Heavy Metal News – April 17, 2013

KATAKLYSM Taps Former NEURAXIS Drummer For Upcoming Album, Live Shows

Reposted from Blabbermouth.net

Montreal, Quebec, Canada-based death metallers KATAKLYSM have recruited ex-NEURAXIS drummer Oli Beaudoin (pictured below) to sit behind the kit during the recording sessions for their new album,“Waiting For The End To Come”Beaudoin will also play all ofKATAKLYSM’s currenty announced shows starting on June 30 in Costa Rica.

Oli played with KATAKLYSM before on the 70000 Tons Of Metal cruise last year and he did a phenomenal show,” commented KATAKLYSMguitarist Jean-François Dagenais. “He is extremely talented , focused and ready to do the job needed. Some of you might be familiar with him from his work with NEURAXIS and session work with KEEP OF KALESSIN and BELPHEGOR. We are very happy to have him on board and he comes with a thumbs-up approval from Max as well. We have one hell of a ride in store for you with this new album, so let it begin.”

Max Duhamel announced on April 8 that he was taking a break fromKATAKLYSM to deal with issues related to alcohol abuse.

KATAKLYSM has set “Waiting For The End To Come” as the title of its 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 KATAKLYSM guitarist Jean-François Dagenais, who has previously worked with MALEVOLENT CREATIONMISERY INDEX and DESPISED ICON, among others, and mixed by Chris “Zeuss” Harris(SUFFOCATIONHATEBREEDARSIS).

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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PHILIP ANSELMO: Solo Album Release Date, Cover Artwork Revealed

Reposted from Blabbermouth.net

Philip Anselmo, legendary frontman of PANTERA and DOWN, will release his career-first solo album, “Walk Through Exits Only”, on July 16 via his own Housecore Records (MRI/Megaforce). “Walk Through Exits Only” will be available digitally, on CD and on vinyl.
Produced by Anselmo and Michael Thompson, and recorded over the past couple of years at Philip’s New Orleans studio, Nodferatu’s Lair, with his band THE ILLEGALS — guitarist Marzi Montazeri(ex-SUPERJOINT RITUAL) and drummer José Manuel Gonzales(WARBEAST) — “Walk Through Exits Only” is abrasive, aggressive, anthemic and 100% Anselmo. The album’s eight songs are as unstrained as it gets, from “Battalion Of Zero” to “Usurper’s Bastard Rant”, to the album’s title track that goes against the grain and right through the exits. Brash, brutal guitars cut through punishing percussion as Anselmoscreams with uncompromising ferocity and uncontainable fire.

“It wasn’t about doing a paint-by-numbers thrash or heavy metal record,”Anselmo explained about the project. “It’s an angry album that only I could do. I don’t see anybody else out there screaming about the same shit I’m screaming about. On this album, there isn’t any wordplay, there isn’t any hidden message, it’s all right there in front of you.”

In a recent interview with U.K.’s Terrorizer magazine, Anselmo was asked what prompted him to make a solo CD now. “I am a lover of all sorts of music but really my heart is … really I love extreme music, underground music, whether it be grindcore, death metal, thrash, black metal, [or whatever other] subgenre, and I find beauty in a lot of this stuff,” he replied.

“I wanted to do an extreme record that didn’t necessarily fit in any of those aforementioned categories, really, but it’s metal. It’s very tough for me to describe, man. I really wanted to do an extreme record again. I did it out of pure, fucking need — need — and love. I just needed to do it for myself.”

Anselmo said that he chose to release the CD under his own name because “if I was to name it something, to me, it may be tough on the fans, or people, that might be interested in hearing what I’m doing, just to buy into a whole new band, where in all truth, I’m very, very, what’s the word, just very guarded and I wrote every fucking goddamn note of it and that’s just how its going to fucking be.”

He added, “I don’t want another all-star band, I don ‘t want another supergroup, if you will, I don’t want it to be misconstrued, and this is something I can take as a solo artist, as a free agent, I can take this wherever I want to go. If I want to make the next record a completely different style, yet still extreme in its own right, I can do that … So it’s gonna be up to y’all to figure it out: it’s really not my place to say it’s death metal or it’s extreme thrash or black metal, I’m not gonna put it in a category. It is extreme, though, in its own right. Anything that was completely traditional, I would stop it and fuck with it a little, make sure it wasn’t so paint-by-numbers, because that’s the last thing I wanna do, and as a matter of fact, I believe that’s what people will be expecting.”

On the topic of his lyrical approach on “Walk Through Exits Only”,Anselmo said, “[It’s] very real, very honest, very close to the sleeve, close to the heart, close to the fingertips, close to everyday life, and maybe [about] periods of my life that I’ve gone through. People that have heard the record have said it is the angriest record that they’ve heard in a very, very long time. And I have to agree with them — it is an angry, angry album. It is just a statement of my condition a lotta times. Daily I still deal with heaps of chronic pain, if you will, whether it be my knee, my hip, the shoulder sockets, the elbow, the fucking back — you name it, man. I’ve busted everything, man, so there is a frustration there that you can’t necessarily get across in DOWN, so it does have an angry edge to it and really, truth be told, the name of the record could be ‘Songs From The Bedroom Of Philip Anselmo’; it’s not a pretty place. [laughs] [It’s] not as sexy as it sounds’l [It’s a] fucking, raging fucking place where I can simmer and boil over in private.”

Audio samples of the songs “Conflict” and “Family, ‘Friends,’ And Associates” from Anselmo can be streamed at Amazon.com. Both tracks appear on “War Of The Gargantuas”, the new split album featuring Anselmo and Texas thrashers WARBEAST, which was released on January 8 via Philip’s Housecore Records. This album served as the first release of any solo work by Anselmo during the span of his nearly 30-year legacy.

Anselmo and THE ILLEGALS will support the new album with a major North American tour planned for this summer. Anselmo, who is up for “Best Vocalist” at this year’s Revolver Golden Gods awards, will make a special appearance at that event.

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SLEEP: Southern Lord Recordings Issues Vinyl Repress And Cassette Edition Of Dopesmoker

It’s now been nearly one year since the practitioners of Southern Lord Recordings were bestowed the honor of releasing SLEEP’s legendary Dopesmoker albumand fans’ and critics’ response continues to be overwhelming! Thus, the label saw it fit to repress the vinyl edition again, just in time for the one year anniversary (April 20, 2013). Additionally, the label has committed the album to cassette!

Dopesmoker stands as one of the towering achievements in recent metal history: a mesmerizing, intoxicating, and incredibly complex composition that remains unrivaled in the evolution of stoner metal. Alarm Magazine christened it “a monolith of metal,” MSN echoed the sentiment calling the record, “one of the most influential stoner/doom albums ever recorded,” while Pitchfork crowned Dopesmoker “Best New Reissue” last year noting, “it’s an hour of adventure and momentum, where the lumber and the repetition somehow always push ahead. At a moment when black metal reinventers and D-beat revivers seem to dominate large sections of the heavy music world, maybe the thought of a resin-voiced singer intoning for an hour over riffs that wrap into themselves and drums that aim ever for infinity seems boring. But no matter how many times they had to record or rehearse ‘Dopesmoker’ to master it, or no matter how much pressure London placed on them to make something more commercial than personal, SLEEP sound as if their very existence depends upon the successful exercise of this weed ritual…. This record’s influence on substance, style, and simple ambition within heavy metal has long outlived the band that made it. “

The Southern Lord version of Dopesmoker features brand new artwork by longtime SLEEPartist, Arik Roper, who created something specifically special for the album’s rebirth. The biggest difference between this new version and the old releases is the phenomenal remastering job by Brad Boatright. His vision was to enhance the original recording without changing it drastically. What he has done makes this epic opus sound invigorated, more powerful with renewed clarity and unbelievably mammoth. His work was enthusiastically approved by the band and considering how focused, vigilant and protective of their masterpiece the band is, that is nothing short of a miracle.

Southern Lord worked painstakingly close with the band to make sure that this reissue was done correctly. It would have been completely unacceptable to cut corners or do anything that would not give this album the full respect it rightfully deserves. It meant everything to the label that SLEEP was 100% satisfied with the result of all the hard work and in fact has dubbed this thee ultimate version of the album.

For ordering info, including various package deals, point your browser to THIS LOCATION.

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