Metal News for September 28, 2013
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15 news articles posted on this day.
A short-lived “super band” from the eighties, Arcade, was also very under-the-radar. After two great albums, proving the artists could make great music on their own, the band broke up to (ironically) rejoin their previous bands. More...
Birmingham grindcore enigma Purify The Horror and New Noise Magazine have locked horns for the exclusive premier of the band's official music video for the song "Pig," taken off their untitled debut EP.
Filmed and edited by Karl Murray of Gwynplaine Media, the video for "Pig" features the same level of violence and disregard for human life as the song it accompanies. Check out out "Pig" at this location or below.
Purify The Horror's untitled debut EP was released earlier this year and is availalble as free download over at Sociopathic Sound's bandcamp page.
Malta one-man metal outfit Prayer of the Dying has posted a video clip online for the song "God's Failed Creation," which is the title track off the project's new album. Check it out below, or find more info on the band at Facebook here.
Italian drone duo Culto has released a new self-titled album online, which consists of two fifteen minute tracks simply titled "Culto I" and "Culto II." Stream the tracks in the player below, or you can pick up a digital copy at Bandcamp here.
Bosnia and Herzegovina outfit Danger Core has posted the "Darkness Will Remain" EP online for streaming, which you can hear in the player below or over at the group's Bandcamp page here. The track listing is as follows:
1. Rise Again 04:28
2. Never Alone 04:33
3. Power of Pride 04:17
4. Slaves of Destiny 04:13
5. Darkness will remain 07:45 More...
New Hampshire's Solium Fatalis is set to release a debut, self-titled album this coming October 1st, 2013.
The release will feature drumming by Dirk Verbeuren (Soilwork, Scarve, Jeff Loomis), Loic Colin (Scarve) on bass, Jeff DeMarco (Excrecor) on vocals, and Jim Gregory as main songwriter and guitarist.
The album includes 9 songs of pummeling death metal, and the artwork was created by Septic Flesh front-man Seth Siro Anton. "Solium Fatalis" was mixed and mastered at Studio Fredman in Sweden by Frederick Nordstrom and engineered at Iron Hill Studios. Check out two songs from the release below. More...
Four years since the band's debut album, Calgary based Sentient is now back. The band is pleased to announce the addition of drummer Scott Tanner to the fold, who has been a member of Thorazine and Operation Wintermist.
The boys hope to hit Calgary stages in the upcoming months and hope to see you out there to slam a few brews and get heavy. A full album of new material is set for recording as well, with details forthcoming. The following press release was issued about the band:
"Sentient was spawned in Calgary Alberta in 2004, and has been carving a bloody path to the top of the local scene ever since. Founded by Edmund Saulnier (guitar, lead vocals), Ranjit Ranawaya (bass, backing vocals) and Tod Quinlan (drums), the band quickly began melding their wide variety of influences into their own sound. Having played together in a thrash band before, Edmund and Ranjit already had a vast majority of the Sentient puzzle in place. After recruiting Tod through a local metal forum, all that was left was to find a second guitarist. After a lengthy search, it was clear that the only guitarist that fit with the rest of the band was Edmund, leaving Sentient as a three piece.
"After honing their sound at numerous live shows, 2006 saw the release of This Flesh Is Only A Cage, a self-recorded demo. Strong sales, positive reviews and even some radio play on from local university station CJSW helped to push the band further. With increasing demand from the band, as well as their growing fan base, writing began in 2008 on a new album. Recording was set for mid 2008 when tragedy struck, and Edmund was involved in a car wreck in Saskatchewan, leaving him unable to work or play guitar for six months.
"Recording for Brink Of Extinction, their 10-track debut album began in earnest in early 2009. As the band started to rev up in anticipation of the release, tensions began to increase, leading to the late 2009 departure of Tod Quinlan. The loss of Quinlan, along with increased costs almost resulted in Brink Of Extinction not seeing the light of day. When the album was finally unleashed on the metal hungry masses, it was again greeted with positive reviews and extensive airplay on CJSW’s Megawatt Mayhem."
One of the year's most unexpected doom metal albums, the debut LP from Pacific Northwestern trio Lumbar is being prepared for arrival.
Southern Lord will release "The First And Last Days Of Unwelcome" on LP and digital formats this coming November 26th, followed by a CD version direct from the band and a cassette version via Holy Mountain, with all of the band's proceeds going to aid Aaron Edge's medical expenses and treatments. The following press release was issued about the band:
"While this brutalizing slow-motion trio boasts what some are referring to as 'supergroup' status -- containing members Aaron Edge (Himsa, Iamthethorn, Roareth, Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth), Mike Scheidt (YOB) and Tad Doyle (Tad, Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth) -- Lumbar was formed by these longtime friends for much more than simply creating riffs.
"The brainchild of Aaron Edge, LUMBAR came together earlier this year when the well-known guitarist/drummer/graphic designer was unexpectedly diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. What would be his final musical endeavor before waves of rapidly-spreading pain engulfed him and extended hospital stays became more than frequent, is now his most imperative. More...
State of Negation has revealed artwork for an upcoming EP, which can be viewed below, and the band also comments:
"We are very proud to announce that coming November we will release our second EP titled 'District Unknown' to the masses. A big thank you to both Soul Asphyx Arts for the artwork and Viral Designs for the new logo!"
As Midwestern metal heathens Skeletonwitch prepare to hit the road with Ghost B.C. and The Black Dahlia Murder next week, the band is excited to announce a special contest for fans: supporters in three markets along the tour trail will have a chance to hang out with the band at a local record store while listening to new album "Serpents Unleashed."
Additionally, anyone who purchases or preorders the album during these events will receive a scratch-off ticket, one of which per location will reveal a snake and entitle the holder to win a $100 shopping spree on the spot. Specific dates, times and locations are listed below:
10/05/2013 6:00pm @ Exclusive Co. - Greenfield, WI
11/15/2013 6:00pm @ Rasputin - Fresno, CA
11/22/2013 6:00pm @ Vintage Vinyl - St. Louis, MO
Next week Skeletonwitch will initiate the massive "Serpents Unleashed" touring cycle by playing a handful of shows with Swedish occult rockers Ghost B.C., after which the band will embark on a full North American takeover with The Black Dahlia Murder. 2014 will then kick off with a stateside journey alongside Amon Amarth and Enslaved. Dates are available after the jump. More...
Acrassicauda, the band starring in the critically-acclaimed Vice documentary “Heavy Metal in Bagdad,” is rising again to wield a new full-length album and tour.
While performing across the United State, Acrassicauda will rally fans for support via the “We’re not gonna stop” Kickstarter campaign.
Al Jorgensen of Ministry was originally scheduled to record and produce Acrassicauda’s new album, but due to the timing of the band’s release Acrassicauda will instead work again with Nik Chinboukas at Spin Studio in Long Island City, NY.
Nik Chinboukas, along with Alex Skolnick of Testament, produced the band's first EP. Recording for the album is scheduled for November/December 2013. More...
In just a few short days, New York City black metal legion, Imperial Triumphant, will unleash "Goliath." The album is due out October 2nd, 2013 via the group's Bandcamp page.
Hamburg, Germany based avant-garde metal act Todtgelichter (which was covered in our look at non-traditional black metal) is currently looking for a new guitar player due to the imminent departure of longtime member Claudio. The band comments:
"With a dedicated new guitar player we aim to strengthen our live presence in 2014 and to start the composing process for album number 5.
"We are searching for YOU: you are no rookie, you have a sense for melodies and songwriting, you play tight, groovy and in time and (ideally) are familiar with the songs of our last two albums 'Angst' and 'Apnoe.' Furthermore, you are able to rehearse twice a week in Hamburg/Hamm; you like rehearsing as much as playing live and you are always looking to improve your playing and to broaden your musical horizon.
"If all that is the case, send us a short notice to email@example.com and we will provide you with tabs and song examples so you can prepare for tryouts with us. Write us now – we’re waiting for your application!"
Todtgelichter released latest full-length album "Apnoe" earlier this year (reviewed here).
Eisregen will release the band's 10th studio album next month on October 25th, 2013 via Massacre Records.
"Todestage" was recorded at Klangschmiede Studio E with Markus Stock, and the cover was drawn by drummer Yantit himself. Vocalist M. Roth also recently took some time to talk about each song on "Todestage." Check out his track-by-track breakdown below:
01. Waldgott: "The album opener is a powerful composition. It sounds like a film score in the beginning, but steadily builds a certain atmosphere and ends in an anti-climax after about 6 minutes running time. This was actually the main reason why the song was composed this way. Lyrically it's a dark story about a god-like creature living in the woods, that has eradicated whole villages."
02. Todestag: "A couple of monogamous relationships can only be 'saved' with hammer strokes so that everything's worth living for again (well, for one half of the couple at least, the other one probably wouldn't like to talk about it anymore...)."
03. DSDSL (Deutschland Sucht Die Superleiche): A musical homage to Pungent Stench (Mister Schirenc himself also contributed a few leads here), lyrically my personal statement about all the reality TV bullshit you're confronted with each day. Back in the days, the sadistic voyeur had to watch "Faces Of Death" to be satisfied, nowadays you just have to turn on the evening program on TV." More...
Dutch symphonic metal band Within Temptation has posted the video for the band's new single, "Paradise (What About Us?)," featuring Nightwish vocalist Tarja Turunen. You can watch the video below or on YouTube.
The extended single/EP is now available in Europe and will be released in North America on October 1, 2013 via Nuclear Blast. Pre-orders can be made through iTunes. Here is the track list:
1. Paradise (What About Us?)
2. Let Us Burn (Demo Version)
3. Silver Moonlight (Demo Version)
4. Dog Days (Demo Version)