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Bloodmoon Announces New U.S. Tour Dates

September 30, 2014 Heavy Metal News 1 Comment

California’s blackened sludge outfit Bloodmoon is setting out on a West Coast jaunt that begins this Friday, October 3rd in Eureka, California. Dates for the trek are as follows:

10/3 Eureka, CA @ Ink Annex
10/4 Portland, OR @ Slabtown
10/5 Seattle, WA @ Lo-Fi
10/6 Olympia, WA @ The Track House
10/7 Eugene, OR @ Wandering Goat
10/8 Sacramento, CA @ Starlite Lounge
10/9 San Jose, CA @ Caravan

Over the past two years, the band has released two albums, embarked upon two corresponding tours, and played countless shows all over California. The “Voidbound” album is available for streaming at this location.

Hellish Outcast To Release New Album “Stay Of Execution”

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Listenable Records has set January 20th, 2015 as the North American release date for Hellish Outcast’s second album, “Stay of Execution.” You can hear the new song “Heresiarch” below, thanks to No Clean Singing.

The Norwegian metal band’s second album was recorded at Grieghallen Studios in Bergen: a place where milestone Norwegian black metal recordings were produced, including albums of Enslaved, Emperor, Immortal, Burzum, and others. “Stay Of Execution” was produced by Russ Russell, and the album’s track listing is as follows:

1. Partition Of Lust
2. I Can No Longer See The Sun
3. Heresiarch
4. Hunter Supreme
5. Gods Of Fear
6. Leave
7. Machines
8. Stay Of Execution
9. Morbid Attraction
10. Torment
11. The Wait

PRIMORDIAL to Release New Full-Length this November via Metal Blade Records

September 30, 2014 Heavy Metal News No Comments

- September 30th, 2014 –

Lyric Video Now Playing + Pre-order Packages Available

Dublin’s finest metal exports, PRIMORDIAL, will release their long-anticipated new studio album, “Where Greater Men Have Fallen“, later this Fall via Metal Blade Records.

Commended by Pitchfork for their meticulously composed “folk and black metal-inflected classic metal that spirals and extends and, somehow, keeps getting bigger,” and crowned the, “most vital heavy metal band on the planet,” by Last Rites, “Where Greater Men Have Fallen” serves as the followup to PRIMORDIAL‘s critically-adored, 2011-released “Redemption At The Puritan’s” Hand full-length and boasts some of the band’s deepest, most meticulously composed compositions to date. The eight-track, fifty-eight minute epic was tracked at Grouse Lodge in Dublin with Jaime Gomez (Cathedral, Angelwitch, Grave Miasma).

Singer A.A. Nemtheanga elaborates: “Some time at the end of 2013 we sat and began to plot a course for album number eight. We moved camp to a new rehearsal room and the ideas began to take shape. We felt it was time to try a new studio and engineer so we went to Grouse Lodge deep in the middle of Ireland and employed Gomez to come over and work on the new album.” The band’s idea was, of course, to keep the PRIMORDIAL trademarks intact while incorporating a broader, heavier more organic sound. “We feel revitalized, the hunger never left and we are ready for another chapter to be written in our history!

Sample the dark, victorious cadence of title track “Where Greater Men Have Fallen,” with the official new lyric video now playing HERE.

Where Greater Men Have Fallen” track listing:
1. Where Greater Men Have Fallen
2. Babel’s Tower
3. Come The Flood
4. The Seed Of Tyrants
5. Ghosts Of The Charnel House
6. The Alchemist’s Head
7. Born To Night
8 .Wield Lightning To Split The Sun

Where Greater Men Have Fallen will be released on November 25th, 2014 via Metal Blade Records. Point your browser to metalblade.com/primordial for a host of preorder options. The record will be available on CD and vinyl. Where Greater Men Have Fallen will also be released in limited European deluxe edition wood boxset which includes the CD+DVD digibook, an exclusive 7″, a leather wristband, a poster and a certificate of authenticity.

A.A. Nemtheanga – Vocals
Ciaran MacUiliam – Guitar
Michael O’Floinn – Guitar
Paul MacAmlaigh – Bass
Simon O’Laoghaire – Drums

Of all the lead singers in metal music today, Averill [A.A. Nemtheanga] is one of the genre’s most riveting frontmen: not only does he possess a commanding stage presence, but he has a mighty bellow of a voice, he’s capable of some striking vocal melodies, he enunciates extremely well (a dying art in metal), and best of all, he’s as eloquent a lyricist as you’ll come across.“- Pop Matters


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Ensiferum Issues New Album Recording Update

September 30, 2014 Heavy Metal News No Comments

Ensiferum has been locked away in Astia Studio in Lappeenranta, Finland with producer Anssi Kippo for three weeks.

At this point drums, bass, and most of the guitar parts have been recorded. At the end of last week, guest musician Timo Väänänen tracked some takes with his kantele, and over the weekend, vocalist Petri Lindroos began tracking vocals.

Bassist Sami Hinkka comments: “Hi folks! For last few days, Mahi and Pete have sweated their asses off while recording guitars. Songs sound, like our friends in UK would say, bloody awesome! Today (Friday, September 26) we recorded kantele and some special guitar tracks. Tomorrow it’s time to set up a microphone and start to record vocals. Things are proceeding as planned.”

The album is tentatively scheduled for release worldwide on Metal Blade Records in early 2015. Catch the band live on these dates:

11/26/14 Tokyo, JP Club Duo Exchange
11/27/14 Osaka, JP Mamba Rocket
12/13/14 Eindhoven, NL Eindhoven Metal Meeting
01/22-26/15 Miami-Ochos Rios-Miami 70,000 Tons Of Metal
07/30/15 – 08/01/15 Wacken, DE Wacken Open Air
08/13-15/15 Dinkelsbühl, DE Summer Breeze Festival

Third Episode In NOLA Metal Documentary Series Posted Online

September 30, 2014 Heavy Metal News No Comments

Today Noisey hurls forth the third episode of “NOLA: Life, Death And Heavy Blues From The Bayou,” a seven-part series exploring the people and culture that helped spawn bands like Down, Eyehategod, Crowbar, Acid Bath and so many others.

Following last week’s edition, where Mike IX Williams discussed finding kindred spirits in Jimmy Bower and Joey LaCaze with Eyehategod, today’s segment finds the Noisey team on a fishing trip with Bower. Here Bower discusses his time with Shell Shock, the origins of Eyehategod and his place in the sound of New Orleans, including where he thinks the roots of the music lie. Check it out below.

Eyehategod is preparing for another roadside takeover beginning with a short rash of one-off live incursions in Denver, Orlando and Miami set to commence this week as well as an appearance at Philip H. Anselmo’s Housecore Horror Film Festival in Austin. From there, the band will pillage its way west trouncing stages alongside Power Trip, Iron Reagan and Today Is The Day on select dates. Dates are available after the video.

10/02/2014 Summit Music Hall – Denver, CO
10/03/2014 Backbooth – Orlando, FL
10/04/2014 Churchill’s – Miami, FL
10/26/2014 Housecore Horror Film Fest @ Emo’s – Austin, TX
10/29/2014 El Corazon – Seattle, WA w/ Power Trip, Iron Reagan
10/30/2014 Bosonova Theater – Portland, OR w/ Power Trip, Iron Reagan
10/31/2014 Star Lite Lounge – Sacramento, CA w/ Power Trip, Iron Reagan
11/01/2014 Metro – Oakland, CA w/ Today Is The Day, Power Trip, Iron Reagan
11/02/2014 The Observatory – Santa Ana, CA w/ Today Is The Day, Power Trip, Iron Reagan
11/03/2014 Los globos – Los Angeles, CA w/ Power Trip, Iron Reagan
11/04/2014 Catalyst – Santa Cruz, CA w/ Power Trip, Iron Reagan
11/05/2014 The Garage – Ventura, CA w/ Power Trip, Iron Reagan
11/06/2014 Dive Bar – Las Vegas, NV w/ Today Is The Day
11/07/2014 Soda Bar – San Diego, CA w/ Today Is The Day
11/08/2014 Club Red – Phoenix, AZ w/ Today Is The Day
11/09/2014 Launch Pad – Albuquerque, NM w/ Today Is The Day
11/12/2014 The Riot Room – Kansas City, MO
11/13/2014 Hi Tone – Memphis, TN
11/15/2014 Cobra Lounge – Chicago, IL w/ Today Is The Day
11/16/2014 Smith’s Downtown – Mishawaka, IN w/ Today Is The Day
11/20/2014 Double Wide – Dallas, TX w/ Today Is The Day
11/21/2014 Fitzgerald’s – Houston, TX w/ Pig Destroyer, Today Is The Day
11/22/2014 One Eyed Jacks – New Orleans, LA w/ Pig Destroyer

Nasty Releasing New Album Through Good Fight Music

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Good Fight Music announces today the label will team up with Belgian band Nasty for the North American release of the group’s next album. Good Fight Music comments:

“Formed a decade ago in La Calamine, Belgium, Nasty has released four albums to date and has toured the world exhaustively, playing almost every country in Europe, as well as the US, Brazil, Japan, China and South Korea. In the past year alone, Nasty has toured with Suicidal Tendencies, Terror, Strife, Madball, Deez Nuts, and more.

“Nasty’s fifth album, as yet untitled, will be released in North America on Good Fight Music in 2015. Expect unrepentant breakdowns and Belgian-accented mosh incitements. Stream ‘Lying When They Love Us,’ a track off the album, below.”

Good Fight founder Carl Severson also states: “Good Fight was born out of the hardcore scene and we embrace that. There are a number of young bands with a fresh take on hardcore right now and Nasty really stood out to us. After their recent European tour with Terror, we’d heard they were great dudes as well. We are lucky to have the opportunity to work with them.”

Nasty frontman Matthi adds: “We are very happy to have Good Fight as our new home and partner for North America. We are already feeling at home.”

The Banner To Release New Album “Greying”

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New Jersey outfit The Banner injected morbid, gothic vibes into metallic hardcore in the early ’00s – along with bands like Ink and Dagger, The Banner turned a whole new generation onto a tradition set forth by The Misfits in the ’80s.

Now, well over a decade since its formation, The Banner returns, vital as ever, ready to push things forward once again.

The connection between The Banner and Good Fight Music runs deep: Good Fight boss Carl Severson released The Banner’s previous two albums – 2005′s “Each Breath Haunted” and 2008′s “Frailty” – on his former label, Ferret Music.

Good Fight will release The Banner’s fourth full-length album, “Greying,” in the upcoming months. The band’s first album in more than five years, “Greying” was produced by Will Putney (The Acacia Strain, Poison the Well), who was also the producer of 2008′s “Frailty.”

With the final touches now being put on “Greying,” today The Banner reveals one new song off the album: “Crippling Despair.” Stream the track below.

The Banner founder and frontman JSS states: “Greying is a mix of Each Breath Haunted’s darkness and Frailty’s heaviness. To bring you this album we mobilized the same team that brought you Frailty: producer Will Putney and label boss Carl Severson. Greying is very much a continuation of what we built in the last decade, pushing everything forward to create the best music we’ve ever made.”

Strikeforce Reveals “Elegant Steel” EP Details

September 30, 2014 Heavy Metal News No Comments

HighVolMusic is pleased to announce that “Elegant Steel,” the brand new EP release from hard rockers Strikeforce, is due out December 9th, 2014. Pre-orders begin November 11th.

“Elegant Steel” was recorded at Saw Horse Studios in St. Louis, MO, produced by Jason McEntire, and mastered by Michael Voss at Kidd Room Studios in Munich, Germany. The track listing is as follows:

1. All About The Money
2. Falling Down
3. Live Action
4. Doomsday
5. Let Me Rock U

Tesseract Inks Record Deal With Kscope

September 30, 2014 Heavy Metal News No Comments

After the band split with its vocalist during the Summer, Kscope is thrilled to announce that U.K. heavy prog act TesseracT will be joining the label’s family.

Bassist Amos Williams comments: “Really looking forward to discovering the possibilities of working with such a creative label. We admire everything Kscope’s done with bands like Anathema, Katatonia and Steven Wilson, and can’t wait to see where they will guide TesseracT in this new chapter of the band. Very excited!”

The band is now working on the follow-up to “Altered States” (reviewed here). Kscope also issued the following press release about the group:

“Over the course of the last six years, TesseracT has been at the forefront of flourishing part of the ever-evolving metal scene. Originally formed as a studio project by guitarist Acle Kahney, TesseracT immediately eschewed all well-established notions of what metal should sound like and swiftly became a unique and daring entity. Kahney had recruited a line-up worthy of his ground-breaking compositions, and the band embarked upon a quest to inject some originality and excitement back into an often myopic and lazy British metal scene.

“The longstanding line up of drummer Jay Postones, guitarist James Monteith and bassist Amos Williams has recently welcomed back vocalist Dan Tompkins, whose first show back with the band was on the main stage at this year’s U.K. Sonisphere Festival. The band has already found a new creative energy having reunited with singer Dan Tompkins, and has already written half of its third album, the follow up to Altered State, slated for a 2015 release.

“TesseracT’s debut album One in 2011, featuring Dan Tompkins on vocals, received widespread critical acclaim, not least due to the album’s staggering six-part centrepiece ‘Concealing Fate,’ which brilliantly showcased the band’s pioneering sonic approach and unstoppable arsenal of off-kilter riffs, soaring melodies and disorientating atmospherics.

“The primarily acoustic ‘Perspective’ EP emerged in May 2012 to an effusive response from critics and fans alike, and shortly after the band’s status as progressive metal’s most fascinating new creative force was very publicly celebrated when TesseracT picked up the Best New Band trophy at 2012′s inaugural Progressive Music Awards in London.

“Not wasting any time, TesseracT released its second album Altered State in early 2013 again to worldwide media acclaim.”

Oraculum Streaming New Track “The Vessel Of Orichalcum”

September 30, 2014 Heavy Metal News No Comments

Chilean death metal band Oraculum today premieres the new track “The Vessel of Orichalcum,” which can be heard below thanks to No Clean Singing.

The song hails from Oraculum’s debut EP, “Sorcery of the Damned,” set for international release on October 27th via Invictus Productions. The label had this to say:

“Despite being newcomers, this Chilean power-trio have their sound nailed down, HARD: pulsing, doom-dredging Metal of Death that’s red-eyed and composed in equal measures, manic and maniacal and yet exuding the confidence of veterans. Oraculum state that their influences are Bolt Thrower, Morgoth, Order From Chaos, Sadistik Exekution, Poison (Germany), and their native heroes Pentagram, and while residual traces of each can be heard across the four bruised ‘n’ battering tracks on Sorcery of the Damned, the manner in which they splice and dice this deathly DNA is theirs alone. Above all, the band’s grasp of songcraft suggests the start of something monumental, each one moving memorably with depth and dynamics. Sorcery of the Damned is truly bewitching…”

The track listing is as follows:

1. The Vessel of Orichalcum
2. Primeval Flame
3. Passage I
4. Endarkenment

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