Metal News for September 30, 2011
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Born of Osiris has announced upcoming North American tour dates in support of the band's latest album "The Discovery." Joining Born of Osiris on this run will be Veil of Maya, Carnifex, Struc/tures and France's Betraying The Martyrs (performing in the U.S. for the very first time). The trek is set to run between November 18th and December 18th.
Lee McKinney (guitars) states: “We couldn't be more excited about 'The Discovery' headlining U.S. tour. We are going to be back in the U.S. with our good friends Veil of Maya for the first time in years. Not only are they an incredible band, they are some of our closest friends from Chicago. Also on the tour is Carnifex. They are a really heavy band and we can't wait to see what they are all about. Struc/tures and Betraying the Martyrs will be opening up the tour. These are some of Sumerian's best new bands. Struc/tures is a great progressive metal band that also has a new album coming out just before the tour on October 24th. Betraying the Martyrs has a new album out and this tour also marks their first U.S. tour to date. We are beyond stoked to be able to present you with a package you haven't seen a different version of ten times! All the bands are fresh and have new music. We'll also be playing our longest set yet. Don't miss it!”
The currently announced dates are as follows (more dates set to be revealed next week):
11/18 - Dayton, OH @ The Attic
11/20 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabodys
11/23 - Indianapolis, IN @ Emerson Theatre
11/25 - Joliet, IL @ Mojoes
11/26 - Detroit, MI @ Harpos
11/27 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Altar Bar
11/28 - Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church
11/29 - Syracuse, NY @ Lost Horizon
MetalReview.com has wrapped up its "90's Essentials" interview series by chatting up Fenriz of Darkthrone about the "A Blaze in the Northern Sky" album and more. You can check out an excerpt from the interview below.
MetalReview: So, the MetalReview staff has spent the last half a year bickering and voting about the absolute best metal albums of the 1990s, and, quite surprisingly, we managed to reach a consensus of a list that encloses the 100 Most Essential LPs of the decade. A Darkthrone album belongs to such a list by default and we decided to go with A Blaze in the Northern Sky. What are your initial impressions of this nomination?
Fenriz: I feel frisky and fetched by it! It sounds as fresh as necro can be! BUT the reason I have to be stern about A Blaze in The Northern Sky is that it fooled people and people got fooled by it. And I'm talking about the press, fans and players in the scene. The packaging, sound and production made everyone think it was a pure black metal album, and then sort of widened the scope for what COULD be black metal. It was not intended that way. After we'd quit the old style of very technical death metal finally, we only had months before studio time, already booked for the supposed Goatlord album, and little time to make a full PRIMITIVE black metal album, so the 3 pure black metal songs on it are "Kathaarian Life Code," "In The Shadow Of the Horns" (complete with Motörhead mid paced part and lots of Celtic Frost vibes as usual) and "Where Cold Winds Blow." The rest was really a lot of death metal with some black metal parts – but everyone seemed to not think twice about THAT...
MetalReview: As a guy who has gazillion albums under his belt, how do you nowadays feel about A Blaze in the Northern Sky, one of your earliest creations, and do you think it’s worth the crazy adoration it’s been subjected to? Also, would you personally have chosen some other Darkthrone full-length from the 90s, considering the context? More...
Read the full article at MetalReview.
Following Accept's comeback album "Blood Of The Nations" and the accompanying world tour (more than 180 shows around the globe), the German heavy metal act has now withdrawn from the stage to start work on the next CD.
The band is currently writing material for the new album with British producer Andy Sneap (Megadeth, Arch Enemy) at the helm. Comments Accept guitarist Wolf Hoffman:
“Accept and Andy Sneap have the perfect synergy. This was so clear with Blood Of The Nations and we are excited to continue on that path. Andy is not only an amazing and prolific producer, but also a very good friend who has long become a member of the Accept family.”
Sweden's Graveyard has been confirmed as the supporting act for the German leg of Motorhead's European tour in November.
Commented the band: "This year is getting more and more unbelievable for us. As it if it wasn't enough that we got the chance to open for Maiden in our hometown, now we're gonna go on tour with the essence of rock'n'roll - Motörhead!! Once again we feel deeply honoured to get a sort of approval to step into rock history by opening for Motörhead. And when you're talking about Motörhead, there's no way of getting around talking about Lemmy. That cat has always been an inspiration to us, all the way from Sam Gopal to Motörhead. Not only musically through his combination of psychedelia, rock and punk. But also through his relentlessness, something we hold very high in the Graveyard camp. But let's not forget that we also get to go on tour with a fellow Gothenburger - Mikkey Dee - the magic stikks wizard!"
Dates are as follows:
11/23/2011 Berlin Coulmbiahalle
11/24/2011 Leipzig Haus Auensee
11/26/2011 Munich Zenith
11/27/2011 Stuttgart Schleyerhalle
11/29/2011 Dusseldorf Philipshalle
11/30/2011 Hamburg Sporthalle
Utah based power metal band Sonic Prophecy has announced the release of the band's debut album "A Divine Act of War."
The album features a full-color 16 page booklet, and artwork handled by Valgorth at Hammerblaze Studios. Two full tracks, titled "Canticle" and "Juggernaut," as well as clips from the album are available for streaming at the Official Sonic Prophecy website as well as on the band's Facebook page.
The track listing is as follows:
1. A Divine Act of War
2. Call of Battle
3. Solar Run
4. Lady in the Flame
5. A Warrior's Destiny
6. Sacred Ashes
7. Heavy Artillery
10. A Divine Act of War
11. A Warrior's Destiny [Bonus Orchestral Version]
Facedown Records has issued the following announcement about the release of A Plea For Purging's upcoming "The Life & Death Of A Plea For Purging" album:
"You can now pre-order the upcoming album from A Plea For Purging titled 'The Life & Death Of A Plea For Purging' in our online store.
"10 different pre-order options are available including 4 brand new exclusive Plea shirts and 500 copies of the album as a double gatefold, white double LP! Plus.... all vinyl pre-orders will get a free exclusive 'Fat Pride' 7” featuring the bonus song 'Fat Pride,' which is not on the album.
"The 7” is limited to 500 copies and is on brown vinyl and the Facedown store will be the only store offering these for sale. On top of all that, all pre-orders come with a free poster and will be entered to win an Omen-6 Guitar compliments of Schecter Guitars, and all vinyl pre-orders will be entered to win a test pressing of the double 12” (limited to only 8 copies). 'The Life & Death Of A Plea For Purging' will be released on November 8th."
With Friday finally here, the Rock Band Network has new tracks for metal fans to jam over the weekend. This week's lineup of Xbox 360 tracks features a range of bands including such names as Rotting Christ, Halcyon Way, and Bring Me The Horizon. The newly added Xbox 360 metal tracks are as follows:
All Shall Perish - "Never... Again" (160 MSP)
Bring Me the Horizon - "Pray for Plagues (2x Bass Pedal)" (160 MSP)
Chaotrope - "Scarred" (80 MSP)
Devin Townsend - "Solar Winds (2x Bass Pedal)" (160 MSP)
Halcyon Way - "Mouth Without a Head (2x Bass Pedal)" (80 MSP)
I Am Abomination - "Examination" (160 MSP)
I Am Abomination - "Examination (2x Bass Pedal)" (160 MSP)
Rotting Christ - "Fire Death and Fear (2x Bass Pedal)" (160 MSP)
The following song hits the PS3 edition on Tuesday, 10/4/2011 (North America) and Wednesday, 10/5/2011 (Europe):
The Dillinger Escape Plan - "Farewell, Mona Lisa" ($1.99)
These two songs will also be released on the PS3 on Tuesday, 10/4/2011 in North America:
After the Burial - "Pendulum" ($1.99)
Soilwork - "Stabbing the Drama" ($1.99)
In a recent post on the social networking website Twitter, Devildriver frontman Dez Fafara revealed that he will be appearing as a special guest on Soulfly's as-yet untitled eighth studio album. Fafara's Twitter post reads as follows:
"I just co-wrote and sang with Max Cavalera on the heaviest track I've heard from Soulfly, ever. RESPECT."
The new Soulfly album will be the first to feature new drummer David Kinkade, formerly of Borknager. The record is being produced by Chris "Zeuss" Harris and is expected to be released next year through Roadrunner Records.
Revoker has posted a new music video clip online for the song "The Great Pretender." You can check out the video clip below. "The Great Pretender" is taken off the band's debut full-length album "Revenge for the Ruthless."
Inmoria has posted a new song online titled "My Last Farewell," which is taken off the upcoming album "A Farewell To Nothing - The Diary Part 1." You can check out the song in the player below.
The "A Farewell To Nothing - The Diary Part 1" track listing is as follows:
2. The Mirror
3. Watch Me Bleed
4. End Of The Line
5. Hear My Prayers
6. In My Dreams
7. The Silence Within Me
8. Save Me
9. I Watch My Shadow Fall
10. Just Another Lie
11. My Last Farewell
Terror is set to release the "Keepers Of The Faith" Deluxe CD/DVD on November 1st, 2011. The band has now posted a second teaser trailer online for the release, which can be viewed below. The previously posted first teaser is still available at this location.
Headbanger's Kitchen, hosted by Demonstealer Records, has posted a new episode online titled "Undying Meatzza" that also features an interview with Undying Inc. You can check out the new episode in the player below.
Montana's Throne of Malediction has posted a new song online titled "Born Of Innocence," which features guest appearances by Tamara Picardo of Upon Shadows on keyboard and backing vocals and Kevin George of Martriden on bass.
You can stream or download "Born of Innocence" for free by heading over to Throne Of Malediction Reverbnation page. The band also recently released the "Ceremonial Blood" album, which has the following track listing:
1. Season of Death
2. Ceremonial Blood
3. Bloodlust and Perversion
4. Vicious Fate
5. The Only One
6. Beneath the Winter Sun
7. Inside This Decay
8. Revoker of Dreams
9. Never Enough
10. Red Death
12. Empty Soul
13. Black Test/Freestyle jam (bonus track)
14. Never Enough/Verkrag mix (bonus track)
Like Moths To Flames has posted a lyric video online for the song "You Won't Be Missed," which is taken from the band's upcoming album "When We Don't Exist." Check out the clip below, or pick up "When We Don't Exist" when it hits stores on November 8th, 2011.
Opeth has posted the first in a series of video clips online with front man Mikael Akerfeldt discussing each track from the new album "Heritage" (reviewed here). You can check out the clip below.
Indiana black metal act Ptahil’s upcoming debut full-length, "For His Satanic Majesty’s Glory," is slated for release via new label home Wraith Productions on November 14th, 2011. The track listing is as follows:
1. The Great Satan
2. For His Satanic Majesty’s Glory
3. The Black Fire
5. Regards Foreman Exu
6. The Black Flag Of Total Death
8. World Ablaze
9. The Gate To The Kliphotic Anti-World
New Orleans’ EyeHateGod has been featured in the November 2011 issue of High Times, which is on stands now. To get your grubby paws on a copy, point your browser here.
Following a Summer of sonic destruction that included the Retox And Nihilism Over Europe Tour alongside Japan’s Church Of Misery and a slot on the sound-barrier breaking Power Of The Riff fest, the Louisiana derelicts will head out for another round of live abrasions this Fall and Winter. Confirmed dates are as follows:
10/28/2011 Siberia – New Orleans, LA
11/04/2011 Rail Club – Ft. Worth, TX
11/06/2011 Fun Fun Fun Fest – Austin, TX
01/21/2012 Sonar – Baltimore, MD w/ Integrity 9 (A389 Anniversary Show)
05/24/2012 Maryland Deathfest @ Sonar – Baltimore, MD
Nightwish announced the first set of dates for the European tour in support of "Imaginaerum." The long awaited album is scheduled for release on November 30, 2011 (Finland), December 2, 2011 (EU) and January 12, 2012 (North America).
Confirmed dates on the European tour are as follows:
04/10/2012 Lisebergshallen - Göteborg, Sweden
04/11/2012 Falconer Theater - Copenhagen, Denmark
04/13/2012 Heineken Music Hall - Amsterdam, Netherlands
04/14/2012 ISS Dome - Düsseldorf, Germany
04/16/2012 Forest National - Brussels, Belgium
04/17/2012 Bercy - Paris, France
04/18/2012 Zenith - Nantes, France
04/20/2012 Halle Tony Garnier - Lyon, France
04/21/2012 Rockhal Luxembourg, Luxembourg
04/23/2012 Jahrhunderthalle - Frankfurt, Germany
04/24/2012 Hallenstadion - Zurich, Switzerland
04/25/2012 Forum - Milano, Italy
04/27/2012 Gasometer - Vienna, Austria
04/29/2012 Budapest Arena - Budapest, Hungary
04/30/2012 Tesla (T-Mobile Arena) - Prague, Czech Republic
05/01/2012 Arena - Leipzig, Germany
05/03/2012 O2 World - Hamburg, Germany
05/05/2012 Arena - Nuremberg, Germany
05/06/2012 Schleyerhalle - Stuttgart, Germany
05/08/2012 Krizanke - Ljubljana, Slovenia
Trollfest has posted a second video clip online answering fan submitted questions, which can be found below. You can also check out the first Q & A clip here, or find Trollfest's recently uploaded "Karve" music video at this location.
Swedish act Demonical has checked in with the following announcement about recruiting a session drummer for the band's upcoming tour dates:
"Drummer Ronnie Bergerståhl has decided to sit out the upcoming 'Eastern Death Infernal tour 2011' due to other commitments.
"But rest assured, we have tapped Fredrik Widigs (Witchery live-drummer) to fill in behind the kit and with the help of this young, talented and dedicated skinsman we are ready to deliver our Swedish Death Metal Darkness with infernal precision and might. The black inferno awaits!"
A listing of upcoming Demonical tour dates is available by heading over to this location.
Memoira has checked in with the following update about working on the band's upcoming album:
"Hey it's been a while since I wrote here...but here goes. First off! Yesterday Marko and his wife Tuija had a baby girl! Congratulations for the new mommy and daddy!
"Studio: We have been working like hell to get this album done and so far all is good! The truth is that everyone is putting their 110% into this album and because of that you guys need to hold a bit longer! But I guarantee that the result is worth of waiting!
"Due to our busy schedule, we had to cancel the BLACK FALLS ROCK performance! We apologize for this but the album comes first!
"The next video diary episode should be up in a few days...so be sure to tune in! Be sure to join our Facebook group for recent updates and Q & A's cause we love to answer! Untill next time! Your friendly neighborhood keyboardist!"
U.S. blackened death metal band Weverin will self-release it's fourth LP, "The Skeletons of Fallen Angels." later this fall. The eight track album was at Backrooms Studio and will be sold through the band’s website.
The track listing for "Skeletons of Fallen Angels" is as follows:
1. As Spiders Drink From My Lips
2. Between The Raped and Sleeping
3. The Skeletons Of Fallen Angels
4. Of Nails And Spit
5. Liquid Suffering
6. Gears of Exile
7. Hanging Worship Disease
8. Praise Murder
A music video the song "Praise Murder" can be seen here:
American power metal outfit Iced Earth has posted the third in the band's series of webisodes online documenting the making of the forthcoming new studio album, "Dystopia." You can check it out below. "Dystopia" will be released in Europe on October 17th, with a North American release date of October 18 to follow. This will be the band's first album with vocalist Stu Block, who replaced singer Matt Barlow earlier this year. More...
New Wave of British Heavy Metal veterans Tank have announced that they have begun work on their next studio album, which will be their first since the critically acclaimed, "War Machine."
"War Machine" was released last year through Metal Mind Productions. Some of the working song titles for the new record include: "One Thousand Deaths," "War Without End", and "Heavier Than Thou." The album is expected to be released in the Spring of next year.
Peruvian death metal act Raped By Pigs has posted a lyric video online for the new song "Sores Of Affliction," which can be found below.
"Sores Of Affliction" is taken off the band's upcoming album "Gushing Orgasms 2." For further details on Raped By Pigs, head over to the band's official Facebook profile.
Dutch symphonic metal band Nemesea posted a trailer for the forthcoming LP "The Quiet Resistance," due out November 16, 20111 (ESP/FIN/SWE), November 18, 2011 (GER/AT/CH/ Benelux/ITA), November 21, 2011 (Rest of Europe) and November 22, 2011 (USA/CAN) through Napalm Records. Check out the trailer below.
The track listing for "The Quiet Resistance" is as follows:
1. The Quiet Resistance
2. Caught In The Middle
5. If You Could
6. High Enough
8. It's Over
9. I Live
10. Stay With Me
12. Release Me
German power metal band Brainstorm posted part one of a studio diary ahead of the band's new LP "On the Spur of the Moment" (shown below). The album is due out on September 30, 2011 through AFM Records.
Pagan's Mind lead singer Nils K. Rue announced that he will not be able to perform in three of the shows over the next three weeks of the band's European tour with Symphony X, for undisclosed reasons.
Rue commented: "I will do the first two tour dates in Hamburg and Bochum in Germany, but the other three dates will be with someone else. I do not want the band to give up these dates [and I] will be replaced by Mikael Eriksen of Circus Maximus."
The affected dates are:
October 2, 2011 - Berlin, Germany - C-Club
October 4, 2011 - Aschaffenburg, Germany - Colos-Saal
October 5, 2011 - Monaco of Bavaria, Germany - Backstage Halle
Finnish folk band Ensiferum updated it's 2011 fall tour schedule. The confirmed dates are
October 14, 2011 - Very Possessed: 20 Years of Spinefarm Records - Helsinki, Finland
October 15, 2011 - Very Possessed: 20 Years of Spinefarm Records - Tallinn, Estonia
October 22, 2011 - Lost In Music Festival - Tampere, Finland
November 12, 2011 - Black Troll Winterfest - Muhlheim, Germany
December 3, 2011 - Frostrock - Kuurne, Belgium
Italian thrashers Brain Dead announced that Danilo Bonuses (Historica, Ex-Extinction, Ex-Molek) is the band's new guitar player, replacing Fiorina Marcello. Bonuses will make his debut performance on Octboer 31, 2011 at the Hell Cafe in Torino, Italy. The band is currently finalizing a new album for release in 2012.
U.S. technical death metal band Exmotus is streaming the entire "Beyond The Fall Of Time" at this location. The album is scheduled for release on September 27, 2011 (EU) and October 4, 2011 (North America).
The track listing for "Beyond The Fall Of Time" is:
1. Bane Forthcoming
2. Kneel Before the Steel
3. Black XIII
4. Beyond the Nile...
5. Entombed with the Pharaohs
7. Crawling Chaos
8. Left to Die in the Paradox of Time
9. Khronos (Forever in the Void)
10. The Gathering
Finnish melodic death metal band Grendel has posted a music video for the song "Apocalyptic Rain," The track appears on the 2011 release "Corrupt to the Core" released earlier this year on Sonic Pump Records.
The director of the video was Owe Lingvall, who has worked with Kamelot, Pain Of Salvation, Thunderston and Amorphis.
Their latest and most polarizing album, “Heritage,” just released to the world (and reviewed here,) Opeth began their fall North American tour with support from the well-established Katatonia. One of the first shows was in Nashville, TN just this Wednesday, the 28th, and the crowd didn’t react as divided as the internet let on that it would. The Cannery Ballroom turned out to be the perfect size for the show, with the crowd filling up all the way to the back.
Both bands had a very passionate crowd, eager to find a spot and keep it the entire show. When Katatonia came on, they walked out to fairly loud cheers, kicking things off with their concoction of chugging and atmospherics. During the set, the band was bathed in a dark red crimson light, with only faint hues of blue lights hitting them from the front, mixing with the music to make for an altogether dark experience. More...
I found it entertaining that one of the reasons Chickenfoot named their second album “III” was to pass by the sophomore slump album and go right to their third. Three great albums in a row is no small feat. This week I (one opinion) take a look at some bands that have successfully accomplished the feat of: The Trifecta! More...