Metal News for September 30, 2014
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Every Tuesday we check in with metal musicians from across the genre spectrum to get their most memorable Pit Stories from live shows.
This week guitarist Nick Lee from Riot V shares a tale of a band that's not afraid to leave the stage and get right into the pit with fans - all while still playing the set! Nick had this to say:
I've grown up in pits at local shows and I feel like this was my favorite story to tell. My favorite pit-like experience has to be anytime Alabama's Daikaiju rolls through NYC. Within the first few songs of their set the band (amplifiers, drum kit, and all) is right in the middle of the floor with the audience.
The last time I saw them, right after they set their cymbals on fire in the middle of a tiny, cramped, dive bar with spectators' faces mere inches away, they had the crowd hoist the drummer, and each of his drums into the air, where he played the next song on top of any hands, shoulders, and heads he could balance on. Meanwhile their guitar players are taking turns climbing the bar, and surfing across the audience on their backs, never missing a note. The audience takes the cue and finds their own way to add to the insanity while the employees of the bar look on in horror.
I chose these experiences because they are always intense, sweaty, physical, over-the-top RAGERS but without any violent, chest-beating, machismo bullshit that tends to ruin the vibe of heavy shows. The audience leaves battered and bruised but never without a smile on their face and some crazy stories to tell their friends who stayed home that night.
Riot V - the band born from the remaining members of U.S. metal outfit Riot - is now dropping brand new album "Unleash The Fire." It was released in Japan back in August, and will be released in Europe, Canada, and the U.S. in October.
"Unleash The Fire" is the first record since the passing of guitarist and Riot founder Mark Reale. It features Riot veterans Don Van Stavern on bass, Mike Flyntz on guitar, and Frank Gilchriest on drums, and it is the first record with Todd Michael Hall on vocals and Nick Lee on guitar.
The band is also getting ready to play Loud Park '14 in Japan on October 19th with headliners Dream Theater & Manowar, as well as lining up new tours for 2015. More...
California's blackened sludge outfit Bloodmoon is setting out on a West Coast jaunt that begins this Friday, October 3rd in Eureka, California. Dates for the trek are as follows:
10/3 Eureka, CA @ Ink Annex
10/4 Portland, OR @ Slabtown
10/5 Seattle, WA @ Lo-Fi
10/6 Olympia, WA @ The Track House
10/7 Eugene, OR @ Wandering Goat
10/8 Sacramento, CA @ Starlite Lounge
10/9 San Jose, CA @ Caravan
Over the past two years, the band has released two albums, embarked upon two corresponding tours, and played countless shows all over California. The "Voidbound" album is available for streaming at this location. More...
Listenable Records has set January 20th, 2015 as the North American release date for Hellish Outcast's second album, "Stay of Execution." You can hear the new song "Heresiarch" below, thanks to No Clean Singing.
The Norwegian metal band's second album was recorded at Grieghallen Studios in Bergen: a place where milestone Norwegian black metal recordings were produced, including albums of Enslaved, Emperor, Immortal, Burzum, and others. "Stay Of Execution" was produced by Russ Russell, and the album's track listing is as follows:
1. Partition Of Lust
2. I Can No Longer See The Sun
4. Hunter Supreme
5. Gods Of Fear
8. Stay Of Execution
9. Morbid Attraction
11. The Wait More...
Ensiferum has been locked away in Astia Studio in Lappeenranta, Finland with producer Anssi Kippo for three weeks.
At this point drums, bass, and most of the guitar parts have been recorded. At the end of last week, guest musician Timo Väänänen tracked some takes with his kantele, and over the weekend, vocalist Petri Lindroos began tracking vocals.
Bassist Sami Hinkka comments: "Hi folks! For last few days, Mahi and Pete have sweated their asses off while recording guitars. Songs sound, like our friends in UK would say, bloody awesome! Today (Friday, September 26) we recorded kantele and some special guitar tracks. Tomorrow it's time to set up a microphone and start to record vocals. Things are proceeding as planned."
The album is tentatively scheduled for release worldwide on Metal Blade Records in early 2015. Catch the band live on these dates:
11/26/14 Tokyo, JP Club Duo Exchange
11/27/14 Osaka, JP Mamba Rocket
12/13/14 Eindhoven, NL Eindhoven Metal Meeting
01/22-26/15 Miami-Ochos Rios-Miami 70,000 Tons Of Metal
07/30/15 - 08/01/15 Wacken, DE Wacken Open Air
08/13-15/15 Dinkelsbühl, DE Summer Breeze Festival
Today Noisey hurls forth the third episode of "NOLA: Life, Death And Heavy Blues From The Bayou," a seven-part series exploring the people and culture that helped spawn bands like Down, Eyehategod, Crowbar, Acid Bath and so many others.
Following last week's edition, where Mike IX Williams discussed finding kindred spirits in Jimmy Bower and Joey LaCaze with Eyehategod, today's segment finds the Noisey team on a fishing trip with Bower. Here Bower discusses his time with Shell Shock, the origins of Eyehategod and his place in the sound of New Orleans, including where he thinks the roots of the music lie. Check it out below.
Eyehategod is preparing for another roadside takeover beginning with a short rash of one-off live incursions in Denver, Orlando and Miami set to commence this week as well as an appearance at Philip H. Anselmo's Housecore Horror Film Festival in Austin. From there, the band will pillage its way west trouncing stages alongside Power Trip, Iron Reagan and Today Is The Day on select dates. Dates are available after the video. More...
Good Fight Music announces today the label will team up with Belgian band Nasty for the North American release of the group's next album. Good Fight Music comments:
"Formed a decade ago in La Calamine, Belgium, Nasty has released four albums to date and has toured the world exhaustively, playing almost every country in Europe, as well as the US, Brazil, Japan, China and South Korea. In the past year alone, Nasty has toured with Suicidal Tendencies, Terror, Strife, Madball, Deez Nuts, and more.
"Nasty's fifth album, as yet untitled, will be released in North America on Good Fight Music in 2015. Expect unrepentant breakdowns and Belgian-accented mosh incitements. Stream 'Lying When They Love Us,' a track off the album, below."
Good Fight founder Carl Severson also states: "Good Fight was born out of the hardcore scene and we embrace that. There are a number of young bands with a fresh take on hardcore right now and Nasty really stood out to us. After their recent European tour with Terror, we'd heard they were great dudes as well. We are lucky to have the opportunity to work with them."
Nasty frontman Matthi adds: "We are very happy to have Good Fight as our new home and partner for North America. We are already feeling at home." More...
New Jersey outfit The Banner injected morbid, gothic vibes into metallic hardcore in the early '00s – along with bands like Ink and Dagger, The Banner turned a whole new generation onto a tradition set forth by The Misfits in the '80s.
Now, well over a decade since its formation, The Banner returns, vital as ever, ready to push things forward once again.
The connection between The Banner and Good Fight Music runs deep: Good Fight boss Carl Severson released The Banner's previous two albums – 2005's "Each Breath Haunted" and 2008's "Frailty" – on his former label, Ferret Music.
Good Fight will release The Banner's fourth full-length album, "Greying," in the upcoming months. The band's first album in more than five years, "Greying" was produced by Will Putney (The Acacia Strain, Poison the Well), who was also the producer of 2008's "Frailty."
With the final touches now being put on "Greying," today The Banner reveals one new song off the album: "Crippling Despair." Stream the track below.
The Banner founder and frontman JSS states: "Greying is a mix of Each Breath Haunted's darkness and Frailty's heaviness. To bring you this album we mobilized the same team that brought you Frailty: producer Will Putney and label boss Carl Severson. Greying is very much a continuation of what we built in the last decade, pushing everything forward to create the best music we've ever made." More...
HighVolMusic is pleased to announce that "Elegant Steel," the brand new EP release from hard rockers Strikeforce, is due out December 9th, 2014. Pre-orders begin November 11th.
"Elegant Steel" was recorded at Saw Horse Studios in St. Louis, MO, produced by Jason McEntire, and mastered by Michael Voss at Kidd Room Studios in Munich, Germany. The track listing is as follows:
1. All About The Money
2. Falling Down
3. Live Action
5. Let Me Rock U More...
After the band split with its vocalist during the Summer, Kscope is thrilled to announce that U.K. heavy prog act TesseracT will be joining the label's family.
Bassist Amos Williams comments: "Really looking forward to discovering the possibilities of working with such a creative label. We admire everything Kscope's done with bands like Anathema, Katatonia and Steven Wilson, and can't wait to see where they will guide TesseracT in this new chapter of the band. Very excited!"
Chilean death metal band Oraculum today premieres the new track "The Vessel of Orichalcum," which can be heard below thanks to No Clean Singing.
The song hails from Oraculum's debut EP, "Sorcery of the Damned," set for international release on October 27th via Invictus Productions. The label had this to say:
"Despite being newcomers, this Chilean power-trio have their sound nailed down, HARD: pulsing, doom-dredging Metal of Death that's red-eyed and composed in equal measures, manic and maniacal and yet exuding the confidence of veterans. Oraculum state that their influences are Bolt Thrower, Morgoth, Order From Chaos, Sadistik Exekution, Poison (Germany), and their native heroes Pentagram, and while residual traces of each can be heard across the four bruised 'n' battering tracks on Sorcery of the Damned, the manner in which they splice and dice this deathly DNA is theirs alone. Above all, the band's grasp of songcraft suggests the start of something monumental, each one moving memorably with depth and dynamics. Sorcery of the Damned is truly bewitching..."
The track listing is as follows:
1. The Vessel of Orichalcum
2. Primeval Flame
3. Passage I
4. Endarkenment More...
Prosthetic Records is proud to announce the signing of the Denver-based atmospheric metal quartet Wayfarer.
Formed in 2012, the band began working on full-length debut “Children of The Iron Age,” a lengthy epic of blackened atmospherics interwoven with entrancing acoustic passages and driving, powerful post-metal soundscapes.
The band commented, “It is an honor to join the stable of artists at Prosthetic. We are immensely excited to have such an outlet for the music that means the world to us, with the support of a forward-thinking label of such integrity. We are fans ourselves of many artists, past and present, that have operated under the Prosthetic banner and are looking forward to carving out our own place among such household names. Always forward.”
Recorded at Colorado’s Flatline Audio Studios with Shane Howard (Martriden) while being mixed and mastered by Dave Otero (Cobalt, Primitive Man, Cattle Decapitation), “Children of The Iron Age” is tentatively scheduled for a November release.
More information about the album will be revealed in the coming weeks, but for now, you can listen to a sneak preview of the album in the below video clip. More...
Last week’s Autumn equinox brought equal illumination to Earth’s northern and southern hemispheres, but it also sparked other blood-warming news: the thirteenth studio installment by Norway’s progressive extreme metallers Enslaved is now underway.
From his home in Bergen, Norway, Enslaved's Ivar Bjørnson takes some time to provide the following update:
“My favorite time of year is whenever we enter the studio with Enslaved to record a new album. Now the season of creative madness, endless days, and bleeding fingertips is upon us again… O joy!
"As before, it is the unholy trinity that forms the first line of attack: I (guitar), Grutle (Kjellson, bass & vocals), and Cato (Bekkevold, drums), are recording the foundations of the album live, while Ice Dale (lead guitar) and Herbrand (Larsen, vocals & keys) will add their instruments and voice in their own studios after these initial core sessions.
"Then I will add some wackiness at my home studio, before we all get together again to finish it. I feel that I have delivered basic material that is rock solid. I have poured my very life and heart into these compositions while the rest of the band have refined it, shaped it, and delivered it like their very lives depended on it.
"It has been challenging to keep up the pace with the way the songs wanted to go; life flows its ways and takes its turns regardless of your artistic ambitions. However, the music led the way through the fog and I just followed, and never doubting the oncoming album for a second.” More...
Baseball-inspired grindcore band Puig Destroyer has released a new, self-titled record today via No Sleep Records. Just in time for the MLB’s postseason, the new record is available now at this location.
Also, fans can stream the record in its entirety below, courtesy of Metal Injection. Inspired by Los Angeles Dodgers’ All-Star outfielder Yasiel Puig, Puig Destroyer is made up of members Riley Breckenridge (Thrice), Ian Miller (Kowloon Walled City), Mike Minnick (Curl Up and Die) and Jon Howell (Kowloon Walled City). More...
Vomit Fist's recently released debut digital EP, "Forgive But Avenge," will be made available in hard copy CD format via independent release on October 28th, 2014.
Today, The Village Voice hosts the New York City band's 48-second-long music video for “Under The Rind.” Check it out below.
You can also catch Vomit Fist twice this month – once in New York City at UCB East on October 10th at midnight (11:59pm for the ones questioning), as part of the "And I Am Not Lying" variety show featuring additional stand-up performances, burlesque, and sideshow entertainers galore.
You can also see Vomit Fist perform at Snug Harbor in New Paltz, NY on October 7th! For more info, head over to this location.
Featuring raw, in-your-face sonics, the band’s new EP, "Forgive But Avenge," was recorded and engineered by Nik Chinboukas at Spin Studios. More...
After streaming the track "Knife" online last week, Xerxes today unleashes another song from "Collision Blonde," due for official release on October 21st via No Sleep Records.
Stream new track “A Toast” now in the player below, thanks to Altpress.com. You can also see Xerxes performing live on these upcoming dates:
Oct 17 - Johnson City, TN - The Hideaway
Oct 18 - Charlotte, NC - Lunchbox Records
Oct 19 - Richmond, VA - Strange Matter
Oct 20 - Amityville, NY - Amityville Music Hall
Oct 21 - Brooklyn, NY - Collision Blonde Album Release Show @ The Paper Box
Oct 22 - Philadelphia, PA - The Fire (w/Empire! Empire!, Free Throw)
Oct 23 - Lakewood, OH - Mahall’s Basement
Oct 24 - Columbus, OH - Double Happiness
Oct 31 - Birmingham, AL - The Firehouse (w/Coliseum)
Nov 1 - Gainesville, FL - The Fest @ The Atlantic (w/Self Defense Family, Frameworks, Rescuer & more)
Nov 4 - Nashville, TN - Stone Fox (w/Coliseum) More...
High Hopes is coming back with new single "Revelation," which will be released on November 3rd via This Is Core Records. It marks the start of a new cycle for the band having put to bed the debut album "Self Revival," which was released in November 2013.
High Hopes drummer Daryl Pryor comments: “We've created something that we all are so immensely proud of. Every single part of this song, from the guitar patterns to the lyrics, is something we put our all into. The outcome is everything we wanted, heavy, melodic, catchy, hard hitting and the ability for it to be listened to over and over again. Revelations is just the start of what’s to come.”
You can also catch the band live on these dates: More...
Following Sensory Records' recent worldwide release of "Live From The Pit," the new live audio/visual full-length album from Redemption, an official video for the album's "Noonday Devil" has been released today. Check it out below, thanks to Metal Insider.
In 2012, Redemption co-headlined the world-famous ProgPower Festival in Atlanta, where the band recorded a unique show featuring nearly eighty minutes of material and staged with complementary visuals that drive home the compelling emotional impact of the band.
The set now becomes available as "Live From The Pit," a massive package including the full album in both audio CD as well as a joining DVD which features a 5.1 surround mix, bonus material/features, and more. More...
Death Valley Driver today releases the 4-song EP entitled “Carnivore’s Oath” one week early for fans to hear online. Listen in through the SoundCloud player below, thanks to Exclaim.ca.
The four-song effort was produced by Paper Lions guitarist and multiple award nominated Colin Buchanan, with mastering handled by Dan Weston (City and Colour, Classified).
Ceremonial death/doom ensemble Atriarch today unveils the slow brooding audio treachery of "Allfather."
The towering new hymn comes by way of the band's third full-length and first under the Relapse Record banner, "An Unending Pathway," which was recorded at Type Foundry in Portland, Oregon. The album is due out on October 28th, 2014.
In related Atriarch news, the band will bring new ceremonials to the stage this November on a West Coast run of live dates. Scheduled to kick off November 7th in Seattle, the band will traumatize thirteen cities through November 21st. See confirmed shows below. More...
New York hardcore outfit Sick Of It All's new album "Last Act Of Defiance" is officially out and in stores today.
To mark the album's official release, the band has posted a track-by-track video online. Check it out below, courtesy of Noisey.Vice.com.
Catch the band performing live on any of these dates: More...
Sweden's Stench has teamed up with Decibel Magazine for a full stream of the adventurous new album "Venture" that is set to be released on October 28th in North America (September 26th in Europe). Listen in below.
Jonathan Hultén (guitars) commented: "Venture is a journey from the rawest, most monotonous cellar-darkness up to a desolate mountain top, from which you are thrown into the abyss below in a castanedian manner. If only but for a moment or even throughout the whole 38 minutes, be prepared to enter the other world. For four years we have been boiling down our material to the bone in pursuit of the essence of this type of music. Our conclusion is that the simple and repetitive riffing is holding the key, and is enhanced by more or less subtle choirs and sound textures. Primitive, yet atmospheric."
"Venture" was recorded at Necromorbus Studio (Watain, Portrait) in Stockholm, Sweden. It will be available in a digipack CD, digitally, and in a 12" vinyl (black, limited picture disc and a special tri-colour version). The track listing is:
2. The Vast
4. Small Death
7. Venture More...
Manimalism just released a promo clip for "Demons in Tuxedos," which can heard below. The track hails from Manimalism's debut album, "Manimalism," set for international release on November 17th through Adversum. The label comments:
"Manimalism was founded by Kim Sølve and three others back in 1992. An anomaly in their own time, Manimalism was a silent contributor to the first wave of Norwegian post-black metal weirdness when names like Ved Buens Ende and Fleurety, before they became legendary, were their only contemporaries.
"As Taarenes Vaar, they released two demos, one in 1996 and one in 1997, both to critical acclaim from local magazines. It was hard for conformists to make sense of Manimalism; there was not much there that adhered to the expectations of the already indoctrinated black metal scene.
"Too bizarre to get proper recognition in their own time, too weird to be picked up by the black metal demo re-release wave a decade or so back, their two demos stand as the only evidence of their artistic merit.
"That is about to change. The self-titled Manimalism, built from the demo tracks and two other tracks - all written between 1993 and 1999 - is being released internationally on November 17th by Adversum on 12" vinyl LP.
"Although recorded between 2002 and 2013, the music has been recorded with the utmost respect for the original compositions and the time and visions they were created for. Written by a teenager and executed by adult gentlemen in their finest age with a limitless well of talent, experience, and mischief at hand, this album stands as a monument to -and celebration of - an era when darkness in metal was real." More...
Rancid will release new album "Honor Is All We Know" on October 27th via Hellcat / Epitaph Records.
"Honor Is All We Know" is Rancid's eighth studio album and was produced by Bad Religion guitarist and Epitaph CEO Brett Gurewitz. The album is the follow up to the 2009 Hellcat / Epitaph release "Let the Dominoes Fall."
Rancid has released a trifecta of new songs available for listening in a single video. "Collision Course," "Honor Is All We Know," and "Evil's My Friend" are streaming in the video below. Pre-orders are up now at this location and the track listing is as follows:
01. Back Where I Belong
02. Raise Your Fist
03. Collision Course
04. Evil's My Friend
05. Honor Is All We Know
06. A Power Inside
07. In The Streets
08. Face Up
09. Already Dead
12. Now We’re Through With You
13. Everybody's Sufferin'
14. Grave Digger More...
Project Arcadia releases today an official music video for "Here to Learn," which can be seen below courtesy of the Nightmare Records YouTube channel. This video was shot in an abandoned depot in Sofia and directed by Bob Katsionis.
"Here to Learn" comes by way of the "A Time of Changes" album released September 9th in North America and September 26th in Europe and rest of the world. The previously posted music video for "The Ungrateful Child" can also be seen at this location. The full album's track listing is as follows:
1. Here To Learn
2. Shelter Me
3. I Am Alive
4. Beggars at the Door
5. The Ungrateful Child
8. A Time of Changes
9. Formidable Foe
10. The Deal
11. Shadows of the Night More...
Currently in the midst of a U.S. run with Theory of A Deadman, Fozzy now announces "The Cinderblock Party Tour," a headlining run in support of new single and title track of the "Do You Wanna Start A War" album.
The Cinderblock Party Tour is a 19 date trek kicking off in Flint, MI on November 20th with special guests Texas Hippie Coalition and Shaman's Harvest. A full set of dates can be seen below.
In other news, Fozzy is proud and honored to announce the addition of Jeff Rouse as their new bass player. Jeff is an incredible musician and singer who has spent the last decade playing in Duff McKagen's Loaded and is also the lead singer and guitar player in The Guessing Game. After former bassist Paul DiLeo amicably and mutually parted ways with Fozzy last May, Jeff stepped in and immediately injected his amazing musicianship and electrifying stage presence into Fozzy's already critically acclaimed live show.
"I'm stoked to have been asked to join Fozzy and to hit the road to support 'Do You Wanna Start A War!' Can't wait to see everyone out there!" Rouse said.
Fozzy guitarist and main songwriter Rich Ward comments, "The first time I saw Jeff play with Duff McKagen's Load, it was immediately apparent that I was watching a special talent. He's a pocket player with killer tone and amazing stage presence. One of the few total package musicians that I have ever known and it's an honor to call him a bandmate and more importantly, my brother."
Singer Chris Jericho says, "I'm very excited to welcome Jeff into the band. His attitude, energy, charisma and playing skills instantly make Fozzy a better band and we are looking forward to a long, prosperous and sexy relationship with him!" More...
On Friday, September 26, 2014, during the performance as the opening act to Prong and Overkill, Connecticut traditional metal band Graven Image announced that the band will now be known under the moniker: As Darkness Dies. The name change will launch a new chapter for the band, which seeks label support for the upcoming release "Life Incomplete." The release was originally planned to be an EP, however, it will likely be extended and released as a full length.
The band cites the reason for name change to avoiding confusion with the myriad of previous acts under the same name.
The band has been working with Obsession/ex-Loudness/ex-Yngwie Malmsteen vocalist Michael Vescera, who will produce and mix the album. More information on "Life Incomplete" is expected soon. More...
Symphony X bassist Mike LaPond released an EPK video for his first solo album - under the moniker Mike LaPond's Silent Assassins - which was released via UDR Records on September 26th. The album features Hades/ex-Watchtower vocalist Alan Tecchio, Symphony X bandmate Michael Romero on keyboards and Mike Chlasciak (Halford) on guitar. The release is a return to the classic traditional metal styles.
Funding for the album was partially raised via a successful Kickstarter crowd funding campaign.
The track listing for the album is:
1. Apocalypse Rider
2. Red Death
3. The Quest
4. The Outsider
6. Silent Assassins
8. The Progeny
9. Oath of Honor
Check out the EPK here: More...