tripping security guards."
Stray From The Path's upcoming tour dates are as follows: More...
Today, Svart Records announces August 24th as the worldwide release date for Bedemon's "Symphony of Shadows." The U.K. release date will be September 3rd, while a special North American release date for later in the fall is expected to be announced soon. The following press release was issued about the band:
"Inspired by the goriest of fright films and the most menacing of music at the time, guitarist/composer/journalist/author Randy Palmer churned out the very first doom songs written on North American soil. This understated innovator recruited the help of his bandmates, Pentagram co-founders Geof O’Keefe (drums) and Bobby Liebling (vocals) as well as schoolmate Mike Matthews (bass). Throughout the 1970s, the band recorded numerous sinister, doom-drenched slabs of metallic gold — Black Sabbath were Palmer’s idols — that illegally floated around on sub-standard bootlegs for decades. Finally, in 2004 to much fanfare, these rough, never-intended-for-public recordings were collected, repaired, and released as Child of Darkness: From the Original Master Tapes.
"Since then, Bedemon has seen a surge in popularity due to their intertwined history with the original Pentagram, in addition to their music being featured in the critically acclaimed award-winning documentary, Last Days Here (Sundance Selects/914 Pictures), chronicling the life and times of Pentagram and original Bedemon vocalist Bobby Liebling.
"Literally a decade in the making, Bedemon now proudly issues their sophomore release, Symphony of Shadows. Shortly after completing recording of the basic rhythm tracks in April 2002, band founder Randy Palmer was involved in a tragic car accident and passed away in August of that year. O’Keefe, Matthews, and new vocalist Craig Junghandel worked with recording engineer Shawn Hafley over the next decade to finish the project both in tribute to Randy and also because they felt so passionately about the strength of the material; the result is nine bone-crushingly heavy slices of pure '70s-flavored doom metal. More...
British metallers Savage Messiah are gearing up for their performance at the UK's Bloodstock Open Air festival, which takes place this weekend at Catton Hall in Derbyshire.
The band will be storming onto the Sophie Lancaster stage this Saturday, August 11th at 11:50am to wake the metal masses with shred-heavy metal. Savage Messiah joins a line-up that includes the likes of Machine Head, Sepultura, Testament, Iced Earth, Evile, Alice Cooper, and more.
Savage Messiah guitarist Joff Bailey comments: "The anticipation is really starting to brew now! It's gonna be one hell of a weekend and we really can't wait to blast the living shit out of any one of you crazy muthas who are brave enough to come check us out with a hangover! Trust me... you will receive no mercy from us! Prepare for a Saturday morning slab of total and utter carnage that will seriously separate the warriors from the cowards! It's gonna be all-out war! You have been warned!!"
For tickets and more information about Bloodstock, head over to this location. See Savage Messiah live at the following shows:
Aug. 11 - Walton-On-Trent, UK - Bloodstock Open Air
Nov. 03 - Holmfirth, UK - Picturedrome (w/ EVILE)
Savage Messiah's latest album, "Plague of Conscience," is out now worldwide on CD and limited edition coloured vinyl LP.
After another session copulating into existence a new batch of scathing buzzsaw riffery, Portland’s Rabbits has completed some new noise. "Bites Rites" will invade the human population in the final days of Summer 2012, a release guaranteed to scurry more shit into your life than the loved/loathed 2011-released Relapse Records debut "Lower Forms." The following press release was issued about the band:
"Rabbits’ latest intoxicated orgy of adrenalized lagomorphic chaos will see release this September via a recent infestation of Good To Die Records. On Bites Rites this obligate nasal-breathing collective of rhythm morticians -- drummer KG and guitarists/vocalists Sethro and Booze -- ravenously gnaw through nine tracks, including demented covers of Spacemen 3's '2:35' and Husker Du's 'What's Going On.' Yes, a Butthole Surfers, Melvins, Unsane or Buzzov*en reference may scuttle forth during the sonic bombardment of Bites Rites, yet a thoroughbred uniqueness abounds within each segment. Bites Rites was recorded and mixed by Fester at Haywire Studios, Portland, (Wizard Rifle, Atriarch, Nux Vomica) and mastered by Ryan Foster at Foster Mastering, Portland (Agalloch, Muslimgauze, Fishbone), with cover art by Sacramento artist Skinner (author of Every Man Is My Enemy) and drawings and titles by Portland artist Kevin Abell (co-editor of Nudity in Groups). Bites Rites will be released on 180-gram LP with included digital download delivery via Good To Die Records on September 18th."
Experience the fifth "Bites Rites" track "Meth Valley 99," where Rabbits joins a mess of other Good To Die artists via a digital comp the label recently released, right here.
The album's track listing is:
a1. We and Zoo
a2. Fight Right
a3. Lame in Vain
a4. Move Her Body
a5. Meth Valley 99
b2. Suck It or Blow
b3. On Mars II
b4. What's Going On More...
Animals As Leaders has cancelled the band's upcoming European tour dates, issuing the following brief announcement online:
"We are very sorry to say that due to circumstances beyond our control we are forced to postpone the October UK & European headline dates. We hope to be able to reschedule these again soon."
No details have been released yet on any upcoming rescheduled shows or new dates. Information will be released as it is made available, and you can stay up to date on the situation over at the band's Facebook profile. In other news Animals as Leaders also recently had a vehicle filled with gear stolen, which was later recovered by the LAPD.
Denver’s modern metal outfit Arcanium will be joining Otep’s “Destroy to Create” tour featuring Butcher Babies and One Eyed Doll. After finishing the tracking for sophomore album “Ontogenesis” Arcanium will hit the tour starting in Baltimore, MD on August 21st.
Since the band's last tour with Bullet for my Valentine, Arcanium has made a few changes by adding guitarist Adam Stewart and drummer Charley Huwig. “We will be unstoppable” Exclaims J-Sinn, the band’s lead vocalist. “It will be good to get back out on tour and show the world what we have become, and nearly impossible for any true metal head not to dig the new taste of metal we will give them.”
Upcoming tour dates are as follows:
August 21st – Baltimore, MD - Rams Head Live
August 22nd – Springfield, VA – Empire
August 23rd – Worcester, MA – Palladium Upstairs
August 24th – Hartford, CT – Webster Theatre
August 25th – Allentown, PA – Croc Rock
August 26th – New York, NY – Studio @ Webster
August 27th – Pittsburgh, PA – Altar
August 28th – Lexington, KY – Busters
August 29th – Knoxville, TN – Valarium
August 30th – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
August 31st – Spartanburg, SC – Ground Zero
September 1st – Huntsville, AL – Crossroads
September 2nd – Pensacola, FL – Vinyl Music Hall
September 3rd – Tallahassee, FL – Coliseum
September 5th – Charleston, SC – Music Farm
September 6th – Tampa, FL – State Theatre
September 7th – Jacksonville, FL – Brewsters
September 8th – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Culture Room
British hard rock legends UFO have confirmed that they will be returning to North America this Fall for a West Coast tour. The band will be touring in support of latest album "Seven Deadly," which was released earlier this year via Steamhammer/SPV.
The tour kicks off November 15th in Chicago, IL and is currently scheduled to wrap up December 1st in Corona, CA. Dates are as follows:
11/15: Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
11/16: Milwaukee, WI @ Shank Hall
11/17: St. Charles, IL @ Arcada Theater
11/18: St. Charles, IL @ Arcada Theater
11/20: Orangevale, CA @ Boardwalk
11/21: San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
11/23: Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst
11/24: Agoura Hills, CA @ Canyon Club
11/25: San Diego, CA @ Brick by Brick
11/28: San Juan Capistrano, CA @ The Coach House
11/29: Los Angeles, CA @ Key Club
11/30: Las Vegas, NV @ Boulder Station Casino
12/1: Corona, CA @ Marquee 15
Bay Area death metal pioneering act Autopsy has teamed up with CraveOnline.com to preview some footage from the band’s upcoming DVD release, "Born Undead."
Check out the new promo clip, featuring live footage of “Horrific Obsession,” “Severed Survival,” and “Always About To Die,” as well as interview footage with Dan Lilker, Joe Trevisano, Chris Reifert, plus candid behind-the-scenes action and more at this location.
"Born Undead," an unprecedented look into the blood and guts of one of death metal’s innovators, will be released on August 28th in North America via Peaceville Records. The following press release was issued bout the DVD:
"The extensive DVD will take fans on a journey through the birth, death and rebirth of the legendary act, with a documentary conducted with the band members themselves, as they describe how the beast came to be, and the impact their music has had on the metal world over a span of more than 20 years.
"The film also documents the band’s long-awaited return to the studio and stage, and includes rehearsals of both new tracks and old classics for Autopsy’s live comeback assault. The trio of 2010 reunion shows are all featured, with all the best classic tracks from Maryland Deathfest, PartySan festival and also Hole in the Sky in Norway, where Chris Reifert, Eric Cutler, and Danny Coralles were joined by Dan Lilker on bass.
"With hours of footage, as well as extras including the band’s promo video for 'All Tomorrow’s Funerals,' 'My Corpse Shall Rise' and more, Born Undead is the ultimate set for all Autopsy and metal maniacs alike."
Canadian melodic hardcore group Counterparts will be headlining the band's first ever European tour this October. Empires Fade and Climates will join Counterparts on the nineteen city run beginning October 22nd in Eindhoven, Netherlands.
Vocalist Brendan Murphy commentsL “We're very excited to begin our European tour and have wanted to tour in Europe for months now. We are always getting bombarded with messages on our Facebook saying, 'Come to Germany!,'Come to Italy!' etc., and now we can finally say 'YO C U SOON' and mean it! We're excited to see how our band will do internationally and are excited to visit parts of the world we may never get to see again, assuming our plane makes it there in one piece.”
As was previously announced, Counterparts will also be supporting Stray From The Path on an upcoming tour starting in Windsor, Ontario on September 10th. A complete listing of tour dates can be found below. More...
Hæresiarchs of Dis confirmed today that the new full-length album "Thirty-Eighth Sermon of the Unborn" is slated for November 27th, 2012 release through Moribund Cult and the album will be presented as a hardcover digibook.
The release consists of twelve tracks, each a section of a fragment of linear text from antiquity. It reveals the trek of an unidentified man seeking some exploit to re-birth the Adversary at the end of human existence.
The band has stated the concept and music are intertwined, being "at once philosophical, adventurous, speculative, and disturbing." The cover artwork can be viewed below. More...
Face Off, the female-fronted Serbian act, has now posted another preview clip online for the band's upcoming, currently untitled, debut album. You can listen to the preview in the SoundCloud player below, or find the band's previously posted album teaser over at this location.
Korpiklaani has posted the second part of a track-by-track breakdown for the band's new album "Manala" (reviewed here), which is out now in Europe and dropping on August 14th, 2012 in North America.
Check out this clip below, or find the last video in the series at this location. The album's track listing is:
2. Tuonelan Tuvilla
3. Rauta (see music video here)
5. Petoeläimen Kuola
7. Ievan Polkka
8. Husky Sledge
12. Sumussa Hämärän Aamun More...
Primitive Graven Image is pleased to finally be able to announce the full details on an upcoming third album. Entitled "Psychededlic Episodes - Observations on Death and Deathlessness," the follow up to 2010's "Celebrating Impending Chaos" is once again produced by Russ Russell (Napalm Death, Dimmu Borgir, Evile), with artwork from Darkwave Art, and is another loosely themed concept album - this time based around psychedelic experiences of the physical, spiritual, and emotional kind. The band comments:
"We took war as a big theme for Celebrating Impending Chaos (2010), but there was also a more cosmic theme running throughout the album as well, on tracks like 'Kings Of Infinite Space' for example - and that's what we've decided to run with this time round. We've decided to look into the mirror instead and into our own psyches. After all, the outside world is surely only a reflection of what is inside? This album is about getting closer to the source of all this stuff, which is where the real horrors lie. It's an interesting and fresh concept to play with but still lends itself very well to twisting into a black metal framework. The concept has lead to our most structured and focussed lyrics to date and the album has become a weird journey through man's struggle with his gods, his mortality and his brief but often chaotic life here on this mysterious rock. Musically we have stuck to the black metal feel that we know and love and in some cases this shines through even more than on our last album.
"We've also brought in a very healthy dose of death and thrash metal influenced sections and the psychedelic and progressive elements we started to play with on Chaos have made a big return. We have included some truly experimental moments with some elongated prog-out sections and wonderful analog keyboard sounds.” More...
FaceCulture has posted a new video interview online with the Swedish industrial metal band Pain. FaceCulture spoke to singer-songwriter Peter Tägtgren about the first song he learned to drum, composing songs, his other band Hypocrisy, owning a village in Sweden, the end of the world and more. Check out the clip below.
Skeletonwitch has announced additional dates are being added to the band's upcoming fall headline "U.S. Abomination" tour, as well as some venue changes and additional special guests added to select shows. Complete dates are listed below.
The band just completed a headlining North American tour with support from Barnburner this past weekend. Skeletonwtich is out in support of their latest, "Forever Abomination," which earned the band the cover of Decibel magazine as well as spots on several of the "Top Albums of the Year" lists for 2011. More...
Venezuelan 14-string guitarist Felix Martin - who recently completed a six-week, 12-country European tour with his trio - will soon embark on his first-ever American tour, which focuses on the western U.S. and includes four shows in the greater Los Angeles area. Martin will be out in support of his Prosthetic debut “Live in Boston,” which compiles tracks from various live sets recorded during his days as a student at the Berklee School of Music.
Prosthetic Records also commented: "Felix Martin caught the attention of Prosthetic Records with his self-invented instrument, the 14-string guitar, which is a combination of two left-handed 7-string guitars on one wide neck that allows both to be played simultaneously. You can see a live video showcasing his unique sound - a combination of instrumental prog-metal and jazz fusion - by viewing the below video for 'The Triangle Tune' (taken from 'Live In Boston')." More...
Chicago metal act Black September has confirmed a September 25th release date for new album, "Into The Darkness Into The Void," which was recorded in the band's hometown at Bricktop Recording (Weekend Nachos, Veil of Maya) by Andy Nelson. The band has described the new album as "ravenous and pure" and "one step beyond our previous efforts into a realm of untamed energy." The cover art and track listing for "Into The Darkness Into The Void" can be viewed below.
Black September has also announced a record release show on September 29th at Chicago's Ultra Lounge. Support will be provided by Pittsburgh death metallers Abysme, black sludgers Coffinworm and fellow Chicagoans Terminate.
The "Into The Darkness Into The Void" track listing is:
1. Into the Darkness
3. Rabid Hunger
6. Beyond The Realms
8. Unhallowed Ground
9. No Return More...
New Orleans metal misanthropes haarp today announce the release of their new studio offering, entitled "Husks." The album is set for release on September 18th, 2012 through Housecore Records and is the follow-up to 2010’s "The Filth." The "Husks" album was recorded at the University of New Orleans Performing Arts Center, Fountainbleau Room 7011, and Nodferatu’s Lair by Philip H. Anselmo. Engineering was handled by Steve Berrigan and Nathan Weidenhaft and the album was mastered at Visceral Sounds by Scott Hull.
Comments the band in a collective statement: “With Husks, we've maintained the sound we developed over our last few releases while adding some new elements and showing some additional influences.”
The track listing is as follows:
3. fox More...
The death/doom powerhouses in Hooded Menace are gearing up to unleash "Effigies of Evil," their first effort for Relapse Records, on September 11th. The band is also currently shooting a new music video for "Crumbling Insanity."
Now, fans have yet another taste of music from the record as the band has partnered with Brooklyn Vegan to premiere the track "Summoned Into Euphoric Madness." Click here to listen to the track.
Hooded Menace has scheduled a few live outings in Europe. Details are as follows:
August 18 - Helsinki, Finland @ Lepakkomies (w/ Horse Latitude)
August 30 - Copenhagen, Denmark @ Kill-Town Death Fest
November 17 - Madrid, Spain @ Sala El Grito (w/ Dead Congregation)
Swedish death metal overlords Evocation will release their fourth studio album, "Illusions Of Grandeur," on October 23rd in North America via Century Media Records. According to a press release, the album "includes 10 tracks of supreme Swedish death metal, a perfect mélange of Stockholm rawness and Gothenburg epics."
Cover artist Xaay, who has already worked with Evocation on the "Apocalyptic" album, also created the cover artwork available below. "Illusions Of Grandeur" was recorded at IF Studios & Evocation Studios together with producer Roberto Laghi and mixed at IF Studios by Roberto Laghi. It was mastered at Bohus Sound Studios by Dragan Tanaskovic.
As a very special guest, Johan Hegg of Amon Amarth laid down guest vocals on the song "Into Submission." The track listing for the album is below.
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...
Montreal, Canada's Barn Burner is continuing the band's campaign in support of "Bangers II: Scum of the Earth," which was released via Metal Blade Records in June of 2011. The band recently finished a North American tour with Skeletonwitch, but won't be home for long.
Barn Burner will be joining Gallows on a recently announcec North American tour this November. The tour covers the northeast, Midwest, and northwest US, in addition to 10 dates in Canada.
Barn Burner's Kevin Keegan comments on the dates: "Our relentless tour war path continues as we shackle ourselves to another month worth of gigs with the fierce rippers, Gallows. We shall provide the heavy metal appetizer to their punk rock main course; she'll be a feast fit for kings and scum bags alike!" More...
Norwegian act Sphere has posted a teaser trailer online for the band's upcoming new album, which can be viewed below. Sphere also previously commented on recruiting a new member:
"We're happy to anounce that we have found our new bassplayer! Øystein Sundsbø (Vanishing Void) is officially the 5th member of Sphere! This means we will hopefully start doing some liveshows soon."
Further details on the upcoming new album will be announced as they become available. Sphere is:
Jon Bergan - Lead vocals
Marius Strand - Guitars/vocals
Michael Hebo - Guitars
Bjørn Dugstad Rønnow - Drums
Øystein Sundsbø - Bass More...
German heavy metal act Paragon joined the Napalm Records roster earlier this month. The band's 10th album "Force of Destruction" is due out via Napalm this coming October.
After calling it quits, Alexisonfire has issued the following announcement about a final farewell tour:
"As promised in 2010 – we’re back for a Farewell Tour. We know that this tour doesn’t reach all of you, and this list is sure to cause some disappointment, but know that we have done our best to fit what we can into this window of time. December 2012 is the only time that all 5 of us aren’t committed to something in our personal or professional lives. An entire month!
"We couldn’t be more excited to get on the road and travel and hit the stage one last time – most importantly we wanted to keep our promise to you guys. We’re going to be playing till the venues try to kick us off the stage. We’re talking 20+ songs a night. We said we’d return for some proper farewell shows. And here they are. A little later today we will post details about presales etc. but for now….here are the shows."
12.03 – London, UK @ O2 Academy Brixton
12.07 – Sao Paulo, Brazil @ Via Funchal
12.11 – Sydney, AUS @ Hordern Pavilion
12.12 – Melbourne, AUS @ Festival Hall
12.19 – Edmonton, AB @ Shaw Conference Centre
12.20 – Calgary, AB @ Big Four Building
12.22 – Montreal, QC @ Metropolis
12.26 – Toronto, ON @ Sound Academy
12.27 – Toronto, ON @ Sound Academy
U.S. melodic metal act Artizan is currently in the process of recording a new album and follow-up to the 2011's "Curse of the Artizan." The band recently announced that none other than Matt Barlow (ex-Iced Earth) has arrived at the studio to appear as a guest musician on the album.
Further details on the new album will be announced as they are made available, and you can follow the recording process at the band's Facebook profile. A photo of Barrlow and Artizan drummer Ty Tammeus is also available below. More...
Sweden's Meadows End has posted a new video clip online for the song "Hung In Gallows By Dawn," which can be viewed below. The band also commented:
"So, a moment we've been waiting for, are you ready for a mew Meadows End tune? We give you: Hung In Gallows By Dawn. Help us spread the song and headbang your head off! Thanks & enjoy!"
Bloodworks has issued the following announcement about gearing up to enter Envy Studios to record a new release:
"Announcement: We can confirm that we are already in the process of bringing you our second EP! All the material is written and we will be entering the studio at the end of the month. Stay tuned for updates in the near future!"
Further details on the EP will be revealed as they are made available. For more info on Bloodworks, head over to the band's official Facebook profile here.
After being involved in a car accident last month, Casket of Cassandra has issued the following update about drummer Chris Campagna's health:
"So just an update on Chris: he got a smaller cast on so he is a lot more mobile now. He got all 85 staples taken out of his head. His wounds are healing pretty fast and clean. His vision in his left eye is still a bit off but is coming back slowly and his voice is slowly coming back too.
"He is still in Seattle's rehabilitation center. They confirmed that he will be coming home on the 15th of this month where he will continue rehab 3 times a week. He will be extremely weak for a while but he will fully recover within 6 months to a year.
"Thank you all so much for all your best wishes! Keep him in your thoughts! As you can tell he already is picking up the drum sticks and wanting to play again!" More...
You can now check out another new Monuments track off upcoming album "Gnosis," which will be out on August 27th in Europe and September 25th in the US. Give "Degenerate" a listen in the YouTube clip below. The "Gnosis" track listing is as follows:
1. Admit Defeat
4. The Uncollective
5. Blue Sky Thinking
7. 97% Static
8. Empty Vessels Make The Most Noise
10. Denial (ft Spencer Sotelo) More...
Die Hard will be releasing new album "Conjure The Legions," and follow-up to "Nihilistic Vision" (reviewed here), this coming September 25th (Europe) and November 6th (North America) via Agonia Records. A teaser for the album can be viewed below, and the track listing is:
1. Conjure The Legions
2. Masters Of Deceit
3. Satanic Uprise
4. Thrash Them All
5. Cold Scythe
6. Sanctify The Morbid
8. Stand Up
9. Robe And Crown
10. Under The Blade (Twisted Sister cover) Bonus 33rpm More...
Mexican death metal band When Blood Falls Down has a new single out, "Rotten," which is posted below. The band hails from the state of Oaxaca and has already released another single last year titled "Imitator". When Blood Falls Down started out in 2009 and is already signed to Open Heavens Records and in the process of recording new material.
Hailing from the Baja beach town of Ensenada, Mexico comes Expansion Neuronal. The band recently released its four song EP "Ectosimbiosis En Transicion Fractal." Below is the tracklisting and an upload of the song "Degradacion Genetica." The title track is also streaming over at YouTube. Expansion Neuronal has been busy this year opening for Mortuary on the Baja Tour and playing at Troll Fest 2 in June and the Zombie Feast in May.
01. Degradacion Genetica
02. Ectosimbiosis En Transicion Fractal
03. Sempiterna Inoculacion Larvaria
04. Transtorno Ineficiente Inicuo More...
U.K. act Foreboding Ether has teamed up with Terrorizer to release a new music video for the track "Revelations." Watch the video clip in the player below or over at Terrorizer.com. Further info on Foreboding Ether and more music available for streaming can be found at the band's Facebook profile here.
Kamelot, which recently revealed new vocalist Tommy Karevik, has posted the third part in the band's "On The Road Festivals 2012" video series.
Check out this new video below covering the Wacken Open Air in Germany. The band also announced upcoming album "Silverthorn" will be released through Steamhammer/SPV on October 26th (Germany), October 29th (rest of Europe) and October 30th.