Metal News for September 21, 2013
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15 news articles posted on this day.
Eye Of Solitude, UK's orchestral funeral doom finest (featuring members of Unfathomable Ruination and Kaotoxin Records label-mates Sidious), which released its successful and critically-acclaimed second full-length "Sui Caedere" in June 2012 through Kaotoxin, has returned with a monolith of heaviness entitled "Canto III." A video teaser for "Canto III" has been posted below.
The album, lyrically-based on Dante's Inferno and featuring six tracks for a total duration of over 66 minutes, is by far the most intense and heavy, yet diverse material the band has ever released, topped by the inhuman low growls of EOS mastermind Daniel Neagoe and the contributions of violinist Casper and vocalist Anton, both from Russia's Dominia.
"Canto III is the most mature material we've worked on," comments Neagoe. "Its elements vary from pure agonizing and suffocatingly depressive moments, to a burst of rage and blast beats invoking quite a Black Metal environment. It's a development for sure due to the new line-up and its input on the songs and, with guests from Dominia -Anton on vocals and Casper on violin- we have included even more atmosphere and variety. It is for sure, our peak of creativity and musicianship!"
Coming as a limited edition (1,000 hand-numbered copies) double DigiFile CD, the first pressing features no less than six bonus tracks taken from the band's 2011 untitled promo (later digitally released by Kaotoxin as the "Awoken by Crows" EP) and "The Deceit" digital EP for a total of nearly 39 minutes of additional material.
With stunning artwork by Mortal Torment's own Giannis Nakos of Remedy Art (responsible for the "Sui Caedere" artwork), "Canto III" will be released on November 25th in France (Season Of Mist), UK (Code7) and through the label's mailorder for international territories and December 3rd in the BeNeLux (Rock Inc.), North America (MVD) and through all major digital retailers.
Pre-order opportunities, including exclusive merch packs, will start on October 28th. The US release will mark the first time ever that "Sui Caedere," re-pressed for this occasion, will hit North America retail stores and mail order distros.
Death metal pioneers Master and German label FDA Rekotz have joined forces for the exclusive world premier of the band's landmark 12th release, "The Witchhunt." The album features 11 brand new tracks of classic death metal and will be available worldwide through FDA Rekotz on September 27th, but you can experience the devastation early with an upload of the track "The Parable" below.
Formats on which the album will be available include digital, CD and white, black or blue vinyl. Several pre-order CD/LP + t-shirt packages are being offered. FDA Rekotz and Master are also offering an 'Ultimate Fan Package' that includes the album on CD and vinyl, a Master t-shirt, patch and sticker and a copy of "Speckmann - Underground Survivor - The Pictoral," a limited edition, 196-page book featuring pictures and stories from MASTER founder and death metal pioneer Paul Speckmann.
Underground death metal gurus Mortal Decay have finally returned since 2005's "Cadaver Art." After signing to Comatose Music earlier this year, the band entered the studio to record what would become their long-awaited fourth studio full-length, "The Blueprint for Blood Spatter."
Set to be unleashed on November 26th, Mortal Decay and Comatose Music have teamed with GunShyAssassin.com for the exclusive world premier of album track "Jugular Gurgle." Check it out at this location. A promo video for "The Blueprint for Blood Spatter" is now playing below. Here is what Mortal Decay says about the new album:
"In believing that this is our most solid material to date, and that we are individually at our best, it can be summed as a definitive collection of songs. Ranging through every era of the band, and including newer experiments, our collective energy and creativity was reborn and still exploding at a level beyond what we could have imagined. True Mortal Decay fans will get a taste of all levels of our musical direction at its finest."
Following good reviews for the new Monsterworks epic "Earth," the band is releasing a bonus track for free download to compliment the digital release. The track "Vaporized" is available here for streaming and download at this location.
Vocalist/Guitarist Jon says: "This track is essential for completion of the timeline of the album because whereas the rest of the songs are about the birth and development of our planet, this one is about the end of the world....when it is expected that the Sun will expand to a red giant in a few billion years and 'vaporize' the Earth.
But that is a long way away....so in the meantime, have a nice day. Despite the grim subject matter it is a bit of a fun song using a riff we used to joke around with in the jam room at least ten years ago. It sounds like Celtic Death-Techno."
"Earth" is available through all the usual digital outlets and with a digipak CD signed/numbered edition with lyric book (and two bonus tracks) available direct from the band via its webstore. A set of visuals to accompany the title track of the album is posted below.
Italian grind masters Exhumer and Comatose Music have joined forces with Apoch's Metal Review for the premier of a brand new track off the band's forthcoming album "Degraded by Sepsis." The track, entitled "Vapours of Cadaveric Mucilage," has been posted for your neck-snapping enjoyment at this location. Also stream the "Degraded by Sepsis" promo teaser below.
Ruthless and calculating, "Degraded by Sepsis" marks the first recorded output from these Italian death metal exports since their 2008 full-length debut, "Bloodcurdling Tool of Digestion." Album artwork for "Degraded by Sepsis" is by the renowned Jon Zig. "Degraded by Sepsis" is set for an October 15th release on Comatose Music.
Dutch act Apophys has posted the band's full new promo release online for streaming, which can be heard in the player below. The track listing is as follows:
1. Dimensional Odyssey
2. Humanities Epilogue
3. The Sentient
4. The Red Planet
Sheffield band Inherit The Stars has released the "Ground Zero" single as a free download, which can be found at SoundCloud here.
The music video for "Ground Zero" also marks the final part of the "Orbis" trilogy of videos. Check it out below, or you can watch the previously posted music video for "Caught in the Crossfire" at this location. More...
Belgian outfit An Ocean Tide has released a new music video for the track "The Brightening." Check out the music video below, courtesy of BlankTV. An Ocean Tide is:
Brian Monnissen - Vocals
Diether Schepers - Guitar
Martijn Warson - Guitar
Ruben De Weerdt - Bass
Maarten Warson - Drums
New Orleans outfit Burning Church has posted two new songs online for streaming. Check out the tracks "What God Did To Me" and "Graveless" in the player below, or by heading over to the band's Reverbnation page here.
Fresno-Livermore metallers HateFX, featuring Glen Alvelais (ex-Testament, Forbidden) and G (ex-Dogma Chile) has released a video teaser showcasing the brand new track titled "Play it by Fear." The track is to be featured on the band's coming release, titled "Under Destruction," which is slated for digital release later this fall.
The cover artwork was created by by Chilean/Italian digital artist/photographer Claudio Bergamin, who has previously worked with Halford, Arjen Lucassen, Criminal, and more.
"Under Destruction" was recorded at Green Bird studios in Fresno, California with remote supervision of Chilean producer Javier Bassino (Estudios Bassino). Javier engineered, mixed, and mastered the CD, which marks Alvelais' recording debut with the band.
A music video for the track "Play It By Fear" is being produced by Chilean videographer Juan Pablo Arriagada. The concept for the video came from actual events that tie in with the lyric content of the song dealing with extortion, manipulation, and blackmail and there is a parallel story that describes the key events of the situation. More...
Thrash/death band Origin of Zed has posted a preview online featuring samples of the tracks off the band's debut, self-titled album. Check it out below, or find more info on the band's Facebook profile here.
Betoken has now revealed the cover artwork for "Beyond Redemption," which was created by Gigi Cavenago and can be viewed below. The band comments:
"Gigi Cavenago is the cartoonist from Bonelli, with whom he realized several comic books including the upcoming 'Orfani' (orphans), the first miniseries by Bonelli printed in full-color.
"Gigi immediately tuned in with the spirit of the concept inspired by the tragic Marlowe's Faustus, and the atmosphere he manage to evoke with his drawings enriches the 'Beyond Redemption' record. The cover represents Faustus yearning for absolute knowledge, regardless of Mephistopheles, who longs for his soul." More...
Warfect has a new music video out now for "Drone Wars," which comes off the "Exoneration Denied" album released by Cyclone Empire Records. The track listing is as follows:
1. Exoneration Denied (streaming here)
2. Drone Wars
3. Filled with Hate
5. Retribution Unfold
6. The Prince
7. Nation Divided
8. Slit With Razor
9. Roman Disfigure
10. Pried from Earth
Spanish thrash act Beast has posted the song "Nuclear Devastation" online, which is a preview of the band's upcoming album called "Infernal Hangover... Wrecked in Space." Listen the track in the player below.
Northeastern Pennsylvania based band Beyond Fallen released the "Machines of Corruption" album earlier this month, and now you can stream the title track online. Give the song a listen in the player provided below.