As Virgin Steele has wrapped up recording for their new album, "The Black Light Bacchanalia," and is currently in mixing mode, David DeFeis gives us another weekly studio update. (Read Update #1, Update #2, Update #3 and Update 4.) In it, he also discusses many of the songs on the album. Here's what he has to say about it:
And here it is the final week of preparation for the album...Yes we are in mix mode and the songs are all starting to come alive. But there is still a ton of work to do, as this is one seriously long album. I don't think that I will do such a long Work again. This is quite insane...But anyway...the outcome is quite interesting for me. The epic, Barbaric & Romantic sound that people have come to know from VIRGIN STEELE is certainly in evidence on these tracks, but there is also some new ingredients that showcase another side of the Group. To me this one sounds polished yet very raw. There is a wildness to it, and a kind of recklessness that I enjoy. The drums are very live sounding....kind of like that Zeppelin open kit sound, and the guitars on some of the tracks are 7 string, so coupled with the bass and the various keys, there is a nice thickness all around. I am quite happy with the way several tracks I worked on today are turning out. TO CROWN THEM WITH HALOS & NECROPOLIS have big guitars, frantic drumming, the occasional classical keyboard flourish and raw throaty vocals. It is all very honest, heartfelt passionate music, and if you enjoyed what have done in the past, then I think you will like this one as well. I am trying to achieve the sound I hear in my head, and little by little it is arriving. I honestly wish I had another month to complete this, but I always go through that with every album...so all is normal I suppose...but this one has been a tough birth.
OK, time for wine and passing out....I've been at this for over 15 hours already.
Hail & Cheers to you all. Thanks for listening.
BY THE GODS & GODDESSES,
UPDATE: The pre-release stream period has ended. You can now order the album from Metal Blade or a number of online and retail stores.
System Divide's new album, "The Conscious Sedation," is set for release on September 14th, 2010 through Metal Blade Records. The album was mixed by the legendary James Murphy (Testament, Obituary, Death, etc.)
System Divide has members hailing from Israel, Belgium and the United States, featuring Sven De Caluwe (Aborted), Miri Milman, Michael Wilson (ex-Abigail Williams), Cole Martinez (ex-Years of Fire, Antenora), Andrew Lenthe (Antenora), and Mike Heller (Malignancy).
From now until its release, you can stream "The Conscious Sedation" in its entirety exclusively here on Metalunderground.com. Check it out in the player below. If you like what you hear, you can pre-order the album or album and shirt bundles here.
Once again, here's "The Conscious Sedation" tracklisting:
1. Vagaries Of Perception
2. An Intoxicating Affair
4. The Apex Doctrine
8. Purity In Imperfection
10. The Conscious Sedation
11. Stagnant Progression
The band recently released their first music video off "The Conscious Sedation" online. The video was for the track "The Apex Doctrine."
Virgin Steele's David DeFeis gives us another weekly studio update about the progress on the new album, "The Black Light Bacchanalia," reporting that they're now in the "pre-mix" stages. (Read Update #1, Update #2, and Update #3.)
Greetings & Salutations Eternal, Faithful Metal Listeners,
I am pleased to say that all the guitar solos are now complete, and they continue the tradition of crafting a song within a song. I like for the solos to be statements within themselves, that have a proper beginning a climax and a conclusion. This has once again been achieved. I have thoroughly enjoyed working with both Edward & Josh on the solos, and I am thankful to them for being so conscientious and attentive to the material. I am now compiling all the tracks, and doing whatever stray its of vocal harmonies need to be done...In short we are in a pre-mix phase now. The new gear has arrived, and I am taking full advantage of it, sleeping about 4 hours at most, as I am completely possessed by these sounds and I wish for the album to arrive in reality at sounding the way it does in my head...
The lyrics have gotten more and more involved, and the material has dictated a specific approach in putting them across...I think this Work is frenzied, quite insane, certainly Epic, Bombastic, Romantic, very heavy...but the musicality always shines through...
Until we meet again...& Beyond...stay Forever...INVICTUS....
Virgin Steele's David DeFeis has sent over another exclusive studio update (here's the first and the second update) from the recording sessions for the band's new album, "The Black Light Bacchanalia," indicating that they're nearly done recording and will soon be mixing it.
We are currently completing the remaining vocals, stray bits of orchestration and guitar solos....It looks like we will be heading into mix mode quite soon, and will hopefully remain on schedule! I am working non-stop to meet our deadline. New studio gear will be arriving this week and will certainly enhance what we are attempting to achieve. The album as I stated earlier is quite long, and also the bonus disc will also be pretty lengthy, as the spoken bio that I am doing is nearly 30 minutes at the moment...I hope to not simply have the bio sound like a dry dull history or science class assignment. I hope to add bits and pieces of music in there that will connect the various sections. I may use various tracks from the album, like an orchestra section or strings, that you normally would not hear that well, what with all the guitars and drums wailing away...so...it will hopefully prove entertaining.
The cover artwork is nearly ready. As I mentioned we are doing 3 distinct yet related covers. The images I have used here come from my travels in the world of History, Mythology, Anthropology and the Occult. There will be strange wood etchings used on all 3, that depict how the later "new religious" folk saw the earlier Gods & Goddess & their worship...
Anyway...it is a long hot summer here, as there is no air conditioning in the studio...and I am currently gushing water like monsoon season....It is time for one very quick leap into a nearby ocean, and then more black coffee and vocals....I shall switch to wine for the evening...
Thanks for listening and all the absolute best to you ALL!
BY THE BLACK SUN & MOON,
PS In this photo...Pursino shows off his new "look"...More...
Tampa, Florida metal band THE ABSENCE is gearing up to release their third full-length album, "Enemy Unbound," on September 14th and has shared an exclusive song premiere with Metalunderground.com. You can listen to "Maelstrom" in the audio player below.
"Enemy Unbound" was once again recorded at the famed, Erik Rutan-owned, Mana Studios in St. Petersburg, FL in November 2009 with Brian Elliott engineering and Peter Joseph and Patrick Pintavalle producing the album. The band went to Sweden’s Jonas Kjellgren (Scar Symmetry, Carnal Forge) of Black Lounge Studios who handled both mixing and mastering on "Enemy Unbound." Guest musicians on the album include Tom Englund of Evergrey and Andy Wood.
"Enemy Unbound" is available for pre-order here, available by itself or bundled with a t-shirt.
Here's the complete "Enemy Unbound" tracklisting:
3. Deepest Wound
5. Enemy Unbound
7. The Bridge
9. Hidden in White
10. Vengeance and Victory
THE ABSENCE recently completed shooting a music video for the title track "Enemy Unbound" with director Luke Leonard, which will also be premiering on MetalUnderground.com.
Virgin Steele's David DeFeis has sent over another exclusive studio update from the recording sessions for the band's new album, "The Black Light Bacchanalia."
I am about a day or two away from completing all the keyboard tracks, and we are also deep into recording the guitars and vocals. Edward as usual is playing 6 string guitars, and Josh is handling the 7 string guitars. We completed all the guitars on Necropolis (He Answers Them With Death), one or two evenings ago, and now we are completing TO CROWN THEM WITH HALOS. This is a mammoth track...clocking in at around 11 minutes. It is unlike anything we have ever released. The entire album is taking on an Epic quality, and is highly aggressive, but even when aggressive, it is still highly musical. There is great beauty combined with the heaviness...If you hear the keyboard parts by themselves, you might think that this is a film score, but combined with the drums and guitars and all the rest, it becomes something entirely different. I personally am getting more & more excited and into the album every Day & Night. Those journalists who have heard a few bits & pieces are all responding quite favorably. I believe that it will be a very important album for us...More...
Alternative metal band Voodoo Terror Tribe is premiering a new song, “Wake of the White Devil,” online exclusively on Metalunderground.com. You can stream it below or download it here.
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“Wake of the White Devil” is off of the band's latest full-length album, “Symptoms of Sin,” which was released this summer and produced by Billy Graziadei (Biohazard/Suicide City). The band comments on the song:
“A three-way analogy between western culture as it is viewed in the middle east, the idea of what George Bush might have been thinking in 2003, and the extraordinary enjoyment of addiction to crystal meth. 75% of the world talks shit about the USA, but they do so while wearing American clothes, watching American TV shows (idol), etc. etc.... We're all Evil. We're all fucked up, we're all addicted, everyone fuck off, do a line and get on with your lives...”
The full tracklisting for “Symptoms of Sin” is as follows:
1. The Victim
2. Light Divided
3. You’re my Punishment
4. Never Died Before
5. Wake of the White Devil
6. Looking for Serenity
7. Deleted Scenese
8. World of Lies (Live)
9. Wake of the White Devil (Radio Edit)
+ The Victim (Official Video)
Catch the band live on the following dates:
8/25 - New York, NY @ Pyramid Club
8/27 - Clifton, NJ @ Dingbatz
Here's a live video of the band performing "Looking For Serenity" (live in New Jersey):
New York metal veterans Virgin Steele are working on a new album and frontman David Defeis has given Metalunderground.com an exclusive first studio update and revealed the tracklisting of the new album, "The Black Light Bacchanalia." Defeis updates us:
It will be quite a long album...close to 80 minutes...The album (to be really brief), concerns the reversal of all things...Once conquered by invading cultures, older Pagan deities become the demons…of the new religion. The Black Light Bacchanalia is a reversal of the sacred sexual customs, and the final desecration of the "Goddess Principle", switching from matrilineal descent to patrilineal descent, with the rise of the idea of the Mountain-Fire God...., ultimately leading to organized religion completely overthrowing the ancient Pagan way of life, and ushering in the "dark ages"...The album also deals with ancient fears such as the fear of the sun not rising...Lyrically it is a kind of continuation of the story I told on the last album...Musically it is quite something else...
The album will be issued in a normal CD format, plus a limited edition version with bonus tracks, and also a vinyl version. We will most likely have 3 different, yet related covers for the various versions.
At the moment we have just completed all the drums and bass. Most of the keyboards have also been completed, and we are in the process of finalizing the guitar & vocal tracks. Mixing will commence once the guitars & vocals are complete.
Hail & Cheers, to you All, and thanks for listening....
The tracklisting for "The Black Light Bacchanalia" has also been revealed as follows:
By The Hammer of Zeus (And The Wrecking Ball Of Thor)
The Bread of Wickedness
In A Dream Of Fire
The Orpheus Taboo
Necropolis (He Answers Them With Death)
To Crown Them With Halos Parts 1 & 2
The Torture's Of The Damned
The Black Light Bacchanalia (The Age That Is To Come)
Virgin Steele's new worldwide deal with SPV/Steamhammer includes the reissue of the band's entire back catalogue - from "Noble Savage" onward. The back catalog will be made available throughout 2011, with faithfully restored covers and booklets, bonus tracks and liner notes.
Former Acid Bath vocalist Dax Riggs (also Agents of Oblivion, Deadboy and the Elephant Men) is premiering the title track off of his second solo album, "Say Goodnight To The World," exclusively on Metalunderground.com. "Say Goodnight To The World" will be released August 3rd on Fat Possum Records and is currently available for pre-order on the label's website. You can stream or download the title track below.
Download an MP3 of "Say Goodnight To The World" here (right-click and "Save Target As")
The tracklisting for "Say Goodnight To The World" is as follows:
1. Say Goodnight to the World
2. I Hear Satan
3. You Were Born to Be My Gallows
4. Gravedirt on My Blue Suede Shoes
5. Like Moonlight
6. No One Will Be a Stranger
7. Heartbreak Hotel
8. Sleeping With the Witch
9. Let Me Be Your Cigarette
10. See You All in Hell or New Orleans
Metalunderground.com recently caught up with Dax for an interview, where he discussed his new album, what he believes his sound is exactly, and the BP Oil Spill Disaster that has affected his hometown.
Dax Riggs is currently touring the U.S. in support of "Say Goodnight To The World."
U.K. heavy metal duo Conspires To... has premiered their latest song, "Falling Down," exclusively on Metalunderground.com. The song is available for streaming or as a free MP3 download below.
The band is comprised of vocalist Wayne Stokes and Lee Macey, who plays all instruments on the album.
Multi-instrumentalist Lee Macey comments on the song: "For Falling Down we slowed things down a bit and added an industrial vibe, all leading to a heavier overall sound, yet still retaining some of the atmospherics of the other material. The track is about all about the fragility of the mind. How once you have been knocked back and have seemingly recovered, it can only takes something small and insignificant to lead to you falling down again."
Austrian death metal band MASTIC SCUM has finished the work on their new music video for "Construcdead" for which Metalunderground.com is hosting the exclusive premiere. You can watch the video below.
The video was filmed in Innsbruck (Austria) and was produced and directed by Sulinor. "Construcdead" comes from Mastic Scum's new album, "Dust," which was released in November 2009.
UPDATE: We've embedded the YouTube video now that it is publicly available.
Mastic Scum was recently nominated for the "Austrian Music Award 2010" in the "Hard & Heavy" category, along with Belphegor, Days of Loss and Boon & Kontrust. You can vote for your favorite band once per week through August 31st. The "Amadeus Awards" will take place in Vienna on 16th of September.
Metalunderground.com brings you the exclusive premiere of technical death metal band AEON's new music video for the song "Forgiveness Denied." The song is off the band’s new release, "Path of Fire" (reviewed here), that just dropped in the states on May 25. The music was directed, filmed and edited by Standard Film Team Umeå HB and was shot in April in two different locations; band scenes being filmed in Östersund, Sweden and the storyline in Umeå, Sweden.
Guitarist Daniel Dlimi comments on the theme of the song and video: "There have been a lot of scandals revealed lately, regarding priests (especially catholic ones) who have been abusing children sexually. In my world, there is nothing more innocent than a child, and the ones who abuse a child sexually will never be forgiven. In my opinion, they deserve to die a horrible, painful death. We want to dedicate this song/video to them, the filthy fucking priests who have laid a hand on a child sexually; we hate you, and want you dead."
(Updated to YouTube stream to save bandwidth now that it's publicly available)
Italian post-rock/progressive metal band At The Soundawn has launched a tour video montage, to give fans a behind the scenes look at their first European tour in support of their second studio album, "Shifting" (reviewed here), for which Metalunderground.com has the exclusive premiere through the weekend. The video captures highlights from the band’s recent romp through Austria, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Poland, and Germany, and is set to At The Soundawn’s single, “Mudra: In Acceptance and Regret,” taken from their April 2010 Lifeforce Records release.
At The Soundawn guitarist Andrea Violante comments: "All right, guys. Here we are. You thought that touring was stressing, sweating, smelling each other stinks, (that leads towards to) fart competitions and running out of money... well, you were right! This is all it's all about. We were stressed out, we were sweating, we were stinking but I was winning the fart competitions (not true - Luca won it)... and obviously we ran out of money in like two days! So if you think that this is not enough…that you want more meat, more blood, more passion, well maybe. . .it's helicopter time!!!"
Metalunderground.com has received exclusive information that Harmonix and MTV Games will be announcing new downloadable content (DLC) from Judas Priest's "British Steel" live album. "British Steel" was originally released in April 1980 and was the band’s first platinum Top 40 album in the United States and their first Top 10 studio album in the United Kingdom. Celebrating the 30th anniversary of the album, "British Steel" is being re-released as well as coming to Rock Band with nine live tracks of songs off the classic album. The new Judas Priest songs will be available next week in the Rock Band Music Store of downloadable content for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and Wii™.
The DLC release will coincide with the reissues of the album on May 11. Here's the tracklisting:
Breaking the Law (Live) *
Rapid Fire (Live) *
Metal Gods (Live)
Grinder (Live) *
United (Live) *
Living After Midnight (Live)
You Don’t Have to Be Old to Be Wise (Live)
The Rage (Live) *
Steeler (Live) *
(All tracks are original master recordings)
(These tracks will be available in Europe on PlayStation 3 May 12)
These tracks will be available for purchase as “British Steel 30th Anniversary,” as well as individual tracks on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 system, and as individual tracks only on Wii. Tracks marked with “*” are also available for download in the family-friendly LEGO® Rock Band Music Store.
Prices are as follows:
$1.99 USD, £.99 UK, €1.49 EU (160 Microsoft Points for Xbox 360) per track
$14.99, £7.49 UK, €10.99 EU (1200 Microsoft Points for Xbox 360) for “British Steel 30th Anniversary”
$2.00 USD (200 Wii Points™) per track
Columbia/Legacy's re-release of "British Steel" will come in two configuations. There will be a British Steel 30th Anniversary Standard Edition available, as well as a British Steel 30th Anniversary Deluxe Edition box set, available only through www.judaspriest.com. The standard edition features a CD of the original nine-song album, plus 2 bonus tracks, as well as a DVD featuring a “Making of British Steel" interview, as well as full concert footage of the 16-song set from the 2009 British Steel tour, filmed live at the Seminole Hard Rock Arena, Hollywood, Florida. The deluxe edition features all this, plus a CD of the live recording from the Seminole Hard Rock Arena concert.
New York metal band Severed is streaming their entire new, self-titled album exclusively through Metal Underground.com from now until the release party show on May 9th. Listen to the album below.
Update: The full album stream has now expired.
The album features guest appearances from Jorge of Merauder on "Comprehension" and Ray from Full Blown Chaos on "Chosen ground." More...
Stone Sour is recording their follow-up to 2006's "Come What(ever) May" with producer Nick Raskulinecz at Blackbird Studios in Nashville, Tennessee, and we've obtained an exclusive premiere of their latest studio clip. In this clip, drummer Roy Mayorga talks about Blackbird Studios and lays down some beats. Check it out first right here:
In case you missed the last Stone Sour update, you can check it out here.
The new album is due out Summer 2010.
Metalunderground.com has obtained an exclusive sneak peek video clip of Rammstein's upcoming music video for "Ich Tu Dir Weh," off the band's latest album, "Liebe Ist Für Alle Dam," which was released on October 16th through Universal Records. Check out the sneak peek clip below.
The full music video for "Ich Tu Dir Weh" is expected to premiere next week.
THE BINARY CODE is preparing to release their debut full-length album, "Suspension of Disbelief," this month and has given Metalunderground.com an exclusive preview of "The Story." "The Story" is the seventh track off of the new album and can be heard below.
The digital-only release of "Suspension of Disbelief" will be available December 15, 2009 from Metalsucks.net. Preorders are being taken now at this location. The album will cost only $5.00, or $15.00 with one of four different t-shirt designs (Shipping is free within the U.S.)
The complete tracklisting for "Suspension of Disbelief" is as follows:
1. Suspension of Disbelief (Part I & II)
2. Mechanical Seas
3. Ghost Planet
5. the Story
6. Human Condition
7. Awaiting Necropolis
8. Void II
Katatonia has sent in a new video where they respond to fan questions before they played the final date on their UK tour at The Robert Peel in Kingston. You can check it out below.
"Night is the New Day" is Katatonia’s eighth studio album. The new record hit US stores on November 10th via Peaceville Records, and debuted at #35 on the Billboard Indie Chart, doubling the first week sales of their highly acclaimed 2006 release "The Great Cold Distance." You can < a href="http://www.metalunderground.com/reviews/details.cfm?releaseid=2454">check out our review of "Night isthe New Day" here.
Metalunderground.com has obtained an exclusive premiere of a new sneak-peak video clip off Unearth's upcoming new deluxe version of "The March," which is due out on November 10th, 2009. The album will come with a bonus DVD featuring a tour documentary entitled, "The Three Day March," with footage shot by acclaimed director, Doug Spangenberg (Lamb Of God, Every Time I Die, Job For A Cowboy), during Unearth’s recent tour of the northeastern US. The DVD will also feature footage from inside the studio during the band’s recording sessions for "The March" as well as party footage from the band’s recent tour with Testament entitled "Gig Life." In addition to the candid behind the scenes footage, live footage of four songs will be included from the Wacken Festival 2008. Rounding out the DVD are the three music videos shot for "The March" - "My Will Be Done," and the soon to be released videos for "Grave Of Opportunity" and "Crow Killer."
You can preorder the deluxe version of "The March" here for only $11.99 + s/h.
Unearth will be touring nonstop up to the holidays. Here are the latest Unearth tour dates: More...