Heavy Metal News – June 12, 2013

BLACK SABBATH: ’13’ Super Deluxe Box Set Unboxing Video

Reposted from Blabbermouth.net

Video footage of the unboxing of the “Super Deluxe Box Set” version of“13”, the first BLACK SABBATH record in 35 years to feature singerOzzy Osbourne, guitarist Tony Iommi and bassist Geezer Butler all playing together, can be seen at this location. The CD is being released today (Tuesday, June 11) on Vertigo/Republic. This marks BLACK SABBATH’s return to Vertigo, their original label, and the group’s first studio album together since 1978’s “Never Say Die!”

Details of the album’s deluxe edition surfaced on April 19, with the band revealing that the eight-song effort is accompanied by three bonus tracks called “Methademic”“Peace Of Mind” and “Pariah”.

Several versions of “13” are available for order, including a standard CD, a double CD that includes a second disc of exclusive bonus audio, a heavyweight vinyl album in a gatefold sleeve and the aforementioned “Super Deluxe Box Set”, which contains the double CD, the vinyl album, an exclusive DVD documentary on the band’s reunion, 13 photographic prints and hand-written lyrics.

“13” track listing:

01. End Of The Beginning (8:05)
02. God Is Dead? (8:52)
03. Loner (4:59)
04. Zeitgeist (4:37)
05. Age Of Reason (7:01)
06. Live Forever (4:46)
07. Damaged Soul (7:51)
08. Dear Father (7:20)

Deluxe-edition bonus tracks:

09. Methademic (5:57)
10. Peace Of Mind (3:40)
11. Pariah (5:34)

Total running time (with bonus tracks): 68 minutes, 42 seconds

The drum tracks on the album were laid down by RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE sticksman Brad Wilk following original drummer Bill Ward’s decision to bow out of the reunion.

Osbourne went on the BBC in England to discuss the band’s new single,“God Is Dead?” and the inspiration behind the track. Ozzy explained, “I was in somebody’s office and there was a magazine on a table and it just said, ‘God Is Dead’, and I suddenly thought about 9/11 and all these terrorist things and religion and how many people have died in the name of religion. When you think about the tragedy that’s happened throughout time, it just came in my head. You’d think by now that their God would have stopped people dying in the name of, so I just starting thinking that people must be thinking, ‘Where is God? God is dead’ and it just hit me.”

Ozzy added that the question mark at the end of the title is his way of showing that he’s not sure about the answer himself, saying, “At the end of the thing, there’s still a bit of hope because there I sing that I don’t believe that God is dead. It’s just a question of when you see so many dreadful people killing each other with bombs, and blowing the tube trains up and the World Trade Center.”

Ozzy told an Australian radio station that “13” is “mind-blowing,” adding, “It’s better than my wildest dreams; it’s so good.”

SABBATH kicked off its world tour in support of “13” on April 20 in Auckland.

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AMORPHIS: ‘The Wanderer’ Video Released

Reposted from Blabbermouth.net

“The Wanderer”, the new video from Finnish melancholic dark metal forerunners AMORPHIS, can be seen at this location. The clip was directed byPatric Ullaeus of Revolver Film Company, who has previously worked with DIMMU BORGIRLACUNA COILIN FLAMESSONIC SYNDICATEand KAMELOT, among others.

Commented the band: “We’ve had super fun shooting this new video withPatric Ullaeus who did an amazing job, as always! For us, it’s one of our favorite music videos from all the ones we’ve done so far!”

“The Wanderer” comes off AMORPHIS’ eleventh album, “Circle”, which was released on April 19 via Nuclear Blast Records. Production and mixing duties for the follow-up to 2011’s “The Beginning Of Times”were handled by HYPOCRISY and PAIN mastermind Peter Tägtgren, who has previously worked with such bands as CHILDREN OF BODOM,CELTIC FROSTIMMORTAL and DIMMU BORGIR. The recordings took place at Petrax Studio (NIGHTWISHCHILDREN OF BODOM,KORPIKLAANI) in Hollola and 5K Studios in Helsinki. The cover artwork was created by Tom Bates (BLEED FROM WITHINDEVIL SOLD HIS SOUL) and can be seen below.

Commented AMORPHIS vocalist Tomi Joutsen: “The mystic, androgynous person on the cover represents a spiritual guide. This character was sent from another time and place to help the album’s protagonist find a new path for his life.”

“Circle” track listing:

01. Shades Of Gray
02. Mission
03. The Wanderer
04. Narrow Path
05. Hopeless Days
06. Nightbird’s Song
07. Into The Abyss
08. Enchanted By The Moon
09. A New Day
10. Dead Man’s Dream (bonus track)

The album’s limited digibook version comes with a bonus DVD containing the following:

* The Making Of “Circle”
Nightbird’s Song (video clip)

Apart from the CD+DVD digibook version, “Circle” was made available on CD (without the bonus track), black 2LP in gatefold, brown 2LP in gatefold and as a bulging limited box, including three bonus tracks and a wristband — exclusively via the Nuclear Blast mail order.

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DIO: ‘Holy Diver’ Limited-Edition Guitars Coming In July

Reposted from Blabbermouth.net

Artist Series Guitar will release 30 of DIO’s “Holy Diver” guitars in July. Finished with DIO’s exclusive artwork and built with solid mahogany, the Dio ASG is set with artwork from the “Holy Diver” album release. Once the graphic has undergone the ASG-designed, chemical bonding process, the guitar is then clear-coated, wet-sanded and buffed. This process forever seals the custom graphic to the guitar.

With only 30 to ever be made — one to mark each year of DIO — this rare anniversary guitar is set to sell out fast. Pre-sale will begin on July 10, to mark what would have been Ronnie James Dio’s 70th birthday.

For more information, go to this location.

Originally issued on May 25, 1983, “Holy Diver” has been hailed by critics as DIO’s best work and a classic staple in the heavy metal genre. The LP was certified gold in the U.S. on September 12, 1984 and platinum on March 21, 1989.

“Holy Diver” re-entered The Billboard 200 chart in May 2010 — shortly after the band’s frontman, Ronnie James Dio, died of stomach cancer — at No. 149 and bowed at No. 11 on Pop Catalog (4,000; up 322%).

DIO’s last release was the “Holy Diver Live” CD, featuring a performance of the classic “Holy Diver” album in its entirety, from start to finish, recorded live for the very first time in 2005 in front of a sold-out London crowd. It also includes, among others, “Heaven & Hell”,“Sign of the Southern Cross” and “Mob Rules” from vocalist Ronnie James Dio’s BLACK SABBATH days, “Tarot Woman”“Man on the Silver Mountain” and “Long Live Rock ‘N’ Roll” from the RAINBOW era and “We Rock” from his solo career.

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PEST: ‘Devil’s Mark’ Available For Streaming

PEST has premiered the third song from the new full-length album entitled “The Crowning Horror”, coming out June 18th in Europe and 9th of July in North America on Agonia Records. The song “Devil’s Mark” is streaming exclusively at CVLT Nation:

http://www.cvltnation.com/devils-mark-pest-track-streaming-now/

Thrilled to return after a five-year break, PEST is once again back on its own turns, exposing a characteristic brand of old-school black metal to passion and mixing melodic yet haunted guitar licks with speed, rawness and chaos. “The Crowning Horror” was mixed by Fred Estby(Dismemebr/Carnage/Necronaut) at Gutterview Recorders and mastered by Andy Jackson (Pink Floyd’s engineer, Grammy nominee) at Tube Mastering, UK.
“The Crowning Horror” will be available on a noble 8 panel digipack CD, digitally and on vinyl (first 100 copies on a solid, purple wax vinyl). The album is preceded by a 7” EP titled ”Black Oath c/w Morbid Revelations” released on April 16 worldwide.
PEST is recommended for fans of BathoryHellhammerCeltic FrostNifelheimDarkthroneAura Noir, older Deströyer 666 and similar.
The band commented: “After years of silence a new wave of black death will finally strike the world. The plague is upon us. Bring the darkness!
Tracklist:

1. The Funeral Hours

2. A Face Obscured By Death * streaming on-line now!

3. Volcanic Eyes * streaming on-line now!

4. Devil’s Mark * streaming on-line now!

5. Holocaust

6. The Abomination of the God

7. Thirteen Chimes

8. Demon

9. The Crowning Horror

10. Eternal Curse
Stream the first revealed songs at:

https://soundcloud.com/agoniarecords/pest-volcanic-eyes
http://www.decibelmagazine.com/featured/streaming-pest-faced-obscured-by-death/

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