Northern Irish pagan metal outfit Waylander have announced European dates in support of their latest record ‘Kindred Spirits’. The tour will take the band to places old and new.
24/02/13 – Cerninnos Paganfest – La Machine du Moulin Rouge – Paris, France
06/03/13 – Seachtain Na Gaeilge – Kellys – Galway, Ireland
17/04/13 – Fonobar Club – Warsaw, Poland
18/04/13 – Rock Out Club – Zielona Góra, Poland
19/04/13 – Blackland – Berlin, Germany
20/04/14 – Fenris Club – Klein-Pöchlarn, Austria
21/04/13 – Blue Hell Club – Budapest, Hungary
“We hope this year will be a year of firsts for the band and we are off and running in that regard already!” comments the band vocalist ArdChieftain O’Hagan. “We are more than pleased to return to Paris for Cernunnos Paganfest. For an indoor event, it captures the Pagan atmosphere more than any other Festival in terms of decor, entertainment and general vibe. If our reception is as rapturous as last time we will be equally as delighted.”
“It’s been a decade since we last visited the west of Ireland and we jumped at the chance of playing in Galway as part of the Seactain na Gaeilge [Irish language week] celebrations.”
Commenting on the bands turn to new lands ArdChieftain adds, “There is no better feeling than playing new places, making new friends and sampling new cultures, so finally visiting Poland, Austria and Hungary is something we are very excited about, and are equally as pleased to be returning to Berlin, where we get the chance this time to play a full length set.
We would have been pleased with just one Polish gig but to have two is a huge bonus. We get to, not only visit Warsaw, but also Zielona Góra and we are really looking forward to experiencing the notoriously crazy Polish Metal audiences. After having several aborted attempts to play in Austria over the years, we finally get the chance with a show in Klein-Pöchlarn. We hope our Austrian fans enjoy our performance.
None of us has visited Hungary before, so to be able to play in such a beautiful and historic city as Budapest has got our collective pulse racing. We have heard nothing but praise for the Pagan/Folk Metal scene in Hungary so it will be amazing to experience it for ourselves.”
‘Kindred Spirits’ was released on July 16th and August 14th in North America 2012 via Listenable Records and has gained worldwide acclaim. Dubbed “A proper fucking metal album!” by Metal Hammer and “A beautiful, inspirational and often stunning album” by Sonic Abuse.
CATTLE DECAPITATION will return to Europe in April to tour as direct support to mighty CRYPTOPSY! Also on the bill are DECREPIT BIRTH and THE LAST SHOT OF WAR.
Comments CATTLE DECAPITATION singer Travis Ryan: “It’s great to hit the road with our friends Cryptopsy and Decrepit Birth again… and this time, in Europe! We’ll be hitting some spots harder than usual and some spots we’ve never been and we’re always into that. This might be the only time this year you guys see us so be sure to come out and rage with us!”
Watch the band’s video the band’s cinematic, nine-minute long mini-film for Kingdom of Tyrants from the Monolith of Inhumanity now at metalblade.com/cattledecapitation. The video, directed by Mitch Massie, is an experience not to be missed. Vocalist Travis Ryan elabortates: “It’s disturbing. It’s thought-provoking. Its 100% CATTLE DECAPITATION and in the direction we’ve been heading. Massie is the man and this is by far the best video we’ve ever had the pleasure to be a part of.”
Monolith of Inhumanity, one of 2012′s most critically-acclaimed albums:
“Perfection.” #13 on Decibel Magazine’s top 40 Extreme Metal Albums of 2012
#2 on About.com’s Best Heavy Metal Albums of 2012 – “There’s nothing welcoming about the bile slathered on in big portions, and even the occasional finger-snapping melody does not dilute the straight hatred these guys have for the human race.”
“more intricate and accomplished” AVClub.com
CRYPTOPSY + CATTLE DECAPITATION
+ DECREPIT BIRTH
+ THE LAST SHOT OF WAR
+ EYECONOCLAST (from 12/04 to 20/04) / THE WAY OF PURITY (from 21/04 to 30/04) / REARMED from 01/05 to 05/05)
12/04/13 DE – Oberhausen – Helvete
13/04/13 DK – Aarhus – Metal Royal Fest
14/04/13 DE – Rostock – Alte Zuckerfabrik
15/04/13 DE – Berlin – K17
16/04/13 DE – Darmstadt – Steinbruch Theater
17/04/13 AT – Wien – Escape Metalcorner
18/04/13 CH – Zurich – Dynamo
19/04/13 IT – Pistoia – Pianeta Melos
20/04/13 IT – Romagnano Sesia – Rock & Roll Arena
21/04/13 FR – Luynes/Aix – Le Korigan
22/04/13 ES – Barcelona – Apolo 2
23/04/13 ES – Almeria – Sala Jala Jala
24/04/13 ES – Madrid – Caracol
25/04/13 PT – Barosselas – SWR Fest
26/04/13 ES – Bilbao – Sonora
27/04/13 FR – Toulouse – Le Saint Des Seins
28/04/13 FR – Lyon – t.b.a.
29/04/13 FR – Nancy – t.b.a.
30/04/13 FR – Paris – t.b.a.
01/05/13 UK – Cardiff – Bogiez
02/05/13 UK – Glasgow – Audio
03/05/13 IE – Dublin – The Pint
04/05/13 UK – London – Underworld
05/05/13 NL – Tilburg – Neurotic Death Fest
Swedish death act, ENTRAILS, have completed the recordings for their much anticipated upcoming third album, Raging Death! The album was recorded in different studios: the drum recordings took place at the Racetrack studios while the basis recordings were done at Jimmy Lundqvist’s own The Crypt recording studios. The album was mixed and mastered by Dan Swanö at Unisound.
The band comments on the album:“This is the perfect next step for ENTRAILS. A massive stench of death, right in your face! ‘Raging Death’ as a title suited the album as a whole, since it’s pure death metal without mercy!”
Raging Death will be released the 10th/13th of May via Metal Blade Records in Europe on vinyl, as a limited Digi-CD with bonus-cd and as a jewelcase CD. In North American, the album will be available on May 14th. More details on the content will be revealed shortly.
ENTRAILS formed in the ’90s, but split up before they were able to release a demo or even an album. It took them until 2008 to come back when guitarist Jimmy Lundqvist rediscovered some old tapes. In a moment of nostalgia, he decided that they deserved to be released as they should have been originally. With modern recording technology, the first ENTRAILS demo could finally take shape. After releasing another demo in 2009, ENTRAILS recorded and released their debut album, Tales From The Morgue, in 2010. Just a year later, The Tomb Awaits was released, an album that gained worldwide attention of music fans of the extreme and was considered by many as the best death metal release of 2011. ENTRAILS has played numerous prestigious festivals in 2012 including gigs at Party.San Open Air, Summer Breeze Open Air and Hell Inside festival.
Joakim Svensson – Vocals/Bass
Jimmy Lundqvist – Guitar
Mathias Nilsson – Guitar
Adde Mitroulis – Drums
Raging Death art and the first new song will be released soon. Stay tuned.
NORWEGIAN progressive extreme metal band ENSLAVED have just received word of their nomination for the 2012 Spellemann Award in the category “Best Metal Album” with their most recent release, RIITIIR. This prestigious music award is the Norwegian equivalent to the American Grammy. Ceremonies will take place at the Stavanger Concert Hall in Oslo on Saturday, March 23rd and will be broadcast live on NRK 1.
ENSLAVED – who just performed in Seattle, Washington last night and continue their trek through the U.S. and Canada – offer the following statement:
“By the hammer, saw, and grinder of Thor! What an incredibly pleasant surprise to be getting on the road, being nominated for Spellemannsprisen (Norwegian Grammy)! Having that many people interested & versed in music liking our album is simply overwhelming. We’ll miss the party, but feel confident that others will take care of the scandalous behaviour. Thank you jury, this means a lot to us no matter the outcome of the ‘final’!”
This is the seventh time ENSLAVED have received a Spellemann Award nomination. They have won four consecutive times in a row for their previous four studio albums:
2010: Axioma Ethica Odini - WINNER
2008: Vertebrae – WINNER
2006: Ruun – WINNER
2004: Isa – WINNER
2003: Below The Lights – Nominated
2000: Mardraum – Nominated
ENSLAVED’s RIITIIR debuted at #8 on the American Billboard Heatseekers (New Artists) chart in October of last year and appeared on numerous “Best Albums of 2012” lists around the world.
Remaining dates on ENSLAVED’s “Winter Rite 2013” tour – with Pallbearer, Royal Thunder, and Ancient VVisdom opening – are:
Argentina’s finest Power Metal band, HELKER, is preparing for their first international album release „Somewhere In The Circle“ (out on February 15th), which was produced by Mat Sinner (Primal Fear, Voodoo Circle, Sinner).
Latin Metal force ILL NIÑO is preparing to spread an epidemia over Europe. On their upcoming tour, in support of their latest studio album “Epidemia” which was released in October, the band will be supported by Ektomorf and Shadows Fall.
ILL NIÑO “European Epidemic Tour”:
March 14 – Barcelona, SPAIN – Salamandra (Ill Nino & openers)
March 15 – Madrid, SPAIN – But (Ill Nino & openers)
March 16 – Barakaldo, SPAIN – Rockstar (Ill Nino & openers)
March 18 – Munich, Germany – Backstage Werk (feat. Ektomorf)
March 19 – Vienna, Austria – Szene Wien (feat. Shadows Fall & Ektomorf)
March 20 – Karlsruhe, Germany – Substage (feat.Ektomorf)
March 22 – Winterthur, Switzerland – Salzhaus (feat.Ektomorf)
March 23 – Romagnano, Italy – Rock N Roll Club (feat.Ektomorf)
March 24 – Dornbirn, Austria – Conrad Sohm (feat. Shadows Fall & Ektomorf)
March 25 – Berlin, Germany – SO36 (feat. Ektomorf)
March 26 – Hamburg, Germany – Markthalle (feat.Ektomorf)
March 27 – Essen, Germany – Turock (feat. Ektomorf)
March 29 – Paris, France – La Maroquinerie (feat.Ektomorf)
March 31 – Cologne, Germany – Underground (feat.Ektomorf)
April 2 – Southampton, England – Talking Heads (feat. Shadows Fall)
April 3 – Stoke, England – Underground (feat. Shadows Fall)
April 4 – Nottingham, England – Rescue Rooms (feat. Shadows Fall)
April 5 – Birmingham, England – Academy 2 (feat. Shadows Fall)
April 6 – London, England – The Garage (feat. Shadows Fall)
April 7 – Manchester, England – NQ Live (feat. Shadows Fall)
April 9 – Cardiff, Wales – Bogiez (feat. Shadows Fall)
April 10 – Plymouth, England – White Rabbit (feat. Shadows Fall)
April 11 – Brighton, England – Concorde 2 (feat. Shadows Fall)
April 13 – Minsk, BELARUS – Club Republic (Ill Nino & openers)
April 14 – Moscow, Russia – Milk (Ill Nino & openers)
Australian melodic metallers LORD have uploaded an official lyric video for the title track from their upcoming album ‘Digital Lies’, which is due to be released February 22nd in Australia and New Zealand through Riot! Entertainment and April 24th in Japan through Rubicon Records.
‘Digital Lies’ will also be exported to the rest of the world.
Previously stated LORD mainman LT of the new album:
“If you know what LORD sounds like… well, that. We’re not reinventing ourselves or the genre at all. We haven’t tried to go off in any new and weird direction. There’s definitely an underlying dark technology vibe throughout the album as a theme, but other than that, it’s the same diverse sound that we’ve had since we were out there as DUNGEON.
But don’t take my word for it, make up your own mind!”
To also celebrate the upcoming release and official lyric video, LORD have an exclusive pre-order offer for their new ‘Propaganda’ Digital Lies t-shirts, inspired by the title track and album title. These are available at special low price for pre-order only and will be shipped out over the coming weeks. Available to order here.
Track listing for ‘Digital Lies’:
Point Of View
2D Person In A 3D World
The Last Encore
Because We Can
The Chalkboard Prophet
Battle Of Venarium
Plus there will be additional bonus tracks for each country release.
Once again, our cover art was handled by Felipe Machado [BLIND GUARDIAN, IRON SAVIOR, ICED EARTH,GAMMA RAY].
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 have shared the stage with the likes of GAMMA RAY, NIGHTWISH, QUEENSRYCHE and most recently ICED EARTH and continue to tour internationally, appearing at Germany’s Headbangers Open Air festival in July. Their last critically acclaimed album, 2009′s “Set In Stone” featured guest appearances from Craig Goldy [ex-DIO], Pete Lesperance [HAREM SCAREM], Glen Drover [ex-MEGADETH], Felipe Andreoli [ANGRA], Olof Morck [AMARANTHE] alongside a host of other well known musicians.
‘Digital Lies’ (Official Lyric Video)
Betrayal Blind (Official Video from ‘Digital Lies’)
Because We Can (Official Video from ‘Digital Lies’)
Our cooperation has existed for a while, but now we raise our successful relations to a new peak…
Nightmare Records will act as exclusive distributor for all POWER PROG releases in North America from this point on!
These albums are available as CD and digital download from February 22, you can pre-order them immediately at www.nightmarerecords.com…
Chicagoland-based STARKILL has launched a new video for the track “Fires of Life”! Featuring a unique blend of symphonic black metal, power metal, and melodic death metal, “Fires of Life” is the title track from the band’s upcoming full-length effort, which is due out April 29th in Europe and April 30th in North America via Century Media Records. Filmed mainly in the studio (but also featuring candid clips of STARKILL), the video can be viewed below:
To listen to the previously released track, “Sword, Spear, Blood, Fire,” click here.
Fires of Life track-listing
1. Whispers of Heresy
2. Fires of Life
3. Sword, Spear, Blood, Fire
4. Below the Darkest Depths
5. Immortal Hunt
6. New Infernal Rebirth
7. Strength in the Shadow
8. This is Our Battle; This is Our Day
9. Withdrawn From All Humanity
10. Wash Away the Blood With Rain
Formed in 2008 by Parker Jameson, Spencer Weidner and Charlie Federici, the band self-released an EP in 2010 under the moniker MASSAKREN and played numerous shows across the US. A buzz about the band soon developed in the metal underground, and in tandem with signing to global powerhouse Century Media Records, they decided to change their name to STARKILL to mark the next chapter in their musical career.
While most of their peers were listening to and playing to the “core” US-based bands, the members of STARKILL spent their days cutting their chops to European metal– and the band makes no qualms about wearing their influences on their sleeves. Inspired by the likes of early CHILDREN OF BODOM à la the now classic Hatebreeder and Follow the Reaper, in addition to NIGHTWISH, AMON AMARTH and DRAGONFORCE, STARKILL aims to pay homage to these acts, while also putting their own spin on Euro-metal– and their new album, Fires of Life, does just that.
Produced by the band’s own Jameson and mastered by death metal legend, James Murphy (DEATH, TESTAMENT, OBITUARY), the album’s concept, both lyrically and musically, is overlain in medieval fantasy-themed battles, mythology, and destruction. Fires of Life‘s artwork, created by renowned metal artist, Joshua Belanger, captures this perfectly.
Stay tuned for more news about STARKILL and Fires of Life coming soon!
Parker Jameson: Lead guitar, vocals, keyboards and orchestral programming
SOILWORK frontman Björn “Speed” Strid and bassist Ola Fink discuss the tracks on Disc 1 of the band’s ninth studio album & first double CD release, The Living Infinite which will be available on February 27th in Asia (via license to Marquee Records), in Europe on March 1st, and in North America on March 5th. View the video here: http://youtu.be/7umUWpbhZk0
Produced byJens Bogren (OPETH, AMON AMARTH, BLOODBATH),The Living Infinite features artwork by 2005’s Stabbing The Drama artist Mircea Eftemie Gabriel of MNEMIC.
SOILWORK’s world tour launches with a 54-show headlining trek through the U.S. and Canada this March. Support comes from Jeff Loomis, Blackguard, The Browning, and Wretched. 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 Dagobert – 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
04/02/13 Rickshaw Theater – Vancouver, B.C. – CANADA
04/03/13 El Corazon – Seattle, WA
04/04/13 Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR
04/05/13 Slim’s – San Francisco, CA
04/06/13 House of Blues – Hollywood, CA
04/07/13 Rocky Point Cantina – Tempe, AZ
04/08/13 The Rock – Tucson, AZ
04/09/13 Las Vegas Country Saloon – Las Vegas, NV
04/11/13 In The Venue – Salt Lake City, UT
04/12/13 Gothic Theater – Englewood, CO
04/13/13 The Beaumont Club – Kansas City, MO
04/14/13 The Firebird – St. Louis, MO
04/15/13 Trees – Dallas, TX
04/16/13 Backstage Live – San Antonio, TX
04/17/13 Jake’s – Lubbock, TX
04/18/13 Lucky Mule – Abilene, TX
04/19/13 The Chameleon Room – Oklahoma City, OK
04/20/13 Tricky Falls – El Paso, TX
04/21/13 Dirty Dog Bar – Austin, TX
04/22/13 House of Rock – Corpus Christi, TX
04/23/13 Geo’s – McAllen, TX
04/24/13 Scout Bar – Houston, TX
04/26/13 State Theater – St. Petersburg, FL
04/27/13 Jack Rabbits – Jacksonville, FL
04/28/13 The Casbah – Charlotte, NC
04/29/13 Kingdom – Richmond, VA
04/30/13 Soundstage – Baltimore, MD
05/01/13 Mexicali Live – Teaneck, NJ
05/02/13 The Chance Theater – Poughkeepsie, NY
05/03/13 Broadway Joes – Buffalo, NY
05/04/13 Al Rosa Villa – Columbus, OH
05/05/13 Music Hall – London, ON – CANADA
05/06/13 Station 58 – Syracuse, NY
05/07/13 The Palladium – Worcester, MA
Advanced tickets and VIP Meet & Greet packages (early entry + a shirt of choice from the band’s merchandise) are available at EnterTheVault.com.
SOILWORK’s2010 album,The Panic Broadcast, debuted on the American Billboard Top 200 Albums chart at #88.
Vancouver metal mavens, 3 INCHES OF BLOOD has announced a co-headlining North American tour alongside blackened thrashers GOATWHORE. The tour brings 23 days of menacing metal to the masses and will make a memorable stop in Worcester, MA for the infamous New England Metal & Hardcore Festival on April 20th. Making their triumphant return from defending the traditions of heavy metal at sea on the 70,000 Tons of Metal Cruise, 3 INCHES OF BLOOD will continue to support their fifth studio album, LONG LIVE HEAVY METAL on this forthcoming tour. The music video for “Metal Woman” from the current release can be seen below along with the complete list of tour dates.
We are happy to announce the release of GAMMA RAY (Official) “Master Of Confusion” on March 15th, 2013!
‘Master Of Confusion’ and ‘Empire Of The Undead’ are the first two new studio songs by Gamma Ray to be released after the successful studio album “To The Metal!”
With its 60 minutes of pure and raw Gamma Ray, “Master Of Confusion” is a great way to wait for the new album, scheduled for the end of 2013.
In addition to the brand new studio song, “Master Of Confusion” features a second new studio track: ‘Empire Of The Undead’, showing the heavier side of the band, with an explosion of energy and pure Gamma Ray sound at its best.
The release is not free from tasty rarities: a brand new studio cover versions of British Glam Rock band Sweet (‘Lost Angels’ – “the reason I have joined a band many years ago”, stated Hansen) and a hidden treasure of NWOBHM (‘Death Or Glory’ by Holocaust).
British melodic metallers CODE OF SILENCE – who are fronted by Brazilian vocalist Gus Monsanto (REVOLUTION RENAISSANCE, ADAGIO, SYMBOLICA, LORD OF MUSHROOMS) posted a track-by-track album breakdown video provided by band leader and bassist James Murray who also supplied the debut album’s historical theme of the Knights Templar at the time of the Crusades. The video can be viewed here:
James says: “Although the album is thematic each song can be enjoyed in its own right separately away from any concept.”
CODE OF SILENCE recently released their debut video ‘Sky Is Falling Down’ – which has gained in excess of 15,000 views since posting and an informative EPK introducing the band:
“Taken in the round, this is a fabulous rock album. As a debut album it’s simply stunning.” Get Ready to ROCK!
A guitarist who wants to go to Japan, a drummer who thinks political leaders should settle arguments over a few beers, and a Brazilian who likes Scottish breakfasts. These are some of the fascinating facts you will glean from Code Of Silence’s newly launched website – www.codeofsilence.co.uk
The album – ‘Dark Skies Over Babylon’ – has been written and produced by Paul Logue (Eden’s Curse) and mixed by Alessandro Del Vecchio (Eden’s Curse, Hardline, Lionville). Stylistically it covers a range of genres from hard rock to progressive, fused with highly melodic metal.
The band includes seasoned vocalist Gus Monsanto, who has worked with Stratovarius vocalist Timo Tolkki (Revolution Renaissance) and Adagioand guitarist Ben Randall who for a time was with Power Quest. Scott McLean on keys (Concept Of Time and Falloch) and John Clelland on drums (The Jack) complete the line-up.
The album is released in Europe on 25 February and in North America on 9 April via Mausoleum Records. It was released in Japan via Rubicon Music on 23 January. There is a limited pre-order offer before release date at the band’s website.
Long Island-based heavy metal powerhouse MAELSTROM has issued an update regarding the enormous reception received by the Halloween 2012 digital reissue of their critically-acclaimed EP, It Was Predestined. Widely-praised by critics across the globe in 2009, when the EP was originally self-released, and again last year when Itchy Metal Entertainment (IME) offered the release to metal fans worldwide, It Was Predestined exploded onto the CMJ Loud Rock charts this month. MAELSTROM vocalist Gary Vosganian had this to say about the accomplishment,
“It is with great pride that I can say - MaelstroM has hit the US radio charts with our EP It Was Predestined – debuting at #20 on the Nationwide CMJ Loud Rock charts and as the 4th most added album in the country. Thank you to all that have helped and have been fans since the start and congrats to my partner in this effort the true guitar virtuoso Mr. Joey Lodes. Our label partners Itchy Metal Entertainment our PR group ClawHammer PR and of course our radio promoter Munsey Ricci and Skateboard Marketing Ltd. without whom this would have never happened, and of course all the fantastic Djs that are supporting us with their spins – it is sincerely appreciated. There is much work to be done as guitar tracking for the balance of the album has begun this week. But I will take a little time to really absorb the news about CMJ and celebrate this victory! Thanks again to all the fans who have stuck by MaelstroM your unwavering support has been amazing. Keep it Heavy!”As Vosganian stated, the band is currently at work on new material for the follow-up to It Was Predestined. Details on the next release will be announced as they come. Stay tuned!
It Was Predestined is available at www.itchymetal.com. Famed music journalist Martin Popoff called the release “A symphony of progressiveness the likes of which has pretty much never been articulated, invented, or heard, before now,” and world renowned publications such as Terrorizer, Metal Hammer and MetalSucks.net all sang MAELSTROM’s praises upon the EP’s release.