Metal News for September 30, 2013
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Turned To Stone, the melodic death/doom metal act from Salt Lake City, has released an official music video for the band's debut single, "The Memory I've Become." Check it out below.
"The Memory I've Become" also serves as the title track from Turned To Stone's debut EP, featuring engineering and mixing by Matt Winegar (Primus, Chelsea Grin) and mastering by Jens Bogren (Amon Amarth, Opeth, Dark Tranquillity).
The EP is set to be released on October 11th, 2013 online and in Graywhale music stores. Digital pre-orders are open at this location.
Turned To Stone will be performing with Dark Tranquillity on February 15th, 2014 during the band's stop in Salt Lake City, UT at In The Venue. More...
Brainstorm broke its mini hiatus to announce that the band will enter the studio on October 7th to record the band's 10th studio release entitled "Firesoul." The album is tentatively set for a March 2014 release date.
The announcement came via the band's Facebook Page: "So, finally we're proud to announce our brand new, but 10th studio album FIRESOUL, to be released in March 2014. On Monday, Oct. 7th 2013 we'll start recording the new shit. Together with Achim Köhler, who also produced our albums 'Soul Temptation' and 'Liquid Monster' (for ex.) we'll enter the famous 'House Of Music' Studios. It's a return to an amazing place to record the maybe best effort so far. Starting next Monday, Dieter Bernert will start recording the drums and from that day on, you'll get all the latest infos, pics and studio reports straight from out of the studio. Where? HERE! The silence is over, all guns fully loaded... it now starts burning inside you: F I R E S O U L" More...
Oruga has now inked a record deal with Apathia Records. The label issued the following statement:
"The deal consists on a reissue of the first Oruga’s self-titled EP - originally released in 2011 - on November 4th, 2013, and their debut album expected to be released in the second quarter of 2014. Their music can be described as a massive mix between sludge and doom music, but you better discover it by yourself, with the track 'Northern Promises' below."
The "Oruga" track listing is as follows:
1. Northern Promises
2. Kissing The Void
3. My 9/11
4. Like A Stone In The Water
5. Crimson Dawn
6. Blitzkrieg Lady (bonus track)
French hardcore act Cut Loose has released a new demo tape via Straight & Alert Records. You can now stream the tracks below, or download them at Bandcamp here. The track listing is as follows:
1. Peace Within My Mind 01:39
2. Falling Down 01:20
3. Going Around 00:39
4. Life On Tracks 01:56 More...
This October, Selfmadegod Records will unload new full-length album "Them" - the first release from U.K. hardcore punk act Satanic Malfunctions in over twenty-two years. "Them" will be on the loose October 1st in Europe and October 15th in North America. The following press release was also issued about the band:
"The newest Satanic Malfunctions LP since the Scarborough, UK-based act's 1990-released Disgrace To Humanity, the whirlwind of old-school hardcore punk on Them is a throwback to the mid-late '80s hardcore scene when the grindcore was only beginning to take shape. Raging with twenty tracks in just over thirty minutes, recorded by Bri Doom, of UK crust legends, Doom, Them proves that the quartet -- vocalist Kai, guitarist Yaga, bassist Ryan and drummer Ade -- haven't let their guard down, and are as capable of deploying the same aggressive, ultra-fast and frenzied socio-political musical melee they did more than two decades ago. A must-have for diehards of Active Minds, Disorder, Doom, Atavistic, Electro Hippies, L'arm and Heresy."
The track listing is:
1. Nothing New
2. Technological Religion
4. Daze Of The Weak
5. No Masters Or Slaves
6. On Your Knees
8. Gospel Truth
9. Pissed & Angry
11. Disorder Rule
12. Trappings Of Faith
13. Rules & Regulations
14. Dealing Out Death
16. Another Fiction
17. On The Cusp
18. Everything's Digital
19. Do You Know Who You Are?
20. Many Go Round More...
Veteran alternative metal act, Ra, has announced an October 15th, 2013 release date for "Critical Mass," the band's fourth studio album and first since 2008. "Critical Mass" also marks the return of the band's original lineup - guitarist/vocalist Sahaj Ticotin, bassist P.J. Farley, guitarist Ben Carrol, and drummer Skoota Warner.
"I believe this record to be the most complete album we've ever made, but also the heaviest," said Ticotin. "There is a conscious effort here to be more respectful of hard rock/metal roots and less on being too touchy feely. I really wanted this record to feel intense, even on the more light hearted songs. For once I don't feel as if I compromised on any aspect of the writing for this record."
Always known for having a passionate, supportive fan base, "Critical Mass" was funded by a Kickstarter.com campaign that helped raise over $32,000 to record and press the album.
"The Kickstarter was a surprise on many levels," added Ticotin. "Not only in the amount of money we raised, but mainly in the intensity of the demand. People were genuinely aggressive about making sure we made another record. As cliché as it sounds, without that level of energy, I don't know how well this record would have come out. Their passion directly inspired the songs on this record from beginning to end. It is truly amazing."
Toronto’s thrash party monsters Fatality recently wrapped up their two-month North American “Towards Disastour” in support of latest album, "Psychonaut."
Vocalist Spencer Le Von has again checked in with Dead Rhetoric.com about the band's days in Seattle, WA and Vancouver, BC and why he's “A lover not a fighter, also not a lover." Excerpts are available below, or you can read the full tour blog at this location.
How come there are so many gorgeous people living in big cities? Do all of the attractive people in each part of the country just decide to live within the same 10 blocks of each other at all times? Do they do it just so they can be close enough to one another to share jeggings and hair care tips? I love the looks on everyone’s gorgeous and well-maintained faces when we pull up in our huge tour van and the door swings open to let loose a pile of degenerate Canadian degenerate slobs.
When we are driving through an area highly populated by the genetically advantaged, like all groups of men in each other’s company, we always start yelling the vilest shit. The kind of irredeemable comments that would make you lose your job mopping up a porno theatre. This is particularly so when the windows are rolled up and everyone is in a good mood. It’s kind of just what guys do, because deep down, all men are monsters. My favourite moment is when someone in the van sees a pair of nice legs further down the road and comments on them, only for them to turn out to be that of a man, or worse: it’s a girl that’s way too young. That’s an awkward moment ain’t it? “Dudes look at that girl all the way down the street at the cross walk. That chicks a 10!” “Bro, I’m pretty sure she IS 10.” Good from far, far from good.More...
Death Of All Gods has released the track "Dying Green" online for streaming. Give it a listen in the player below. "Dying Green" comes off the "Different Ways of Feeling Pain" album. The full track listing is as follows:
1. When Heaven Meets the Earth
2. Death of All Gods
4. Dying Green
5. Summoning My Demons
6. Dreaming Chaos
7. The Italian Job
8. The Carcass of Freedom
9. Unavoidable Sin
Dutch hardcore band Lies! has released a new music video for the track "Resistance," which can be seen below. You can also hear more from Lies! over at the band's Facebook profile here.
Prog metal outfit White Walls has posted a music video online for "The Masquerade," which was directed by Costin Chioreanu and can be viewed below.
"The Masquerade" is the first single off the band's coming album "Escape Artist," due for release on October 10th digitally and as a CD+DVD digipack.
Relapse Records is extremely proud to announce the signing of New York City avant-garde, technical death metal quartet Pyrrhon (pronounced "peer-on").
Formed in 2008, Pyrrhon (Dylan DiLella - guitar, Erik Malave - bass, Alex Cohen - drums, Doug Moore - vocals) has released one EP ("Fever Kingdoms" - 2010) and one LP ("An Excellent Servant But a Terrible Master" - 2011, available for streaming below) via The Path Less Traveled Records and Selfmadegod Records respectively.
Relapse will release the band's upcoming sophomore album titled "The Mother of Virtues" in early 2014. The label comments:
"A nightmarish blend of clanging death metal with surreal psychedelic elements, jazz rhythms, and delirious storytelling, The Mother of Virtues was tracked and mixed by Ryan Jones (Today is the Day, Mutilation Rites, Wetnurse) at Saint Vitus Bar and The Sound City, Brooklyn in May and June 2013. The record was then mastered by Colin Marston (Krallice, Gorguts) at The Thousand Caves Studios, Brooklyn, in August 2013. More album details will be revealed shortly."
Vocalist Doug Moore also commented on the signing: "When I was 15, I bought a copy of Relapse's Contaminated 5.0 sampler CD. Through it, I encountered Suffocation, Neurosis, Pig Destroyer, Human Remains, and countless other great bands for the first time. We are thrilled and honored to work with a label whose output has done so much to drive metal forward, and which has meant so much to all four of us over the years." More...
Prog/fusion ensemble Exivious is now streaming a second a new track from the band's forthcoming record, "Liminal."
The track, titled "Alphaform," is streaming in the player below, courtesy of Got-Djent.
The forward-thinking Dutch quartet will release Season of Mist debut "Liminal" on November 12th, 2013 in North America, (November 8th worldwide). The previously posted track "Entrust" can also be heard at this location.
Exivious consists of Tymon Kruidenier (Ex-Cynic) and Michel Nienhuis (Dodecahedron) on guitar, Robin Zielhorst (ex-Cynic) on bass, and Yuma van Eekelen (ex-Pestilence) on drums.
The new album's track listing is as follows:
2. One's Glow
4. Deeply Woven
8. Immanent More...
Aeon Zen has issued the following announcement about parting ways with the band's keyboard player:
"We're sorry to say that Shaz has decided to leave Aeon Zen. Unfortunately he felt conflicted between our style of music and where his heart lies as a musician.
"There is no animosity between us, and we wish him all the best for the future. If you wish to keep up to date with him, head to his Facebook page.
"After the success of our latest album Enigma, and the exciting prospect of our upcoming EP and next album to follow after that, we are very much looking forward to the next stage of Aeon Zen, so you can all rest assured that we will continue to flourish. Rich will continue to play keyboards on upcoming releases, as he has done on previous albums, and we are looking forward to our upcoming shows (12th October with Queensryche in London, and 2nd October in Glasgow), with our long-time friend and collaborator Tom Green on keyboards. We look forward to seeing you there!
"The release date for our new EP will also be coming very soon! And of course we'd like to send a huge thank you to all of you for continuing to support us. The best is yet to come!" More...
Ministry has now released the 10th and latest clip in the band's series of behind-the-scenes videos covering the creation of latest album "From Beer To Eternity."
The album is available now, and you can watch this latest video below. The previously posted 9th video update can also be found at this location.
New album "From Beer To Eternity" features the final studio recordings by long-time Ministry collaborator guitarist Mike Scaccia, who died in December from a heart attack suffered three days after rough tracks for the album had been completed.
Trivium today reveals a brand new song titled “No Way to Heal,” which is off the band's new album "Vengeance Falls."
Check out the track in the player below, courtesy of ArtistDirect.com. "Vengeance Falls" arrives in stores and at all digital retailers on October 15th, 2013.
Trivium also recently announced plans to expand a North American co-headline tour alongside DevilDriver this fall. The second leg of the trek is set to pick up on November 5th in Seattle, WA and then continues through mid-December. More...
German power metal band Human Fortress, now fronted by Code of Silence/Symbolica frontman Gus Monsanto, unveiled the cover art and track listing for the band's upcoming album "Raided Land." The album dopes on November 22nd (EU) and December 3rd (USA) via AFM Records.
The track listing is as follows:
1. Raided Land
2. Child Of War
3. Wasted Years
4. The Chosen One
6. Gladiator Of Rome (Part 2)
7. Dark Knight
9. Pray For Salvation
10. Evil Curse
11. Restless Souls
12. Under Siege
13. Guard The Blind More...
Although the new Axemaster album is still in production and a little while away from being ready for mastering, the band would like to share some details today about the coming release.
The album will be titled "Overture to Madness" and the tentative track listing is as follows:
1. Sanity's Requiem
3. Dream or Nightmare
5. Statutes of Liberty
6. Peeling Skin
8. Thirty Pieces of Silver
10. Dark Souls
12. Crimson Haze More...
Ex Deo posted an update on whether the band will release a third album...with the answer as: YES. As to when the album will see the light of day, only "when the gods permit and the people of the new Roman era rise to request it."
4/5ths of the band make up the entirety of Kataklysm, which is releasing the new album "Waiting for the End to Come" via Nuclear Blast on October 25th. As the band gears up for that promotion and touring activities, Ex Deo will be on hiatus.
The full update reads: "Citizens ... We EX DEO are extremely grateful for the support you have given us these past years , this last euro tour with our brothers in Nile was a great time , we enjoyed every minute with you all , as now we close this chapter of Ex Deo for the " CALIGVLA " campaign , we had some serious thoughts as many of you asked us when and If there will be another EX DEO album ...
"after having a few meetings the answer is .. YES ..
"when ? ..well, when the gods permit and the people of the new Roman era rise to request it , for now we bid you farewell soldiers , brothers, sisters , ROMA CAPUT MUNDI !
"in closing we leave you with these glorious words from our 'Caesar:' Veni, vidi, vici !!
"Your legion XIII"
Ill Nino premiered the new music video for the track "Forgive Me Father." The song appears on the band's latest LP "Epidemia," which is available now via Victory Records. The band just embarked on a North American Tour, dubbed the "American Epidemia Tour." For dates and venues, head over to this location. The tour is honoring the military, offering either free admission or 2 for 1 admission with a Military ID.
The video for "Forgive Me Father" was directed by Eric Richter and can be seen here:
Sweden's Denied posted a new music video for "Judas Kiss," the opening track of the band's latest LP "Let Them Burn" (see review here). The album is available now via Sliptrick Records. This is the second video for the release and "Dead Messiah" is available to view over at this location.
"Judas Kiss" was produced by Joe Perrino and filmed at Bobber Cycles, Sestu, Cagliari (Sardinia) with director Paolo Carboni. Check it out here:
Swedish black metal band Valkyrja is streaming the new track "The Cremating Fire" over at Decibel Magazine at this location (also streaming in the player below). The song appears on the upcoming release "The Antagonist's Fire," which is out November 11th on WTC Productions.
The track listing for the album is:
1. Betrayal Incarnate
2. The Cremating Fire
3. Madness Redeemer
4. Yearn to Burn
5. Eulogy (Poisoned, Ill and Wounded)
6. Season of Rot
7. Treading the Path of the Predator
Check out "The Cremating Fire" here: More...
Progressive act Maschine posted a performance playthrough video featuring the track "Eyes, Pt. I." The song appears on the band's latest album "Rubidium," which was issued this past July on InsideOut Records.
Luke Machin: Guitars/Voice
Daniel Mashal: Bass/Voice
Georgia Lewis: Keys/Voice
Elliott Fuller: Guitars
James Stewart: Drums
Checko ut "Eyes, Pt. I" here:
Kill Division posted a music video for the new track "Mechanic Domination." The song appears on the upcoming debut "Destructive Force," which is scheduled to drop on October 11th (G/A/S), October 14th (Rest of Europe) and October 15th (North America) via Metal Blade Records. Pre-orders can be made at this location.
The track listing is:
1. Kill Division March
2. Mechanic Domination
3. Fear of Life
4. Locked Up Forever (see lyric video)
5. Made of Lies
6. Destructive Force
7. Sadistic Oppressor
8. Distorted Reality
9. Generated Hate
10. Master Manipulator
11. Toxic World
Check out "Mechanic Domination": More...
Swedish all female metal act Crucified Barbara posted a new music video for the track "Crucifier." The song appears on the band's latest LP "The Midnight Chase," which was issued in 2012 via Nuclear Blast Records.
Check out "Crucifier" here:
TesseracT have posted their video for the track "Nocturne," taken from the latest album, "Altered State" (see review here). The video was directed by Ben Thornley for Sitcom Soldiers.
The band commented on the video: "As we haven't taken part in our promo videos for a while we felt now was the time to make an appearance. But, we also wanted to create a journey with the video that was similar to the journey portrayed by the music. A pretty straightforward step from the night, what it hides and the fear it generates, into the reassurance and safety of the dawn. We have always really liked the idea of creating silhouettes (we tried to something similar with our first video, "Deception"), so we decided upon using back lights for the majority of the video, which is then reversed when the feeling of the music changes towards the end of the track. We feel the guys at Sitcom Soldiers have really captured the mood of the song, and also produced a video that draws you in."
Ben Thornley who produced the video for Sitcom Soldiers states: "Working with TesseracT for us was about capturing something which did a great song justice with a memorable performance, whilst providing an equally provocative atmospheric narrative. The band naturally looked great and the creative process went very smoothly and shows in the final video."
Check out "Nocturne" here: More...
Finnish psychedelic doom act Tombstoned is streaming the new track "Daze of Disintegration." The song appears on the band's upcoming self-titled debut full length LP, which is set for release via Svart Records on November 14th.
The track listing for the release is:
1. Through Days
2. Daze of Disintegration
3. Rat Race
4. The End
6. Last Waltz More...
U.K. outfit Desolated has posted the following brief message online about missing a show due to getting stuck on the road:
"Yo our van is broke we're stuck in south Germany we will not be making it to Hamburg. Sorry to any one that comes to see us tonight, we will be back soon. We plan to be back on the road for the Liege show."
Let's once again take a look at my former residence of Costa Rica as we bring you a scene report from this Central American country. In the past forty years, travelers from all over have been making it a vacation hotbed. Celebrities own homes there, drawn in by the fabulous ocean, weather, mountains and night life. Many metal bands also make Central and South America prerequisite stops on their tours now. Even bands with little or no label support are financing small club gigs and have made Costa Rica one of their stops. More...
The latest band to dip into the growing number of acts looking towards crowd sourcing to fund a new album is Dutch symphonic act Ex Libris. The band is seeking assistance to fund its sophomore LP "Medea." The album is the first since the debut "Amygdala" was released in 2008. "Medea" is over sixty minutes in length. The track "Murderess In Me" can be heard streaming below.
The band is offering a variety of perk packages for contributions. The crowdfunding page via Indiegogo can be found over at this location.
Check out a sample demo of material for the album here: More...
Royal Hunt posted the second video in a video diary series chronicling the band's recording of the upcoming new album "A Life to Die For." The album is set for release via Frontiers Records on November 29th (EU) and December 3rd (North America). The track list and album art can be seen over at this location. The album will be available in standard CD as well as a lavish digipak edition including an exclusive bonus DVD shot during the band’s last tour.
"A Life to Die For" is the band's 12th studio release, and it is a concept album not in the lyrical sense, but musically, which sees the band expand their musical boundaries and bring their symphonic and grandiose musical element to the max employing a large number of classical/orchestra players in the studio as well as a large choir.
Once again the band's U.S. singer DC Cooper will see his trademark vocals shine throughout the songs penned by keyboard maestro Andre Andersen. The song writing and performances represent Royal Hunt at it's symphonic best
Andersen commented on the album: "This album is all that any fan of this kind of music might dream about: strong songs with huge choruses, infectious riffs, technical yet memorable instrumental parts, stellar production this time mighty reinforced by classical instruments and – of course - instantly recognizable style."
Check out the latest studio video here: More...
U.K. based symphonic metal act Damnation Angels parted ways with keyboardist Daniel Saunders. The band is set to embark on the first European Tour this coming November and guitarist Will Graney is set to play the keyboards as well live, if the band is unable to find a replacement.
In a statement on the band's Facebook page, Graney stated: "Hello everyone, a personal statement here from Will! I'd just like to announce that we are parting ways with Keyboardist Daniel Saunders. Things just didn't work out and that's the nature of this business I'm afraid. As we always say, good luck in the future. This will not effect anything upcoming so don't worry about the tour or the album! It's all still going ahead.
"People seem to come and go a lot in this industry but the key is Me, John, PelleK and Stephen are as a band and friends stronger than ever. We will consider a keyboardist to join this family but it has to be the right person this time. So we will take our time and 'I hope' we will find that person. Feel free to send us a message if you're interested to firstname.lastname@example.org.
"Until then or maybe indefinitely, I will be taking care of keyboards live as well as guitars and like I said this doesn't effect anything SO SEE YOU ON THE ROAD IN NOVEMBER, WHEN EUROPE DESCENDS INTO DARKNESS...."
Warlord mainman Bill Tsamis announced that the band will not be fronted by Arrayan Path vocalist Nicholas Leptos. Officially, Rick Anderson (who sang on the latest LP "The Holy Empire") and Dragonsclaw frontman Giles Lavery (who sang on "Kill Zone" from "The Holy Empire" and filled in for the band on its recent European Tour and upcoming DVD release) are out of the band.
The announcement reads: "Warlord will be now fronted by Arrayan Path main man Nicholas Leptos. Although Rick Anderson did a phenomenal job for us on The Holy Empire and Giles Lavery performed extremely well during the Warlord shows in April 2013, I have had my eye on Nicholas Leptos now for a long time for a few reasons: (1) The music for the next Warlord album will offer a heavier, epic power metal soundscape in which the voice of Nicholas will elevate our sound into a whole new realm. His vocals are ideal for the powerful epic material that I am composing for the next Warlord album. (2) Nicholas has also proven that he can perfectly cover every Warlord singer "live." In short, Nicholas Leptos will not only be able to carry Warlord into an even more epic future, but he will also be able to present the classic Warlord material in a "live context," perfectly covering every Warlord vocalist that has come before him. Needless to say, we are very excited to have Nicholas on board. In a word, he is the ideal Damien King that we had been looking for since the inception of Warlord. 'To the swords to the guns'" More...
Swedish progressive metal/rock act Cullooden - featuring Cloudscape drummer Fredrik Joakimsson on vocals and guitar - have signed on to Dead End Exit Records (a division of RoastingHouse Records). The yet untitled album is scheduled for release on January 10, 2014 and will contain 10 songs and "58 minutes of delicate, pro-sounding, catchy proggy metal," according to the label.
The album was partly recorded at RoastingHouse Studios and was mixed and mastered by Ex-Midnight Sun drummer Anders "Theo" Theander (Cloudscape/Pain of Salvation/Nostradameus). The album is said to appeal to fans from Dream Theater, Pagans Mind and Royal Hunt.
Fredrik Joakimsson (Cloudscape) - Vocals/Guitar
Jonas Ekestubbe - Guitar
Michael Södergren - Bass More...
Finland's Amoral has posted the song "If Not Here, Where?" online, which serves as the first taste of the band's upcoming 6th album "Fallen Leaves & Dead Sparrows." Check out the track below. The new album is due out in 2014.
Canada's Necronomicon is gearing up to head off on tour, but the band has now checked in with the following announcement about being down a bass player:
"We are really not happy to announce that our session bass player David McGregore had an unfortunate accident last night while getting ready to rehearse with the band.
"Injuries due to his latest car accident are aggravated and he still at the hospital. David wont be able to play for a while and as consequences will not be with the band when they leave Montreal tomorrow.
"Necronomicon will NOT cancel the tour and the band is working hard to find an alternative on how to fill the bass spot in the short amount of time left before the tour starts.
"Hang it there David. Thanks for your support."
Necronomicon will be touring in support of the "Rise of the Elder Ones" album (reviewed here). The band will be hitting the road with Deicide and Broken Hope for the October tour dates. Full details can be found at this location.
Exigency is a two-man metal band out of Steubenville, Ohio that has just released a debut EP titled “Dissolution.”
You can now stream the tracks in the player below, or download them for free at Bandcamp here. The band also comments on its sound:
"Exigency is a unique blend of different styles of music, taking progressive and technical elements and fusing it with modern melodic metal. Combining powerful, dynamic vocals with blistering drums, machine-like guitar work and grinding bass tones makes for an unparalleled listening experience."
The track listing is:
1. Abaddon 03:41
2. An Ocean of the Void Above 04:15
3. Catechize 03:45 More...
After a seven year hiatus, Wisconsin outfit Emotional Flatline is back with a renewed vigor and a refined sound.
The single Love's Sickness is taken from the band's forthcoming studio album due out mid 2014. Check out a lyric video for the track "Love's Sickness" in the player available below.
Sylo has released a new music video for the track "Lineage," which can be viewed below. You can also find more info on the band at Facebook here. Sylo consists of:
Danny Sneed - Vocals
Dave Ferland - Guitar, Vocals
Justin Parker - Guitar, Vocals
Wallace Gholson - Bass Guitar
Kody Barlow- Drums
Howling is due to release a new mini-album titled "Tear the Screams from Your Throat" via Razorback Recordings in early October.
Today a new track from the release is available for streaming. Check out "Lust For the Crimson Splatter" in the player below, or you can pre-order the album at this location.