Black metal cult Arckanum is pleased to announce streaming of another new song from the forthcoming record, "Fenris Kindir". The new track, titled "Hatarnir" is premiering via Wormgear and the forthcoming album is slated for a worldwide release on 10th May (14th May in North America).
Regarding ""Fenris Kindir", Arckanum mastermind Shamaatae (ex-Grotesque) acknowledged that "This album is a dedication to the flaming giant-wolf, son of Loki; created from the Chaos-fires of Múspellsheimr. It is a tribute to the wrathful giant-wolf, son of Angrboða, found in the Ironwood where he is breeding hordes of giant monstrous wolves with Angrboða. His victorious name is Fenrir, also called Tungls Tjúgari! Hail Fenrir!"
Shamaatae continues; "The sounds and music on this album are my auditory vision of the march of Fenrir convoyed with his hordes of giant wolves from the depths of the underworld to face Ragna Rök with warlike glory – deformed giant-wolves swarming in thousands. This is my tribute to the wrathful, harsh and untamed anti-nature of Fenrir’s mighty essence! The anti-cosmic enemy of the worlds! Heill Tungls Tjúgari! Heilir Fenris Synir!"
1. Fenris Kindir Grúa
2. Tungls Tjúgari
6. Fenris Gangr
11. Sólbøls Sigr
12. Lycanthropia [Necromantia cover, bonus track on digital and LP editions]
"Fenris Kindir" is available for pre-order at the Season of Mist E-shop and is available as a CD and a limited LP in two different colors: yellow (limited to 450 copies) and black (limited to 700).
Extreme Electro / Industrial metallers Aborym have revealed the first track from the second CD of the upcoming "Dirty" double-album. While the first CD will feature completely new material, the second CD will include two completely re-arranged and re-recorded tracks from previous albums, covers of tracks by Iron Maiden, Pink Floyd, and Nine Inch Nails, as well as a previously unreleased track. The brand-new double-album which will be available in jewel case, double digipack, and gate-fold double LP formats - is set for release via Agonia Records on 28th May in Europe and the 11th June in North America.
Iron Maiden's heavy metal classic "Hallowed Be Thy Name," covered by legendary industrial troops Aborym, can be streamed here
The band has also unveiled the second video teaser for Dirty which can be streamed here.
"Dirty" was recorded at the Fear No One Studios in Italy with Emiliano Natali, reprising his role of sound engineers from the band’s "Psychogrotesque" album, and it is helped by Marc Urselli of New York’s Eastside Sound Studio, who has worked with the likes of Mike Patton and Lou Reed. The electronic part of the album is engineered by D. Loop (Kebabtraume, Limbo). R.G. Narchost (Stormcrow, Demon's Shade, Drowning Ashes) created "The Spiral shaped chamber" custom sounds library for the band. Artwork for the album was designed by Aborym’s Fabban.
With "Dirty" being the band’s first release since 2010’s "Psychogrotesque", all three musicians have something to say about it:
Guitarist Paolo Pieri acknowledged that: "This is definitely the most schizoid and experimental Aborym work so far. This time we focused on pushing the boundaries of electronic music one step forward while retaining the ruthless brutality of extreme metal in a way totally ahead of the times".
Drummer Bard “Faust” Eithun added: “This time around Aborym push everything further; the electronic and industrial elements have never been so present. Rest assured, no matter how sick, twisted and beyond everything it sounds, it is still Aborym.”
The last word falls to founder Fabban:
“I believe that Dirty represents the best material ever written by Aborymfrom 1992 until today. Given that it wasn’t that easy to go beyond an album such as "Psychogrotesque", I strongly believe that this time we did exceed every limit and every concept of experimentation - manipulating all the cliches of extreme metal, industrial or electronic music and pushing together elements that are so far away from each other. As a result, we achieved something really innovative, powerful, refined and of a really high standard. The quality of sounds, the nuances, the details passing through the recording quality; the quality of the machines that we used and abused, the quality of the lyrics, the artwork and the performances of each of us and of all the people who have worked with us, are definitely all at the top. Dirty is a record that simply expands the range of our listeners, it’s an album that everyone can enjoy and really appreciate. I am personally very excited and, at the same time, really proud of what you’ll soon be able to listen to. We worked so hard for the past two years on this double album that we have no words to really explain how excited we are to finally see it released. It’s an album that will further change the history of extreme music. Of that I have no doubt.”
Across the Universe
Raped by Daddy
I don’t Know
The Factory of Death
Helter Skelter Youth
Face the Reptile
The Day the Sun Stopped Shining
Fire Walk With Us (new version originally released on “Fire Walk With Us”)
Roma Divina Urbs (new version originally released on “Kali Yuga Bizarre”)
Hallowed Be Thy Name (Iron Maiden Cover)
Comfortably Numb (Pink Floyd Cover)
Hurt (Nine Inch Nails Cover)
Need for limited loss (new track)
"Dirty" is now available for retail pre-orders in all formats here.
Rockstar energy drink mayhem festival announces band comp, ticket giveaways and much, much more
The 6th Annual Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival this year features the likes of:
Rob Zombie, Five Finger Death Punch, Mastodon, Amon Amarth, Machine Head, Children Of Bodom, Behemoth and many more.
The Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival Tour Starts June 29th in San Bernardino, CA
Get your Tickets NOW at www.rockstarmayhemfest.com or www.livenation.com
There’s more being added each week when it comes to cool things going on at the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival this year, including the Sumerian records Unsigned Band Competition, the Metal Injection ticket giveaways in each market, the Metal Mulisha being back again this year, and more!
For more information on these items and more, visit www.rockstarmayhemfest.com.
Take a look at what some of this year’s festival artists are doing right now
Rob Zombie’s latest feature film, "Lords of Salem", is out today, April 19! Head on over to www.fandango.com for movie showtimes, to purchase movie tickets, and to take a look at the official site, www.lordsofsalem.com. Be sure to keep an eye out for Rob Zombie’'s new album, "Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor" dropping Tuesday, 23rd April 23.
Five Finger Death Punch will be performing at the Revolver's Golden Gods on May 2 which will be broadcast live on AXS TV & Xbox Live. News about their new album will be released very soon.
Amon Amarth are pleased to unveil the details of their ninth studio album titled "Deceiver of the Gods". The new full-length album will be released in North America via Metal Blade Records 25th June — fans can check out the title track and first single, "Deceiver of the Gods" at the band's official Metal Blade page: http://www.metalblade.com/amonamarth where you'll also find special pre-order info.
Behemoth have been holed up in Hertz Studios working on their tenth full-length album. As the band continues to record, they have been posting images and what appear to be lyrics for portions of new songs. More updates will be posted as they are made available. Fans can stay up to date with the absolute latest at facebook.com/behemoth and twitter.com/behemothband.
Butcher Babies rocked the Whiskey A Go Go for the 2013 Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival Press Conference back on March 18. They performed Mr. Slowdeath (Live). Be sure to check them out this summer on the Jagermeister Stage!
Tour dates are as follows:
Date City Venue
6/29 San Bernardino, CA San Manuel Amphitheater
6/30 Mountain View, CA Shoreline Amphitheatre
7/2 Boise, ID Idaho Center Amphitheatre
7/3 Auburn, WA White River Amphitheater
7/5 Phoenix, AZ Desert Sky Pavilion
7/6 Albuquerque, NM Isleta Amphitheatre
7/7 Denver, CO Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre
7/10 Toronto, ON Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
7/12 Burgettstown, PA First Niagara Pavilion
7/13 Scranton, PA Toyota Pavilion at Montage Mountain
7/14 Darien Center, NY Darien Lake PAC
7/16 Mansfield, MA Comcast Center
7/17 Bangor, ME Bangor Waterfront
7/19 Camden, NJ Susquehanna Bank Center
7/20 Saratoga Springs, NY SPAC
7/21 Hartford, CT The Comcast Theatre
7/23 Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center
7/24 Bristow, VA Jiffy Lube Live
7/26 Noblesville, IN Klipsch Music Center
7/27 Tinley Park, IL First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
7/28 Clarkston, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre
7/30 Atlanta, GA Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood
7/31 Tampa, FL Live Nation Amphitheatre at the Florida State Fairgrounds
8/2 Austin, TX Austin360 Amphitheater
8/3 The Woodlands, TX Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
8/4 Dallas, TX Gexa Energy Pavilion
Sponsors for the 2013 Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival include title sponsor Rockstar Energy Drink and stage sponsors Jagermeister, Musicians Institute, and Sumerian Records.
Festival sponsors include Ibanez Guitars, Zippo, Metal Blade Records, Napalm records, Squatch Snack Sticks, Fuck Cancer and Keep A Breast.
Media partners include Revolver Magazine and Zus.
Evile are celebrating this year's Record Store Day with a number of treats for fans, including an intimate live show at Crash Records in Leeds tomorrow - Saturday, 20th April.
The band will be performing live in the store at 4pm, giving fans the chance to see them in a unique, up-close and personal setting. Evile are also releasing a split 7" picture disc with Swedish death metal legends Entombed, featuring the classic 1990 track, "Drowned", along with Evile's incredible 2012 cover version.
Drummer Ben Carter admitted that:
"Evile are looking forward to making some stupidly heavy noise at Crash Records in Leeds on Saturday, 20th April in support of Record Store Day! We're going to start destroying ears at 4pm, so make sure to get in early as space will be very limited! We guarantee this show will be utter carnage and something very different than the norm. We can't wait to see how a circle pit will work in a record store and need our fans there to show us!!! To mark the occasion, we'll be selling our new exclusive 7" split of our cover of Entombed's 'Drowned', with Entombed's original on the flipside. All this is to show support to indie retailers, so get yer asses down to Crash and show your support for the old school!!!"
Space for the show is limited, but fans who buy the 7" from Crash Records on the day will get free entry to the show (space permitting).
Record Store Day takes place each year on the third Saturday of April, bringing together artists and independently-owned record stores around the world to celebrate the art of music. Special vinyl and CD releases and various promotional products are made exclusively for the day and sold in independent stores.
For more information and to see which stores are participating in Record Store Day in the UK, head to http://www.recordstoreday.co.uk
Evile's new album, "Skull", is due to be released in Europe on Earache Records on 27th May, and in the USA via Century Media / Earache Records on 11th June.
Pre-order the album now from the Earache Webstore in Europe here or in North America here.
"Skull" is also available on iTunes, including an instant track which you receive as soon as you pre-order the album. Pre-order here
See Evile live at the following shows:
Apr. 20 - Leeds, UK - Crash Records (Record Store Day UK show)
Apr. 26 - Dublin, Ireland - The Academy *
Apr. 27 - Manchester, UK - HMV Ritz *
Apr. 28 - London, UK - HMV Forum *
Jun. 14 - Wervik, Belgium - SkullFest
Jun. 28 - Lesmahagow, UK - Les Fest
Aug. 24 - Werrington, UK - Scar Fest
* with Kreator
Autopsy announce release date, track list and cover art for their upcoming release 'The Headless Ritual'
American Death Metal lords Autopsy are planning to unleash hell on 24th June (2nd July US) marks with their sixth studio opus of horror and all-out madness, titled ‘The Headless Ritual’, via Peaceville Records. Featuring the returning quartet of Chris Reifert, Eric Cutler, Danny Coralles, and Joe Trevisano, ‘The Headless Ritual’ is a relentless monster of violent and brutal death metal mastery delivered in the unmistakable Autopsy style of chaotic riffing, insane solos and doom-filled interludes, all served with the band’s unhinged brand of vocal sickness. The album was recorded and mixed April 2013 at Fantasy Studios in California with Adam Munoz, and features cover artwork by renowned artist Joe Petagno (Motörhead, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin).
As the band warns:
“Expect nothing less than the monstrous brutality that Autopsy has been known to offer. Laurels will not be rested upon, trends will not be followed and mercy will not be shown. Mark your calendars for June and pick out a coffin to lie down and die in. Darkness and death await.....”
01. SLAUGHTER AT BEAST HOUSE
02. MANGLED FAR BELOW
03. SHE IS A FUNERAL
04. COFFIN CRAWLERS
05. WHEN HAMMER MEETS BONE
06. THORNS AND ASHES
07. ARCH CADAVER
08. FLESH TURNS TO DUST
09. RUNNING FROM THE GOATHEAD
10. THE HEADLESS RITUAL
After an exciting and busy start to 2013, Progressive Metallers Scythia are heading out on the Western Canadian Tour “Waking From Hibernation Tour” which is starting on 18th April.
This year started out with a bang and only keeps getting better with Scythia nominated for best metal group / duo at the 13th Annual Canadian Independent Music Awards – “The SiriusXM Indies”. Even though Devin Townsend won the award the band was honored to even be nominated with such amazing and high profile artists. The good news does not stop there!
Scythia just completed their IndieGogo Campaign to raise money for their upcoming fantasy music video “Bear Claw Tavern” with renowned director Richard Olak (The Battle of Burgledorf and It Haunts Me). With a goal of $2100 Canadian Dollars, Scythia surpassed it by hitting a total of $2645. The money will be going towards filming the video, costumes, CGI and to make Scythia's music come alive.
“We would like to thank everyone who promoted our campaign and especially a special thank you to those who donated - no matter how much or how little. Scythia can’t wait to create this imaginative video and share it with our fans and followers. As a band we are so very thankful for all the positive things happening and most of all the support that so many have given us! Can’t wait to see some of our fans, both familiar and new, in person on our upcoming tour!“
Until then Scythia hits the road across mountains and plains to perform for their fans in a Western Canadian Tour starting at Filthy McNasty's in Edmonton, AB with dates all across British Columbia and Alberta. Fans can follow the band while on tour on facebook – Who knows what will happen!
18.04 - Edmonton, AB - Filthy McNasty's
19.04 - Vancouver, BC - Funky Winkerbeans
20.04 - Maple Ridge, BC - Sniper's Pool Hall
21.04 - Kamloops, BC - Bailey's (Jam Night)
22.04 - Vernon, BC - The Green
23.04 - Calgary, AB - Dicken's Pub
24.04 - Edmonton, AB - DV8
25.04 - Devon, AB - The Legion
27.04 - Lethbridge, AB - U of L Ballroom
When Scythia return from their tour they will be off to make their music video “Bear Claw Tavern” and work on their next album!
British Power Metal heroes Dragonforce have completed writing the follow up to last year’s “The Power Within” album, which was their first with vocalist Marc Hudson. Since his live debut with the band in July of 2011, Marc has gone on to front over 100 shows with the band in 32 countries across the globe, including arenas with Iron Maiden as well as a mammoth headlining world tour to support the album.
With a new found wealth of experience for the new singer and two years of playing together, the Dragonforce machine will be at it’s most powerful when they enter Fascination Studios in Sweden in May with Jens Bogren to start laying down tracks. Known for his work with the likes of Opeth, The Devin Townsend Project, Amon Amarth, Katatonia, Soilwork and Symphony X to name a few, a killer-sounding album will be the inevitable result.
Shredmaster Herman Li admits that:
"Right now, everyone in the band is itching to get into the studio to record probably the most epic DragonForce music ever written. With so many ideas flying around and songs already written, we decided to team up with producer Jens Bogren to help us take the DF sound to the next level and beyond!"
Dragonforce are performing at Download Festival at Donington Park 14th–16th June.
Ohio metal mob Miss May I have announced that they will be joining Killswitch Engage, As I Lay Dying and Affiance on a national tour from 30th May to 8th July 2013.
Bassist Ryan Neff stated that “It's been a well known fact by our fans that one of the biggest influences on our band has always been Killswitch Engage, and now we have the opportunity to hit the road with them this summer! Add another one of our favorite bands: As I Lay Dying, and you have the recipe for one of the best tours we've ever been a part of. The summer can't come fast enough.”
Prior to their stint on the Killswitch tour, the band will make appearances at the New England Metal and Hardcore Fest on 21st April in Worcester, MA and at Skate and Surf on 19th May in Freehold, NJ. 14th June will see, Miss May I perform at the Amnesia Rockfest in Montebello, Canada with acts such as Deftones, Lamb of God, Biohazard and many more.
Upcoming Tour Dates:
Apr 14 Jamboree Festival Toledo, OH
Apr 17 Empire Springfield, VA
Apr 18 The Ottobar Baltimore, MD
Apr 19 Chameleon Club Lancaster, PA (w/ Gladiators, From Under The Willow)
Apr 21 New England Metal & Hardcore Fest '13 Worcester, MA
May 19 Skate & Surf Freehold, NJ T
May 30 Diamond Ballroom Oklahoma City, OK (w/ Killswitch Engage)
May 31 Stubb's Waller Creek Amphitheater Austin, TX (w/ Killswitch Engage)
Jun 01 House of Blues Houston, TX (w/ Killswitch Engage)
Jun 03 House of Blues Lake Buena Vista, FL (w/ Killswitch Engage)
Jun 04 Revolution Fort Lauderdale, FL (w/ Killswitch Engage)
Jun 06 The National Richmond, VA (w/ Killswitch Engage)
Jun 07 F Shed at the Market Syracuse, NY (w/ Killswitch Engage)
Jun 08 Hampton Beach Casino Hampton Beach, NH (w/ Killswitch Engage)
Jun 09 Trocadero Philadelphia, PA (w/ Killswitch Engage)
Jun 11 Best Buy Theater New York, NY (w/ Killswitch Engage)
Jun 12 Fillmore Silver Spring, MD (w/ Killswitch Engage)
Jun 14 Amnesia Rockfest Montebello, Canada (w/ Deftones, etc)
Jun 15 Guelph Concert Theater Guelph, Canada (w/ Killswitch Engage)
Jun 16 Intersection Engage Grand Rapids, MI (w/ Killswitch Engage)
Jun 17 Bogarts Cincinnati, OH (w/ Killswitch Engage)
Jun 18 Pops Sauget, IL (w/ Killswitch Engage)
Jun 20 The Summit Music Hall Denver, CO (w/ Killswitch Engage)
Jun 21 The Great Salt Air Salt Lake City, UT (w/ Killswitch Engage)
Jun 22 House of Blues Las Vegas, NV (w/ Killswitch Engage)
Jun 23 The Marquee Tempe, AZ (w/ Killswitch Engage)
Jun 25 The Regency Ballroom San Francisco, CA (w/ Killswitch Engage)
Jun 27 Commodore Ballroom Vancouver, Canada (w/ Killswitch Engage)
Jun 28 Knitting Factory Spokane, WA (w/ Killswitch Engage)
Jun 29 Shrine Auditorium Engage Billings, MT (w/ Killswitch Engage)
Jul 01 The Venue Fargo, ND (w/ Killswitch Engage)
Jul 02 Sokol Auditorium Omaha, NE (w/ Killswitch Engage)
Jul 03 The Cotillion Engage Wichita, KS (w/ Killswitch Engage)
Jul 05 The Rave Milwaukee, WI (w/ Killswitch Engage)
Jul 06 House of Blues Cleveland, OH (w/ Killswitch Engage)
Jul 07 Crofoot Ballroom Pontiac, MI (w/ Killswitch Engage)
Jul 08 Mojoes Joliet, IL (w/ Killswitch Engage)
Ed: Could Malefice be referring to 'V For Vendetta'?
Reading Metal buccaneers Malefice have unveiled a brand spanking new video for the track “V”, which is taken from the upcoming album also titled "V". Directed by Robin Fuller (The Defiled, Feed The Rhino, Hawk Eyes), it shows the fearsome quintt doing what they do best – laying waste to an excited crowd while putting on an energetic performance.
Ben Symons said that "We wanted to do our own take on a traditional style of performance based video essentially to re-introduce Malefice as it is now!” and that also “A lot has changed in the last few years and this video represents where we are as a band now!'
Check out the video below:
Malefice are also gearing up to head out for a few dates with Londoners The Defiled and Gibraltarians Breed 77. Catch them at the following shows:
Thu 09 May 13 MARGATE West Coast Bar
Fri 10 May 13 BRIGHTON Haunt
Sat 11 May 13 SOUTHAMPTON Takedown @ Southampton Uni (w/The Blackout, While She Sleeps, Don Broco and many more)
Sun 12 May 13 EXETER Cavern
Mon 13 May 13 BRISTOL Fleece
Malefice’s brand new studio album “V” is released on April 29th via Transcend Music.
"Wisdom of Crowds" album by Bruce Soord and Jonas Renkse release date announced
"Wisdom of Crowds" is the new album from an exciting new project featuring Bruce Soord from The Pineapple Thief with Jonas Renkse from Katatonia. The Pineapple Thief frontman, Bruce Soord, and Jonas Renkse, lead vocalist from Katatonia have announced that 3rd June 2013 is to be the release date for "Wisdom of Crowds", their new project for Kscope.
Originally written with Renkse’s voice in mind, Soord sought out the acclaimed Katatonia vocalist to complete the compositions and release the music to the masses. Despite the rigorous schedules of The Pineapple Thief and Katatonia, the two musicians were eventually able to connect.
Both artists are currently enjoying unparalleled success with their main bands.
The Pineapple Thief have just completed a successful European tour following the release of their latest album, "All The Wars" in September. Rocksound described "All The Wars" as “an album of Muse-like, slow burning guitar anthems”, while Classic Rock stated it was “the sound of a band reaching the height of their powers” and Prog argued it was an “elegant, sophisticated work... moody and meaningful, introspective and universal.”
Katatonia also released a new album last year. "Dead End Kings" was released via Peaceville in August and reinforced their position as “one of the most consistently fascinating bands in modern heavy music.” (Metal Hammer, 9/10). The album featured heavily in the album of the year polls of magazines around the world and was also nominated for a Grammy in the band’s homeland of Sweden.
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