Metal News for September 29, 2014
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35 news articles posted on this day.
Kazakhstan’s Holy Dragons will return next month with new album "Dragon Inferno," the follow-up to 2012’s "Zerstörer."
The album features new vocalist Alexander "Demoraivola" Kuligin, and according to a press release, "while the 80s influence is evident in the band’s style, the album delivers a fresh sounding blend of heavy, power and speed metal."
“Dragon Inferno” is due out on October 13th (U.K.), October 17th (Europe) and November 11th (U.S.) on Pitch Black Records. The track listing is as follows:
1. Gunship From Hell
2. Hollow Man
3. Old School Space Battles
4. Majestic 12
5. Downshift Waltz
6. Panic in F.B.I.
7. Three Ways of Genocide
8. Ride, Cowboy, Ride
9. Unlicensed Sky Driver
10. My Cargo Cult
11. Dragon Inferno More...
The Duskfall is back: the band's new opus "Where The Tree Stands Dead" was mastered by Ahti Kortelainen and marks the group's return to the scene after seven years of silence.
The album will be released on November 21st in Germany/Switzerland/Austria, November 24th in the U.K. and rest of Europe, and on December 2nd in North America.
Artwork for the album was done by Gustavo Sazes and the full track listing is as follows:
01. To The Pigs
03. I Can Kill You
04. Where The Tree Stands Dead
05. We The Freaks
07. Hate For Your God
08. The Charade
09. Burn Your Ghosts
11. We Bleed More...
The death metal pioneers in Gorguts have announced a string of headlining Australian tour dates in November, beginning on November 14th in Melbourne and with support comes from Portal.
The Australian headlining tour follows Gorguts' previously announced tour of Japan. A full list of confirmed tour dates can be found below. Gorguts is touring in support of the "Colored Sands" album (reviewed here). Catch the band live on these dates:
11/6 Osaka, Japan @ ROCKETS
11/7 Nagoya, Japan @ Club3Star
11/8 Tokyo, Japan @ Cyclone"
11/14 Melbourne, Australia @ Northcote Social Club
11/15 Sydney, Australia @ Newtown Social Club
11/16 Brisbane, Australia @ Crowbar More...
Polish deathcore act Psychotic Violence just released a new live video music video, which was recorded by Wojciech Slaski and Pawel Czubak. Check it out below.
The track "New World Order" is taken from Psychotic Violence's debut EP "Embryo," officially released on May 10th, 2014.
On September 30th the Detroit, Michigan metal act Temple Of Void will release debut full-length album "Of Terror and the Supernatural."
The album was recorded by Clyde Wilson at Mt. Doom Studio and Mark Hudson at Audiolux Studio, with Todd Konecny at Bright White Light Studio handling the mixing. Artwork was provided by fantasy artist Bruce Pennington.
"Of Terror and the Supernatural" will be released on double LP & cassette formats via Saw Her Ghost Records and on CD through Rain Without End Records. An official video for a track from "Of Terror and the Supernatural" has been filmed and will be released to the general public in the near future. In the mean time, check out the song "The Embalmer's Art" below. The full track listing is as follows:
1. The Embalmer's Art
2. Savage Howl
3. Beyond the Ultimate
4. Invocation of Demise
5. To Carry this Corpse Evermore
6. Rot in Solitude
7. Exanimate Gaze
8. Bargain in Death More...
Household has premiered debut album, "With or Without," in its entirety via Bandcamp. The record is officially due out tomorrow, September 30th, via Blood & Ink Records. Listen in below, and the track listing is as follows:
1. Understanding 02:21
2. Discretion 02:45
3. Reservoir 03:44
4. Trials 03:22
5. Value 02:12
6. Purpose 02:43
7. Unearned 03:31 More...
Last Month Pig Destroyer (not to be confused with new baseball obsessed grind band Puig Destroyer) announced plans to release a two song doom EP entitled "Mass & Volume."
Previously available for a limited time as a digital-only release with all of the proceeds going to the family of former Relapse Records employee Pat Egan, who tragically passed away last year, this cult release will now be available on physical formats for the first time ever.
Today Pig Destroyer presents the monolithic track "Red Tar" from the EP. Check it out below. Written and recorded during the final hours of the sessions for 2007’s "Phantom Limb" LP, "Mass & Volume" finds Pig Destroyer’s typically break neck speed virtually come to a grinding halt with two epic songs of crushing doom.
The album will be available on October 14th in North America, October 13th in the UK/World and October 10th in Germany/Benelux/Finland. You can also see the band live on these dates:
Nov 20 San Antonio, TX Karova
Nov 21 Houston, TX Fitzgerald’s w/ Eyehategod, Today is the Day & Venomous
Nov 22 New Orleans, LA One Eyed Jack’s w/ Eyehategod
Dec 19 Boston, MA Brighton Music Hall w/ Dropdead and Hivemasher
Dec 20 Philadelphia, PA First Unitarian Church w/ Dropdead, Fight Amp and UltraMantis Black
Jan 31 Pittsburgh, PA Altar Bar w/ Ringworm, Full of Hell and more
May 29-31 Bristol, UK Temples Festival (2015) More...
Six-headed death machine Aversions Crown will unleash a Nuclear Blast Entertainment debut this November. "Tyrant" will be released on November 14th (EU+AUS), November 17th (U.K.) and November 24th (U.S.) via Nuclear Blast.
Pre-order your copy from this location. "Tyrant," the follow-up to the band’s 2011 debut "Servitude," was created in the oppressive heat of Brisbane’s summer with Thy Art Is Murder’s Andy Marsh producing and Mark Lewis of Audio Hammer mixing.
The lyric video for the band’s latest slab of astral punishment, "The Glass Sentient," is available for viewing below. The "Tyrant" track listing is as follows:
1. Hollow Planet
2. The Glass Sentient
5. Earth Steriliser
10. Faith Collapsing More...
Slipknot’s Knotfest has announced new details about the onsite attractions and activities for fans at the October 24th - 26th destination festival held at San Manuel Amphitheater & Campgrounds in San Bernardino, CA.
From the Slipknot-curated Slipknot Museum to an onsite tattoo parlor, flaming carnival games, and even the unforgettable Scent of Knotfest, the festival promises an epic experience for Maggots and metalheads even apart from the five stages of earsplitting music.
Knotfest’s massive lineup features Danzig, Five Finger Death Punch, Volbeat, Of Mice & Men, Anthrax and dozens more playing on five stages on Saturday and Sunday.
A Friday night VIP pre-party bash will feature exclusive performances from Suicide Silence, The Black Dahlia Murder and more, as well as other activities for those that have purchased VIP or camping packages.
As previously announced, Slipknot will close Stage 001 both Saturday and Sunday, with unique sets each night, featuring brand new music and an entirely new stage set and experience.
In addition, all Knotfest online ticket purchasers (and those that purchase tickets before October 5th to Slipknot's headline tour with Korn and King 810) will receive a digital download of the new album ".5: The Gray Chapter" delivered 24 hours early.
The following attractions at the festival have now been revealed: More...
Today, Listenable Records sets January 20th, 2015 as the North American release date for "Adam and Steve," the new album from Swiss metal/hardcore institution Kruger.
"Adam and Steve" follows Kruger's "For Death, Glory and the End of the World" from 2010, and is the band's fifth album to date in a career which spans 13 years and thousands of miles across Europe. The track listing is as follows:
1. Bottoms Up
3. Adam And Steve
5. Mountain Man
6. The Wild Brunch
8. Farewell More...
The Greek black metal mavericks from Thy Darkened Shade today premiere the new track "Saatet-ta Renaissance" online. Give it a listen below, thanks to No Clean Singing.
The track hails from the band's second album, "Liber Lvcifer I: Khem Sedjet," set for international release on October 31st via W.T.C. Productions. The track listing is as follows:
1. Holy Lvcifer
2. Revival Through Arcane Skins
3. Elixir of Azazel
4. Black Light of Sitra Ahra
5. Or She-ein Bo Mahshavah
6. Nox Profunda
7. Drayishn I Ahriman O Divan
8. Saatet-ta Renaissance
9. Liber Lvcifer
10. Deus Absconditus
11. Δαήμων Ὁ Φώσφορος More...
Heart In Hand has teamed up with AbsolutePunk.net to reveal a lyric video for a track cut off new album "A Beautiful White."
Check out the clip for fiery pit anthem "Poison Pen Letters" below. Charlie Holmes (vocals) comments: "'Poison Pen Letters' is a song about overcoming bad things in life. Coming out on top and proving to yourself you can achieve anything you want."
"A Beautiful White" will be released on November 3rd in Europe and on November 4th in North America (digital only) via SOAR/Century Media Records. The track listing is as follows:
2. A Beautiful White
3. Colours And Chemicals
4. Crying Shame
6. Poison Pen Letters
7. Last Night
9. New Years Eve
10. My Heart Belongs In Denmark
11. Never Again
12. Jasmine More...
Toronto, ON's metalcore quartet Where Giants Once Stood today releases a new guitar playthrough for "Myths, Lies And Crimes," featuring guitarists Jordan Turnbull and Scott Major.
The track is off new EP "Live Above" produced by Jon Howard of Threat Signal that was released on September 2nd. Check out the clip below, and you can see the band live on these dates:
September 30 - Toronto, ON - Hard Luck Bar w/ Affiance, Phinehas, Last of a Dying Breed
October 3 - Belleville, ON - Belleville Pub - FilthFest w/ Drag The Lake, Signifier, Greta Knight
October 10 - London, ON - Richmond Tavern w/ Last Scattering, Esoteric Doctrine
Oct 31 - Oshawa, ON - Diezel Room w/ Enter Euphoria, Sinew Sunder, Fallen Legion, Backlash More...
Today Swedish metal band Bloodbound has unveiled the cover artwork for the upcoming "Stormborn" CD, which will see release in the U.S. this coming December. Further details are forthcoming, and you can also hear the band's music at Facebook here.
Rome's doom riders Witches of Doom released new album "Obey" via Sliptrick Records earlier this year, which was produced by Reeks at Hombrelobo Recording Studios.
Today the band drops a new music video for "Rotten To The Core," which can be seen below. The "Obey" track listing is as follows:
1. The Betrayal
2. Witches Of Doom
3. To The Bone
4. Needless Needle
5. Crown Of Thorns
6. Dance Of The Dead Flies
7. Rotten To The Core
8. It’s My Heart (where I Feel The Cold)
9. Obey More...
Winnipeg power-trio Ken Mode will record a new album, titled "Success," with Steve Albini (High On Fire, Neurosis).
Albini and the band will convene on November 23rd at Winnipeg's Empire Recording to start the process. The album will be mastered by Bob Weston at Chicago Mastering Service.
"Success" will feature art by the band's longtime artist Randy Ortiz, and includes guest performances by Eugene Robinson (Oxbow) and members of Full Of Hell. Some early song titles include: "Blessed," "Absolutely Not," "Failing at Fun Since 1981," "Dead Actors," "A Catalog of Small Disappointments," "Management Control," "A Passive Disaster," and "I Just Liked Fire."
The band will be debuting a multitude of new material on its current European tour. Frontman Jesse Matthewson describes the album as being "a decidedly stripped down northern noise rock apocalypse to be unleashed on the world. Time to take this back to our roots." More...
Relapse Records has issued the following announcement about inking a new deal with Publicist UK:
"We're excited to announce the signing of Publicist UK to Relapse Records! The band features a pedigree of members including Brett Bamberger (Revocation), Dave Witte (Discordance Axis, Melt-Banana, Municipal Waste), David Obuchowski (Goes Cube), and Zachary Lipez (Freshkills).
"Their two-song demo has already amassed over 120k plays on SoundCloud and can be heard here.
"The group's sound is vastly different from their other projects combining the dark atmospheres of post-punk, new wave and post-metal. The band will begin recording their Relapse debut later in October. Stay tuned for more on Publicist UK!" More...
Since the band's inception, Touche Amore has been touring relentlessly, playing emotional hardcore/punk everywhere from dingy basements to sprawling arenas.
While traveling in the U.K. in 2013, the band was invited to record at the legendary BBC Studios for "The Punk Show" with host Mike Davies for a second time. Again, Touche Amore worked with engineer Simon Askew (Pulp, PJ Harvey, Foo Fighters) and assistant Phil Deacon during a half day of recording.
Touche Amore “Live on BBC Radio 1” Vol. 2 offers renditions of recent “Is Survived By” anthems “Just Exist,” “Harbor,” and “Non Fiction,” as well as “Gravity, Metaphorically,” originally on the band's split with Pianos Become The Teeth.
Also on September 30th, Touche Amore will re-press the TA/Title Fight split 7" EP on Secret Voice Records. This EP was originally released via Sealegs as a Record Store Day 2013 exclusive, and features Touche Amore covering Title Fight's "Crescent-Shaped Depression" while Title Fight covers Touche Amore's "Face Ghost." More...
Art Of Dying has checked in with the following announcement about finishing a new album to see release via Eleven Seven Music:
"It's been a busy year for Art of Dying as we've inked a deal with Eleven Seven Music, (Motley Crue, Five Finger Death Punch, Papa Roach, Escape The Fate) and finished our new record with David Bendeth (Bring Me The Horizon, Breaking Benjamin, Of Mice & Men) in New Jersey completely under the radar.
"I can't tell you how excited we are about the new music! Making this album was one of the most intense experiences we've ever been through, so we kept things pretty tight lipped in order to focus all of our energy into every lyric, note and beat of the creative process. We've seen all of the calls for new music coming in from our fans on our social media channels, and now I'm thrilled to say the record is done, and the wait is almost over!
"Many thanks to Allen Kovac, Nikki Sixx and our new family at Eleven Seven Music for aligning their vision with ours and helping us make this album a reality. We're ecstatic about our new home on the label where we're joining some amazing bands.
"North America is home base for Eleven Seven, but they put a ton of weight in touring their bands internationally to places in Europe, Asia and South America. So if you want to see Art of Dying in your back yard, now is the time to speak up and be heard!"
U.K. technical death metal outfit Cognizance just released a brand new lyric video for the song "The Succession of Flesh," which features guest vocals by Suffocation's Frank Mullen and a guest guitar solo from Eyal Levi (Daath).
"The Succession of Flesh" is from the bands latest EP titled "_Inceptum," which is set to be released in the Fall of 2014.
Cognizance has been adding to its brutal arsenal with the recent inclusion of drumming phenom Alex Rüdinger (The Faceless) on this release. In addition Tommy Jones of Videohammer Studios (Testament, Suffocatigon), has been documenting the evolution of both the band and the making of "_Inceptum."
The entire EP was tracked by acclaimed producer Eyal Levi. The album artwork was created by Dan Mumford and will be available with limited edition prints along with the release. More...
Viper Solfa - the new band featuring ex-Trail of Tears members Ronny, Endre and Bjørn, along with Morfeus (ex-Mayhem, Limbonic Art) and Miriam "Sphinx" Renvåg of Ram-Zet and Endling - has released a new lyric video.
Check out the clip below for the title track off upcoming debut album "Carving an Icon," due out early 2015 through Massacre Records.
Now, Voyager has issued the following statement about the uncertainty of the band's future and the possibility of upcoming shows being the last:
"Please allow us a few minutes of your time, if you would be so kind. Because of your support, and indeed, also your patience, we feel a responsibility to give you all an update on the matters related to Now, Voyager. It is only through honesty that we have a right to claim our loyalty and friendship to you, and hopefully in return, you will show us the same.
"As many of you know, we’ve talked about writing an album for quite a while now. After nearly a year we’ve only finished one song. If one of the primary functions of a band is creating music, and we have not been able to do that, then we’ve got to realize we’ve got an issue. Truthfully, after 4 solid years of devoting every waking second to this band, and sacrificing any other aspects that came into conflict with it, it seems that the effects are finally starting to come to light.
"What started off as a journey between friends having fun, and writing music for the pure sake of creating something together, seems to have become much more of a mechanical chore driven by pressures and expectations. Maybe somewhere along the way, our system of working imploded, and as the band went on, we accumulated disappointments, which further created a rift within our band. Frustrations slowly grew until we could no longer ignore them. The willingness to compromise and find ways to work together became clashes and demands for each person to work their own way. Most days, it no longer feels like that’s what we are anymore… a band. The conception of being a band, and friends within a band, feels very far removed. Even more so, it feels like we lost ourselves within that band. That is the honest truth about where we are right now. More...
House Of Lightning will release debut record "Lightworker" on October 14th via Translation Loss. The label comments:
"Everyone at Translation Loss are beyond ecstatic to be able to work with Henry Wilson and his new band House Of Lightning, being huge fans of both Floor and Dove. House Of Lightning takes what Dove created to an entirely new level of mathy-proggy rock sensation.
"Proudly hailing from Winter Haven, Florida, they feature current and former members of Floor, Dove, and Cavity!
"After the death of Dove and before Floor's current resurrection, a new band was secretly growing, House Of Lightning's long awaited debut album does more than just pick up where Dove left off five years ago, they blast off out of the known universe and into a completely new and unknown dimension!"
Omnium Gatherum has issued the following statement about cancelling upcoming Japanese shows:
"With heavy hearts we are sad to announce that due to unfortunate circumstances and betrayal Omnium Gatherum is forced to cancel the upcoming shows in Japan this week.
"We have to be honest about this and tell you that the tour organizer Korean guy Do-Su Kim (also known as Jusin) and Metal Asia Agency was deceiving everyone else in this event and caused this cancellation.
"With the heavy breach of contract Do-Su Kim didn't pay us any of our advance fee that was agreed and supposed to be done even one month ago. But we were still coming to Japan as we really wanted to do these shows and see our fans, but the next thing was that Do-Su Kim 'paid for our flights' and last week we noticed that there's something wrong with the flight reservation too - our flight booking reference number claimed that the flight status is 'cancelled' as they hadn't been paid for. More...
White Empress - the new band founded by former Cradle of Filth guitarist Paul Allender - has teamed up with Revolver to host a stream of the band's debut album "Rise of the Empress" in full before it hits stores tomorrow via Peaceville Records. Give it a listen in the player below.
"Rise of the Empress is what metal has been so desperately wanting for such a long time," Allender told Revolver. "Something to wake it up from the mundane normal safe scene we are all in now. It's heavy as hell, rocks like fuck and it grooves along like a possessed freight train..... Hail the White Empress!"
Icelandic viking metal act Skálmöld is streaming the new track "Að Hausti" from the upcoming new release "Með Vættum." The album will be issued November 14th (EU) and December 1st (USA).
The track listing for the album is:
1. Að vori
2. Með fuglum
3. Að sumri
4. Með drekum
5. Að hausti
6. Með jötnum
7. Að vetri
8. Með griðungum
9. Sleipnir Live (Bonus Track)
10. Valhöll Live (Bonus Track)
Check out "Að Hausti" here: More...
San Francisco's Enchant is streaming the title track of the upcoming new release "The Great Divide." The album marks the first release in eleven years and is set to drop today via InsideOut Music.
The track list for "The Great Divide" is:
2. Within an Inch (streaming here)
3. The Great Divide
4. All Mixed Up
5. Transparent Man
6. Life in a Shadow
7. Deserve to Feel
8. Here and Now
Check out the title track here: More...
British melodic hard rock giants Ten has unveiled the track listing for the Europeon pressing of the upcoming new album "Albion," which is set for release on November 21st via Rocktopia Records/Cargo Records. Limited advance copies of "Albion" will be available to buy at their U.K. Firefest Performance on October 24th and at the album pre-listening party on October 23rd at The Royal Suite, the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Nottingham. "Albion" is the first of two new albums that Ten will release through Rocktopia Records, with a second due in the first half of 2015.
Ten is also proud to announce the launch of the new updated official website, www.tenofficial.com. In celebration of the new album, the band is launching an all new social media compatible site. It comes complete with links to all the Ten Fan Sites around the world. The new website will be the "mother site," providing up to date news and links translated into every language imaginable, including Greek, Spanish, Italian and Japanese.
Gary Hughes – Vocals
Dann Rosingana – Guitars
Steve Grocott – Guitars
John Halliwell – Guitars
Steve Mckenna – Bass
Darrel Treece-Birch – Keyboards
Max Yates – Drums
The track listing for "Albion" is as follows:
1. Alone in the Dark Tonight
3. It's Alive
4. Albion Born
5. Sometimes Live Takes the Long Way Home
6. A Smuggler's Tale
7. It Ends This Day
8. Die For Me
9. Gioco D'Amoure
10. Wild Horses More...
Cincinnati's Come the Dawn released a music video for the new track "My Body's Falling." The song is taken from the new album "Light of the World," which is set to drop tomorrow, September 30th via Sumerian Records.
Check out the video here:
Norwegian folk metal act Trollfest released the new music video "Solskinnsmedisin." The song appears on the band's latest album "Kaptein Kaos" (see review here), which is available now via NoiseArt Records.
The video was created by Manskow Productions with photography by Oddbjørn Hofseth. Check it out here:
German symphonic metal act Voices of Destiny released a music video for the new track "Wolfpack." The song is taken from the upcoming new release "Crisis Cult." The album is set to drop via Massacre Records on October 24th.
"Crisis Cult" is the first to feature drummer Klaus Ackermann, who joined in 2012 following the release of the last LP "Power Dive," and new vocalist Ada Flechtner (ex-Coronatus), who joined the band in 2013.
The track listing for "Crisis Cult" is:
3. The Easy Prey
4. To the Slaughter
5. 21 Heroes
6. At the Edge
8. Under Control
9. The Great Hunt
10. Your Creatio
Check out "Wolfpack" here: More...
Meden Agan released a music video for the track "Everlasting Pain." The video was directed by Firewind keyboarist/composer Bob Katsionis. The track was taken from the band's latest album "Lacrima Dei," which was issued on September 22nd. It is the first album to feature new vocalist Maya Kampak, who joined the band in 2013.
Check out "Everlasting Pain" here:
Horror Pain Gore Death Productions today unveils the newest album from Miami, Florida's melodic black/death metal desecrators Inferion, entitled "This Will Decay."
The album is set to drop on October 21st, 2014 and the song "Lament" can be heard streaming in the player below.
This epic fourteen track, 55 plus minute majestic masterpiece is a vicious onslaught of blackened death metal that crushes bone and penetrates flesh with the precision of a newly sharpened blade.
Superior production quality tears through the many deep layers of this album to reveal complex lead guitar work, a wide array of vocal approaches and the relentless hyper blast of Carlos Delgado.
"This Will Decay" solidifies Inferion's rightful place as one of 2014's purveyors of the most vile underground music available, for fans of Anata, Angelcorpse, Behemoth, Belphegor, Burzum, Dark Funeral, Darkthrone, Deathspell Omega, Deicide, Dissection, Dodheimsgard, Enslaved, Goatwhore, Immortal, Nachtmystium, Noctuary, Satanic Warmaster, Silencer and Vital Remains.
The track list for "This Will Decay" is:
1. This Will Decay
2. Carrion for the Scavengers
4. Tempted by Failure
7. Until the Sun Consumes Us
8. Further from the Light
9. The Serpent in the Valley
11. Aftermath of Destruction
12. When Bones Meet Corrosion
13. A Hell to Endure
14. Unrestrained More...
German black/dark metal act Nachtblut released an interactive preview clip, which features snippets from the entire new album "Chimonas." The album is set for release on the following schedule via Napalm Records:
October 17th: G/A/S
October 31st: FIN & BENELUX
November 3rd: UK & EUROPE
November 5th: NOR/SWE/ESP
The track list for the album is:
2. Wien 1683
3. Wie Gott sein
4. Kalt wie ein Grab
5. Und immer wenn die Nacht anbricht
7. Dort wo die Krähen
9. Töte mich
Check out the preview here: More...
Polish metal act CETI, featuring ex-Crystal Viper bassist Tommy Roxx and Panzer X vocalist
Grzegorz Kupczyk, released a lyric video for the new track "Game of Love." The song will appear on the upcoming new album "Brutus Syndrom," the band's seventh full length album, which is due out for release on November 3rd via Metal Mind Poland.
The track list for the album is:
1. Fight to Kill
2. Wizards of the Modern World
3. Devil Made Me Do It
4. Game of Love
5. Masters of Dull
6. The Evil and the Troy
7. The Song Will Remain
8. Somethin' More
9. Second Sin
10. Sons of Brutus
11. Run to Nowhere More...