Finnish metal band LESS THAN THREE releases their new EP “The Black Box”. Also, watch a studio video of their cover version of Meshuggah’s “Future Breed Machine”.
LESS THAN THREE started as the bedroom project of Jesse Soiletsalo (ex-Medicated) in 2010. After composing a dozen songs Jesse wanted to record the tracks properly with a real drummer, so Samuli Mikkonen (PROFANE OMEN) was chosen to help with the job. The songs began to fill out but they still needed some lead vocals. After trying out a couple of singers the perfect match was found with Tommy Tuovinen (MYGRAIN). The band became whole after Pyry Hanski (ex-BEFORE THE DAWN, MÖRBID VOMIT) and Ari-Pekka Repo (ex-MURDERSHOCK) joined as bassist and second guitarist respectively.
Minnesota’s extreme metal experimentalists, THE CRINN, have returned with a face melting new track entitled Silent Betrayer!! Little has been heard from the band since the release of their debut full length album, Dreaming Saturn, via Nuclear Blast Records back in 2010. Aside from a few one off live performances and few and far between social media updates, THE CRINN have been excessively quiet over the last few years.
All that changes with the release of Silent Betrayer, which is taken from their forthcoming album Shadowbreather. Silent Betrayer is now streaming via THE CRINN‘s Bandcamp page, as well as their Official YouTube Channel. The artwork forShadowbreather has also been revealed and can be seen (attached).
In Solitude are one of the most exciting and innovating bands around. In the middle of an enduring European headline tour, we managed to catch up with vocalist Pelle Ahman before their astonishing performance in London’s Camden Underworld.
Century Media Records has licensed the classic back catalogue of the legendary IN FLAMES. All albums come in a luxurious Special Edition Digipak for a special price, all but “Lunar Strain” and “Subterranean” are available on 180gr black vinyl and you can also complete your digital collection.
CANNIBAL CORPSE recently completed their tour of Russia, a place they have played previously played many times with no issues. Unfortunately, as many Russian fans are already aware, this tour did not go as planned. CANNIBAL CORPSE has released a statement, which can be read below.
A message to our Russian fans:
“As you all are certainly aware by now, our concerts in Ufa, Moscow, and St. Petersburg were cancelled. We were present in these cities and ready to perform each of these shows but were not permitted to. In Ufa the power was turned off shortly before the show (we were told because the venue was late on rent), and in Moscow and St. Petersburg we were told that we did not have the correct visas and that if we attempted to perform the concert would be stopped by police and we would be detained and deported (prior to the tour we had been told that we did have the correct visas and that all of our paperwork was in order).
Our show in Nizhny Novgorod also had problems. In that city we performed half of our set before being stopped by police. We were told the police needed to search the venue for drugs and that the show had to be terminated.
These are the reasons for the cancellations as far as we have been told.
On the brighter side, we had a fantastic time performing in Krasnodar, Samara, Chelyabinsk, and Yekaterinburg. We were able to play our full set in all four of those cities.
We came to Russia excited and prepared to play all of the scheduled concerts, and we apologize that we were not able to do so. It was beyond our control. We are extremely disappointed. We have played in Russia many times and we love our Russian fans. Hopefully someday the situation for us in Russia will be different and we will be able to return.”
Swedish heavy metal icons AMON AMARTH will be returning to Europe in January/February for a month long tour in regional UK, regional France and Spain/Portugal.
Comments the band: “UK, Portugal, Spain and France…get ready this January for a Viking invasion! We’ll be making an extensive UK expedition where we’ll be pillaging smaller clubs in virtually every nook and cranny of the country. We’re also making a more in depth raid of France, Spain and Portugal. Finally! As support on this mission we’re bringing our friends in Huntress and up-and-comers Savage Messiah. Don’t miss this awesome night of metal and we will take no prisoners!”
The release date for “At War With Reality”, the much anticipated new studio album by Swedish melodic Death Metal pioneers AT THE GATES, is drawing closer. Here are the exact release dates by territory:
GERMANY / AUSTRIA / SWITZERLAND / FINLAND: Friday, October 24, 2014.
NORTH AMERICA / UK / BENELUX / FRANCE / GREECE / DENMARK / PORTUGAL / NORWAY / REST OF EUROPE: Monday, October 27, 2014.
ITALY / SPAIN / POLAND: Tuesday, October 28, 2014.
SWEDEN: Wednesday, October 29, 2014.
AUSTRALIA / NEW ZEALAND: Friday, October 31, 2014.
The time is come now to reveal the album’s first promotional video clip for the song “Death And The Labyrinth”. Directed by Patric Ullaeus (In Flames, Arch Enemy, Lacuna Coil, etc.), the vibrant clip can be seen here:
FROM BEYOND, the classic debut album from Tampa death metallers MASSACRE, is available now on limited edition Full Dynamic Range vinyl LP.
Originally released in 1991, FROM BEYOND delivered a perfect example of the Florida death metal sound, featuring legends of the scene including RICK ROZZ, TERRY BUTLER and BILL ANDREWS, who played in DEATH‘s LEPROSY and SPIRITUAL HEALINGline-ups. The album also features artwork by the legendary ED REPKA (MEGADETH, DEATH, MUNICIPAL WASTE).
FROM BEYOND has been specially remastered from the original tapes in Full Dynamic Range (FDR) audio, allowing the music’s nuances to shine through and giving the whole album a more ferocious and dynamic sound than ever before.
Thomsen- “Unbroken” will be released in the US on October 28th!
Following the success of his debut album “Let´s GetRuthless” (2009), which featured a wide range of renowned metal musician guest, René Thomsen, guitarist, composer, and mastermind, continues this superb combination for his second release, Unbroken! Includes international known musician guests, from Udo Dirkschneider, Vinny Appice (Black Sabbath, Dio, Heaven & Hell), Bobby Jarzombek (Halford, Fates Warning, Sebastian Bach, Riot), David Vincent (Morbid Angel), Mathias Don Dieth(U.D.O.), Andre Hilgers (Rage, Sinner) and Helge Engelke (Fair Warning, Dreamtide), who have lent not only their technical skills but also glamour to the material.
A Finnish melodic metallers Evil Drive is taking a big step forward in its career by publishing the new song “The Land of the Dead”. The song has been recorded during the summer of 2014 under demanding eye of Juuso Elminen in Äänilaitos studio.The song offers a taste of how the upcoming full length Evil Drive album will sound like. A music video of “The Land of the Dead” is directed by a young talent Tino-Viljami Vanhala.
Viktoria Viren: “One and a half years of hard work has shaped Evil Drive a brilliant metal machine.”
Ville Wiren: “The band released the” Bullet “video a year ago, and has since toured diligently both at Finland and abroad. The feedback from the public and the media has been really positive. ” The Land Of The Dead ” determines the musical direction of the band which is a combination of catchy melodies and explosive playing. This is also the band’s first release with the new bass player Marko Syrjälä.”
Folk metal seems to be growing in popularity and in Calgary Alta., there is a strong following. The MacEwan Hall Ballroom was at approximately 80% of the 1000 person capacity for Eluveitie’s all ages gig on October 11, 2014. Joining the Swiss folk metal band on the tour were Estonia’s Mestatoll and Faroese heavy metal band Týr. Fans arrived to the university located venue early and the line-up spanned the building. After doors opened many rushed to the front of the stage, some to the beer gardens and others to the merch booths. The attendees ranged from kids only a few years old with their parents (and it looked there were a few unimpressed looking teenagers with their parents) to seasoned metal veterans. Overall the crowd was on the younger side and their youthful excitement made for a boisterous evening.
Metsatoll were the opening act and were given a generous forty-five minute set. Since their appearance at the Noctis Valkyries Metal festival in 2010, Mestatoll has gathered a sizeable following in Calgary. With three albums on a bigger label since their first appearance they also have a much higher profile. Their music has a very authentic feel, especially being able to watch Lauri “Varulven” Õunapuu skillfully play many traditional instruments live. Quite a few of the songs played this evening were off the newest album, Karjajuht [Spinefarm Records, 2014] and the heavier material went over very well with the crowd.
Týr was playing in Calgary for the second time this year and in the same venue they joined Children of Bodom and Death Angel at in February. This line up was a better fit for the band, but it seemed they had garnered some enthusiastic fans over their last visits. Týr focused heavily on the last two albums and brought more metal influence to the folk themed night. Vocalist Heri Joensen took the time to introduce and explain a few of the tunes, like “By the Sword In My Hand”, about “the unfortunate introduction of Christianity to the Faroe Islands”. This particular song had the audience screaming the lyrics along with the band. “Hold the Heathen Hammer High” may have been the heaviest and faster version we’ve seen them do. Bassist Gunnar Thomsen was smiling and engaging the crowd throughout the entire set and Amon Djurhuus was throwing horns from behind the drum kit. Terji Skibenæs was quite the showman shredding on the guitar and trading solos with Joensen. It’s possible Týr almost stole the show that night.
Eluveitie hit the stage at 10:00 pm sharp. The stage was set up to allow as much room as possible to the eight member band and included some banners with risers for the musicians to stand on at the back of the stage. As always, people were having fun moshing and crowd surfing even though this may not have exactly fit the music. Overall the sound was good, but quite loud and frontman Chrigel Glanzmann’s vocals were a little overdriven at times. The instrumentation and mix of all the various instruments sounded great this evening. The song selection for the night had many picks from the newest album Origins [Nuclear Blast, 2014] and of course contained a good selection of older favorites.
Glanzmann included some storytelling, including a longer monologue of the backstory of Vianna the little girl who is the main character of the new album. Anna Murphy introduced “Call of the Mountains”, explaining the band had recorded in the song in many different languages, and polled the audience as to which language they wanted to hear the song sung in. Calgary gave a lack luster response to the suggestion of English, booed French and cheered very loudly for their choice of Swiss German. “Inis Mona” ended the night with more clapping, singing and dancing from the crowd.
After commuting to North London for an early mid afternoon fix of metal in the form of Candlefest 2014, it emerged that Hybris were unable to open this year’s festival. As a result, the crowd was left eagerly awaiting for some live music in the from Black Metal outfit Ethereal…