Metal News for September 8, 2013
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18 news articles posted on this day.
Formed by brothers Vorph and Xy (originally going by the much longer titles Vorphalack and Xytraguptor) way back in 1987, Swiss act Samael is one of the longest running bands in the black metal scene, although there have been many times throughout the group’s career where the term “black metal” didn’t apply at all.
Despite the tension that would appear to occur with two family members writing, recording, and performing together constantly, Samael has been forging ahead without any signs of slowing down for more than 20 years. The band’s lineup is currently rounded out by bassist Mas, who has been involved with since the early ‘90s, and “newcomer” guitarist Makro, who joined in 2002. Makro also plays in the devastating death/doom outfit Sludge, which has previously been covered in our look at unknown side projects.
Samael has actually had one of the most stable lineups in a band with this sort of longevity, only splitting with three members in 26 years, with the core of the band remaining stable in all that time. Despite that lack of membership changes, the group has had a constant theme of evolution throughout its history, refining and even changing styles completely several times.
Besides the sound change as the band evolved from black metal towards an electronic/industrial vibe, the lyrics themselves have morphed significantly. The themes went from explicitly negative lyrics attacking religion in the early days (“I vomit on the holy bible” being one iconic line from the “Ceremony of Opposites” album) to more mystical leanings in the transitory middle era. The metamorphosis came full circle by the time of the 2004 album “Reign of Light” (reviewed here), where the band was still critical of religion, but the lyrics had become positive and uplifting instead. The follow-up “Solar Soul” (reviewed here) then shifted yet again, this time towards current events, politics, and warfare.
Samael’s first full-length “Worship Him” arrived in 1991, which witnessed the band’s most overt early black metal sound that is about as old school as it gets.
Italy's Memento Waltz has posted the new track "Omicron" online for streaming, which can be heard below.
"Omicron" comes off the band's upcoming new album "Division by Zero," due out September 30th, 2013. The album will be available at the Memento Waltz Bandcamp page.
After releasing new album "Preachers of the Night" (reviewed here), Powerwolf will hit the road again at the end of September with Majesty and Battle Beast. Dates are as follows:
w/Ashes of Ares*
26.09.2013 FR – Paris, Divan Du Monde *
27.09.2013 UK – London, Underworld *
28.09.2013 DE – Osnabrück, Rosenhof *
29.09.2013 NL – Nijmegen, Doornrosje *
01.10.2013 DE – Langen, Neue Stadthalle *
02.10.2013 CH – Pratteln, Z7 *
03.10.2013 DE – Lindau, Vaudeville *
04.10.2013 DE – München, Backstage *
05.10.2013 DE – Stuttgart, LKA *
19.10.2013 DE – Saarbrücken, Garage
24.10.2013 DE – Köln, Essigfabrik **
25.10.2013 DE – Hamburg, Markthalle **
26.10.2013 DE – Speyer, Halle 101 **
27.10.2013 DE – Hannover, Faust **
29.10.2013 CZ – Prag, Nova Chelmnice **
30.10.2013 DE – Leipzig, Hellraiser **
31.10.2013 DE – Geiselwind, Music Hall **
01.11.2013 BE – Vosselaar, Biebob **
02.11.2013 DE – Essen, Weststadthalle ** More...
Hate Profile has checked in with the following announcement about offering "The Soul Proceeds" as a free download:
"Hate Profile has decided to offer its latest effort as a free download. Just click on STORE on the official website's main menu - you will find it at the very bottom of the page.
"The download includes the whole album in 256kbps MP3 format and the complete artwork in low-resolution."
The album's track listing is as follows:
1. The Great Outrage
2. Spiritual Death
3. The Soul Proceeds
4. Among the Dead
5. Hearts in Turmoil
7. Cosmos Violation
8. Entropic Chaos Release
9. Ancestral Abode - Hyperborea More...
Poland's Embrional is currently working on a new album and follow-up to previous release "Absolutely Anti-Human Behaviors." The band comments:
"It's almost time for autumn and a new album Embrional is in preparation. Drum tracks were recorded with Arek Malczewski 'Malta' in Sound Division Studio, Warsaw-Poland 03.08-12.08.2013. Now it's time to record guitars. Keep your fingers crossed!"
To hear Embrional's music, check out the track "Maniacal Madness" from the last album at this location.
Fan-filmed footage has been posted online, courtesy of YouTube user "chibasik," of Denmark act Illdiposed performing live at the Metal Crowd Festival in Belarus during August, 2013. Check out the performance of "Dark" in the player provided below.
Winds of Genocide has checked in with the following update about recording a new album:
"We can confirm that we have rebooked studio dates with Fred Estby. We will be heading over to Stockholm, Sweden in early August 2014 to record our debut full length album 'Usurping the Throne of Disease' at Gutterview Studios.
"This album will be unleashed by Pulverised Records (Singapore) sometime afterwards. Work is already well underway with the new material that will appear on this album.
"More info regarding tracklist etc. will come later next year but the album will contain MOSTLY new material and 1 re-recorded older song."
Glorious Times zine is organizing a benefit concert for Jill Funerus, who recently had heart surgery following a heart attack. Death Metal Underground also has reported that the Glorious Times team have partnered with death metal bands across the world to throw a fundraiser. Bands will donate items for a raffle, and perform, with the proceeds going to Jill for payment of her medical bills. The following notice was posted to Glorious Times' facebook page:
"As you may have heard, Jill McEntee (Funerus; John from Incantation's wife) had a heart attack and is in the hospital now. Jill has neuropathy and failing kidneys and just had a silent heart attack. She had cardiac catheterization surgery today to clear up an artery that was 100% blocked (another side effect of Type 1 Diabetes). Because of her health problems, Jill had to quit her job last year and neither she nor John has health insurance. We (GT) are in the process of organizing a benefit concert for Jill, hopefully to happen in October."
Check for more updates on the links given above, along with information on how to assist Jill.
Canadian band Auroch, which was covered in the Lovecraftian edition of our "Unearthing the Metal Underground" column, is currently tracking a new EP titled "Seven Veils."
Check out photos from the band's time in the recording studio working on "Seven Veils" at this location. Further details on the release will be announced as they become available.
The "Wake/Exist" album from Jaded Voice has been made available online for streaming and name-your-price download. Pick up a digital copy here or stream the songs below. The "Wake/Exist" track listing is as follows:
1. The Deer Hunter 03:15
2. Jacob's Ladder 02:02
3. The Pianist 02:51
4. SPR/das boot 03:54
5. Letters From Iwo Jima 00:54
6. The Hurt Locker 02:41
7. Platoon 03:15
8. Black Hawk Down 01:20
9. Full Metal Jacket 02:07
10. Apocalypse Now 04:50 More...
Belarus based metal act Dope Injection has posted "The Haunted" EP online, which can be streamed below or downloaded for free at Bandcamp. The track listing is as follows:
1. A Story Never Told 01:02
2. The Haunted 03:34
3. Catharsis 04:17
4. Checkmate, Bro! 03:36
5. Between Then And Now 03:36
6. Bad Touch (Bloodhound Gang Cover) 03:40 More...
Currents has checked in with the following brief announcement about recruiting two new members:
"We would like to officially welcome our new guitarist, Clark Smith and our new bassist, Tim Marzik to Currents. I hope you guys like full lengths, cause we're writing one."
You can also listen to the band's "Solace" track off the "Victimized" EP at this location.
Iowa based outfit Green Death has posted a teaser trailer online for the band's new album, which is available below. Green Death also comments:
"Here it is! The official teaser for our upcoming album 'The Deathening' out this Fall! Huge THANK YOU to Rick Burger at Stang Films for putting this together! Rick is basically the 5th member of Green Death, shooting all of our music videos and putting up with our antics over this past year. He always does an amazing job! He hit it out of the park with this one! More video/interview footage was shot...who knows what will come next?!?"
Alice Cooper has announced the "Hey Stoopid" album, which was originally release back in 1991, will see a new re-issue this month.
The new version of "Hey Stoopid" comes out September 23rd, 2013 and will include the bonus tracks "It Rained All Night," "Hey Stoopid (Beba edit)," and a cover of "Fire" by Jimi Hendrix. Get full details at the Alice Cooper website here. More...
Serbia's Violent Chapter has announced the band's new EP is titled "Millstone Punishment" and will contain three new songs. The track listing is as follows:
1. Deadweight Trust
2. We'll Cross That Bridge (When We Get There)
3. White Rabbit Hole
A new video clip is on the way, but in the mean time you can watch the band's previously posted video for "Bottom Feeder" below. More...
Metallica's forthcoming feature 3D film "Metallica Through The Never" is due in theaters October 4th, 2013.
The band has now released a second trailer for the movie, which can be viewed below, or you can watch the first trailer at this location.
The two disc CD soundtrack "Metallica Through The Never (Music from the Motion Picture)" will also be released on the band's own record label Blackened Recordings this coming September 24th.
France's Memories of a Dead Man has a new video clip out now for "Good Mourning Child," which comes off the “V.I.T.R.I.O.L” album. Check out the Eric Truong directed clip below, or watch the band's previous lyric clip for "Trismegistus King" at this location.
Finnish industrial metal band Turmion Kätilöt has posted a track-by-track preview of its upcoming album "Technodiktator" onto its facebook page. The album is due out on Sept. 27th via OsastoARecords. Turmion Katilot's album release party will kick off in Helsinki on the album's release day and conclude on December 7th at Harjavalta. Get details on the tour over here. The tracklisting for the eight songs on "Technodiktator" follows below: