Ever since the pioneers of the “Gothenburg style” Melodic Death Metal sound, At The Gates, have announced a comeback studio album with the classic line-up of their latest masterpiece 'Slaughter Of The Soul' (1995), the anticipation within the scene has been immense. At The Gates are now in full pre-production mode and expect to be recording the upcoming album 'At War With Reality' in June / July with a tentative release period of October / November 2014 via Century Media Records worldwide.
At The Gates have now launched a video featuring updates on the new material’s pre-production process. Check it out here.
Most recently, At The Gates have announced the dates for their 'At War With Reality' tour throughout Europe and the UK together with label mates Triptykon and Morbus Chron for December, which many people consider one of the most tasteful extreme metal packages of the year 2014. Here is a list of all upcoming At The Gates live-shows announced so far:
AT THE GATES @ Festivals 2014:
SA 26.04.2014 Santiago (Chile) – The Metal Fest
SA 17.05.2014 Trezzo Sull'adda (Italy) – Metal Italia
FR 23.05.2014 Baltimore (USA) – Maryland Death Fest
TH 10.07.2014 Neskaupstadur (Iceland) – Eistnaflug Festival
AT THE GATES + Support:
TH 20.11.2014 Tampere (Finland) – Klubi
FR 21.11.2014 Jyväskylä (Finland) – Lutako
SA 22.11.2014 Helsinki (Finland) – Nosturi
AT THE GATES, GRAVE, MORBUS CHRON:
TH 27.11.2014 Göteborg (Sweden) – Trägårn
FR 28.11.2014 Stockholm (Sweden) – Arenan
SA 29.11.2014 Malmö (Sweden) – KB
AT THE GATES, TRIPTYKON, MORBUS CHRON:
TH 04.12.2014 London (UK) – Forum
FR 05.12.2014 Manchester (UK) – Academy 2
SA 06.12.2014 Glasgow (UK) – Garage
SU 07.12.2014 Birmingham (UK) – Academy
MO 08.12.2014 Cardiff (UK) – Solus
WE 10.12.2014 Essen (Germany) – Turock
TH 11.12.2014 Hamburg (Germany) – Markthalle
FR 12.12.2014 Eindhoven (The Netherlands) – Eindhoven Metal Meeting
SA 13.12.2014 Leipzig (Germany) – Conne Island
SU 14.12.2014 Wien (Austria) – Arena
TU 16.12.2014 Aarau (Switzerland) – Kiff
WE 17.12.2014 Munich (Germany – Backstage Werk
TH 18.12.2014 Antwerpen (Belgium) – Trix
FR 19.12.2014 Cologne (Germany) – Essigfabrik
SA 20.12.2014 Berlin (Germany) – Postbahnhof
More details on 'At War With Reality' will be unveiled soon…
Swedish Modern Metal superstars Sonic Syndicate have entered the studio to record their new album.
The band's fifth full-length effort is due to be released sometime in summer 2014 via Nuclear Blast and is being recorded and produced together with renowned producer Roberto Laghi (In Flames, Mustasch) in Bohus, Sweden.
Guitarist and main songwriter Robin Sjunnesson commented:
"We’ve been writing songs for over a year now and it just feels sick to start laying these bad boys down. This album is feeling kind of dark, heavy and melodic which fits perfect with the January weather here in Scandinavia. We have Roberto Laghi sitting here in the drivers seat. Everything just feels perfect this time around. We’ve worked with Roberto in the past and have become good friends over the years so this time around he’ll be producing the album as well as mixing which he’s done with the last two albums. We have a few guests popping into the studio over the next two months and for those who are interested we’ll be posting updates via all our social networks starting today so join in the madness and hash tag our asses.“
Sonic Syndicate will also appear on chosen open air events over the summer and have announced to be touring in fall 2014 which will mark the band's first tour in over 3 years.
Finnish radio station Rock Radio recently conducted an exclusive interview with Sonic Syndicate's own Nathan J. Biggs to talk about the band's hiatus and the forthcoming glorious return.
Check out the 10 minute chat at:
Costa Rica's finest musical export is ready to take on the world! Sight of Emptiness have been hard at work towards making an impact on the global metal scene since the release of "Trust Is A Disease" in 2007 - the same year the band won the Bloodstock Unsigned Contest and played the main stage at Bloodstock Open Air.
Since then, Sight of Emptiness have been hard at work. Releasing another album independently in 2009 and supporting heavy weights such as Megadeth, At The Gates, Obituary and more -- even playing national concerts for the Costa Rican government to over 15,000 people and being invited back to play Bloodstock Open Air in 2012, without entering a contest.
The band's hard work culminates now, as they prepare to unleash their third full length album "Instincts" on January 21st!
"Instincts" is a heavy-hitting dose of Melodic Death Metal that will hit home with fans of Amon Amarth, At The Gates, In Flames and the like. It is also a very targeted effort to reach the worldwide metal masses. Produced by Thomas "Plec" Johansson (Watain, Scar Symmetry, etc), "Instincts" features a who's who of incredible musicians guesting on the album. Tracks featuring Glen Drover (Megadeth, King Diamond), Ralph Santolla (Deicide, Iced Earth), Christian Alvestam (Scar Symmetry) and Whitfield Crane (Ugly Kid Joe) make the album standout on looks alone, but the songs themselves will have fans coming back for more!
Not only have Sight of Emptiness caught the attention of their peers, but also the Costa Rican government as "Instincts" also features a guest appearance of Manuel Obregon, the Minister of Culture & Youth for Costa Rica's government.
To get your first tastes of "Instincts", check out the first video from the album for the track "Essence (featuring Whitfield Crane of Ugly Kid Joe)" here.
Lifeforce Records are proud to announce the signing of Italy's finest modern metal / metalcore act Ready, Set, Fall to the Lifeforce Records roster! The band's Lifeforce Records debut "Memento" is set to be released in February 2014!
If you are into outstanding melodies, striking choruses and a modern-style heavy sound, you have to listen to Ready, Set, Fall This Italian band combines Swedish melodic death with American metalcore and a strong preference for agile variability. “Memento” marks the first full length album and Lifeforce debut for this band which came together in Genoa in 2010.
Some of the Ready, Set, Fall members have roots within the (pop) punk genre (Where Everything is, The Last Banned). Others paid their dues being part of metalcore and metal-acts such as Blood, Sweat And No Tears, Aspasia, and Living Corpse. With forming Ready, Set, Fall the Italians brought together their wide range of influences and predilections for the best elements of the Scandinavian and American heavy music scene.
Listening to “Memento” you cannot avoid to think of Soilwork, In Flames, Killswitch Engage, or All That Remains. This is exactly what Ready, Set, Fall want to achieve, without just copying those established acts. The quintet is driven by its internalization of modern-style metal, being played without any boundaries or restrictions. Enjoy!
'LABYRINTH' video clip, taken off the forthcoming album
Ready, Set, Fall on tour with Forgotten Tears
2.10.2013 - ZAGREB / Pogon [HRV]
3.10.2013 - SARAJEVO / Club Ag [BIH]
4.10.2013 - BELGRADE / Club Fest [SRB]
5.10.2013 - BUCHAREST / Question Mark [ROU]
6.10.2013 - ODESSA / Ogni [UKR]
7.10.2013 - SIMFEROPOL / MARLBORO [UKR]
8.10.2013 - KHARKOV / Churchill [UKR]
10.10.2013 - PLZEN / Jekyll and Hide [CZE]
11.10.2013 - BUDAPEST / Venue TBA [HUN]
12.10.2013 - KRIZEVCI PRI SUTOMORJU / The Yolo Place [SLO]
13.10.2013 - VIENNA / The Shelter [AUT]
18.10.2013 - CONEGLIANO / ApartamÈnto Hoffman [IT]
03.02.2014 - CH-Pratteln / Gallery
04.02.2014 - D-Frankfurt / Nachtleben
05.02.2014 - D-Dortmund / FZW
06.02.2014 - D-Köln / Underground
08.02.2014 - D-Hamburg / Logo
09.02.2014 - D-Berlin / Comet
10.02.2014 - D-München / Feierwerk
11.02.2014 - A-Wien / B72
Taken from the upcoming album "Instincts". Featuring Whitfield Crane of Ugly Kid Joe. Available Oct. 2013.
They unleashed their debut album ''Trust Is A Disease' and this resulted in the band being nominated at ACAM for best metal album and in 2008 saw them being awarded "Artist of Greatest International Exposure" as well as being awarded ACAM's “Best Metal Album” in 2010. Their second album 'Absolution Of Humanity' to outstanding ovation, they caught the attention of promoters in Spain and Portugal, they opened shows in Costa Rica to the likes of Megadeth, Amon Amarth, Dark Tranquillity and Obituary. However it does not end there, Sight of Emptiness were chosen to perform at The Costa Rican Art Museum on behalf of the Central America's Cultural Affairs, furthermore they managed to play at Bloodstock, on the Ronnie James Dio stage in 2007 and the Sophie Lancaster Stage in 2012. 2011 saw them yet again being nominated at the ACAM awards, but this time in the category of: “Artist of the Year”.
2013 and the Costa Rican sextet have unveiled their latest music video "Essence" which comes off of their upcoming third album "Instincts"; UK readers of Terrorizer can get this with issue 240 OCT 2013.
This is another step in international recognition for the band and their beloved metal scene.
For Fans of: Scar Symmetry, Soilwork, In Flames
The Black Dahlia Murder's sixth full-length album, "Everblack", will be released worldwide in June 2013. The album artwork for "Everblack" was painted by renowned artist Nick Keller, recording was completed at Audiohammer Studios (lead guitars and vocals), Rustbelt Studios (drums), and Regal Fecal (guitar and bass), mixing was handled by Jason Suecof and Ryan Williams and mastering was completed by Alan Douches at West Westside.
Trevor Strnad's horror-inspired lyrics persist on "Everblack", beginning with 'In Hell is Where She Waits for Me', a reference to the murder from which the band took for their moniker.
Vocalist Trevor Strnad elaborates on the lyrical concepts: "The opening track is the first actual song we've done about the Black Dahlia. This one is for the fans, they've been asking for this to happen for a long time. The story takes place at the Elizabeth Short's rain drenched funeral, where her killer in attendance, just one of the many macabre tales woven into the fabric of Everblack. Subterranean flesh-farming vampires, vine rape, Jeffery Dahmer, amputation, it's all here! With this sixth slab of sickness I tried my best to honor the band's legacy and write lyrics that will keep the legions of horror fiends perspiring with fear."
The debut single, 'Into the Everblack', is streaming now on metalblade.com/bdm.
Also available at metalblade.com/bdm are a variety of limited edition pre-order bundles. Fans can grab 'Everblack' on a triple gatefold double LP with purple / white marbled vinyl, along with "crime scene bundles." An evidence pack, which includes toe tags, deceased band member photos, spent shotgun shells, and more can be viewed now. These bundles are extremely limited and expected to sell out quickly.
'Everblack' will be released on June 10th in the UK.
Finnish Metal veterans Children of Bodom have announced their welcomed return back to the UK for a full headline tour this October.
The quintet will play seven shows around the UK and Ireland as part of the ‘Halo Of Blood Over Europe’ Tour, starting in Bournemouth on 7th October and ending at the prestigious Shepherds Bush Empire in London on 15th October. One of Finland's biggest musical exports, Children Of Bodom are firing up to release their 8th studio album ‘Halo Of Blood’, their first since returning to their original label home Nuclear Blast.
Children Of Bodom + special guests TBC
Mon 07.10.2013 Bournemouth Academy
Tue 08.10.2013 Bristol Academy
Thu 10.10.2013 Dublin Vicar Street
Sat 12.10.2013 Sheffield Academy
Sun 13.10.2013 Newcastle Academy
Mon 14.10.2013 Manchester Academy
Tue 15.10.2013 London Shepherd's Bush Empire
Tickets go on sale April 15th and ‘Halo Of Blood’ is released via Nuclear Blast on 10th June
They've done it again, Dartford's very own Trance Metal ensemble Silent Descent have released their third music video to date, their first ever music video was 'Duplicity' which was taken from the album of the same name, this was predominantly featuring the old line-up, as musicians come and gone it was prime time for the Kent mob to deliver another album, it was in the majestic form of 'Mind Games' that cemented the band as one of the most exciting modern metal bands to explode nationwide, released through the now defunct Rising Records, 'Mind Games' was to become a popular release in the metal community, one that landed them playing alongside Japanese cyber metal sensations Blood Stained Child and evidently the return to Download Festival. As the band's second music video coalesced into becoming 'Psychotic Euphoric' it was clear that they meant business, the sound had matured and the saddening departure of Kipster, the bands DJ and hard trance powerhouse, so what a fitting way to show that Silent Descent are expanding and clearly are 'Breaking The Space'
Ed: Looks like BDSM made an impact in the metal music world
L-R : Mathieu St-Amour (guitar) | Rich O’Neil (drums) | Renaud Jobin (vocals) | Payam Doryani (bass) | Dimitri Gervais (guitar)
Ontario's melodic death thrashers Chariots of The Gods are proud to release their full length album 'Tides of War' which is out now.
"It's finally here; it's with great pleasure that we present our first full length album to the world, "Tides of War"' is now unleashed and you should be warned, this beast is without mercy!" comments vocalist Renaud Jobin.
Produced by award winning producer / engineer / mixer Glen Robinson who has worked with names such as The Ramones, AC/DC, GWAR, Annihilator and Voivod, COTG's new album delivers 14 epic, crushing tracks to follow up their well received 2010 debut EP 'Reverence,' which the band aggressively toured in Quebec and Ontario, sharing the stage with names such as Misfits, Voivod, Despised Icon, Kataklysm, Blind Witness, Misery Index, Martyr, Fuck the Facts, Blackguard, Neuraxis, The Agonist, Reanimator and Insurrection.
The metallers have released two singles off the album 'Unbound' featuring guest vocals by Aleksi Sihvonen of Norther and a FREE DOWNLOAD of the title track, both can be heard and purchased with the album at the following locations on bandcamp and iTunes. The band will also be premiering their new music video for the title track on Jan 30th on BlankTV.
Track Listing - Tides of War
2. Seventh Weapon
3. Blind Assassin
4. Ambrosian Wings
5. Tides of War [Free Download - http://chariotsofthegods.bandcamp.com/track/tides-of-war]
6. Revillusion (1905)
7. Snow Falls On The White River (1914)
8. Severing The Bloodline (1917)
9. Collapse of An Empire
10. Red Skies
13. Unbound (feat. Aleksi Sihvonen)
14. Annihilation of The Gods
Music Video Teaser - 'Tides of War' (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rISd4WyksMc)
In additional news, COTG will be performing at this year’s Drummondville Metal Fest V on Feb 9th with the province of Quebec's top metal talents Cryptopsy (Montreal), Ghoulnatics (Montreal),
Bookakee (Montreal), 101 Proof (Montreal), Trollheims (Trois-Rivieres), Odium (Walkerton, ON) and L’Habit Me Suce Le Moine (Drummondville) along with a show date in Montreal, QC the following week on Feb 16th with Burning The Oppressor and La Corriveau (Quebec City).
Feb 9, 2013 – Drummondville Metalfest V @ Salle Gaston Mandeville – Drummondville, QC – w/ Cryptopsy, Ghoulunatics, Bookakee, 101 Proof, Trollheims, Odium, L’Habit Me Suce Le Moine - Show Details
Feb 16, 2013 - Montreal, QC - L'Hemisphere Gauche - w/ Burning The Oppressor, La Corriveau - Show Details
“Fans of modern thrash, who like it furious, biting and yet melodic check Chariots of The Gods.” – Lords of Metal
“There’s a lot on ‘Tides of War’ to pique the interest of either thrash or melodic death metal fans, and the non-stop galloping guitar sound is an impressive display of what the underground can achieve.” – MetalUnderground.com
“CHARIOTS OF THE GODS are showing plenty of promise to be able to be one of Canada’s next big things out there” – Metal Observer
“An incredibly professional production is at hand: drums are clear; vocals are on the perfect level with the instruments; even the soft and quiet moments are balanced just right so as to create bits of atmosphere against the heaviness. There is a pure love of metal evident in this debut and the production lets all the power, aggression, and passion through to the listener…the band confidently establishes their intention: a charge of solid and unyielding melodeath garnished with impeccable interludes, solos, and leads.” – MetalStorm
“Splendid stuff from a young Canadian troupe that would appear to have all the tricks… I love their coruscating mix of Maidenesque harmonies (have a listen to the awesome Blind Assassin and tell me you ain’t impressed)” – MetalAsFuck
”I’m honored to be a part of this project” – Glen Robinson (producer)
”It’s pretty good!” – Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters)
”In my opinion, Chariots of the Gods is THE melodic thrash metal revelation in Canada this year” – Musique d’une Nation
”A band to admire [...] amazing collaboration of Heavy Metal and Death Metal [...] no less than perfect” – Metal Temple
”An excellent band who knows what they are doing [...] Listen to them and you’ll discover something great” – Dave Lemire (Concert promoter)
”I am stoked to discover new talent from Ottawa [...] Chariots of the Gods is an eruption waiting to happen” -The Ottawa Epitaph
Canadian power metal band Blackguard are proud to announce their return to Europe, supporting Kamelot on their upcoming European tour beginning November 2nd in Eindhoven, Netherlands.
Vocalist Paul Zinay comments “We had a blast conquering North America with Kamelot and now it's time to conquer some new territories. We are very honored that we were asked to join them on this tour and we'd like to give our deepest thanks and gratitude to Thomas and all of the Kamelot crew for extending us this invitation. This will be the last tour supporting our latest album 'Firefight' and we can't imagine ending on a higher note than this.”
The band is currently in the studio completing their forthcoming album 'Storm', out Spring 2013. They will begin a month long headlining tour starting October 7th in New York City and then join Epica on tour starting October 23rd. Watch their most recent video “Firefight” here.
Headlining Tour Dates:
10/07- New York, NY @ The Studio at Webster Hall
10/08- Dayton, OH @ Spitfire
10/09- Richmond, VA @ Kingdom
10/10- West Springfield, VA @ Empire
10/11- Trenton, NJ @ Championship Bar and Grill
10/12- Buffalo, NY @ Broadway Joe’s
10/13- Detroit, MI @ Blondie’s
10/16- Peoria, IL @ Brass Rail
10/17- Louisville, KY @ Vernon Club
10/18- Cleveland, OH @ Pirates Cove
10/19- Albany, NY @ Bogie’s
10/20- Rochester, NY @ The Bug Jar
10/23- Washington, DC @ Howard Theater
10/25- Philadelphia, PA @ The Trocadero
10/26- New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
10/27- Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
10/29- Quebec City, QC @ Imperial de Quebec
10/30- Montreal, QC @ Metropolis
11/02- Eindhoven, NL @ De Effenaar
11/03- Pratteln, SW @ Z7
11/04- Paris, FR @ Le Bataclan
11/05- Stuttgart, DE @ LKA/ Longhorn
11/06- Antwerpen, BE @ Trix
11/07- London, UK @ HMV Forum
11/09- Barakaldo, ES @ Rock Star Live
11/10- Madrid, ES @ Sala Arena
11/11- Bareclona, ES @ Razmatazz 2
11/13- Bologna, IT @ Estragon
11/14- Wien, AT @ Scene
11/16- Berlin, DE @ C-Club
11/17- Geiselwind, DE @ Music Hall
11/18- Cologne, DE @ Essigfabrik
11/20- Hamburg, DE @ Markthalle
11/21- Copenhagen, DK @ Vega Musikkens Hus
11/22- Stockholm, SE @ Gota Kallare
11/23- Gothenburg, SE @ Tradgarn
11/24- Oslo, NO @ Sentrum Scene