Metal News for September 13, 2011
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Black metal act Marduk has issued the following announcement about splitting with Regain Records and gearing up to record a new full-length album:
"From today Marduk and Blooddawn Productions have ended their cooperation with Regain Records. New working partner will be presented within the nearest future. We can also announce a late added festival. Marduk will headline the Firebox Metal Festival in Finland on the 30th of September. More info in the tour section! Let the bloodshed begin...
"Its with great enthusiasm we can announce that Marduk will participate on the Hatefest during December. Featuring Triptykon, Kataklysm among others. The festival package will also be appearing at the Eindhoven Metal Meeting during its december march. There will be 17 dates of the blackest hate delivered by the Panzer Division known as Marduk.
"After finishing the tour Marduk will be entering the studio to begin the recording of their 12th studio album."
The Ocean, which previously reported that all upcoming North American tour plans were scrapped, has now announced that the band will be supporting The Devin Townsend Project.
Guitarist and founding member Robin Staps commented: "Obviously this totally fucking rules. I've been a big fan of Hevy Devy's varicolored rumblings for many years, and we're glad that this situation that we were facing after our initially planned US tour was blown off has turned from dire into bodacious now!"
Fans who have yet to see The Ocean live can catch a preview online now. The band has released a live video from a performance at this year's Summer Breeze festival in Germany. Watch the band performing "The Origin of God" below.
The Ocean's upcoming tour dates with The Devin Townsend Project are as follows: More...
Every week we catch up with bands and fans to hear their favorite mosh pit stories from metal shows. This week Landmine Marathon's Ryan Butler shares a story of how one foot of space can make all the difference in house shows.
We played a house show in Santa Fe, New Mexico at one point and it was all adobe houses in a really nice neighborhood. We pulled up to the house and there are birthday balloons on the sign that said “Show Here.” We get in there, in a decent sized house, and we set up to play and once you put 30 kids in the room it’s cramped with all our gear. We start to play and Dylan ended up on the side of the room that just had the bulk of the kids and I was kind of up against the wall on the other side. He’s trying to play guitar and kids are flipping each other across the tops of their heads and just moshing like crazy. His guitar was cutting out every 30 seconds to 2 minutes because they’d step on his pedal board or fall on top of him literally and knock him to the ground.
About halfway through the set this guy yells out that he’s pretty sure he broke his foot, which is not funny until you see he’s still moshing, and he ends up moshing the entire show and having a great time. He hangs out at the after party, which was right in the same room, and is limping around. We tell him he should probably go the hospital, but he says he doesn’t care, he’s got to work tomorrow and he knows it’s broken, so there’s nothing going to the hospital that night will do. It was just chaos the whole time. We tend to enjoy shows where there’s not a stage sometime because it gets crazier. We just played a show in Reno and usually we tend to end up in basements, which in Reno are actually the size of venues, some of them. The kids go crazy and are right on top of you. We played in a bar in Reno for probably the first time in two or three years and kids were going nuts, but it’s just not quite the same. The energy level changes for some reason when there’s only one foot of separation for some reason. When you’ve got kids falling all over you its just pure adrenaline, so that’s the difference between playing on the floor and playing on the stage. One foot can make all the difference.
Landmine Marathon is set to release the new album "Gallows" on September 27th, 2011. You can check out a track from the album, titled "Three Snake Leaves," by heading over here.
Check back next Tuesday for even more pit stories shared by fans and bands from across the metal world.
Forbidden has checked in with the following update about the band's progress in searching for a new drummer:
“After getting kicked in the balls last month, we've managed to land on our feet and keep running. We're already starting to think about the next record now and will be choosing a drummer sometime in October. I would call that progress!
“Ever since we started our quest for a new drummer, we've been walloped by videos from some pretty amazing players as well as offers from more established guys. It's been fun looking at the videos objectively and imagining what these hopeful dudes could do with Forbidden if given the chance. There will be a lot more videos posted on our YouTube channel and we’re still taking video submissions through the end of September. Some of the most impressive guys aren’t all from the U.S.; some drummers from abroad have to be taken seriously. We’ll announce our decision as to who gets to come out and jam with us soon. Stay tuned for that.
“We performed at Belgium’s Alcatraz Festival in late August with Gene Hoglan on the drum kit. It was an incredible night. The fan reaction was a huge lift to our spirits. That gig may have been one of our BEST shows since we've gotten back together! Getting to play there after cancelling our European tour was pretty special, and hanging out with our friends in Death Angel, Helstar, Anacrusis, and Vicious Rumors was way too much fun. Seeing them on the side of the stage while we were playing was good motivation! Thanks to everyone involved with the festival and all of the fans that came from different parts of Europe to see us. We still have a tour to make up!
“We’ve been invited to play the ProgPower Festival in Atlanta this weekend. This will be another show with Gene behind the kit. We're getting spoiled! There are many cool things about playing this gig, but the coolest one is that we'll be filming it for a live DVD to be released some time in the near future. Our fans have been hounding us about when we're going to do something like this; the time is now. Those of you fortunate enough to be there on Saturday will be a part of our history! We will be playing a few songs we have not brought out in years, too. Maybe even something off of 1995’s Distortion? We shall see...”
Drummers interested in online auditions should send their name and contact information plus their audtion video via a Dropbox, Fileblaze, or Mediablaze download link to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Footage has been posted online of Opeth performing "Pyre" (incorrectly named "Higher" in the clip), which is a bonus track taken from the band's forthcoming album "Heritage," on the Swedish morning TV show Nyhetsmorgon. Check out the video here or in the player below. More...
North Carolina act Aether Realm has just released a two song demo titled "Odin Will Provide." You can listen to the tracks off the release by heading over to the Aether Realm Bandcamp page. The track listing and artwork can be viewed below.
2. Odin Will Provide
Machine Head's latest studio album, "Unto the Locust," will be in stores on September 27th, and the band has now teamed up with Metal Injection to post a lyric video for the "Locust" single. Check out the clip below.
As previously announced, Esoteric's forthcoming album is entitled "Paragon of Dissonance" and will be out on November 11th (November 15th in the U.S.). The cover artwork and track listing for the album are as follows:
Loss of Will
Torrent of Ills More...
Sacramento, California hardcore act Trash Talk has announced that it will be releasing a new 7" EP by the name of "Awake" on October 11, 2011 through True Panther Records. You can find both the track listing and video for the title track available below:
3. Blind Evolution
4. Burn Alive
5. Gimme Shelter
Thrashers Skeletonwitch have announced that it will be appearing alongside European eclectic metallers Kvelertak on a handful of dates across the United States this fall. The list of confirmed dates, cities and venues can be found below.
10/19 Atlanta, GA - The Earl
10/20 Charlotte, NC - Tremont Music Hall
10/21 Brooklyn, NY - Europa / CMJ
10/22 New York, NY - Rocks Off Concert Cruise Aboard The Jewel / CMJ
10/23 Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brendas
10/24 Columbus, OH - The Summit
10/25 Cleveland, OH - Peabody’s
10/27 Grand Rapids, MI - The Pyramid Scheme
California hard rockers The Bled have revealed the dates for its impending farewell tour. Support on the trek is set to come from Decoder. The dates, cities and venues for the tour can be found in the list provided below.
11/02 Tulsa, OK – Marquee
11/03 St. Louis, MO – Fubar
11/04 Chicago, IL – Reggie’s
11/05 Lansing, MI – The Loft
11/06 Akron, OH – Musica
11/08 Brooklyn, NY – The Knitting Factory
11/09 Philadelphia, PA – The Barbary
11/10 Providence, RI – Club Hell
11/11 Vineland, NJ – Hangar 84
11/12 Richmond, VA – Strange Matter
11/13 Greensboro, NC – Greene Street
11/15 Jacksonville, FL – Jack Rabbit’s
11/16 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
11/18 Dallas, TX – Tomcat’s
11/19 San Antonio, TX – Backstage Live
11/20 Austin, TX – Emo’s
11/22 Albuquerque, NM – Launchpad
11/25 Tucson, AZ – The Rock
11/26 Anaheim, CA – Chain Reaction
11/27 Las Vegas, NV – The Hard Rock
Metalcore act Confession has posted the title-track online from its forthcoming new album. The track, titled "The Long Way Home," is available for streaming below while the album itself will see a digital US release on September 27th with a November 8th physical release set to follow both through through Mediaskare.
Dark rock group Junius has unveiled the first new song, “All Shall Float,” from the forthcoming album, "Reports From the Threshold of Death," today on BrooklynVegan.com at this location.
Additionally, Junius will be joining Norwegian metal legends Enslaved and French outfit Alcest for a tour this fall, which kicks off on September 23rd in Springfield, VA. The dates are as follows:
9/23 Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
9/24 Millvale, PA @ Mr. Small’s Theatre
9/25 New York, NY @ Gramercy Theatre
9/26 Cambridge, MA @ The Middle East
9/28 Quebec City, QC @ Impérial
9/29 Montreal, QC @ Café Campus
9/30 Toronto, ON @ Opera House
10/1 Columbus, OH @ Outland Live
10/2 Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge
10/3 St. Paul, MN @ Station 4
10/5 Winnipeg, MB @ WECC
10/6 Regina, SK @ The Exchange
10/7 Edmonton, AB @ The Starlite Room
10/8 Calgary, AB @ Dickens
10/10 Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theatre
10/11 Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
10/12 Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
10/13 San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s
10/14 Los Angeles, CA @ The Troubadour
Croatian act The Ralph has uploaded two teaser video clips online featuring song segments named "Now you're just being silly" and "Time Part 2." Check out the clips below, or head over to the band's Facebook profile for more info.
Camion has posted teaser clip online for the upcoming "Here Comes the Cadillac" music video. Check out the clip below, or head over to Camion's official Facebook profile for more information on the band.
European metallers Evile have posted its latest music video online. The video was shot for the track "Cult" and can be viewed below. The song is taken from the bands forthcoming album, "Five Serpent's Teeth," which is ser for an October 18th North American release through Earache Records.
California metalcore act Elitist have released a lyric video for its new single "Specter." The is taken off of the group's forthcoming EP "Earth," which will arrive in stores through the Blkheart Group on October 25, 2011.
Auckland's Fuelset has posted a video clip online for "Leading Goats to Water," the first single off the band's second album "Sounds of a Dying Seagull." Check out the clip below.
Mike Patton has revealed that his next album will carry the title of "The Solitude Of Prime Numbers." The release is a film-score for the Paolo Giordano novel and subsequent film adaptation of the same name. The album will feature 16 tracks with a release date of November 1st being expected, through Ipecac Recordings. The tracklisting for the album, which will run all in prime numbers, can be found below.
2. Twin Primes
3. Identity Matrix
5. Method of Infinite Descent
17. Isolated Primes
19. Radius of Convergence
29. The Snow Angel
37. Supersingular Primes
43. Calculus of Finite Differences
53. Weight of Consequences
Taake has announced the new album "Noregs Vaapen" will be released in North American via Candlelight Records on November 1st, 2011. "Noregs Vaapen" was produced by Bjørnar E. Nilsen (Dead to this World, The Batallion, Helheim, Vulture Industries, etc.) and features guest appearances by Nocturno Culto (Darkthrone), Attila Csihar (Mayhem) and Demonaz (Immortal). The track listing is as follows:
1. Fra Vadested Til Vaandesmed
4. Du Ville Ville Vestland
7. Dei Vil Alltid Klaga Og Kyta
Pathology has posted its latest music video online for the track "Media Consumption," which can be viewed below. "Media Consumption" is taken off of Pathology's new album "Awaken To The Suffering," which was released September 13th, 2011.
Hardcore outfit Deserters have posted a new song online for streaming. The track, which is titled "Wolf In Shepherds Clothing," is to be included on the group's forthcoming EP "Fail Yourself." "Fail Yourself" is set to be released on September 27, 2011 through Rite Of Passage and Mediaskare Records.
Ukrainian black metallers Balfor have been confirmed for this year's edition of Eindhoven Metal Meeting 2011. The two-day festival event will be held on the 16th and 17th of December 2011. For further details, head over to the festival's website at this location. The currently announced billing is as follows:
Heaven Shall Burn
Milking The Goatmachine
Mar De Grises
Dawn Of Disease
American deathcore act As Blood Runs Black has teamed up with Guitarworld to debut its new music video. The video was shot for the track "Resist" with director Scott Hansen. The video is available for viewing below.
Van Canto has posted a video clip online for the song "The Seller of Souls," which can be viewed below. The track is taken off the upcoming "Break the Silence" album (reviewed here), due out on September 23rd, 2011 through Napalm Records.
Portugal's Disaffected has officially inked a deal with Massacre Records. The band commented on the signing: "As you can imagine, Disaffected is simply radiant about the unique opportunity of being featured in a roster alongside artists such as King Diamond, Malevolent Creation, Sinister, Crematory and so many others. A dream comes true!"
Massacre Records also issued the following history of the band:
"In 1991 drummer Joaquim Aires and Sérgio Paulo (guitar/vocals) formed Disaffected as a death/thrash metal band in Portugal. They released their first demo '...After...' in 1992 and soon they were featured on a vinyl compilation w/ Portuguese bands 'The Birth Of A Tragedy' with their song 'Echoes Remain.' In 1993 bassist Antonio Gaio, vocalist Gonçalo Cunha and guest vocalist Nuno Loureiro (Exiled) joined the band.
"Their music became more progressive and complex and keyboardist Fatima Geronimo and vocalist Jose Costa (Sacred Sin) joined the band in 1994. They soon signed to Skyfall Records (Portugal) and released their album 'Vast' in 1995.
"In '97 Disaffected stopped all activity due to internal problems. No more shows were performed since then. But they came back to live! Keyboard player Bianca and drummer O joined the band and the reunion happened!
"In April 2011 Disaffected parted ways with their keyboard player Bianca and recruited Rodrigo Domingues for her place."
Iceland's Solstafir has announced the band's new album will be titled "Svartir Sandar" and will come as a 2-disc set. The first preview from the album has now been made available online through the Season of Mist Facebook profile. Head over here to check out the song "Fjara." The "Svartir Sandar" artwork is available here and the track listing is as follows:
Disc 1 "Andvari":
Ljós í Stormi
Disc 2 "Gola":
Kylesa has posted the following brief statement online about canceling the band's Vancouver and San Francisco shows:
"To all: unfortunately, we had to cancel last nights show in Vancouver and tomorrows show in San Francisco.
"Laura needed to be with her family, and she had to fly home. Send her good vibes. Sorry to all for canceling."
For further details on Kylesa and information on upcoming tour dates, head over to the band's Facebook profile.
Metal From Finland has posted a two-part video interview online with Hansi Kursch of Blind Guardian, which was conducted at this year's Tuska Festival. You can check out the first part below and the second clip is available after the jump.
Swedish act Insision has announced an appearance at the upcoming Gothenburg Deathfest on November the 5th, 2011. The band commented on the show:
"Location: Henriksberg, Stigbergsliden 7, Gothenburg. Be sure to get yourself a ticket to this Festival. For more info regarding the festival head here.
"Other bands confirmed: Beheaded (Malta), Mass Infection (Greece), Carnal Decay (Switzerland),
Seed (South Korea), Godless Truth (Czech Republic), PuterAeon (Sweden), and Inhuman Deformity (Sweden)."
Insision also released the "End of All" EP earlier this year, will full details on the release available at this location.
Sweden's Within Y has posted the fourth in a series of video clips about the band's upcoming album "Silence Conquers." You can check out the video below, or find the previously uploaded third track at this location. Within Y also commented on the footage:
"Let's kick start this week with part 4 of our video clips about the upcoming album! This time we discuss yet another two songs, and also present yet another two guest musicians."
Metalunderground.com has an exclusive preview of two songs off Eliminator's new album, "The One They Were Waiting For." You can stream the album opener, "Atish" as well as "Goodness is Dead...Enter The Black Hole, Fucker!" in the player below.
"The One They Were Waiting For" is the band's follow up to their debut album, "Breaking the Wheel," and is being released by Obskure Sombre Records on Friday, September 16th.
The complete track listing for "The One They Were Waiting For" is as follows:
2. Calm Before The Storm
3. Me and The Devil Blues
4. The Man In The Picture...To Become What One Is
5. Answers Left Behind
6. Honey Sacrifice
7. He Who Laughs Best Today
8. Goodness Is Dead...Enter The Black Hole, Fucker!
Metalrecusants.com is also previewing another two tracks, so head over there to hear them if you like what you've heard here.
"Cult," the new single from British thrash metal outfit Evile, is available now on iTunes worldwide. You can purchase the song by clicking here. The song comes from the band's forthcoming third studio album, "Five Serpents Teeth," which will be released through Earache Records on September 26th in Europe, with a North American release of October 18th to follow. This will also mark the group's first album with new bass player Joel Graham, who replaced bassist Mike Alexander after he tragically passed away in 2009.
British heavy metal titans Judas Priest has announced that they will be releasing a new compilation album on October 11th through Legacy/Sony, entitled, "The Chosen Few." What seperates this record apart from other compilation albums is that all the songs were chosen by some of the biggest names in hard rock and heavy metal, including the likes of Ozzy Osbourne, Motorhead frontman, Lemmy and Metallica members Lars Ulrich and James Hetfield amongst others.
"This is a collection of songs chosen by our friends and respected peers," Priest frontman Rob Halford tells Rolling Stone. "So we hope all the metal maniacs out there will rock out to the tunes enjoyed by metal legends."
The tracklisting is as follows: More...
The organizers of Wacken Open Air, the largest heavy metal festival in Germany, have announced that Swedish black metal outfit Watain has been confirmed as the latest addition to next year's edition of the festival which is set to take place August 2nd - 4th in Wacken, Germany.
The lineup is now as follows:
Axel Rudi Pell
Cradle Of Filth
Henry Rollins (Spoken Word)
Six Feet under
American heavy metal legends Metallica have announced that they will be performing in the United Arab Emirates for the first time in their career next month. A message from the group reads as follows:
"We're continuing to find firsts in 2011 as we are extremely excited to announce that we will be playing in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates next month on October 25 at Yas Island. After 30 years of travel to all corners of the earth, this one is extra special as the show kicks off a week of new territories for us as this show will be followed by two nights in India.
"Tickets will go on sale at 12 PM Local Time on September 13 at Thinkflash.ae. Met Club members should log in and check the Club news section for a password to guarantee you access to the front "Fan Pit" section."