Metal News for September 16, 2012
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13 news articles posted on this day.
Decibelmagazine.com is now hosting a stream of “Bathed In Flames” from Denver death metal overlords Enemy Reign. Listen to the track right here.
“Bathed In Flames” comes off the band’s self-issued "Between Hell And Oblivion" full-length, which was recorded at Flatline Audio under the watchful gaze of producer Dave Otero (Cattle Decapitation, Cephalic Carnage, Martriden, Cobalt et al). The record offers up 11 tracks of deathgrind viciousness as well as the debut of vocalist Stevie Boiser, who replaced former member Sherwood Webber (Skinless).
Comments guitarist Nick Guenther of the offering: “This album is made for the brutal few. It's dark and unapologetic. During the writing process, we all drew from different influences, which helped keep the material fresh from song to song. We never restrict ourselves to any sub genre or current metal trend. While spirit breaking brutality was our main focus, we made sure to keep that classic and catchy Enemy Reign riff-age intact.”
Adds Boiser: “We set out to make something that we would want to listen to, and that's exactly what we did. Between Hell And Oblivion is the next step in our evolution and the apotheosis of what Enemy Reign stands for; fast and brutal death metal. If that's what you’re into check it out, I don't think you'll be disappointed.”
Revolver Magazine is hosting a stream of the new Deserters album "The Slow Rhythms of a Dead-Beat," which can be found here or in the player below. The album hit stores and digital last week through Mediaskare Records.
The band recently wrapped up a run on the "Devastation on the Nation Tour" alongside King Conquer, Bermuda, In Dying Arms, and The Last Ten Seconds of Life. Deserters will also hit the road again with Murder Death Kill and Kublai Khan in October. Confirmed dates are as follows:
10/7 Montreal, QUE - Underworld
10/8 Brantford, ONT - Club Saggitarius
10/9 Toronto, ONT - The Rockpile
10/12 Owensboro, KY - Dugan Best Red Center
10/13 Joplin, MO - Solace Venue
10/16 Albuquerque, NM - Gasworks
10/17 Mesa, AZ - The Underground
10/18 Las Vegas, NV - The Cheyenne Saloon
10/19 Fullerton, CA - The Riff Haus
10/20 Bakersfied, CA - The Dome
10/21 San Jose, CA - Musik Ink
10/24 Hermiston, OR - The Grimm Den
10/26 Tacoma, WA - The Loch's
10/27 Boise, ID - Radio Rendevoo More...
Florida act Generichrist has released a new single titled "Rise Of The Dirt Mutants," taken off the band's upcoming album "Taste Of Death," due out early 2013 on Horror Pain Gore Death Productions. Check out the song below.
The band spent most of 2012 in the Red Room studios working with engineer/producer Mark Prator. The album will have eleven tracks and features the artwork of Florida underground artist Mark Cooper. Generichrist will also be involved in a split with Indonesian punk/metal band Femau in January that will be released on limited vinyl and cassette. More...
Innzmouth has started production on the band's second full-length album, which is scheduled for release early next year and will follow previous release "Lovecraft’s Dreams." The band has stated the album will continue the journey of H.P. Lovecraft inspired funeral doom from the previous release.
Further details will be announced as they are made available. In the mean time, you can also check out a song off the last album "Lovecraft's Dreams." Listen to "The Voyage" in the player below.
A French-Norwegian entity, Stagnant Waters will release a new self-titled album through Adversum on October 29th. A track off the album, titled "Of Salt and Water," can be heard below. The following press release was also issued about the band:
"Stagnant Waters present a highly radioactive mix of scathing guitars, otherworldly electronics, Dadaistic improvisation, uncompromising complexity, and unnatural tempos. Comprised of Norwegian vocalist Svein Egil 'Zweizz' Hatlevik (Fleurety, Umoral, ex-DHG/Dødheimsgard), drummer/electronics operator/clarinetist Aymeric Thomas (Pryapisme), and guitarist/bassist Camillle Giraudeau (Dreams of the Drowned, Smohalla), Stagnant Waters has recorded a spontaneous, experimental, and energetic album, a maximalistic, hedonistic, and animalistic celebration of unfettered creativity."
The album's track listing is:
2. CCAEP UHANRN NHON TAT
3. Of salt and water
6. Bandaged in suicide notes
8. From the breaking neck to infinity More...
Firetruck Rally has posted two songs online from the band's upcoming self-titled EP, to be released independently this coming October/November as a 7". You can check out the songs "Regression" and "We Know Nothing" in the player below. The band also commented on its history:
"Founded in 2011 by Ben, Yoni, Shimmy, and Ben (ex and current members of Israeli hardcore/punk bands Instinct/Uzbeks/Best/Mad Choice/Suckinim Baenaim/more), we've been locally active in Israel for the past 2 years, and are about to tour Europe the next summer. It's corny to say we're influenced by a wide spectrum of music genres and bands, but we are. Some main impact bands that influenced FTR are Converge, TDEP, Paint It Black, and Quasimoto." More...
Thy Darkened Shade has posted the following message online about recording new material for upcoming releases:
"Thy Darkened Shade are recording what is going to be a 7 inch release and also, arranging the second full-length. The sacrosanct concept of these releases will be revealed when they will be unleashed into the filthy Malkuth.
"On other news, the colors of the artwork, for the first full length album, happened to be pressed really dim, which doesn't signify Thy Darkened Shade’s vision. This condition was beyond our and World Terror Committee’s control.
"Since W.T.C. supports the warfare against the demiurge, we decided to reprint the booklet in the forthcoming months.
"More news and interviews will follow shortly,along with a sample of the artwork of the first release."
To hear Thy Darkened Shade's music, you can stream the entire "Eternvs Mos, Nex Ritvs" album at this location.
Descend Into Despair, which offered the "Vanity Devotion" EP as a free download earlier this year, has now issued the following statement about working on a full-length follow-up:
"We are working on our first full-length, entitled 'The Bearer of All Storms.' Our first release is going to be a concept album, consisting of seven parts (each representing a phase of the journey of an entity which bears the same name as the album). The entire material will flow like a single track, having no sudden transitions from one track to another.
"It is going to spawn on two CDs and neither of the tracks will be shorter than 10 minutes. We have been working on our next release for the past three years, even before Descend into Despair took birth.
"A release date has not yet been established, due to human resources (all the work will be done by just the two of us) but it will probably be out by the end of this year, but nothing is certain. We would like to thank all of our fans for their patience and we promise that this release is going to be a marvelous creation. Stay tuned for more...."
Aoria's new album entitled "The Constant" will be released October 10th on Version Studio Records, and will be available on LP, CD and digital download. Check out this location for pre-order info. You can also listen to two songs off the album int he player below.
In July 2011, after years of silence, Erik Nilsson (A Swarm of the Sun, Kausal), Robin Bergh (October Tide) and Niklas Sandin (Katatonia) began recording Aoria’s debut album "The Constant." After four years of individual progress with other musical projects, the band has reformed and picked up where it left off - with a vision to create an emotionally earthshaking album of melancholic and powerful soundscapes.
The album was recorded at Garaget Studio and produced by band member Erik Nilsson. It is mixed at Studio Riddarborgen by Magnus Lindberg (Cult of Luna, Khoma). The track listing is:
1. A Slow Moving Storm
2. The Black Heart
4. The Bleeder
5. You Really Gave It All, Didn't You?
6. An Overwhelming Calm More...
Sweden's Within the Fall has released the follow up to 2011's "A Story to be Told" in the form of a new EP titled "Through the Shadows." You can check out the full release at the Within the Fall bandcamp page here or through the player below. The track listing is:
1. Into the Arms of Grief 05:12
2. Leaving 06:12
3. Shadows & Dust 06:52
4. The Burial 07:59
“Through the Shadows is a very personal journey and we are really proud of the end result,” says guitarist Mike Wennerstrand. “It is a more defined and dark, but also more diverse, Within the Fall.” More...
Florida act The Adavaita Concept has posted a song online titled "Something Massive," which is a new track off the upcoming EP "The Ratio." Check out the song in the player below, or find more info on the band over at Facebook here.
The tenth studio full-length from Dutch atmospheric rock icons The Gathering, entitled "Disclosure," is nearing release, with a confirmed North American street date of September 25th via Psychonaut Records. The full album is now available for streaming via bandcamp or in the player below.
In other recent news, The Gathering's Silje Wergeland performed guest vocals on the new Katatonia album "Dead End Kings" (reviewed here).
"Disclosure" was produced by founding member René Rutten, mainly taking place in the The Gathering’s own home studio, with segments recorded at additional studios abroad, the final product then mixed by Guido Aalbers (Coldplay, Muse, Counting Crows, 16 Horsepower). This is the outfit’s second album with Norwegian vocalist Silje Wergeland -- who debuted her talents on "The West Pole" LP released in 2009 – her vocals for the new album recorded by Herbrand Larsen of Enslaved. The handcrafted cover art was created by Chilean artist Carlos Vergara Rivera.
“Disclosure is the most personal soundscape the band has ever made, both lyrically and musically,” stated The Gathering keyboardist Frank Boeijen, who presents himself vocally for the first time on Disclosure. “The album is a great marriage between electronic and organic sounds, and has a wide range of colorful songs. With long, epic songs, we stayed close to ourselves. We are incredibly proud of this album which is a reflection of what we do best, and our urge for experimentation. Every band says the same thing about their new album, but we think we’ve made our best album yet." More...
With ProgPower USA wrapping up yesterday, along with our pledge to cover more progressive acts in Sunday Old School this year, it seemed like a fitting time to look at one of the biggest names in modern progressive metal, Dream Theater. Dream Theater was originally formed under the name, Majesty in 1985 by guitarist John Petrucci, bass player John Myung and drummer Mike Portnoy, who met each other while students at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. They filled the remaining slots in the band when Petruccis old friend, Kevin Moore joined on keyboards and vocalist Chris Collins was recruited after the band heard him singing Queensryche. The hectic schedules of the musicians resulted in them all leaving education to focus on the group and they soon recorded some songs as demos, which sold out in a matter of months. In November 1986, Majesty decided to fire Collins and after a year of searching, they appointed Charlie Dominici as their new singer, despite him being considerably older than the other members. They were to experience another change after Dominicis recruitment, when a band from Las Vegas, also named Majesty, threatened legal action if they did not change their name, leading them to choose the new moniker, Dream Theater, which was named after a theater that Portnoys father used to run.
With their new, more visually stimulating name and a stronger work ethic, the band eventually caught the attention of Mechanic Records, a division of MCA Records, and released their first album, "When Dream and Day Unite" through the label in 1989. The album was met with lacklustre reviews and the label broke many promises they had made, leaving Dream Theater to continue performing mostly around New York. The group soon made two key decisions, with the first being to fire Dominici due to what they perceived as his limited vocal range, and performed with him for the last time opening for English prog legends, Marillion. Their second item of business was to be released from Mechanic, which they eventually achieved. More...