Metal News for September 1, 2011
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Rhapsody Of Fire announced the addition of new bass player, Oliver Holzwarth of Blind Guardian. Oliver is the brother of drummer Alex Holzwarth. Recently, the band amicably split with guitarist and co-founder Luca Turilli and Patrice Guers, leaving remaining members Fabio Lione, co-founder Alex Starapoli, Tom Hess and Alex Holzwarth to carry on the band. The full report on the split was previously reported on by Metal Underground at this location.
The official announcement on the band's website reads:
"The band Rhapsody Of Fire is proud to announce the name of a new band member who will join forces with Fabio Lione, Alex Staropoli, Tom Hess and Alex Holzwarth. German bass player Oliver Holzwarth (brother of Rhapsody Of Fire drummer Alex Holzwarth) has joined the band as an official and permanent member of Rhapsody Of Fire, and will be involved in both live performances and studio recordings.
"Oliver is an excellent bass player who has toured with Blind Guardian, Tarja Turunen and Sieges Even and has recorded several studio albums with Blind Guardian.
"Alex Staropoli says: 'It's a true privilege and honor to have the two Holzwarth brothers playing together in Rhapsody Of Fire. I am sure it will be fantastic to have the best rhythmic section on this planet, a unique and true force of nature, on our side. I am really looking forward to hearing them shaking the stages around the world on our upcoming world tour.' "
Singer Fabio Lione is currently on tour as guest vocalist with Kamelot in North America.
Italy's power metal act Mastercaste posted a new music video for the song "Sakura." The song was written for the Lion Music compilation album "Embrace The Sun" to benefit Japan, which is still recovering from the recent major earthquake and tsunami. "Embrace the Sun" was released on June 17, 2011 through Lion Music.
Check out the video here:
American heavy metal legends Metallica have posted the front cover of their forthcoming album, "Lulu" online, which is a collaboration album with the innovative former Velvet Underground frontman, Lou Reed. You can check it out below. "Lulu" will be released in Europe on October 31st and will hit North American shelves the following day on November 1st.
The record is based off of German expressionist Frank Wedekind's early 20th century plays Earth Spirit and Pandora's Box, and were a rewrite of Edgar Allan Poe's, The Raven, which emerged as a graphic novel on Fantagraphics Press. Some of the song titles set to appear on the album include, "Junior Dad," "Little Dog," Mistress Dread" and "Pumping Blood." More...
Saxon has checked in with the following announcement about recruiting Borealis as the supporting act for upcoming North American shows:
"For our upcoming North American tour we have Borealis as our main support band. With soaring vocals, lightning fast guitars and a rock solid backline, Borealis is bringing leather back, and dragging power metal up with it.
"It's been that way from the start for these 5 Canadian guys: all or nothing, and it shows in their music. Check them out at this location."
Further details on the upcoming tour will be announced as they are made available.
Swindon, UK’s The Dead Lay Waiting is pleased to announce the November 29th, 2011 United States release for the new album "Almost Heaven" through Rising Records. "Almost Heaven" was released in June, 2011 in the UK.
Streaming tracks from "Almost Heaven" are available now at the band’s YouTube page. You can also check out footage of the band at XFM studios in London to a set of songs.
Atlanta, Georgia's Dead in the Dirt has confirmed an upcoming 7" EP release via Southern Lord for September 27th titled "Fear." The band's upcoming live shows are as follows:
9/10/2011 Caledonia Lounge - Athens, GA *record release show with Earth, Mount Eerie
9/12/2011 Roundhill Community Center - Lexington, SC
9/13/2011 The Courthouse - Rock Hill, SC w/ Nail Biter
9/14/2011 The Warehouse - Richmond, VA w Fire And Ice
9/15/2011 The Blue Nile - Harrisonburg, VA
9/16/2011 Episcopal Church - Frederick, MD w/ Eddie Brock, Wire Tap, Passengers
9/17/2011 secret location - New Brunswick, NJ w/ Old Wounds, Divider
9/18/2011 The Acheron - Brooklyn, NY w/ Meek Is Murder, In The Shit, Scowl
9/19/2011 secret location - Wallingford, CT w/ Iron Hand
9/20/2011 New Catalonia - Providence, RI w/ Weak Teeth
9/21/2011 PT 109 - Brighton, MA w/ In The Shit, Hivesmasher, Lolita Black
9/22/2011 Dad City - Amherst, MA
9/23/2011 ROTA - Plattsburgh, NY
9/24/2011 *TBA/HELP WANTED - Buffalo, NY
9/25/2011 Roboto Project - Pittsburgh, PA w/ Masakari
9/26/2011 Tower 2012 - Cleveland, OH w/ Masakari
9/27/2011 321 Main Street - Barnesville, OH
9/28/2011 The Back Lot - Cincinnati, OH
9/29/2011 Little Hamilton - Nashville, TN
9/30/2011 Sluggo's - Chattanooga, TN
Ampora is currently streaming the band's debut EP "Last Chance" online in its entirety. Head over to the Ampora Bandcamp page to check out the release. The "Last Chance" track listing is as follows:
1. Designing A Downfall
2. Blissful Greed
4. The Great Disappearance
Dutch act Twister of Truth is currently offering the band's new album "The Banality Of Wickedness" as a free download. Grab the tracks from the release by heading over to the official Twister of Truth website.
The album's track listing is as follows:
1. Stabbed In The Back
2. High Octane Greed
4. Killing Spree
7. Forgotten Children
8. Divine Immolation
10. Death Embraced
Myrath is currently streaming a new single online titled "Merciless Times," which is taken from the band's new album "Tales of the Sands." Head over to Noisecreep.com to check out the song.
"Tales of the Sands" was Produced by Kevin Codfert, mixed by Frederik Nordstom (Dimmu Borgir, In Flames), and mastered by Jens Bogren (Symphony X). The album is set for release on October 11th, 2011 via Nightmare Records. To promote the release of "Tales of the Sands," Myrath is working on a full length video in August, and will support Orphaned Land in a one month long European tour starting in November 2011.
The album's track listing is as follows:
1. Under Siege
2. Braving the Seas
3. Merciless Times
4. Tales of the Sands
5. Sour Sigh
6. Dawn Within
7. Wide Shut
8. Requiem for a Goodbye
9. Beyond the Stars
10. Time to Grow
11. Apostrophe for a Legend
Today, Pitchfork Media is hosting a stream of "Thuja Magus Imperium," the opening track from the Wolves in the Throne Room new album "Celestial Lineage." Check out the eleven minute mammoth hymn at this location.
With "Celestial Lineage" set for release via Southern Lord in less than two weeks, Wolves in the Throne Room has already embarked on a tour to promote the new material. Upcoming dates are as follows:
9/01/2011 Reggie’s Rock Club - Chicago, IL
9/02/2011 Rudyard Kipling - Louisville, KY
9/03/2011 The Mockbee - Cincinnati, OH w/ Thou
9/04/2011 Ravari Room - Columbus, OH w/ Thou
9/05/2011 Olde Jamestowne Hall - Saginaw, MI w/ Thou
9/06/2011 Soybomb HQ - Toronto, ON w/ Thou
9/08/2011 Death Church - Montreal, QC w/ Thou
9/09/2011 *outdoor show - Northfield, VT [92 Brooks Road]
9/10/2011 Deering Grange Hall - Portland, ME
9/11/2011 parking lot of 39 Manton Ave - Providence, RI w/ Thou
9/12/2011 The Bell House - Brooklyn, NY w/ Thou
9/14/2011 Death By Audio - Brooklyn, NY w/Thou
9/15/2011 Broad Street Ministry- Philadelphia, PA w/ Megaton Leviathan, Vit, Woe
9/16/2011 Steel City Firehall - Bethlehem, PA w/ Megaton Leviathan
9/17/2011 Strange Matter - Richmond, VA w/ Megaton Leviathan
9/18/2011 Legitimate Business - Greensboro NC w/ Mt. Eerie, Megaton Leviathan
9/20/2011 JD’s - Sheffield, AL w/ Megaton Leviathan
9/21/2011 The Little Hamilton - Nashville, TN w/ Megaton Leviathan
9/22/2011 Club 529 - Atlanta, GA w/ Megaton Leviathan
9/23/2011 The Chop Shop - St Petersburg, FL w/ Megaton Leviathan
9/24/2011 The Farside Collective - Tallahassee, FL w/ Megaton Leviathan
9/25/2011 Nowe Miasto - New Orleans, LA w/ Thou, Megaton Leviathan
9/27/2011 Red 7 - Austin, TX w/ Megaton Leviathan
9/28/2011 Lola’s Saloon - Fort Worth, TX w/ Garuda, Megaton Leviathan
9/30/2011 Rhinoceropolis - Denver, CO
10/01/2011 TBA - Salt Lake City, UT
10/02/2011 Visual Arts Collective - Boise, ID
10/03/2011 New Frontier Outdoors - Tacoma, WA
The Plot In You has posted a new music video online for the song "Miscarriage," which can be viewed below. The track is taken off the band's "First Born" album released earlier this year through Rise Records.
Doro Pesch is an incredible metal musician with a career that spans the decades without loss momentum. Gaining fame with her band Warlock, Doro has lead a very successful career with her band that's named after her. Recently, she took the mic for some dates with Dio Disciples, a band in tribute to the late, great Ronnie James Dio. And on the eve of releasing a career-retrospective DVD in America, Doro is keeping busy with recording a new album and touring the world. I had the honor of talking with Doro Pesch about the new album and DVD, the loss of one of metal's greatest musicians, and how she got into music as a child. More...
BrooklynVegan is currently hosting a premiere of "Beyond Embers and the Earth" from post-black metal duo Falloch. The song comes off the band's upcoming "Where Distant Spirits Remain" full-length debut, set for release via Candlelight Records on September 27th.
Commented Falloch's Andy Marshall: "'Beyond Embers...' was a song we wrote after a trip to the Isle of Skye in the Scottish Highlands last Winter. The majestic landscape was glowing with frost, it was amazing! We went walking through the mountains and forests in the deep snow and the atmosphere was incredible. The song is about how isolated I felt at the time with only the sound of the wind to keep us company. Being so far away from urban life/culture was such a liberating feeling."
Check out "Beyond Embers and the Earth" by heading over to this location. The "Where Distant Spirits Remain" track listing is as follows:
1. We Are Gathering Dust
2. Beyond Embers & The Earth
4. Where We Believe
5. The Carrying Light
6. To Walk Amongst
American hardcore act Terror has announced that it will be re-releasing its latest album "Keepers Of The Faith" on November 1, 2011 with a bonus full-length concert DVD. The track listing for the DVD, which is titled "Defining The Faith," will run as follows;
1. Stick Tight
2. Out Of My Face
3. One With The Underdogs
4. Push it Away
5. Never Alone
6. Lowest Of The Low
8. Spit My Rage
9. Always The Hard Way
10. Keep Your Mouth Shut
11. Hell And Back
12. Life & Death
13. You’re Caught
14. You’re Enemies Are Mine
16. Keepers Of The Faith
Hardcore act Wisdom In Chains has posted its new music video online for streaming. The video was comprised of live footage for the track "Chasing the Dragon" and can be viewed by using the player located below.
A new Relapse Records podcast has been posted online and is now available by heading over to the Relapse website at this location.
This is the 14th installment of the new label podcasts that will be posted every month, highlighting brand new songs from Relapse artists, exclusive interviews, and classic Relapse tracks.
This month's podcast, as sponsored by MetalInjection.net, features an exclusive interview with David Davidson of Revocation who talks about the band's brand new album "Chaos of Forms" and upcoming U.S. tour alongside Chimaira.
The podcast also includes exclusive new music from Brutal Truth, Rotten Sound, Dying Fetus, and more.
Seattle, Washington deathcore act I Declare War has revealed details surrounding its forthcoming self-titled album. The album is set to feature 10 all new tracks and will hit store shelves on the 11th of October, coming through the Artery Recordings group.
The track listing for "I Declare War" is as follows:
1. I, Tormenter
2. Misery Cloud
3. Human Waste
4. March On
5. The Dot
6. Final Hour
7. Clear Head
8. Pale Skin
9. Pillow Talk
10. Weak Minds
Orange Goblin has issued the following statement about appearing at the 2012 Bloodstock Festival and update about a new album:
"We are happy to say that Orange Goblin are amongst the first two bands to be announced for Bloodstock Open Air Festival 2012. Orange Goblin are honored to headline the Sophie Lancaster Stage on Saturday 11th August 2012. This will be OG's first appearance back at Bloodstock since playing at the very first one back in 2001.
"The festival takes place at Catton Hall, Derbyshire from Friday 10th until Sunday 12th August. As well as Orange Goblin, Canadian metallers ANVIL have been announced to appear on the Ronnie James Dio stage. There will be over 100 bands in total and Bloodstock has now become the UK's number 1 outdoor festival for true metal. For updates on the line-up and how to purchase tickets go to this location.
"In other news the band is still currently in the studio putting the finishing touches to what will eventually become their 7th studio album and first for Candlelight Records. The album is still as yet untitled but is being recorded and engineered in a London studio by Jamie Dodd who worked with the band on their Black Sabbath cover 'Symptom Of The Universe' last year for the Metal Hammer magazine Black Sabbath Tribute album.
"The album will feature 10 new songs and we can reveal the titles are as follows: 'Red Tide Rising', 'Acid Trial', 'The Fog', 'Stand For Something', 'The Filthy & The Few', 'Return To Mars', 'Save Me From Myself', 'The Bishops Wolf', 'Death Of Aquarius' and 'A Eulogy For The Damned'. Artwork is being done by friend of the band James 'Jimbob' Isaac and the album will be released worldwide in March 2012."
American hardcore act This Is Hell has revealed the track listing for its upcoming new album. The album, which has been given the title of "Black Mass," is set for a North American release date of October 11, 2011 through Rise Records. You can check out the album's track list below.
1. Acid Rain
2. Black History
3. Salt The Earth
4. Black Mass
5. The Wars: Part I
6. Mi Nombre
7. The Last Outlaw
9. The Reckoning
10. The Wars: Part II
Enochian Theory has issued the following announcement about entering the studio to record a new album:
"We have entered the studio to record our 2nd album following up from Evolution: Creatio Ex Nihilio. Things are going well and are all on schedule so far. Sam has recorded all the Drum work and Shaun has completed all his Bass duties. Work has now commenced on the guitars...
"The band is working with the fantastic and very knowledgeable Rob Aubrey for the recording and engineering of the record in the UK, with the mix being completed in Sweden by David Castillo again. Rob is well respected in the 'Prog' world having worked with many artists over the years including Translantic, IQ and Spock's Beard. David is still sharp from the last Katatonia album and ready to go as soon as we have finished all the recording work.
"Ben has been posting an updated Recording Diary in the official Forum and can be viewed at this location. The title of the new album is still undisclosed until further down the line with the release being planned for early 2012 on Mascot Records. More news to come...."
Inmate has checked in with the following recap of the shooting for the "Without Warning" music video:
"On the 22nd May we filmed a video for our first single Without Warning from the upcoming debut album Free at Last. The video is directed by Mitja Legat from Kranj who made a lot of great sports videos about skating and snowboarding. This was Mitja's first experience of making a video for a metal band, so we didn't know what to expect. But as soon as our preparations for the scenes started, we realized immediately that Mitja was very motivated.
"While this is our first video, its story line was decided to be as simple as possible. 3 different scenes were chosen, focusing on representation of the band itself (a lot of details of all members, their instruments in action, etc. were shot). As you already know, Marko from LastDayHere is helping us with clean vocals in the studio, so we decided to include him into the video as a guest. When we invited him, he responded instantly. He really fulfilled our expectations and also came out with some great ideas for the video.
"Shooting went well and we did everything as we planned. Despite 16 hours of hard work and a lot of headbanging we managed to finish before midnight. We are sure we all did our best and we can't wait to show you the video. Mitja and Marko, we really appreciate your hard work, so again thanks a lot! We would also like to thank our light engineers Crt and Klemen, and also Dado, who helped us to manage the technical settings in the Kulturni center Velenje, where we shot the video. Last but not least, we would like to thank our photographer Tilyen Mucik for outstanding photos and eMCe Velenje for the equipment and six pack of beer. Check out more photos here."
American progressive death metal act The Contortionist has announced that it will be heading overseas to Australia this coming November. Support on the trek is set to come from The Storm Picturesque. You can check out the announced dates, cities and venues by seeking the list below.
11/09 Nambour, AUS – Blackbox Theatre
11/10 Brisbane, AUS – Sun Distortion
11/10 Brisbane, AUS – Boys And Girls (late show)
11/11 Gold Coast, AUS – Shed 5
11/12 Blacktown, AUS – Blacktown Masonic Hall
11/12 Sydney, AUS – Venom (late show)
11/13 Wyong, AUS – Oasis Youth Centre
11/16 Ballarat, AUS – Karova Lounge
11/17 Melbourne, AUS – Next
11/18 Adelaide, AUS – The Underground
11/19 Footscray, AUS – Phoenix Youth Centre
11/20 Geelong, AUS – The Nash
11/20 Geelong, AUS – The Nash (late show)
Sweden's Within Y has announced the band's new album will be titled "Silence Conquers." The band also commented:
"Despite our attempts to keep the album cover and title a secret for a while longer, this info has unfortunately reached out to numerous online music stores and webzines.
"Thus, we feel that there is no longer a point in keeping this a secret from out point, and accordingly we will not post the remaining parts of the album cover puzzle. However, the remaining videos of us discussing the new album will still be posted each Monday for the next couple of weeks.
"In accordance to the above, we also want to share a link to Bengans Record Store where you can pre-order our new album and have it shipped to your mailbox on the day of release (for delivery in Sweden, click the Swedish flag)."
You can also check out the band's latest recording studio clip by heading over to this location.
Fu Manchu have announced the dates for its upcoming headline tour of North America. The tour will feature the band performing its 1996 album "In Search Of" in its entirety to celebrate the group's 15 year anniversary. You check out the full list of dates, cities and venues below.
11/01 Oakland, CA – The New Parish
11/04 Denver, CO – Summit Music Hall
11/07 Chicago, IL – Double Door
11/09 Cleveland, OH – The Grog Shop
11/10 Detroit, MI – Magic Stick
11/11 Toronto, ON – The Horseshoe Tavern
11/12 Montreal, QC – Les Foufounes Electriques
11/14 Cambridge, MA – The Middle East
11/15 New York, NY – Santo’s Party House
11/16 West Chester, PA – The Note
11/17 Washington, DC – Black Cat
11/20 Austin, TX – Red 7
Polish death metal veterans Vader have posted a preview of its entire new album "Welcome To The Morbid Reich" online. You check out the album samples as well as the official track listing for the effort below.
Here's the tracklisting:
1. Ultima Thule
2. Return To The Morbid Reich
3. The Black Eye
4. Come And See My Sacrifice
5. Only Hell Knows
6. I Am Who Feasts Upon Your Soul
7. Don’t Rip The Beast’s Heart Out
8. I Had A Dream…
9. Lord Of Thorns
10. Decapitated Saints
11. They Are Coming
12. Black Velvet And Skulls Of Steel
Finnish act Kypck has issued the following announcement about replacing the band's drummer:
"Kypck's line-up is going through some changes, as K. H. M. Hiilesmaa steps down from the drums. It is however very possible that he will produce Kypck's albums in the future as well. Hiilesmaa, now concentrating on his studio/producing work, comments: 'Making albums and for example touring takes a lot of time, so I had to make a very painful decision and leave Kypck's drum stool for someone else. I still strongly believe that the band will bathe in rubles already in the near future.'
"Hiilesmaa's replacement has already been chosen - A.K. Karihtala, previously known from for example Charon. At the same time, live guitarist S. Kukkohovi has been cemented into the band as a permanent member. The band is already writing new material.
"Also, there are two new shows confirmed - at Nuclear Nightclub (Oulu, Finland) on November 11th-12th, 2011. These will be the first KYPCK shows for A.K. Karihtala."
We Came As Romans has posted a new music video online. The video was comprised of live footage for its new single "Mis//Understanding." The track is set to appear on the band's forthcoming new album "Understanding What We’ve Grown To Be," which will see a September 16th, 2011 release date through Nuclear Blast Records. You can check out the video by using the player located below.
Beyond Reproach has checked in with the following update about the release of a new EP:
"Hey everyone! We posted a new track 'The Procrustan Approach' of our upcoming EP 'Behind The Veil Of Virtue'. Our new release is now available for pre-order! If you are interested contact us on beyondreproach1 [a] gmail .com Downloads will be available on our Facebook page. Cheers and all the best!"
The "Behind The Veil Of Virtue" track listing is as follows:
2. Pursuit of Suffering
3. Espousal of the Tempest (Carrion for the Meek pt. 1)
4. Masquerade Discrepancy
5. The Procrustean Approach
Lords of Aesir has issued the following announcement about new recordings:
"Greetings! On 31/08 were made more recordings. Our special guests:
Tenor: Anderson Ombrellino
Violins: Adriano and Denis
"We expect to close on Saturday the recordings of the choirs with the baritone Marcos Rosa. Soon the single 'The Voice Beyond' will be available. And we are already preparing for the new single 'Unpredictable Certainty' too!"
Vancouver, Canada's Devin Townsend has posted some new jam session footage online. Devin commented on the clip by saying;
"Here's a late night jam with the band that plays 'Ghost', the fourth record of the Devin Townsend Project. In November, I am playing all 4 records back to back, and this rehearsal is the first one finished... Deconstruction next. The four shows will be in London for DVD's. I'm using different people right now, some from the records, some not...it's a hell of a lot of work, but it's off to a great start! Kat Epple on flute, Mike St-Jean on drums, Jean Savoie on Bass, and Dave Young on keys. Chrys Johnson plays second guitar, but he had to move. He'll be in London. The song is 'Radial Highway' from the upcoming 'Ghost 2.'"
In collaboration with Invisible Oranges, the brand new debut album "Sleepers In The Rift" from Sweden's Morbus Chron is now available for streaming in its entirety. Head over here to check out the album stream. The album is set for release in North America on September 27th, 2011.
The track listing for the album is as follows:
1. Through The Gaping Gate/ Coughing In A Coffin
2. Creepy Creeping Creep
3. Hymns To A Stiff
4. Red Hook Horror
5. The Hallucinating Dead
6. Ways Of Torture
7. Dead Body Pile Necrophile
8. Lidless Coffin
9. Deformation Of The Dark Matter
Swedish act The Gardnerz has announced "The System of Nature" will be released on the 20th of September as a digipack CD through Abyss record. Head over here to check out the pre-order information. The track listing is as follows:
1. The Art Of Suffering
2. Lady In The Grave
3. Your Final Solution
4. Born To Consume
6. Shift In Thought
7. Flaw In The Axiom
8. More Or Less
10. Maybe It's Time
11. Bloody Vengeance (Vulcano Cover)
12. Servants Of The Warsmen (Winter Cover)
30 second song samples from the forthcoming new Opeth album "Heritage" have been posted online for streaming. The album is set to be released on September 20, 2011 through Roadrunner Records and will feature the following track listing;
1. Heritage 2:05
2. The Devil's Orchard 6:40
3. I Feel The Dark 6:40
4. Slither 4:03
5. Nepenthe 5:40
6. Haxprocess 6:57
7. Famine 8:32
8. The Lines In My Hand 3:49
9. Folklore 8:19
10. Marrow Of The Earth 4:19
You can check out the song samples for all of the regular edition tracks over at this location.
Boston, MA based death metal act The Summoned is set to release the full-length album "If Only Minds Could Paint Pictures" on September 20th, 2011. The album clocks in at 33 minutes and features 9 songs. The album will be available in select stores and world wide through CD Baby, iTunes, Rhapsody, BandCamp and more.
The "If Only Minds Could Paint Pictures" track listing is as follows:
2. Dreaming In 2D
3. Anatomy of a Bar Fight
4. The Flood
5. Space Was…
6. Space Is…
9. Teachers of a Modern Age
Swiss folk metal act Eluveitie recently announced the band has begun recording a new LP "Helvetios" at New Sound Studio in Pfäffikon, Switzerland. The new album is set to be produced by Coroner's Tommy Vetterli (a.k.a. Tommy T. Baron) and is tentatively scheduled for an early 2012 release.
Eluveitie is also scheduled to appear on the upcoming 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise. Details on the festival are available here.
The following announcement was made on the band's newly launched website:
"New Album announced, HELVETIOS is coming in 2012!
"Never resting, we have made good use of the time between the shows of our Everything Remains World Tour, and are therefore able to announce that as of today, September 1st, Merlin has begun drum tracking for our new Album titled HELVETIOS at the Newsound studios in Pfäffikon, Switzerland. We are again working with Tommy Vetterli (Coroner, Ex-Kreator) who will record drums, guitars and vocals and will also be producing and mixing the record. Most folk instruments and also vocals will be recorded by Anna Murphy & Marco Jencarelli at the Soundfarm studios in Lucerne.
"All that’s left to say for now is that we are extremely excited about the new material, and we cannot wait for the release in early 2012. Further updates will appear regularly on this site, both in news as well as in a studio blog in which the bandmembers themselves will keep you up to date.
Last but not least, we are only hours away of posting the first episode of EluTV, so that should keep you entertained in the meantime!"
Edguy's Tobias Sammet (vocals) and Jens Ludwig (guitars) recently sat down for an interview with Barbara Caserta of Italian web radio Linearock.it recently to talk about the band's new LP "Age of the Joker." The video of the interview is posted below:
Grave guitarist/vocalist Ola Lindgren reported that he has recruited Triptykon drummer Norman Lonhard for his Grey Heavens side project. The update appeared on the Grey Heavens Facebook Page and states:
"Very proud to announce that Norman Lonhard from the mighty Triptykon will be doing drums on the upcoming Grey Heavens recording later this year. I'm superstoked and i'm sure it will be amazing! Stay tuned.."
Relapse Records announced that it will reissue Death's "Individual Thought Patterns" originally released in 1993. The reissue will consists of a remastered version of the album and two additional discs containing a full live show from April 13, 1993 from Germany and demos and rehearsal songs.
The announcement reads:
"The next re-issue of DEATH’s legendary catalog is 1993’s Individual Thought Patterns. The follow-up album to Human, Individual Thought Patterns has been remixed by Alan Douches and re-packaged to include a second and third bonus disc worth of previously unreleased demos and a full live set recorded in Germany during a 1993 European tour. Also included on the third bonus disc exclusive to this re-issue are rare riff tracks from the Chuck Schuldiner archives. The complete tracklisting for all three discs can be found below. Individual Thought Patterns is set for an October 25th North American release date, October 28th in the Benelux/Germany, and October 31st in the UK and rest of Europe. Individual Though Patterns follows the recent re-issues of The Sound of Perseverance and Human. Like those re-issues, Individual Thought Patterns will be available as a deluxe 3-disc set, a 2-disc standard set, and deluxe digital. Pre-order options and additional release information can be found here." More...
GHOST MUSIC, the new record label founded by GHOSTFEST creator Toyan St Hilaire, has announced that its first signing will be U.K. metalcore’s rising stars, SILENT SCREAMS.
Previously unsigned, the band has racked up some impressive credentials during their short time together, completing extensive tours of Australia, Europe and the UK, supporting the likes of Bring Me The Horizon, Your Demise, For The Fallen Dreams and Emmure along the way.
After honing their skills on the international live circuit, the band then quickly hooked up with world-renowned producer/engineer Joey Sturgis (Devil Wears Prada, Asking Alexandria, Miss May I) to record their debut album, "When It Rains," a record that upon first listen, immediately prompted the Ghost Music owner into action.
Toyan explains: “As soon as I heard the new SILENT SCREAMS record, I just knew it was gold – I just knew I had to do something with it… ‘When It Rains’ made such an impact on me that I’ve decided to finally put my money where my mouth is; hence GHOST MUSIC was born! I’m super excited to be working with this band and their record!”
James Ryan, vocalist with the band also comments on the signing: “We are really happy to be working with Ghost Music - Being the first band on the label is a real honour and a privilege! Ghost Music has opened up so many doors for us already, so we’re really hopeful for what the future may hold, for both the label and us. We can’t wait for you all to hear this album!”
"When It Rains," the debut album from SILENT SCREAMS will be released via GHOST MUSIC on the October 24, 2011.
You can "like" the band's Facebook page to get a free MP3 download of the song "Burning Bridges."
Just For Fun
The fourth installment of Vegan Black Metal Chef has been posted online, titled "Hail Seitan." Seitan is wheat gluten for those of you who do not know.
In this episode you will learn how to make 3 seitanic dishes.
1) A seitanic udon noodle stirfry
2) A seitanic curry
3) Bbq seitan sandwiches
We've followed the Vegan Black Metal Chef's recipes in our "Just for fun" section and you can get more information on the recipes at veganblackmetalchef.com, although there's nothing about this one on there just yet.
Finnish band Unkind is offering it's entire "Yhteiskunnan Pikkuvikoja" LP for free download at this location.
The track listing for "Yhteiskunnan Pikkuvikoja" is:
1. Taas Näitä Päiviä 02:32
2. Sukupuut 03:36
3. Tie Kotiin 02:59
4. Valheet 03:28
5. Vainaa 06:31
6. Yhteiskunnan Pikkuvikoja 06:14
7. Kantaja 02:19
8. Izmennik 04:40
German melodic death metal act Night In Gales posted a new track "The Neon Grave" through Lifeforce Records Facebook Page. The track appears on the band's forthcoming fifth release entitled "Five Scars" due out November 7, 2011 (Europe) and November 8, 2011 (North America).
"We're pretty much looking forward to the release of 'Five Scars' and whatever may come with that for Night In Gales - but for the moment, listen to 'This Neon Grave' and enjoy a fresh breeze of classic melodic death metal," comments singer Bjoern Goosses.
Dan Swano, who mixed and mastered the new album, also commented: "Working with Night In Gales was pure bliss for me. The material is very strong due to the fact that it's been around for quite some time now, and it feels almost like a 'Best of' album sometimes, because it's so solid all the way through. Working on this album actually ignited a spark in my own writing and I came up with one of the best Death/A.O.R. songs I have ever written, during the mix of this album!! Easily one of the best Melodic Death Metal releases of the year!!"
Swiss technical death metal band Taste of Tears posted a new in studio video showing part one of the making of "Once Human," the band's debut album due out in October 7, 2011. Check out the video below: