Heavy Metal News – June 13, 2013

WATAIN: ‘The Wild Hunt’ Cover Artwork, Track Listing Revealed

Reposted from Blabbermouth.net

“The Wild Hunt”, the new album from Swedish black metallersWATAIN, will be released on August 19 in Europe and August 20 in USA via Century Media Records. The CD was once again mixed at theNecromorbus Studio in Alvik, Sweden by Tore Stjerna.

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” track listing:

01. Night Vision
02. De Profundis
03. Black Flames March
04. All That May Bleed
05. The Child Must Die
06. They Rode On
07. Sleepless Evil
08. The Wild Hunt
09. Outlaw
10. Ignem Veni Mittere
11. Holocaust Dawn

The “All That May Bleed” CD will precede the full-length effort at the end of June.

Comments WATAIN: “‘All That May Bleed’ shows but one facet of a quite diverse album, but we chose this song as a first glimpse into ‘The Wild Hunt’ because of its bombastic lunacy and white-eyed malevolence which could be said to constitute a main foundation for the album. The lyric is an invitation to sacrificial blood letting, ecstatic zealotry and human sacrifice. The salt of Satan in the wounds of Christ!”

Side B will be a track called “Play With The Devil”, originally recorded by the black/heavy metal band TAIWAZ in 1988 in WATAIN’s hometown, Uppsala (Gottfrid Åhman from IN SOLITUDE participates on solo guitar on WATAIN’s version).

The single will be released in the following formats:

* Black seven-inch vinyl (limited to 2,000 copies worldwide)
* Red seven-inch vinyl with sticker (only available from Wolfwear.net; limited to 500 copies worldwide)
* Seven-inch picture disc (available from CMdistro.com andWolfwear.net; limited to 500 copies worldwide)
* Digital download

“All That May Bleed” physical release dates:

* Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Finland, Norway and worldwide throughCMdistro.com and Wolfwear.net: Friday, June 21
* UK, Benelux, France, Poland: Monday, June 24
* USA, Spain: Tuesday, June 25
* Sweden: Wednesday, June 26

“All That May Bleed” digital release dates:

* Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Finland, Norway, Italy, Australia, New Zealand: Friday, June 21
* UK: Sunday, June 23
* USA, Spain: Tuesday, June 25
* Sweden, Hungary: Wednesday, June 26
* Rest Of Europe: Monday, June 24

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MASTERPLAN: Official ‘Novum Initium’ Album Trailer

Reposted from Blabbermouth.net

The official trailer for “Novum Initium”, the new album from multinational melodic metallers MASTERPLAN, can be seen at this location. The CD will be released in Europe on June 14 and in North America on June 18 via AFM Records.

“Novum Initium” track listing:

01. Per Aspera Ad Astra
02. The Game
03. Keep Your Dream Alive
04. Black Night Of Magic
05. Betrayal
06. No Escape
07. Pray On My Soul
08. Earth Is Going Down
09. Return From Avalon
10. Through Your Eyes
11. Novum Initium
12. 1492 (digipack bonus track)
13. Fear The Silence (digipack bonus track)

The “Novum Initium” digipack cover artwork can be seen below.

A photo of MASTERPLAN’s new lineup can be seen below. Joining drummer Martin “Marthus” Skaroupka (CRADLE OF FILTH) are vocalist Rick Altzi (AT VANCESANDALINASTHUNDERSTONE), who replaces Jorn Lande, and bassist Jari Kainulainen (STRATOVARIUS,SYMFONIADEVIL’S TRAIN).

In a recent interview with Metal Shock FinlandMASTERPLANguitarist/leader Roland Grapow stated about the band’s new CD: “We are not leaving the MASTERPLAN path too much, but everything we have — the melodic part and a little bit progressive — I would say we’re a little bit more powerful and I’m also mixing the album this time. I want to get a little bit more modern, as the sound we have was created ten years ago. We’re still having the typical sound with melodies, but the drummer is amazing and plays a lot of crazy shit!”

MASTERPLAN’s new lineup:

Rick Altzi – vocals
Roland Grapow – guitars
Axel Mackenrott – keyboards
Jari Kainulainen – bass
Martin “Marthus” Skaroupka – drums

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MALEVOLENT CREATION To Release New Song As Free Download

Reposted from Blabbermouth.net

Florida-based death metal veterans MALEVOLENT CREATION are preparing to record a new track for tentative release in July as a free download. The band says: “[It’s] just a way of getting some new music out to our loyal and much-appreciated fans!”

MALEVOLENT CREATION is also working on songs for a new full-length album. The group states: “It’ll be worth the wait! We’re writing some of the heaviest and fastest material in years!”

“The new MALEVOLENT CREATION is gonna be pretty different than the last album, which [we] always think is good for bands.

“This album is gonna be way fuckin’ HEAVY!!”

Regarding how MALEVOLENT CREATION has managed to retain its musical identity after going through so many lineup changes over the course of the last 20 years, drummer Gus Rios told Rádio Evil: “Since 1997, pretty much every single MALEVOLENT CREATION song anybody’s ever heard, me and Phil [Fasciana, guitar] actually wrote. I live in Fort Lauderdale, and so does Phil, and that’s the songwriting nucleus ofMALEVOLENT. So as long as the two of us are still in the band, it’s always gonna sound like MALEVOLENT CREATION, you know what I mean?! That’s the consistency of the band — the primary songwriters. And then, of course, Brett [Hoffman, vocals].”

MALEVOLENT CREATION’s latest album, “Invidious Dominion”, was released in August 2010 in North America via Nuclear Blast Records (in Europe through Massacre). The effort was made available in various territories as a regular CD; digipack with bonus material; and vinyl LP.

“Invidious Dominion” was recorded at Mana Recording Studios(CANNIBAL CORPSEVITAL REMAINSGOATWHORE) in St. Petersburg, Florida with producer Erik Rutan (MORBID ANGELHATE ETERNALCANNIBAL CORPSE). The CD’s cover art was created by renowned artist Pär Olofsson (THE FACELESSIMMORTALABYSMAL DAWN).

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COFFINS: Tokyo’s Torture Squad Brutalizes With New Noise At Pitchfork

Now less than a month from release is the anticipated fourth full-length from Japan’s kings of mid-paced carnage COFFINS, as The Fleshland engulfs the North American masses on July 9th via Relapse.

As the stench of The Fleshland festers, growing more apparent as the release date closes in, today another slab of the album’s carrion is dropped onto the public via the pungent “Rotten Disciples,” the mantra now playing at mainstream music portal Pitchfork who states the new single, “is classic Coffins, a guttural prayer dredged up from the bowels of Hell and graced with a murky, tortured doom riff and a colossal mid-song groove.”

Listen to the grotesque message of COFFINS and their “Rotten Disciples” with Pitchfork AT THIS LOCATION.

The first whiff of The Fleshland was also released in the form of an animated lyric video for “The Vacant Pale Vessel,” bringing the gorestrewn Chris Moyen cover illustration (Morbosidad, Black Witchery, Incantation, Blasphemy, etc.) to life; view it RIGHT HERE.

Easily one of the most awaited death/doom albums of 2013, The Fleshland is the first proper studio album from COFFINS since their commended Buried Death album, released by 20 Buck Spin in 2008, and first official album for Relapse Records. Recorded at Tokyo’s Noise Room Studio with engineer Shigenori Kobayashi, and produced by Bungo Uchino and the rest of COFFINSThe Fleshland shows the revamped and expanded band lineup smashing down everything in their path, having upped the lineup from a trio to a quartet with a new drummer and full-time vocalist since Buried Death. Nine grisly numbers thunder with the unbeatable mid-paced COFFINS stomp, laying down over forty-five minutes of bruising low-end sludge-infiltrated, plodding doom with possibly the best production values in the band’s meaty catalog of carnage. Relapse will release The Fleshland via CD, download and mammoth 2xLP, including a deluxe black and white artwork edition available only via Relapse mailorder. Preorder package are available HERE.

COFFINS have also confirmed a massive string of live performances across Japan and much of Europe on tour for the coming months including major festivals including Brutal Assault, Party San Metal Open Air, Leperfest and more, with additional excursions being devised. Stay tuned for more info on the The Fleshland as well as 2013 live actions for COFFINS to be released in the coming weeks.

COFFINS Tour Dates:
6/22/2013 Urga – Tokyo, Japan
7/28/2013 Earthdom – Tokyo, Japan
8/07/2013 Cassiopeia – Berlin, Germany
8/08/2013 Brutal Assault Festival – Josefov, CZ
8/09/2013 Party San Metal Open Air – Schlotheim, Germany
8/10/2013 Leperfest – Leper, Belgium
8/11/2013 Bleh Fest @ The Unicorn Camden – London, UK
8/12/2013 La Miroiterie – Paris, France
8/14/2013 Winston – Amsterdam, Netherlands
8/15/2013 Kødboderne 18 – Copenhagen, Denmark
8/16/2013 Pussy A Go Go – Stockholm, Sweden
8/23/2013 Akihabara Ongakukan – Tokyo, Japan
11/01/2013 Kurawood/Asakusa – Tokyo, Japan
11/02/2013 Earthdom – Tokyo, Japan
11/03/2013 Huck Finn/Imaike – Nagoya, Japan
11/04/2013 Conpass/Unagidani – Osaka, Japan

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