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Heavy Metal News – September 17, 2013

TOXIC HOLOCAUST: New Track Premiere Brought To You By MetalSucks

Today, Portland’s favorite metal/punk aggressors, TOXIC HOLOCAUST, offer up a sampling from their impending Chemistry Of Consciousness full-length with “Out Of The Fire,” now streaming for the first time courtesy of the ministers of heavy at MetalSucks. Recorded by the band, mixed with Kurt Ballou (Converge) at GodCity Studio and mastered by Brad Boatright (Sleep, From Ashes Rise, Nails) at Audiosiege Engineering, Chemistry Of Consciousness is sincere, blisteringly fast, and maniacally catchydelivering an unadulterated union of punk-propelled animosity and maniacal guitar hooks.

Elaborates TOXIC mastermind Joel Grind, “With each record, I like to continue down the same path I’ve started at but do so without rehashing the same ideas over and over. WithChemistry Of Consciousness, I brought in a heavy dose of punk back into our sound. This record brings influence from bands ranging from Anti-Cimex, Warfare, Infernal Majesty, GBH, Discharge, Autopsy and Chaos UK, just to name a small few. Those bands are just a starting point to give you an idea of what’s to come. First and foremost, it sounds likeTOXIC HOLOCAUST, and that is always what’s most important to me. Lyrically, I went off with topics I’ve never explored before. Lots of social and political commentary without trying to be preachy or blatant about it. There’s no lyrics like ‘the government sucks’ or whatever but I was just really pissed off about what I see around me and that’s what really fueled a lot of it. There is also a heavy dose of conspiracy and true life war crime topics. Lots of really sinister and evil stuff. Even the songs that seem like they’re about one thing on the surface, after delving into them, are actually about something more. I’m anxious to get this record out there and to start touring again!”

Feel the rambunctious blaze of “Out Of The Fire,” now playing at MetalSucks, at THIS LOCATION.

Chemistry Of Consciousnesswill drop in North America on October 29 (October 25 in Benelux/DE/Finland and October 28 in UK/World) on CD, LP and digitally. Preorder packages are available now. Point your browser HERE.

In related news, check out Grind’s Top Five Punk Albums at Revolver HERE.

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ENTOMBED’s ‘Back To The Front’ Pushed Back To Next Year

Reposted from Blabbermouth.net

Due to “unpredictable technical problems,” the release date of “Back To The Front”, the tenth album from Swedish metal veterans ENTOMBED, has been pushed back to early 2014 from the previously announced October 29. The exact new release date will be announced soon.

“Back To The Front” was recorded at Studio Bohus (ABBA, EUROPE) in Kungälv, Sweden with producer Roberto Laghi (IN FLAMES, HARDCORE SUPERSTAR). The cover artwork was painted by Zbigniew Bielak (WATAIN, VADER) and can be seen below.

A press release states: “Don’t be afraid that it will sound like ABBA — it’s 666% true to the ENTOMBED everybody loves. While not falling for total regression back to the early classics ‘Left Hand Path’ or ‘Clandestine’, expect a total bone-crushing opus that will have fans of ‘Wolverine Blues’, ‘To Ride…’ or ‘Morning Star’ cry tears of joy. From the morbid, pissed-off lyrics over detuned, massive riffs to the inimitable brick-heavy groove and L.G. Petrov’s titanic roar, ‘Back To The Front’ has it all, so get ready for a stone-cold stunner!”

Comments singer L.G. Petrov: “After almost seven years of studio absence, we are back with a new album called ‘Back To The Front’ ready to blow metalheads away around this world! Feels great to announce this deal with Century Media! Can’t wait to let you all be a part of it!”

Adds Jens Prüter, head Of A&R at Century Media Records Europe: “I first saw ENTOMBED in 1992 on the Gods Of Grind tour and was blown away by their merciless sound that was even back then more than just death metal. Over 20 years later, they still kick ass and we are more than proud to finally welcome them to the Century Media family.”

“Back To The Front” track listing:

01. Kill To Live
02. Bedlam Strike
03. The Underminer
04. Second To None
05. Allegiance
06. Waiting For Death
07. Eternal Woe
08. Digitus Medius
09. Vulture And The Traitor
10. Pandemic Rage
11. Soldier Of No Fortune

ENTOMBED recently teamed up with PledgeMusic to launch a reissue campaign for some of their albums.

In early 2012, Threeman Recordings, which is owned and run by members of ENTOMBED, launched a collaboration with Ninetone Records. The first release under this arrangement was a single for the re-recorded version of the song “Amok” from ENTOMBED’s 2007 album, “Serpent Saints – The Ten Amendments”, produced by Patrik Frisk (CORRODED).

Read more at http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/entombeds-back-to-the-front-pushed-back-to-next-year/#JdJ3qxAbZhwivw6S.99

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DREAM THEATER: Entire New Album Available For Streaming

Reposted from Blabbermouth.net

The new self-titled album from progressive metal giants DREAM THEATER is available for streaming in its entirety using the SoundCloud widget at this location (courtesy of RollingStone.com).

“Dream Theater” — the band’s 12th studio release overall, and fourth with Roadrunner Records — will be released on September 24.

Speaking to Ultimate-Guitar.com, Petrucci stated about “Dream Theater”: “I think it’s building on [what we did on the “A Dramatic Turn of Events” album], but taking it to the next level. One of the things I really wanted to do on ‘A Dramatic Turn of Events’ was to create something that was sonically very rich and high-def and powerful and I think we accomplished that. But on this album, I wanted to take that even further…. [I wanted to] get more cinematic with it and more earthy and aggressive and bigger. I wanted a bigger, more forward in-your-face kind of sound. I think that kind of dictated the sounds we went for while we were writing and recording and then ultimately how it was mixed. So yeah, it was kind of building on that, but taking it to the next level. You always need to progress and to try and do something different and kind of have a little bit different take on it and a different perspective. But hopefully make it better as you go.”

The nine-track disc was recorded at Cove City Studio in Glen Cove, Long Island, with Petrucci producing and Richard Chycki engineering and mixing. It’s the band’s second album with drummer Mike Mangini, and the first one on which he was a part of the writing process from Day One.

In January, Petrucci said of Mangini’s work: “When people hear the drumming on this album, they’re gonna be pretty freaked out. On the last album, he did a great job, but he wasn’t there for the writing process and he was interpreting drum parts that I had programmed. Even though he used his creativity, of course, to change them up and do his thing, I feel like now he’s just Mike Mangini unleashed. It’s all him. It’s all his creativity, all his decisions and ideas and man, the guy’s an animal.”

“Dream Theater” track listing:

01. False Awakening Suite
I. Sleep Paralysis
II. Night Terrors
III. Lucid Dream
02. The Enemy Inside
03. The Looking Glass
04. Enigma Machine
05. The Bigger Picture
06. Behind The Veil
07. Surrender To Reason
08. Along For The Ride
09. Illumination Theory
I. Paradoxe de la Lumière Noire
II. Live, Die, Kill
III. The Embracing Circle
IV. The Pursuit of Truth
V. Surrender, Trust & Passion

“Dream Theater” will be available in a wide range of distinctive versions, including standard and special edition CDs, 180-gram double LP, and a limited-edition boxed set.

Read more at http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/dream-theater-entire-new-album-available-for-streaming-2/#t6sBpXjP08lHEWaj.99

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RHAPSODY OF FIRE: ‘Dark Wings Of Steel’ Artwork, Track Listing Revealed

Reposted from Blabbermouth.net

Italian symphonic metallers RHAPSODY OF FIRE will release their new studio album, “Dark Wings Of Steel”, on November 22 in Europe and December 3 in the USA via AFM Records. The CD was produced by keyboardist Alex Staropoli, with all songs composed by Staropoli and Manuel Staropoli, with assistance from Roby De Micheli. All lyrics were written by singer Fabio Lione. The effort features a full orchestra, a choir and real string instruments, as in the finest RHAPSODY OF FIRE tradition.

“Dark Wings Of Steel” will be released on CD, double vinyl and as a digipak. The digipak and vinyl versions will include a bonus track.

“Dark Wings Of Steel” track listing:

01. Vis Divina
02. Rising From Tragic Flames
03. Angel Of Light
04. Tears Of Pain
05. Fly To Crystal Skies
06. My Sacrifice
07. Silver Lake Of Tears
08. Custode Di Pace
09. A Tale Of Magic
10. Dark Wings Of Steel
11. Sad Mystic Moon

Bonus track on digipak and vinyl:

12. A Candle To Light (extended version)

Read more at http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/rhapsody-of-fire-dark-wings-of-steel-artwork-track-listing-revealed/#oquOPxphx6MS6if8.99

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SABATON: ‘Uprising’ Performance Clip From ‘Swedish Empire Live’ DVD

Reposted from Blabbermouth.net

Swedish metallers SABATON will release their new DVD and Blu-ray, “Swedish Empire Live”, on September 20 via Nuclear Blast. The disc features the band’s live performance at the renowned Polish Woodstock Festival in 2012, where over half a million fans had gathered to watch SABATON in action. Besides this main feature, the first-ever SABATON live offering also features even more live footage of the band’s performances in Gothenburg, London and Oberhausen on their extensive “Swedish Empire Tour”.

A performance clip of the song “Uprising” from “Swedish Empire Live” can be seen at this location.

Says SABATON: “We can tell you that we have watched this countless times and feel very proud and cannot wait to share all this with all of you. You are in for a great surprise!”

“Swedish Empire Live” will be made available in the following formats:

* 2Blu-ray digi
* 2DVD digi
* DVD (Poland only)
* CD digi
* 2LP (limited black vinyl in gatefold + poster)
* 2LP (limited yellow vinyl in gatefold + poster) (Nuclear Blast mailorder only)
* Earbook (2Blu-ray + 2DVD + CD + exclusive bonus CD, 48-page earbook)
* Special Leather Hardcover Earbook (Nuclear Blast mailorder only) (2Blu-ray + 2DVD + CD + exclusive bonus CD, 48-page earbook)

SABATON’s latest album, “Carolus Rex”, was recently certified gold in Poland for sales in excess of 10,000 copies. The band was presented with gold plaques during their signing session in Warsaw. The CD was also certified gold in Sweden for sales in excess of 20,000 copies. (Note: The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry [IFPI] in Sweden has revised the sales requirements for albums to reach gold status in the country twice in the last 11 years — from the pre-2002 level of 40,000 to the current 20,000.)

“Carolus Rex” was released on May 22, 2012 via Nuclear Blast Records. The lyrics for the CD, which was made available in both English and Swedish, deal with the Swedish Empire (referring to the Kingdom of Sweden between 1561 and 1721).

SABATON last year parted ways with guitarists Oskar Montelius and Rikard Sundén, drummer Daniel Mulback and keyboardist Daniel Mÿhr.

Read more at http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/sabaton-uprising-performance-clip-from-swedish-empire-live-dvd/#L4YqMkZjpalvvx2u.99

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NIGHTWISH: ‘Showtime, Storytime’ DVD, Blu-Ray Details Revealed

Reposted from Blabbermouth.net

Finish symphonic metallers NIGHTWISH will release their new DVD, “Showtime, Storytime”, on November 29 as a limited 2Blu-ray + 2CD digipack, limited 2DVD + 2CD digipack, limited 2CD digipack, 2LP (colored) in gatefold and an exclusive Nuclear Blast mailorder edition.

“Showtime, Storytime” contains NIGHTWISH’s entire August 3 performance at the Wacken Open Air festival in Wacken, Germany. The show, which was played in the front of 85,000 screaming metalheads, was directed by Ville Lipiäinen, filmed with seventeen cameras and has a total running time of 85 minutes. The second disc consists of a 120-minute tour documentary, “Please Learn The Setlist In 48 Hours”, also directed by Ville Lipiäinen, with no shortage of drama or overall madness. Also, there is a 16-minute NIGHTWISH Table Hockey Tournament, filmed on tour. In addition, there are two music clips: “I Want My Tears Back” (live at Hartwall Arena in Helsinki, Finland) and “Ghost Love Score” (live in Buenos Aires).

The Wacken Open Air appearance was the first of the three final shows of NIGHTWISH’s “Imaginaerum World Tour”, which saw the band and their Dutch singer Floor Jansen (REVAMP, ex-AFTER FOREVER) playing 104 concerts in 34 different countries, with a total audience of over 1.5 million fans around the globe.

Commented NIGHTWISH mastermind and keyboardist Tuomas Holopainen: “Our darling flying Dutchwoman, Floor Jansen, has been nothing but incredible during her time in NIGHTWISH on this tour, so this is a perfect opportunity to immortalize the current vibe of the band on film!”

NIGHTWISH’s setlist for the Wacken Open Air performance was as follows:

01. Dark Chest Of Wonders
02. Wish I Had An Angel
03. She Is My Sin
04. Ghost River
05. Ever Dream
06. Storytime
07. I Want My Tears Back
08. Nemo
09. Last Of The Wilds
10. Bless The Child
11. Romanticide
12. Amaranth
13. Ghost Love Score
14. Song Of Myself
15. Last Ride Of The Day
16. Outro (Imaginaerum)

Read more at http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/nightwish-showtime-storytime-dvd-blu-ray-details-revealed/#miRGwYYjZDq2hUp4.99

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ANTHRAX Begins Writing New Album

Reposted from Blabbermouth.net

ANTHRAX has officially commenced the songwriting process for the band’s next studio album, tentatively due in 2014. Guitarist Scott Ian tweeted this past Saturday: “Today [drummer Charlie Benante] and [bassist Frank Bello] are coming over to start writing for the next record. The few skeletons that are rattling around sound vicious!”

Benante recently spent time recovering from surgery for carpal tunnel syndrome. He rejoined his bandmates for their September 13 performance at “The Battle Of San Bernardino” festival in San Bernardino, California alongside IRON MAIDEN, MEGADETH, TESTAMENT, OVERKILL and SABATON.

The first photo of the new ANTHRAX lineup — featuring the band’s latest addition, guitarist Jon Donais (SHADOWS FALL) — can be seen below (photo by Stephanie Cabral).

Donais has been touring with ANTHRAX since Rob Caggiano’s departure in January, and will continue to play with ANTHRAX for the foreseeable future.

Speaking to Metal Hammer editor Alexander Milas for the “Metal Hammer” radio show on TeamRock Radio, Scott Ian stated about the band’s current second-guitarist situation: “Jon’s been with us since February, and I think I can safely say he’s passed the audition… [laughs]. I know we haven’t said anything official yet, but in my mind, he’s the guy. I’m sure some type of official announcement… because in this world, people apparently need that kind of information so they can sleep well at night. But as far as I’m concerned, Jon is the guitar player in ANTHRAX.”

Donais previously stated about playing with ANTHRAX: “I grew up on ANTHRAX, they’re the thrash scene, they’re one of the ‘Big Four,’ I’d be crazy to not want to play with them. Initially, Rob called and told me he was leaving the band, and asked if I’d be interested in filling in. Then Scott called me and everything fell into place.”

ANTHRAX’s latest studio album, “Worship Music”, has sold 109,000 copies in the United States since its September 2011 release.

Read more at http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/anthrax-begins-writing-new-album/#Asq4A5eGupms0lO3.99

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HIRAX: New Album Pushed Back To 2014

Reposted from Blabbermouth.net

California thrashers HIRAX have been forced to pushed back the release date of their new album, “Immortal Legacy”, to March 4, 2014 (February 24 in Europe) from the previously announced October 22 via SPV/Steamhammer. It will be made available as a CD, gatefold colored LP and a digital download.

Comments HIRAX singer Katon W. De Pena: “We are sorry for the delays as we know that the fans are waiting desperately for the album, but we have had some unexpected delays in the studio and we do not want to release a half-hearted album. Our fans deserve only the best, so watch out for one of the best thrash metal records released in a long time. We are also sorry that the FLOTSAM AND JETSAM / HIRAX European tour is canceled, but due to circumstances beyond our control, we had to pull the plug. We are planning a full-scale U.S. tour in March, and have further plans to return to Europe. As a little compensation, we will release a digital single for the song ‘Hellion Rising’ on November 22nd. Thanks for all your understanding and patience, and be sure that 2014 will be a killer year for HIRAX. Horns up!”

“Immortal Legacy” was produced by Bill Metoyer (SLAYER, ARMORED SAINT, W.A.S.P., SACRED REICH) and it contains “14 new raging thrash metal songs that will make you bang your head,” according to Katon. He adds: “This is our most epic-sounding record to date, sonically powerful and over the top.” The CD features guest appearances by Jim Durkin (DARK ANGEL), Juan Garcia (AGENT STEEL, EVILDEAD) and Rocky George (SUICIDAL TENDENCIES, FISHBONE).

Philip Lawvere, the artist behind such classic album covers as KREATOR’s “Pleasure To Kill” and CELTIC FROST’s “Emperor’s Return”, designed the “Immortal Legacy” cover. Lawvere had done stunning illustrations for numerous albums and is best known for a slew of thrash metal offerings released on Noise Records.

Said Katon: “We couldn’t be happier to have Philip Lawvere illustrating the cover of our new album; after getting Bill Metoyer to produce it, this is truly the icing on the thrash metal cake!”

“Immortal Legacy” track listing:

01. Hellion Rising – The Conquests – Thunder Roar
02. La Boca De La Bestia – Mouth Of The Beast
03. Mass Hysteria
04. Tied To The Gallows Pole
05. Atlantis – Journey To Atlantis (instrumental)
06. Victims Of The Dead
07. Black Smoke
08. Sign Of The Wolf
09. Immortal Legacy
10. Violence Of Action
11. Deceiver
12. Mephistopheles
13. Earthshaker (instrumental)
14. The World Will Burn (Suffer The World)

HIRAX is:

Katon W. DePena – Vocals
Lance Harrison – Guitar
Steve Harrison – Bass
Jorge Iacobellis – Drums

Read more at http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/hirax-new-album-pushed-back-to-2014/#zPmYbKceAAFmePGq.99

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