Metal News for September 3, 2013
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35 news articles posted on this day.
German black metal horde Ancst has release a new split with fellow Berlin residents Hiveburner via Skull Witch Records and Mustard Mustache.
The split is limited to 80 hand numbered cassette copies, but you can also stream the tracks in the Bandcamp player available below, or download them on a pay-what-you want basis right here. The track listing is:
1. The Faceless 02:35
2. Patterns & Dreamers 02:54
3. Seasons of Separation 02:42
4. Hiveburner - Destroyer of Worlds 08:14 More...
Today Heretic Cult Redeemer stream the entirety of the band's self-titled debut album. Check out the stream below courtesy of Decibel Magazine. "Heretic Cult Redeemer" is out now as a vinyl LP via Iron Bonehead Productions. More...
Germany's Crematory has inked a deal with Steamhammer/SPV for the release of new album "Antiserum" on February 24th, 2014.
"We're really looking forward to our collaboration with Steamhammer/SPV, a globally renowned label and expert partner in what we're planning for the future," says drummer Markus Jüllich. "Our fans can look forward to Antiserum, on which we have gone one step further than we did on our comeback album Revolution in terms of our electronic influences. In collaboration with Elmar Schmidt of Hamburg EBM act Centhron, we have come up with a haunting mix of metal riffs and EBM keyboards. That's why I'd refer to Antiserum's musical direction as 'EBM metal'."
The first single release "Shadowmaker" will be out on November 22nd, 2013. Jüllich comments: "Even before the whole record was finalized we knew that 'Shadowmaker' had absolute hit potential. You'd be hard put to announce our new album better than with this song." More...
Today, Spin Magazine is hosting a stream of "Blood!," the newly-released but long-ago-recorded LP from iconic '80s Santa Cruz surf/skate/hardcore act, Bl'ast! Check out the full album at this location.
Now available worldwide via Southern Lord, the "Blood!" masters were unearthed by the members of Bl'ast! earlier this year and delivered to Southern Lord Recordings. The label immediately contacted Dave Grohl to mix the material at his 606 Studios, on the legendary Neve console as featured in the recent Grohl-produced documentary Sound City, preparing the album for release somewhere in the vicinity of two-and-a-half decades after their inception.
Additionally, the recordings were from a rare lineup in the band's lineage, being the only recordings ever made while short-lived second guitarist William Duvall (Neon Christ, currently the vocalist for Alice In Chains) was a part of the Bl'ast! family.
Convulse has revealed November 1st as the release date for upcoming album, "Evil Prevails," set to be released internationally through Svart Records.
"Evil Prevails" will be coming on CD, LP, and digital formats, and follows Convulse's comeback EP, "Inner Evil," released earlier this year by Svart. The following press release was issued about the band:
"Finnish death metal quartet Convulse are commonly known as one of the most classic bands from the first wave of Finnish death metal, with the debut album World Without God being one of the most collectible items of the era. But this past January's comeback EP Inner Evil, recorded after an 18-year break, proved that the group can still cut it.
"Led by guitarist and growler Rami Jämsä with original bass player Juha Telenius and newer recruits Kristian Kangasniemi (guitar) and Rolle Markos (drums), Convulse spent the whole of August locked away in an old-fashioned analog studio, recording what was to become Evil Prevails."
Rami Jämsä describes the album as a "fascinating combination of old-school death metal, lightning-fast thrashing parts, some blastbeats here and there, and even ultra-slow doom elements. The Convulse of the year 2013 is heavier and meaner than ever before. This album is a rebirth as much as it is continuation of the old-school spirit." More...
Ghost Ship Octavius has released a music video for "Saturn and Skies," which is the band's first officially released track. Check it out below. The band's debut album is in production now, with further details forthcoming.
Ghost Ship Octavius is the new project featuring Matt Wicklund (God Forbid, Ex-Himsa, Warrel Dane Solo), Van Williams (ex-Nevermore, Pure Sweet Hell, Ashes of Ares), and Adon Fanion. The band originally feature Chris Amott, who has now departed, stating:
"Hey guys and gals, a little update - I've decided to step away from the Ghost Ship Octavius project. So, I am no longer involved with that. Best of luck to the rest of the guys."
The band also added, "We wish Chris and Sara Claudius best of luck as well. Ghost Ship Octavius is NOT ending. We are just beginning and continuing to move forward despite our recent departures."
U.K. based act Severenth has checked in with the following announcement about recruiting a new guitar player:
"I am pleased to announce that Severenth's new guitarist is Mark Doyle. Formerly a guitarist with Manchester act Profane, Mark has shared stages with Mark Tremonti, Yngwie Malmsteen, Enter Shikari, Ministry, Life of Agony, Skindred, Oceansize and Breed77 to name a few."
Mark states: "I'm excited to be joining Severenth and I can't wait to get started on the new album; the guys are all incredibly talented musicians and it's going to be a lot of fun working together."
Mike Green, Severenth's manager, aslo adds, "I am absolutely delighted and also excited at the prospect of Mark joining the Severenth family. We will be concentrating on finishing our third album, which we hope to be launching in the new year."
Kataklysm's new album "Waiting for the End to Come" is due out October 25th (EU), October 28th (UK) and October 29th, 2013 (NA) via Nuclear Blast.
Today the band has posted a track from the album online. Check "Kill The Elite" in the player below, courtesy of MetalSucks.net.
"Waiting for the End to Come" follows previous full-length album "Heaven's Venom" (reviewed here).
It's Tuesday, which means the time has come for another Pit Story from those road warriors who get on stage to let the mosh flow for headbangers around the world.
This week's story comes courtesy of Dissension vocalist/guitarist Nathan Afilalo, who shares this tale of a Toys-R-Us Satanic sacrifice:
If you were to go just north east of Montreal’s inner city, there lies a hole in a brick wall. In said whole one finds a shitty ass venue, packed with sweaty teenagers, amateurish gratify, more band stickers than all the hairs in Odin’s beard, and a giant dog who lays equally giant shits on the pit floor. In said venue, there was a heavy metal show taking place. On a side note the venue was legally considered a cafe.
It was at this show that our band, Dissension, decided to incorporate a poorly executed somewhat Ghost reminiscent comedy routine midway through the set. We had our friend come up on stage and perform a demonic gospel sermon, in a deep southern accent naturally, to dimmed lights and a smoke machine we got discounted at Canadian Tire during the Halloween sales. Our drummer was on the keys playing one of his spooky church organ originals (if you can appreciate a drummer playing keyboards then this is very funny). Amidst the terrible music and Satanic proselytizing, our friend took out a baby doll from beneath his cloak which had a upside-down cross painted on its face. The crown went wild for the Toys-R-Us sacrifice as it flew into the pit as our next song began.
The hapless doll fell into the frenzied crowd and we thought, “a fitting sacrifice for the dark Lord,” and forgot about it. However, the end of the night came, the venue lights turned on, and strewn about the shit-stained floor were various members of the doll’s little body. What was most hilarious, however, was that when we went outside in the alley adjacent to the venue, we found the limbless husk of the plastic child lit of fire, with its satanic eyes peering at us from behind the flames. The miniature fire died down and we retrieved the head. It's charred remains are still in our jam space today.
Dissension's new album "Of Time And Chronic Disease" is due out September 10th, and we'll be releasing a song from the album later this week, so keep your eyes peeled! You can also read our recent interview with the band right here, or follow the band's activity at Facebook.
Las Vegas metal band .bipolar. announced last week that guitarist Rob Bauer would be stepping down and Brian Jackson (formerly of Skinlab, Society 1 and Kreep) will be taking the position. The band comments:
"We want to thank everyone who has been supportive to us over the last 10 years. We wouldn't still be doing this if it wasn't for the amazing experiences and people we've been lucky to encounter.
"We announced a few weeks ago that Rob had to step down from his position as guitar player and now we want to proudly announce that a replacement has been found. Everyone please welcome Brian Jackson to the .bipolar. family.
"He comes to us with a long resume of amazing bands such as Kreep, Skinlab and Society 1 as well as with great enthusiasm for all that .bipolar. is. He also is out to break our 2 year guitar player curse! Great things are in store...."
Florida's The Reset has checked in with the following statement about delays in the release of the band's new album:
"Lots of questions have been popping up about our album that was supposed to be released days ago, I have the good and bad news.... we have been placed with pushing back the album just a few weeks but in turn we get 2 final guest musicians on the album one vocalist and one guitarist.
"We could not decline the offers thus us having to move it back a bit but I promise it will be all worth it! If you pay close attention to the scene these guests will for sure blow your mind." More...
Temple Of Baal will release a new album entitled "Verses Of Fire" on October 22nd in Europe and November 12th in North America. Agonia Records comments:
"Verses Of Fire's sound has been carefully manufactured by Andrew Guillotin in Hybreed Studios. Focusing on a more organic side thanks to the use of tube amps and natural drums, the production allows the natural old-school feeling of the band to shine through the whole album. Through ten tracks, lasting about one hour, the band explores a wide spectre of extreme metal: from raging blast beats and thrashing riffs, though haunted mid tempo vibes, and up to the point of band's primal influence - the sinister sounds of early 90's black/death metal.
"The album will be available as digipack CD, limited double LP and extra limited (66 copies) gold LP. Pre-orders are available here. Keep a lookout for a debut song!"
The track listing is:
1. The Star 418
3. Arcana Silentium
4. The 10th Aethyr
5. Gates Of Death
6. Gnosis Of Fire
7. Golden Wings Of Azazel
8. Lord Of The Raging Seas
9. Serpens Luminis
10. Walls Of Fire More...
Iced Earth has now finished work on a new album, which follows the previous full-length "Dystopia" (reviewed here). The band comments:
"Metal Heads! We have completed recording, mixing, and mastering for the new album 'Plagues of Babylon.' It’s been a long summer, but a very productive one. I am very proud of my band mates! Everyone kicked ass, and we made a really special record.
"Now, it’s time try to rest for a few 'minutes' before the next chapter of world touring begins.
"Best to you all! We will see our European friends on the road with our brothers in Volbeat, then the rest of you on the Worldwide Plagues Tour 2014!"
Scion A/V presents High on Fire's North American tour, which kicks off November 10th in Atlanta at The Masquerade and runs through mid-December, wrapping up in Los Angeles on December 12th.
As part of the tour, High on Fire will release a new single titled "Slave The Hive" on October 16th, marking the first new music from the California metal champions since the spring 2012 release of "De Vermis Mysteriis." A limited edition 7-inch will be available at all tour dates with a video for the song to be released simultaneously.
Norwegian sextet Kvelertak will open all dates. Doomriders (Nov. 10 to 23), Pack of Wolves (Nov. 27) and Windhand (Nov. 29 to Dec. 12) will be featured as the evening opener on different legs of the tour. More...
Swedish act Planetary Disobedience has posted a new lyric video online, which can be viewed below. The band also comments:
"This is yet another song that will appear on our coming album. Sharpen your ears and sharpen your eyes. We give you: The Beginning."
To hear more from Planetary Disobedience, head over to the band's Facebook profile here.
Huntress has kicked off yet another year of relentless touring, following the release of latest album "Starbound Beast." After a run on this summer's Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, Huntress also just wrapped up a tour with Glenn Danzig for his 25th Anniversary tour with Misfits guitarist Doyle.
Vocalist Jill Janus had this to say about her time on the road with Glenn Danzig: "Touring with Danzig has been surreal. As an angsty teenage girl, I used to dream that one day I would duet with Glenn Danzig. Being chosen to tour with him was already mind blowing, but I also had the honor of singing 'Skulls' with him in St. Paul, MN! I was watching the show from side stage. Doyle had just played a couple Misfits songs with the band. Then I see Glenn turn and ask if I'd like to join him for a duet! Performing with two of my idols was stellar. This has been a killer experience for Huntress, watching Glenn Danzig nightly from the wings, he has mastered his craft and we've learned a lot from him on this short run. He's also hilarious, his sense of humor and attitude have made our time with him so much more incredible! Hail Danzig!"
After a short break this September, Huntress will be back on the road with Lamb of God, Killswitch Engage, and Testament. The tour kicks off October 22nd in Toronto, ON, and runs through November 26th in Silver Spring, MD. It has also been confirmed that Lamb of God will be taking Huntress to Europe and the UK in early 2014. A complete list of dates can be found below. More...
The Last Ten Seconds Of Life today announces pre-order details for upcoming sophomore release "Invivo[Exvivo]," which will be available on October 22nd, 2013 via Density Records.
Starting today, fans that pre-order the album on either the Workhorse Merch store or iTunes will also receive a free download of the track "Deadfast." Fans can also check out a new lyric video for the track below.
The four-piece Pennsylvania metal band will be hitting the road next week with a handful of solo headlining dates leading up to the start of “The Face of Hell Tour.” TLTSOL will be co-headlining with Deserters starting September 13th in Houston, Texas at Walter’s then travel up the west coast before swinging back to the south to wrap up on September 30th at Epic Problem in Tampa, Florida. Support on the tour will be Seeker and Kublai Khan. Dates are avaialble after the jump. More...
Dirge Eternal has checked in with the following update about recording an upcoming new album:
"Our album recordings are moving forward. All the drums, bass, rhythm guitars and most of the solos are done. We have 3 song recorded with vocals and we are recording more at upcoming weekends.
"We have to take a small break from the studio because Stam1na is coming there to record their new album as well and we will continue with the final mix straight after they have everything recorded.
"It's actually nice to have a small break from the studio and I have some time to do the orchestrations and keyboards at my home studio. Did I already say it's sounding killer?
"We're also launching a new website with the graphics of the new album and our website has moved to a more simple address right here. You can catch us there from now on.
"Stay metal guys, I know our new album will."
Marc Rizzo, guitar virtuoso for Soulfly & Cavalera Conspiracy, will be doing a short September run of solo shows. The dates are as follows:
Sept. 14 – Dutch Apple Cruises – Albany, NY
Sept. 21 – Sinclair’s – West Babylon, NY
Sept. 27 – Rusty G’s – Lowell, MA
Sept. 29 – Court Tavern – New Brunswick, NJ More...
Solar Deity, the two-man Satanic black metal outfit from Mumbai, India, has released it's third EP, titled "Devil Worship."
This release is the sequel to "In The Name of Satan," and is the second chapter of Solar Deity's "Satan" trilogy. You can stream "Devil Worship" at Bandcamp here or in the player below, and the track listing is as follows:
1. Raise The Horns
2. Supreme Evil
3. Through The Hallways of Narak More...
Deadlock recently released new album "The Arsonist" via Napalm Records, and today the band has partnered up with RevolverMag.com to release a video for the song "The Great Pretender."
Check out the video clip below. You can also find a listing of the band's upcoming European tour dates, and watch the previous video for "I'm Gone," at this location.
Church of Void is now stream the entirety of its "Dead Rising" album via Metal Hammer's website. Give the album a listen via the player below. "Dead Rising" was released last week through Svart Records on both CD and LP formats.
Self-described as the new wave of classic doom metal, Church of Void wears its influences proudly on both sleeves and cites a sound as deeply affected by classics such as Saint Vitus, Black Sabbath, and Pentagram, but one can also hear overtones of Scandinavian downer rock in the vein of Mana Mana and Babylon Whores here and there.
Thematically, Church of Void steer away from the popular occult current and focuses on levels of the human condition instead. "We write our material both as individuals and as a group," comments Corvus, "and most of it draws inspiration from archaic human instincts, needs, and emotions." More...
Opeth's Mikael Åkerfeldt conducted an interview with the Swedish newspaper Expressen, during which he commented on what fans can expect from the band's next album, the follow-up to 2011's "Heritage" (reviewed here).
Mikael comments: "We looked at Rockfield studio in Wales where Queen recorded 'Bohemian Rhapsody.' We have not decided yet, but it will be an expensive album. There is a lot going on, a lot of string arrangements that we have not had before."
He says the new music he's been writing (four songs are complete, with three more in progress) is "Maybe a little harder [than Heritage], but not death metal hard but hard rock/heavy metal hard. Since there are many progressive parts and very acoustic guitars but more sinister riffs."
He also reveals that he'll be producing the record himself, saying, "I love how Dio's Holy Diver sounds, this early '80s sound where the '70s still remain but there is more weight in the entire production. At the moment, I want to get a similar sound, which is not retro but it sounds like real instruments and has a little more weight than Heritage."
The full interview can be read (in Swedish) at this location. In other Opeth news, it was also recently announced that Mikael Akerfeldt will be curating the Roadburn 2014 festival, hand picking the bands to be on the bill. Get full details right here.
Following a summer of storming through Europe, South America, and Mexico while topping the bills at solo shows and major festivals, Slayer will headline its first North American tour in two years.
The five-week-plus trek will kick off on October 22nd in Anchorage, Alaska, oddly enough marking the first time the band has played there since October 23rd, 1996. The tour will include the band's previously announced return to New York's Theatre at Madison Square Garden and the Hollywood Palladium, venues the band hasn't performed at in 25 years.
Slayer - Tom Araya/bass vocals, guitarist Kerry King, drummer Paul Bostaph, and guitarist Gary Holt, who continues to fill in for the late founding member Jeff Hanneman - will have Gojira and 4ARM support on all dates.
While still recovering from the devastating loss of Jeff Hanneman, Araya and King have begun to work on new material and hope to spend some time in the studio prior to this tour.
With more dates to be announced, confirmed dates for Slayer's 2013 Fall North American tour are as follows: More...
Earlier this month, Gene Hoglan announced the "The Gene Hoglan Experience," an intimate gathering of fans brought together to celebrate the legacy and career of one of metal’s most legendary drummers. Hoglan is pleased to announce four additional dates being scheduled as part of this special clinic tour.
Events have been added in San Diego, CA (two dates), Hollywood, CA, and San Jose, CA. Also, Gene’s Calgary date has been updated to 9/21. See below for times and details and stay tuned for more dates coming soon. In addition to telling personal stories at these eventrs, Hoglan will reveal some of his secret techniques and tips to help all drummers and musicians of all levels.
9/21 - Calgary, AB @ Vern’s Tavern – Part of Noctis 666 Metal Festival and Conference – 3:00PM
9/29 - San Diego, CA @ Royal Dive
9/30 - San Diego, CA @ School Of Rock Clinic (ALL AGES)
10/1 - Hollywood, CA @ The Whisky
10/4 - San Jose, CA @ Milano's
10/17 - Coralville, IA @ West Music Coralville – Signing TBA – 6:00PM
10/19 - New Berlin, WI @ Cascio Interstate Music – Part of Drummer Fest / FREE – 11:00AM
Update: for some reason the record label appears to have set the stream to be unavailable in most countries. If the player below gives an error message that it's not available in your location, most of the songs have made their way online and can be heard at YouTube.
Satyricon has teamed up with Metalhammer.co.uk to stream the band's full new self-titled album online.
You can stream all of "Satyricon" (reviewed here) in the player available below. The album is due out this coming September 17th via Nuclear Blast Entertainment (September 9th in Europe).
"We are back. Sorry it took so long, but we needed the time to be able pull off a record like this," states band frontman Sigurd "Satyr" Wongraven. "Comparing this one to previous records is time wasted, it is Satyricon; constantly on the move. Naming this record Satyricon was the most obvious thing in the world. We have never done a record which captures the spirit of this band in such a way. Ever. It will demand a lot from you as a listener, but I know you will love it. It will grow on you and that is why it will stay with you forever. We won't tour as much in the future as we used to, and that will just make every tour more special. This album is for you and ourselves. It is our moment!" More...
Italian power metal act Altair will release its long awaited debut LP "Lost Eden." The album drops on October 25th via Power Prog Records. The band was founded by the guitar player Gianmarco Bambini and the bass player Luca Scalabrin in 2008 and began work on the debut in November 2011.
Simone Mala - Lead Vocal
Luca Scalabrin - Bass & Vocal
Gianmarco Bambini - Lead Guitar
Gianluca Ferioli - Lead Guitar
Enrico Ditta - Keyboards
Daniele Dalla Dea - Drums More...
Brazilian melodic power metal band Age of Artemis, is streaming the new track "Take Me Home." The song will appear on the band's upcoming sophomore LP for Power Prog Records soon. The song, along with an acoustic version, is available as a free download over at this location (be sure to click the "Downloads/For Free!" tab).
Check out "Take Me Home" here:
Finnish melodic metal act Stargazery, the band featuring Burning Point members Jukka Jokikokko (bass), Pete Ahonen (guitars) and Jussi Ontero (drums), is streaming the new track "Voodoo." The song will appear on the band's upcoming sophomore LP "Stars Aligned," which should be released by Spring 2014 via Pure Legend Records (a division of Pure Steel Records).
Check out "Voodoo" here:
Italian thrash act Ultra-Violence posted a new lyric video for the track "The Beast Behind Your Back." The song appears on the band's debut full-length LP "Privilege to Overcome," which was issued back in April via Punishment 18 Records.
Check out the video here:
U.K. metal act Dendera posted a new music video for the track "Senlac Hill." The song appears on the band's debut release "The Killing Floor," which was issued back in May via Metalbox Recordings.
The video footage was recorded by Chris Meany and Cyd Simone Nicholson. Check it out here:
Place Vendome, featuring Ex-Helloween vocalist Michael Kiske, posted a trailer featuring snippets from the upcoming new LP "Thunder in the Distance." The album is set for release via Frontiers Records on November 1st (EU) and November 5th (North America). "Thunder in the Distance" was mixed and produced by Dennis Ward.
The track listing for the album is:
1. Talk To Me
2. Power of Music
3. Broken Wings
4. Lost in Paradise
5. It Can't Rain Forever
6. Fragile Ground
7. Hold Your Love
8. Never Too Late
9. Heaven Lost
10. My Heart is Dying
12. Maybe Tomorrow
13. Thunder in the Distance
Check out the trailer here: More...
ReinXeed/Golden Resurrection guitarist/vocalist Tommy Johansson announced that his side project Swedish Hitz Goes Metal is back with Vol II, the follow up to the popular 2011 compilation, which will be released on October 25th via Doolittle Group. A trailer for the album can be heard below.
The track listing for the album is:
1. Dancing Queen (ABBA Cover)
2. Don't Stop The Music (Robyn Cover)
3. Alive (Da Buzz Cover)
4. One Of Us (ABBA Cover)
5. Tiger (ABBA Cover)
6. Does Your Mother Know (ABBA Cover)
7. Rock Me (ABBA Cover)
8. Voulez-Vous (ABBA Cover)
9. Take A Chance On Me (ABBA Cover)
10. All About The Money (Meja Cover)
11. Euphoria (Loreen Cover)
12. My Favourite Game (The Cardigans Cover)
Check out the trailer here: More...
Crystal Viper will be releasing new album "Possession" later this year via AFM Records. The band has now issued the following brief announcement about a guest musician appearing on the release:
"We are honored to introduce one more special guest on the new Crystal Viper album. Ladies and gentleman, from the very depths of hell... Sataniac of Desaster!"
Downfall of Gaia has checked in with the following announcement about upcoming European tour dates:
"Excited to announce the third and final part of our European Tour 2013! This tour also includes some European countries we've never played before and some great festivals! We are really looking forward to hit the European ground again!
"We still need some help for the 11.10. (somewhere south / on our way to Linz) and the 14.10. (between Ljubljana and Milan). If anyone is able to help us out – drop us a line! Thanks! These shows will also be our last live appearances for 2013!" More...