Heavy Metal News – March 21, 2013

KVELERTAK: ‘Månelyst’ Video Released

Reposted from Blabbermouth.net

“Månelyst”, the new video from Norwegian rockers KVELERTAK, can be seen below. Directed by Fredrik Hana, the clip captures the director’s adoration for horror films which was only amplified by KVELERTAK’s blistering riffs.

“Månelyst” comes off KVELERTAK’s sophomore album, “Meir” (which means “more” in English), which will be released on March 26 viaRoadrunner Records. The CD was produced by CONVERGE’s Kurt Ballouand features cover artwork by John Dyer Baizley.

“It is both catchy and heavy; we’re pushing our limits in both ends of that spectre. It’s very varied and there are a lot of surprises in store. I mean, it’s unlike anything I myself have heard before, so we even managed to surprise ourselves,” said lead singer Erlend Hjelvik.

“Meir”’s first single, “Bruane Brenn”, had early critical acclaim from several tastemaker outlets including Stereogum, which raved, “It’s a total blast of riffs, adrenaline, football chants, and guitar solos, and in its four minutes, you get five decades of rock ‘n’ roll, compressed into one massive speedball hit.”

KVELERTAK’s euphorically-received self-titled 2011 debut was iTunes2011’s U.S. Metal Breakthrough Artist of The Year. Pitchfork described their sound as having “monolithic walls of adrenal-gland-strangling sound” while LA Weekly named frontman Erland Hjelvik #2 on their list of top ten metal frontmen (and women) under 30.

Overseas the band has racked up numerous accolades. KVELERTAK was called “the best Norwegian debut of all time” by Norwegian rock authorityAsbjørn Slettemark, named “Best Debut Album” by Metal HammerGermany, “Best New Artist” and “Best Rock Album” at theSpellemannprisen (Norway’s Grammy equivalent) and has received countless additional critical acclaim from Metal Hammer U.K. andKerrang! who called them “the most exciting new band on the planet.”

From storming 2011’s SXSW festival to being personally invited byMASTODON to support them in Bergen, Norway, to Dave Grohl presenting them with their first gold discs at a sold-out show at Telenor Arena, Norway’s largest indoor venue, KVELERTAK, or “chokehold” in English, are only getting started.

KVELERTAK is Erlend Hjelvik (vocals), Vidar Landa (guitars), Bjarte Lund Rolland (guitars), Maciek Ofstad (guitars), Marvin Nygaard (bass) and Kjetil Gjermundrød (drums).

“Meir” track listing:

01. Åpenbaring
02. Spring Fra Livet
03. Trepan
04. Bruane Brenn
05. Evig Vandrar 
06. Snilepisk
07. Månelyst
08. Nekrokosmos
09. Undertro
10. Tordenbrak
11. Kvelertak

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LOST SOCIETY: ‘Trash All Over You’ Video Released

Reposted from Blabbermouth.net

“Trash All Over You”, the new video from Finnish thrashers LOST SOCIETY, can be seen below. The song comes off the band’s debut album, “Fast Loud Death”, which was released on March 15 via Nuclear Blast Records. The CD was recorded at Sonic Pump Studios(FINNTROLLSONATA ARCTICAOMNIUM GATHERUM) in Helsinki, Finland with producer Nino Laurenne (AMORPHISENSIFERUMLORDI) and it features cover artwork by Ed Repka (MEGADETHDEATH,SANCTUARYVENOM).

Comments LOST SOCIETY vocalist/guitarist Samy Elbanna: “Many people have asked us why we misspelled the song title [‘Trash All Over You’]. We always give the same answer: It’s not about the thrash genre, but depicts how the whole world is collapsing on you. All the problems in the world seem to pile up and you get trashed all over. The song carries the feeling of being mad at everything and everyone at the same time — it’s something we all can relate to.”

Regarding the album artwork, Elbanna said: “When we heard that the one and only Ed Repka would be responsible for the album art, we were thrilled, as he created some of the most killer album covers of all times! The result looks absolutely amazing and truly captures the album’s theme — a bus full of crazy people who blew it up big time!”

Added Repka: “This was a lot of work but a fun project, since both the band and the label were great to work with and very receptive to my input. LOST SOCIETY’s comical concept of their tour bus leaving a town destroyed was cool, but to make it even more crazy, I added the pop-culture ‘monster in car’ aspect, giving the whole image a distinct, aggressive presence. Another tongue-in-cheek metal masterpiece is born!”

“Fast Loud Death” is available as a limited digipak, deluxe digital download via iTunes and black vinyl in gatefold, all of them including two bonus tracks. Moreover, a limited digipak plus a t-shirt bundle as well as a limited blue-transparent 2LP in gatefold are exclusively available via theNuclear Blast mail order.

“Fast Loud Death” track listing:

01. N.W.L. 
02. Trash All Over You
03. E.A.G. 
04. KILL (Those Who Oppose Me)
05. Bitch, Out’ My Way
06. Fast Loud Death
07. Lead Through The Head
08. Diary Of A Thrashman
09. Toxic Avenger
10. This Is Me
11. Braindead Metalhead
12. Piss Out My Ass
13. Fatal Anoxia

Bonus tracks:

14. Escape From Delirium
15. I Stole Your Love (KISS cover song)

Founded in early 2010 by thrash/speed metal enthusiast Samy Elbanna in the Finnish town of Jyväskylä, LOST SOCIETY played a number of gigs around Finland before taking part in the world-renowned GBOB (Global Battle Of the Bands). After winning the preliminary round in their hometown, they were invited to the finals held in Helsinki, where they prevailed over 13 other contestants. The grand finals of GBOB 2012 took place at The Scala in London on December 9, 2012 and featured 18 bands from all over the world, including LOST SOCIETY.

LOST SOCIETY is:

Samy Elbanna – Vocals, Guitar
Arttu Lesonen – Guitar
Mirko Lehtinen – Bass
Ossi Paananen – Drums

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GAMA BOMB: ‘Terrorscope’ Video Released

Reposted from Blabbermouth.net

“Terrorscope”, the new video from Irish thrashers GAMA BOMB, can be seen below. The song comes off the band’s fourth album, “The Terror Tapes”, which will be released on April 19 in Europe and May 7 the U.S. via AFM Records. The cover for the follow-up to 2009’s “Tales From The Grave In Space” was illustrated by veteran movie poster artist Graham Humphreys, who created pieces for classics “A Nightmare On Elm Street” and “Evil Dead”.

“We grew up in terror of VHS covers painted by Graham, but we never knew his name,” says GAMA BOMB vocalist Philly Byrne. “We found him, had the audacity to chat to him, and now it’s a dream come true to work together and to see the astounding work he’s done for us.

“The cover shows a man being consumed by a giant, living tape machine. It’s got the feeling of a grubby old 1980s video sleeve, I think. It ties in perfectly with our obsession with old technology and mad horror imagery. It’s the best album cover we’ve ever had. Everyone else’s album art sucks because of this.”

“The Terror Tapes” will be preceded by a single for the track“Terrorscope”, available both as a completely free download on March 26, with a vinyl release following in April.

“It was really important to us to give people some music for nothing,” saysByrne. “It’s how we get our music and we want people to know we’re cool with them doing that, as long as they support us. Support comes from a lot of different places, not just the front pocket.”

“The Terror Tapes” track listing:

01. The Wrong Stuff
02. Legend of Speed
03. Backwards Bible
04. Beverly Hills Robocop
05. Smoke The Blow With Willem Dafoe
06. We Started The Fire
07. Terrorscope
08. The Cannibals Are In The Streets – All Flesh Must Be Eaten
09. Shitting Yourself To Live
10. Matrioshka Brain
11. Metal Idiot
12. Wrecking Ball

Regarding the musical direction of “The Terror Tapes”Byrne, says: “I think this album’s really going to shock people. We’re not afraid to write brash, outrageous songs that will make people stand up and shout. There are some straight-up classics on this album and we can’t wait for everyone to hear it.”

He adds: “It’s been a long road to bring ‘The Terror Tapes’ to life. I had throat surgery, Domo [Dixon, guitar] had a tendon injury, we changed our lineup, we recorded without a label, did it all the hard way. We worked hard and got through and made a great album which we’re proud to be releasing with such great guys as AFM, who really believe in what we’re doing. We’ve spent long enough in the shadows; now we’re ready to re-emerge.”

“Tales From The Grave In Space” was given away as a free download via Rapidshare with GAMA BOMB’s then-label Earache Records.

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EVILE And ENTOMBED To Release Split Vinyl For Record Store Day

Britain’s EVILE will be celebrating this year’s Record Store Day by releasing a split 7” picture disc vinyl with Swedish death metal legends ENTOMBED.

The limited edition release will feature ENTOMBED’s classic 1990 track, “Drowned”, along with EVILE’s incredible 2012 cover version, available on vinyl for the first time.  The 7” will be available in independent record stores on Saturday, April 20th in strictly limited quantities.

Local favourites EVILE will also be performing a special show for fans at Crash Records in Leeds, UK on April 20th at 4pm.  Space is limited, but fans who buy the 7” vinyl from Crash Records on the day will get free entry to the show (space permitting).

EVILE drummer BEN CARTER comments:

“Evile are looking forward to making some stupidly heavy noise at Crash Records in Leeds on Saturday, 20th April in support of Record Store Day!  We’re going to start destroying ears at 4pm, so make sure to get in early as space will be VERY limited!  We guarantee this show will be utter carnage and something very different than the norm.  We can’t wait to see how a circle pit will work in a record store and need our fans there to show us!!!  To mark the occasion, we’ll be selling our new exclusive 7” split of our cover of Entombed’s ‘Drowned’, with Entombed’s original on the flipside.  All this is to show support to indie retailers, so get yer asses down to Crash and show your support for the old school!!!”

View the EVILE Record Store Day flyer at http://earacherecords.com/myspace/evile_rsd_crash.jpg

Founded in 2007 and officially kicked off in 2008 by METALLICA, Record Store Day takes place on the third Saturday of every April and brings together artists and independently-owned record stores around the world to celebrate the art of music.  Special vinyl and CD releases and various promotional products are made exclusively for the day and sold in independent stores.

For more information about Record Store Day and to see the list of participating UK stores, go to http://www.recordstoreday.co.uk

See EVILE live at the following shows:

Apr. 20 – Leeds, UK – Crash Records (Record Store Day UK show)
Apr. 26 – Dublin, Ireland – The Academy *
Apr. 27 – Manchester, UK – HMV Ritz *
Apr. 28 – London, UK – HMV Forum *
Jun. 14 – Wervik, Belgium – SkullFest
Jun. 28 – Lesmahagow, UK – Les Fest
Aug. 24 – Werrington, UK – Scar Fest

* with KREATOR

View the KREATOR tour flyer at http://earacherecords.com/myspace/evile_kreator_apr13.jpg

EVILE’s latest album, FIVE SERPENT’S TEETH, is available now on CD and limited edition coloured vinyl, and is also available from the Earache Webstore in a range of exclusive “Serpent Cult” fan packs.

Get the album now in Europe at http://bit.ly/c7wbbN or in North America at http://bit.ly/9aOHhw

FIVE SERPENT’S TEETH is also available on iTunes at http://bit.ly/nMSZGC

Watch EVILE’s latest music video for the track “In Dreams of Terror” at http://youtu.be/sSllmP3FLCE

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