Metal News for September 7, 2012
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Divinefire vocalist Germán Pascual (Ex-Narnia/Ex-Mind's Eye) is set to release his debut solo release "A New Beginning" on October 7, 2012 through Nightmare Records/Sony/Red. The artwork and track listing can be found below.
Special guest musicians joining him on the album including Carl-Johan "CJ" Grimmark (Narnia/Fires Of Babylon/Rob Rock) and bassists Per Schelander (Pain of Salvation/Royal Hunt) and Raphael Dafras (Almah/Seven Horizons). Pascal is a man with a very special voice, who has achieved much notoriety around the world, lauded greatly and likened with the greatest melodic metal voices of our day, like Ronnie James Dio, Jorn Lande and David Coverdale to mention a few. Pascual was the last voice of Narnia, a well known Swedish melodic heavy metal band, and his new music is hard heavy and melodic power metal without compromise.
Starting music as a drummer in a thrash band at 15, he was invited to try out for a much better band rehearsing next door as a vocalist when they overheard him screaming next door. It was to be his destiny; the band next door was Minds Eye. In 2008, Narnia needed a singer, and through a good friend Pascual made contact with Narnia guitarist C.J Grimmark. The rest of course is history, as Narnia went on to release "Course of a Generation" in late 2009. Feeling blessed to have found this great situation in Narnia, Pascual was stunned when the band decided to end all activity.
In addition to music, Pascual works with the less fortunate, the homeless and those suffering from drug addiction.
"A New Beginning" was recorded in his own "Camel Wash Studios." It was engineered and produced by Pascual & Raphael Dafras, with the mixing and mastering handled by Thomas Plec Johansson in "The Panic Room" (Sweden).
A teaser video for "A New Beginning" can be viewed at this location.
The track listing is as follows: More...
Spanish thrashers Desecration have just enter the studio to record a new album. Desecration will team again with producer Javi Bastard at the Moontower Studios and with Cesar Valladares, who will take care of the artwork, as was done two years ago with debut release "Lords of Misery."
Desecration has also posted a new video online for "Mass Immolation" off the previous "Lords of Misery" release. Check out the video clip below. Desecration will open for Angelus Apatrida at Granada this coming October 13th, where the band will present tracks off the new work. More...
The Florida death metal ministers in Obituary are set to kick off their first North American headlining tour in over three years this weekend. Brought to you by Rock The Nation and sponsored by Fender, the Carnival Of Death Tour 2012 will commence this Saturday in Orlando, Florida and tear its way through nearly two dozen cities. Further brutality will come from reunited death metallers Broken Hope as well as Decrepit Birth, Jungle Rot, and Encrust.
Obituary is also currently writing the follow up to the "Darkest Day" full-length, released in 2009 via Candlelight Records, with official details to be announced in the coming weeks.
The Carnival Of Death Tour marks Obituary’s first full North American tour run as a four-piece with death metal alumnus Terry Butler (Death, Six Feet Under, Massacre, Denial Fiend) on bass. For this trek, the band — vocalist John Tardy, drummer Donald Tardy, guitarist Trevor Peres and Butler — compiled a special fan-generated set list that will delve deep into the back catalog to include tunes predominantly off the group's first three full-lengths: "Slowly We Rot," "Cause Of Death," and "The End Complete."
Comments Donald Tardy: “We are super excited about the start of the Carnival Of Death Tour. It has been a long time since we toured extensively across the US and Canada. For the first time we went to our fans and asked their help in picking the songs for this ‘classic set’ and it really turned out to be a great set list. Most of these songs we have not played in over a decade and some of them we’ve never performed onstage so the anticipation is killing me! It's was quite the challenge to re-learn songs from 20 years ago but we are ready to blow our old fans away and hopefully gain some new ones. The scene has been set, the fans have selected the songs and the time has come to hit the road and kick off this Carnival.... send in the Clowns!” More...
Tunisian death metal act Brood Of Hatred has posted a new video online for "Cacophony In The Creation," taken from the album "Skinless Agony." The clip was directed by Mehdi Aouini and can be viewed below.
Vancouver's Fen has partnered up with The Ripple Effect for an exclusive preview of the band's new video, "A Long Line." Check out the video right here or in the player below. The following press release was also issued about the band's new album:
"Following up on 2010’s breakout album, Trails Out of Gloom, the band return to their heavier roots with the brand new album, Of Losing Interest! Once again recorded at Creativ Studios with longtime producer, Mike Southworth at the helm, the band have crafted themselves an album that perfectly balances the technical virtuosity of heavy metal with the more down to earth tones of the early 90’s alternative rock movement. Of Losing Interest is available through Nail Distribution in North America, Code 7 in the UK, and Clearspot International in Europe."
Fen will be hitting the road to begin supporting "Of Losing Interest" this month:
Sept 21st: Kamloops, BC - The Dirty Jersey
Sept 22nd: Salmon Arm, BC - Hideaway Pub
Sept 25th: Calgary, AB - Vern's Bar
Sept 28th: Prince George, BC - Riley's Pub
Sept 29th: Dawson Creek, BC - Rockwell's More...
Today Decibel Magazine unveils a snippet of “Bear” from "Husks" (reviewed here), the upcoming new studio offering from Louisiana metal goliaths, haarp. The album is set for release on September 18th, 2012 through Housecore Records and is the follow-up to 2010’s "The Filth."
Check out a portion of “Bear” through Decibel right here. Additionally, haarp, will kick off an eight-date run of live rituals later this month supporting Down. See confirmed dates below.
9/21/2012 Pop’s Nightclub – Saint Louis, MO
9/22/2012 House of Blues Chicago – Chicago, IL
9/23/2012 The Crofoot – Pontiac, MI
9/25/2012 House of Blues Boston – Boston, MA
9/26/2012 Electric Factory – Philadelphia, PA
9/27/2012 Mojo Main – Newark, DE w/ Givethemrope, Backwoods Payback, Altar of Dagon, Sunburster*
9/28/2012 Best Buy Theater – New York, NY
9/29/2012 Starland Ballroom – Sayreville, NJ
* No Down
Just weeks away from the release of fifth album, "I Am," Becoming the Archetype is pleased to share another new track, “The Planet Maker,” exclusively via MetalSucks. Check out the song at this location.
New album "I Am" hits stores September 18th from longtime label Solid State Records. “‘The Planet Maker’ is our most proggy song on the record,” explains band nucleus Seth Hecox. “It reflects our love of progressive rock/metal and good, original songwriting. The song includes screaming and singing. It's our most marketable singing on the record and the melody is in a style that is slightly new for BTA.”
“There are also some killer solos on this song, satiating the guitar nerds and the girls that require guitar gods to inhabit the bands that they unconditionally love,” Hecox deadpans. “To match the lyrics and concept of ‘The Planet Maker,’ there are some spacey elements to the music. The riffs harken to a sci-fi interest and feeling of new beginnings of a metaphysical nature.” More...
Decibel Magazine is currently offering a stream of Ofermod's "Mysterion Tes Anomias" EP. A re-issue of the EP with two bonus tracks is set for a North American release on September 11th, 2012. Check out the stream over at this location.
The track listing is:
1. Mystérion Tés Anomias
2. Chained to Redemption
3. Khabs Am Pekht
4. Rape the World
Season of Mist commented: "Ofermod is a name that people within the underground black metal scene pronounce with respect and in awe. Much of the current Swedish black metal sound, as heralded by bands such as Watain, finds its origin in the early works of Ofermod. The abyssal atmosphere, the sinister chord progressions, the violent and commanding drumming, a depraved demonlike voice - all of the above is Ofermod’s genuine trademark."
Truth and Its Burden will make the band's U.S. debut this coming November on "The Becoming Lions Tour" alongside Rite of Passage Records label mates Darasuum, and Oklahoma based band 2x4. Dates for the tour are as follows:
11/6 San Diego, CA – TBA
11/7 Canoga Park, CA – The Cobalt Café
11/8 Lancaster, CA – TBA
11/9 San Jose, CA – Music Ink
11/10 Las Vegas, NV – The Box Office
11/11 Mesa, AZ – The Underground
11/12 Albuquerque, NM – The Gasworks
11/13 El Paso, TX – The Spot
11/14 Midland, TX – The Pinebox
11/15 Lubbock, TX – TBA
11/16 Amarillo, TX – Vientiane Night’s
11/17 Lawton, OK – The Wichita Room
11/18 Oklahoma City, OK – The Parish
11/19 Tulsa, OK – The Compound
Truth And Its Burden’s album "Choices" is available now via Rite of Passage Records. The band's music video for their track “The Decider” can be seen at this location.
Oslo, Norway’s brutal punk quartet Okkultokrati has completed newest studio full-length release, "Snakereigns," and plan on jamming it into humankind’s back like a rusty prison shank this Fall.
BrooklynVegan today unleash the opening track from "Snakereigns," aptly entitled “No Ouroboros,” so quit dicking around and give it a spin right here or in the player available below. The following press release was also issued about the album:
"Building their anthems on straightforward punk beats with the filth of unholy black n’ roll running through their veins, Okkultokrati proudly let their influences from the masters of the genre bleed through, yet their spine-crushing anthems speak for themselves with unique guitar atmospheres and a mix of high/low-end riffage busting through the thunderous percussion and gnarled vocals. As part of the infamous Black Hole Crew scene, their local nihilistic brethren in Obliteration, Haust, Dark Times and a handful of other local henchmen remain their only comrades, purposely.
"Snakereigns follows-up the band’s No Light For Mass debut album, released amidst a handful of EPs, demos and split releases since their filthy 2008 induction. While their first album was produced by Haust's Ruben Willem, Okkultokrati asked Emil Nikolaisen of Serena Maneesh to record the follow-up."
"The recording was pretty much just a matter of getting mikes and valves on fire” Emil comments. “Just with one guitar down Okkulto sounded huge." Nearly forty minutes of the band’s putrid style seep through nine new tracks, set to be released worldwide via hometown label Fysisk Format, in Europe on October 22nd and in North America October 30th. The track listing is: More...
Boston, Massachusetts based black metal band Sorrowseed has released a new music video for the song "Ocean Scorn," taken off debut album "The Extinction Prophecies." The video was filmed in Iceland and Cape Cod, Massachusetts and can be viewed below. For more info on Sorrowseed, head over to the band's Facebook profile here.
Nefarious Realm webzine has posted an exclusive stream of the new track from Revolting, "Prey to Katahdin." That song is from the new Revolting album "Hymns of Ghastly Horror," which was just released on FDA Rekotz. The vinyl treatment for the album will be issued on November 16th. To access the new track "Prey to Katahdin," head over to Nefarious Realm.
Mortiis has teamed up with Norwegian filmmaker Reinert Kiil for a film short, titled "Vardøger," including "Geisteskrank" by Mortiis, which will debut at the BUT film festival in Breda, The Netherlands, on September 8th. The debut will be followed by a showing at Oslo Fright Fest on September 22.
The mini film "Vardøger" and soundtrack "Geisteskrank" will be made available to everyone via Mortiis.com as a free download starting October 1st 2012. “Vardøger" will be shown in conjunction with Kiil’s full-length films, “Hora” and “Inside the Whore.” This is Kiil’s first musical collaboration.
Kiil and Mortiis initially connected through Mortiis’ guitarist, Levi Gawron, also a film-industry colleague of Kiil. “I really love Mortiis’ work,” Kiil said. “The collaboration started with me writing a script for a story around my deepest demons, all the while listening to old tracks from Mortiis. I sent the script to Levi and he liked it. We talked many times and made the script more personal for me, as well as for Mortiis. I think the result is a film that expresses the essence of me and Mortiis all in one package.”
Said Gawron: “We connected early on in the Norwegian film industry because we share the same views and interest in films. I guess we both like weird and twisted things! We have played around with this idea for some time now. The idea was that he would make a music video for us, but as the project evolved it became a collaboration where he stood for the visual and we for the music. The idea is to share fans.” More...
Washington, DC-based heavy metallers A Sound of Thunder have begun work on their third full-length album entitled "Time's Arrow." The band has entered Assembly Line Studios with producer Kevin "131" Gutierrez (Shinedown, While Heaven Wept, Raven). With the same band line-up, producer, and studio that created 2012' "Out of the Darkness" (reviewed here), "Time's Arrow "features 11 new songs combining rousing and catchy traditional metal with crushing modern production. "Time's Arrow" will release in early 2013 and is the subject of the band's current Kickstarter campaign.
Blaze Bayley (ex-Iron Maiden, Wolfsbane) makes an appearance on the album, performing a duet with vocalist Nina Osegueda on the track "My Disease." Guitarist Josh Schwartz comments, "Blaze is a legendary figure in the history of metal, but more importantly he brings incredible power, passion and sincerity to his performances, and that's exactly what we needed on this song. Musically it has little in common with Maiden, and sounds more like a cross between Black Sabbath and Blaze's first few solo albums...and of course A Sound of Thunder."
Bayley also commented: "It has been a real pleasure to work on this song. Filled with passion and intensity, it has an edge. I wish A Sound of Thunder the very best of luck with their project, but with a song this good, I don't think they will need luck."
On August 20th, 2012 A Sound of Thunder started a Kickstarter.com fundraiser campaign for the recording of "Time's Arrow." The campaign will run for 30 days and offers fans a chance to pre-order the album, have their name printed in the album booklet, reserve an ultra-limited box set edition of the album, and acquire unique and rare items from the band. Video at the band's Kickstarter page contains the first clips from the new album. More...
Threshold has posted a new lyric video online for "Don't Look Down," which comes off the band's new album "March of Progress," due out September 11th in North America. Check out the clip below.
The track listing for "March Of Progress" is as follows:
2. Return Of The Thought Police
3. Staring At The Sun
4. Liberty Complacency Dependency
6. The Hours
7. That's Why We Came
8. Don't Look Down
11. Divinity (Bonus Track)
Today transcendental/drone duo Darsombra begins a lengthy European tour in support of forthcoming new album, "Climax Community." For the next month the outfit will tour through the continent alongside friends and European labelmates Stinking Lizaveta, with Tarentatec, Ides of Gemini and more confirmed for regional parts of the tour. Darsombra also just confirmed a record release show upon returning from the tour, set for October 13th in the band's hometown of Baltimore.
9/07/2012 South Of Mainstream Festival – Schönewalde-Stolzenhain, Germany
9/10/2012 Baracke – Ilmenau, Germany w/ Stinking Lizaveta Tarentatec
9/11/2012 Molotow – Hamburg w/ Stinking Lizaveta Tarentatec
9/12/2012 Schaubude – Kiel, Germany w/ Stinking Lizaveta Tarentatec
9/13/2012 Vortex – Siegen, Germany w/ Stinking Lizaveta Tarentatec
9/14/2012 Incubate Festival – Tilburg, Netherlands
9/15/2012 The Black Heart – London, UK w/ Stinking Lizaveta
9/16/2012 TBA – UK w/ Stinking Lizaveta
9/17/2012 Bannermans – Edinburgh, UK w/ Stinking Lizaveta
9/18/2012 TBA – UK w/ Stinking Lizaveta
9/19/2012 Nice & Sleazy – Glasgow, UK w/ Stinking Lizaveta
9/20/2012 Tyne Bar – Newcastle, UK w/ Stinking Lizaveta
9/21/2012 TBA – UK w/ Stinking Lizaveta
9/22/2012 Aïnu Festival – Montaigu, France
9/23/2012 TBA – France w/ Stinking Lizaveta
9/25/2012 Magasin 4 – Brussels, Belgium w/ Stinking Lizaveta
9/26/2012 L'Île Aux Trésors – Liège, Belgium w/ Stinking Lizaveta
9/28/2012 Sedel – Luzern, Switzerland w/ Stinking Lizaveta
09/29/2012 Royal – Baden, Switzerland w/ Stinking Lizaveta
09/30/2012 Sidro Club – Savignano, Italy w/ Stinking Lizaveta
10/01/2012 TBA – Bolzano, Italy w/ Stinking Lizaveta
10/02/2012 KV – Nürnberg, Germany w/ Stinking Lizaveta
10/03/2012 Ostpol – Dresden, Germany w/ Stinking Lizaveta
10/04/2012 Klub Final – Prague, Czech Republic w/ Stinking Lizaveta
10/05/2012 UT Connewitz – Leipzig, Germany w/ Stinking Lizaveta, Ides Of Gemini
10/06/2012 Cassiopeia - Berlin, Germany w/ Stinking Lizaveta, Ides Of Gemini
11/13/2012 Metro Gallery – Baltimore, MD w/ Hotgod (featuring Katrina Ford of Celebration) More...
Boston metalcore band On Broken Wings is set to finish recording the tentatively titled "Summer Solstice" this fall at Darkside Audio. Darkside Audio is the recording studio owned and operated by guitarist Mike McMillen. The new album will be the proper follow-up to 2005’s "It’s All A Long Goodbye," as 2007’s "Going Down" was a re-release of the band’s 2001 debut "Number One Beautiful" with four new songs. A recurring theme for each of the former releases, including 2003’s "Some of Us May Never See The World," was the addition of "I Do My Crosswords In Pen" on each release. When asked whether or not the track would appear this time around, Mike McMillen laughed and commented, “No, that song is done!”
However the tracks featured on the "Summer Solstice" Single, "Crowns Meant For Kings" and "Ego Ideal," will be on the forthcoming release and offers a glimpse into the band’s current sound, which is the vintage On Broken Wings. The tracks may currently be heard on Facebook, and have received nothing but positive feedback since they were released. The two track single may also be purchased from iTunes.
On Broken Wings toured with Bring Me the Horizon, Parkway Drive, Deez Nuts, and Architects in 2011. Thus far in 2012, On Broken wings has played the Jamboree 3 music festival and the 2012 New England Metal and Hardcore Festival.
Today Blistering.com is hosting the exclusive premiere of “Cataclysmic Euphoria” from New York technical death/grind behemoths Malignancy. The track comes off the band’s forthcoming offering of repugnance, "Eugenics," slated to drop in North America on October 9th, 2012 through Willowtip Records.
Check out the song via Blistering.com or in the player available below. Comments vocalist Danny Nelson of the track: “Enjoy this next malignant slice of Eugenics. ‘Cataclysmic Euphoria’ has a mixed flavor of essential bliss. The song is a bit different from our normal writing style, a direction we plan on revisiting again in the future.”
The long-running band’s third studio offering is loosely based around the concept of eugenics — defined as “the study of or belief in the possibility of improving the qualities of the human species or a human population, especially by such means as discouraging reproduction by persons having genetic defects or presumed to have inheritable undesirable traits (negative eugenics) or encouraging reproduction by persons presumed to have inheritable desirable traits (positive eugenics).”
Upcoming Malignancy tour dates are as follows:
10/19/2012 NJ Deathfest 4 @ Dingbatz – Clifton, NJ
11/02/2012 The Acheron - Brooklyn, NY
11/10/2012 1st Annual Delaware Deathfest @ Mojo Main - Newark, DE More...
Canadian metal outfit 3 Inches Of Blood has teamed up with Rock Hard Magazine to launch a brand new video clip for the song "Leather Lord," taken from most recent album, "Long Live Heavy Metal." Check out the video clip right here or in the player available below.
Cam Pipes (vocals) comments about the latest video: "We are very proud to give you our latest music video. The 'Leather Lord' video is done in a way we've never attempted before but we are pleased with how it has turned out. Germany's Rock Hard Magazine have been most enthusiastic about premiering. We would like to give them a most appreciative thanks for supporting us in this creative endeavor. Enjoy banging your head to our new video and Long Live the 'Leather Lord'!" More...
Today, Finland's Inferno magazine is streaming the entirety of Hexvessel's "No Holier Temple" album. Available for a limited time only, the stream of the album can be heard here. Originally slated for release today through Svart Records, the new release date for "No Holier Temple" has been adjusted to September 14th.
The new album's front cover (below) is by the artist Bastian Kalous and represents the reverence to the native forest and nature that Hexvessel wishes to raise awareness and preservation of. The themes of the album "are inspired by the work of great men like Scottish-American naturalist and preservationist John Muir and more recent radical environmental advocates Dave Foreman and Howie Wolke," discussing the definition of what makes something holy and sacred.
Frontman and founder Mat McNerney says of the album: “The songs were written specifically to be channeled by a group. This is the sound of a cult, all focused on summoning the same magic, joined in prayer, haunted by the same demons. We actively pushed for a new way to evolve our sound. I purposely strove to make this album a calculated move-on from Dawnbearer. This isn't about using symbols of the occult. This is about a way of living that returns the old gods to their rightful place. We're a family that worships nature through word and sound. We hope you will join us." More...
Spokane's instrumental metal gods Odyssey have announced details for the upcoming "Mad ExperimenTour" alongside All Gussied Up. The promotional poster can be viewed below, and the dates are as follows:
October 6th: The Charleston - Bremerton, WA
October 7th: The Kraken - Seattle, WA
October 8th: The Red Room - Portland, OR
October 9th: The Gathering Place - Eugene, OR
October 10th: On the Y - Sacramento, CA
October 11th: Tahoe or Reno, NV @ TBA
October 12th: The Shredder - Boise, ID
October 13th: Ray's Golden Lion - Richland, WA
Norwegian prog metallers Leprous will be embarking on the Progressive Assault tour later this month, and full details on the tour dates can be found at this location. Leprous is touring in support of new album "Bilateral" (reviewed here), and the band has now posted the first in a series of tour countdown videos online. Check out the new clip below. Leprous also commented:
"Leprous are heading out on their European Progressive Assult tour in September/October of 2012. To count down to the tour, the guys in Leprous have decided to show that they don't live up to the myth that 'bands on tour doesn't know anything about the cities they're in.' Einar and TorO will demonstrate their impressing knowledge about all the 21 cities they're about to assult. First city on the tour is Oslo, where Leprous will play at John Dee, September 28th." More...
Tesseract, which split with the band's vocalist back in June, has now issued the following update about recruiting a new member and releasing a single:
"We have found our new singer. He fits our vision for the stage and studio perfectly. Thank you for your patience over the last few months, but as the new single will attest, we feel it was worth the wait. The new single, entitled ‘Nocturne’ will be released through Century Media Records on October 12th."
TesseracT will also be performing on the following dates in October:
10/17th – The Haunt – Brighton, UK
10/19th – Crauford Arms – Milton Keynes, UK
10/21st – Euroblast – Live Music Hall – Koln, DE
10/22nd – Le Batofar – Paris, FR
10/23rd – Merleyn – Nijmegen, NL More...
Swedish black metallers Astrophobos have inked a deal with Abyss Records for the release of the band's forthcoming debut full-length album. The band is set to enter the studio this month with producer Erik Nilsson (A Swarm of the Sun, Aoria, Kausal) to record the album, which is expected to see the light of day this winter. Astrophobos has enlisted the services of Fredrik Widigs (Demonical, The Ugly) as a session drummer for the recording. Check on the group's website for updates.
The band has posted a pre-production teaser of the as-of-yet-untitled album, which follows below. Abyss Records also has the band's self-financed 2010 EP "Arcane Secrets" available on its website. More...
After completing his quadrology last year with the simultaneous release of "Deconstruction" and
"Ghost," renowned multi-instrumentalist and producer Devin Townsend is ready to start the next chapter in the Devin Townsend Project's career with "Epicloud." Due out September 18th in North America and September 24th in Europe, "Epicloud" boasts 13 light-hearted, hook laden tracks featuring once again, guest vocal appearances by Anneke van Giersbergen.
To give fans a preview of "Epicloud," Hevy Devy has now posted a new track, "True North," online. Give it a listen through Metal Hammer Germany here. You can also read our recent interview with Devin Townsend about the album at this location. The track listing for the album is also available below. More...
Chicago blackened death metal quintet Black September has revealed a third new track, "Defiance," from the upcoming album "Into The Darkness Into The Void" (street date: Sept. 25) at InvisibleOranges.com here.
"Into the Darkness Into The Void" is the follow-up record to Black September's 2010 full-length debut, "The Forbidden Gates Beyond." The track listing for the new album is as follows:
1. Into the Darkness
3. Rabid Hunger
6. Beyond The Realms
8. Unhallowed Ground
9. No Return More...
Vocalist Mike Semesky of Maryland act Ordinance has issued the following announcement about working on a new album and joining another band:
"Hey guys, Mike here with an Ordinance update! As you may or may not know, Alex and I have joined The|HAARP|Machine. We're both thrilled to be a part of this project hailing from the lovely United Kingdom, and we have an album coming out via Sumerian Records on October 16th (cough)Buy it(cough)!
"Although Alex and I will be tied up with THM, Ordinance is still very much alive. In fact, we are almost done writing our second album! Yes, you read that correctly; our second full length album is almost fully written! Without giving too much away, let me just say that this second record is going to be our most technical, thematic, and lyrically compelling material to date. We're all extremely pumped!
"Thanks for reading and be on the lookout for more updates!"
The new release by the elusive U.K. extreme metal act Dragged Into Sunlight has finally come to fruition. "Widowmaker" – which, the band stresses, is not to be considered a follow-up to the 2010 debut "Hatred For Mankind" (reissued by Prosthetic in 2011) – is set to be released on November 6 in North America, November 5 in the U.K. and November 9 in Germany.
"Widowmaker" was produced by Tom Dring during three recording sessions over the course of two years and includes additional guitars by an unnamed member of U.K. cult metal band Bossk. The grueling 40-minute, three-track album has been described by the band as "everything heavier and everything louder than everything else" with "an oppressing overtone of complete misery, depression, and isolation."
The members of Dragged Into Sunlight keep their idenities hidden by appearing masked in photos and playing with their backs to the audience in near-total darkness. More information on "Widowmaker" will be revealed in the coming week
Metal Blade Records is pleased to announce another event has been set up in celebration of the record label's 30 Anniversary, which included a packed showcase at this year's SXSW in Austin, TX, the Metal Blade Scion A/V Club showcase in Pomona, CA on 9/15, and the recently announced Los Angeles Armored Saint show at the House of Blues on 11/30.
For this next event Metal Blade has teamed up with Metal Wreckage and is moving things to the east coast. Taking place Tuesday September 25 at Santo's Party House in New York City, this event is offering fans the chance to attend a private CD Release show for As I Lay Dying, whose new album "Awakened" drops the same day and marks the band's first show since a run on this summer's Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival.
Supporting the San Diego, CA metal heavyweights are Detroit, MI's very own blue-collar thrash metallers, Battlecross, who recently wrapped up a run on this summer's Trespass America tour featuring Five Finger Death Punch, Killswitch Engage, and more.
Starting September 14, fans can pre-order "Awakened" at three New York-area independent record stores and receive a free laminate that gives you access into the private NYC release show. Stores participating includes: Looney Tunes (West Babylon, NY), Vintage Vinyl (Fords, NJ), and J&R (NYC). More...
Italian power/folk act Vexillum posted up a preview for the forthcoming sophomore effort entitled "The Bivouac." The album drops on September 21, 2012 through Limb Music in Europe.
Vexillum will support Luca Turilli's Rhapsody, Freedom Call and Orden Ogan on the Cinematic World Tour 2012. For dates and locations, head over to this location.
The track listing for ""The Bivouac" is as follows:
1. The Wanderer’s Note
2. Dethrone The Tyrant
3. Dancing Goddess
4. The Oak And Lady Flame
5. The Hunt
6. The Dream
7. The Marketsquare Of Dooly
8. The Way Behind The Hill
10. Letter From The Earth
12. The Last Inn
Check out the preview clip here: More...
Dominican death metallers Archaios just published on their Facebook page an official statement about the murder of one of their peers, Exsanguination Throne's drummer Jose Carlos Hernández, on September 2nd while the band was playing at a local concert. This vile and violent affair only adds more trouble to the cloud of controversy that has surrounded the band and the Dominican Metal scene for more than two decades. The statement, written by Archaios' guitarist Eric Cruz, says:
The Dominincan Republic has lost a great musician but most of all an outstanding person. Jose Carlos Hernández' (aka Asmodeo Nefast Drum Shiva) murder is an act of hate. He was stabbed 27 times on Sunday, September 2nd outside a club where Archaios and other bands were playing. None of us (Archaios' members) had the chance to intervene nor help as the crime happened ironically while we were playing our last two songs of the set "Dreaming with the Dead" and "Eternal Bleeding" and didn't notice what was happening until a friend came into the club and onto the stage to ask our replacement drummer William Marte for medical help.
William is a doctor and was tapped by the band to fill in for our drummer Johandy Ureña until he returns from the U.S.A. By the time he got out of the club Shiva was already being taken to a hospital. Of course, the number and kind of wounds he had didn't even allow him to reach the hospital with a pulse.
Living in a conservative country like the Dominican Republic, Shiva chose to give up on everything he had here to lead a life in South America doing what he loved the most: playing Metal. This was a step few are willing to take in order to pursue the Metal dream, the dream of extreme music. He was in the country coincidentally, on a vacation break and went to that concert just to celebrate the music he loved, until the very end.
We, Archaios, profoundly condemn this act of blood and offer our condolences to his family who has been shrouded by a dark cloud no one should ever experience. Going through these difficult times and struggling to see justice done is something just horrific. One more time, the spiral of conjectures unleashed by the sensationalist media has been overwhelming. Many local journalists have excelled by speculating without even leaving room to find out about the true facts surrounding the articles they write. So is the case, that the newspapers even said that a second person who was just wounded at the scene died as well, not even thinking about the grave repercussions this kind of lies might lead to.
Shiva, you may be gone, but your legacy lives on forever inside those who knew you and shared the stage with you. Your Metal Brothers will never forget. Hails to you!
Below is a video for Exsanguination Throne doing its eponymous track.
German thrash icons Destruction posted the first in a series of in studio videos. The band is currently in Gernhart Studios in Troisdorf with engineer Martin Buchwalter recording their new album "Spiritual Genocide." The thirty year anniversary released will be mixed by Andy Classen. In addition, guest appearances from fellow 30th Anniversary German thrash Alumni Tom Angelripper (Sodom) and Gerre (Tankard). "Spritual Genocide" is expected for a November 2012 release through Nuclear Blast Records.
Check out a preview of the new song "Cyanide" along with Wawrzyniec Dramowicz a/k/a "Vaaver" laying down the drum tracks here:
German metal icons Helloween announced that the band will once again join forces with Gamma Ray in a redux dubbed "Hellish Rock Tour Part II for March 2013. The full announcement on the band's official website reads:
"Who doesn’t remember the crazy “Hellish Rock Tour” in 2007/2008? HELLOWEEN and their Very Special Guests GAMMA RAY played 95 shows in 34 countries and left ecstatic metal fans in Europe, Asia, North and Latin America in their wake! Those who didn’t have the chance to be there, can now breathe in deeply and make the ‘Remake’ twice as unforgettable! The conditions are right: Booking wires are running red-hot for the “Hellish Rock Tour Part II”, which will start in March 2013 in Europe and go around the globe, once again featuring GAMMA RAY. Watch out for the full-on ‘Metal Ax Made in Germany’ and you can start betting on what kind of awesome final Weikath, Deris, Grosskopf & co. together with Hansen have come up with this time!"
Helloween Guitarist Michael Weikath commented: “The atmosphere on stage and backstage was very special last time, we will be repeating the party and are looking forward to the tour already!”
Gamma Ray frontman Kai Hansen added: “‘The Hellish Rock Tour’ definitely was a highlight of our band’s history, we’ll absolutely go wild once again!” More...
Danish modern metal machine Mnemic posted a video clip featuring behind the scenes footage from the band's upcoming music video for "I've Been You." The band teamed with Swedish director Patric Ullaeus of the Revolver Film Company AB (In Flames, Dimmu Borgir). The new single is taken from the band's latest album "Mnemesis."
Check out the footage here:
The U.K. doom legends My Dying Bride are streaming the new song "Kneel till Doomsday." The song appears on the band's forthcoming LP "A Map of all our Failures," due out in North America on October 16th via Peaceville Records (October 15th - EU). The album will be released in a myriad of formats, including CD, double vinyl, and special edition CD/DVD.
The album recording and mix was completed at Futureworks Studios in Manchester UK, with long-standing production maestro Mags at the helm. Artwork appears courtesy of Rhett Podersoo at Machine Room.
The track listing For "A Map of all Our Failure" is as follows:
1. Kneel till Doomsday
2. The Poorest Waltz
3. A Tapestry Scorned
4. Like A Perpetual Funeral
5. A Map of all our Failures
6. Hail Odysseus
7. Within The Presence of Absence
8. Abandoned As Christ
Check out "Kneel till Doomsday" here: More...
U.K. black metal band Winterfylleth is streaming the band's entire third LP "The Threnody of Triumph" (heard below). The album is due out for release on September 25, 2012 via Candlelight Records.
The album was recorded in Wales with producer Chris Fielding (Primordial, Electric Wizard) and delivers ten new conceptual compositions that delve into tales of England’s archaic history, recounting major events and battles.
Enjoy "The Threnody of Triumph" here:
Sweden's "dubcore" act Beyond All Recognition posted a second music video for the song "True Story." The song appears on the band's upcoming debut album "Drop=Dead," which is scheduled for a September 28, 2012 (EU) and October 10, 2012 (North American) release date through Napalm Records.
The first video for "Characters" can be seen at this location.