Heavy Metal News – December 12, 2013

ELUVEITIE Announces New Violinist

Reposted from Blabbermouth.net

Swiss folk metallers ELUVEITIE have announced the addition of violinist Nicole Ansperger to the group’s ranks.

Says the band in a statement: “As hard as farewells can be, as auspicious are new beginnings!

“We are thrilled to introduce to you Meri‘s [Tadic] successor.

“We consider ourselves lucky to have found a true master of Celtic folk fiddling! A full-blooded musician and violin player through and through, she has played countless shows over many years and also played as a session musician for many well-known acts (such as THE HOOTERS, for instance). During the last ten years, she further made a name for herself through her engagement with the Irish folk rock bands PADDY GOES TO HOLYHEAD and ACROSS THE BORDER, but also the renowned medieval/classical metal act HAGGARD. Not only a virtuoso of the fiddle, she also plays the seven-stringed violin as well as the cello!”

Adds Nicole: “I am absolutely delighted to be ELUVEITIE‘s new violin player.

I love ELUVEITIE‘s music and have been a fan myself for a long time.

“Is there anything better than getting to play for the band you love?

“I am looking forward to many sweat-inducing, incredible shows with you and the band.”

Nicole will make her live debut with ELUVEITIE at the “Eluveitie & Friends III” festival, which will take place on December 28 in Frauenfeld, Switzerland. Nicole and the rest of ELUVEITIE will play, as an exclusively premiere at this show, a brand new song from their next album.

ELUVEITIE‘s latest album, “Helvetios”, sold 4,200 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 143 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD landed at position No. 3 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.

“Helvetios” was released in Europe on February 10, 2012 via Nuclear Blast RecordsNew Sound Studio in Pfäffikon, a municipality in the canton of Zurich in Switzerland, with producer Tommy Vetterli (a.k.a. Tommy T. BaronCORONER/ex-KREATOR guitarist). According to the band, Vetterli ”record[ed] drums, guitars and vocals and also produc[ed] and mix[ed] the record. Most folk instruments and also vocals [were] recorded by Anna Murphy and Marco Jencarelli at the Soundfarm studios in Lucerne.”

Read more at http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/eluveitie-announces-new-violinist/#m487bmbxmf4tfRe0.99

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KYLESA Launches RETRO FUTURIST RECORDS

Reposted from Blabbermouth.net

KYLESA — Phillip CopeLaura Pleasants and Carl McGinley II — will launch Retro Futurist Records next month with the January 28 release of Canadian prog trio SIERRA‘s album “Pslip”.

“The idea behind Retro Futurist Records is to provide an artist-friendly home to bands we like and bands we feel are relevant in aesthetic, sound, concept and/or ethics,” explained Pleasants.

The first release to come from the Savannah-based label is a vinyl release of SIERRA‘s debut album, “Pslip”. The effort was produced by Cope and recently described by Caught In The Carousel as “so wrought with high-octane power, crunching riffs, catchy melodies, and good old-fashioned rock and roll that you’ll want to hear it over and over again.”

The Kitchener prog trio SIERRA will join KYLESA for a leg of the band’s European tour (Jan. 19 to Feb. 2).

Retro Futurist is offering music lovers a six-month vinyl subscription series, which includes SIERRA‘s aforementioned release as well as original albums from JAGGED VISIONDARKENTRIESWET SOCKS as well as subscriber-only collectibles, including a KYLESA seven-inch single (hand-printed and numbered), a Retro Futurist t-shirt by Santos as well as a mystery seven-inch. More information is available here.

Future Retro Futurist releases (available LP/digital):

JAGGED VISION‘s “Harvest Earth” – February 25, 2014
DARKENTRIES‘ “The Make Believe” – March 25, 2014
WET SOCKS‘ as-yet-untitled album – April 29, 2014

Read more at http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/kylesa-launches-retro-futurist-records/#M5SoTfm0lThuIVqk.99

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HIRAX: Complete ‘Immortal Legacy’ Details Revealed

Reposted from Blabbermouth.net

California thrashers HIRAX will release their new album, “Immortal Legacy”, on March 4, 2014 (February 24 in Europe) via SPV/Steamhammer. It will be made available as a CD, gatefold colored LP and a digital download.

“On our new album we more than ever felt an artistic obligation to our fans to give them a really big-sounding record,” says HIRAX singer Katon W. De Pena.

“Our philosophy has always been to remember where we come from and stay true to our roots.

“Our fans know that we will never let them down and that they have helped to raise us up to a level with bands such as SLAYERSODOMKREATOREXODUSOVERKILLTESTAMENTANNIHILATOR and many others.

“This record proves that we are at the top of our game musically.”

According to Katon W. De Pena, the reason “Immortal Legacy” sounds so powerful is the fact that the members of HIRAX‘s current lineup agree 100 percent on the group’s stylistic direction.

Lance [Harrison, guitar] is a riff-writing master and a major force to reckon with,” says Katon. “Nicknamed the Shred Baron for obvious reasons. He believes in heavy metal 100 percent.” His younger brother Steve (bass) is an important part of the HIRAX sound. “Nobody plays bass like him,” says Katon. “There is a unique sound and bond between Steve and his brother. As a bass player, he is a true musician.”

Last but not least, there’s Jorge Iacobellis (drums and percussions), who was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Iacobellis is a seasoned veteran who plays with lots of heart and soul. Katon says: “The best way I can describe his drumming style is loud and powerful.”

The most unusual song on “Immortal Legacy” is “The World Will Burn” which has to be heard to be believed, according to Katon. His favorite track on the record changes daily, “but if I had to decide today, it would be ‘Black Smoke’, along with the title track, ‘Immortal Legacy’. Once you hear them, you will never forget them.”

“Immortal Legacy” was produced by Bill Metoyer (SLAYERARMORED SAINTW.A.S.P.SACRED REICH) who previously worked with HIRAX in the early 1980s on their first two albums. Metoyer is a master of his craft and HIRAX feel honored and lucky to have him working with them. For KatonBill is a “musical wizard and his work on our new album is genius.”

The cover of “Immortal Legacy” was created by legendary artist Philip Lawvere (KREATORCELTIC FROST), marking his first oil painting in 25 years since coming out of retirement. He is the artist behind such classic album covers as KREATOR‘s “Pleasure To Kill” and CELTIC FROST‘s “Emperor’s Return”Lawvere had done stunning illustrations for numerous albums and is best known for a slew of thrash metal offerings released on Noise Records. The HIRAX frontman comments: “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!”

With guest guitar players Jim Durkin (DARK ANGEL), Juan Garcia (AGENT STEEL, EVILDEAD) and Rocky George (SUICIDAL TENDENCIESFISHBONE) on the album, Katon is excited about a real metal monster that his band has produced.

“This is our most epic-sounding record to date, sonically powerful and over the top,” he says. “14 new raging thrash metal songs that will make you bang your head!!!”

He adds: “This is probably our most diverse album ever. I think there is something for every heavy metal fan on this record! Obviously I’m very proud of it.”

CD Version:

01. Black Smoke (4:35)
02. Hellion Rising (4:05)
03. Victims Of The Dead (3:07)
04. Thunder Roar, The Conquest, La Boca De La Bestia – The Mouth Of The Beast (4:54)
05. Earthshaker (0:44)
06. Tied To The Gallows Pole (4:05)
07. Deceiver (3:42)
08. Immortal Legacy (4:40)
09. S.O.W. (intro) (0:57)
10. Violence Of Action (3:36)
11. Atlantis (Journey To Atlantis) (1:30)
12. The World Will Burn (2:07)

Online Version:

01. Black Smoke (4:35)
02. Hellion Rising (4:05)
03. Victims Of The Dead (3:07)
04. Thunder Roar, The Conquest, La Boca De La Bestia – The Mouth Of The Beast (4:54)
05. Earthshaker (0:44)
06. Tied To The Gallows Pole (4:05)
07. Deceiver (3:42)
08. Immortal Legacy (4:40)
09. S.O.W. (intro) (0:57)
10. Violence Of Action (3:36)
11. Atlantis (Journey To Atlantis) (1:30)
12. The World Will Burn (2:07)

Bonus track:

13. Mephistopheles (5:16)

LP Version:

Side 1

01. Black Smoke (4:35)
02. Hellion Rising (4:05)
03. Victims Of The Dead (3:07)
04. Thunder Roar, The Conquest, La Boca De La Bestia – The Mouth Of The Beast (4:54)
05. Earthshaker (0:44)
06. Tied To The Gallows Pole (4:05)

Side 2

07. Deceiver (3:42)
08. Immortal Legacy (4:40)
09. S.O.W. (intro) (0:57)
10. Violence Of Action (3:36)
11. Atlantis (Journey To Atlantis) (1:30)
12. The World Will Burn (2:07)

Bonus track:

13. Mass Hysteria (3:45)

HIRAX is:

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

Read more at http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/hirax-complete-immortal-legacy-details-revealed/#MwKDB6xP021DogL8.99

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LEGION OF THE DAMNED: ‘Mountain Wolves Under A Crescent Moon’ Video Released

Reposted from Blabbermouth.net

Dutch thrashers LEGION OF THE DAMNED will release their new album, “Ravenous Plague”, on January 7, 2014 via Napalm Records. The CD was produced by Andy Classen (TANKARDKRISIUNHOLY MOSES) at the Stage One Studio in Germany.

“Ravenous Plague” track listing:

01. Intro: The Apocalyptic Surge (by Jo Blankenburg)
02. Howling For Armageddon
03. Black Baron
04. Mountain Wolves Under A Crescent Moon
05. Ravenous Abominations
06. Doom Priest
07. Summon All Hate
08. Morbid Death
09. Bury Me In A Nameless Grave
10. Armalite Assassin
11. Strike Of The Apocalypse

The official video for the song “Mountain Wolves Under A Crescent Moon” can be seen at this location.

“Ravenous Plague” will be LEGION OF THE DAMNED‘s first album with new guitar player Twan van Geel who joined the band two years ago following the departure of Richard Ebisch.

The CD’s intro was created by Jo Blankenburg, whose tracks have been used in advertising campaigns of major Hollywood feature films such as “The Hunger Games”“Harry Potter”“X-Men”“Lincoln”“Hitchcock”“The Wolfman” and “How To Train Your Dragon”.

Read more at http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/legion-of-the-damned-mountain-wolves-under-a-crescent-moon-video-released/#luEFmeSidgR5jhbw.99

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