New Orleans riff lords Crowbar will release an all new full length album entitled 'Symmetry In Black' on May 26, 2014 via Century Media Records in Europe and May 27, 2014 via eOne Records in North America.
Founding vocalist & guitarist Kirk Windstein provides the following comment:
"We are so proud and excited about what we have accomplished with this record! The focus, determination and attitude in the band is at an all time high. We are 100% ready to get this Juggernaut rolling and never touch the breaks again. Crowbar will not be stopped!"
'Symmetry In Black' was produced by Kirk Windstein and Duane Simoneaux and was mixed by Josh Wilbur. The new effort will be the latest material from Crowbar since 'Sever The Wicked Hand' was released in 2011 and will be the tenth studio LP which also marks the 25th anniversary of the inception of Crowbar.
Windstein continues:"Crowbar is my heart and soul. The music is a part of me that I am extremely proud of. It's an amazing feeling to be putting all of my energy and focus into something that I created 25 years ago! We are extremely excited to release our 10th full length and to bring the riffs to as many people as possible on tour. See you on the road!"
Now that the band has finished recording, a U.K. headline run for a handful of dates with Dripback is kicking off tonight in Manchester.
CROWBAR LIVE supported by Dripback and Hang The Bastard (London only)
28.02.2014 Sound Control, Manchester, UK
01.03.2014 Corporation, Sheffield, UK
02.03.2014 Rescue Rooms, Nottingham , UK
03.03.2014 Thekla Bristol, UK
04.03.2014 The Garage, London, UK
05.03.2014 Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth, UK
06.03.2014 O2 Academy 2, Liverpool, UK
07.03.2014 The Sugarmill, Stoke-on-Trent, UK
08.03.2014 Black Country Metal Fest III @ Slade Rooms, Wolverhampton, UK
09.03.2014 King Tut's, Glasgow, UK
Dutch symphonic metallers Epica have launched the first episode of their latest studio documentary. The documentary gives a behind the scenes look at the recording process of the band's sixth studio album, The Quantum Enigma. It also previews the first music from the upcoming album. Check out the clip over on the Nuclear Blast YouTube channel.
The band recorded "The Quantum Enigma" together with upcoming producer Joost van den Broek at the Sandlane Recording Facilities in the Netherlands. The album has been mixed by Jacob Hansen (Volbeat, Hatesphere).
Where the 2013 Retrospect performance reflected on a decade as one of the leading bands in the symphonic metal scene, the upcoming sixth studio album "The Quantum Enigma" marks the beginning of a new Epica: modern, heavy and without compromises.
Guitar player Isaac Delahaye had this to say:
"The whole process of writing and recording TQE was extremely refreshing for us. Instead of preparing the album in our home studios separately, we rehearsed the songs together in the studio. Just like any other band, you could say, but as Epica is located in 3 different countries this is a little more complicated for us. The direct interaction between us has certainly lifted up the quality of the songs, as no detail was left unspoken. Definitely worth taking some time off from touring! As far as songwriting goes, the main focus was groove and melody."
"The Quantum Enigma" will be released on May 2nd (Europe), May 5th (UK) and May 13th (USA) through Nuclear Blast.
Progressive Metallers Midhaven, based out of Mumbai, India have signed to Universal Music (India) to release their debut full-length album. The release is slated for the end of March 2014.
Commented Midhaven frontman Karan Kaul:
"We're honored that a major record label is appreciating the metal scene that has gradually grown over the years in our country. Signing with a label like Universal Music is an amazing feat for us, for a couple of years back, we were just a bunch of college kids with a dream."
"Midhaven is a brilliant young metal band we are thrilled to represent; their music is a powerful combination of skilful musicianship, mystic & emotive lyrics and unbridled enthusiasm. Their album is an intense start for a band who are committed to produce & perform the best that you can hear in this genre" said Sridhar TVN the A&R of Universal Music (India)
Midhaven was formed in 2011 and very quickly built a commendable following in the underground scene. In 2013 the band released their debut EP titled 'Tales From The Tide' to much acclaim from fans. The EP though was more rock and the band changed their sound to a much heavier one for the new album.
The EP can be streamed at https://soundcloud.com/midhaven-india
Swedish death-glam quartet Deathstars have rescheduled their previously-announced March UK dates for November and also confirmed an additional 3 shows. The band issued the following statement - "We have been forced to re-schedule our upcoming European Tour "Claws Through Europe" due to a pushed back album release date. At the same time the tour will be extended to run for a longer period of time and cover more cities throughout Europe and the UK. Bought tickets be will valid for the new dates"
The full list of dates are now as follows and tickets will go on sale on Monday Feb 24th:
SUN 2nd THEKLA, BRISTOL
MON 3rd ACADEMY 3, MANCHESTER
TUE 4th CATHOUSE, GLASGOW
WED 5th O2 ACADEMY 2, NEWCASTLE
THU 6th SLADE ROOMS, WOLVERHAMPTON
FRI 7th THE GARAGE, LONDON
The band are also putting the finishing touches to their 4th studio album, due for release in June 2014, their first since 2009's 'Night Electric Night'.
Miss May I’s blistering new offering, "Rise Of The Lion", is set to hit stores in North America on April 29, 2014 via Rise Records (April 28 in the UK, April 25 in Australia). This is Miss May I’s fourth album and the first to be produced by the legendary Terry Date (Pantera, Deftones, White Zombie, Bring Me The Horizon). The countless fan letters the band has received over the years are the inspiration for the tracks on "Rise Of The Lion", and each track is written from the perspective of those fans or responses to them
Today, the band slams out of the gate with a double dose of metal, offering up their brand new single ‘Gone’ along with its accompanying music video via the official "Rise Of The Lion" launch site, www.MMIRiseOfTheLion.com. Take a listen now and while visiting the site, check out the band’s three studio updates, as well as tour date information. Beginning today at the site, you can pre-order the album in digital, physical CD, and vinyl versions, as well as special pre-order packages including exclusive "Rise Of The Lion" shirts, necklaces, posters, and more!
Front man Levi Benton had this to say:
“We wanted to release a video that showed the true bare bones of our band, we really found ourselves on this new record and we felt we needed a video that had no bells and whistles and was just five guys jamming and thrashing. It also shows the creation of the album artwork, which is a real statement about Miss May I. The lion logo that is being tattooed represents our band as a whole.”
“Gone’ is about heartbreak and feeling like you are lost within that heartbreak. We know everyone has felt this, so as this record being letters back to our fans we wanted to address this. One too many times I have read a letter about someone feeling so broken they felt they felt like they couldn’t make it and that our music helped them find a way. This song is for them!”
The worldwide release of "Rise Of The Lion" will be supported by a brief headline tour of the United States this April and May, with support from For The Fallen Dreams. Miss May I’s “Up Close and Personal” Tour will stop in eight cities, including a closer in their home state of Ohio at Rock On The Range. Get this – each ticket price includes a copy of "Rise Of The Lion" hard copy CD!
MISS MAY I U.S. Tour Dates:
4/29 Chicago, IL @ Beat Kitchen
4/30 Grand Rapids, MI @ The Pyramid Scheme
5/1 Pontiac, MI @ The Pike Room at Crofoot Ballroom
5/2 Pittsburgh, PA @ Smiling Moos
5/3 New York, NY @ The Studio at Webster Hall
5/4 Baltimore, MD @ The Ottobar
5/6 Philadelphia, PA @ The Barbary
5/18 Columbus, OH @ Rock On The Range
After more than two decades, "Total Fucking Darkness", the infamous third demo from notorious UK extreme metal magicians, Cradle Of Filth, will be unleashed on gate-fold double LP and digi-pack CD via Mordgrimm this Spring.
The undertaking was helmed by vocalist Dani Filth, former guitarist Paul Ryan (currently of The King Is Blind) and Cacophonous Records founder Frater Nihil, who first signed Cradle Of Filth, in an effort to bring fans old and new a remastered version of the demo along with material that had been sitting in the vaults for twenty years.
Given new life at Turan Studio in Oxford with the aid of engineer Tim Turan (who has worked on everything from Emperor to Thin Lizzy), "Total Fucking Darkness" commences with "Spattered In Faeces," the only surviving track from the now mythical "Goetia" sessions, followed on Side A and the rest of Side B with the recordings from the "Total Fucking Darkness" demo. Side C offers up another previously unreleased hymn with "Devil Mayfair (Advocatus Diaboli)," recorded in a rehearsal studio on Samhain 1992, followed by three more tracks from the same session, a further hint of the material that would have featured on the aborted "Goetia" album. Two short instrumental movements from former Cradle Of Filth keyboardist Ben Ryan are also included.
Housed in a heavy gatefold sleeve with paintings featuring the perverse visions of Radio 1 Presenter and occult artist, Daniel Carter, the legendary recording will be released in an initial mail-order edition of 666 copies, unleashed in an unholy trinity of three two-color, 180-gram vinyl variants limited to 222 copies each; orange / black, blue / grey and grey / black. Each copy includes a limited edition booklet with a foreword by Dani Filth and formerly unseen photos from the band archives. A retail version in blue vinyl with insert, and a digipak CD, will be available from Amazon and other outlets on May 5, 2014, with the limited edition version slated for release two weeks earlier.
"Total Fucking Darkness" Track Listing:
1. Spattered In Faeces
2. The Black Goddess Rises
3. As Deep As Any Burial
1. Unbridled at Dusk
2. The Raping Of Faith
3. Fraternally Yours, 666
1. Devil Mayfair (Advocatus Diaboli)
2. The Black Goddess Rises
3. Seance And Mandrake (Instrumental)
1. The Raping Of Faith
2. Unbridled At Dusk
3. Hekate Enthroned (Instrumental)
Cradle Of Filth's "Total Fucking Darkness" will drop on May 5, 2014 via Mordgrimm. Pre-orders are currently available at THIS LOCATION.
In support of their most demoralizing recorded works to date with their fourth LP, "Vermis", New Zealand Death Metal innovators, Ulcerate, will bring their audio terror to North American fans this spring, on their second tour of the continent.
Sponsored by Metal Injection, Ulcerate will inundate the American and Canadian peoples for nineteen days and nights on the Vermis North America MMXIV tour, which will include the band's first shows on the West Coast. Beginning the first day of May, the horde will bring their incredibly destructive, dynamic style of delivering the most extreme, cutting edge Death Metal imaginable to a clockwise arc of cities, the mayhem coming to a close with a performance at the massive, annual Maryland Death Fest on May 19th. Support for Ulcerate will be provided by Relapse lable mates, Inter Arma, on the majority of the dates, joining the tour in Philadelphia on the 9th and pushing through until May 21st, the final date of the tour before MDF.
Vermis North America MMXIV will be Ulcerate's first return to the continent since their initial stateside mini-tour in 2012, culminated with their memorably punishing set at Maryland Deathfest that year. Stated the band on the upcoming live incursion, "After months of planning we are now in full lock-down mode with rehearsals for what is going to be one of the most intense tours we've done to date. We can't wait to bring the "Vermis" material to life and finally attack both East and West coasts of the continent - particularly with Inter Arma joining us for the second half of the run."
ULCERATE Vermis North America MMXIV:
5/01/2014 Complex - Los Angeles, CA
5/02/2014 Elbo Room - San Francisco, CA
5/03/2014 Tonic Lounge - Portland, OR
5/04/2014 The Highline - Seattle, WA
5/06/2014 Starlight Lounge - Sacramento, CA
5/09/2014 Boot & Saddle - Philadelphia, PA w/ Inter Arma
5/10/2014 Saint Vitus Bar - Brooklyn, NY w/ Inter Arma
5/11/2014 Middle East Upstairs - Boston, MA w/ Inter Arma
5/12/2014 Les Katacombes - Montreal, QC w/ Inter Arma
5/13/2014 Le Petit Théâtre du Vieux Noranda - Rouyn-Noranda, QC w/ Inter Arma
5/14/5012 Comfort Zone - Toronto, ON w/ Inter Arma
5/15/2014 Corktown Tavern - Detroit, MI w/ Inter Arma
5/16/2014 Cobra Lounge - Chicago, IL w/ Inter Arma
5/17/2014 Brass Rail - Fort Wayne, IN w/ Inter Arma
5/18/2014 Carabar - Columbus, OH w/ Inter Arma
5/19/2014 The Shop - Pittsburgh, PA w/ Inter Arma
5/20/2014 Strange Matter - Richmond, VA w/ Inter Arma
5/21/2014 Empire - Springfield, VA w/ Inter Arma
5/25/2014 Maryland Deathfest - Baltimore, MD
"Jamie Saint Merat bashes out more seemingly impossible 'rhythms' in a minute than most drummers will manage in a career. It's less an ad for Vermis than a badass example of human capability." - Decibel
"In any discussion about bands that are pushing death metal into new and uncharted territory, New Zealand's Ulcerate have become a frequent refrain... Vermis is incredibly dense -- in fact, it's downright suffocating at times." - Revolver
"With such overreaching bleakness and no hope of salvation, it seems that the end of the world might have found its soundtrack. 9/10" - Outburn
"There's little space, but it's not lawless-- there's a tight grip at work here... It's true that many bands live or die by their drummer, but for Ulcerate's flights of tar-drenched fancy, only Saint Merat has the skill and the feel." - Pitchfork
"The blackness and hopeless abandonment of floating through space combines with the crushing force of a black hole to form Ulcerate's sound... truly one of the heaviest, most atmospheric and precise death metal bands in the world." - Loudwire
"Like Enslaved, Ulcerate has become one of those bands who reliably put out amazing music and it would be rather fruitless to try and decide whether Vermis is 'better' or 'not better' than Everything Is Fire or Destroyers of All. It's an Ulcerate album, and all metal is better off for its existence. 9.5/10" - Last Rites
Lacuna Coil's Cris "Pizza" Migliore and Cristiano "CriZ" Mozzati announce retirement ahead of album release
"Dear friends, It is with a heavy heart that we share this news with you today: our two brothers Cris 'Pizza' Migliore and Cristiano 'CriZ' Mozzati have decided to retire from Lacuna Coil.
Both Pizza and CriZ have had big changes impact their lives recently - we know how stressful and difficult it can be to balance both real life and the life of a professional touring musician, and we have nothing but total respect for their decisions to focus on their families and lives at home.
We have such incredible memories of traveling and exploring the world together with Pizza and CriZ, and we want to wish them both all the best as they begin these exciting new chapters in their lives. We will never forget the important roles they played in this band, or the incredible times we shared together.
THANK YOU PIZZA AND CRIZ! WE LOVE YOU GUYS!!
Cristina, Andrea, Marco, and Maus.
Cris "Pizza" Migliore expresses his thoughts:
“Dear friends, after over 16 years spent with the Lacuna Coil family, I decided to move on and begin a new chapter in my life. This hasn't been an easy decision, as you can imagine, but I felt like I needed to change some things around.
I'm glad and honored that I've had the chance to be able to embark on such an amazing adventure, with such wonderful people as "travel companions"! I will never forget my time in Lacuna Coil and I wish my sister and brothers all the best for whatever the future may bring.
I'm sure you understand! I would also really like to thank every single one of you for showing such amazing love and support for a small band from Milan, Italy, who would've never thought would become what it has during these incredible 16 years. Thank you all and enjoy this last record we did with me and CriZ as part of the line-up - it's some of the best music we've done and I'm sure you'll love it!
Keep on rockin'!!
Cristiano "CriZ" Mozzati adds:
“Hey Coilers, as many of you guys and gals know, during this last year lots of very important things happened in my life - something really amazing, and deep enough to make me sit in front of my laptop to write these bittersweet words...
I'm leaving my "second family" Lacuna Coil because I need this change in my life... this hasn't been an easy decision at all and I've come to it with pain in my heart, because together we laughed and cried; we fought and gave all our lives to this amazing band. Together we lived the dream for 16 wonderful, intense and unforgettable years. All you guys around the world gave me such positive and sincere vibes and emotions that will stay embedded in my heart for the rest of my life! I want to say thank you Coilers, friends, crew, partners, and people that listen to our music for being such an inspiration for me. To my brothers and sis I'd like to say the following: Never stop to kicking asses, you sure know how to!
The new record is the best thing we've done together. I have put all my passion and feelings into it and I'm sure you'll love it. I'll never stop playing drums - as we all know, if you were born with rock inside your veins, you'll die with it... and this is what I will do.
Take care and stay Coilers!
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Century Media Records would like to extend a massive thank you to Cris "Pizza" Migliore and Cristiano "CriZ" Mozzati, as they will be missed – “Broken Crown Halo” marks a new chapter in the ever-evolving history of Lacuna Coil, but the band will not be slowing down. In fact, they are currently packing their bags and gear to begin touring.
Lacuna Coil return to the road to introduce North America to 'Broken Crown Halo' as part of the Revolver Hottest Chicks in Hard Rock Tour (http://hottestchickstour.com), which launches February 20 and features Lacuna Coil sharing a stage with Sick Puppies, Century Media Records label mates Eyes Set To Kill, and Cilver. Lacuna Coil are currently working on European summer festivals. UK’s Bloodstock is already confirmed, so keep your eyes peeled for more festivals.
“Broken Crown Halo” is set for releases March 31st, 2014 in Europe, Australia / NZ and April 1st, 2014 in North America on Century Media Records. The album is the band's seventh studio effort, and the highly-anticipated follow-up to 'Dark Adrenaline', which was released in January 2012 and saw the band tour with acts including Paradise Lost, Megadeth, Motorhead, Volbeat, and Sevendust after debuting at No. 15 on the Billboard Top 200 album chart.
Fans can get a taste of 'Broken Crown Halo' in the form of the album track 'Nothing Stands In Our Way', recently released via the Century Media Records Soundcloud page:
Martyr Defiled have revealed their video for the single 'Demons In The Mist'. View the video online here:
'Demons In The Mist' is the first track to be taken from the punishing new full length 'No Hope No Morality' which is set for release April 29th via Siege Of Amida Records.
Catch the band on tour in the UK from tomorrow. Dates below.
In anticipation of the February 27th worldwide release of the feature film, “As The Palaces Burn”, Randy Blythe and Chris Adler will appear on VH1 Classic’s “That Metal Show” on February 22nd, airing at 11 p.m. This will be the first Lamb of God visit to “That Metal Show”. The host of the show, Eddie Trunk, conducts the 30 minute Q&A that will follow all showings of “As The Palaces Burn” in theaters and venues.
In addition, Sirius XM’s Liquid Metal (channel 40) will present a week-long special on the film, February 21st through 28th. The special will feature newly recorded interviews by Jose Mangin with Blythe, Adler, and film director Don Argott.
“As The Palaces Burn” is now set for showings in over 25 countries in addition to the U.S. For a complete updated list of theaters, venues, and show times go to www.asthepalacesburn.com