Heavy Metal News – January 31, 2013

GAMMA RAY To Release ‘Master Of Confusion’ EP In March

Reposted from Blabbermouth.net

German power metallers GAMMA RAY will release a new EP entitled “Master Of Confusion” on March 15 via earMUSIC, the Hamburg, Germany-based international rock label which is part of Edel Group.

GAMMA RAY released “Skeletons & Majesties Live” on double CD, Blu-ray and DVD in Europe on November 30, 2012 and in North America on December 4, 2012 through via Eagle Rock imprint Armoury Records. The set features footage of the band’s April 29, 2011 performance at the legendary Z7 in Pratteln, Switzerland.

“Skeletons & Majesties Live” has a playing time of two hours and is a tour de force through the band’s history so far, including lots of hits and classics, but also tracks which were undeservedly under-represented to date.

The release of “Skeletons & Majesties Live” marked the beginning of an eventful 2013 for GAMMA RAY: after Hansen stayed true to his word and spent 2012 concentrating mainly on his second band, UNISONIC, he and his three colleagues Henjo Richter (guitar), Dirk Schlächter (bass) and new addition Michael Ehré (the FIREWIND/LOVE.MIGHT.KILL drummer has replaced Daniel Zimmermann, who left the GAMMA RAY fold on friendly terms) are now focusing exclusively on GAMMA RAY again. A co-headlining tour with HELLOWEEN has been scheduled for February.

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DIAMOND PLATE Recording New Album

Reposted from Blabbermouth.net

Chicago thrashers DIAMOND PLATE have begun recording their new studio album, due later in the year via Earache Records. The as-yet untitled follow-up to DIAMOND PLATE’s 2011 debut, “Generation Why?”, is being recorded with producer Neil Kernon (JUDAS PRIEST, NEVERMORE, DEICIDE, 3 INCHES OF BLOOD) at Studio Chicago in the band’s hometown.

DIAMOND PLATE lead guitarist Konrad Kupiec comments: “We are beyond excited to announce that we are in the studio recording our second album! The legendary Neil Kernon is helping us capture the new songs and the new energy of the band in the traditional way that classic records were made. We decided to step away from the modern approach to albums by recording the band playing live in the same room together and keeping everything real. Everybody can expect this record to be faster and heavier than ever, but most of all they can expect the unexpected.”

DIAMOND PLATE last year recruited Matt Ares as their new vocalist and bassist following the departure of Jon Macak.

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THE MONOLITH DEATHCULT: New Album Track Listing, Release Date Revealed

Reposted from Blabbermouth.net

Dutch extreme metallers THE MONOLITH DEATHCULT will release their fourth full-length album, “Tetragrammaton”, on May 14 (one day earlier internationally) via Season Of Mist.

The track listing for the CD is as follows:

01. Gods Amongst Insects
02. H.W.A. (Human Wave Attack)
03. Drugs, Thugs & Machetes
04. Todesnacht von Stammheim
05. S.A.D.M. (Svpreme Avantgarde Death Metal)
06. Qasr Al-Nihaya
07. Aslimu!!! – All Slain Those Who Bring Down Our Highly Respected Symbols To The Lower Status Of The Barren Earth

Says the band: “This vile assault on the fundamental canons of human decency, progress and civilization will take no fewer than 59 minutes and 40 seconds of the precious life you have left on this wretched clump of rock.”

According to THE MONOLITH DEATHCULT, the CD’s overall lyrical theme will be roughly the same as on “Trivmvirate” and “The White Crematorium” (2005). “But then again,” said guitarist/vocalist Michiel Dekker, “who cares about lyrical themes in death metal?”

As on “Trivmvirate”, producing duties and Pro Tools wizardry was done by Pascal Altena. Mixing duties were handled by Guido Aalbers.

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MY DYING BRIDE Putting Finishing Touches On New EP

Reposted from Blabbermouth.net

U.K. doom metallers MY DYING BRIDE are back in the studio putting the finishing touches on their upcoming EP, tentatively titled “The Manuscript”.

Says the band: “We are working on four songs but the EP may only contain three. Artwork being taken care of by Aaron [Stainthorpe, vocals] this time. Release date to be announced.”

In a recent interview with Metal Forces, Stainthorpe stated about the songs that will appear on “The Manuscript”: “They’re very similar to ‘A Map Of All Our Failures’, because they were written and recorded at the same time, except for one song. That really stands out… [laughs] It’s full-on sort of epic death metal; it’s swords and axes, a proper warrior battle kind of track that’s almost medieval in flavor. You can almost picture the scene; it’s set in a snowy kind of mountainous landscape. There are sound effects and all sorts of mayhem going on in it, and death metal vocals not quite all the way through it, but near enough. It even has a Swedish title which because my Swedish isn’t great, I’m not gonna repeat here. [laughs] I need to get the pronunciation right before I do that.”

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SOILWORK: First ‘The Living Infinite’ Trailer Released

Reposted from Blabbermouth.net

The first trailer for “The Living Infinite”, the ninth studio album and first dual-disc release from Swedish metallers SOILWORK, can be seen below. Check out what singer Björn “Speed” Strid has to say about the idea of a double album, the songwriting process and working with new guitarist David Andersson for the first time.

“The Living Infinite” will be unleashed on February 27 in Asia (via license to Marquee Records), in Europe on March 1, and in North America on March 5 through Nuclear Blast Records. Produced by Jens Bogren (OPETH, AMON AMARTH, BLOODBATH), the CD features artwork by MNEMIC’s Mircea Eftemie Gabrie.

“The Living Infinite” features Justin Sullivan — lead singer of the English band NEW MODEL ARMY — as a guest vocalist on the track “The Windswept Mercy” and also marks the recording debut of longtime SOILWORK touring guitarist David Andersson (also of THE NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA).

SOILWORK’s world tour launches with a 55-show headlining trek through the U.S. and Canada this March. Support will come from JEFF LOOMIS, BLACKGUARD, THE BROWNING and WRETCHED.

“The Living Infinite” track listing:

CD1:

01. Spectrum Of Eternity
02. Memories Confined
03. This Momentary Bliss
04. Tongue
05. The Living Infinite I
06. Let The First Wave Rise
07. Vesta
08. Realm Of The Wasted
09. The Windswept Mercy
10. Whispers And Lights

CD2:

01. Entering Aeons
02. Long Live The Misanthrope
03. Drowning With Silence
04. Antidotes In Passing
05. Leech
06. The Living Infinite II
07. Loyal Shadow
08. Rise Above The Sentiment
09. Parasite Blues
10. Owls Predict, Oracles Stand Guard

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MERCENARY: ‘Through The Eyes Of The Devil’ Video Released

Reposted from Blabbermouth.net

“Through The Eyes Of The Devil”, the new video from Danish melodic death metallers MERCENARY, can be seen below. The clip was filmed in the summer of 2012 and edited by Carlos Toro.

Commented the band: “After a great album cycle the last two years with lots of great shows and festivals, we decided to invite you all to witness some of the metal mayhem and take a look ‘Through the Eyes of the Devil’ with us! Enjoy this great video filmed in the summer of 2012 and edited by Carlos Toro, who previously made our video for ‘The Endless Fall’. Stay tuned for some really exciting news on our upcoming album soon!”

MERCENARY is currently working on material for its seventh album for a 2013 release via NoiseArt Records in Europe and Prosthetic Records in North America.

“Metamorphosis”, the sixth album from MERCENARY, entered the official chart in the band’s home country at position No. 42. The CD was released in the U.S. on March 29, 2011 via Prosthetic.

“Metamorphosis” was produced by Jacob Hansen (RAUNCHY, VOLBEAT, NIGHTRAGE, HATESPHERE, PYRAMAZE).

MERCENARY 2013 is:

Jakob Mølbjerg – Guitar
René Pedersen – Bass, Vocals
Martin Buus – Lead Guitar
Peter Mathiesen – Drums

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DANZIG To Celebrate 25th Anniversary

Reposted from Blabbermouth.net

This year marks DANZIG’s 25th anniversary and a series of live dates in the U.S. and in Europe will be announced shortly.

A message on the official DANZIG web site reads: “Don’t dare miss this landmark milestone event as DANZIG hits the stage this special year and he’ll be bringing special guest and former MISFITS bandmate Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein on most of the shows. For European fans this will be the first time ever that Danzig and Doyle will be performing live together on stage. Overseas fans most definitely will not want to miss this!”

Glenn Danzig last year performed his “Legacy” career-spanning set featuring songs from DANZIG, SAMHAIN and MISFITS, in a number of U.S. cities. In addition, he played four DANZIG shows where was joined by Doyle Von Frankenstein as a “special guest.”

DANZIG is putting the finishing touches on the as-yet-untitled covers record for a 2013 release.

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HAVOK: “Point Of No Return” Video Premiere Hosted By Bloody Disgusting

HAVOK’s latest video has premiered today via Bloody Disgusting. “Point Of No Return” is the title track to the band’s EP, released last Spring as a tide-me-over while the band continued their non-stop touring. The video was directed by Roy Warner and filmed on location in Detroit, Michigan.

Discussing the video, vocalist/guitarist Dave Sanchez elaborates, “The lyrics of ‘Point Of No Return’ are highly interpretable, but the message of the video pretty simple: The world as we know it is a delicate place and we have never had such a high capacity to destroy the human race as we do now. At some point, our self-made concoction of nuclear/biological weaponry, ancient superstitious beliefs, nationalism, corruption, ignorance, and conflicting ideologies is going to become lethal, on a global scale. We live in a time like no other and it’s obvious that if we don’t change our behavior, it’s only a matter of time before the world is extinguished at the hand of fanatics. It’s literally within everyone’s power to leave the world a little nicer than we found it. Don’t believe everything you’re told: Think for yourself.”

Director Roy Warner notes, “Working with the guys from HAVOK was great. They had awesome ideas to start out with and build from; wanting to showcase real life as the concept. It really illustrates the depths of human depravity in the past, present and what we can expect from the future if attitudes don’t change.”

To view “Point Of No Return”click HERE.

HAVOK, called “the finest thrash band in existence” by PopDose, released their full-length debut, Burn, mid-2009. The record found an immediate fanbase and the curiosity of media around the globe. Time Is Up would follow in 2011. “HAVOK have hit their stride,” said Decibel Magazine in review of the album. “HAVOK is everything that is great about thrash,” added Terrorizer. Now with the band busy at work recording their new full-length, anticipated for early summer release, HAVOK fans can expect the Denver-based thrashers to keep an active schedule for 2013. Sanchez says, “We’re currently wrapped up in the studio writing our new album. We should be finished recording in March and then, in usual HAVOK fashion, we’ll tour practically all year! There are lots of exciting things coming up in 2013. Keep an eye out for tour dates and we’ll see all of you on the road soon! Until then, spread the word and support heavy metal.”

HAVOK is guitarist/vocalist Dave Sanchez, bassist Jesse de los Santos, guitarist Reece Scruggs, and drummer Pete Webb.

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