Heavy Metal News – April 20, 2013

ARSIS Films ‘Scornstar’ Video

Reposted from Blabbermouth.net

Virginia-based melodic tech-death metal masters ARSIS have filmed a video for the song “Scornstar” with director Scott Hansen (UNEARTH,CARNIFEXAS BLOOD RUNS BLACK). The track comes off the band’s upcoming fifth full-length album, “Unwelcome”, due 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 MURDER,WHITECHAPELDEVILDRIVERDEICIDESIX FEET UNDER). The artwork was handled once again by longtime collaborator Mark Riddick.

“When you film a metal video, and the special effects artists are actually excited about the amount of carnage, you know you’ve done it correctly,” commented Hansen.

“After recruiting a team of special effects artists including myself, David ‘Bull’ Watson, and Rebecca Tilner, 100 cutthroat ARSIS fans, we were ready to roll… well, almost,” added special FX guru Ryan Moore. “We still had to make 75 gallons of blood, acquire 15 lbs. of raw meat, air tanks to propel the bloody goodness everywhere, $500 bucks worth of FX supplies, and some ‘homemade’ explosives… THEN we were ready for destruction.

“The video is really unlike anything out, really. It’s an homage to good old-fashioned ’80s horror-movie gore meets ‘Heavy Metal Parking Lot’. Everyone had a blast, got trashed, and saturated in blood. The fans were total troopers, as expected; but even then, I have to admit I was impressed with their eagerness to take part in some of the ‘stunts.’

“This is definitely one of the must-see music videos of 2013 and will open a lot of eyes that a death metal video can be brutal, entertaining, and fun all at once.”

Photos from the production by Sean Taylor can be viewed at this location.

The official lyric video for the title track of “Unwelcome” can be seen at this location.

“Unwelcome” will be released on April 30 in North America via Nuclear Blast Records.

“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 sincereARSIS 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

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IMMOLATION: Second ‘Kingdom Of Conspiracy’ Trailer Released

Reposted from Blabbermouth.net

New York death metal veterans IMMOLATION will release their ninth full-length album, “Kingdom Of Conspiracy”, on May 14 in North America, both digitally and physically, via Nuclear Blast Records. The follow-up to 2010’s “Majesty And Decay” was recorded at Sound Studios in Millbrook, New York with longtime producer Paul Orofino, and mixed and mastered once again by Zack Ohren (ALL SHALL PERISH,DECREPIT BIRTHSUFFOCATION).

The second trailer for the album can be seen at this location.

The “Kingdom Of Conspiracy” cover imagery was brought to life this time by Pär Olofsson, who has previously worked with IMMORTALTHE FACELESS and ABYSMAL DAWN, among others.

“The figures in the artwork have all been bound and chained and have their eyes and mouths sewn shut symbolically, showing the chilling of speech and the intentional blinding of the masses,” explainsIMMOLATION guitarist Robert Vigna. “They all make up the huge ominous structure behind them, which is symbolic of the growing security state as well as our failing structures today, and how they are slowly and methodically consuming and controlling us all. It has a very Orwellian feel to it, which is what we were going for since the album is very dark in a slightly different way.”

In regards to “Kingdom Of Conspiracy”’s lyrical content, Vigna says: “The album deals with the world today and the slow unraveling and breakdown of our societies and the systems and structures behind them. It speaks of the human side to all this and how we have all lost our way and have fed into these very systems that are slowly coming apart. This is the common thread running throughout the album and the cover paints a very dark picture of the future, where these systems have completely absorbed our world, and our freedoms and we have become a part of the very fabric of these structures that we have created. Each song is a symptom of this mass sickness that has brought the world to the point it is at now, and we paint a very bleak picture of this slow and gradual breakdown and the human failures that sped this process along. This is the ‘Kingdom Of Conspiracy’.”

“Kingdom Of Conspiracy” track listing:

01. Echoes Of Despair
02. Keep The Silence
03. Kingdom Of Conspiracy
04. Serving Divinity
05. The Great Sleep
06. Indoctrinate
07. A Spectacle of Lies
08. God Complex
09. Bound To Order
10. All That Awaits

For photos of the band in the studio, click here.

Catch the band on the Decibel Magazine Tour this spring withCANNIBAL CORPSE and NAPALM DEATH.

“Majesty And Decay”, was released in March 2010 via Nuclear Blast Records. The CD sold around 1,400 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 29 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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AUTOPSY: ‘The Headless Ritual’ Cover Artwork, Track Listing Revealed

Reposted from Blabbermouth.net

Legendary San Francisco Bay Area gore grind act AUTOPSY will release its sixth studio opus of horror and all-out madness, “The Headless Ritual”, on July 2 via Peaceville Records. The cover art for the CD was painted by none other than the legendary Joe Petagno (MOTÖRHEAD,MARDUK), and it’s safe to say he has outdone himself with this gruesome slice of horror.

Featuring the returning quartet of Chris ReifertEric CutlerDanny Coralles and Joe Trevisano“The Headless Ritual” is a relentless monster of violent and brutal death metal mastery delivered in the unmistakable AUTOPSY style of chaotic riffing, insane solos and doom-filled interludes, all served with the band’s unhinged brand of vocal sickness. The CD was recorded and mixed in April at Fantasy Studios in Berkeley, California with Adam Munoz.

“The Headless Ritual” track listing:

01. Slaughter At Beast House
02. Mangled Far Below
03. She Is A Funeral
04. Coffin Crawlers
05. When Hammer Meets Bone
06. Thorns And Ashes
07. Arch Cadaver
08. Flesh Turns To Dust
09. Running From The Goathead
10. The Headless Ritual

Said AUTOPSY drummer/vocalist Chris Reifert: “Expect nothing less than the monstrous brutality that AUTOPSY has been known to offer. Laurels will not be rested upon, trends will not be followed and mercy will not be shown. Mark your calendars for July and pick out a coffin to lie down and die in. Darkness and death await…”

AUTOPSY released a DVD, “Born Undead”, in June 2012 in the U.S. viaPeaceville Records. The set charts AUTOPSY’s birth, death and rebirth with an extensive documentary conducted with the bandmembers themselves, as they describe how the beast came to be, and the impact their music has had on the metal world over a span of more than 20 years. The film also documents the band’s long-awaited return to the studio and stage, and includes rehearsal footage of both new tracks and old classics for their live comeback assault.

“Macabre Eternal”, the first full-length album from AUTOPSY since 1995’s “Shitfun”, sold around 600 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD landed at position No. 67 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.

AUTOPSY had previously decided to make an official comeback after working together on two songs for the special 20th-anniversary edition of debut album, “Severed Survival”, in late 2008; the band having originally split before the release of its fourth album, “Shitfun”, in 1995.

AUTOPSY is:

Chris Reifert – Drums/Vocals
Danny Coralles – Guitar
Eric Cutler – Guitar
Joe Trevisano – Bass

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AMORPHIS: ‘Hopeless Days’ Video Released

Reposted from Blabbermouth.net

“Hopeless Days”, the new video from Finnish melancholic dark metal forerunners AMORPHIS, can be seen at this location. The song comes off the band’s eleventh album, “Circle”, which will be released on April 19 viaNuclear Blast Records. Production and mixing duties for the follow-up to 2011’s “The Beginning Of Times” were handled by HYPOCRISY andPAIN mastermind Peter Tägtgren, who has previously worked with such bands as CHILDREN OF BODOMCELTIC FROSTIMMORTAL andDIMMU BORGIR. The recordings took place at Petrax Studio(NIGHTWISHCHILDREN OF BODOMKORPIKLAANI) in Hollola and5K Studios in Helsinki. The cover artwork was created by Tom Bates(BLEED FROM WITHINDEVIL SOLD HIS SOUL) and can be seen below.

Commented AMORPHIS vocalist Tomi Joutsen: “The mystic, androgynous person on the cover represents a spiritual guide. This character was sent from another time and place to help the album’s protagonist find a new path for his life.”

“Circle” track listing:

01. Shades Of Gray
02. Mission
03. The Wanderer
04. Narrow Path
05. Hopeless Days
06. Nightbird’s Song
07. Into The Abyss
08. Enchanted By The Moon
09. A New Day
10. Dead Man’s Dream (bonus track)

The album’s limited digibook version will come with a bonus DVD containing the following:

* The Making Of “Circle”
Nightbird’s Song (video clip)

Apart from the CD+DVD digibook version, “Circle” will be available on CD (without the bonus track), black 2LP in gatefold, brown 2LP in gatefold and as a bulging limited box, including three bonus tracks and a wristband — exclusively via the Nuclear Blast mail order.

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QUEST OF AIDANCE: Album Title, Artwork, Tracklisting & Music Video Unveiled

Swedish Deathgrind behemoths QUEST OF AIDANCE have announced their debut full-length album as “Misanthropic Propaganda”. Belching out fourteen tracks of exceptional grinding, where both lyrics and artwork are based on the classic 80’s sci-fi TV-series “V”; the group’s first full-length effort is a major evolution prior to their previous two EPs.

The album cover artwork for “Misanthropic Propaganda” features the anomalous yet breathtaking trademark of Pär Olofsson (ImmolationMalevolent CreationColdworker, etc).

»> Tracklisting «< 

1. A New Storm Rising (Instrumental)
2. Seething Voids
3. Deadly Viral Strain
4. To No Avail
5. Section 34
6. Anyx
7. Dimout
8. Sothis Allegro (Instrumental)
9. Red Dust
10. Spawnlayer
11. Sirian Breed
12. Like Shadowing Suns
13. The 5th Column
14. Doom Reactor

QUEST OF AIDANCE have recently completed work on the music video for ‘Anyx’, a brand new track taken off from the new album ”Misanthropic Propaganda”. Watch the ‘Anyx’ music video at this location.

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