Metal News for September 15, 2012
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13 news articles posted on this day.
Century Media Records has issued the following announcement about inking a deal with Alpha Tiger:
"With their 2011 debut album Man Or Machine, the young and wicked Alpha Tiger from Saxony already won over a lot of fans, which was solidified by playing numerous shows and festivals, such as German cult festivals Keep It True, Headbangers Open Air and Rock Hard Festival, as well as France's finest, Hellfest.
"While the ink on their newly signed deal with Century Media Records has hardly dried, they can already announce a support slot on the upcoming European tour with metal beasts W.A.S.P. Right in time for the tour, Alpha Tiger will unleash the brand new video and track, 'From Outer Space,' from their upcoming Century Media Records release, Beneath The Surface, which is scheduled for a January 2013 release.
"The energetic quintet around main composer Peter Langforth and extraordinaire singer Stephan Dietrich mix the classic 80's metal spirit with a fresh attitude, while still avoiding the usual retro stereotypes. Especially Stephan Dietrich is leaving most other 80s epigones far behind with a voice that can easily compete with Geoff Tate and Michael Kiske during their QUEENSRYCHE and HELLOWEEN heydays. He's backed up by the twin guitar leads of Peter Langfort and Alexander Backasch, and the perfectly oiled rhythm machine of Dirk Frei (bass) and David Schleif (drums). Get ready for a first class Heavy Metal inferno.
"Everybody is promising the next big thing, but the future of these young and hungry guys definitely looks bright. Stay tuned!"
Alpha Tiger will also be embarking on a tour with W.A.S.P. Dates area as follows: More...
Hungarian female-fronted act Thristana has now released the debut "Devil's Destiny" EP, and several tracks from the release are available for streaming. You can hear the title track in the player available below, or listen to more music over at the Thirstana SoundCloud page here.
Just For Fun
Remember those classic blocky, 8-bit tunes that got stuck in your head while playing Mega Man or Breath of Fire all Saturday afternoon as a kid? Turns out they are also the perfect medium for experiencing the best metal has to offer, and many fans online have converted their favorite tunes into 8-bit format. There are probably hundreds or even thousands of these online, and today we'll share two interesting ones worth hearing.
Fist up is a recreation of Augury's "Brimstone Landscapes" from "Fragmentary Evidence" (reviewed here), a progressive/technical death metal album that is now becoming long, looong overdue for a follow-up release. While for some reason the drums seem to have been dropped from the 8 bit version, this is still a pretty faithful reproduction of the original in old school video game form.
For comparison, here's the original track: More...
Pig Destroyer will be releasing new album "Book Burner" this coming October 22nd via Relapse Records, and the band recently released a new lyric video for "Burning Palm," which can be viewed here. Metalsucks.net has now issued the following announcement about confirming Pig Destroyer for an upcoming showcase in New York:
"So recently all of us dudes from MetalSucks, Metal Injection, and 1000 Knives were sitting around smoking peyote out of a dead mule’s skull (y’know, like you do) when someone was all, Dudes! Our CMJ Showcase last year was pretty much THE BEST PARTY EVER. All of the bands were AMAZING. Skeletonwitch SLAYED. Kvelertak played their first NYC show EVER and DESTROYED. Hell, we wrecked that joint so bad that we weren’t even invited back this year, and one of us actually had to move to the other side of the country just to hide! How are we ever gonna top it???“ And then someone else was like, What if we got PIG DESTROYER to play THEIR FIRST NEW YORK-AREA SHOW IN MORE THAN THREE YEARS?
"And so that’s what we did!
"You read that correctly: Pig Destroyer, the best grindcore band on the face of the planet, are going to play their first and ONLY New York-area show in more than three years at The Third Annual MetalSucks / Metal Injection / 1000 Knives CMJ Showcase on Thursday, October 18 at Public Assembly in Brooklyn — just days before the release of their incredible new album, Book Burner! And they ain’t comin’ alone: support will be provided by KEN Mode, Early Graves, and Encrust. Holy moly, did we put together a ridiculously great show or what? You’re all very welcome. More...
Wormfood has posted a track online from the upcoming "Decade(nt)" re-issue. Give the song "Licking The Bones" a listen in the player below, or check out a previously posted teaser trailer for the album right here.
Wormfood is an experimental gothic / doom metal band from Paris formed eleven years ago. Evolving in a black / theatrical death metal direction in the early years, the group took a dramatically dark musical turn in 2007. Now this album re-issue has been remastered by Axel Wursthorn (ex-Carnival In Coal) at Walnut Groove Studio.
"Décade(nt)" will be released on September 24th through Apathia Records and the track listing is as follows: More...
Iranian metallers 5GRS have recently announced a new lineup and posted video footage online for the song "Leaving My Town," which can be viewed below. The band made this statement:
"We are proud to announce new members to the camp. Sanam5049 - Vocal, Yashar Mojtahedzadeh - Drums, Faraz Jabbari - Bass and Arastoo Hanafi - Guitar. The change is something we had to do in order to keep 5GRS a live playing entity! I started 5grs in 2004, and during these years I have worked with many musicians, but most of the time it didn't work at all, and I always looking for some stable guys to work with as a real band. When I was starting the third album I met Yashar and Faraz, and after a side project which was a cover band named Night Crawlers, I found that our attitude is so close together and we decided to work together in 5grs. Meanwhile we confirmes the first persian metal festival in Armenia, and Sanam who was the studio singer and the second oldest member decided to sing for this festival for the first time upon the stage,and finaly Arastoo joined us as the lead guitarist, and I hope we can work together for a long time and I hope we can get what we deserve."
The band's new drummer Yashar Mojtahedzadeh stated, "After working with some other bands, I've finally decided to join 5grs, and the main reason was not necessarily their music but their perseverance and their approach to this music, which was totally amazing, and that was exactly what I was looking for. You can feel a great and cool atmosphere in this band and I am sure with this attitude we can set our bar and goal higher and higher in the near future." More...
Arkansas act The Overseer has released a brand new video for “Absolve” - which is the band's second video off debut album, "We Search, We Dig," released earlier this summer on Solid State Records. Check out the video below, or watch the previously released "Amend" video at this location.
“The passion behind this song made a live setting perfect for the video,” says vocalist Anthony Rivera. “It was awesome to see so many kids singing along with me and seeing that the song’s lyrics mean as much to them as they do to me.”
New York's Dehumanized has finished the recording for a new album titled "Controlled Elite," which was crafted at Full Force Studios in Long Island. The album is set to include 10 tracks of death metal brutality and guest appearances by members of Suffocation.
"Controlled Elite" is set for a November/December release later this year. Further details will be announced as they are made available, but in the mean time you can check out the new song "Blood Ties" at the band's Facebook profile or in the Reverbnation player available below. More...
TheObelisk.net has premiered Seremonia's "Antikristus 666," the second track to be premiered off the Finnish band's self-titled debut album, released through Svart Records yesterday. Check out the track at this location.
BrooklynVegan.com last week also premiered Seremonia's "Lusiferin Kaarmeet" right here. The following press release was also issued about Seremonia:
"There are a few bands from Finland that play some sort of old-school psychedelic hard rock, but none of them sing in their native language. The debut album by Seremonia (Finnish for 'ceremony') features fuzz-laden guitar riffage, out-of-control drum grooves, spacey synthscapes, eerily beautiful female vocals, and esoteric and apocalyptic lyrics sung in Finnish.
"Seremonia's hard rocking is influenced by the muddy sounds of Anglo-American proto metal, the weirdly fuzzy grooves of Latin psychedelic rock, the experimental ideas of Finnish progressive rock, and universal D.I.Y. punk rock ethics. The guitar riffs are doomy and the lyrics are dark, but Seremonia rolls on with an uplifting spirit. The band plays with uncontrollable abandon, furiously stumbling through the songs. Upon the wild fuzz jams, vocalist Noora Federley delivers the lyrics in a chillingly cold-blooded manner. Boring modern production standards don't seem to interest Seremonia at all. The album is a part of a great and age-old lineage of eccentric rock 'n' roll. More...
California metal act Workhorse has posted a teaser trailer for the upcoming "For Which We Stand" music video, which can be viewed below. The track is taken off Workhorse's debut album, "Fire Before All," released earlier this year and available for streaming at this location. The full video is expected to be released online this coming week.
Melodic death metal act Destinity has revealed the band's new album, and follow-up to "XI Reasons to See" (reviewed here), will be titled "Resolve in Crimson." A teaser trailer for the release is available below, and the track listing will be:
1. Black Sun Rising
2. Reap My Scars
3. Aiming A Fist in Enmity
4. Can't Stand The Sight
5. A Scent Of Scorn (Feat : Stephane Buriez / LOUDBLAST)
7. Only Way
8. Break Into His Heart
9. The Hatred More...
While the rest of the world went to work or whatever it is they normally would do on a Friday, the contingent of the lovers of loud and fast music down on Peachtree St in Atlanta were being awesome. The day that many metal fans were waiting for since Day Two of the 2011 festival had finally come around -- Day One of the 2012 festival had arrived, bringing with it headliners Epica and support bands Sinbreed, Kingcrow, Amaranthe, Serenity, Primordial, and Redemption. The night before, Nightwish and Kamelot had thrilled in the same venue.
With several levels of ticket options available to attendees, gold badge attendees were given early access to the festival's merchandise room. Like the gaping maw of a hungry beast, the doors to the merchandise room were opened at noon and soon swallowed absurd amounts of money with little effort from the wallets of attendees. For attendees who found the dilemma of "I just need ONE more CD," without having the money for it, there was an ATM around the hall so that "one more" could then turn into "ten more" without a worry. More...
Just following Epica's performance on the first day of ProgPower USA XIII, festival promoter Glenn Harveston revealed the lineup for ProgPower XIV, held annually at Center Stage in Atlanta, Georgia. For 2013, Saturday's event will be held on Friday, September 6-7, 2013 and will have one less band, but Saturday there will be a triple co-headliner. The roster was revealed as the following:
Friday, Sept. 6, 2012:
Ashes of Ares
Shadow Gallery (co-headliner)
Saturday, Sept. 7, 2012:
Circus Maximus (co-headliner)
Armored Saint (co-headliner)
Sabaton (co-headliner) More...