Metal News for September 5, 2013
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Are you in the mood for synchronized stage dancing, a “serious” glam video, and a not-so-typical rock band? If so, great – we’ve got that. If not, we’ve also got a hard core S&M video from Kenny Kweens (BEAUTIFUL CREATURES, L.A. GUNS). God bless you Kenny Kweens! More...
Lord Dying has been on the road non-stop since the release of debut "Summon the Faithless" earlier this year via Relapse Records - and that is not about to change now! Lord Dying has added shows to those previously scheduled dates with Valient Thorr and Ramming Speed.
The band has also added a slew of headline shows in support of "Summon the Faithless." The band will appear at Phil Anselmo's inaugural Housecore Horror Film Fest alongside Pig Destroyer, Down, Repulsion, and many others/ A complete list of dates can be found below.
The band recently debuted a video for the song "Dreams of Mercy," which can also be found after the jump.
In more Lord Dying news, the band members are now proud endorsees of Lace Pickups. Here's what Erik Olson has to say about his new Wino Lifers: "The Wino Lifers are killer. I didn't think it was possible to make my tone heavier while also increasing the clarity and sustain, so dial it in and crank it up!"
Here's what Chris Evans has to say about his new Lace Fingerburners: "The finger burners give me the extra punch, clarity, and low end I've been looking for. I couldn't be happier!" More...
Austere's first album "Withering Illusions and Desolation" will see a re-issue via Eisenwald Records on October 29th, 2013. The following press release was issued about the coming re-issue:
"Originally released in 2007, Austere's 'Withering Illusions and Desolation' debut appeared seemingly out of nowhere and soon came to be considered a modern classic of suicidal, heartwrenching black metal.
"The duo's roots run deep in the enigmatic Australian black metal underground, but here on Withering Illusions and Desolation, Austere crafted hysterical yet hauntingly melodic epics of absolute anguish and utter despair, taking the foundation laid down by Burzum to new heights/depths.
"Now, at long last, a proper and final re-issue of this first Austere album arrives courtesy of Eisenwald, with new band-selected artwork, new mastering, and packaged in a six-panel digipack: their distant and desolate black metal has never been presented better."
1. Unending Night
3. The Dawn Remains Silent
4. Withering Illusions And Desolation
5. Coma More...
Following the July release of second full-length "Beyond All Light," Louisville black metal quartet Anagnorisis this week hosts an in-depth, behind the scenes video documentary on the creation of the album.
Featuring tons of hi-def studio footage, interviews, and gear talk with all five members and more, the video shows the immense amount of time and planning the band put into the album. Check it out below. You can also stream the band's entire new album at this location. More...
Hailing from Brescia, Italy long-running progressive metal outfit Tragodia now prepares to strike back with its third full-length album this November.
While creating this new opus, the band caught the attention of Kolony Records, who signed Trogodia for the release of "Mythmaker." The album is due out November 5th, 2013. The following press release was also issued:
"A brand new episode of challenging musicianship from Tragodia, and hitting harder than on their previous albums, on Mythmaker the band embarks on an exciting trip into the realms of epic, merging the most diverse musical influences in what sounds like a companion to modern heavy metal. Building on classic metal twin guitars attack and relentlessly pounding rhythmic structures, as well on a vocally inspired performance and haunting almost space rock-driven melodies, Tragodia crafts it's most convincing opus so far. Mythmaker was recorded this Spring at Elfo Studio in Piacenza with producer Daniele Mandelli (Forgotten Tomb), and mastered at Sterling Sound in New York City by UE Nastasi (Lamb Of God, Gojira, Paradise Lost)."
The track listing is as follows:
1. A Cry Among The Stars
2. The Oracle And The Muse
3. A Temple In Time
4. Wisdom In The Meadows Of Sorrow
5. Tidal Waves Of Greatness
6. Once In Arcadia
7. The Stone And The Idol
8. Born Under Niobe
10. The Weeping Rock Of Seriphus More...
Butcher Babies has partnered with Revolvermag.com to premiere "Magnolia Blvd," the first music video from the band's debut album "Goliath." Watch the clip below.
The video was directed by Daniel Gomez and produced by Los Angeles-based Marco De Molina and his Veva Entertainment Company.
Butcher Babies will be direct support for punk and metal legend Danzig on his upcoming October tour, and will be taking to the high seas in January 2014 for the Shiprocked Cruise. More...
Current members of Killswitch Engage and Shadows Fall and ex-members of Overcast and Cannae have combined forces in the project Death Ray Vision. The debut 12 song album "We Ain't Leavin' Till You're Bleedin'" will be released on Bullet Tooth this coming September 10th, 2013.
You can now stream the entire album a week ahead of its release at Rdio.com here. The new album's track listing is:
01. We Ain't Leavin' Till You're Bleedin'
02. Over My Dead Body
04. Condemned When You Were Born
05. Fuck Compromise
06. Live Fast… Never Die
07. Break Every Chain
08. This Is Progress
10. Your Shallow Grave
11. False Prophet
12. A Forest (Of Kegs) More...
Atlanta sludgeniks Sons of Tonatiuh are preparing for another bout of roadside debauchery. Set to begin September 20th in Asheville, North Carolina, the band will rupture the infrastructures of nine venues, coming to a close on September 28 in Knoxville, Tennessee.
9/20/2013 The Odditorium - Asheville, NC w/ Nuclear Blast Suntan
9/21/2013 The Haymarket Whiskey Bar - Louisville, KY w/ Ohlm
9/22/2013 CBGB - St Louis, MO
9/23/2013 The Empty Bottle - Chicago, IL w/ Swan King
9/24/2013 Mulligan's - Grand Rapids, MI w/ BurT
9/25/2013 The Tree Bar - Columbus, OH w/ BurT
9/26/2013 The Chameleon - Cincinnati, OH
9/27/2013 Al's Sidecar - Lexington, KY w/ Ohlm
9/28/2013 Poison Lawn - Knoxville, TN More...
Hailing from New Hampshire, Vattnet Viskar's new album "Sky Swallower" is out now via Century Media.
The band's new video for "Breath of the Almighty" was directed and produced by Josh Graham of Suspended in Light, Neurosis' visual creator for years. Check it out below.
You can also get a deeper look into the recently released album by reading our interview with the band over here.
France's avantgarde black metallers Glorior Belli have revealed the details of their forthcoming 5th album entitled "Gators Rumble, Chaos Unfurls."
The release is coming to shops on October 29th in Europe and November 12th in North America via Agonia Records. A debut song off the release is streaming online. Listen to "I Asked For Wine, He Gave Me Blood" in the player below. The full album's track listing is:
I. Blackpowder Roars
II. Wolves At My Door
III. Ain't No Pit Deep Enough
IV. A Hoax, A Croc!
V. From One Rebel To Another
VI. I Asked For Wine, He Gave Me Blood
VII. The South Will Always Know My Name
VIII. Le Blackout Blues
IX. Backwoods Bayou
X. Built For Discomfort
XI. Gators Rumble, Chaos Unfurls More...
Extreme tech metal mind-mashers Gigan today unleash another new track from the "Multi-Dimensional Fractal Sorcery And Super-Science" album. Titled "Mother of Toads," the twisted tune of torment comes by way of Invisible Oranges and can be heard below.
Describes guitarist Eric Hersemann, "'Mother of Toads' is the fourth song on Multi-Dimensional Fractal Sorcery And Super-Science and it is directly inspired by the short story of the same name written by Clark Ashton Smith. Essentially the story and lyrics speak of an old crone hidden away in the dark recesses of a marsh, a witch motivated by a sinister hunger for seduction and evil. The music itself reflects the chaos of her world and her crawling minions, as well as the giddy confusion experienced by those caught within her spell... a combination of terror, revulsion and unearthly beauty."
Earlier this week in an interview with Adam Lawton of MediaMikes.com, Gene Hoglan let the title of his new DVD out of the bag.
The DVD, "The Atomic Clock: The Clock Strikes Two," will feature “a lot of the stuff I have been doing at my clinics,” according to Gene.
He continues, “For this release I was able to get the licenses for the songs I am playing. Everything from Death, Testament and Meldrum are going to be on there. The new DVD has a lot of depth to it and I have tried to improve on everything included.”
"The Atomic Clock: The Clock Strikes Two" is available for pre-sale now, with several package options at this location.
Earlier this month, Gene Hoglan also announced his upcoming clinic tour, "The Gene Hoglan Experience." Full details can be found over here.
American doomsters Bloody Hammers have completed work on their sophomore LP titled "Spiritual Relics."
The follow-up to the North Carolina occult metal band's eponymously titled debut, "Spiritual Relics" will be released worldwide on October 1st via Soulseller Records and boasts ten titanic tracks revolving around ironclad themes of classic horror, stories from the coven, and chilling evil.
Amsterdam based metal band The Charm The Fury will release new album, "A Shade of My Former Self," in North America on September 17th via Pavement Entertainment.
In anticipation, the band has released a teaser stream for fans to sample tracks from the forthcoming record. The album is also available for pre-order now at this location. The following press release was also issued:
"Unique, edgy, ferocious yet somber, The Netherland’s The Charm the Fury formed in 2010 and has brilliantly managed to stand out from the crowd. The band is not only known for its harmonious but chaotic tracks, but also because of stunning singer Caroline Westendorp. Her vocals will turn the head of any female fronted act, as well as, give male fronted bands a severe run for their money.
"The debut full length A Shade Of My Former Self, shows sheer progression and maturity in the bands unique sound and structure. The band has spent the summer touring Europe with We Came As Romans, While She Sleeps and Warped Tour Eindhoven! Plans for a full North American tour are also in the works for complete worldwide domination." More...
Winds of Plague has finished work on fourth studio album "Resistance," which is the follow-up to "Against The World."
"Resistance" is set for release October 29th on Century Media and comes just in time for the band's tour with Bleeding Through (see dates below). More...
After headlining the Vans Warped Tour all summer long, Bring Me The Horizon now reveals a new video for "Go To Hell For Heaven’s Sake," a track from the "Sempiternal" album released earlier this year on Epitaph Records.
Stuart Birchall directed the video and the live shots were filmed at the Church of St. Bartholomew the Great in Barbican, London. Watch the clip below. You can also stream the band's full album at this location. More...
After premiering the new song "Reach Out" online, Now Or Never has revealed the cover artwork for the band's self-titled release. Check it out below.
Now Or Never was formed in 2012 and features ex-Pretty Maids members Ricky Marx and Kenn Jackson.
The new album is due for release this coming November 2013 in Europe and Asia, and mid-January 2014 in North America. More...
Canadian outfit Finnr's Cane has been silent in recent years, but now the group is back with a second full-length album. The new album "A Portrait Painted By The Sun" is due out November 5th in North America through Prophecy Productions. Check out the artwork below. More...
Fit For An Autopsy has released another new single called "Tremors" in anticipation of upcoming new LP "Hellbound," due out September 10th, 2013. Listen to the track below.
Apparently not a nod to the classic Kevin Bacon flick about underground monsters, the band comments on the track:
"Tremors is a song about giving up. Things just don't get better sometimes. People go bad and you lose the ones you love to death, to drugs and to the darker places in life. It's not easy to go through life and expect every day to be better than the one before it. Bad shit happens and it's going to keep happening and that's that." More...
Six months after the vinyl single "Eweroun," Falkenbach's sixth album, "Asa," is now officially set for release on November 5th in North America via Prophecy Productions. Info on pre-ordering the various "Asa" bundles can be found at this location. The cover artwork is available below. More...
Featuring a combination of death and thrash metal, Edmonton-based Death Toll Rising formed in 2003 in Stony Plain, Canada and has been grinding the Western Canadian metal scene steadily. The following press release was issued about the band's lineup and upcoming album:
"New addition Tylor Dory on guitars has introduced a technical and progressive element to the band they have not had in the past. Add in the intense and relentless drumming provided by Bryan Newbury (recently recruited by Canadian prog/death powerhouse Into Eternity), as well as the well-rounded rhythm provided by Drew Copeland on guitar and Mike Puff on bass, and you get a monster that is only now being unleashed upon the masses with vocalist Jesse Berube topping things off with a combination of brutal death growls and Tomas Lindberg-esqe high shrieks, which will be plenty noticeable as they gear up for the release of their sophomore album 'Infection Legacy' on October 22nd, the follow up to their 2010 debut album 'Defecation Suffocation' and 2008 EP 'Spontaneous Decapitation'."
Guitarist Drew Copland comments: "This album has been a long time coming for us, but we firmly believe in taking your time and never releasing something that you feel is inferior in any way. We are incredibly stoked on how this album turned out, and are confident that fans will find it just as crushing as we do! It definitely represents the next level for us in terms of song writing and sound and cannot wait to get it into your ears!" More...
Chapters of Eden has checked in with the following announcement about parting ways with the band's guitar player:
"We regret to inform you that Johnny is no longer a member of Chapters Of Eden, this is a decision that was necessary for the progression of the band as we were falling apart as a band and friends.
"We hate that we had to do this and it literally killed us to do it but we hope all the best for Johnny and his future endeavors, we thank him for his time with us and we still love him as a brother dearly.
"So what does this mean for Chapters now? Don't worry, we will still be constantly writing new tunes for you to have eargasms over and we will be going back to our 'roots' and bringing you new tunes in the style of our original EP but this time pushing the boundaries of what we can do and having a laugh in the mean time! Expect some stupid videos soon. Also we will not be looking for a new guitarist." More...
Brooklyn's Meek Is Murder has completed work on second full-length, "Everything Is Awesome Nothing Matters." The album is set for an October 22nd vinyl release on Threshold of Pain Records and a digital release via the band.
For "Everything Is Awesome Nothing Matters," Meek Is Murder employed the same one-two punch of a production team that crafted the 2011 full-length debut, "Algorithms:" producer and Converge guitarist Kurt Ballou (High On Fire, Nails) and mastering ace Alan Douches (Mastodon, Dillinger Escape Plan).
A video from the recording sessions at Kurt Ballou’s Godcity Studio is now streaming below courtesy of MetalSucks.
The inspiration for the album comes from what guitarist/vocalist Mike Keller calls "the most trying year of my life," involving three deaths in his family, the end of a four-year relationship, the loss of all his possessions in a fire, temporary homelessness, illness, and a critically injured dog.
Says Keller: "In a year like that, the temptation is there to become despondent and angry with the world. But you do what you can to get through the day and in the end you become a stronger dude for it. The truth was always there but I was finally able to make some sense of it all. Life is a paradox: it is cruel and beautiful and any meaning comes from within. Embrace your insignificance and make what you want, just because you want to experience the journey of making it. Everything is awesome. Nothing matters." More...
Montreal's Eclipse Prophecy has issued the following announcement about front man David McGregor being in an vehicle accident:
"Our lead singer Dave was involved in a car accident on Tuesday night. After a few hours at the hospital, the final results are a concussion, whiplash injury and severe lumbar sprain. He won't be able to play stringed instruments because he's not allowed to lift any weight for a few weeks.
"But don't worry! The show with Helloween won't be cancelled! We have prepared a new lineup for the show and Dave will only handle the vocals due to his injuries. We wish him to heal quick!" More...
In just a mere 13 days, Long Island hardcore activists Stray From The Path will release "Anonymous," the group's fourth full-length album that was produced once again by Will Putney (Chiodos, For Today) at the Machine Shop in NJ.
"Anonymous" is set for a September 17th release, but in the meantime be sure to check out the new video for the track, “Badge & A Bullet” below.
Stray From The Path just completed a run across North America this summer on the annual “AllStars” Tour and will now set sights for another U.S. run this fall headlining a trek with Backtrack, Gideon, No Bragging Rights, and Rescuer rounding out the package. Dates are available below.
Tom Williams (guitars) states: “The idea behind Anonymous is doing something selflessly because you think that it will be better for the human race. What we want to accomplish with this record is to raise awareness for things that concern us with our country, share personal issues throughout our lives and bring you a record that is heavy, fresh and powerful. The main musical focus of Anonymous is to capture the universal language, that is, bobbing your head. Everybody can feel it, no matter what style of music, people can feel the flow. We want to harness that feeling and bring it to the masses across the world.” More...
Warbringer has unveiled the new album artwork for upcoming release "IV: Empires Collapse," which is coming out October 28th in Europe and October 29th in North America via Century Media. Check out the art below.
Warbringer's John Kevill also previously commented on the album: "I'm proud to say I think this is the strongest Warbringer record and contains our absolute best work to date. Some of it is kind of a departure from what we normally do - in a really cool way, and different song-by-song. It will be interesting to see what you guys think in a couple months."
Prog outfit Opposing Motion has just unveiled a music video for the track “Forever’s Edge,” taken off debut album "Laws Of Motion." Lion Music comments on the clip:
"The video, directed by Quentin Herlemont, was shot in a 19th century painter studio and features a complex storyline in the tradition of music greats.
"Opposing Motion’s sound stems from varied influences from the heavy and prog metal genres but always focus first and foremost on melodies, then layering more creative, technical breaks and sections to take the listener through an exciting and intriguing journey." More...
Masterminded by award winning director Patric Ullaeus, today Deals Death unveils the official music video for "Point Zero Solution," the title track of the band's upcoming album. "Point Zero Solution" will be released via Spinefarm Records on 13th of September.
Guitarist and song composer Erik Jacobson comments, “Point Zero Solution introduces the factors that lie behind a weakened society, a failed state. The lyrics deal with our human behaviour and our quest for comfort and luxury, at any cost.”
A prevailing theme throughout, vocalist and lyricist Olle Ekman comments on the album as a whole: "It’s a step-by-step description of the process which breaks down the systems of nature and society, our false hopes, our credulity towards authority and the belief in eternal growth." More...
Insurrection has posted the new song "Checkmate" online, which can be heard in the player below. The following press release was also issued about the band's coming new album:
"Gatineau, QC death metal band Insurrection has blended its calculated technicality to create a signature mixture of merciless death metal that has emerged from the prominent Canadian scene.
"Growing, modulating and mutating into a machine of an aural onslaught since their conception in 2003 by founding members Martin Samson and Stef Jomphe, the band is officially unleashing their first crowd funded and third full length album 'Prototype' produced by Topon Das (Fuck The Facts) on October 15th via Canadian label Galy Records. The album is the follow up to 2010's 'Fracture', a dark prophecy of unforgivable times and a brutal soundtrack to the fall of man and 2009's 'Prologue', which gave first life to the band's monstrosity."
Vocalist Stef Jomphe comments: "We're really proud to finally bring Prototype to the masses. It represents the next step for Insurrection, trying out different ways to present our own sound, exploring different angles and methods! This is the result of several years of hard work along with amazing support from our fans and friends whom without, none of this would've been possible! Enjoy Prototype, you made it happen!"
1. Overprocessed (Intro)
3. The Chronophobes
5. Sueurs Froides
7. Trois Minutes de Carnage
10. They Rise
11. Bruits Sans Fin More...
Michigan post hardcore act We Came As Romans has premiered an official video for "Fade Away," which is available below.
The video was directed by Rasa Acharya and Dan Kennedy and filmed in New York. The track is taken from the band's new album "Tracing Back Roots," released July 22nd, 2013 via Nuclear Blast.
"Having the whole band involved in the storyline was something we had never done before and we're all very pleased with how it came out," shares vocalist Dave Stephens. "It was also really awesome and different for us to do a video with so many special effects. We had a blast making it and it's always a pleasure to work with Dan and Rasa. This is my favourite video we've ever done." More...
"The Good, The Bad And The Damned" - the debut album from Portland, Maine-based sect ZUD - is infecting unsuspecting humans across the globe.
Today Cvlt Nation helps spread the infection by hosting a stream of the full release for all to experience. Eliminate your enemies or just party hard to the raging ZUD riffery in the player below. The following press release was also issued:
"Seamlessly melding the callous, grimy, black metal antagonism and untamed abandon of Watain, Peste Noire, Bathory and other infamous black metal cults with a more free-form classic rock jam approach more akin to something found on a dusty Roky Erickson or early Van Halen LP, Zud's charged but undeniably pleasurable approach to songwriting is nothing short of entertaining and ballsy. Zud somehow does something vibrant and fresh while simultaneously paying homage to those who forged the paths the four members have traveled thus far in life. Writers at major renowned media sources down to the smallest fan-run blogs have been dropping killer blurbs and reviews on Zud's mad methods over weeks past, The Good, The Bad And The Damned inspiring an infectious rash of full-on praise from across the globe.
"Recorded and mixed by Todd Hutchinson (Falls of Rauros, AOK Suicide Forest) at Acadia Recording Company in Portland, Maine and mastered by Tore Stjerna (Watain, Repugnant) at Necromorbus Studios in Stockholm, Sweden, The Good, The Bad And The Damned rolls with more than forty minutes of badass riffage, the album self-released on the Summer Solstice in a limited run of 333 hand-numbered gatefold digipak CDs, available direct from the band here." More...
Brazil's Soulfly (led by iconic frontman Max Cavalera) has released another brand new single off the band's upcoming groove bomb "Savages."
Check out "Master Of Savagery" in the player below, thanks to TheGauntlet.com.
"Savages" is set for release on October 4th, 2013 via Nuclear Blast Entertainment. The artwork was created by artist Paul Stottler, known for Sacred Reich's "Surf Nicaragua" cover.
Produced, engineered and mixed by sound guru Terry Date (Pantera, Deftones, White Zombie), "Savages" will be released as a limited edition digpack CD, 2LP vinyl and digital download. Guest vocal appearances on "Savages" include bass player Tony Campos, Max Cavalera's son Igor Cavalera, Clutch's Neil Fallon, Napalm Death's Mitch Harris, and Jamie Hanks of I Declare War.
Italy's Burning Nitrum has checked in with the following brief announcement about recruiting a new bass player: "There's a change in our line-up: Angelo Fiore replaces Walter Lanotte as bassist. Welcome Angelo!"
Katatonia has posted another song online from "Dethroned & Uncrowned," which is a re-imagining of the band's latest album "Dead End Kings" (reviewed here).
Check out the new version of "Buildings" in the lyric video below, or you can hear the previously posted "The One You Are Looking For Is Not Here" at this location.
The following statement was also issued about the coming "Dethroned & Uncrowned" release:
"In August 2012 Katatonia released Dead End Kings, their ninth studio album. The album was the band's most successful to date and cemented the Swede's position as masters of sorrowful metal. Dead End Kings was released on the Peaceville label, the band's home for the past 14 years. In September 2013 the band return with Dethroned and Uncrowned, their first release on Kscope, Peaceville's sister label.
"Many of the ecstatic reviews the Dead End Kings received commented on the fact that the album marked another step in the band's journey towards a more progressive sound. Dethroned and Uncrowned allows them to explore these elements of the record further as they have reworked the album, creating new moods and textures while still staying truthful to the core of the songs.
"The album will be available on double LP, download and as 2 disc (CD & DVD-AV) digibook set, which also features a 5.1 surround mix of the album."
1. The Parting
2. The One You Are Looking For Is Not Here
4. The Racing Heart
8. Undo You
10. First Prayer
11. Dead Letters More...
Florida act Akeldama has released the "Everything Beautiful" album, which can now be heard via the player below or over at the group's Bandcamp page. The track listing is as follows:
1. A New Beginning (feat: Keshav Dhar) 06:05
2. Still Heart 04:50
3. Desolate and Lost 01:06
4. Apotheosis 04:51
5. In This Life, and the Next... 02:18
6. Into Infernus 04:46
7. Shadow of an Entity 05:32
8. A Seed of Hope 06:20
9. Portrait of a Broken Life 01:08
10. A Glimpse of Perfection 04:18
11. Love Forever Threaded 05:26
12. Everything Beautiful (feat: Ashe O'Hara and Per Nilsson) 05:34 More...
Update: the stream is no longer available, but you can pick up the album at this location.
Mixing some serious thrash riffage with symphonic black/death metal is a new gem in the already impressive underground Canadian scene - Dissension!
The band's debut full-length "Of Time And Chronic Disease" is coming September 10th, and so far only a smattering of material from the album has made its way online. Today we're proud to bring you another preview in the form of the album's sixth track "Legacy." Give it a listen in the SoundCloud player below.
As the mid-point track on the release it differs quite a bit from the rest of the album, so be sure to also check out the title track, which is still available for streaming right here.
For local fans, the band will be holding a CD launch in Montreal, QC on September 13th at Foufounes Electriques. To find out more about the album, you can also read our recent interview with the band, or check out Dissension's entry in our "Pit Stories" column about the hilariously evil Toys-R-Us Satanic Sacrifice. More...