Metal News for September 1, 2012
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13 news articles posted on this day.
Florida power/progressive band Crimson Glory posted up a raw demo of the new track "Garden of Shadows," which is to appear on the band's long awaited new LP and follow up to the 1999 release "Astronomica." The band features vocalist Todd La Torre (Queensryche).
The song "Garden of Shadows" is part of a conceptual album and is a rough demo and first version of the first track written for the release.
Check out "Garden of Shadows" here:
The 2013 edition of the Ragnarokkr Metal Apocalypse will take place at Reggies Rock Club in Chicago, IL this coming May 3rd - 4th. Additional details can be found at the festival's Facebook profile here. The following bands have now been confirmed for the upcoming festival:
The organizers of the festival also commented:
"Ragnarokkr Metal Apocalypse is the premier true metal festival in the USA, held in Chicago, IL. Now in its third year, Ragnarokkr is dedicated to bring the very best in all sub-genres of metal from around the world, which is often unrepresented in the USA. In the past, Ragnarokkr has brought luminaries from across the metal world to Chicago to play for all true metal warriors, including Virgin Steel, Helstar, Cage, the reunion of metal legends Brocas Helm and, for the very first time in the U.S., Wizard out of Germany and Voltax out of Mexico. 2013 promises to the best year yet...by far."
Hemoptysis has issued the following announcement about working on new material for an upcoming album:
"We hope you all are doing well. We have been working on the new songs for the next release, and it's coming out great! It will be heavier, faster and meaner than before! We are planning on to record these songs early next year. Purchasing our CDs and merch at our official store and helping us funding budget to record them will be greatly appreciated!
"We will be on the road for the weekend in two weeks! We can't wait to come back these towns and looking forward to see you there all! See the dates listed below!
"Also, less than a month until the Kreator, Accept, Swallow the Sun, & Hemoptysis show at Joe's Grotto in Phoenix, AZ on Friday, September 28th! Buy your tickets now before they're gone! Buy from Hemoptysis online at this location. Horns up and have a great weekend!"
Sat, Sep 8 @ Tempe Tavern, Tempe, AZ
Fri, Sep 14 @ Scottie's, Prescott, AZ
Sat, Sep 15 @ Burt’s Tiki Lounge, Albuquerque, NM
Sun, Sep 16 @ SlapShot Billiards, Gallup, NM
Fri, Sep 28 @ Joe's Grotto, Phoenix, AZ (Kreator Accept, Swallow The Sun)
Monster Energy and Idol Roc Entertainment have announced the line-up for the 2012 Monster Energy Outbreak Tour. Headliner Asking Alexandria will be joined by support acts As I Lay Dying, Suicide Silence, Memphis May Fire, and Attila. The full itinerary for the Monster Energy Outbreak Tour will be announced September 7th.
The line-up prompted tour producer Steve Glazer (Idol Roc Entertainment) to share, "Without question this is the strongest lineup we've assembled for Outbreak to date. Each year we promise to grow our brand and it all starts with delivering the fans an undeniable lineup of artists on the rise paired with an affordable ticket price."
Asking Alexandria guitarist Ben Bruce stated, "America, we are back, we are excited, we are ready and we are fucking headlining! This is our biggest headlining tour ever and we are bringing with us, the biggest, heaviest and best bands that rock has to offer. This Monster Energy Outbreak Tour is going to be fucking insane, more so especially due to the fact that this is not only going to be our last tour of the year and our last tour in America for quite awhile, but also because this is going to be the last tour on the Reckless and Relentless album cycle.
"We will be playing songs from Stand Up and Scream, Reckless and Relentless and a handful of brand new songs from our upcoming album. You, North America, have been chosen to hear our new songs before anyone else in the world. Let's make this a tour to fucking remember. Lets end 2012 bigger, better and harder than anywhere else on this earth. We can't wait to see you all. If 2012 really is the end of the world, then all I can say is....we are going out with a bang motherfuckers! We will see you all soon.”
Asking Alexandria will enter the studio in October prior to the Monster Energy Outbreak Tour to place the finishing touches on a third full-length effort. The disc is set for an early 2013 release.
On October 19th "Cannibal Nation," the seventh studio album of German melodic metallers Mob Rules, will be released. The cover artwork can be viewed below, and the track listing is:
01. Close My Eyes
03. Tele Box Fool
04. Ice And Fire
05. Soldiers Of Fortune
06. The Sirens
07. Scream For The Sun (May 29th 1953)
08. Cannibal Nation
The following press release was also issued about the album: "Cannibal Nation is a varied, hook-oriented and energetic record. By building their own studio, a whole lot of new possibilities opened to the band. So the ´Dwelling Mound` studio of guitarist Sven Lüdke became the place for MOB RULES to compose their new material. The result: every song on Cannibal Nation appears sophisticated and right on point.
"From the prog metal-influenced opening track´Close My Eyes` to the following´Lost` with its strong hookline, the first single´Ice & Fire` (inspired by the story of the abducted Colombian politician Íngrid Betancourt), which features atmospheric orchestral parts by Michael´Miro` Rodenberg (a.o. Avantasia), to´Scream For The Sun` (lyrically dealing with the first ascent of Mount Everest) and the album's final song´Sunrise`, every tracks was arranged with passion and reason. With´Tele Box Fool` also a song whose lyrics critisize today's dull TV/media culture, can be found on the album." More...
Polish act Witchking has issued the following announcement about returning to the stage for upcoming live shows after being on hiatus:
"After a long break, the band decided to play a concert at the Covenant XX festival, which will be held on December 9th in Krakow Kwadrat club.
"The band will play in the lineup in which the last album was recorded, that is with Tom the Storm on vocals and Krzysiek Nowakowski on drums! You can also expect other surprises which will be announced on the band's official Facebook page here."
Tom The Storm - vocals
Mateusz Gajdzik - guitar
Tomek Pater - guitar
Andrzej Sadowski - bass
Krzysztof Nowakowski - drums
German metal band Orden Ogan has unveiled the artwork for the forthcoming LP "To The End." The band's forth album is scheduled for an October 26, 2012 release date through AFM Records. The artwork was created by legendary artist Andreas Marschall (Blind Guardian, Running Wild, Rage, Sodom...and countless more).
The album be issued in a standard version, as well as a digipack including bonus tracks and a DVD featuring the band's 2010 Wacken performance, a music video and footage documenting the band over the past two years. In addition, "To the End" will also be released in a special version including a wooden box, the digipack CD and a snow globe.
Check out the artwork here:
U.K. traditional metal vampires Stuka Squadron issued a directive that the band's yet untitled sophomore LP is nearly completed. In addition, the first video studio report was also posted. The band previously noted that the album will focus on the battlefields of North Africa and plan to issue the title, album cover and track listing soon. The first song title, a song written by vocalist James Duke Fang-Begley, was announced in the following report on the band's website:
"Album nearly complete!
"There has been a virtual communication blackout here at headquarters as all personnel were drafted into the battle lines at Unit 2, London. The final stages of creation have been reached with the new Stuka Squadron album and we are all very happy with the new sounds emerging from this motley collection of miscreants.
"The pledge has slowed in recent weeks, but nevertheless we have achieved an awesome 80% funding from you, the valiant members of the First Legion. Thank you again. We have been asked to keep the pledge going beyond our original cut off of today and so it still remains open for new recruits.
"And very shortly we will enlighten you as to the album title, track titles and artwork. You may or may not already be aware of the first title made public – First Legion: an ode created primarily by Duke Fang Begley in tribute to our stalwart allies.
The band's pledge drive launch site can be found at this location.
The first video studio report can be found here: More...
Massachusetts band Mummified in Circuitry has issued the following announcement about parting ways with vocalist RJ Conner:
"After many great shows with RJ, he has decided to leave the band due to personal reasons. He's still our home boy and he left on good terms and we still love him, however we are looking for a new vocalist to continue doing what we love best....playing metal!
"If you, or anyone is interested in trying out, please message us. Must be 21 or older, have transportation, a job, be able to tour with us, and most importantly have the right attitude. (no ego's, drug, or alcohol problems) Get at us if you think you've got what it takes!"
More info on Mummified in Circuitry can be found over at the band's Facebook profile.
Italian symphonic power metal act Thy Majestie is streaming the new song "Harbinger Of A New Dawn." The track appears on the band's forthcoming LP "ShiHuangDi," which is scheduled for release on September 25, 2012 through Scarlet Records.
The album is a conceptual release about the first emperor of China. "ShiHuangDi" also marks the first album for vocalist Alessio Taormina, who joined the band in 2010.
The track list for "ShiHuangDi" is as follows:
2. Seven Reigns
3. Harbinger of a New Dawn
4. Siblings of Tian
5. Walls of the Emperor
6. Under the Same Sky
10. End of the Days (Feat. Fabio Lione)
New York's Herodias has just posted a new video clip online for the song "An Exit," taken off the band's new "Antevorta" release. Check out the video below. Herodias also commented on its sound and band name:
"Herodias is a doom metal band encompassing a range of contemporary funeral doom with classical vocals. In literature, Herodias was commonly known as the wife of Herod Antipas. Their marriage was censured by John the Baptist as a transgression of Mosaic Law. Salome (Herodias’ daughter) performed a dance that so pleased Herod that he offered to grant any wish she expressed. Prompted by her mother, Salome asked for John the Baptist's head on a platter, a wish the reluctant Herod was bound to fulfill. In medieval Europe, a widespread belief held Herodias to be the supernatural leader of a cult of witches. She rose from the dead, taking shape as a new goddess in the Pagan pantheon."
Italian female-fronted act Ravenscry has posted a new music video online, directed by Salvatore Perrone. Check out the video for "Calliope," taken off the "One Way Out" album in the player below. You can also hear more music from Ravenscry via Facebook, or download free acoustic versions of tracks at this location.
Spanish black metal band Tsar Bomb has revealed that it has signed with American label badGod Music for the release of its forthcoming album "Neowarfare." The band has been streaming all nine songs from that release over on ReverbNation, or check out the tracks in the widget below. Tsar Bomb started out in 2009 in Malaga and played its first live gig two years later.