Heavy Metal News – March 13, 2013

HYPOCRISY: Second ‘End Of Disclosure’ Album Trailer Available

Reposted from Blabbermouth.net

The second trailer for “End Of Disclosure”, the new album from Swedish death metallers HYPOCRISY, can be seen below. Due in Europe on March 22 via Nuclear Blast Records, the CD was produced by HYPOCRISYmastermind Peter Tägtgren at his Abyss Studio in Sweden. The artwork was created by Wes Benscoter (SLAYERKREATORNILEVADER).

A listening party for the new album took place on January 12 at Abyss Studios. A four-minute video clip shot at the event, featuring the first impressions of the international press, can be seen below.

“This time, I wanted to go back to the basics,” says Peter. “[I] felt like we lost it for the last couple of albums. It’s straight to the point. It’s moreHYPOCRISY than ever — the fast, the heavy, the epic. Enjoy!”

“End Of Disclosure” track listing:

01. End Of Disclosure
02. Tales Of Thy Spineless
03. The Eye
04. United We Fall
05. 44 Double Zero
06. Hell Is Where I Stay
07. Soldier Of Fortune
08. When Death Calls
09. The Return

HYPOCRISY’s latest DVD/CD, “Hell Over Sofia – 20 Years Of Chaos And Confusion”, was released in October 2011 via Nuclear Blast. The disc contains footage of the band’s February 27, 2010 concert at the Blue Box club in Sofia, Bulgaria.

HYPOCRISY’s latest album, “A Taste Of Extreme Divinity”, sold 1,400 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD landed at position No. 23 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.

“End Of Disclosure” album trailer #2:

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SIX FEET UNDER: Another New Song Available For Streaming

Reposted from Blabbermouth.net

“Neuro Osmosis”, a brand new song from death metal behemoths SIX FEET UNDER, can be streamed at PureGrainAudio.com. It is also available below. The track comes off the band’s tenth full-length album, “Unborn”, which will be released on March 19 via Metal Blade Records. The follow-to to 2012’s “Undead” was mixed by Chris “Zeuss” Harris, who has previously worked with SUICIDE SILENCEALL THAT REMAINS,SHADOWS FALL and SOULFLY, among others. The cover artwork for the CD can be found below.

“Unborn” track listing:

01. Neuro Osmosis
02. Prophecy
03. Zombie Blood Curse
04. Decapitate
05. Incision
06. Fragment
07. Alive To Kill You
08. The Sinister Craving
09. Inferno
10. Psychosis
11. The Curse Of Ancients

“Unborn” will be released as an exclusive European box-set edition which will include the limited digipak of “Unborn” and a bonus track entitled“Illusions”. Additionally the box will feature a poster, a patch, two pins and a sticker plus enough space for last year’s “Undead” album. The bonus track will be featured on the vinyl version of “Unborn” as well.

Led by the inimitable Chris Barnes, owner of one of the most powerful and instantly recognizable voices in the genre, SIX FEET UNDER are returning with an overhauled lineup that sees them reinvigorated and churning out some of the most visceral music they have ever put their name to.

In November of 2010 when vocalist and founding member Chris Barnesfirst started to get the idea of working with new writers for SIX FEET UNDER’s next release, he contacted Rob ArnoldJari Laine, and Ben Savage to share in the writing process. After just two years of writing and recording 20 plus tracks, and releasing “Undead” in May of 2012, SIX FEET UNDER are now proud to unveil “Undead”’s demented fraternal twin…

“The journey to create, write, and record ‘Undead’ and ‘Unborn’ has been the most challenging and exciting musical endeavor and process I have ever been involved with,” says Barnes. “Working with all these amazing writers and musicians like Ben Savage (WHITECHAPEL) on songs like ‘Neuro Osmosis’ and ‘Fragment’ are some of the most dynamic, beautiful, and brutal songs I’ve ever had the pleasure of putting lyrics to.” Barnes continues, “I believe Ben is a true innovator of the death metal genre. It was also a lot of fun working Jari Laine fromTORTURE KILLER again. We wrote a great album together a few years back called ‘Swarm!’— one of my favorite releases I’ve been involved with — and Jari is someone who I have really wanted to work with again ever since. I wanted to revisit collaborating with Jari because of how well we work together; proof of that on ‘Unborn’ are the hook heavy sounds of songs like ‘Zombie Blood Curse’ and ‘Incision’.”

Barnes concludes, “I can’t wait for ‘Unborn’ to be unleashed upon the death metal masses this spring!! ‘Unborn’ is gonna make you wish you were never born.”

SIX FEET UNDER in May 2012 announced the addition of Swedish rhythm guitarist Ola Englund (FEAREDSCARPOINT) to the group’s ranks.Englund, who made his first official appearance with the band on the “18 Nights Of Blood Tour”, took the place of Rob Arnold (CHIMAIRA).

“Undead” was released on May 22, 2012 through Metal Blade Records. The 12-track CD was produced by Mark Lewis (DEICIDEDEVILDRIVER) and mixed by Jason Suecof (WHITECHAPELJOB FOR A COWBOY), atAudioHammer Studios in Sanford, Florida.

SIX FEET UNDER last year parted ways with bassist Matt DeVries and replaced him with Jeff Hughell, formerly of the Santa Cruz, California technical death metal band BRAIN DRILL and Concord, California death metal group VILE, and currently of RECIPROCAL.

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IRON MAIDEN Launches ‘Trooper’ Beer

Reposted from Blabbermouth.net

British rock legends IRON MAIDEN have teamed up with Cheshire family brewers Robinsons to create a new beer, Trooper.

Real ale fan and history aficionado Bruce DickinsonMAIDEN’s vocalist, played a major role in developing the unique flavour of the beer, entailing ongoing visits to Robinson’s brewery in Stockport. Dickinson’s on-stage Union Jack flag-waving military character is an iconic element of the band’s live concerts and “The Trooper”, written by bassist Steve Harris, is one of MAIDEN’s most popular songs and one of the highlights of anyMAIDEN show.

Announcing the partnership, Oliver Robinson, managing director ofRobinsons, said: “This collaboration — between two huge British success stories — makes for an ideal and natural match; Bruce Dickinson loves his real ale, and Robinsons Brewery is one of Britain’s most established and respected independent family-owned brewers.”

And Bruce Dickinson added: “I’m a lifelong fan of traditional English ale; I thought I’d died and gone to heaven when we were asked to create our own beer. I have to say that I was very nervous: Robinsons are the only people I have had to audition for in 30 years. Their magic has been to create the alchemical wedding of flavor and texture that is Trooper. I love it.”

Robinsons has been brewing award-winning beers from its Unicorn Brewery in Stockport for 175 years. Best known for its legendary “Old Tom” strong ale, which was voted “World’s Best Beer” by the international Beers Of The World publication, it is Robinsons’ younger ales (Dizzy Blonde and “Build A Rocket Boys!” beer; produced in partnership with Manchester bandELBOW) that have lately been causing a stir in the beer world and introducing future ale drinking generations to Robinsons.

Oliver Robinson said: “Trooper is a premium British ale with true depth of character and flavor. For more than thirty years, the unmistakable icon ofEddie, the band’s instantly recognizable mascot, has adorned every album cover, T-shirt and poster — so it is fitting that Eddie will now adorn the cask pump clip and take centre stage on the bottle label of Trooper.

“Not only do IRON MAIDEN genuinely enjoy a good pint of cask ale, but so do many of their fans — and they have an important part to play in our customer base. This partnership works for both of us. Music and beer are great treats for the senses in their own right, but the combination is very powerful. Authentic collaborations such as this are invaluable not only to our company but to the industry as a whole, because it shows that the world of real ale is more than just manufacturing, it is liquid artistry by the people who brew it — and for the people who drink it.”

Fans of both IRON MAIDEN and real ale can sign up to get news and updates on Trooper Premium British Beer from www.ironmaidenbeer.com, where bottles will be available to purchase by both U.K. and overseas customers from May 2013.

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FINNTROLL: Official ‘Blodsvept’ Album Trailer

Reposted from Blabbermouth.net

The official trailer for “Blodsvept”, the sixth album from Finnish metal marauders FINNTROLL, can be seen below. The CD will be released viaCentury Media Records on the following dates:

* Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Finland, Norway: Friday, March 22
* Spain, Italy: Tuesday, March 26
* Sweden, Hungary: Wednesday, March 27
* Rest Of Europe: Monday, March 25
* Australia, New Zealand: Friday, March 29
* USA, Canada: Tuesday, April 2

The follow-up to 2010’s “Nifelvind” was recorded at Sonic Pump Studiosin Helsinki and was mastered by Mika Jussila at Finnvox Studios.FINNTROLL’s Henri “Trollhorn” Sorvali and his bandmates produced the album themselves, while the CD cover artwork was handled by FINNTROLLguitar player Samuli “Skyrmer” Ponsimaa.

“Blodsvept” track listing:

01. Blodsvept
02. Ett Folk Förbannat
03. När Jättar Marschera
04. Mordminnen
05. Rösets Kung
06. Skövlarens Död
07. Skogsdotter
08. Häxbrygd
09. Tva Ormar
10. Fanskapsfylld
11. Midvinterdraken

Check out the cover artwork below.

FINNTROLL filmed a video for the song “Häxbrygd” on March 8-9. Photos from the video shoot can be found on the Facebook page of Soundimagazine (courtesy of Timo Isoaho).

In regards to the new album, FINNTROLL commented on their studio blog: “Combining our trademark sound with even more influences from non- traditional genres in metal music, we have created 11 songs which show you everything we want to offer. And boy, wasn’t that one of the hardest tasks for some time. After all, how do you keep your sound fresh, yet familiar, after 6 albums and 15 years?

“At some point, we were afraid that the songs are not melodic enough. Then we started to fear they became too melodic. Then we let the songs rest for a while and molded them more in a way that the non-melodic stuff got something to hum with, and the cheesy pop songs were arranged more stripped and aggressive. We were confident, yet sometimes scared what will people think of the stuff we’ve been doing so hard. What if they hate it? That would be fine, but if they would hate it because the material was uninspiring, boring and done-to-death, that would be a huge disappointment. So, we kept pushing and tried to keep it fresh all the time, while still having the ‘this has to be FINNTROLL because no other band sounds this insane’ — grinning going on.”

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JUDAS PRIEST: Teaser For ‘Epitaph’ DVD And Blu-Ray

Reposted from Blabbermouth.net

A teaser for JUDAS PRIEST’s “Epitaph” DVD and Blu-ray, containing professionally filmed video footage of the the final show of the band’s“Epitaph” world tour on May 26, 2012 at the Hammersmith Apollo in London, England, can be seen at this location. The set, which is due later in the year, was directed by Brickwall’s Alex Walker and sound-engineered byRichard Kayvan and Tom Allom, the mastermind behind countless seminal metal records.

The setlist for the London concert was as follows:

01. Rapid Fire
02. Metal Gods
03. Heading Out To The Highway
04. Judas Rising
05. Starbreaker
06. Victim Of Changes
07. Never Satisfied
08. Diamonds & Rust (JOAN BAEZ cover)
09. Prophecy
10. Night Crawler
11. Turbo Lover
12. Beyond The Realms Of Death
13. The Sentinel
14. Blood Red Skies
15. The Green Manalishi (With The Two Pronged Crown) (FLEETWOOD MAC cover)
16. Breaking The Law
17. Drum Solo
18. Painkiller

Encore:

19. The Hellion (taped intro) / Electric Eye

Encore 2:

20. Hell Bent For Leather
21. You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’

Encore 3:

22. Living After Midnight

According to a new post on JUDAS PRIEST’s official web site, the British heavy metal legends “are working in the studio on their new album — and all is going is really well!”

PRIEST’s forthcoming album will mark the recording and songwriting debut of the band’s new guitarist, Richie Faulkner, who replaced co-founderK.K. Downing in 2011.

Asked what fans can fans expect from the group’s next CD, JUDAS PRIEST lead singer Rob Halford said in an August 2012 interview, “We’ve already got a strong cross-section of ideas, some of them complete, some of them in bits and pieces. It’s shaping up to be quite intense, in terms of the riffage and the strength of certain tracks. Much like every time you try and talk about music, it’s practically impossible to capture it. You can only point it in the direction of where things are shaping up, and it’s just glorious. If I try to pinpoint it, there are elements of ‘British Steel’ and there elements of ‘Painkiller’ in terms of the vibe. We’ve got a really solid record coming together slowly in a strong metal way that will make all of our PRIEST fans around the world very happy and content. At least I hope it does.”

Regarding a possible release date for the new PRIEST album, Halford said, “I’m not really sure. It’ll be ready when it’s ready. We’re not under the same clock as we used to be. I remember in the ’80s we were banging out a record almost every year, and that was on top of putting in a world tour. We have the luxury now, if you want to call it that, of taking our time. And that’s just because that’s the way it is. We’re just as eager to get this done as ever, but we do it at a slower pace. It’s that British thing, you know? [laughs] It’s that monarchy thing. Let’s look forward to that moment for another PRIEST record for everyone to bang their heads to.”

In a November 2011 interview with Ultimate Classic RockHalfordstated about PRIEST’s plans for the upcoming CD, “Glenn and I started to write in the early part of January [of 2011]. We just went to it from the heart really, there was no specific agenda or idea, as opposed to what we had to do with ‘Nostradamus’, which was very focused and a real anchor of a project. This one has just been some straight-forward, classic British heavy metal. Some of it feels a bit like ‘Painkiller’, some of it feels like‘Sad Wings Of Destiny’, some like ‘British Steel’. We didn’t do much research, we didn’t bother checking some of our previous releases, we didn’t do any homework, we just sat down and played, you know? Glenncame up with riffs and I came up with vocal melodies. There was no outside influence or interference in the writing sessions. We just started the day, plugged in some amps, got the mic up and made the metal that way. It’s a very pure record, in that respect.”

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VOLBEAT: ‘Cape Of Our Hero’ Video Released

Reposted from Blabbermouth.net

“Cape Of Our Hero”, the new video from Danish metal rock ‘n’ rollersVOLBEAT, can be seen at this location. The song comes off the band’s fifth studio album, “Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies”, which will be released in Germany, Austria and Switzerland on April 5, in the rest of Europe on April 8, and in North America on April 9 via Vertigo/Republic Records/Universal Music.

Seamlessly bringing together all of the band’s influences and reshaping them into something gleaming and new, “Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies” is a record that’s rich with stories and characters woven throughout its lyrics. Some are real — like the noble lady outlaw Pearl Hart, who held up a stagecoach to buy medicine for her dying mother, orLola Montez, the erotic dancer with her infamous “Spider Dance,” or “Black Bart,” the gentleman highwayman who wrote poems for the people he robbed. Others are entirely fictional. “The Nameless One” is a cautionary tale of dabbling in the dark arts, featuring the mysterious and sinister character of the title. Elsewhere, “Room 24”, featuring King Diamond, was inspired by a terrifying experience in a hotel room somewhere in the heart of America.

“Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies” finds the core trio of Michael Poulsen (vocals/guitar), Anders Kjølholm (bass) and Jon Larsen(drums) joined by former ANTHRAX/THE DAMNED THINGS guitarist Rob Caggiano, who produced the album with longtime VOLBEAT co-producerJacob Hansen.

“It’s a new vibe for VOLBEAT,” says Poulsen. “You’ve got everything — the rockabilly stuff, the melodies, the ultra-heavy stuff, the Western motifs and the big rock songs. It’s everything that VOLBEAT are all about, but taken even further.” The album title is a phrase that evokes another time, an era when elegant lawbreakers were the rock stars of the day. It tips its fedora to everything from the bad men (and women) of the old west to the old school metal bands who influenced the young Michael Poulsen to form his first band, DOMINUS, back in the early 90s.

As with so many classic albums, the seeds of “Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies” were sown on the road in Europe and the U.S. That’s where Poulsen began playing around with ideas and riffs, recording them on his mobile phone and directly to an amp. “Melody, lyrics, everything — it’s just working non-stop in my head,” he shares. When the band eventually returned to Denmark, it was time to go to work. The band leader recalls, “We came back from the U.S. after touring a lot over there, and isolated ourselves in our own homes for six months to finish off the album. That peace was something I needed. Even though it’s very inspiring to write on the road, it’s more comfortable to write at home.”

It was there that the album truly began to take shape. Poulsen would close the curtains, turn off the light and draw inspiration from the old Western movies he’d watched as a child with his father. Watching the old spaghetti westerns he’s watched with his father provided a catalyst for inspiration. He offers, “Sometimes it’s just about the right feeling — the scenery, the lines, the dusty look. I have my own soundtrack when I see those kind of pictures.”

You can hear the influence of the Old West right from the start in “Let’s Shake Some Dust”, an evocative intro track that features harmonica from acclaimed blues harp player Paul Lamb. You can hear it again in the rampaging “Black Bart”, which Poulsen describes as “our country-MOTÖRHEAD song,” and in the banjos that pepper the chorus of the hard-as-steel “Doc Holliday”, a tribute to the legendary lawman and associate of the Wyatt Earp gang. But “Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies” is no country and western record. If it was a car, it would be a 1973 Stutz Blackhawk with monster truck wheels — vintage and modern, stylish and muscular.

You can hear echoes of classic ’50s rock ‘n’ roll in the soaring; “Pearl Hart”, and the live classic-in-waiting “Lola Montez”. The band’s metal roots come to the fore via the heavy riffage of “Dead But Rising” and“The Nameless One”, while the ghostly “The Lonesome Rider” – which finds Michael duetting with Sarah Blackwood of Canadian band WALK OFF THE EARTH like a modern-day Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash— beats with a rockabilly heart. Elsewhere, they bring some greased-back energy to “My Body”, a cover of the hit song by U.S. pop-punk outfitYOUNG THE GIANT, while the brooding album closer “Our Loved Ones” is the nearest thing they’ve ever written to a ballad. Poulsen offers, “When I was growing up, my dad and mother played a lot of old records — Elvis,Fats DominoJerry Lee Lewis and Chuck Berry. I love that stuff — it’s a drug somehow. My own record collection growing up was metal. But I listen to a lot of different styles of music. If something moves you, I don’t care what it is.”

The track “Room 24” features a massive coup for VOLBEAT with the guest appearance from King Diamond, the legendary front man of Danish metal pioneers MERCYFUL FATE, and one of Poulsen’s musical idols.Michael reveals, “I’m a huge fan of MERCYFUL FATE and KING DIAMOND. Having King on the record is a huge privilege. Normally, it’s not something he does. He wrote his own lines, and it is half my lyrics and half his. It’s a weird, scary story, and he’s the perfect person for it.” Additional guests include Anders Pedersen on slide guitar, Rod Sinclair on banjo and Jakob Øelund on double bass.

The album itself was recorded in the legendary PUK Studios in Randers, Denmark, with Jacob Hansen and Rob Caggiano sharing production duties, which brought a new dynamic to proceedings. Poulsen reflects, “I love Jacob Hansen’s work. He’s part of VOLBEAT, and we worked together on all the albums so far. I started flirting with the idea of bringingRob in as a producer too because he produced ANTHRAX and THE DAMNED THINGS, and I like the sound of what he did there. I thought, ‘That could be a really cool combination,’ as both are quality guys with really high standards.”

In closing, Poulsen sums it up in sharing, “I chose this way of living because I love playing music and I love touring. We wanted to write, we wanted to be inspired by our idols, we just wanted to rock out. That, for me, is what music is all about.”

“Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies” track listing:

01. Let’s Shake Some Dust
02. Pearl Heart
03. The Nameless One
04. Dead But Rising
05. Cape Of Our Hero
06. Room 24 (feat. King Diamond)
07. The Hangman’s Body Count
08. My Body (YOUNG THE GIANT cover)
09. Lola Montez
10. Black Bart
11. The Lonesome Rider (feat. Sarah Blackwood)
12. The Sinner Is You
13. Doc Holliday
14. Our Loved Ones

Limited-edition bonus disc

15. Ecotone
16. Lola Montez (harp version)
17. 7 Shots (live Wacken 2012)
18. Evelyn (live Wacken 2012)
19. Evelyn (2010 demo)

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