Metal News for September 17, 2012
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The morning of September 15th was a bit hazy for most attendees, as the Artmore post-show celebrations had famously ensued when Epica finished up Day One's show at 2:30 in the AM. Really, where else were you going to go after getting 12 straight hours of show time, knowing that the bands you just saw on stage would be mingling with you in the courtyard? It just didn't make sense to go home. Nightwish and Kamelot were off on their tour after playing the pre-ProgPower show on Thursday.
One of the other fun things about ProgPower is that it brings out members of other bands who aren't playing, but just want to see a great show. In the courtyard later in the day, I would run into Pyramaze vocalist Urban Breed (ex-Tad Morose) as well as Oklahoma-based progressive metal band Vangough. I met the members of Vangough at a Mexican restaurant a block up from the venue for lunch and an interview about their most recent album, "Kingdom of Ruin," and their future. Festivities for Day Two kicked off at 2:30 in the afternoon. Brace yourselves, because this is going to be a long write-up. More...
The metal underground is a truly vast and unexplored place, and every week we try to bring a few bands to light that metal fanatcis may not otherwise have a chance to discover. Today we’ll unearth the Lovecraftian underground – three bands that primarily (or even solely!) draw their lyrical and musical style directly from the works of the master of cosmic horror and weird fiction: H.P. Lovecraft.
This style should perhaps more accurately be described as the “Cthulhu Mythos” underground, as many bands don’t stick strictly to Lovecraft’s works alone, but rather pull from the greater mythos created around his work and expanded upon by many novels, games, and movies through the last several decades. Outside of music, the Lovecraft phenomena is an interesting topic deserving of several books, as it has developed amazingly far to become a mythos within a mythos. There are entire religious practices now based around the fake books described in Lovecraft’s stories, along with ceremonial magical traditions using the names and titles of Lovecraftian entities. There is even a graphic novel that postulates Howard Phillips himself really had contact with alien things, but wrote stories about them to make humanity think it’s all fake and keep us off the trail of the horrible truth.
Mind shattering horror and unknowable, malicious entities beyond humanity’s ken are material ripe for heavy metal, which has pulled from this mythos liberally during the past 25 or so years. From Metallica’s “The Call of Ktulu” to the Septicflesh track “Lovecraft’s Death,” bands large and small have paid homage to the seafood hating man who warned his fellow Earthlings to stay out of the oceans and away from the stars.
We’ll start off with something a little off the beaten path this week – a gloomy rock opera style group featuring members of bands such as Hortus Animae and Hawkwind. The international act Space Mirrors is definitely a different trip than many metal fans might be used to, but if you ever enjoyed Tiamat or anything that’s along the lines of gothic rock you should be right at home here. Use the silver key and take a journey through the dreamlands through the clips available below.
Walkerton, ON melodic metallers Odium are proud to announce upcoming Ontario and Quebec show dates along with a performance at this year's third annual Woodstock Funfest.
"Funfest has become an event we look forward to. We've played it for the last few years. It's always run really well and the bands are some of the best in the Canadian underground. If Odium wasn't playing I'd still be going!" comments Odium vocalist Tom Emmans.
Odium has also unleashed a new music video for "No Way Out" on Blank TV, which was directed by Chad Archibald of Black Fawn Films. Check out the clip at this location. Odium's upcoming tour dates are:
September 22, 2012 - The Richmond Tavern - London, ON w/ Nothing Left For Tomorrow
September 29, 2012 - Funfest @ Woodstock Polish Hall - Woodstock, ON - Show Details
October 3, 2012 - Hard Luck Bar - Toronto, ON w/ Burning The Day, Deterrence, Them Thieves
October 4, 2012 - Piranha Bar - Montreal, QC w/ Endast, The Fierce, We Were The Fires of Rome
October 6, 2012 - The Royal Canadian Legion - Ottawa, ON w/ Seeded Among Seven Hills
Attika 7 has announced a slew of October headlining West Coast tour dates following the band’s run on the Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival later this month. A full list of confirmed shows can be seen below.
Attika 7’s stint on the high-profile Uproar Festival with headliners Godsmack, Shinedown, Staind and more will begin on September 19th in Salt Lake City, UT and wrap up six shows later in Albuquerque, NM on September 30th.
“We think that playing on the Uproar tour here in 2012 is a perfect fit for Attika 7, and getting out on tour with bands like Godsmack, Shindeown, P.O.D., Adelitas Way etc. is a great way to introduce A7 to the U.S. audience,” said A7 front man Evan Seinfeld. “Don’t be surprised to find Attika members tearing around the festival on our Harleys causing havoc, or hanging with the super sexy ‘devil's daughters!’ Whether on headlining dates or the Rockstar Uproar dates, Attika 7 is looking to make that connection through our music with the U.S. hard music audience and have a good time Attika 7 style. Honor-Respect-Freedom-Passion.”
Fronted by former Biohazard vocalist Even Seinfeld, Attika 7’s ranks also include lead guitarist, songwriter and famed motorcycle builder Rusty Coones, Kyuss bassist Scott Reeder, former Nonpoint guitarist Zach Broderick and U.P.O. drummer Tommy Holt.
The group will be touring in support of its debut release, "Blood Of My Enemies," which hit stores earlier this summer via Rocket Science Ventures. More...
Born in 2008, French act Karma Zero first released a 5 track self-titled EP before working in 2011 with Stéphane Buriez (Loudblast) to record a debut album at E-factory Studio (Black Bomb A, Tagada Jones).
Entitled "Architecture of a Lie," the first full-length effort by Karma Zero will be released this fall through Ultimhate Records (A Subtle Understatement, Absurdity, As They Burn, No Brain). Three songs from the album have now been posted online and can be heard through the bandcamp player below. More...
Desert has issued the following announcement about gearing up to record a new full-length album:
"Horns up, Desert Warriors! After 4 months of intensive work in the studio, with the producer Erez Yohanan, we can proudly say, that the writing process of the material for the upcoming Desert album is done!
"From all the written stuff we choosed 10 absolutely killing tracks, and honestly we can say, that we are proud off the results!
"Desert warriors - we prepared a really great present for all of you, who supported us through this years! You will hear kind of songs that we never used to play before and even one really epic almost 9 minutes track (the longest and most expressive song we ever made).
"Right now we are finishing the work on lyrics and some vocal parts, so it's planned to enter the studio at the end of October and to record the next Desert album. So keep your fingers crossed for us and stay tuned for the news from the studio!"
To hear Desert's music and find more info on the band, head over to Facebook here.
Metal Blade Records is proud to announce the label's latest signing as the Faroe Islands natives, Týr! The deal was signed in Hollywood, CA on Wednesday, September 12th at the Rainbow (pictured below).
The band is currently on tour with Korpiklaani, Moonsorrow, and more. The tour will wrap up this Sunday in Worcester, MA, after which the band will return home to Europe for several shows and to begin production on a new album.
Finnish legends Amorphis posted a second studio report on the band's eleventh, yet untitled, studio LP. Guitarist Esa Holopainen commented: "Album is proceeding great. We finished with drums at Petrax and are now working at 5K studio in Helsinki. Denis is missing sheeps and rest of us huge meals but now it's no time for hugging animals or eating. We need to keep focus on music. Niclas is recording his bass at the moment, sounds amazing. We have captured big balls to these sessions. Stay tuned folks!"
If you missed the first studio report, head over to this location.
Check out the second report here:
Solo project Hand of Taurus has released a new self-titled album, which can be heard in the player below. This album was recorded at Destructive Sounds Studio in Rock Hill, SC with all writing, arranging, performing, and production handled by Nic Morgan. The track listing is:
1. Christopher Reeves 01:25
2. September 04:07
3. Listen The Great 03:26
4. Yes Is Motion 03:17
5. Euclidean 01:58
6. I, Cartographer 03:00
7. Scission 05:44
8. When In Roman 03:27
9. OMGZOMBIESNWHATNOT!!! 04:53
10. In Dreams 04:58 More...
Stoner rock/metal band Beef Supreme’s self-titled EP was released late last month and “Beef Supreme” is now available as a free download from the band’s SoundCloud profile. You can also stream the songs below. There are no plans to release this EP in CD format, although the band is planning a vinyl release for 2013.
Produced by Phoenix-area producer Jon Weil and recorded at Uranus Recording in Tempe, AZ, this is the band’s first release. Beef Supreme will be returning to the studio later this autumn to begin recording for a next release. More...
Maldives based melodic/industrial death metal act Nothnegal released new album "Decadence" (reviewed here) earlier this year, and now Nothnegal has been honored with a National Youth Award in the band's home country.
At the official function held to commemorate Youth Day, President Mohamed Waheed presented this year’s National Youth Award to Nothnegal in the category of Performing Arts. Awards were also presented for those notable individuals in the areas of sports, crafts, music, and social service. More...
Dutch death metal kings AntropomorphiA have just shot a video for the new song "Psuchagogia" last week in Leizpig, Germany. The clip was directed by video producer Maurice Swinkels. Comments AntropomorphiA singer/guitarist Ferry Damen:
"We talked about recording a video for 'Psuchagögia' a few months ago and decided to bring in Maurice Swinkels from Younique Film for the visual awakening of this track. I told Maurice some of the ideas I had regarding the 'storyline' and he came up with a great location in the eastern part of Germany, which turned out to be perfect for documenting this somewhat disturbingly and dark tale. We shot the video on September 8th and during the shoot we seriously got beneath the horrid surface of the tale we wanted to tell. It's our first ever video and I can say that we are thrilled about the way it turned out!" More...
Troy, OH’s Miss May I will head out with headliners Asking Alexandria on an upcoming South American tour this Thursday, September 20th. Support will come from Chelsea Grin. The tour will kick off in Porto Alegre, Brazil and Miss May I will finish up on September 29th in Bogota, Columbia. See below for all current tour dates.
Miss May I also recently announced an upcoming headlining position on Alternative Press Magazine’s annual fall tour. The tour, featuring a line-up handpicked by the AP staff, will be heading out on a 32-day trek that kicks off mid-October till the end of November. Miss May I will receive direct support from California heavy hitters The Ghost Inside, melodic metal act Like Moths To Flames, Australia’s modern metal quintet The Amity Affliction, and technical metal up-and-comers Glass Cloud.
Miss May I's most recent album, "At Heart," was released on June 12th, 2012 with Rise Records and reached #32 on the Billboard Top 200 it its first week. Check out a lyric video for the song "Ballad of a Broken Man" at this location. More...
Hungarian folk metal act Dalriada has released a new music video for "A Dudás," which can be viewed below. The band also commented:
"Gather around folks and enjoy our newest video, produced to the song 'A Dudás' from our seventh album 'Napisten Hava' (Season of the Sungod) to be released on 28th of September. Regarding the vid we have a special game for you: share the video and tell us about it (send the shared link to: 'dalriadabooking [at] gmail [dot] com') and with a bit of luck you might be the winner of our brand new signed album, shirts and other cool Dalriada merch stuff! Please take a look at our page tomorrow as well, since we are going to publish all info regarding our Tour with Arkona and Darkest Era. AT LAST!!!" More...
Massachusetts metallers Revocation have announced a North American tour for this fall presented by Scion A/V. The tour will begin October 18th in Trenton, NJ and run through November 14th in Montreal, QC. Support on the tour will come from A Life Once Lost and KEN mode. A complete list of dates can be found below.
In conjunction with the tour, Scion A/V is releasing a new EP from Revocation later this month. The EP is titled "Teratogenesis" and features the first recordings with the band's new bass player Brett Bamberger. Frontman Dave Davidson commented on the band's new bassist:
"Hey what's up guys, just wanted to give everyone an update on what's been happening in the world of Revo. As some of you have already noticed Anthony has parted ways with the band. The split was amicable and we wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors. We have recently enlisted the services of Brett Bamberger and we are incredibly stoked to have him on board as an official member. Come see us live and buy him a beer."
In other Revocation tour news, the band is currently on the road in Europe with label mates Dying Fetus as part of "The Womb to Waste" tour. Dates can be found below. More...
German power metal act Orden Ogen posted a new music video for the song "The Things We Believe In." The song appears on the band's forthcoming LP "To the End." The album is scheduled for release on October 26, 2012 via AFM Records.
The track list for "To The End" is as follows:
1. The Frozen Few
2. To The End
3. The Things We Believe In
4. Land Of The Dead
5. The Ice Kings
6. Till The Stars Cry Out
7. This World Of Ice
8. Dying Paradise
9. Mystic Symphony
10. Angels War
11. Take This Light
Check out "The Things We Believe In" here: More...
Germany's War From A Harlots Mouth has premiered a new song titled “Scopophobia” at MetalSucks. “Scopophobia“ is taken from the band's forthcoming album 'Voyeur,” due out in North America November 6th (October 19th worldwide).
Give the song a listen at this location. The following press release was issued about the album:
"With their new album 'Voyeur,' War From A Harlots Mouth furthers their violent maelstrom of sound fusing hardcore, death metal, noise-rock and more. Their dense, complex songs and unique style has won the support of critics and fans alike as WFAHM work to create new extremes. 'Voyeur' is available for pre-order as a CD, LP with a download card, and an exclusive CD and T-shirt bundle."
A teaser trailer for the album can also be viewed below. More...
"Blood Of Saints" is the premiere track from Ragnarok's new album "Malediction," due out on October 30th in Europe and November the 6th in North America via Agonia Records. Listen to the song in the player available below.
The band's 7th studio album features 10 new tracks and 44 minutes of music. "Malediction" was recorded, mixed, and mastered by Devo of Marduk's fame at Endarker Studios. The album can be pre-ordered at this location. Ragnarok's upcoming live shows are:
27/10/2012 - Metal Legacy Festival, Stormstad, SWEDEN
22-23-24/11/2012 - Messe des Morts Festival, Montreal, CANADA
20/04/2013 - Kings Of Black Metal, Alsfeld, GERMANY More...
Upon Shadows has finished the recordings a new album titled "7 Chapters: Shadows Of Despair And Other Entities." The album will include 7 tracks of pure passionate dark metal and the release date is set October 18th, 2012. The album is being mixed and mastered by Julian Gobz (Whores of Babylon / Soundisciples/ Noiselab Project). The band also commented:
"Upon Shadows new album will be 60 min long, which is not so long but also not short. I feel we get a good equilibrium of elements, integrating the acoustic + dark ambient parts to the songs. Well that was something that came out in a naturally way (as all in Upon Shadows as I need total freedom to compose and enjoy the process)."
Check out the new song "Spiritual Submission" in the YouTube player available below. More...
Florida power metal act Seven Kingdoms has debuted a new video for the song "After the Fall" at ProgPower USA this past Saturday, just after Pretty Maids left the stage. The song appears on the bands new and third LP entitled "The Fire is Mine." The album was produced by Jim Morris (Iced Earth, Obituary, JOP, Jag Panzer etc) and is scheduled for release on October 9, 2012 through Nightmare Records.
The track listing for "The Fire is Mine" is:
1. Beyond the Wall
2. After the Fall
3. Forever Brave
4. Flame of Olympus
5. Symphony of Stars
6. The Fire is Mine
8. Fragile Minds Collapse
9. In the Twisted Twilight
10. A Debt Paid in Steel
11. The King in the North
Check out "After the Fall" here: More...
U.K/Finnish act Karhu released the band's debut album earlier this summer and the full release is now available online for streaming. Check out "Survival Of The Richest" over at bandcamp or in the player below. The track listing is:
1. Lambent 01:55
2. Reality 2.0 02:21
3. B-Vera 04:05
4. KERpaser 04:07
5. Survival Of The Richest 04:17
6. Ignorance 02:56
7. The Dream 06:35
8. D-44 03:31
9. Isä 04:34
10. Darker Days 03:56
11. Feeder 04:06
12. pen 04:12
13. Vnette 05:08 More...
Exarsis has posted a new video clip online for the song "Toxic Terror," which can be viewed below. "Toxic Terror" will appear on the band's new album "The Brutal State." The clip was filmed at 7Sins Club (Athens) by Antonis Skaramagkas.
According to the band, the song features "a mix of Vio-Lence/Nuclear Assault style vocals and the traditional Bay Area old school sound with a fresh, brutal production." For more info on Exarsis, head over to the band's Facebook profile.
Symphonic power metal act Victorians has just finished recording a debut album at MP Studio (Czestochowa, Poland) with producer and sound engineer Mariusz Pietka (Sabaton, Crystal Viper). The album will be released later this Autumn 2012.
Victorians is a new project featuring Eydis, V., Utis, and MrNice, who are known from acts such as Noxiferis, Axis Mundi, Nemezys, Hell & The Taid, and Psyklon Trip. You can check out the new song "In The End" in the player below.
Commented guitarist Utis: "I'm very excited! The songs that you hear on the Internet were recorded in our victorian rehearsal room, so just imagine how they will sound recorded in a professional studio with the help of genius producer! Eydis with her operatic (and rock!) vocals and all these beautiful orchestrations. This will be a wonderful journey!"
V. added: "We are here as aristocrats of the spirit to lead you through the rite of servants of beauty! The world needs a revolution and we need your throats to shout it loud! It is our creed, it’s the key to the world where everything is possible when you are bold and open-minded. Our visuality that refers to that part of soul which wants to be aristocratic and our lyrics that are focused on immortality, beauty and love are only the invitation… will You enter?" More...
With its release barely more than a week away, today Terrorizer Magazine is streaming "Galloping Blasphemy" from blackened thrash legion Satan's Wrath in its entirety. The stream will run through the end of the week. Celebrate the sacrilege and give the album a listen at this location.
"Galloping Blasphemy" will be released in North America through Metal Blade Records on September 25th. Pre-order info is available here. The following press release was also issued about the band:
"Satan's Wrath is in direct communication with thy Master through ceremonial black magic and necromantic rituals. One member alone controls 13 Satanic covens worldwide and organizes the most hideous Sabbaths which our Lord graces in the form of the Black Goat. So rejoice, friend and companion of Hell, thou who wonderest in the midst of shades among the graves, who longest for blood and bringest horror to mortals, you child of Satan, accept our sacrifice and be one with the master of slanders! Belial, Lucifer, Astaroth! Look favorably upon us! This glory is for you my lords!
"Formed in 2011 by Danazoglou and guitarist Stamos K, Satan's Wrath deal in a style of heavy metal music which harkens to the times when the death, black and thrash genres were all considered one in the same, and only leather, spikes and bullets were real!" More...
Cairo, Egypt based prog rock/metal act SimpleXity is currently streaming the band's debut EP online. You can check out the songs off the "Click to Start" EP in the player available below or over at SoundCloud here. For further details on SimpleXity, head over to the band's Facebook profile. More...
Kemado Records has announced the October 30 release of Grails' new offering, "Black Tar Prophecies, Vol. 5," the latest in the band's Black Tar Prophecies series.
Hailing from Portland, Oregon, Grails feature drummer Emil Amos, also of Om. Making music under the Grails name for a decade now, the instrumental band has released music on labels such as Temporary Residence, Neurot, and Robotic Empire.
Kemado will release "Black Tar Prophecies, Vol. 5" as one side of a split LP, the other side belonging to Finland's Pharaoh Overlord, featuring members of prolific Finnish band Circle.
BrooklynVegan is now streaming "Chariots," the lead track off Grails' side of the split. Check out the song right here or in the player below. Grails also has the following upcoming tour dates:
Oct 13 - Melbourne, AU @ The Corner (w/ Tortoise)
Oct 14 - Perth, AU @ UWA (This Is Nowhere Festival w/ Tortoise)
Oct 17 - Brisbane, AU @ The Zoo
Oct 18 - Melbourne, AU @ Northcote Social Club
Oct 19 - Sydney, AU @ Oxford Art Factory More...
Geoff Tate, the former voice of Queensryche, will release his second solo album, "Kings & Thieves," on November 6th, 2012 in North America. "Kings & Thieves" will be Tate's first solo album in more than a decade and his debut release for InsideOut Music. The cover artwork and track listing for the album have now been released and can be viewed below.
1. She Slipped Away
2. Take A Bullet
3. In The Dirt
4. Say U Luv It
5. The Way I Roll
8. Dark Money
9. These Glory Days
11. Waiting More...
British doom metal band Dea Marica is streaming its recent album "Ritual of the Banished" over at Bandcamp. The five-song endeavor is the debut for Dea Marica, which was founded only in April by drummer Chris Takka and guitarist Riccardo Veronese. The unsigned band recruited Roberto on vocals and Patrick for the second guitar spot, and is currently looking for a bass player.
Germany's Over Your Threshold has posted a video clip online for the song "Cortical Blindness," which features live footage of the band's first two gigs with the new line-up in 2012. Check out the footage below.
The song "Cortical Blindness" is the opening track off the debut album "Facticity," which was released in August 2012. A teaser trailer for the album can be watched here.
Russian metal act Hollow Mirror has released a new single online titled "Crimson Eye," which can be heard in the player below or over at the band's Reverbnation page here. Hollow Mirror also commented:
"This release signifies the band's final transition to the metalcore genre. From now on their
tracks will comprise blasting energy, packed with powerful harmonic and extreme vocals, tons of heavy riffs and relentless double bass drumming - all the things that have become a benchmark in modern metal music.
"The overall sound was influenced by the whole modern tendency to become cleaner and transparent with tight and heavy arrangements. However the bands who influenced the sound include mostly (but are not limited to) All That Remains, Shadows Fall as well as death metal monsters like Divine Heresy and Suffokate." More...
Kansas City's Sicadis (Si-Kay-Diss) has unleashed its debut full-length, "Blood of a Thousand Hearts," upon the masses. After spending years establishing itself as Kansas City's premier metal act, Sicadis is poised to break out with a vengeance. Album track "Through These Eyes" also features guest vocals from Ivan Moody of Five Finger Death Punch. Most of the album has been uploaded to YouTube, such as the track "My Redemption." That song is featured below, after the tracklisting.
Insult to Injury
Voice of a Martyr
Soldiers of Damnation
A Fading Light
Through These Eyes
Beneath the Swarm
Slay the Masses
Members of the extreme death metal band Jungle Rot (Geoff Bub, James Genenz) talked to ArmyOfOneTV for a quick video interview for a couple of minutes before they went to sound check on Wed Sept 12th at Bogie's in Albany, NY. The members of Jungle Rot discussed the next album among the other things, on the "Carnival of Death 2012" tour with Obituary, Broken Hope, Decrepit Birth and Encrust.
Watch the video interview below and the one camera video shot of their presentation at this location. Jungle Rot has been touring in support of its recent album "Kill On Command," whose songs you may listen to over at YouTube. The whole Obituary performance was captured live, which can be accessed by going here.
International act Slice the Cake will be releasing new album "Other Slices" this coming December 21st, 2012. The album will follow "The Man With No Face," which can be streamed in its entirety at this location. A teaser clip featuring music off "Other Slices" can also be heard below.
Symphonic folk metal act Fferyllt has revealed the cover artwork for the band's upcoming new album, which was designed by Jan "Orkki" Yrlund. You can check out the art below, along with music from the band in the YouTube clip available after the jump. Further details on the album will be announced as they become available. More...
Greek act Nightrage has issued the following brief announcement about beginning work on a new full-length album:
"Marios has started to record new demo songs for the next untitled yet 6th NR album, thanx to Ludvig from Love Roulete for his help loaning his cool studio for that, expect more news and updates about this."
This new album will follow 2011's "Insidious," and further details will be announced as they are made available. In the mean time, you can check out the band's latest guitar instructional video with Marios Iliopoulos at this location.
Dutch symphonic metal band Delain posted up the new music video for the title track from the new LP "We Are the Others." The album was just released recently in North America through Sensory Records. A review of the album can be found at this location.
Check out "We Are the Others" here:
Ukraine power metal act Morton, featuring vocalist Max Morton, posted a new music video for the song "Weeping Bell." This is the second video off the band's debut full length release "Come Read the Words Forbidden," which was issued last October through AFM Records. The band's first music video for "Sleeping King" can be seen over at this location.
Check out "Weeping Bell" here:
Italian metal band Vision Divine, featuring Fabio Lione (Rhapsody of Fire) and Olaf Thörsen (Labyrinth), posted a new music video for the song "Mermaids From Their Moons." The song appears on the band's latest album "Destination Set to Nowhere" (see review at this location). The album drops in North America on September 18, 2012 through Eagle Rock imprint Armoury Records.
Check out "Mermaids From Their Moons" here: