Heavy Metal News – April 09, 2013

SKELETONWITCH Begins Recording New Album

Reposted from Blabbermouth.net

Ohio metallers SKELETONWITCH have entered GodCity Studios in Salem, Massachusetts in April with producer Kurt Ballou (CONVERGE,KVELERTAKBLACK BREATH) to begin recording their fifth album for a fall release via Prosthetic Records.

Last month, SKELETONWITCH headlined Pitchfork’s “Show No Mercy”showcase at South By Southwest in Austin, Texas, where they debuted a brand new song. You can view their entire performance below.

The band, which spent most of 2012 touring (including a rigorous 10-week headlining run during which they played 63 shows in 65 days), will headline the Calgary Metal Fest in June.

SKELETONWITCH recently completed the “U.S. Abomination”headlining tour with support from MUTILATION RITES and HAVOK.

The follow-up to 2009’s “Breathing The Fire”SKELETONWITCH’s latest album, “Forever Abomination”, was recorded at a Los Angeles studio with producer Matt Hyde (SLAYERMACHINE HEADKREATOR). The effort included the track “The Infernal Resurrection”, the demo version of which appears as the B-side on the final seven-inch of a limited-edition vinyl trilogy. This marked SKELETONWITCH’s first recording with the group’s new drummer, former DEMIRICOUS skin-pounder Dustin Boltjes.

The vinyl reissues of the SKELETONWITCH’s breakthrough releases“Breathing The Fire” and “Beyond The Permafrost” are now available from the Prosthetic store. Both are available in three variants — splatter, half-and-half and 180-gram black wax — and feature gatefold Stoughton “tip-on” record jackets. The black vinyl versions of both albums were made available in select retail stores in April 2012.


Norway’s SHINING Releases ‘I Won’t Forget’ Video

Reposted from Blabbermouth.net

Norwegian jazz-metal band SHINING have unveiled a video for “I Won’t Forget”, the first single from their upcoming album “One One One”, which can be viewed at this location. The clip’s science-fiction-inspired look gels naturally with the futuristic production of the audio track and creates a music video that perfectly portrays the unique aesthetics of the Blackjazz Rebels.

“We are extremely happy and excited to finally be able to show you our new video,” says SHINING frontman Jørgen Munkeby. “The song ‘I Won’t Forget’ is my absolute favorite of all the tracks we’ve ever made, and to be able to top this track off with such a beautiful, crisp and clean science fiction video is a dream come true.”

Director Kyrre Larsen, from the Blæst production company, comments: “Since I first heard [SHINING’s 2010 album] ‘Blackjazz’. I’ve somehow associated the sound of SHINING’s music with science-fiction. I tried to create a sense of this in the video for ‘Fisheye’ in 2012. ‘I Won’t Forget’builds on that video, but I wanted to take things one step further — and also avoid the style of imagery usually associated with heavier music.”

SHINING — whose unique “blackjazz” hybrid of extreme progressive metal, experimental jazz-fusion and industrial precision has earned extensive international acclaim — will release “One One One”, its first studio album in three years, this spring. The CD, which is available now for pre-order, will be released by Prosthetic Records in North America digitally on April 23, with physical releases on CD and gatefold LP to follow soon after. A teaser for the forthcoming music video for first single“I Won’t Forget” can be seen below.

Mixed and co-produced by Sean Beaven (NINE INCH NAILSMARILYN MANSONSLAYER) and mastered by Tom Baker at Precision Mastering (AVENGED SEVENFOLDDEFTONESMINISTRY), “One One One” sees SHINING expanding on the musical palettes introduced on 2010’s landmark “Blackjazz”. That album — hailed by the New York Times as “a radioactive alloy of jazz and black metal” — scored a Norwegian Spellemann nomination (the Norwegian equivalent to theGrammy Awards), cracked the Norwegian Top 10 and saw the group tour around the globe, from high-profile U.S. events like South By Southwest and CMJ to the large stages of European summer festivals. One such performance was captured on “Live Blackjazz”, an ambitious CD/DVD released on 11.11.11 that saw the group perform the album in full before a sold-out crowd in their home country.

SHINING has already performed “One One One” live in its entirety in Norway, after which they were awarded the prestigious Statoilscholarship — essentially a grant to be used toward international touring. Accordingly, the band is already making plans to return to America, where their 2012 South By Southwest performance earned rave reviews (“SHINING are true rock stars…the best thing about the entire festival up until that point,” wrote MetalSucks).

It will be the latest step on an unorthodox career path that began with two acoustic jazz albums released at the turn of the century. From there,SHINING began to incorporate progressive rock and experimental metal influences on their next two releases, after which they famously collaborated with progressive black metal Vikings ENSLAVED on a concerto commissioned by a top European jazz festival. That union helped to influence the musical direction of “Blackjazz”, which in turn begat“One One One”.

“While ‘One One One’ is meant to complete the ‘Blackjazz Trilogy,’ it’s also definitely the catchiest and most immediate music we’ve ever recorded, thereby paving the way for another bright and brand new version of ourselves,” says SHINING frontman Jørgen Munkeby. “The idea this time around was to make a series of jazz-metal hits with no fillers, hence the name of the album, and I believe we’ve managed to do just that. I have never been as proud of an album as I am with this one.”

“One One One” track listing:

01. I Won’t Forget
02. The One Inside
03. My Dying Drive
04. Off The Hook
05. Blackjazz Rebels
06. How Your Story Ends
07. The Hurting Game
08. Walk Away
09. Paint The Sky Black


MASTERPLAN: ‘Novum Initium’ Teaser Video Available

Reposted from Blabbermouth.net

“Novum Initium”, the new album from multinational melodic metallersMASTERPLAN, will be released on May 17 via AFM Records.

The first trailer for the CD can be seen at this location.

“Novum Initium” track listing:

01. Per Aspera Ad Astra
02. The Game
03. Keep Your Dream Alive
04. Black Night Of Magic
05. Betrayal
06. No Escape
07. Pray On My Soul
08. Earth Is Going Down
09. Return From Avalon
10. Through Your Eyes
11. Novum Initium
12. 1492 (digipack bonus track)
13. Fear The Silence (digipack bonus track)

The “Novum Initium” digipack cover artwork can be seen below.

The band in February filmed a video for the song ” Keep Your Dream Alive” in the Luftverteidigungsbunker Erndtebrück, also called “Bunker Erich.”

A photo of MASTERPLAN’s new lineup can be seen below. Joining drummer Martin “Marthus” Skaroupka (CRADLE OF FILTH) are vocalist Rick Altzi (AT VANCESANDALINASTHUNDERSTONE), who replaces Jorn Lande, and bassist Jari Kainulainen (STRATOVARIUS,SYMFONIADEVIL’S TRAIN).

In a recent interview with Metal Shock FinlandMASTERPLANguitarist/leader Roland Grapow stated about the band’s new CD: “We are not leaving the MASTERPLAN path too much, but everything we have — the melodic part and a little bit progressive — I would say we’re a little bit more powerful and I’m also mixing the album this time. I want to get a little bit more modern, as the sound we have was created ten years ago. We’re still having the typical sound with melodies, but the drummer is amazing and plays a lot of crazy shit!”

MASTERPLAN’s new lineup:

Rick Altzi – vocals
Roland Grapow – guitars
Axel Mackenrott – keyboards
Jari Kainulainen – bass
Martin “Marthus” Skaroupka – drums

In an August 2011 interview with the Czech web portal Kultura21.cz,Grapow stated about MASTERPLAN’s numerous lineup changes: “I think it’s always difficult in this band, I guess. If you see, the first album just came out after a big turbulence — leaving HELLOWEENUli [Kusch, drums] and me. I think this band always needs some very bad moments to some great songs. [laughs] And it looks like MASTERPLAN, basically, is my main band, and whoever will sing and whoever will play in the band, I’m happy with. But, basically, at the moment, I’m thinking the main songwriters are Axel now and me. So whatever happens, this band will continue. It’s very important for me to show that we still have the power and the ability to write beautiful melodies and some aggression and rock and metal songs. Whatever we do, we want just to make good-quality stuff.”

MASTERPLAN’s last CD, “Time To Be King”, was released on May 21, 2010 through AFM Records. The CD’s first single, “Far From The End Of The World”, was issued on April 16, 2010.


GHOST: New Song Available For Streaming

Reposted from Blabbermouth.net

“Monstrance Clock”, a brand new song from the mysterious Swedish buzz band GHOST, can be streamed using the SoundCloud widget at this location. The track comes off the group’s sophomore album, “Infestissumam”, which will be released on April 16 via Loma Vista Recordings, the new record label founded by Tom Whalley in partnership with Republic Records, a division of Universal Music Group.

According to SPIN.com, the release date of “Infestissumam” was pushed back a week after four compact disc manufacturers allegedly refused to print a piece of artwork that was meant for the deluxe version of the new CD. The manufacturers all took issue with the sacrilegious imagery, inspired by the work of Gustave Dore, which showcases what looks like a forest nymph orgy.

“We kept on getting turned down because of the CD art, which is basically a 16th century illustration of an orgy,” a source close to the band toldSPIN.com. “[The bandmembers] weren’t surprised. The comment was ‘Well, I thought this would have happened sooner.’ The artwork was meant to provoke some sort of thought, but it’s been one obstacle after another.”

The controversial art can still be found on both the vinyl and European copies of the “Infestissuman” CD. “Vinyl manufacturers don’t have a problem with the artwork. Neither does Europe,” the source toldSPIN.com.

“Infestissumam” track listing:

01. Infestissumam
02. Per Aspera Ad Inferi
03. Secular Haze
04. Jigolo Har Megiddo
05. Ghuleh / Zombie Queen
06. Year Zero
07. Idolatrine
08. Body And Blood
09. Depth Of Satans Eyes
10. Monstrance Clock

GHOST was forced to modify its name in the U.S. to GHOST B.C. for “legal reasons.”

The band’s debut album, “Opus Eponymous”, was released in late 2010 in Europe and in early 2011 in North America via Rise Above Records.


KOLDBRANN: ‘Drammen’ Video Released

Reposted from Blabbermouth.net

“Drammen”, the new video from the the “true” Norwegian black metal act KOLDBRANN, can be seen at this location. Filmed and edited by Effektor, the clip features a guest solo by Destructhor (a.k.a. Thor Anders Myhren;MORBID ANGELZYKLONMYRKSKOG).

“Drammen” comes off KOLDBRANN’s third full-length album,“Vertigo”, which entered the official chart in the band’s home country at position No. 20. The CD was released on January 22 in North America and January 25 in Europe via Season Of Mist’s Underground Division.

On November 16, 2012, KOLDBRANN unleashed “Totalt Sjelelig Bankerott”, a seven-inch single strictly limited to 300 copies worldwide, including a song from “Vertigo” and an exclusive B-side entitled“Kasjtjeijs Svøpe”. The single is also available digitally.

KOLDBRANN’s first two albums, “Nekrotisk Inkvisition” and“Moribund”, and 2008’s “Stigma: På Kant Med Livet” EP, were reissued via Season Of Mist.


NEWSTED Completes Recording Debut Album

Reposted from Blabbermouth.net

NEWSTED, the new band led by former METALLICAVOIVOD andFLOTSAM AND JETSAM bassist Jason Newsted, has completed recording its first full-length album, to be released later this year.NEWSTED is scheduled to begin mixing the effort later this week, with more details to be announced soon.

NEWSTED will kick off its first-ever U.S. tour on April 19 in Walnut Creek, California. The 14-date trek will conclude on May 23 in Asbury Park, New Jersey and will lead into a number of European festival appearances for the band, which is completed by STAIND guitarist Mike Mushok, drummer Jesus Mendez Jr. and guitarist Jessie Farnsworth.

“It was obvious from the word go that Mike is one of us,” Jason said about Mushok’s addition to the group. “Professional, focused, happy and grateful to be able to make our beautiful noise together!”

“I loved the old-school vibe of [NEWSTED’s] ‘Metal’ EP, and when we got together to jam, it really felt great,” added Mushok.

STAIND is taking a break for a while, so when Jason asked if I was interested in joining them to record an album and play on the upcoming tour, it was perfect timing. All I could say was, ‘Hell yeah! I’m totally down for this.’”

“Metal”, the debut EP from NEWSTED, sold around 6,200 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 62 on The Billboard 200 chart.

“Metal” was released on January 8 exclusively via iTunes. The EP was made available as a physical CD on January 15.

“Metal” contains the following tracks:

King Of The Underdogs

“Soldierhead”, the first video from NEWSTED, can be seen at this location. Directed by Leon Melas, the clip was filmed on December 15, 2012 in an abandoned factory in California.


Jason Newsted – Bass, Lead Vocals
Jessie Farnsworth – Guitar, Backing Voice
Mike Mushok (STAIND) – Guitar

A photo of the current NEWSTED lineup can be seen below.


SVARTSYN Debuts New Track

Swedish black metal band SVARTSYN has revealed the first track off the upcoming full-length album entitled “Black Testament”. The album is coming to shops on the 28th of May in Europe and 11th of June in North America on Agonia Records.

The song “Demoness With Seven Names” can be streamed here: http://youtu.be/RDQlVdexn8Q

According to the band founder and mastermind – Ornias –  “Black Testament” can be described as a “sinister mix between Destruction Of Man(2003) and Timeless Reign (2007) releases.” He also added: “it’s a journey through my spiritual darkness and death.”

The album was recorded at Mortsella Studio, Sweden. A short series of video clips* documenting the recording process (vocals, guitars and drums) can be viewed at the links below:

(*videos listed in chronological order)

Drums: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yxTQBzPQbwA
Guitars: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w7hifxMFep8
Vocals: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zR_VTUqmc1k

“Black Testament” will consist of 7 original tracks and will be available on CD, LP and digital. First 100 LP copies available on a coloured vinyl.

1. Revelation in the waters
2. Venom of the underworld
3. Demoness with seven names
4. Carving a temple
5. Eyes of the earth
6. Rising beast
7. Black testament


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