Metal News for September 25, 2013
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31 news articles posted on this day.
Dead Beat Media and Slaughterhouse Records have announced the October 30th release of "The End of Humanity," the second full-length album from The Netherlands' Warmaster. A teaser for the album is playing below. In June of this year, Dead Beat Media and Slaughterhouse Records teamed up for the release of a split seven-inch EP featuring Warmaster and Malaysian warlords Humiliation.
Formed in 2004, Warmaster arose from the underground empowered by one demo and gained a rabid following. By 2006 the band extended to a full line up to play lots of gigs and festivals. Warmaster's debut album "First War" was released on Dutch Metal Records in 2008. Many European live shows followed and touring with bands like Grave, Jungle Rot, Sadistic Intent, Fleshcrawl, Zombie Inc. increased Warmaster's visibility.
Rivers of Nihil has unveiled a second track from upcoming album, "The Conscious Seed of Light." The brand new song, "Soil & Seed," is streaming at Stereokiller.com here.
Bassist Adam Biggs elaborates on the track: "Soil & Seed was one of the first songs we wrote for the record and it's been a staple of our live set ever since. We wrote this one for two reasons; to outline the interconnectedness of the earth and all living creatures, and to get people to headbang and stomp around like fucking maniacs. Enjoy!"
"The Conscious Seed of Light," will be released on October 15th in North America and October 11th/14th in Europe/UK via Metal Blade Records. You can also listen to the previously posted song "Mechanical Trees" over at this location.
Catch the band live with Beneath the Massacre, Rings of Saturn, and Legion:
10/04 Amityville, NY Revolution
10/05 Albany, NY Bogies
10/06 Wilmington, DE Mojo 13 (Death Fest)
10/08 Springfield, VA Empire
10/09 Jeannette PA Gators
10/10 Rochester, NY Dubland Underground
10/11 Trenton, NJ Championship Bar & Grill
10/12 New York, NY Tobacco Road
10/13 Worcester, MA The Palladium
w/ Abiotic, Dying Fetus, Exhumed, Devourment
10/26 Minneapolis, MN Skyway Theatre
10/27 Chicago, IL Reggie's
10/28 Madison, WI The High Noon Saloon
10/29 Cleveland, OH Peabody's
10/30 Poughkeepsie, NY The Chance
10/31 Worcester, MA The Palladium (Upstairs)
11/01 New York, NY The Gramercy Theater
11/02 Springfield, VA Empire
Miseo has now inked a deal with Bastardized Recordings for the digital release of the band's latest EP, and the label comments:
"Death metal is their passion. Around famous German death metal bands Lay Down Rotten and Milking the Goatmachine some new projects arise, with the latest development of these hessian musicians being Miseo. With their brutal and misanthropic death metal this band will catch the attention of the scene."
Miseo also comments: "We are proud to announce that Bastardized Recordings will do the digital release of our debut EP 'The Dead Will Predominate.' Bastardized Recordings for us is a well known label for years. We’ve noticed their work always in a positive way and we appreciate their commitment. We’re looking forward to a successful future."
A music video for "Cold Blood" off latest EP "The Dead Will Predominate" can be viewed below. More...
Soulfly has posted another video trailer for the band's forthcoming album, "Savages," in which iconic mainman Max Cavalera talks about the first half of the songs of the album – also giving away short snippets of every mentioned song. Check it out below.
Soulfly's new album album "Savages" is set for release on October 4th, 2013 via Nuclear Blast Entertainment.
You can also watch a recent video interview with Max, in which he discusses getting kicked out of religious school as a kid, at this location.
Within the Ruins has announced a quick batch of tour dates with label-mates Reflections and Legion.
Starting just after the Thanksgiving holiday in Buffalo, the dates stretch throughout New England ending at Hartford's legendary Webster Underground. Details are as follows:
11/29 - Buffalo, NY @ The Waiting Room •
11/30 - Albany, NY @ Bogies *
12/1 - Nashua, NH @ Bernies
12/3 - Providence, RI @ Simon's 677
12/4 - Trenton, NJ @ Championship
12/5 - Amityville, NY @ Revolution
12/6 - Newark, DE @ Mojo main
12/7 - Hartford, CT @ Webster Underground
* NO REFLECTIONS / NO SWORN IN More...
Gothenburg act Bombus not only put a lot of blood, sweat and beers in the recording of the band's Century Media Records debut "The Poet and the Parrot," but also in creating the artwork.
This isn't just another Photoshop crime: this is handcrafted original art done by former bass player Ulf Lundèn. Ulf documented the clay making process with a time lapse video which can been seen below, courtesy of New Noise Magazine. More...
Rolling Stone is currently premiering a live video of Ghost B.C. performing "Secular Haze" live at a sold out ritual in New York City at Webster Hall. Check it out below.
A nameless ghoul from Ghost B.C. stated, "Playing in New York will always feel very special for us, since it was the first city in the U.S. that embraced us. Every time we play there, it marks another step up for us - going from filling up the basement at Webster Hall, to filling up the Bowery to finally play at sold out Webster Hall. We simply love New York."
Next month, Ghost B.C. will join Avenged Sevenfold and Deftones on a stadium tour across the US. See below for a complete list of dates. More...
Whitechapel has a new lyric video out now for "Prostatic Fluid Asphyxiation," which comes from the remastered version of "The Somatic Defilment." Check it out below, courtesy of BloodyDisgusting.com.
Whitechapel's debut full-length album, "The Somatic Defilement," was placed in the capable hands of Audiohammer Studios producer Mark Lewis for a complete re-mix, along with a re-master by Alan Douches. More...
Finnish act Magenta Harvest has released a highlight medley of music from the band's upcoming debut album titled "Volatile Waters." Check it out below.
The album was recorded at SoundSpiral Audio by Juho Räihä and a worldwide release date is set for January 10th, 2014. The track listing is as follows:
01. End And No Remembrance
02. One Walks Down
03. Spawn Of Heglect
04. Volatile Waters
05. Apparation Of Ending
06. Interrupted Fleshwork
07. Limbo In Rime
08. Spiteful Beings To Earth Were Bound
09. A Symposium Of Frost
10. Carrion Of Men More...
During the recording process for the band's self-titled album, Revocation created a series of exclusive play through videos for the song "Spastic."
Today these videos can be viewed below, courtesy of GuitarWorld.com.
Revocation is currently on tour in Europe in support of the band's self-titled fourth studio album, which was released this past August on Relapse Records. Upcoming tour dates can be found after the jump. More...
Madrid, Spain heavy metal act Wild has inked a deal with Sliptrick Records for the release of "La Noche del Pecado," which features Dan Cleary from Stryker.
The track was produced by Angel Munoz, and "La Noche del Pecado" will open the band's upcoming album. Check out the Dimitar Nikolov created artwork for the single below. More...
Richmond natives Conditions will be heading out supporting You Me At Six this fall, and to celebrate, the band has released a cover of U2's classic track "With Or Without You." Listen to the cover below.
As to why the band chose this track, bassist Alex Howard weighs in: "When we were talking about songs we all love, we kept looking back at some of the classics rather than recent music. 'With Or Without You' is one of the best songs ever written. We wanted to try our hand at something that helped shape all of us as musicians and music lovers."
Vertigo Steps has posted the cover online for an upcoming compilation, which can be viewed below, and the band also comments:
"We are very proud to disclose the cover artwork for the upcoming VS best of compilation, entitled 'Disappear Here in the Reel World : A VS Coda,' to be released again through Ethereal Sound Works. Hope you enjoy this as much as we do - the perfect docket of our 3 albums.
"More details about the release will be shared soon - meanwhile do keep an eye on our Facebook profile for the latest novelties. We can advance the album will witness both physical and digital releases." More...
Finland's Psychema will release a new EP titled "Dust Of Bygones" on October 19th, 2013 via Inverse Records. The label comments:
"It consists of four tracks - two new songs and two bonus tracks. Track #4, Solace In Void, is a remixed and remastered radio edit version of perhaps the most acclaimed song of The Entry Point album.
"Helsinki's Psychema was formed in 2007. Their highly original and dynamic music combines melodic metal with brutality, dark atmosphere and progressive grooves. The lyrics are stories about anguish in everyday life, but spiced with some moments of optimism.
"To date Psychema has released one EP and one full-length album, both of which received some excellents reviews in media. Highlights included a 4/5 rating at Finnish Inferno magazine and very pleasing reviews at various webzines like Valkyrian Music, MetalBite, Encyclopaedia Metallum and 339 Metal."
Heavy metal super-group Twilight of the Gods is now streaming the band's entire debut record "Fire on the Mountain" online. Check it out in the SoundCloud player provided below.
Twilight of the Gods consists of Alan Averill (Primordial, Blood Revolt) on vocals, Nick Barker (ex-Cradle of Filth and Dimmu Borgir) on drums, guitarists Rune Eriksen (Aura NOir) and Patrik Lindgren (Thyring), and Frode Glesnes (Einherjer) on bass.
"Fire on the Mountain" drops via Season of Mist on September 27th (EU) and October 1st (North America).
From the harrowing doom of the 1990 debut "Lost Paradise," to 1991's genre-defining "Gothic," to 1995's break-out "Draconian Times," to 1997's electronically-tinged "One Second," to 2007's return to a heavier form "In Requiem," and finally last year's opus "Tragic Idol," Paradise Lost has continued to evolve since the band's inception in 1988.
To celebrate Paradise Lost's influence on the scene, a special compilation will be released this fall to commemorate the band's 25th anniversary landmark.
Entitled "Tragic Illusion 25 (The Rarities)," this album will be released on October 21st in Europe (digitally on November 5th in North America) and features artwork by Parisian designer Valnoir.
All tracks found on the compilation are previously released rarities - except the new track "Loneliness Remains," and newly recorded "Gothic 2013" and "Our Saviour 2013." These three tracks will also appear on a mint green 10" (USA exclusive color; limited to 300 copies) that includes a CD booklet and CD insert.
To pre-order your copy of the 10" visit the CM Distro here. The track listing is as follows:
1. Loneliness Remains*
2. Never Take Me Alive (SPEAR OF DESTINY cover version)
3. Ending Through Changes
4. The Last Fallen Saviour
5. Last Regret (Lost in Prague Orchestra Mix)
6. Faith Divides Us - Death Unites Us (Lost in Prague Orchestra Mix)
7. Cardinal Zero
8. Back On Disaster
9. Sons Of Perdition
11. Missing (EVERYTHING BUT THE GIRL cover version)
12. Silent Heart
13. Gothic 2013*
14. Our Saviour 2013*
*=tracks that appear on the limited 10" More...
Ministry's latest album "From Beer To Eternity" is out now, and the band has released another making-of episode showcasing the creation of the record. Check out this new clip below.
"PermaWar," a music video taken off the "From Beer To Eternity" album can also be seen at this location.
"From Beer To Eternity" features the final studio recordings by long-time Ministry collaborator guitarist Mike Scaccia, who died in December from a heart attack suffered three days after rough tracks for the album had been completed.
Update: Sylosis has now posted the following brief message online via Facebook: "We are all alive and well! We will keep everyone updated as we go!"
Dez Fafara of DevilDriver has posted on his Twitter account that Sylosis has been involved in a vehicle accident on tour and three people are now in the hospital.
Sylosis has apparently dropped off the rest of the tour, which features DevilDriver and Trivium. Further details will be announced as they are made available directly from the band. Dez's tweets can be viewed below:
Iced Earth today reveals the cover artwork for new album “Plagues of Babylon,” which can be viewed below.
"Plagues of Babylon" follows previous album "Dystopia" (reviewed here), and the track listing is as follows:
1. Plagues of Babylon
3. The Culling
4. Among The Living Dead
6. The End?
7. If I Could See You
11. Spirit of the Times
A specific release date for the album has not yet been announced, but further details are expected shortly. More...
Anathema has launched a clip of "Universal," the title track from the band's new live Blu-ray, out now on Kscope. Check out the "Universal" clip below.
The concert film, which Yahoo! Music calls "an eye-opener for pop music fans who may think today's scene begins and ends with whomever might be booked on this year's VMA awards," can be purchased on Amazon.com at this location, while the live audio can be downloaded via iTunes.
Directed by acclaimed photographer/filmmaker Lasse Hoile (Porcupine Tree, Opeth), the film and album package the magic of a unique evening at the ancient Roman theatre of Philippopolis where the band was joined by the Plovdiv Philharmonic Orchestra to kick off a lengthy world tour in support of the "Weather Systems" album (reviewed here).
You can also watch the previously posted clip for "Untouchable Part 2" over here.
Spanish black metal newcomers Svipdagr have inked a deal with Xtreem Music for the release of their debut album "Black Verses" on October 15th, 2013. The label comments:
"Originally formed in early 2013 by Volundr (guitar/bass) and Funedëim (guitar/vocals), they were later joined by Thanatos (drums) from the band Cauldron. The three members hails from three different cities of Spain, but this wasn't an obstacle for them to create their personal vision of black metal in its most raw, classic and genuine style.
"Dragging influences from bands like Darkthrone, Bathory, Immortal, Hades, Carpathian Forest, early Satyricon, very old Emperor... this debut album of Svipdagr is a ode to black metal in its purest form, containing 9 songs varying from the most raw and primitive form to epic & pagan acoustic passages. Even sounding grim, 'Black Verses' owns enough variation with excellent riffs that will please any lover of good old black metal."
The track listing is:
1. Black Souls (Intro)
2. Black Verses For Black Souls
3. Sacrifice II - A Dead Sentence that Never Comes
4. View Through the Rusty Helm
5. Infighting, Evocation to Black Metal II
6. Ego Sum Lux Mundi (I'm the Light of the World)
7. In the Darkness of Faith
8. Slaves of the Sword Without Edge
9. Two Shades in the Way (Outro) More...
Epysode posted a lyric video for the new track "The Arch." The song appears on the band's upcoming sophomore LP "Fantasmagoria," which is set for release on October 11th via AFM Records. The track features the guest vocals of Evergrey frontman Tom Englund.
The track list for "Fantasmagoria" is:
The track list for the album is:
2. The Arch
3. Morning Rose
5. The Black Parade
7. Garden Of Exile
8. Raven’s Curse
9. Living Fortress
11. The Inheritance
12. Now And Forever
13. Forgotten Symphony
Check out "The Arch" here: More...
Absu today announces details on an upcoming run of shows, titled the North American Connexus Continuation.
The ten-city tour will see the band perform a complete set with music spanning throughout its twenty-two year recording career. This excursion is a follow-up mini-tour by the Texas mythological occult metal trio in support of "Abzu" (reviewed here) - the second of a planned trilogy of recordings.
Vocalist/drummer Proscriptor shares, "Since the release of our latest recording, Abzu, the response has been extremely vehement and now is the perfect moment to continue spreading the album's essence throughout unchartered regions the band did not perform in earlier this year. We purposely waited until the timing was ideal to embark on this additional journey, as we shall continue contaminating the communities with our craft of Mythological Occult Metal."
Proscriptor also adds, "We have begun the composition/arrangement process for the next album, suitably titled Apsu, which is the Sumerian-Akkadian spelling of the band moniker. We shall wait until the new album is released before we present any of the new material in a live atmosphere." More...
Swedish hard rock act Astrakhan is streaming the new track "Shadow of the Light." The single appears on the upcoming LP "Retrospective," which is scheduled to drop on November 15th via Power Prog Records.
Astrakhan features vocalist Alex Lycke, who worked with Ebony Tears, bassist Per Schelander (Royal Hunt), keyboardist Jörgen Schelander (Misth) and drummer Martin Larsson (Misth), as well as special guest guitarist Marcus Jidell (Evergrey/Avatarium).
SpiralArms - featuring Forbidden guitarist Craig Locicero - is streaming a second new track "Dealer," from the band's upcoming sophomore LP "Freedom." The album is set for release on October 4th (Germany), October 7th (EU) and October 22nd (North America) via Steamhammer/SPV Records.
The track listing for "Freedom" is:
1. Dropping Like Flies
2. Hold Me To The Sky
3. Exit 63
4. Blackmoon Morning
5. Drugs & Alcohol
7. Lovers Leap
8. Tomorrow's Dream
10. I Lay Low
11. Low Country Girl (Vinyl Only Bonus Track)
Check out "Dealer" here: More...
U.K. based symphonic metal act Damnation Angels announced that they will embark on the band's first ever tour of Europe with Andromeda and Until Rain. The tour kicks off on November 15th in Copenhagen. The band is also working on the new album "The Valiant Fire," which is tentatively set for an April 2014 release. One new track was debuted at the band's recent performance at ProgPower USA in Atlanta back on September 6th.
Confirmed dates thus far (more to be added) are:
15 – Copenhagen, Denmark – High Voltage
16 – Esbjerg, Denmark – Konfus
19 – London, UK – The Underworld Camden
20 – Uden, Netherlands – De Pul
24 – Paris, France – Le Divan Du Monde
26 – Barcelona, Spain – Razzamatazz3
27 – Nice, France – Altherax
28 – Milano, Italy – Bloom
29 – Wien, Austria – Replugged
1 – Prague, Czech Republic – Nova Chmelnice More...
Atlanta's Theocracy posted a second trailer for the upcoming re-issue of the 2002 self titled debut release. The band was originally a one man band, with Matt Smith (now vocalist/keyboardist) having recorded the entire first album himself. The re-issued album has had the drum parts re-recorded by Shawn Benson and the rest of the album completely remixed (not re-recorded) by Smith. The album is scheduled for release on November 15th (EU) and November 29th (North America) via Ulterium Records. The first trailer clip can still be viewed over at this location.
Check out the trailer clip here:
When members of Brazil's Shaman (originally co-formed by Angra guitarist Ricardo Confessori) formed a new band with Hangar drummer Aquiles Priester (Ex-Angra)....the end result is Noturnall! The new band sees participation from Symphony X vocalist Russell Allen, who is both a guest vocalist and producer for the band. The first single and music video "Nocturnal Human Side" was debuted on UOL Mais at this location, which can also be viewed below.
Thiago Bianchi (Shaman) - vocals
Leo Mancini (Shaman) - guitars
Fernando Quesada (Shaman) - bass
Aquiles Priester (Hangar/Ex-Angra) - drums
Juninho Carelli - keyboards
Check out the video here: More...
Myrath is not just one of those bands that comes along every few years to give the world a taste of something new and fresh -- It is a hundred-year flood, making quick work of anything in its path, engulfing whatever it touches. There’s nothing subtle about their latest album, “Tales of the Sands” (reviewed here). It’s bold, truly novel, and a loud statement. It’s a thunderous storm across the desert, changing the landscape. At ProgPower USA XIV on September 6th, Myrath made their mark on America for the first time, putting on an unforgettable live show, flooding the ears and hearts of all in attendance.
Confirmed by many fans, as well as a member of the ProgPower crew who came to see the band backstage during my interview with them, they had owned the day. To quote the crew member (Mark), “You guys stole the show.” Humble but calmly intense vocalist Zaher Zorgati replied, “Hopefully,” to which Mark immediately retorted, “No, there’s no ‘hopefully’ about it. I tell ya, it’s what everybody’s talking about.” Metal Injection’s David Pando was also there during the interview purely as a fan, alongside Myrath’s band manager and photographer Nidhal Marzouk. Shedding some light on the ridiculous effort that Myrath had to put forth just to make it to Atlanta, both Zorgati and Marzouk opened up, moving on into the touching story behind the kind heart of their recently-deceased former band manager and father of their guitarist.
The band also discussed plans for the next album, previous tours and their accompanying thrills as well as debauchery, who they wanted to see at ProgPower as fans, and much more. The two of them had an infectious energy even a couple hours after the show, played on just four hours of sleep in the last two days. The two couldn’t help finishing each other’s sentences, belying years of closeness. They were right -- Myrath is no mere band, but a family, extending to everyone in their crew, as they were about to tell me. More...
After having previously released a self-titled demo consisting of three tracks, California hard rock/metal band Quarantine is now gearing up for the release of upcoming EP "Evil."
With that release on the horizon, and the band's music set to appear in the coming horror movie "BackMask," today Quarantine has teamed up with Metalunderground to premiere a new music video online.
Check out the "Alive" video below and let us know what you think of it in the comments section below.
To find out more about the creation of the music video and read about the band's contribution to "BackMask," you can also read our interview with guitarist Von Allaman right here.
The California outfit Quarantine may just be getting started, having officially formed as early as 2011, but its already managed to grab the attention of rock queen Lita Ford and horror director Marcus Nispel.
Today we're premiering a new music video from the band for the track "Alive" (available here), and we also got ahold of Quarantine guitarist Von Allaman to get an inside look at this young band on the rise.
Check out the full interview below to find out about the group's beginning, the release of a new EP, and having Quarantine music appear in an upcoming horror flick. More...