Heavy Metal News – July 10, 2013

FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE: New Song ‘Elegy’ Available For Streaming

Reposted from Blabbermouth.net

“Elegy”, a brand new song from Italian symphonic death metallersFLESHGOD APOCALYPSE, can be streamed in the YouTUbe clip at this location. The track comes off the band’s new album, “Labyrinth”, which will be released on August 16 in Europe and August 20 in North America viaNuclear Blast Records. The CD was mixed and mastered by Stefano “Saul” Morabito. The cover artwork was once again created by Colin Marks, who was also responsible for several neoclassical pieces of art in the massive inlay.

Comments FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE’s Francesco Paoli: “‘Labyrinth’ is going to be THE album for FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE. It’s the perfect combination of all our strong points with the best production we’ve ever had. It’s definitely the most FLESHGOD thing we’ve ever thought with the most FLESHGOD riffs, lyrics, melodies, drumparts, solos, etc. We went deep inside the core of this music, we broke it, and we finally unleashed these eleven songs.

“I want to be honest, it needed so much work and time to come up with this, but now I’m like, ‘OK, next time will be tough to reach this point!’

“Honesty and quality pay, always, and all of you guys supporting the band DESERVE THE BEST.

“You might think that I’m overrating it just because it’s our ‘child,’ but trust me, this album is fuckin’ dangerous. Just take your time, listen to it and get lost into the ‘Labyrinth’.”

Added Tommaso Riccardi: “The concept of this album is based on the myth of the Labyrinth of Knossos and every character related to it. We focused on the philological aspect in order to represent all the elements of the classic world and, through a manic and meticolous research, we managed to create a metaphor with our times, as the maze can be associated with the endless search for what we really are. We’re sure you will be stunned by this as much as we are.”

“Labyrinth” track listing:

01. Kingborn
02. Minotaur (The Wrath Of Poseidon)
03. Elegy
04. Towards The Sun
05. Warpledge
06. Pathfinder
07. The Fall Of Asterion
08. Prologue
09. Epilogue
10. Under Black Sails
11. Labyrinth

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WATAIN: ‘The Wild Hunt’ Format Details Revealed

Reposted from Blabbermouth.net

Swedish black metallers WATAIN wll release their new album, “The Wild Hunt”, on August 19 in Europe and August 20 in USA via the band’s own label His Master’s Noise through Century Media Records.

Produced once again by Tore Stjerna at his Necromorbus studio in Alvik, Sweden, “The Wild Hunt” is a sonic and lyrical tour-de-force that explores WATAIN’s roots, such as BATHORY and DISSECTION, while also remaining truly unique. Having lost none of their integrity, WATAINcontinues to push the boundaries of the scene with their fifth full-length, refusing to compromise their sound and vision. Amid the tracks teeming with the band’s classic sound, “The Wild Hunt” also features clean vocals (a first for the trio!) which, as frontman Erik Danielsson puts it, “is just us being brutally personal and honest. It shows another important facet of the WATAIN world.”

Executed in oil and mixed materials, the cover of “The Wild Hunt” was created by Zbigniew M Bielak, the very same artist who was responsible for the “Lawless Darkness” artwork. The piece depicts one of the inmost shrines of WATAIN’s temple. As on every classic still life, each object has a significant meaning, while each song of the album is also connected to an object.

“The Wild Hunt” will be released worldwide in the following formats (see below for product details and availability):

* standard CD jewelcase
* limited-edition CD mediabook
* 2LP, 180gr black vinyl
* limited-edition box set
* digital download

“The Wild Hunt”: standard CD jewelcase track-listing (available through normal retail channels and CMDistro.com)

01. Night Vision (3:39)
02. De Profundis (4:33)
03. Black Flames March (6:21)
04. All That May Bleed (4:36)
05. The Child Must Die (6:04)
06. They Rode On (8:43)
07. Sleepless Evil (5:38)
08. The Wild Hunt (6:21)
09. Outlaw (5:07)
10. Ignem Veni Mittere (4:39)
11. Holocaust Dawn (7:07)

“The Wild Hunt”: limited-edition CD mediabook track-listing (includes additional artwork) (available through CMDistro.com)

01. Night Vision (3:39)
02. De Profundis (4:33)
03. Black Flames March (6:21)
04. All That May Bleed (4:36)
05. The Child Must Die (6:04)
06. They Rode On (8:43)
07. Sleepless Evil (5:38)
08. The Wild Hunt (6:21)
09. Outlaw (5:07)
10. Ignem Veni Mittere (4:39)
11. Holocaust Dawn (7:07)
12. 

“The Wild Hunt”: 2LP, 180gr black vinyl track listing (includes special gatefold cover) (available through CMDistro.com)

Side A

01. Night Vision (3:39)
02. De Profundis (4:33)
03. Black Flames March (6:21)
04. All That May Bleed (4:36)

Side B

05. The Child Must Die (6:04)
06. They Rode On (8:43)

Side C

07. Sleepless Evil (5:38)
08. The Wild Hunt (6:21)
09. Outlaw (5:07)

Side D

10. Ignem Veni Mittere (4:39)
11. Holocaust Dawn (7:07)

“The Wild Hunt”: limited-edition box set

– 1,000 copies worldwide, available through normal retail channels
– 2,000 copies in gold vinyl, only available through www.cmdistro.com
– 2,000 in red vinyl and a very special second 7″ exclusively atwww.wolfwear.net

Contents

– 2LP, 180gr black vinyl in special gatefold cover
– limited edition CD mediabook with additional artwork
– altar cloth (100cm x 100cm) *
– poster (120cm x 60cm) *
– metal pin *
– postcards *
– bonus 7″ with “When Stars No More Shine” (original 1998 version and 2013 re-record) *

* Exclusively available in the box set

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CARCASS: First ‘Surgical Steel’ Trailer Released

Reposted from Blabbermouth.net

A one-and-a-half-minute trailer for “Surgical Steel”, the comeback album from reactivated British extreme metal pioneers CARCASS, can be seen at this location. The CD will be released on September 16 in the U.K., September 13 in the rest of Europe and September 17 in North America via Nuclear Blast Records. The effort was produced by Colin Richardson (FEAR FACTORYMACHINE HEADNAPALM DEATH,SLIPKNOTBULLET FOR MY VALENTINE) and mixed by Andy Sneap(MEGADETHACCEPTEXODUSARCH ENEMY).

Joining guitarist Bill Steer and bassist/vocalist Jeff Walker in CARCASS’ current incarnation are new drummer Dan Wilding (ABORTED,TRIGGER THE BLOODSHED) and guitarist Ben Ash (PIG IRON,DESOLATIONLIQUEFIED SKELETON).

CARCASS’ first studio LP since 1996’s “Swansong” will feature guest vocals from original sticksman Ken Owen.

In a recent interview with Chile’s Radio FuturoWalker stated about the new CARCASS CD: “We think we’ve made a good album, so it’s gonna be very interesting when people get to hear the record. We can’t wait to see what people think.”

He continued: “It sounds like CARCASS. Even the drumming sounds likeCARCASS. Everything about it… I think it’s gonna shock people, how good it is. I think it’s got all the elements that people like, yet it still sounds fresh. So that’s all I can say, really, ‘cause we don’t really sound like any other band, and the fact that after 17 years, we wrote music and it still sounds like CARCASS, I think it’s good.”

In a separate interview with Terrorizer magazine, Steer spoke about how the decision to record a new CARCASS studio album came about.

“I found myself playing riffs that sounded like CARCASS,” he said. “This was after the band had finished the whole reunion cycle of shows and festivals. So, officially, I would have been playing with other bands and stuff, but for some reason whenever I picked up a guitar at home I was coming up with riffs that sounded like CARCASS. I got on the phone toJeff and said, ‘We could have a crack at writing a couple of tunes and seeing if they’re strong enough and take it from there.’ We also agreed if it didn’t sound like carcass or have that kind of vibe to it, we would just drop it. So that was the thing, we got together and started working on some stuff and just immediately got the excitement back very quickly.”

He added: “It definitely sounds like CARCASS. I think we just generally by accident captured the flavor of past music that we have done and you can’t help but push it forward. We have really been creative and when you are looking at things like guitar harmonies, it’s way more adventurous on this record. It’s not just parallel harmony like we did in the past, things branch off in different directions.

“A lot of what is happening now is based on rhythms rather than actual riffs. We were discussing this a lot during record sessions about how the riff is almost dying or dead already. People spend a lot of time chugging on the bottom string [but] that’s a rhythm, it’s not a riff. We can’t write a song, never mind an album, without it being chock-full of riffs.”

Stated Walker: “I’d like to feel like we are giving CARCASS fans what they want again. I’m a realist and I think Bill has realized and Dan know what people like about CARCASS. We’re definitely delivering.”

While the final track listing has yet to be confirmed, the following songs were recorded during the sessions:

The Master Butcher’s Apron
The Granulating Dark Satanic Mills
A Congealed Clot Of Blood
A Wraith In The Apparatus
316l Grade Surgical Steel
Cadaver Pouch Conveyor System
Captive Bolt Pistol
Intensive Battery Brooding
None Compliance To Astm F899-12 Standard
Mount Of Execution
1985/Thrasher’s Abattoir
Unfit For Human Consumption
Zochrot
Livestock Marketplace

Regarding the sound of the forthcoming CARCASS album, Walkerpreviously 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 Billfor 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 vocals for ‘Heartwork’ in two days and it shows!”

Guitarist Michael Amott and drummer Daniel Erlandsson, who had 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.

CARCASS will support AMON AMARTH on their upcoming European tour.

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DREAM THEATER: New Album Release Date, Cover Artwork, Track Listing Revealed

Progressive metal giants DREAM THEATER will release their new, self-titled album — the band’s 12th studio release overall, and fourth withRoadrunner Records — on September 24.

Says guitarist John Petrucci about “Dream Theater”: “I see every new album as an opportunity to start over. To either build or improve upon a direction that has been evolving over time or to completely break new ground.

“This is the first self-titled album of our career and there is nothing I can think of that makes a statement of musical and creative identity stronger than that. We’ve fully explored all of the elements that make us unique, from the epic and intense to the atmospheric and cinematic.

“We’re incredibly excited about ‘Dream Theater’ and can’t wait for everyone to hear it.”

The nine-track disc was recorded at Cove City Studio in Glen Cove, Long Island, with Petrucci producing and Richard Chycki engineering and mixing. It’s the band’s second album with drummer Mike Mangini, and the first one on which he was a part of the writing process from Day One.

In January, Petrucci said of Mangini’s work: “When people hear the drumming on this album, they’re gonna be pretty freaked out. On the last album, he did a great job, but he wasn’t there for the writing process and he was interpreting drum parts that I had programmed. Even though he used his creativity, of course, to change them up and do his thing, I feel like now he’s just Mike Mangini unleashed. It’s all him. It’s all his creativity, all his decisions and ideas and man, the guy’s an animal.”

“Dream Theater” track listing:

01. False Awakening Suite
I. Sleep Paralysis
II. Night Terrors
III. Lucid Dream
02. The Enemy Inside
03. The Looking Glass
04. Enigma Machine
05. The Bigger Picture
06. Behind The Veil
07. Surrender To Reason
08. Along For The Ride
09. Illumination Theory
I. Paradoxe de la Lumière Noire
II. Live, Die, Kill
III. The Embracing Circle
IV. The Pursuit of Truth
V. Surrender, Trust & Passion

“Dream Theater” will be available in a wide range of distinctive versions, including standard and special edition CDs, 180-gram double LP, and a limited-edition boxed set. Pre-orders are scheduled to launch in July at the Roadrunner Records webstore.

DREAM THEATER will be on tour in Europe in January and February 2014, and in North America in March 2014.

“Live At Luna Park”DREAM THEATER’s live concert, which was previously scheduled for release in May via Eagle Rock Entertainment, will now drop in North America on November 5 as a Blu-ray, 2DVD, 2DVD + 3CD, Blu-ray + 3CD, deluxe edition with 40-page book, Blu-ray + 2DVD + 3CD, and digital video via iTunes.

“Live At Luna Park” was filmed over two nights in South America — home to one of DREAM THEATER’s most ardent fanbases. The DVD was filmed August 19 and August 20, 2012 at Estadio Luna Park in Buenos Aires, Argentina after a 15-month world tour, hitting 35 countries.

ATHEIST Drummer Involved In Serious Car Accident

Reposted from Blabbermouth.net

Drummer Steve Flynn (pictured below) of reactivated seminal technical metal pioneers ATHEIST was recently involved in a serious car accident after another vehicle pulled in front of him at 50 mph. Flynn was taken by ambulance to a hospital and was treated for injuries to his wrist, neck and jaw. He still requires some physical therapy, but he is improving swiftly at his home in Atlanta.

The first three studio albums from ATHEIST — “Piece Of Time” (1989),“Unquestionable Presence” (1991) and “Elements” (1993) — were re-released on vinyl in North America on June 11 via Season Of Mist. The new editions are remastered on colored vinyl and limted to 500 copies per title worldwide.

ATHEIST — Kelly Shaefer (vocals), Steve Flynn (drums), Tony Choy(bass), Christoper Martin (guitar), Jason Holloway (guitar) — is writing material for its new full-length album and follow-up to 2010’s critically-acclaimed “Jupiter” CD.

“Jupiter” landed at position No. 88 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.

“Jupiter” was released on November 9, 2010 (one day earlier internationally) via Season Of Mist. The CD was recorded at LedBellystudios in Atlanta, Georgia with engineer Matt Washburn and was mixed by Jason Suecof (TRIVIUMCHIMAIRADEVILDRIVER). The cover artwork was created by Eliran Kantor, who has previously worked withTESTAMENTSIGHANACRUSIS and GWAR, among others.

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DIAMOND PLATE Unveil New Album Title And Artwork

Chicago’s DIAMOND PLATE have officially revealed that their upcoming new album will be titled PULSE.

The follow-up to DIAMOND PLATE’s 2011 debut album, GENERATION WHY?, was recorded with producer NEIL KERNON (JUDAS PRIEST, NEVERMORE, DEICIDE, 3 INCHES OF BLOOD) at Studio Chicago in the band’s hometown.  DIAMOND PLATE revealed the album title to fans by posting one letter each day over the last week until the title was complete.

DIAMOND PLATE comments:

“During the months of recording, the album took on a life of its own.  Our goal was to capture the energy of a live band, and working with Neil gave us the freedom to create the music we’ve always wanted to play.  A straightforward explanation of the title ‘PULSE’ is that it represents music, or life, in its purest form.  The real meaning behind the album can only be discovered by the person using his/her ears.”

The artwork for PULSE was created by artist GUSTAVO SAZES (MORBID ANGEL, ARCH ENEMY, SEPULTURA).  View the artwork at http://earacherecords.com/myspace/diamondplate_pulse.jpg

PULSE is due to be released on August 20th in the USA via Century Media/Earache Records and on digital formats in Europe on August 19th.

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PHILIP ANSELMO & THE ILLEGALS Debut Music Video with Metal Hammer UK

Legendary vocalist PHILIP H. ANSELMO and his backing band, THE ILLEGALS, are streaming the new music video for the track “Bedridden” from the singer’s long-awaited solo debut album ‘Walk Through Exits Only’. You can watch the Matt Faust directed video exclusively at Metal Hammer UK.

‘Walk Through Exits Only’ was recorded by Steven Berrigan (DOWN) and mastered by Scott Hull (PIG DESTROYER, NILE, GODFLESH).

The album will be released by Season of Mist on July 19th in partnership with Philip H. Anselmo’s own Housecore Records and is available in digipak CD format, as well as on separate limited vinyl colours sold  on the Season of Mist e-shop.

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