Heavy Metal News – June 25, 2013

THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER: ‘Goat Of Departure’ Video Released

Reposted from Blabbermouth.net

“Goat Of Departure”, the new video from Michigan’s unstoppable sons of molten melodic death metal THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, can be seen atthis location. The clip, directed by Ben Mayer, was filmed last month in the band’s hometown of Detroit. In typical THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDERfashion, the video is over-the-top and even features the return of a classic THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER character, and a real, live goat.

Says THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER frontman Trevor Strnad: “It’s our pleasure to release our latest exercise in music video stupidity to you all at long last… We’d like to thank Guiness the Goat for penciling us in and all of the rabid THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER fans for getting wild with us. Press the play button and embrace the glory of the goat!”

“Goat Of Departure” comes off THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER’s sixth full-length album, “Everblack”, which sold 13,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 32 on The Billboard 200 chart.

“Everblack” was released on June 11 via Metal Blade Records. The CD was recorded at Audiohammer Studios (lead guitars and vocals),Rustbelt Studios (drums), and Regal Fecal (guitar and bass). Mixing was handled by Jason Suecof and Ryan Williams, mastering was completed by Alan Douches at West West Side Music (SEPULTURA,SUFFOCATIONUNEARTH) in New Windsor, New York. Frontman Trevor Strnad’s horror-inspired lyrics persist on “Everblack”, beginning with“In Hell Is Where She Waits For Me”, a reference to the murder from which the band took for its moniker. The cover artwork was painted by renowned artist Nick Keller.


MACHINE HEAD Announces New Bassist

Reposted from Blabbermouth.net

San Francisco Bay Area metallers MACHINE HEAD have announcedJared MacEachern as their new bass player. Jared has already begun rehearsals with the rest of the band for the upcoming Rockstar Energy Mayhem Drink Festival tour and will soon relocate from North Carolina to Northern California to begin pre-production for MACHINE HEAD’s upcoming eighth studio release.

Some fans might remember MacEachern from MACHINE HEAD’s 2007“The Black Tyranny” tour, on which he performed with his previous band, SANCTITYMACHINE HEAD, challenged to find a fill-in bass player for the North American tour after an injury sidelined their then-four-stringer Adam Duce, also found themselves in need of someone to sing harmony with singer/guitarist Robb FlynnFlynn remembers: “We had locked in Brandon Sigmund of local boys HOSTILITY to play bass on that tour, but we soon realized we’d need someone to hit the high harmonies. Our A&R guy [at Roadrunner Records], Monte Conner, recommended Jared since he was already on the tour, and that ended up being a great call. Jared flew out a few days before the tour and rehearsed with us and did great. What was most impressive about the whole thing was that he was doing double duty — opening for MACHINE HEAD with his band at the time, SANCTITY, and then later singing with us. He would stay sober until after our set, and often get in the van and drive all night. His seriousness and dedication was awesome to see and it stuck with us.”

Earlier this year, MACHINE HEAD conducted an extensive search for candidates through various channels, the most fruitful of which proved to be video submissions. Sifting through more than 400 videos, the band personally reviewed and evaluated everyone’s performances, includingMacEachern, who made the short list without a second thought. Lead guitarist Phil Demmel recalls: “There were dozens of amazing players, and it was interesting to watch each one take on our tunes. One of our biggest criteria for this gig was to be able to sing the high harmonies. That was our litmus test. And Jared passed with flying colors.”

After reviewing all of the submissions, the band narrowed down the 400-plus candidates to a short list of seven, each of whom took a trip to Oakland to perform a handful of songs in person and spend the day hanging with the band. Drummer Dave McClain remembers: “Jaredcame in to the audition and just killed it! Besides being able to nail the bass and vocal harmonies, he also had the vibe and personality to make it feel like we were a BAND again. It was a great feeling and we all knew he was the guy.”

MacEachern first picked up concert bass at 12, and around the same time discovered metal. Jared recalls: “I heard the [METALLICA] song‘Unforgiven’ and really liked it. The next day my friend gave me [METALLICA’s first album] ‘Kill ‘Em All’ and it was over. I became completely enamored with all the metal bands of that time; METALLICA,MEGADETHSLAYER and PANTERA, but when it came to bass, it was all about Cliff Burton, he was, and is my dude.” With a brief stint at the Brevard School for Music Performance, Jared has consistently played bass for the past 22 years, most notably in SANCTITY, where oddly enough, the band needed a guitar player. “That was purely out of necessity,” he explains, “I’d been a bass player, but that gig opened up and I gave it a shot on the six-stringer.”

After extensive global touring with SANCTITY and the birth of Jared’s daughter in 2007, the band’s release from their label ignited Jared’s sense of responsibility and he quit the group to focus on her. But music stayed a part of his life and he continued to jam locally throughout the south with death metal bands FROM A DIG and TELIC, until he saw MACHINE HEAD were in need and thought he’d try out.

Frontman Robb Flynn reflects: “We really wanted a guy that was hungry for this, someone who could live and breathe this with us. Dave would joke around that we didn’t want to get someone too green that’d be, like, ‘Oh my god, is this a dressing room?!’, but we also didn’t want someone who was too jaded by the whole thing and ‘been there done that.’ We thought the perfect guy would be someone who’d paid some dues, who had done nine or ten crummy van tours, and wasn’t broken by that, but inspired to keep going and play music, and in many ways that was Jared. I mean, hell, the guy’s only rode in a bus for two nights, one of which was with us! It brings a really cool level of appreciation to the table, and it shows where his heart’s at.”

Jared enthuses: “I’m ready to get to work! This tour is going to kick ass and the new tunes are heavy as shit! I’m SO looking forward to making good music with good dudes!”

For more information, visit MachineHead1.com.


WATAIN: ‘All That May Bleed’ Lyric Video Released

Reposted from Blabbermouth.net

The official lyric video for the song “All That May Bleed” from Swedish black metallers WATAIN can be seen at this location. The track comes off the band’s new album, “The Wild Hunt”, which will be released on August 19 in Europe and August 20 in USA via Century Media Records. The CD was once again mixed at the Necromorbus Studio in Alvik, Sweden by Tore Stjerna.

The “All That May Bleed” CD single 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
\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



KATAKLYSM Covers SACRED REICH’s ‘The American Way’

Reposted from Blabbermouth.net

Montreal, Quebec, Canada-based death metallers KATAKLYSM recorded a cover version of the SACRED REICH classic “The American Way”during the studio sessions for their new album, “Waiting For The End To Come”, which is tentatively due in October via Nuclear Blast Records. According to KATAKLYSM frontman Maurizio Iacono, the “The American Way” cover “came out top notch.”

The follow-up to 2010’s “Heaven’s Venom”“Waiting For The End To Come” was recorded by KATAKLYSM guitarist Jean-François Dagenais, who has previously worked with MALEVOLENT CREATION,MISERY INDEX and DESPISED ICON, among others, and mixed byChris “Zeuss” Harris (SUFFOCATIONHATEBREEDARSIS). Songtitles set to appear on the CD include “If I was God… I’d Burn It All”“Under Lawless Skies” and “Kill The Elite”.

As previously reported, KATAKLYSM has recruited ex-NEURAXISdrummer Oli Beaudoin to sit behind the kit during the recording sessions for “Waiting For The End To Come”Beaudoin will also play all ofKATAKLYSM’s currenty announced shows starting on June 30 in Costa Rica.

Drummer Max Duhamel announced on April 8 that he was taking a break from KATAKLYSM to deal with issues related to alcohol abuse.

KATAKLYSM’s multidisc DVD, “The Iron Will: 20 Years Determined”, entered the German chart at position No. 98. The set depicts the ups and downs of KATAKLYSM’s long, turbulent career, as well as footage of the band’s performance at last year’s Summer Breeze festival, which took place August 18-20, 2011 in Dinkelsbühl, Germany. The cover art for the release was created by artist Colin Marks (ORIGINEXODUS,NEVERMORE).

KATAKLYSM’s latest album, “Heaven’s Venom”, sold around 2,400 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD landed at position No. 8 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.


CHTHONIC Releases Unsealing The Bú-Tik Art Book; Special Exhibit Opens This Week In Taiwan

Six designers from the famous Taiwanese artist group, Yamyoukan, have completed a book entitled Unsealing the Bú-Tik, which transforms classic scenes in stories recounted viaCHTHONIC’s albums into striking illustrations.

The 32-page Unsealing the Bú-Tik recounts many exciting CHTHONIC tales including the headhunt from the album Seediq Bale, the departure of the Takasago Army from Takasago Army, the final battle at Sing Ling Temple also from Takasago Army as well as Mirror of Retribution, and the travel through time and space in the underworld from CHTHONIC’s latest work, Bú-Tik. Artists who took part in the project, all of whom have had all have had several exhibitions of their own works, include PAPARAYA, KCN, mos, Blaze Wu, Kuki, and Pump. In addition, the book features drawings by bassist Doris Yeh, vocalist Freddy Lim and drummer Dani Wang.

“It has always been our dream to turn the stories in our music into images. I feel so moved as I hold this illustrated book that has just been published in hand,” said Yeh. “I’m really grateful that Yamyoukan invited us to take part in the creation, so that I could pick up the pen again and reunite with my passion for drawing,” added Wang, a fan of comics since he was a child.

With the release of Unsealing the Bú-TikCHTHONIC and Yamyoukan will hold exhibitions in Kaohsiung and Taipei. Fans can order the book online at THIS LOCATION.

CHTHONIC’s seventh studio recording, Bú-Tik, was recorded at Sweden’s Sweetspot Studio by producer Rickard Bengtson, who also worked on 2011’s critically-lauded Takasago Armyfull-length. Centered around the story of the 228 Massacre, the Bú-Tik Palace and the Mirror Of Retribution, Bú-Tik highlights what bassist Doris Yeh describes as “righteous violence, justifiable defense, and the armed spirits!”

Bú-Tik was released digitally in North America via Spinefarm Records US on June 18, 2013 and will be available on CD June 25, 2013. To order, point your browser HERE


MUMAKIL: Third LP Out This Week Via Relapse; Full Album Streaming At Decibel

Relapse Records this week officially unleashes Flies Will Starve, the anticipated third full-length from Swiss grind battalion MUMAKIL.

As enthusiastic reviews and reactions from internationally-based journalists and media outlets continue to rush in, it’s now time for the impact of MUMAKIL’s twenty-four track, thirty-six minute bloodbath Flies Will Starve to be witnessed by the public masses. The oppressive percussion on the album only relaxes for a second at a time to build-up the next blinding blast, the jackhammering riffs hurling forth their most death-influenced riffing and ferocious vocal bloodbath, the attack captured at their prime killing capacity, produced by the band at Terrier 5 in Geneva.

Today, Decibel Magazine is hosting an exclusive track-by-track breakdown of each track on Flies Will Starvealongside a stream of the entire gutting album RIGHT HERE.


HAVOK: Album Streaming In Full At MetalSucks

In celebration of its official North American detonation tomorrow, today MetalSucks is streaming HAVOK’s Unnatural Selection in its entirety!

Called, “a contender for one of the best albums of this year because there are simply no flaws in the design,” by Metal Injection, Unnatural Selection was produced by Terry Date (Pantera, Overkill, Deftones) and was mastered by James Murphy (Testament, Death). Notes MetalSucks of the explosive offering, “While speed metal’s forefathers continue to disappoint us left and right, HAVOK proudly carry the torch everything awesome about the genre: irrepressible energy, flesh-singeing velocity, and razor-sharp anthems custom made for the purpose of shotgunning beers.”

Check out Unnatural Selection for a limited time at THIS LOCATION.

Additionally, fans can still check out the lyric video for “Give Me Liberty… Or Give Me Death” at this location.


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