Heavy Metal News – March 02, 2013

MASTERPLAN: ‘Novum Initium’ Cover Artwork Unveiled

Reposted from Blabbermouth.net

Multinational melodic metallers MASTERPLAN will release their new album,“Novum Initium”, on April 26 via AFM Records. The CD’s cover artwork can be seen below.

The band last month filmed a video for the song ” Keep Your Dream Alive” in the Luftverteidigungsbunker Erndtebrück, also called “Bunker Erich.”

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

Commented MASTERPLAN guitarist/leader Roland Grapow: “The last years have not been easy for MASTERPLAN. Because of several factors, we have been unable to play festivals and tours — even though we had plenty of offers. But this will definitely change now.

“I’m very happy to welcome Rick and Jari on board now. Beside their undoubted musical qualities, they both fit perfectly into our team.

“We feel a huge motivation to get things going now.

“2013 will be see a new MASTERPLAN album, several festivals and a tour! It’s time to return with full force.”

MASTERPLAN’s new lineup:

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

Back in March 2012, Grapow revealed that he had 15 songs written forMASTERPLAN’s next album. He added, “We are looking for a more powerful album this time… still with great melodies and feelings, but also with more orchestration and faster stuff again… just more metal.”

In an August 2011 interview with the Czech web portal Kultura21.cz,Grapow stated about the status of the songwriting sessions for the nextMASTERPLAN album, “This time we tried not to make demo productions, which have a poor sound — so we wanted to make really nice pre-production [recordings] which sound very close to the album sound, which is very easy [to do] in my studio now. I think we have many, many new ideas which, I guess, are a little bit more modern and more aggressive as well. So we try not to follow any trends of MASTERPLAN — I’m not saying we’re reproducing the first album or the third one or the fifth one. I think we always have to try to make some surprises for the people. The ‘Time To Be King’ album is great, but this new album sounds a bit different again. I always want to do this, because I’m not that kind of guy who wants to make every year the same album.”

On the topic of MASTERPLAN’s numerous lineup changes, Grapow said, “I think it’s always difficult in this band, I guess. If you see, the first album just came out after a big turbulence — leaving HELLOWEENUli [Kusch, drums] and me. I think this band always needs some very bad moments to some great songs. [laughs] And it looks like MASTERPLAN, basically, is my main band, and whoever will sing and whoever will play in the band, I’m happy with. But, basically, at the moment, I’m thinking the main songwriters are Axel now and me. So whatever happens, this band will continue. It’s very important for me to show that we still have the power and the ability to write beautiful melodies and some aggression and rock and metal songs. Whatever we do, we want just to make good-quality stuff.”

MASTERPLAN’s last CD, “Time To Be King”, was released on May 21, 2010 through AFM Records. The CD’s first single, “Far From The End Of The World”, was issued on April 16, 2010.

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AMORPHIS: ‘Hopeless Days’ Lyric Video Released

Reposted from Blabbermouth.net

Finnish melancholic dark metal forerunners AMORPHIS have set “Circle”as the title of their eleventh album, due 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 mastermindPeter Tägtgren, who has previously worked with such bands asCHILDREN OF BODOMCELTIC FROSTIMMORTAL and DIMMU BORGIR. The recordings took place at Petrax Studio (NIGHTWISHCHILDREN OF BODOMKORPIKLAANI) 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 will come with a bonus DVD containing the following:

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

The official lyric video for the song “Hopeless Days” can be seen below.

Apart from the CD+DVD digibook version, “Circle” will be 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.

A short summary about the album’s concept/story that spreads throught out the lyrics by Pekka Kainulainen, who wrote the lyrics for most recentAMORPHIS albums: “The protagonist has been dealt a bad hand at birth. He’s always felt himself an outsider with strong potential to become marginalized. Through an accident, after a crisis, he finds a connection with his inner powers. A guide is sent to him, from some other time and place. He gets a chance to take hold of his own life and change his destiny. From the past of Carelian Finland he finds his own spiritual tribe and the power to turn the course of his doomed life. This is a story of survival.”

Joutsen added about the album title: “‘Circle’ represents integrity. Back in the days, when there was something special to talk about, wise men used to sit in circle. Not everyone was invited to join them. But in this story, the protagonist was invited among the wise men’s circle.”

Regarding the direction of the new AMORPHIS material, the band’s guitarist and founding member Esa Holopainen said: “While promoting‘The Beginning Of Times’, we started to feel that we were giving the same explanations over and over again when people asked about the studio process and how the songs came about. Even though the music was very strong, the making process didn’t offer any surprises and appeared to be quite secured. Now the addition of a new dimension to the developing process has inspired us to focus on our material even more. The songs are extremely strong, bombastic and skull-pummelling.”

“The Beginning Of Times” entered the German Media Control chart at position No. 16 — the best chart position ever scored by an AMORPHISalbum in that country. The CD also landed at position No. 1 on the Finnish chart.

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INTERMENT To Enter Studio Next Weekend

Reposted from Blabbermouth.net

Reactivated Swedish old-school death metallers INTERMENT have issued the following update:

“Well, INTERMENT is still alive if you have been wondering and finally we have some good news to share with you:

INTERMENT will enter the studio next weekend (March 8-10) to nail four new songs and one oldie for some split EPs. One of them will be a 10-inch split with our fellows in BRUTALLY DECEASED (Czech Republic) released by Lavadome Productions spring 2013. Then we’ll contribute with one song for the ‘Imperial Anthems’ split seven-inch series released byCyclone Empire and also to a split seven-inch with ANATOMIA (Japan) released by Goatgrind Records in the end of the year.

* The ‘Into The Crypts Of Blasphemy’ will be re-released on LP byBlack Vomit Records soon. It will be 333 copies on black and white vinyls. The LP was first released by Cyclone Empire 2010 in 500 copies on red vinyl and is sold out.

* We don’t have any gigs/tours/festivals 2013 booked or confirmed so far but we’re working on it and will let you know as soon as we can!

* For those who wonder when we will get the fingers out and record a new full-length, we can’t tell you more than we hope to enter the studio earliest this autumn/winter. Be patient, freaks…”

“Into The Crypts Of Blasphemy” was recorded at Erebos Studios withPeter Bjärgo (TYRANTCRYPT OF KERBEROS). The cover artwork was created by Polish artist Rafal Kruszyk.

INTERMENT released a split CD with FUNEBRARUM“Conjuration Of The Sepulchral”, in January 2007 on Conqueror Of Thorn Records.

The band played its first gig since 1992 at Daniel Ekeroth’s (INSISIONbassist) release party for his book “Swedish Death Metal” on January 26, 2007 at Kafe 44 in Stockholm.

INTERMENT made its first appearance outside Sweden at the 2007 edition of the Party.San Metal Open Air festival, which was held August 9-11, 2007 in Bad Berka, Germany.

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VREID: Welcome Farewell Streaming In Full Courtesy Of Metal Army America

In celebration of its upcoming North American release this Tuesday, Metal Army America is currently streaming VREID’s Welcome Farewell in its entirety for a limited time!Fittingly crowned “energetic, infectious, virulently catchy, and furiously, belligerently aggressive,” by No Clean Singing, Welcome Farewell was recorded at bassist Hváll’s own Studio 1184 and is set for North American release via Indie Recordings, March 5, 2013.

Turn up and tune out at THIS LOCATION.

And be sure to vote for VREID’s Welcome Farewell in Magnet Magazine’s “What Record Are You Most Looking Forward To Next Week?” poll HERE.

Formed in 2004 following the demise of ‘’Sognametal” legends Windirand described by Metal Hammer UK as a “unique time-travel in metal,” VREID seamlessly merge the prime tenets of ‘70s rock, ‘80s classic metal and Norwegian black metal into a difficult-to-pinpoint, expertly arranged sound implosion. Notorious for their well-researched, historically-inspired lyrics, the band’s third and fourth offerings, I Krig andMilorg, were both concept albums based around the liberation work in Norway during World War II. Liberation was also the keyword on VREIDs last offering, V, but placed in a broader historical/philosophic perspective. The lyrics on Welcome Farewelldescribe a lifecycle through a series of short stories, seen from an existential point of view and, inspired by Hváll’s own local community with its nature, architecture and historical artists such as Arne Garborg and Otto Valstad, are more personal than ever before.

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