Metal News for September 24, 2011
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12 news articles posted on this day.
Divine Ascension will be releasing the new album "As The Truth Appears" on October 11th, 2011 through Nightmare Records. The band has now checked in with the following update about the release:
"Greetings all, the time has finally arrived to launch our debut album. This is set to be a killer night for all who attend. We will be joined on the night by another great Melbourne band Rainshadow releasing their eagerly awaited new album. Also on the bill are Australia's answer to Rhapsody Of Fire, Bane Of Winterstorm (formally Winterstorm). There are still a couple of acts to be confirmed to round off this huge event, so stay tuned!
"It would be great to see all our supports that have followed us over the years, far and wide, at the show. We'll be around in the crowd before and after our set watching the other acts so we'll have plenty of time to catch up with you all and meet up with any new followers. The Facebook event page is here.
"We will obviously be selling the album on the night along with new t-shirts and hoodies. But you can also pre-order your copy now at Nightmare Records' online store if you want it a few days before the show to get in some early listens here."
The track listing is as follows:
3. In My Mind
4. Vision Divine
5. Guided By Osiris
6. One Last Caress
7. Garden of Evil
8. Another Battlefield
Mourning Caress has issued the following announcement about hosting a release show for the band's new album:
"We will celebrate our new album 'Deep Wounds, Bright Scars' with a special release show on Saturday, December 17th 2011 in the Sputnikcafé, Münster. Special guests: Fleshworks and Night In Gales. See you around, folks!"
The band also previously posted the new song "Wastelands Within" online, which features guest vocals from Mikael Stanne of Dark Tranquillity. Check out the song by heading over to this location.
West Midlands based act Broken Torment has posted a new song online titled "Memoirs Of Man Kinds Decadence." You can check out the tune by heading over to the Broken Torment Soundcloud page.
Additional details on Broken Torment are available by navigating over to the band's Facebook profile. The band also commented on its sound:
"Broken Torment are a progressive/groove metal band from the West Midlands bringing a mixture of hard hitting djent sounds into heavy melodic riffs, coming together in 2010 the band has played up & down the United Kingdom supporting some great acts and is now looking to set up that next level."
Mausoleum, which recently had the band's first ever live show, has now checked in with the following brief update about appearing on a four way split release:
"Just confirmed that Mausoleum is to appear on a 4-way split Limited Edition 12" LP on Goatgrind Records along with Offal, Scaremaker, and Cardiac Arrest! Details to follow soon ..m/"
You can also check out Mausoleum's music by heading over to the band's official MySpace page here.
Few bands unleash such a high-octane blend of unbridled energy and earnest passion as Sabaton. For nearly a decade, this Swedish six-piece has been retelling the solemn history of war in poetic, musical terms - and the result has been a blazing heavy metal machine that recalls the most triumphant moments of Manowar, Grave Digger, and Nightwish. Prioritizing fact over fantasy, these camouflaged ammo-belt-clad troops have set themselves apart from their Dungeon Master peers in the power metal scene and created a distinct brand that has won them rabid fans all over Europe and now, across the pond.
After signing with the powerful Nuclear Blast label, Sabaton won wide acclaim for their fifth studio album, "Coat Of Arms,"  after which came a highly publicized North American tour with Germany's Accept. Following the recent release of their double live album "World War Live: Battle Of The Baltic Sea," Sabaton returned to support their fellow countrymen Evergrey on this, their second-ever run on this continent. Prior to their gig at Montreal's Les Foufounes Électriques (The Electric Ass), I caught up with talkative singer Joakim Brodén. He shared his thoughts and insights on songwriting, lyrics, history, and heavy metal in general - as well as some colorful and amusing touring stories. More...
German power metal band Iron Savior, featuring Piet Sielck (Savage Circus), has signed on with AFM Records. The group is currently completing the follow up to "Megatropolis" (2007), but no details have yet been announced.
Swedish symphonic power metal band Dragonland announced that the new LP "The Return" will be released on November 18, 2011 through AFM Records. This will be the band's first release since "Astronomy" in 2006. "The Return", is the third and final part of the trilogy "Dragonland Chronicles", a concept that the group had started on "The Battle Of The Ivory Plans" in 2001 and continued on "Holy War" in 2002.
Over the period of 2006 to 2011, Dragonland had major lineup changes having parted ways with guitarist Nicklas Magnusson and bassist Christer Pedersen. Bassist Anders Hammer (Nightrage) and drummer Morten Lowe Sorensen (Amaranthe) have joined the band. Former drummer Jesse Lindskog will become the band's second guitarist in the future.
A trailer for the new LP (then untitled) can be viewed below:
Swedish death thrashers Sterbhaus announced that it's debut LP "Hits For Dead Kids" will be independently released on October 7, 2011.
The track list for "Hits For Dead Kids" is:
1. Bajo Multa
2. Sinister Neckgrip
3. STD Für Alles
4. Die Leatherman Die
5. Chiliconcarnage and the Texmexecution
7. Goat Boat
9. House of the Dead Dwarf
The music video for "House of the Dead Dwarf" can be seen below:
New York metal band HolyHell announced that drummer John Macaluso, who played with the band in the recent performances on the Manowar Battle Hymns 2011 Tour, has joined the band as a permanent member. The announcement reads:
"In celebration of our latest addition to the band, John Macaluso, we are giving you a FREE download of one of our first live appearances together.
"Macaluso first played with us in March 2011 during sold-out shows in Worcester, MA and Cleveland, OH, and the energy was so amazing you can hear it effortlessly in the performances. We want to share this experience with all of our fans!
Go to www.facebook.com/holyhell and get your free live version of ‘Revelations' from our album ‘HolyHell' NOW.
Go to the tab "HolyHell" on the left side of the screen and download the song that was recorded live at the Agora, Cleveland on March 12, 2011.
And tell all your friends to do the same! Thank you all for your constant support! You are the greatest!"
The band also announced: "We are currently working on our new album, and the energy in the studio is amazing. Getting ready for great things in 2012!
Don't miss HolyHell live this November 18, at the Dublin Pub New Hyde Park, Long Island, NY and November 19, at the Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, NJ."
The Metallica/Lou Reed collaboration posted another preview clip from the upcoming LP "Lulu." This preview is a 90 second clip of "The View." "Lulu" is scheduled for release on November 1, 2011. The single for "The View" will be available on September 27, 2011 via iTunes.
Anyone who thinks video game music wasn’t cut out to be turned into metal obviously never played anything beyond PacMan. Video game and cartoon music alike both tends to lean toward grandiose styling and energetic delivery, which are two essential concepts of most heavy metal. It takes a special breed of band to really do the songs justice without being merely laughable. ProgPower USA XII recognized the talents of US-based band Powerglove, and gave them the opening slot on the kick-off day.
Before the show got rolling, I was able to catch up with Powerglove drummer Bassil Silver and bassist Nick Avila for an interview. I was able to pick their brains about their latest album, “Saturday Morning Apocalypse” (reviewed here), their favorite cartoons, their musical training, tips for noobs trying to make it in the music business, and their favorite video game music. They also gave a tease about their next album, citing Final Fantasy music as in the works. More...
American heavy metal oufit Machine Head has been confirmed as the latest band for Germany's largest metal festival, Wacken Open Air, which will take place between August 2nd - 4th in 2012. Machine Head will be releasing their new studio album, "Unto The Locust" on September 26th in Europe with a North American release date of September 27th to follow. This will be their first album since 2007's highly acclaimed, "The Blackening."
The Wacken lineup is now as follows:
Axel Rudi Pell
Cradle Of Filth
Henry Rollins (Spoken Word)
Sick Of It All
Six Feet under