Metal News for September 27, 2013
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25 news articles posted on this day.
Richmond, VA's hardcore/thrash hybrid Iron Reagan has shared a new video today for "Cycle of Violence." Check it out below.
Shot by Dave Brodsky, the video is the first for Iron Reagan since releasing debut full-length "Worse Than Dead" on A389 and Magic Bullet Records earlier this year.
The band has also announced a massive fall tour with Gwar, Whitechapel, and Band of Orcs that starts October 2nd and runs until November 17th. Not a band to stay quiet, Iron Reagan will hit the road again in December for a week of tour dates with Power Trip and Mammoth Grinder (all tour dates below). More...
Glass Cloud has posted the new song "Trapped Like Rats" online, which comes off the band's upcoming EP "Perfect War Forever," due out October 22nd, 2013. Check out the song in the player below.
As Kolony Records prepares to release Secrets of the Sky's debut, "To Sail Black Waters" - the album set to hit throughout Europe on October 4th and 5th and in North America on October 8th - today fans can be engulfed by an audio stream of the entire record.
Next week, the Oakland-based act will begin a Western U.S. Autumn tour with prog/dark metal act, In The Silence. Dates are available after the jump. More...
Pitch Black Records today announces the addition of Greek power metal act Artical to its artist roster. The label comments:
"Illusion X is the band’s third album and it features vocalist Mark Boals (Yngwie Malmsteen, Ring of Fire among many others). This is an album full of power and melodic passages, complemented by symphonic elements with mind-blowing performances by musicians whose skills are undisputedly of the highest caliber!
"Formed in 2002, by guitarist/drummer Mike Dimareli, Artical have gradually refined their sound to a more mature and fresh sound that can only be described as powerful and immense yet very melodic!"
“Illusion X” is scheduled for release worldwide on November 12th, 2013 on CD and digital while a track is now available for streaming below. The track listing is as follows:
1. Look in the Mirror
2. Chasing my Life
3. I am so Different
4. Follow the Light
5. Wings of Time
6. Run Like the Wind
7. Illusion X
8. Mother More...
Pyrrhon has checked in with the following announcement about inking a deal with Relapse:
"We said that there'd be news, and here it is: Pyrrhon has signed to Relapse Records. We are, as you might guess, extremely excited. Our new album will come out on a variety of formats in early 2014, and we'll likely tour in support of it.
"Thanks to all of you for your support over these past five years, and we look forward to seeing a great deal more of you in the future."
Relapse Records also issued the following statement: More...
Pitch Black Records has issued the following announcement about inking a deal with Stonecast:
"French epic/heavy power metallers Stonecast have joined our roster and their album 'Heroikos' will be our last release for 2013.
"Stonecast was formed in 2002 and after several demo releases, they issued their debut album in 2009. Following a number of shows – including an appearance at the French edition of Sonisphere, where they closed the festival after the 'Big Four' – the band is now back with their sophomore effort, 'Heroikos.'
"Their new album is just pure heavy metal and to further add to its relentless pounding sound the band has enlisted the help of legendary drummer Kenny Earl 'RHINO' (ex MANOWAR and JACK STARR’S BURNING STARR among others) whose handling of a drum set needs no further introduction. More...
This November, Disma will be embarking on a mini-European tour with Finland’s Convulse that will culminate in France’s Wolf Throne Festival. The dates for the Days Of Death mini-tour are as follows:
11/02 – MILAN, ITALY @ BLUE ROSE SALOON
11/03 – ROME, ITALY @ CLOSER CLUB
11/04 – BOLOGNA, ITALY @ FREAKOUT CLUB
11/06 – RENNES, FRANCE @ MONDO BIZARRO
11/07 – PARIS, FRANCE @ LE KLUB
11/09 – PARIS, FRANCE @ WOLF THRONE FESTIVAL More...
Revolver Magazine is pleased to reveal an excerpt from The Ocean's "Pelagial" DVD. Check it out below.
The dramatic DVD, which is being screened as live video projections during the band's current "Pelagial" world tour, is a conceptual movie by Craig Murray, known for his work with Nine Inch Nails, Converge, and others. This movie, which offers up a year's worth of meticulous shooting, cutting and editing, visualizes the journey into the depths and completes the holistic music and visual art project that defines the "Pelagial" concept.
The film is inundated with spectacular oceanic footage, parts of which The Ocean's own Robin Staps, an avid scuba diver, filmed himself in Australia. In addition, "Pelagial" features a female protagonist (who ironically goes by the name of "Arielle" in real life). The girl is seen enduring various stages of fear, lust, terror, pain and joy, as she sinks towards the inscrutable depths of the Hadopelagic zone at the end of the album, and metaphorically, deeper and deeper into the depths of her own psyche.
Comments Robin Staps: "The album concept follows two separate but related strains: One is the obvious journey from the surface towards the depths of the sea, crossing the five Pelagial depth zones. The second one is loosely based on Andrey Tarkowsky's movie Stalker, which is also a journey through zones, but an inward journey, form the surface into the depths of the human psyche, towards the origins of our wishes and desires. This is the central theme that the lyrics of the album are orbiting around. The Pelagial movie takes up themes from and makes reference to both of these conceptual strains, and fuses them together, in an abstract, artistic way." More...
After being in a car accident while on tour, Sylosis has now posted the following message online about seeking fan support for the costs of the damage:
"Hey guys. Josh here again and again wanting to thank everyone for their support these past few days. It's been overwhelming.
"We're really feeling it pretty hard today and are looking like a bunch of slow, old men when we walk. Aside from the physical issues that prevent us from continuing on with the tour it has also put us in thousands of pounds worth of debt due to losing the deposit (and now paying extra) on the RV, damaged trailer, booking new flights home, equipment damage and we're now incurring all kinds of transport/accommodation costs as we make our journey home.
"The last thing we want is for people to think we're now cashing in on the accident and taking advantage of people's sympathy, but we need some help right now so we've just released two exclusive tshirts where all the profits will go towards clearing our debts. Both of the shirts are available as a pre-order.
"One is the tour tshirt (now with the majority of the dates cancelled) and the other is a brand new design we were waiting to release when we launch all our new designs in the a few months time. We like the idea of you guys helping us and actually getting something for your money but we will also accept paypal donations of any kind to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
"I can't stress enough that we do not intend to exploit the situation. Thanks to all of you guys and the entire metal community right now for showing us so much support these past few days." More...
Saskatoon's Untimely Demise will be releasing new album "Systematic Eradication" next month, and the band has now revealed the artwork and track listing, which can be viewed below.
A CD release show is also set for October 4th, with full details available at this location.
1. Spiritual Embezzlement
2. The Last Guildsman
3. Somali Pirates
5. Navigator's Choice
6. A Warrior's Blood
8. Escape from Supermax More...
Brooklyn's self-dubbed "beard impregnating doom metal" quintet Cleanteeth will finally deliver debut LP, "Pushing Rope" on October 15th.
To give the world a whiff of "Pushing Rope," today a new track from the album is available online. Check out the baby-making sounds of "Sexual Mustache" below, courtesy of emusic.com.
The album's track listing is as follows:
1. Blame Canada
2. Can't Stop Til The Casket Drops
4. Stay On Target
5. French Kissing Alexander Hamilton
6. Collision Specialist
9. Sexual Mustache
11. Hamme Hands
12. Bedbugs More...
Sawthis has posted a new song online titled "The Waking Up," which can be heard below and comes off the "Youniverse" album. The following press release was also issued about the band:
"Since their inception, Sawthis distinguished themselves for a very strong live attitude, having shared the stage with many international renowned bands such as Korn, Sepultura, Lacuna Coil, Entombed, Impaled Nazarene, Vader and The Haunted to name a few.
"With 2 albums under their belt ('Fusion', 2006, and 'Egod', 2010) which were very well received by fans and critics alike, the band have recently announced a new record deal with Bakerteam Records and a new album, ‘Youniverse,’ which will hit the stores September 30th, 2013. ‘Youniverse’ is a conceptual work focused on the theme of multiple personality disorder and features a very special guest appearance by Rob Cavestany from Death Angel."
New Jersey-based progressive metal unit East of the Wall will be releasing fourth full-length, "Redaction Artifacts," on October 29th, once again through Translation Loss Records. The following press release was issued about the ablum:
"East of the Wall's first record since the departure of bassist Brett Bamberger and guitarist Kevin Conway sees the band's style expanding into a newer archetype, the sound of Redaction Artifacts surging with a more direct and driving core while the mellower and melodious atmospheres of the songwriting sound more vibrant and cohesive than ever.
"In Conway and Bamberger's place, the band's remaining members -- Chris Alfano, who moved from guitar/vocals to bass/vocals, guitarist/vocalist Matt Lupo, and drummer Seth Rheam -- have added Ray Suhy, a jaw-dropping guitar shredder from Portland, Maine, as well as guitarist/vocalist Greg Kuter, who adds the strongest melodic vocal presence the band has yet had.
"Redaction Artifacts is the densest East of the Wall record to date, with eleven tracks of intricately conceived genre jumping metal. The album was tracked by Eric Rachel (Municipal Waste, God Forbid, Burnt By The Sun, Skid Row) at Trax East, and Todd Hutchinsen (Zud, The Baltic Sea) at Acadia Recording, and mixed by Eric Rachel at Trax East. In addition to the digital and CD versions through Translation Loss, Science Of Silence will be releasing the record on vinyl as a double LP." More...
"Drop the Needle: Boston Punk Anthology" is a new compilation release of five old-school Boston punk, rock, and hardcore bands from the 1980's and 1990's. This collection will be released October 1st, on Trev Records.
Before the album is released, Trev Records has teamed up with Noisecreep.com for a full album stream. Check it out below.
The anthology includes Gang Green's original 1985 version of the classic song "Let's Drink Some Beer." This rare studio recording has never been available on CD before and was co-written by Dicky Barrett from Jimmy Kimmel Live! and The Mighty Mighty Bosstones fame. More...
Ashent has just released a music video for the track "Shipwrecked Affair," which can be viewed below. The song is taken from the progressive metal outfit's latest effort "Inheritance," released on Lion Music in 2012.
The video clip was recorded in Venice by Francesco Sogaro and Valeria Pizzy Battain, and it features the appearance of Enrico Ukka Longhin from Italian label mates The Moor.
In addition "Shipwrecked Affair," along with the song "Fractural," are featured on the soundtrack of the independent movie "Back From Hell" (aka Ex Inferis), produced by The Talking Tree and distributed worldwide by Opus Distribution (2011) and by Inception Media Group in USA.
The latest live expedition for Harrison, Virginia-based Earthling is now underway in support of the "Dark Path" album (available for streaming below).
The band will lay waste to city after city for a full month, pummeling a counter-clockwise arc through the Midwest, down to the Gulf Coast and then eastward closing the trek with a home state show on October 26th, bludgeoning audiences with Vektor, Lord Almighty, Ashencult, Primitive Man and countless others along the way. Full details are as follows:
9/26/2013 The Fillmore - Washington, DC w/ Vektor, Midnight Eye
10/01/2013 house show - Boston, MA w/ Lord Almighty
10/02/2013 Union Pool - Brooklyn, NY w/ Mutilation Rites, Syphilitic Lust
10/03/2013 Millcreek Tavern - Philadelphia, PA w/ Casket, Ashencult, Repellers
10/04/2013 Sidebar - Baltimore, MD
10/05/2013 31st Street Pub - Pittsburgh, PA w/ Liquified Guts
10/06/2013 Elimination Chamber - Morgantown, WV
10/07/2013 Carabar - Columbus, OH w/ Artillery Breath, Nail Bat
10/08/2013 Casa Demise - Dayton, OH
10/09/2013 Brass Rail - Fort Wayne, IN w/ Nakay, Shamesquats, ShitHearts
10/10/2013 The Mutiny - Chicago, IL w/ Warboner, Gnarly Death, Savas
10/11/2013 TBA - Milwaukee, WI
10/12/2013 TBA - Appleton, WI
10/13/2013 The Hexagon - Minneapolis, MI
10/14/2013 The V-Spot - Madison, WI w/ Primitive Man, Mellow Harsher
10/15/2013 house show - Cincinnati, OH w/ Impia, Valdrin
10/16/2013 Sidecar - Lexington, KY
10/17/2013 PK's - Carbondale, IL
10/18/2013 Murphy's - Memphis, TN w/ Hosai Bro's
10/19/2013 The Taquaria - Dallas, TX
10/21/2013 The Grand - Austin, TX w/ Widower, Dethroned
10/22/2013 - TBA
10/23/2013 Siberia - New Orleans, LA
10/24/2013 - TBA - Birmingham, AL
10/25/2013 Static Age Records - Asheville, NC w/ Shadow Of The Destroyer
10/26/2013 Screamers - Radford, VA @ Samhain Fest w/ Death Shroud, Evicera More...
San Francisco Bay area thrash veterans Death Angel have made a third single from their upcoming release "The Dream Calls For Blood" available for streaming online. Check out "Fallen" at the band's website here.
"The Dream Calls For Blood" will be released to the rabid masses on October 11th (Europe), October 14th (UK), and October 15th (North America). You can also watch the previously posted lyric video for the album's title track at this location. More...
Soulfly's new album album "Savages" is set for release on October 4th, 2013 via Nuclear Blast Entertainment.
Today the band has teamed up with Metalhammer.co.uk to stream the full release online. Check out the entire album in the player available below.
For more info on "Savages," check out a recent track-by-track video from front man Max Cavalera at this location, and keep your eyes peeled for our own interview with the frontman coming soon.
French act Magoa has a new music video out now for "Betraying Grace," which was directed by Benjamin Cappelletti and can be viewed below.
"Betraying Grace" comes off the band's upcoming "Topsy Turvydom" release, available for pre-order at this location.
Magoa's previous "Animal" EP can also still be heard in its entirety by heading over here.
France's Antropofago (not to be confused with Antropofagus) has boasted guitar-crafting wizard Hugo Mermet (maker of custom guitars for Gorod, Insain and many more) in its ranks for most of the band's existence.
However, it has always been understood that a time might come where Mermet's business would hinder his ability to be a full-time contributor to Antropofago. That time came recently when the band was at work on upcoming full-length album, "Aera Dementiae."
Thus, a mutual decision was made to find a suitable replacement once the recording process was finished.
That replacement was quickly found in Gorod guitarist Nicolas Alberny. With Antropofago's fetish for musicianship and guitar technique, it was no surprise that a guitarist of Alberny's caliber would answer the band's call. Having already recorded some guest parts for the new album, Alberny knew what to expect once he joined the fold. More...
In conjunction with Exhumed's forthcoming North American live takeover, set to commence this weekend, today Guitar World delivers a thorough track-by-track breakdown of the "Necrocracy" album.
Check out the track breakdown right here. "Necrocracy" was released last month via Relapse Records and can be heard in its entirety below.
Prior to the month-long North American ambush with labelmates Dying Fetus, Exhumed will rampage through several cities, including Los Angeles this weekend, for two very special shows alongside Carcass and Repulsion. See updated tour dates after the jump. More...
Royal Hunt unveiled the album artwork and track listing for the band's upcoming album "A Life To Die For." The ninth full length album will be released on December 3rd via Frontiers Records. The artwork (shown below) was created by Kai Brockschmidt.
The track listing for the album is:
1. Hell Comes Down From Heaven
2. A Bullet's Tale
3. Running Out of Tears
3. On Minute Left to Live
4. Sign Of Yesterday
5. Won't Trust, Won't Fear, Won't Beg
6. A Life to Die For
"A Life to Die for" will be available in the following formats: Digipack CD + DVD (containing live footage from the band´s last year tour, tour documentary and interviews), Regular CD and a gatefold 180 gr. vinyl LP. More...
Multinational Melodic Metallers Eden’s Curse posted an EPK video for the upcoming release "Symphony Of Sin," the band's fourth album. The release is due out October 4th (EU) and October 22nd (North America) via AFM Records. The album was produced by Paul Logue and mixed and mastered by the groups long term engineer, Pink Cream 69/Unisonic bassist, Dennis Ward. It featues the band's new vocalist Nikola Mijic (Alogia/Dreyelands) and new keyboardist and former Powerquest mainman Steve Williams.
The track list is:
1. Symphony Of Sin
2. Break The Silence
3. Evil & Divine (see music video)
5. Fallen From Grace
6. Losing My Faith
7. Rock Bottom
8. Great Unknown
9. Turn The Page
10. Sign Of The Cross
11. Wings To Fly
12. Devil In Disguise
Check out the EPK video here: More...
German progressive/power metal act Javelin will release its debut full length album "Fragments Of The Inner Shadow" on October 25th, 2013 via Pure Underground Records (a division of Pure Steel). The band was formed in 1982 and released two EP releases: "Seasons of Grey" in 1997 and "Dark Broken Land" in 2009. The title tracks for both were re-recorded for the debut full length.
"Fragments Of The Inner Shadow" features one hour of music featuring high powerful vocals, a perfect blend of European and US traditions. Harmonic and neatly played twin-leads in the 80's tradition, driving and precise double-bass parts, anthem-like catchy choruses and some progressive touches are a perfect frame for the twelve transparent and enthusiastic songs. But there are also quiet parts, like the half-ballad "Healing", which blends naturally and effortlessly into the overall picture without being kitschy.
The track list is:
1. Help Us
2. The Arrival
3. The Cenotaph
4. Birth of a plague
8. Lie to me
9. Captured under sand
10. Now, that I know
11. Closer to the pain
12. Dark Broken Land
13. Season of Grey More...
French metal act Holy Cross announced that the band's sophomore LP "Place Your Bets" will be released on October 25th via Pure Steel Records. Holy Cross was formed in 2006 and three years later issued the debut "Under the Flag." Now four years later, the band brings back its blend of traditional and power metal with vocalist Mickael Champon adding a more aggressive style to his voice.
The track listing for "Place Your Bets" is:
1. Bad Day (In The Best Of Worlds)
2. Place Your Bets
3. Last Chance
4. Break Your Chains
5. Realm Of Madness
6. From Past To Dust
7. Inner Jail
8. Unleash The Cross
9. Higher & Higher More...