Helsinki, Finland’s Amoral made their U.S. live debut this past March in Austin, Texas at the SXSW Festival. The band first formed in 2000 and what originally started as a death metal band now has evolved into a more technical, progressive hard rock oriented branding of metal as demonstrated on the band’s latest CD "Beneath". Amoral took some time out of their busy schedule to speak with Metal-Rules.com prior to their impending debut U.S. performance and filled us in on all of the excitement surrounding the band at that moment.
The Living Infinite, the ninth studio album and first dual-disc release by Swedish melodic metal maestros SOILWORK, will be unleashed on February 27th in Asia (via license to Marquee Records), in Europe on March 1st, and in North America on March 5th.
Produced byJens Bogren (OPETH, AMON AMARTH, BLOODBATH), The Living Infinite features artwork by MNEMIC’s Mircea Eftemie Gabriel who shares:
“Seven years ago, I created the artwork for the Stabbing The Drama album and I can’t believe how time flies! Here we are, with sexy gray hairs, working with my friends in SOILWORK again. This time, we built the cover around a maritime concept, aiming for something direct and symbolic. I believe we achieved that quite well. From my creative deck, I salute you and say: ‘Long Live The Living Infinite.’”
“After commissioning some pretty elaborate covers for the last couple of records, we decided to try something more sober and design-oriented for The Living Infinite. Who better to call than the man who created the iconic Stabbing The Drama cover? Mircea Gabriel Eftemie is not only a close friend but also an incredible graphic designer. We’re all stoked about his work which is different from anything SOILWORK has ever done and perfectly suits the elegant oceanic concept of The Living Infinite. Enjoy folks!”
Tracklisting for The Living Infinite is as follows:
01. Spectrum Of Eternity
02. Memories Confined
03. This Momentary Bliss
05. The Living Infinite I
06. Let The First Wave Rise
08. Realm Of The Wasted
09. The Windswept Mercy
10. Whispers And Lights
01. Entering Aeons
02. Long Live The Misanthrope
03. Drowning With Silence
04. Antidotes In Passing
06. The Living Infinite II
07. Loyal Shadow
08. Rise Above The Sentiment
09. Parasite Blues
10. Owls Predict, Oracles Stand Guard
The Living Infinite hosts Justin Sullivan – lead singer of the English band New Model Army – as guest vocalist on the track “The Windswept Mercy” and also marks the recording debut of long-time touring guitarist David Andersson (NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA).
SOILWORK’s world tour launches with a 55-show headlining trek through the U.S. and Canada this March. Support comes from Jeff Loomis, Blackguard, The Browning, and Wretched.
SOILWORK tour dates are:
03/12/13 Empire – West Springfield, VA
03/13/13 The Trocadero – Philadelphia, PA
03/14/13 Bogie’s – Albany, NY
03/15/13 The Gramercy Theater – New York, NY
03/16/13 Webster Theater – Hartford, CT
03/17/13 Petit Campus – Montreal, QC – CANADA
03/18/13 Union Commerciale – Quebec City, QC – CANADA
03/19/13 Mavericks – Ottawa, ON – CANADA
03/20/13 The Opera House – Toronto, ON – CANADA
03/21/13 Altar Bar – Pittsburgh, PA
03/22/13 Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH
03/23/13 Token Lounge – Westland, MI
03/24/13 The Rave – Milwaukee, WI
03/25/13 Mojoes – Joliet, IL
03/26/13 Wooly’s – Des Moines, IA
03/27/13 Station 4 – St. Paul, MN
03/28/13 Park Theatre – Winnipeg, MB – CANADA
03/29/13 The Exchange – Regina, SK – CANADA
03/30/13 The Distillery – Calgary, AB – CANADA
03/31/13 Starlite Room – Edmonton, AB – CANADA
04/01/13 The Generator – Prince George, B.C. – CANADA
It’s the last night of September and metal fans in Austin, Texas have turned out in droves to bear witness to the "Teutonic Terror 2012" tour featuring two of Germany’s most beloved and respected metal institutions; coming in the form of longstanding traditional heavy metal legends Accept and thrash metal gods Kreator. Kreator frontman Mille Petrozza welcomes us aboard the band’s tour bus to discuss the current U.S. tour with Accept and fellow Nuclear Blast labelmates Swallow The Sun, the new album "Phantom Antichrist" and much more, all while keeping a watchful eye on the sports channel of a flat screened TV positioned at the upper left corner of the cramped lounge area at the back of the bus. Shortly after this was filmed both bands completely decimated the venue, leaving nothing in their path, firmly cementing this touring lineup as unchallenged winners for "Best Metal Tour Of The Year"
“Civilization Collapse,” a track from KREATOR’s thirteenth studio album Phantom Antichrist, is now available for viewing on Metal Hammer U.K.’s homepage.
This past June, Germany’s tenacious thrash overlords attained their highest first week sales in North America and debuted at#130 on Billboard’s Top 200 chart plus #1 on the Heatseekers chart.
In Canada, Phantom Antichrist came in at #128 on the Top 200 Albums Chart and at #15 on the Top Hard Music Albums chart. In the band’s native Germany, the album debuted on the German Media Control chart at #5.
KREATOR are currently touring throughout Europe with Morbid Angel & Nile. They’ll be instigating a typhoon mosh pit on the 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise to the Turks & Caicos Islands in the Caribbean this January.
The limited edition digi-pak version of Phantom Antichrist includes a bonus DVD; a 2-LP vinyl edition is also available. Both can be ordered from the Nuclear Blast Webshop.
SACRED STEEL is…….Come on! You know who SACRED STEEL is!What more should be said about them? Do we really need to introduce a band that has been on Metal Blade and Massacre Records, that has released eight full length albums and an additional three EPs?
Let’s just say that the new album is called The Bloodshed Summoning and comes four years after their 2009 release Carnage Victory, but for old and new fans of SACRED STEEL, this one is well worth the long wait.
The Bloodshed Summoning concentrates as lethal s dose of heavy riffing and aggression as any serious metal release should be made of, with moments that border on the edge of thrash metal.
The Bloodshed Summoning will be released February 16th 2013 through Cruz Del Sur Music on compact disc with three bonus tracks (including one Misfits cover), limited edition vinyl and digital formats.
Tour with The Sword continues through December 18th
Pasadena, CA’s Gypsyhawk recently filmed a video for their song State Lines from Revelry & Resilience. The video was filmed, in true DIY fashion, on their headlining tour in August at a house party in South Lake Tahoe, CA. The video, as well their tour dates with The Sword, can be seen now at metalblade.com/gypsyhawk.
Additionally, Gypsyhawk will be performing at the Metal Blade Records 30th anniversary show with Armored Saint and Sacred Reich on November 30th, at the House of Blues in Hollywood, CA. Additional special guests confirmed for the show include: Amon’s Amarth’s Johan Hegg, Ray Alder of Fates Warning/Redemption, as well as dUg Pinnick of King’s X. The guest musicians will join Armored Saint on stage throughout their set to perform a variety of cover songs. That Metal Show’s Eddie Trunk and Don Jamieson are confirmed to host the event. Tickets are currently on sale HERE.
Gypsyhawk’s Revelry & Resilience is available now in stores and on-line. Fans can preview and purchase the album now on iTunes and Amazon, as well as pick up the CD and LP at record stores nationwide. For a list of stores, head to metalblade.com/gypsyhawk, where you’ll also find guitar demonstration and song concept description videos!
GYPSYHAWK w/ Armored Saint (Metal Blade 30th Anniversary Show)
11/30 West Hollywood , CA House of Blues w/ The Sword, American Sharks
12/02 Tulsa, OK Eclipse
12/03 Kansas City, MO Record Bar
12/04 Denver, CO Bluebird
12/05 Salt Lake City, UT Urban Lounge
12/06 Boise, ID Neurolux
12/07 Portland, OR Hawthorne Theater
12/08 Seattle, WA Neumos
12/10 Sacramento, CA Harlows
12/11 San Francisco, CA Independent
12/12 Los Angeles, CA El Rey Theater
12/13 San Diego, CA Brick By Brick
12/14 Phoenix, AZ Club Red
12/15 Tucson, AZ Clug Congress
12/17 Dallas, TX Trees
12/18 Houston, TX Fitzgerald’s
12/19 Austin, TX Emo’s East
Australian metallers and ESP guitar and basses endorser’s ‘LORD‘ have released a new video clip for the track ‘Because We Can‘, taken from their upcoming album ‘Digital Lies‘.
Filmed by Dusk Music Video Production, ‘Because We Can’ features ESP endorser’s Lord Tim and Mark Furtner as they battle each other with their ESP weapons of choice, and also highlights a jaw dropping bass solo by fellow Australian ESP endorser Andy Dowling.
Lord Tim commented “Yes, we’re aware this video is dumb and contains ridiculous amounts of arguably tasteless shredding. Why do it? …. well, have a guess ”.
‘Because We Can’ is the 2nd video to be released from the upcoming album ‘Digital Lies’ which is now due for a worldwide release in early 2013. The first video for ‘Betrayal Blind’ can be viewed below.
Betrayal Blind video:
LORD is essentially a continuation of DUNGEON, one of Australia’s longest running and highest-profile heavy metal bands that disbanded in 2005. LORD has released three full-length albums, two EPs and a digital-only release live album, and continues to play the DUNGEON back catalog live. The band has shared the stage with the likes of GAMMA RAY, NIGHTWISH, QUEENSRYCHEand most recently ICED EARTH and continues to tour internationally. Their last critically acclaimed album, 2009′s “Set In Stone”, featured guest appearances by Craig Goldy (ex-DIO), Pete Lesperance (HAREM SCAREM), Glen Drover (ex-MEGADETH), Felipe Andreoi (ANGRA), Olof Mörck (AMARANTHE) alongside a host of other well-known musicians.
NONEXIST‘s first single “Fire At Will” and covers of MEGADETH, CORONER, and ATOMIC ROOSTER are also available at the same link with more free covers to be made available in the coming weeks through various media outlets and social media sites. The free artwork has been made available to accompany the band’s latest digital-only release and features 20 full pages of custom album art as well as front and back covers, all available in multiple formats (JPG,PDF,PSD) for fans to do with as they see fit – print, wallpaper, fanart, etc. All artwork was conceptualized and created by Sofia Bennrup and Johan Reinholdz specifically for this album and its songs.
ARCH ENEMYand current HEARSE vocalist Johan Liiva and ANDROMEDA/SKYFIRE guitarist Johan Reinholdz. NONEXIST has released its first new full-length album in 10 years, From My Cold Dead Hands, on November 2nd digitally via Pivotal Rockordings. NONEXIST will make its first live appearance at Scorched Tundra Festival, set to take place December 28th at Sticky Fingers in Sweden, playing alongside ZOMBIEKRIG, SWITCH OPENS, NO HAWAII and label mates ELDRIMNER.
<NONEXIST‘s live lineup will include the following musicians:
<From My Cold Dead Hands was recorded at Multipass Studios, features 9 blistering tracks and is also accompanied by cover songs that Pivotal Rockordings is releasing for free via various social media websites and media outlets. For more information on where exactly to find these cover songs please visit <http://label.pivotalalliance.com< to read the latest news. NONEXIST‘s debut full-length record Deus Deceptor was released in 2002 via Century Media/New Hawen Records and the lineup at the time included Johan Liiva, Johan Reinholdz, and DEFLESHED/DARK FUNERAL drummer Matte Modin. Deus Deceptor was produced by Tommy Tägtgren and Johan Reinholdz at Abyss Studios and featured a musical direction described as a cross between early ARCH ENEMY and CARCASS (circa Heartwork).
1. Dark and Tortured Universe
2. Presence Everlasting
3. Flesh Falls from the Bone
4. Days without End
5. Fire at Will
6. Collective Coma
7. From My Cold Dead Hands
8. Lost in Darkness and Confusion
9. Here Comes the Pain
Megadeth – “In My Darkest Hour”
Coroner – “Masked Jackal”
Atomic Rooster – “Death Walks Behind You”
Merciless – “Realm of the Dark”
Eucharist – “Greeting Immortality”
“The Manticore and Other Horrors” out now on Nuclear Blast Records
ENGLAND – Paul Allender, guitarist for heavy metal’s most infamous act, Cradle of Filth, recently sat down to discuss the band’s latest opus, The Manticore and Other Horrors. Check out the first half of his track-by-track analysis on YouTube at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7qGSBkbzrxM.
The band’s second album on Nuclear Blast entered the Billboard Top 200 at #96, with first-week sales topping 4,500 units.
1. The Unveiling of O
2. The Abhorrent
3. For your Vulgar Delectation
6. Frost on her Pillow
7. Huge Onyx Wings Behind Despair
8. Pallid Reflection
9. Siding with the Titans
10. Succumb to This
11. Nightmares of an Ether Drinker
12. Death, The Great Adventure *Deluxe Edition Digipak
13. Sinfonia *Deluxe Edition Digipak
Recorded in eight weeks at both Springvale and Grindstone studios (where it was also mixed by Scott Atkins) in Suffolk, UK, The Manticore and Other Horrors is a testament to the longevity of The ‘Filth, as not only does it reek of Cradle’s (feared or revered) brand of delicious metal vamperotica, but this thoroughly modern album places the band firmly in fresh killing fields anew.
The Manticore and Other Horrors itself possesses an altogether new atmosphere for the band, incorporating a heavier, faster NWOBBM punk vibe that is both current and cruel, blended with ornate orchestration and the quirky immediateness of 2000′s Midian opus.
The album’s title can be likened to a bestiary, a collection of stories on monsters – personal demons, Chimeras, literary fiends and world-enslaving entities to blame but a few.
Artwork for the release comes courtesy of Matthew Vickerstaff of Darkwaveart.
Commented front-man, Dani Filth, “This is our 10th commandment in metal. We have diversified and kept alive the spirit of this band and breathed it into something that I can proudly say, slays like an absolute motherf**ker. The Manticore is coming… Long live the filth!”
Italy’s LACUNA COIL is proud to announce that they will visit the US in early 2013 in their first tour of the New Year. The band will head out with SEVENDUST on a 17-date run throughout the month of February. The tour kicks off on February 2, 2013 in Winston-Salem, NC and tickets for the tour go on-sale Friday, November 30, 2012. Fans should check their local ticketing outlets for information on how to purchase tickets.
LACUNA COIL has spent the past year touring the world in support of their new album, DARK ADRENALINE. Released earlier this year via Century Media Records, the album debuted at #15 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart, selling nearly 20,000 units in its first week, and spawned the crushing first single “Trip The Darkness.” The band has sold upwards of 800,000 units in the US alone and with six full-length albums, two EPs, various singles and a DVD under their belt; LACUNA COIL maintains their prominent role in the modern rock scene.
Ukrainian black metal heathens KHORS recently unleashed a video for “The Last Leaves.” Shot live at the Metal Heads’ Mission Festival this past August in Crimea, Ukraine, the track comes off the band’s Wisdom Of Centuries full-length issued via Candlelight Records’ Cult Series earlier this Fall.
KHORS features former members of Hate Forest, Tessaract, and Drudkh. Their fifth full-length Wisdom Of Centuries is enhanced by the use of various ethnic instruments, is the first performed in the band’s native tongue and continues to reap the praise of critics domestically and abroad. Comments MetalSucks in a 4/5 review: “Wisdom Of Centuries is full of charred vocals, tremolo-picked minor chords, and drums comfortably volleying between Celtic Frost strides and traditional black metal blasts. It’s the quiet moments…that are the most evocative: while many of their peers are content with downshifting into folk or unintentionally-‘80s keyboard symphonies, KHORS drape warm layers of synths over their frosty dervish. The pair of instrumentals in the middle of the album work as a fine palate-cleanser, relying on Wagnerian brass and Deftones-esque drumming in equal parts to relieve and build tension. It’s not the most innovative black metal album, but the tweaks that are implemented work beautifully.” Blistering.com notes, “KHORS is steadily becoming a force in the atmospheric black metal scene,” Popdose commends the band’s “atmospheric brand of black metal that has progressed from rawness, to precision and darkness over time. They’ve always used keyboards giving their music somewhat of a psychedelic sound and even prog-ish at times though with this new album they enhance their sound better than on any other disc,” while Decibel champions KHORS’ “tasteful keyboard usage and traditional folkie instrumentation.”
DANKO JONES is pleased to announce select North American tour dates for 2013! These dates are scheduled as part of an upcoming tour with Danish hard-rockers Volbeat. DANKO JONES will perform as direct support throughout the tour. See directly below for the leaked dates (as well as a one-off date in Flint, MI this December) and expect the full tour to be announced within the next few weeks.
DANKO JONES at Banana 101.5’s “End of the World Party”
12/21 Flint, MI @ Holiday Inn Gateway Center (Buy tickets)
DANKO JONES 2013Direct Support Tour Dates with Volbeat:
3/27 Dawson Creek, BC (Canada) @ EnCana Events Centre
3/28 Edmonton, AB (Canada) @ Shaw Conference Centre
3/30 Regina, SA (Canada) @ Brandt Centre
4/9 New York, NY @ Best Buy Theatre
DANKO JONES’s new album, Rock And Roll Is Black And Blue, is in stores now! You can also purchase the album digitally on iTunes or Amazon, or stream it on Spotify!
Austria’s kings of non-repentant, supreme death-black metal art, BELPHEGOR, are currently finishing up the recording sessions for the highly anticipated follow-up to 2011’s Blood Magick Necromance. The sessions are taking place at this very moment at Mana Studios in Tampa, Florida with producer Erik Rutan (CANNIBAL CORPSE, GOATWHORE, HATEETERNAL). Vocalist/guitarist/head blasphemer Helmuth, is busy finishing all vocals, overdubs and lead guitar parts.
“Just returned from Leeds where we nuked the ingenious Damnation Festival. England is always a pleasure to shred. This time was no exception: what a brutal crowd it was,” stated vocalist/guitarist/head blasphemer Helmuth. ”I already tracked the four rhythm guitars at Mana Studios in Florida. This album is gonna be brutal, way more death metal blasphemy than the last records. The nine sound collages will reveal a new dimension of chaos, with the uttermost aggressive soundwall possible. It’s fantastic to work with Erik! This dude is really challenging us to give our best. You demons deserve it!”
Expect three trailers from the guitar and vocal sessions, coming to you within the next months.
The as of yet untitled album is tentatively scheduled for a worldwide release in March 2013 via Nuclear Blast Records.
This will be band’s first album since Helmuth’s near death experience, which caused the band to cancel several tours in 2011/2012.
BELPHEGOR’s most recent masterpiece Blood Magick Necromancewas produced by the legendary Peter Tägtgren (HYPOCRISY) at his Abyss Studios (IMMORTAL, DIMMU BORGIR, HYPOCRISY, DARK FUNERAL etc.) in Pärlby, Sweden and mastered by Jonas Kjellgren. The album was released on January 14th, 2011 in Europe and on February 8th, 2011 in North America.
Sweden’s masters of extreme technical metal MESHUGGAH are pleased to announce their 2013 headlining return to North America with Animals As Leaders as direct support and Intronaut opening each evening.
This continent-shifting, sonically devastating tour will launch in Orlando, Florida on February 11th and will run through March 3rd in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Guitarist Mårten Hagström shares the following about the upcoming trek: “Finally we’re getting our asses back over the pond to deliver a second helping of the Ophidian trek across North America. We are excited. We WILL see you there!”
Confirmed tour dates are:
02/11/13 Beacham Theatre – Orlando, FL
02/12/13 Center Stage – Atlanta, GA
02/13/13 The Fillmore Charlotte – Charlotte, NC
02/14/13 Theater of Living Arts – Philadelphia, PA
02/15/13 Roseland Ballroom – New York, NY
02/16/13 The Fillmore Silver Spring – Silver Spring, MD
02/17/13 House of Blues – Boston, MA
02/19/13 Sound Academy – Toronto, ON – CANADA
02/20/13 House of Blues – Cleveland, OH
02/21/13 Bogart’s – Cincinnati, OH
02/22/13 House of Blues – Chicago, IL
02/23/13 Pop’s – Sauget, IL
02/24/13 Mill City Nights – Minneapolis, MN
02/26/13 Union Hall – Edmonton, AB – CANADA
02/27/13 MacEwan Hall Ballroom – Calgary, AB – CANADA
03/01/13 Ace of Spades – Sacramento, CA
03/02/13 Wiltern Theater – Los Angeles, CA
03/03/13 House of Blues @ Mandalay Bay – Las Vegas, NV
Tickets will go on sale through normal ticketing outlets on Friday, November 30th.
Released in late March, KOLOSS has sold over 42,300 copies in the U.S. according to Nielsen SoundScan. The album debuted at #17 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart in April, #24 on the Canadian Top 200 chart, #31 in the World Sales chart, and #48 on the German Media Control chart.
I AM I release their cover of John Farnham’s classic 80′s track ‘You’re The Voice’ on December 10th on digital format, distributed worldwide by Plastichead and available from all the usual digital outlets.
Their rocking, feel-good cover of John Farnham’s classic 80′s song had been received exceptionally well on the band’s recent tour with everyone singing along with the memorable chorus of this great track, leading them to decide to put it out as an end of year single.
ZP also felt that the lyrical content of the track was especially relevant in this current era, mirroring what’s actually happening with the us all right now & making the timing for the single release perfect.
Written by Andy Qunta, Keith Reid, Maggie Ryder and Chris Thompson, ‘You’re The Voice’ was originally released by Aussie singer John Farnham in 1986 and was a smash hit, reaching the top 10 in most European countries.
‘Event Horizon’ to be released digitally worldwide on 10th December
I AM I’s debut album ‘Event Horizon’ will also be released worldwide on digital format on December 10th. This album had previously been released exclusively throughout Europe but due to the increasing demand for the release throughout the US, Americas, Australia and other territories, the decision was made to go ahead and release it digitally worldwide. The album be available to Download worldwide from that date from all usual digital outlets – iTunes, Play.com, Spotify, emusic, Amazon, Pandora etc
2012 has been an incredible year for I AM I from start to finish – their debut album ‘Event Horizon’ receiving critical acclaim across the board and their first festivals and UK tour under their belts – with a new EP pending early in the year, Skid Row tour already confirmed in April and many more shows & festivals to be announced, 2013‘s already looking to be another huge year for the band!
HARD ROCK HELL FESTIVAL:
30th November, Hard Rock Hell, Wales – I AM I Acoustic show
1st December, Hard Rock Hell, Wales – Metal Hammer stage
SKID ROW: UNITED WORLD REBELLION TOUR DATES
Main Support to SKID ROW, April 2013:
4th April, The Railway, Ipswich
5th April White Rabbit, Plymouth
6th April Great Hall 2, Cardiff
9th April Yardbirds, Grimsby
10th April, Fibbers, York
11th April NQ Live
12th April Leamington Assembly
ZP Theart – Vocals
Jacob Ziemba – Guitars
Jake Thorsen – Guitars
Neil Salmon – Bass
Phil Martini – Drums