Heavy Metal News – April 03, 2013

ARSIS: New Song Available For Streaming

Reposted from Blabbermouth.net

The title track of “Unwelcome”, the fifth full-length album from Virginia-based melodic tech-death metal masters ARSIS, can be streamed using the widget at this location.

“Unwelcome” will be released on April 30 in North America via Nuclear Blast Records. The follow-up to 2010’s “Starve For The Devil” was tracked at Audiohammer Studios in Sanford, Florida with producer Mark Lewis (THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDERWHITECHAPELDEVILDRIVER,DEICIDESIX FEET UNDER). The artwork was handled once again by longtime collaborator Mark Riddick.

“So, we’ve had ‘Unwelcome’ finished for quite some time now and we are happy to finally be able to share the finished product with everyone,” commented founder and lead guitarist/vocalist James Malone.

“As a band/musician, it’s sometimes difficult to separate yourself from your work and visualize how others are going to interpret your work. In other words, it’s sometimes hard to know whether or not your ideas are relevant to anyone but yourself. With ‘Unwelcome’, we certainly put all of our everything into the writing and recording and stopped paying attention to what’s trendy or what we think might appeal to a larger audience. In doing so, I feel we have created one of the most sincere ARSIS albums and perhaps one of the most relevant.”

“Unwelcome” track listing:

01. Unwelcome
02. Carve My Cross
03. Handbook For The Recently Deceased
04. Choking On Sand
05. Let Me Be The One
06. Sunglasses At Night
07. Martyred Or Mourning
08. No One Lies To The Dead
09. I Share In Shame
10. Scornstar

Fans can hear the debut of new guitarist Brandon Ellis and drummer/longtime session member Shawn Priest on the “Lepers Caress”EP, which can be downloaded for free here. The effort was released viaScion Audio/Visual (a.k.a. Scion A/V), the in-house record label and lifestyle marketing division of the Scion marque produced by Toyota Motor Corporation for the North American market.

Brandon Ellis replaced guitarist Nick Cordle, who was tapped to replaceChristopher Amott in the Swedish/German extreme metal act ARCH ENEMY.

ARSIS’s 2010 album, “Starve For The Devil” (Nuclear Blast Records), sold 1,800 copies in the United States in its first week of release, landing at No. 13 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart.

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KATAKLYSM: New Album Title Revealed

Reposted from Blabbermouth.net

Montreal, Quebec, Canada-based extreme metallers KATAKLYSM have set“Waiting For The End To Come” as the title of their new album, tentatively due in late 2013/early 2014 via Nuclear Blast Records. The follow-up to 2010’s “Heaven’s Venom” will be recorded by KATAKLYSMguitarist Jean-François Dagenais, who has previously worked withMALEVOLENT CREATIONMISERY INDEX and DESPISED ICON, among others, and mixed by Chris “Zeuss” Harris (SUFFOCATION,HATEBREEDARSIS).

Commented KATAKLYSM vocalist Maurizio Iacono: “Well, it’s been a seriously busy ride since our last album, ‘Heaven’s Venom’, was released over three years ago. From a successful world headlining run, to Ozzfest, into a recap of our 20 years as band with the ‘Iron Will’ DVD.

“We’ve been writing in a very humble fashion behind the scenes for the last six months.

“It’s time to take KATAKLYSM to higher levels and dig deep into our capacities as musicians and songwriters. We know exactly what we have to do; that’s why we have taken our time and why we’ll be taking most of the summer to complete the new album.

“The record will deal lyrically with mortality and the purpose of one’s being on this earth. The moment we are born, we start to die. It’s a sort of deal we make with life.”

KATAKLYSM’s multidisc DVD, “The Iron Will: 20 Years Determined”, entered the German chart at position No. 98. The set depicts the ups and downs of KATAKLYSM’s long, turbulent career, as well as footage of the band’s performance at last year’s Summer Breeze festival, which took place August 18-20, 2011 in Dinkelsbühl, Germany. The cover art for the release was created by artist Colin Marks (ORIGINEXODUS,NEVERMORE).

KATAKLYSM’s latest album, “Heaven’s Venom”, sold around 2,400 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD landed at position No. 8 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.

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JUDAS PRIEST: ‘Epitaph’ DVD, Blu-Ray Details Revealed

Reposted from Blabbermouth.net

British heavy metal legends JUDAS PRIEST celebrate their 40th anniversary as recording artists this year with the release of the live concert “Epitaph”. A unique live career retrospective, “Epitaph” will be made available on Blu-ray and separate DVD on May 28 through Legacy Recordings, a division of Sony Music Entertainment. This release precedes a new studio album by JUDAS PRIEST which the band are working on now.

JUDAS PRIEST’s current lineup comprises lead singer Rob Halford, lead guitarists Glenn Tipton and Richie Faulkner, bassist Ian Hill, and drummer Scott Travis.

Heavy metal historians will regard “Epitaph” as the most far-reaching live concert recording in the band’s career. The set revisits the climactic closing date of the 50-week “Epitaph” world tour, captured live at London’s HMV Hammersmith Apollo on May 26, 2012. Adding to the drama is the fact that this was JUDAS PRIEST’s final large-scale world tour ever.

“Epitaph”’s 23 tracks represent at least one song from every one of the band’s 14 studio albums, from 1974’s “Rocka Rolla” (“Never Satisfied”) to 2008’s “Nostradamus” (“Prophecy”). In the special case of “British Steel”, four songs are featured: “Rapid Fire”“Metal Gods”“Breaking The Law” and perennial set closer “Living After Midnight”. Others exempted from the one-song-quota are the LPs which appeared before and after “British Steel”. The first of these is 1979’s “Hell Bent For Leather” (U.K. title: “Killing Machine”) which lends the title song as well as “The Green Manalishi (With The Two-Pronged Crown)”. The other LP is 1982’s “Screaming For Vengeance”, source of “The Hellion”,“Electric Eye” and “You’ve Got Another Thing Coming”.

“They have epitomized the genre with their Harley riding frontman, rapid-fire guitar assaults, and spectacular stage shows,” wrote journalist Bryan Reesman in his liner notes for 2004’s leather-bound, metal-spiked“Metalogy” box set. “Influential, innovative, and exuberant in expression,” he wrote, “they are the true Metal Gods who have been as unwavering in their desire to expand the boundaries of their music as they have been in crossing international borders to deliver it to their disciples.

“Unabashedly committed to their cause, and unrepentant in proclaiming themselves a true heavy metal band even when others have shied away from the term, Judas Priest have forever been defenders of the faith.”

“Epitaph” track listing

01. Battle Hymn (L)
02. Rapid Fire (F)
03. Metal Gods (F)
04. Heading Out To The Highway (G)
05. Judas Rising (M)
06. Starbreaker (C)
07. Victim Of Changes (B)
08. Never Satisfied (A)
09. Diamonds And Rust (C)
10. Prophecy (N)
11. Night Crawler (L)
12. Turbo Lover (J)
13. Beyond The Realms Of Death (D)
14. The Sentinel (I)
15. Blood Red Skies (K)
16. The Green Manalishi (With The Two-Pronged Crown) (E)
17. Breaking The Law (F)
18. Painkiller (L)
19. The Hellion (H)
20. Electric Eye (H)
21. Hell Bent For Leather (E)
22. You’ve Got Another Thing Coming (H)
23. Living After Midnight (F)

Album index:

A – from “Rocka Rolla (originally issued 1974, on Gull Records)
B – from “Sad Wings Of Destiny (originally issued 1976, on Gull Records)
C – from “Sin After Sin (originally issued 1977, on Columbia Records)
D – from “Stained Class (originally issued 1978, on Columbia)
E – from “Hell Bent For Leather (originally issued 1979, on Columbia; aka Killing Machine in UK)
F – from “British Steel (originally issued 1980, on Columbia)
G – from “Point Of Entry (originally issued 1981, on Columbia)
H – from “Screaming For Vengeance (originally issued 1982, on Columbia)
I – from “Defenders Of the Faith (originally issued 1984, on Columbia)
J – from “Turbo (originally issued 1986, on Columbia)
K – from “Ram It Down (originally issued 1988, on Columbia)
L – from “Painkiller (originally issued 1990, on Columbia)
M – from “Angel Of Retribution (originally issued 2005, on Epic Records)
N – from “Nostradamus (originally issued 2008, on Epic)

PRIEST’s forthcoming album will mark the recording and songwriting debut of the band’s new guitarist, Richie Faulkner, who replaced co-founderK.K. Downing in 2011.

Asked what fans can fans expect from the group’s next CD, JUDAS PRIEST lead singer Rob Halford said in an August 2012 interview, “We’ve already got a strong cross-section of ideas, some of them complete, some of them in bits and pieces. It’s shaping up to be quite intense, in terms of the riffage and the strength of certain tracks. Much like every time you try and talk about music, it’s practically impossible to capture it. You can only point it in the direction of where things are shaping up, and it’s just glorious. If I try to pinpoint it, there are elements of ‘British Steel’ and there elements of ‘Painkiller’ in terms of the vibe. We’ve got a really solid record coming together slowly in a strong metal way that will make all of our PRIEST fans around the world very happy and content. At least I hope it does.”

Regarding a possible release date for the new PRIEST album, Halford said, “I’m not really sure. It’ll be ready when it’s ready. We’re not under the same clock as we used to be. I remember in the ’80s we were banging out a record almost every year, and that was on top of putting in a world tour. We have the luxury now, if you want to call it that, of taking our time. And that’s just because that’s the way it is. We’re just as eager to get this done as ever, but we do it at a slower pace. It’s that British thing, you know? [laughs] It’s that monarchy thing. Let’s look forward to that moment for another PRIEST record for everyone to bang their heads to.”

In a November 2011 interview with Ultimate Classic RockHalfordstated about PRIEST’s plans for the upcoming CD, “Glenn and I started to write in the early part of January [of 2011]. We just went to it from the heart really, there was no specific agenda or idea, as opposed to what we had to do with ‘Nostradamus’, which was very focused and a real anchor of a project. This one has just been some straight-forward, classic British heavy metal. Some of it feels a bit like ‘Painkiller’, some of it feels like‘Sad Wings Of Destiny’, some like ‘British Steel’. We didn’t do much research, we didn’t bother checking some of our previous releases, we didn’t do any homework, we just sat down and played, you know? Glenncame up with riffs and I came up with vocal melodies. There was no outside influence or interference in the writing sessions. We just started the day, plugged in some amps, got the mic up and made the metal that way. It’s a very pure record, in that respect.”

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CHTHONIC: New Album Cover Unveiled

Reposted from Blabbermouth.net

The Oink Chen-designed cover artwork for “Bú-Tik”, the new album from Taiwanese extreme metallers CHTHONIC, can be seen below.

As the new CD from CHTHONIC underwent mixing at Sweet Spot studio in Halmstad, Sweden with producer Rickard Bengtsson (ARCH ENEMY), the work on the CD’s cover also began in Taiwan. After nearly 100 hopeful candidates replied to a casting call, which called for girls who were “at least 160cm tall, skinny, with light skin, and are ok with full-body painting,”CHTHONIC bassist Doris Yeh and the art design team decided on Bu to represent the album’s cover girl.

“It’s certainly not an easy job for ancient Chinese emperors to choose their wives,” said Yeh jokingly after several sleepless nights of deliberation. “I was even looking through the pictures in my dreams!”

With a concept in mind to have an elder, a girl and a child as the cover picture, and visualize the idea of armed body and mind through special makeup and computer graphics, the search began for candidates to represent the theme. Embodiments for the roles of the elder and the child were quickly decided. Hsu Ching-fu, a clergyman from the Gikong Presbyterian Church, and A-Chi, son of a well-known tattooist Ah-J, were picked to represent these figures.

The shooting of the album cover photo was completed in February. The new album, the band’s seventh overall, is slotted to be released in Europe, North America, and Asia in June on Spinefarm/Universal Music.

In the meantime, the band has been hard at work promoting its new mobile app game, the first of its kind to use exclusively heavy metal music,“Chthonic – Rhythm Crusher”.

Last month, following two Japan performances, CHTHONIC joined fans in Tokyo at Rockaholic for a live battle of the game. Fans from all around the world were invited to join the festivities via the game’s online “Vs. Mode,” with the winning fan in attendance taking home a brand new iPad Mini.CHTHONIC fan Satoshi Mukaide took home the grand prize, despite losing the final match to CHTHONIC vocalist Freddy Lim.

Said Lim, “When I’m playing ‘Rhythm Crusher’, I can feel the energy from the music even more! I think that’s why I’m so addicted to it.”

CHTHONIC continues to battle online against fans every day. The bandmembers can be identified by their personal screen names: FreddyLimTT, dorisyeh0919 and Jessefilth, so be sure to keep an eye out for the chance to battle the current “Chthonic – Rhythm Crusher” world champion, vocalist Freddy Lim!

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JUNGLE ROT Releases “Terror Regime” Music Video

Midwest metal outfit JUNGLE ROT premiere new music video for “Terror Regime”, the title track from their new album, on VEVO.

Watch “Terror Regime” here.

Beginning this Thursday, April 4th in Long Island, New York, JUNGLE ROT will tour alongside SUFFOCATION and EXHUMED on the Despise The World tour. They will smash through over twenty cities, performing favorites, including songs from Terror RegimeClick here for a full listing of tour dates and prepare for one of the most brutal tours of the year.

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TOXIC HOLOCAUST: Revolver Magazine Streams From The Ashes Of Nuclear Destruction In Its Entirety

In honor of its release today, Revolver Magazine is hosting a stream of TOXIC HOLOCAUST’sFrom The Ashes Of Nuclear Destruction in its entirety! The monolithic 22-track anthology compiles over a decade’s worth of TOXIC HOLOCAUST rarities into one maniacal compilation of hostile bliss. Amassing the band’s many contributions to various comps and vinyl-only splits with the likes of Municipal Waste, Midnight and others, alongside demo versions of timeless TOXIC classics, From The Ashes Of Nuclear Destruction is a historic romp through the history of one of today’s most revered punk metal deviants.

Said Stereokiller of the offering, “If I was a diehard thrash fan, I’d have this album framed on my wall, another copy spinning on the record player, and a third copy in my arms, while I’m clutching it close and waiting for the inevitable apocalypse thatTOXIC HOLOCAUST is preaching so fiercely.” Adds Metal Temple, “This historic look at the many facets of the band is the perfect introduction for those not initiated withTOXIC HOLOCAUST yet. There is example after example … that shows why TOXIC HOLOCAUST is the clear leader of the modern day thrash movement. They capture the essence, attitude and vibe of the legendary bands that created one of the most important genres of metal.”

Check out From The Ashes Of Nuclear Destruction at THIS LOCATION.

TOXIC HOLOCAUST is currently in the studio working on the as-yet-untitled follow-up to their 2011 Conjure And Command full-length. Praised for its “nuclear reactive riffage and Repo Man punk attitude,” by Revolver and commended for its “tar-thick riffage, staggering breakdowns, and a corroded dose of self-loathing,” by The Onion’s A.V. Club, Conjure And Command continues to reap hails from fans and critics globally. As an added bonus, the band closed the year with the honor of having the song “Bitch” rear its sonic apocalyptic menace in an episode of high-rated FX drama series Sons Of Anarchy (season 5; episode 11).

TOXIC HOLOCAUST mutated into existence in 1999, when Joel Grind merged his love for classic punk and metal into his ideal band. Like his influences – Bathory, Venom, English Dogs, Possessed, Broken Bones – TOXIC HOLOCAUST offers up blazing riffs, gravel-throated vocals, and a deadly fixation on the evil in man and a post-apocalyptic world wrapped in a DIY attitude.

From The Ashes Of Nuclear Destruction is available now. Order your copy HERE.

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