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.
Red Bull Studios are preparing to launch a nationwide opportunity on the 9th April 2013, offering aspiring unsigned bands the chance to take their career to the next level through a professional studio experience, expert mentoring and a slot on stage at the prestigious Download Festival which runs from 14th-16th June 2013.
Red Bull Studios Live at Download 2013 will officially launch at www.redbullstudios.com/downloadfestival on Tuesday 9th April.
Bands will be invited to upload a video to the site where they will be voted for by the general public and judged by a panel of leading industry experts including:
From the bands that enter, 100 will be shortlisted by public vote and put forward to the judges.
15 bands will then be chosen by the panel to head to Red Bull Studios in London for an all-encompassing professional studio experience. Of those, 8 bands will go through to play on the Red Bull Studios Live stage at Download Festival.
What do bands need to do?
Bands have two weeks only, from the 8th April – 26th April to upload a profile to www.redbullstudios.com/downloadfestival.
Bands must be:
Once they have uploaded their profile, it will be monitored and ranked in real time on a chart which measures the amount of hype bands are creating across the web, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and other sources of online activity. However, good old-fashioned votes will still be the most powerful source to help bands rise up the chart.
At 5pm on Friday 26th April the top 100 bands that have promoted themselves best, securing the most hype and votes will go through to the next round to be judged by the panel.
Exciting! – and then?
6th – 10th May:
From the top 100 hyped bands, our panel of expert judges will choose a final 15 to head down to the state of the art Red Bull Studios in London where they will be given a professional studio experience, getting them ready to take to the festival stage.
For unsigned bands it doesn’t come much better than this: to experience the lifestyle of a professional musician, the 15 bands will get to record in the studio with expert producers on hand, be mentored by the music industry panel as well as get practical tips from Don Broco.
They will have professional press shots created, media training to help them practice their interview technique, plus other surprises to be unveiled on the day.
What about the festival slot?
Short films of each of the 15 finalists performing at Red Bull Studios will then go back online for the public to decide who they think should make it onto the Red Bull Studios Live stage at Download Festival 2013. Six bands will be decided by the public and two will be chosen as wildcards by the judges, with four bands playing across 2 days of the festival.
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
English metalcore mob Sacred Mother Tongue, who are scheduled release their highly acclaimed second album "Out Of The Darkness" next week and have just finished a UK tour supporting Latino metallers Ill Niño, are excited to announce that they’ll be touring the UK and Europe this summer with US bands Hellyeah and P.O.D.
The band's first appearance will see them on the main stage at Download Festival on the 16th June and from there on will appear at:
17th June - Electric Ballroom - Camden, London w/ P.O.D. & Hellyeah
18th June - The Cellars - Southampton w/ P.O.D.
They have also just been announced as the headline act for the inaugural Rock & Metal Circus Festival in Stoke, which runs across 20th, 21st, and the 22nd September.
An album teaser can be viewed below
“Brit metal hopefuls deliver big things... one part is firmly rooted in metal’s past, the other is free to slather their own modern, muscular take of their genre... with music that’s so full of energetic positivity” – Kerrang! KKKK
“There are some real ‘wow’ moments... with their unrelenting shred-fest coaxing every six-string maniac into their haven of guitar worship and with Darrin’s delivery, the smooth operator of hard-rock lyricism channelling the spirit of Maynard James Keenan with a low-key emotion that ripples through the album” – Metal Hammer
“One of the UK’s most exciting metal bands” – Q
“It’s a belter!” – Classic Rock
American Heavy Metal legends Iced Earth have announced that their first officially recorded DVD / Blu-Ray, “Live In Ancient Kourion”, will be available on 15th April (16th April for the USA).
For this live release, the band recorded an epic 2 hour, 30 minute show in a 6,000 year old amphitheatre with an incredible, unique atmosphere. To give fans a preview of this must-have DVD, Iced Earth have teamed up with Revolver Magazine to premiere the live video for “Stormrider”, which can be viewed here: http://www.revolvermag.com/?p=45759
For more previews of “Live In Ancient Kourion”, click the links below:
“I Died For You” live audio
“Dystopia” live video
“Damien” live audio
Live In Ancient Kourion official DVD trailer
“Live In Ancient Kourion” is now available for pre-order in various stunning formats HERE.
Century Media have done it again, they have gone back in time and gathered together a whole host of entire demo recordings done by Finnish Death Metal masochists Necropsy. The band started out in the late 1980's / early 1990's and was firmly part of the Death Metal scene, regardless of it's miniscule size at the time. Alongside the band, names like Sentenced, Amorphis, Demigod and Adramelech but to name a few, they were pushing Finnish Metal into greater areas. Sadly they did not captivate a huge audience until 2008, then everything changed and in 2013 it will change again...
“Tomb Of The Forgotten – The Complete Demo Recordings” (to be released on 3rd June, 2013) features the band’s complete demo recordings, from the first demo “Mental Disturbance” (released in 1989) until the last recorded tune “Anointing Of The Sick” (released in 1993). The entire material has been carefully remastered at DMS Mastering Studio (Morbid, Asphyx, Grave etc) from the original tapes.
The cover has been designed by César Valladares (Asphyx, Krisiun etc.) and perfectly captures the spirit of the ancient death metal demo days. Timo Hanhirova of Miasma Mag (Finland) has done a detailed interview with Necropsy’s main man Janne Kosonen and former guitarist Aatu Holma telling the entire story of the band. And of course the release is stuffed with loads of old and never-seen-before photos, demo art, flyers etc.
“Tomb Of The Forgotten – The Complete Demo Recordings” is going to be released as a 3CD Jewelcase with o-card and extensive booklet as well as on limited 4LP and as digital download.
Check out www.cmdistro.com to get your hands on a copy of the super limited colored vinyl version.
“Tomb Of The Forgotten – The Complete Demo Recordings” track-listing:
1. Mental Disturbance
2. Extricate From The Life
3. Slippery Games
4. Intro - Appearing Lunacy
5. Scars Beyond Recovery
6. Fetchers Of Soul
7. Imminent Prophecy
10. Intro - Sanctify The Crucifixion Ritual
11. Dust Thou Art
12. Allienced With Darkness
15. Chronic Agony
16. Formal Absurdity
17. Charge Of Undead
Tracks 1-3: Taken from “Mental Disturbance” demo (1989)
Tracks 4-9: Taken from “Curse” demo (1990)
Tracks 10-17: Taken from “Indigestion” demo (1990)
All tracks previously unreleased on CD and vinyl
1. Never To Be Forgotten
2. Dark Fantasies
3. Refusal Of Cross
4. Under The Masses
5. White Perfect Fume
7. Born And Begotten In Sin
8. Dance Among The Dead
9. Cross Of Deceased Flesh
10. Garden Of Rotting
11. Cold Inert Mass Of Meat
Tracks 1-2: Taken from “Promo 1991” demo
Tracks 3-6: Taken from “Another World” demo (1991)
Tracks 7-11: Taken from “Go All The Way Of Flesh” demo (1992)
All tracks previously unreleased on CD and vinyl, except tracks 1 and 2 that have been released on the “Never To Be Forgotten” 7inch EP (1992)
2. Blasphemous Degradation
3. White Perfect Fume
4. From The Depths
5. Under The Masses
6. The Morass
7. Implicit Confidence
9. Rune Of Suffering
10. Black Dyed Dawns
12. Anointing Of The Sick
Tracks 1-6: Taken from the split LP with DEMIGOD
Tracks 7-11: Taken from the “Promo 1993” demo
Track 12: Taken from the “Monoheads” compilation
All tracks previously unreleased on CD, except track 12
Tracks 7-12 previously unreleased on vinyl
Puerto Rico's very own Aura Azul has officially had it's latest release 'Beyond The Doors Of Time' become sold out in Japan.
The single has had three achievements given by ourstage.com - 'top 10 metal' in July 2012 and 'top 40 metal' in August and September 2012 respectively. Ourstage is owned by the MTV network.
Evidence of it selling out in Japan can be seen here: http://rockstakk.shop-pro.jp/?pid=56797196
Also here: http://www.metalpesado.com/mailorder/shop.cgi?order=&&keyword=aura%20azul&FF=0&price_sort=&pic_only=&mode=p_wide&id=27131&superkey=1
Furthermore Iron Maiden and Iron Maiden's management handpicked Aura Azul to open for them in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The video of which can be seen here:
India's extreme metal veterans Demonic Resurrection have completed 13 years as a band and announced their 4th full-length album.
This is a huge move for the metal band as when they were featured on Sam Dunn's 'Global Metal' documentary in 2007 (which was 6 years ago), the Indian Metal scene was noted as only just starting to expand and at that point no major metal band had played in India, until legends Iron Maiden played there which evidently proved to be a revelation and fans from all over the Indian subcontinent (India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, etc) came to watch the show.
As for Demonic Resurrection, they were the first Indian Metal band to be signed to a Western record label, British label Candlelight Records. However 2 years later fellow countrymen Kryptos ended up being signed to German label AFM Records. Demonic Resurrection then went on to play at Bloodstock Open Air 2012, this sparked off a series of Indian Metal bands also playing in Europe.
The band made the following update as well as releasing a photo album of their studio drum tracking sessions,:
"On 6th April 2000 we, played our first show with Naked Earth, Sceptre and Metakix. We complete 13 years as a band today. We have no special announcements, no special events planned, no special release or anything. The last two years have been very hard for us and none the less we've not given up, we may be down now but we're far from out. At this point we're am however happy to say that we have hit the studios and begun recording our 4th full-length album. It will be released this year so stay tuned. A massive thanks to all our fans, well wishers and supporters who have kept us going over years and supported us. Cheers & Stay Demonic!"
The album is being recorded at Demonic Studios with front-man Demonstealer doubling up as producer as well.
View the facebook album: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151612157029783.1073741827.8397514782&
Canadian extreme metal veterans Cryptopsy have just released their official lyric video for the song "The Golden Square Mile." This comes off of the band's self-titled release, which came out last autumn and was greeted with mass approval from critics and long-time fans who have been thirsting for the return of Cryptopsy's tech-death glory days.
Check out the lyric video for "The Golden Square Mile" at this location.
Next week, Cryptopsy will join forces with Cattle Decapitation and Decrepit Birth for a 24 date tour across Europe. The tour will kick off on April 12th at Helvete in Oberhausen, Germany and will conclude with an appearance at the Neurotic Deathfest in Tilburg, Holland on May 5th.
Dates are as follows:
Cryptopsy w/ Cattle Decapitation and Decrepit Birth
12.04 - Oberhausen (Ger) @ Helvete
13.04 - Aarhus (Den) @ Metal Royal Fest
14.04 - Rostock (Ger) @ Alte Zuckerfabrik
15.04 - Berlin (Ger) @ K17
16.04 - Darmstadt (Ger) @ Steinbruch Theatre
17.04 - Vienna (Aus) @ Escape Metalcorner
18.04 - Zurich (Swi) @ Dynamo
19.04 - Pistoia (Ita) @ Pianeta Melos
20.04 - Romagnano Sesia (Ita) @ Rock & Roll Arena
21.04 - Luynes/Aix (Fra) @ Le Korigan
22.04 - Barcelona (Spain) @ Apolo 2
23.04 - Almeria (Spain) @ Sala Jala Jala
24.04 - Madrid (Spain) @ Caracol
25.04 - Barosselas (Portugal) @ SWR Fest
26.04 - Bilbao (Spain) @ Sonora
27.04 - Toulouse (France) @ Le Saint Des Seins
28.04 - Nantes (France) @ Le Ferailleur
29.04 - Paris (France) @ Glazart
30.04 - Brussels (Bel) @ Magasin 4
01.05 - Cardiff (UK) @ Bogiez
02.05 - Glasgow (UK) @ Audio
03.05 - Dublin (Ire) @ The Pint
04.05 - London (UK) @ Underworld
05.05 - Tilburg (Hol) @ Neurotic Death Fest
"Back to their roots and brutal as ever CRYPTOPSY is like a fine bottle of Porto, the taste is more complex and the flavor richer as the time passes." - (Pedro Ribeiro, HeavyHardmMetalMania.net)
"CRYPTOPSY is not just a return to form; it's a new entry in the pantheon of technical death metal." - (Adam Schultz, TheNewReview.net)
"Cryptopsy is, once again, amongst the leaders in the exalted and exacting Montreal and Canadian scenes, and there is nothing more vile than that." - (David Perri, Bravewords.com)
Public sales for 70000 Tons of Metal 2014 will start Monday April 8th at 11.00 pm German time (10pm GMT)
Are you ready for round 4 of the world's biggest heavy metal cruise? As this will be the last time 70000 Tons of Metal, the world's biggest heavy metal cruise will be sailing on the “Majesty of the Seas”, they have a very special treat for all you Sailors: Everyone that becomes a ticketed and paid passenger before July 27, 2013 will be able to vote where they are going to steer that old lady.
The first 7 out of 40 Bands on board have already been announced:
What are you waiting for? Just imagine starting next year in style:
In January 2014, you and 2,000 of the craziest metal fans from all around the world will go to the Caribbean to make Heavy Metal History: Together with 40 Metal bands you will take over a luxury cruise ship for a 5 day and 4 night trip of a lifetime.
Make no mistake, with 70000 Tons of Metal, it's all or nothing. Do you like seated Heavy Metal shows? No! Because real Metal shows have a moshpit! That's why unlike others we remove the seats in front of the theater stage. This is 70000 Tons of Metal, the world's Biggest Heavy Metal Cruise, featuring the biggest Open Air Stage that ever sailed the Open Seas!
Landlubbers will enjoy:
Book before July 27th, 2013 and you can vote for the Destination!
No Backstage or VIP areas: It's like everyone has a backstage pass!
70000 Tons of Metal, The world's biggest heavy metal cruise, will sail Monday, January 27th, 2014 on the Royal Caribbean “Majesty of the Seas” from Miami, Florida (USA) and will not return to the real world until Friday, January 31, 2014.
Ticket prices start at US $666 plus US $319 taxes and fees per person and include all on-board entertainment, non-alcoholic and non-carbonated beverages, all meals at the dining rooms, most on-board restaurants and even 24h room service!
Stop thinking! You might even need a vacation from this vacation when all is said and done. Go to www.70000tons.com for more information and get ready to book your cabin on Monday April 8th at 5PM EST!
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