Heavy Metal News – February 08, 2013

PRIMORDIAL: ‘Imrama’ Official Vinyl Release Coming In March

Reposted from Blabbermouth.net

“Imrama”, the legendary debut album from Irish pagan metal masters PRIMORDIAL, will be officially released on vinyl for the first time ever on March 29. This official version will include a remaster of the album as well as a free poster and will be made available as a gatefold LP with the original artwork.

PRIMORDIAL’s latest album, “Redemption At The Puritan’s Hand”, was released in April 2011 via Metal Blade Records.

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SODOM: More ‘Epitome Of Torture’ Album Details Revealed

Reposted from Blabbermouth.net

German thrash metal veterans SODOM will release their new studio album, “Epitome Of Torture”, on April 29 in Europe and May 7 in North America via SPV/Steamhammer. Vocalist/bassist Thomas “Angelripper” Such, guitarist Bernd “Bernemann” Kost and new drummer Markus “Makka” Freiwald recorded a total of twelve new tracks (plus a MOTÖRHEAD cover) which “present SODOM as more diverse and multi-faceted than ever,” according to a press release.

“‘Epitome Of Torture’ features not only your typical SODOM fare, but also two or three numbers which are slightly more moderate and melodic than what people have come to expect from us,” says Angelripper, “so wait and see!”

“Epitome Of Torture” was produced by Waldemar Sorychta (GRIP INC., ENEMY OF THE SUN), whose expertise as a sound engineer and audio magician thoroughly enhanced SODOM’s previous CD, 2010’s “In War And Pieces”. Angelripper says: “Waldemar is a true authority. He doesn’t let you get away with anything, he knows all our weak spots. Which occasionally makes working at the studio a little demanding, but at the end of the day, it’s all worthwhile, as the result shows.” The SODOM frontman describes the sound on “Epitome Of Torture” as “hard as nails and contemporary, without ignoring our tried-and-tested old-school attitude.”

“Epitome Of Torture” will be available in four different formats: a limited-edition digipak, including two bonus tracks and a poster; regular jewel case; as a double gatefold vinyl, including three bonus tracks; and as a digital download. The cover artwork featuring SODOM’s popular “Knarrenheinz” logo was developed by graphic designer Meran Karanitant, who has previously worked with SIX FEET UNDER, HATEBREED and DIMMU BORGIR, among others.

SODOM will film a video for the song “Stigmatized” later this month with Roax Media (SODOM’s “Lords Of Depravity” volumes 1 and 2, VOLBEAT, THE MOB RULES) in Berlin.

“SODOM haven’t had an official video clip for some time, so it’s about time we did one,” says Angelripper. “That’s why the mini film will be uncompromising, a shocking clip which our fans can look forward to!”

SODOM’s latest CD, “In War And Pieces”, entered the German Media Control chart at position No. 64.

SODOM in 2010 parted ways with drummer Bobby Schottkowski due to “personal and private problems between Tom and Bobby,” according to a statement released by the band.

SODOM’s current drummer, Markus Freiwald, previously played for the German bands DESPAIR and FLAMING ANGER and was involved with the VOODOOCULT project. In addition, he played percussion as a session musician on the MOONSPELL album “Irreligious” and is featured on the 1996 LP “Triarchy Of The Lost Lovers” by Greek extreme metallers ROTTING CHRIST.

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KAMELOT To Release ‘Falling Like The Fahrenheit’ Digital Single

Reposted from Blabbermouth.net

American/German/Swedish symphonic metallers KAMELOT will release a new digital single tomorrow (Friday, February 8). Acording to a press release, “Falling Like The Fahrenheit” “combines everything what the band stands for: melody, epic and melancholy atmospheres, and the unique voice of the new singer Tommy Karevik.”

The “Falling Like The Fahrenheit” single will feature a special radio edit of the title track as well as the full album version.

“Falling Like The Fahrenheit” comes off KAMELOT’s new album, “Silverthorn”, which sold 5,400 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 79 on The Billboard 200 chart. The band’s previous CD, “Poetry For The Poisoned”, opened with around 6,100 units in September 2010 to enter the chart at No. 74.

“Silverthorn” was released on October 30, 2012 in North America, October 26, 2012 in Germany and October 29, 2012 in the rest of Europe via Steamhammer/SPV. The CD marks the band’s first release with Tommy Karevik, the Swedish vocalist who previously fronted SEVENTH WONDER (a group that he is still a member of).

Tommy first appeared as one of the guest singers on KAMELOT’s very successful 2011 Pandemonium World Tour.

KAMELOT supported Finnish/Dutch symphonic metallers NIGHTWISH on their North American tour last summer.

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CARCASS Mixing 15 Songs For First Studio Album In 17 Years

Reposted from Blabbermouth.net

Reactivated British extreme metal legends CARCASS have begun mixing 15 new songs for their first studio album in 17 years with acclaimed producer Colin Richardson (FEAR FACTORY, MACHINE HEAD, NAPALM DEATH, SLIPKNOT, BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE). The band has yet to secure a label home for the effort, which is expected later this year.

Guitarist Michael Amott and drummer Daniel Erlandsson, who have been touring with CARCASS since the band’s reunion was announced in 2007, are no longer involved with the group due to scheduling conflicts with their main band, ARCH ENEMY. Joining guitarist Bill Steer and bassist/vocalist Jeff Walker in the studio for the new CD recording sessions was drummer Daniel Wilding of TRIGGER THE BLOODSHED. “For live, we’ll obviously add another guitarist — we have someone in mind but we are not interested in a ‘name’ player,” Walker told Decibel magazine in December.

Regarding the sound of the forthcoming CARCASS album, Walker stated: “We’ve taken stylistic cues from all the albums because it’s in our blood, but it’s no rehash or mess of ideas. I think it sounds almost like the missing link between the third and forth albums but with some groove in there. I’ve jokingly christened some parts ‘trad blast’ and some ‘death sleaze’… don’t think for a minute this is just some nostalgic throwback album — we’re setting up another 17 years of ideas for other bands to copy and clean up on. [laughs]”

Asked if this means we’ll be hearing some death metal vocals out of Bill for the first time since “Necroticism”, Walker told Decibel, “Yes, already in the can. It’s more along the lines of how I envisioned him backing me up on ‘Heartwork’. That said, my own vocals have a hell of a lot more range than they did in the past solely down to the luxury of having time to record them — I did all the vox for ‘Heartwork’ in two days and it shows! Also, (hopefully) [drummer] Ken [Owen] [who is not involved in the band’s current reunion because he suffered a near-fatal brain hemorrhage in February 1999 and has had some rather serious health problems since then. — Ed.] will make an appearance — we just need to tidy a few loose ends before the mix.”

CARCASS is in the process of booking a number of live shows for 2013, including appearances at year’s Maryland Deathfest, Germany’s Party.San Open Air, Czech Republic’s Brutal Assault, U.K.’s Damnation, The Netherlands’ Neurotic Deathfest and Chile’s Metal Fest.

CARCASS’ last album, 1996’s “Swansong”, was re-released in July 2008 via Earache Records. The reissue came fully remastered on a DualDisc (combined CD and DVD) in a deluxe digipak with extra artwork and a free sticker sheet featuring exclusive CARCASS designs, and included part 5 of a mini-documentary series entitled “The Pathologist’s Report” as bonus video material, plus an exclusive bonus track, “Deathrider Da”.

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CARACH ANGREN: ‘The Funerary Dirge Of A Violinist’ Video Released

Reposted from Blabbermouth.net

“The Funerary Dirge Of A Violinist”, the new video from the Dutch symphonic black metal act CARACH ANGREN, can be seen below. The clip was shot by director Bradley Harring of After Hours Films.

“The Funerary Dirge Of A Violinist” comes off the band’s third album, “Where The Corpses Sink Forever”, which was released on May 18, 2012 via Season Of Mist. The CD was recorded Tidal Wave studio in Karlsruhe, Germany.

“Where The Corpses Sink Forever” track listing:

01. An Ominous Recording
02. Lingering In An Imprint Haunting
03. Bitte Tötet Mich
04. The Funerary Dirge Of A Violinist
05. Sir John
06. Spectral Infantry Battalions
07. General Nightmare
08. Little Hector What Have You Done?
09. These Fields Are Lurking (Seven Pairs Of Demon Eyes)

CARACH ANGREN previously promised that the band’s “new horrific concept album” would “be darker and more epic than ever before!”

The band’s second album, “Death Came Through A Phantom Ship”, was released in early 2010 via Maddening Media.

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PESTILENCE Signs To Candlelight Records

Candlelight Records today confirms the worldwide signing of PESTILENCE. The celebrated eastern Netherlands-based band is currently preparing to enter the studio to begin work on their seventh studio album, titled Obsideo. The album is expected to be produced by vocalist/guitarist Patrick Mameli and set to feature ten new songs. No release date is set as of press time.

The band comments, “PESTILENCE is very excited to announce that they have signed a recording deal with Candlelight Records. We feel that our new material is very special and innovative and that it needs the back up of a solid company like Candlelight to get it out there to the metal world.”

Obsideo will feature band mastermind Mameli and long-time partner guitarist Patrick Uterwijk with new German bassist George Maier and Australian drummer Dave Haley. Mameli notes, “PESTILENCE is chuffed to have Dave Haley in the lineup. Dave is one of the five best extreme drummers in the world, and his talent brings PESTILENCE to new levels that couldn’t be reached otherwise. Georg Maier is a young and talented bass player that will turn some heads. Both guys are really down to earth and real easy going. Of course, Patrick Uterwijk is my most respectable and long-going friend and musician.”

Formed in 1986, PESTILENCE took influence from early American and German thrash metal to cultivate its now signature death metal sound. Four albums would see release and continued worldwide growth for the band before members decided to go separate ways in 1994. Fourteen years later, the band would reform and in 2009 released Resurrection Macabre (Mascot). On review, noted website Chronicles Of Chaos said, “Mameli and company chose to steer this effort down paths previously unexplored whilst maintaining their unmistakably vintage essence.” Blabbermouth added, “distinctive and unique… a diverse and satisfying metal experience.”

In recent years, PESTILENCE has also returned to the live stage; their first North American tour in over 16 years commenced at the annual Maryland Death Fest May 30, 2010. Commenting to Noisecreep after announcement of the 18-city tour, Mameli said, “we will put our heart and soul into these upcoming shows and hope to make lots of fans happy with both old and new material.” PESTILENCE was a featured performer on the second annual 70,000 Tons of Metal Cruise that left Miami on January 23, 2012. The band performed two sets on the popular Caribbean cruise that also featured Cannibal Corpse, Crowbar, My Dying Bride, Samael, Overkill, and Venom among others.

PESTILENCE is exclusively endorsed by Ibanez Guitars and Pyramid Strings.

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TOXIC HOLOCAUST To Unleash From The Ashes Of Nuclear Destruction Collection This April; Teaser Video Posted

Portland punk/metal derelicts TOXIC HOLOCAUST are pleased to unleash From The Ashes Of Nuclear Destruction this Spring. The mammoth 22-track anthology collects over a decade’s worth of TOXIC HOLOCAUST rarities into one raging compilation. Amassing the band’s many contributions to various comps and vinyl-only splits with the likes of Municipal Waste, Midnight and others, together with demo versions of treasured TOXIC classics, From The Ashes Of Nuclear Destruction is a historic romp through the history of one of today’s best old-school metal bands.

From The Ashes Of Nuclear Destruction will see release Through Relapse Records on April 2nd in North America, March 29th in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Finland and Benelux and April 1st in the UK. Peep the From The Ashes Of Nuclear Destruction teaser video. To pre-order , point your browserHERE.

From The Ashes Of Nuclear Destruction Track Listing:
1. Intro
2. Metal Attack
3. Deathmaster
4. Created To Kill
5. Ready To Fight
6. Arise From The Cemetery
7. Thrashing Death
8. Send Them To Hell
9. Never Stop The Massacre
10. Army Of One
11. Death Camp
12. Reaper’s Grave
13. Death Brings Death
14. In The Name Of Science
15. Nuke The Cross
16. Suicide Eye
17. 666
18. Bitch
19. Agony Of The Damned
20. A.T.O.M.I.C.
21. We Bring ‘Em Hell
22. Altar-ed States

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DEVOURMENT: Loudwire Pollutes The Public With “Parasitic Eruption” Premiere

As the ongoing barrage of pre-release propaganda pushing the punishing new platter of splatter from slamming death metal squad DEVOURMENT’s pending fifth full-length Conceived In Sewage continues, today massive entertainment portal Loudwire is hosting an exclusive stream of the album’s closing track.

Click here to release an upsurge of pummeling, guttural revulsion with “Parasitic Eruption” via Loudwire immediately.

DEVOURMENT has also completed filming a new video for “Parasitic Eruption” with director Lior Spirer which will be available near the album’s street date, nearing release on February 19th in North America, February 22nd in Benelux, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Finland, and February 25 in the UK and rest of the world.

The first two in a trio of videos documenting the construction of Conceived In Sewage at Mana Studios with producer Erik Rutan (Morbid Angel, Hate Eternal) as well as a lyric video for the track “50 Ton War Machine” are all live at the official Relapse Youtube channel, in addition to the track “Legalize Homicide” anthem streaming at MetalSucks. Preorders for the album are available here.

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