Metal News for September 8, 2011
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The tenth annual Maryland Deathfest is set to take place in Baltimore, Maryland on May 24-27, 2012 and the final 12 bands were recently announced. They are:
NEEDFUL THINGS (Czech Republic)
DIE PIGEON DIE (Australia)
Additionally, the organizers have announced the lineup for the first day (Thursday). AUTOPSY will be headlining this day and the rest of the bands playing will be: AGALLOCH, EYEHATEGOD, RORSCHACH, DYING FETUS, DESASTER, NEEDFUL THINGS, DIE PIGEON DIE, and EXTERMINATION ANGEL.
Four-day passes (Thursday-Sunday) and 3-day passes (Friday-Sunday) will go on sale on Monday, September 26th. Single day tickets for Thursday will also go on sale on the 26th. More...
Geelong death metal band Dawn of Retribution has announced that they are disbanding:
"After four years, countless shows around Australia, one critically acclaimed full length album and a hell of a lot of beers it with some sadness and some optimism for the future that Dawn of Retribution have decided to call it a day.
"This decision is not one that has been made lightly, and as individuals we are looking forward to what the future will present. Some of us will continue on with other musical projects that we hope will be as positively embraced as this one has been, others will treat this as an opportunity to focus on other aspects of life that have been somewhat neglected over the last few years of hard work within the band.
"While we believe this to be the right decision, this is a sad time for us. This disbanding is entirely amicable and we all remain and will continue to be very close friends. We have had some of our best experiences in the Australian music scene while working under the ‘Dawn of Retribution’ banner and we have made some amazing, lifelong friends and will retain some everlasting memories.
"One final show has been booked, and we promise you this will not be one to miss. Details will be released very soon and we are hoping to see you all there for one final, epic party. So as the dawn becomes a dusk, we look to farewell this chapter of music with one hell of a bang!"
Scar of the Sun has checked in with the following update about writing new material for an upcoming album:
"Hello everybody. It's been a while since the last update, but summer is the appropriate time to slow things down and take a breath. So, we got some new amazing reviews from all over the world that you can check out. Here they are.
"In other news, the band is still working on its first European tour and has booked a very important gig in Athens, Greece. For both though we will have to come back later with more details.
"We have also officially started composing songs for our second album, 2 of those are almost completed and 3 more are on the way. More to come soon in this field also."
Scar of the Sun previously released the "A Series of Unfortunate Concurrencies" album in June through Scarlet Records.
The new Anubis Gate self-titled album (reviewed here) will be released this coming Tuesday, September 13th on Nightmare Records. Bravewords.com is now hosting an exclusive premiere of the track "Hold Back Tomorrow" off the album through the "Knuckle Tracks Player." Head over to this location and open the audio player to listen to the song.
The "Anubis Gate" track listing is as follows:
1. Hold Back Tomorrow
2. The Re-Formation Show
3. Facing Dawn
4. World in a Dome
5. Desiderio Omnibus
6. Oh My Precious Life
7. Golden Days
8. Telltale Eyes
The Haarp Machine has posted a second video clip online showing what the band has been up to in the studio lately. Check out the footage below, or head over here to see the previously posted first clip.
Vancouver folk metal clan Scythia, which just returned from the recent "Summer Siege" tour, has posted "Voice of The Sword" for streaming online. The track is taken from the upcoming album "...Of Exile," which is set to be released September 23rd. Check out "Voice of the Sword" in the player below.
Rogue Records America has signed a deal with Australian industrial djent band Synthetic Breed. Synthetic Breed was formed in 2002 and with the latest release “Perpetual Motion Machine” is now expanding into the North American market.
Label owner Dean Martinetti commented, “Synthetic Breed brings a fresh perspective on the Math / Industrial/ Djent Metal genres and we are proud to be working with such a professional and ambitious band. Synthetic Breed is one of those bands that’s a sleeping giant, and that giant is about to wake up and it’s going to be hungry."
The "Perpetual Motion Machine" and "Catatonic" albums will be released through Rogue Records as a double album set on September 27th, 2011. The band also commented on the signing:
“Synthetic Breed is very excited to be working alongside with Rogue Records America. Dean Martinetti and his team at Rogue Records America share an enthusiasm for Synthetic Breed and our music, which, as label director, is much needed to work with us breaking into the lucrative North American market.”
More details have been revealed about the upcoming "Weightless" album from Animals As Leaders. The endeavor was produced by drummer Navene Koperweis, and mixed by guitarist Javier Reyes. "Weightless" marks the recording debut of Koperweis and Reyes with the band, and the track listing is as follows:
1. An Infinite Regression
4. Earth Departure
5. Isolated Incidents
6. Do Not Go Gently
7. New Eden
8. Cylindrical Sea
10. To Lead You To An Overwhelming Question
"Weightless" is the act's second release and will be released by Prosthetic Records in North America on November 8th, in mainland Europe on November 4th, and in the U.K. on November 7th. The band is currently in Europe supporting Between the Buried and Me following a string of shows as direct support to the Deftones. Animals as Leaders will kick off an extensive North American tour alongside Between The Buried And Me on October 27th.
The previously announced tour with Rhode Island’s apocalyptic noise/doom duo The Body and North Carolina’s orchestral/drone rock harbingers Braveyoung embarks today. The run is in support of their upcoming collaborative full-length "Nothing Passes" and today Pitchfork Media is hosting the title track to the album.
Check out "Nothing Passes" by navigating your browser over to this location.
Though the official release date for the CD pressing of "Nothing Passes" is set for September 27th, At A Loss has made the album available digitally online, and a deluxe LP version is coming together for release sometime in early 2012. The Body and Braveyoung have the following upcoming tour dates: More...
Brainstorm has released a new video clip online for the song "In These Walls", taken from the upcoming new album "On The Spur Of The Moment." Check out the clip below. "On The Spur Of The Moment" is set for release on September 30th, 2011.
Stigmhate has signed a worldwide deal with the Deepsend Records for the upcoming full-length album "The Sun Collapse." The track listing is as follows:
1. Throne of the Eternal Flame
3. Gathered Isolation
4. Sinless Progeny
5. Architects of Fate
6. Plenary Repulsion
7. In the Last Wake
8. Sun Collapse
The album was recorded and mixed at Outersound Studio by Giuseppe Orlando, produced by Stigmhate, and mastered at Hertz Studio.
Rise to Remain has teamed up with Metal Hammer magazine to post a new tour diary online. Check out the clip below. The band is also set to release "City of Vultures" in North American on October 11th, 2011.
Kamelot has checked in with another video update from the band's North American tour. Check out Kamelot's footage from Cleveland in the player available below. You can also check out Kamelot's last road report from Quebec by heading over to this location.
Italy's Ufomammut has signed to Neurot Recordings for the band's next album and follow-up to the "Eve" release.
Here is what Neurot owner Steve Von Till had to say about the signing: “Welcome Ufomammut to the Neurot family. Ufomammut is our kind of band. These sonic brothers from Italy are heavy, psychedelic, and driven. We couldn’t be happier than to have them working with Neurot Recordings for their next full-length album. Though we have been fans of their music for a while, being able to meet them and share the stage with them on our recent trip to Europe was awesome. We formed a great and meaningful bond, which of course is the most important aspect of what we do. We admire their prolific nature as visionary musicians, as members of the Malleus art collective, and as owners of their own label, Supernatural Cat. They truly embody the same spirit of music and art that we all strive for. Ufomammut is in the studio at this very moment working on their next epic.”
The band also commented, ”Working with Neurot signals an evolutionary change for Ufomammut. In the last years we’ve built up our own music world, doing everything by ourselves, working on our own art and recordings, creating a label, and taking care of every aspect of our projects. We feel very excited by this change because this confirms that we did a good job, especially coming from these guys who we have always considered a great inspiration.
"We’re sure this Neurot and Ufomammut friendship will open new perspectives and directions in our sonic adventure, because we feel we have the same vision and attitude about what music should be. In few words we feel totally honored and proud to become a part of the Neurot family."
Saviours has posted a new music video online through Metal Hammer titled "Crete'n," which can be viewed in the player below.
The track is taken off the band's latest album "Death’s Procession," which was recently released through Kemado Records.
Dutch act Officium Triste has revealed the track listing for the band's upcoming new album. The listing is as follows:
1. Your Fall From Grace
2. Burning All Boats And Bridges
3. Your Heaven, My Underworld
5. To The Gallows
6 The Wounded And The Dying
7. One With The Sea (Part II)
9. Like Atlas
Additional details on the upcoming album will be announced as they are made available. In the mean time you can check out more info on the band by heading over to the Officium Triste Facebook profile.
Los Angeles traditional heavy metal act White Wizzard is preparing for the release of the new album "Flying Tigers," which hits stores in Europe on September 19th and in North America on November 15th.
The band's bassist and mainman Jon Leon recently took some time to speak to Classic Rock magazine about the meaning behind "Flying Tigers," a tribute to a legendary World War II fighter squadron. Jon Leon comments:
"When I wrote the music and lyrics for this song, it just seemed so visual that it lent itself to being the album title. The Flying Tigers was the name given to the First American Volunteer Group of the Chinese Air Force, and they took on the Japanese, who had far superior aircraft, with incredible success. Their kill to death ratio was amazing."
White Wizzard is also offering a free download of the track "Starchild" at this location.
"Flying Tigers" features the core White Wizzard line-up of bassist, songwriter, and founding member Jon Leon, drummer Giovanni Durst, and studio vocalist Wyatt Anderson, who featured on the band's debut album, "Over the Top." The album was once again recorded with producer Ralpha Patlan in Phoenix, Arizona. White Wizzard also has the following upcoming tour dates: More...
Warbringer has posted a behind-the-scenes teaser trailer online from the shooting of the "Shattered Like Glass" music video, which can be viewed below.
"Shattered Like Glass" is taken from the "Worlds Torn Asunder" album, which is set to drop on September 27th, 2011. The cover artwork and track listing is available at this location.
Turisas has announced that Jukka-Pekka Miettinen (ex-Arthemesia, Ensiferum) will be joining the band on bass for forthcoming shows, and Robert Engstrand (ex-Kotipelto, The Flower Kings) will be coming into a completely new role in the group as keyboard player.
These changes are in response to the news that current bassist Hannes Horma and accordionist Netta Skog have decided to leave the band due to personal and motivational reasons. This announcement will not affect Tursias' tours this Fall.
Turisas comments: "A band is not something that can be kept together by force. If someone wants to quit, there's not much the rest of us can do about that. Both for Hannes and Netta it came down to the same thing: a choice between the band and other personal interests had to be made. We tried to find a compromise where both could be combined, but unfortunately in both cases it didn't seem possible at their end. Neither Hannes or Netta played a critical role in the creative process and studio work of the band, so in this sense not much will change. Still, they were always great onstage and we shared many memorable moments together. We would like to make it very clear that there is no drama here, and thankfully no hard feelings. Both Hannes and Netta made their decisions completely independently, based on their own personal reasons. Their departures are not connected in any way, it was just that this short quiet period between the Euro festivals and the forthcoming touring was the only meaningful time to make a smooth changeover to the new members.
"We'd like to thank Hannes and Netta for all the good times we had together over the years, and wish them both the best of luck in the future. As far as Jukka-Pekka and Robert go, these guys are both very talented musicians, and we are very excited about hitting the road with this new lineup. Please welcome our newest reinforcements---this is the beginning of a new era!"
Hannes Horma joined the band on bass right after the release of the debut "Battle Metal" in 2004. He says: "My career with the band started 2004---at the time I was only nineteen years old. It felt like a dream come true and since then, we've had some amazing time and unbelievable shows during these years. For the past couple of years I've been studying orchestral composing, arranging and classical singing and with the touring responsibilities, I haven't had a lot of free time and couldn't pursue my other interests. Lately, I've also felt that the 'flame' is not there anymore for me personally: it was time for me to move on to do the things I feel most passionate about. I love playing concerts with Turisas but I cannot be on tour for 6 or more months a year and try to study at the same time---no one can.
"I would like to thank everybody I've met during the years, all the fans around the world, the bands we're toured with and our crew---you rock! I also hope all the best for everybody in TURISAS: thanks for letting me to be a part of this for all these years. It's been a hell of a ride but now it's my time to jump off. Hopefully we'll meet again, someday, somewhere." More...
Italy's Self Justice has posted a track online titled "Sistema Ipocrita." You can check out the song in the player below, or head over to the Self Justice Facebook page to hear more songs available for streaming.
Epica recently entered the studio to record the follow-up to the "Design Your Universe" album. The band has now posted several photos online from the studio, which can be found by heading over to the Epica Facebook profile here.
Epica also issued the following brief update about the recording process:
"Arien recording drums in the Gate studio: 11 tracks down, 2 more to go! Now time for a dinner break and a banana beer at the local restaurant :) Cheers Mark, Arien and Olaf (engineer)."
The band has announced the album is set for release in March, 2012. Stay tuned for more details on the upcoming album's title, track listing, and artwork.
Slovakian death metallers Perversity are currently streaming the songs "Merciless Messiah" and "Blood of Hastur" online, as well as offering the tracks as free downloads. To check out the songs navigate over to the Perversity Bandcamp page. The tracks are taken from the band's latest album "Ablaze."
The "Ablaze" track listing is as follows:
1. Reach Of Hell
2. Behind The Diabolical
3. Merciless Messiah
4. Hailing The Thieves Of Souls
5. Devoted To Perdition
6. Necrophiliac Beast
7. The Banished
9. Palace Of Skin
10. Blood Of Hastur
The Greenery kicks off a U.S. tour supporting Cruel Hand tonight. In conjunction, the band has also debuted a video for the track "Faceplant," which can be viewed below.
Descend has posted a short pre-production track online, which can be viewed below. The band also commented on the clip:
"Hey folks, we have a short but very exclusive preview of a new song being recorded in pre-production for our upcoming second album. Guitarist Alex Wijkman is doing the guitarwork here. Descend is currently working on new songs and there are more sweet riffs in the making!"
Megadeth is currently streaming the song "Public Enemy No. 1," which is taken off the band's upcoming album, "TH1RT3EN." Head over to the official Megadeth website to check out the track, or listen to the song in the player below.
The cover artwork is available here, and the track listing is as follows:
1. Sudden Death
2. Public Enemy No. 1
3. Whose Life (Is It Anyways?)
4. We The People
5. Guns, Drugs & Money
6. Never Dead
7. New World Order
8. Fast Lane
9. Black Swan
11. Millennium Of The Blind
12. Deadly Nightshade
Pythia has checked in with the following announcement about vocalist Emily Ovenden appearing on the upcoming Dragonforce album:
"Hi everyone, just a quick note to let you know that Emily is currently in the studio recording guest backing vocals for the new Dragonforce album, due to be released in early 2012!
"She is delighted to be working with the Dragonforce guys and reports back that the new material is sounding great!"
You can also check out Pythia's music by heading over to the band's MySpace music profile.
Beyond Creation has posted drum cam videos online from the songs "Social Disability" and "The Aura," which were performed in Montreal. You can check out the clips below.
Terror has posted a new trailer for their "Keepers Of The Faith" Deluxe CD/DVD, which is due out November 1st. Produced, edited, and authored by Carlo Oppermann and Ambitious.Films, "Defining The Faith" features a full live set that is composed of three different Terror shows in three distinct settings: a small club (Cafe Central in Weinheim on June 28th), a big hall (Essigfabrik in Köln on June 29th)., and a massive European festival (Mach1 festival in Montabaur on June 24th). Check out the trailer below:
The track listing for the DVD, which is titled "Defining The Faith," is as follows:
1. Stick Tight
2. Out Of My Face
3. One With The Underdogs
4. Push it Away
5. Never Alone
6. Lowest Of The Low
8. Spit My Rage
9. Always The Hard Way
10. Keep Your Mouth Shut
11. Hell And Back
12. Life & Death
13. You’re Caught
14. You’re Enemies Are Mine
16. Keepers Of The Faith
"Defining The Faith" also features a European tour documentary with band interviews and backstage footage-and as yet another additional bonus, the band's four music videos from "Keepers Of The Faith" ("Stick Tight", "Keepers Of The Faith", "Return To Strength", and "You're Caught") will also be included in the DVD along with the making-of their latest music video, "You're Caught." More...
Mourning Caress has posted a new song online titled "Wastelands Within," which features guest vocals from Mikael Stanne and can be heard through the player available below. The band also commented on the track:
"We're happy and honoured to present you another, very special song, from our upcoming new album. 'Wastelands Within' features guest vocals by no less than Mikael Stanne from Dark Tranquillity. Mourning Caress definitely wouldn't exist without a band such as Dark Tranquillity, hence we are damn proud about the collaboration with one of the coolest and most likeable metal musicians around. Tack så mycket, Mikael!
"'Wastelands Within' is taken from the new album entitled 'Deep Wounds, Bright Scars', due November 4th 2011 via German label MDD Records. Our third album was recorded and mixed at the DocMaKlang studios in Osnabrück, Germany with producer Matthias Lohmöller. Mastering took place at DMS in Marl, Germany by Ulf Horbelt. The stunning cover art was done by Björn Goosses, Killustrations."
Brazilian-based metallers Almah have presented a new song from the upcoming album "Motion," which will be released on October 14th via AFM Records. For the online debut of the new CD the band created a video clip for the song "Trace of Trait." The footage was done in Caxias do Sul, a city in the south of Brazil, at the end of August under direction of producer and photographer Alex Milesi. The video clip is available below.
"We had an idea to prepare something special for our fans, that's why we decided to release not simply some audio single but a full-fledged video clip!" commented Almah's front man Edu Falaschi. "We have chosen 'Trace of Trait' for the first presentation of 'Motion' because this song is very strong in many ways… and I'm totally sure that it represents well the language and identity of Almah! We worked with this director, Alex Milesi, for the first time. He is a very nice man and he had various good ideas for us. Everything during the shooting went on very well and we are very happy with the result."
Canada's Ovif has checked in with the following update about finishing the writing process for the band's upcoming as-yet-untitled album:
"Hi Folks! We just completed the writing of our next thrash collection last night!! Entering the studio October 1st for a release in January 2012! Stay tuned!"
More details on the release will be announced in the coming weeks. In the mean time you can check out the band's music by heading over to the Ovif MySpace page.
Machine Head has posted a behind-the-scenes video from the recording of the new album "Unto The Locust," which will be released through Roadrunner Records on September 27th, 2011 in the U.S. Check out the studio clip below.
Machine Head has the following upcoming tour dates: More...