Heavy Metal News – July 30, 2013

GORGUTS: ‘Colored Sands’ Title Track Available For Streaming

Reposted from Blabbermouth.net

“Colored Sands”, the title track of the fifth album from Canadian technical death metallers GORGUTS, can be streamed using theSoundCloud widget atthis location (courtesy of Decibel magazine). Due on August 30 in Europe and September 3 in North America via Season Of Mist, the CD will be made available will be available as a digipak CD limited to the first pressing, regular black LP, transparent clear LP and red/yellow colored LP.

“Colored Sands” track listing:

01. Le Toit Du Monde
02. An Ocean Of Wisdom
03. Forgotten Arrows
04. Colored Sands
05. The Battle Of Chamdo
06. Enemies Of Compassion
07. Ember’s Voice
08. Absconders
09. Reduced To Silence

GORGUTS guitarist/vocalist Luc Lemay previously told Zero Tolerancemagazine about “Colored Sands”: “It’s a whole concept album, so I’ve been reading books for a year a year and a half for the lyrics to know what I’m going to talk about.

“The lyrics process is very hard for me. First, I’m French, and then I need to educate myself on the topic I’m going to talk about. I’m not going to educate myself on the Chinese invasion of Tibet with a Wikipedia thing.

“I bought piles of books. I feel the same way I did at the conservatory when I was writing classical pieces. It takes months and months, the pieces you just can’t get it out of your system. You need to become a sponge, you need to get soaked with the topic. So far so good I’m very very happy with what we’ve done.

“In the first place I wanted to write the whole album about the rituals of mandalas made with sand. One day my girlfriend’s little daughter colored in a coloring book a mandala for me and I wondered what a mandala was, I liked the word. I searched on the Internet and found out this is a Tibetan thing and then it clicked, this is gonna be it, but I didn’t have any clue, I wasn’t very educated on the Tibetan culture. This mandala thing gets so complex, you could study it for 25-30 years before you know exactly what you’re talking about, so I said, ‘Okay, I’ll take it from a different angle.’ It’s not a National Geographic documentary either. It’s very poetic and very epic. This is my vision. I have no pretension about telling ‘truth’; it’s how I feel about these people.”

The band has also announced a string of headlining shows leading to and from this year’s Hopscotch Festival. the U.S. trek, which begins on September 5 in Springfield, Virginia, will travel through Hopscotchbefore ending on September 8 in Worcester, Massachusetts.

War On Music Records in 2011 released on vinyl the GORGUTS albums“From Wisdom To Hate” (2001) and “Obscura” (1998). These records were largely regarded as pioneering works in the technical death metal genre, and set the standard for the decade to follow.

GORGUTS’ current lineup is as follows:

Luc Lemay (NEGATIVA) – Vocals, Guitar
Kevin Hufnagel (DYSRHYTHMIA, WHILE HEAVEN WEPT, BYLA, EUCLID STREET, THE FIFTH SEASON, GREY DIVISION BLUE) – Guitar
Colin Marston (DYSRHYTHMIA, BEHOLD… THE ARCTOPUS, BYLA, KRALLICE, INDRICOTHERE) – Bass
John Longstreth (DIM MAK, ORIGIN, THE RED CHORD, SKINLESS, POSSESSION, ANGELCORPSE) – Drums

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METALLICA: ‘Through The Never (Music From The Motion Picture)’ To Be Released In September

Reposted from Blabbermouth.net

ETALLICA has revealed the details of “Metallica Through The Never (Music From The Motion Picture)”, the soundtrack companion to the forthcoming groundbreaking 3D feature film “Metallica Through The Never”. The two-disc CD set will be released on the band’s own record label Blackened Recordings on September 24 and highlights last year’s career spanning sets at Rexall Place in Edmonton and Rogers Arena in Vancouver, where the band filmed all performance footage featured in the film. The soundtrack is available for digital pre-order tonight at midnight EST and both the CD and digital album will be available at all retailers. There will also be a vinyl edition of the soundtrack album available in both 33 1/3RPM and special limited numbered 45RPM versions later in the fall.

“Let’s hear it for the old-school soundtrack!” said METALLICA’s Lars Ulrich. Not only are we beyond psyched about our movie coming your way shortly, but the fact that we get to share the music directly in all these formats is way fuckin’ cool.”

“Metallica Through The Never” stars METALLICA, one of the most popular, influential rock bands in history. In this music-driven, 3D motion picture event, award-winning filmmaker Nimród Antal immerses audiences in a bracing, raw and visceral cinematic experience with spectacular live performance footage of METALLICA’s most iconic songs — created exclusively for film — combined with a bold, narrative story featuring imagery drawn from the band’s trailblazing iconography. Dane DeHaan portrays Trip, a young roadie sent on an urgent mission, duringMETALLICA’s roaring live set in front of a sold-out arena. The film features dazzling pyrotechnics, the most elaborate live-performance stage ever built and state-of-the-art 3-D photography, captured using up to 24 cameras simultaneously.

Picturehouse will release in North America on September 27 exclusively in over 300 IMAX 3D Theatres, and will expand into additional theaters on October 4.

“Metallica Through The Never (Music From The Motion Picture)”track listing:

Disc 1

01. The Ecstasy Of Gold
02. Creeping Death
03. For Whom The Bell Tolls
04. Fuel
05. Ride The Lightning
06. One
07. The Memory Remains
08. Wherever I May Roam
09. Cyanide
10. …And Justice For All

Disc 2

01. Master Of Puppets
02. Battery
03. Nothing Else Matters
04. Enter Sandman
05. Hit The Lights
06. Orion

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NEWSTED: Entire Debut Album Available For Streaming

Reposted from Blabbermouth.net

“Heavy Metal Music”, the debut album from NEWSTED — the new band featuring former METALLICAVOIVOD and FLOTSAM AND JETSAMbassist Jason Newsted and STAIND guitarist Mike Mushok — can be streamed in its entirety in the YouTube clip at this location. The CD will be released on August 6 in North America via Chophouse Records/Collective Sounds and August 5 in Europe through Spinefarm RecordsJason told Billboard.com the 11-song album will be very similar to the band’s debut EP, “Metal”, which sold around 6,200 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 62 on The Billboard 200 chart. “The EP was always intended to be the primer, a sampler of what was to come on the LP,” he said. “It’s all metal all the time. It’s not all fast, but it is all heavy.”

Regarding how the material for NEWSTED’s debut album came together,Jason told Loudwire: “It started out as my seeds for the first eleven songs that I made on my GarageBand thing. I wrote all the tracks — guitars, bass, drums, everything and gave them to Jessie [Farnsworth, guitar] and Jesus [Mendez Jr., drums] and had them go learn it, put their artistry on it and so it was collaborative in that way for the first batch. Like the four songs on the EP came from that initial eleven, so that’s how those songs went. Each day as we get deeper into the songs, the collaboration gets deeper as well. I have come a long way from my tunnel vision of ‘Only my ideas are good enough’ bullshit, and I’m a lot more open to everyone’s ideas and the artistry of each person to make it what it is. And three heads is better than one and that kind of thing. So it has become more collaborative as we go. I’ve written ten more since that time in October last year and a few of them have made their way onto this LP now. Once again, they were all my seeds, but now that we haveMike Mushok in the band and I give the music to all three of those guys, now I have three great artists bringing back their responses and their counterpoint playing to my ideas, so it’s becoming more and more collaborative every day and on this LP there will be shared writing credits on at least half of the songs with the writing credits now.”

“Heavy Metal Music” track listing:

01. Heroic Dose
02. Soldierhead
03. …As The Crow Flies
04. Ampossible
05. Long Time Dead
06. Above All
07. King Of The Underdogs
08. Nocturnus
09. Twisted Tail Of The Comet
10. Kindevillusion
11. Futureality

As previously reported, three songs from NEWSTED — “Long Time Dead”“King Of The Underdogs” and “Heroic Dose” — are featured in the newest episode of Break Media’s hit web series “Man At Arms”.

NEWSTED’s heavy metal pairs as background for the gritty series, which follows famous Hollywood blacksmith Tony Swatton as he builds real-life versions of iconic pop-culture (“Pirates Of The Caribbean”“The Matrix”“Spider-Man”, etc.) weapons by hand.

NEWSTED is taking part in this year’s edition of Gigantour, the critically acclaimed package festival founded in 2005 by MEGADETH mainmanDave Mustaine. Also appearing on the bill are headliners MEGADETH, along with BLACK LABEL SOCIETYDEVICEHELLYEAH and DEATH DIVISION.

NEWSTED was forced to miss last week’s Gigantour dates in Canada after Jason was diagnosed with “walking pneumonia.”

NEWSTED kicked off its first-ever U.S. tour on April 19 at Red House in Walnut Creek, California. The 14-date trek concluded on May 23 in Asbury Park, New Jersey and led into a number of European festival appearances for the band.

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