Heavy Metal News – May 29, 2013

SKELETONWITCH: New Album Title Announced

Reposted from Blabbermouth.net

Ohio metallers SKELETONWITCH have set “Serpents Unleashed” as the title of their new album, due this fall via Prosthetic Records. The follow-up to 2011’s “Forever Abomination” was recorded this spring atGodCity Studio with Kurt Ballou (CONVERGEKVELERTAKHIGH ON FIRE).

SKELETONWITCH is currently headlining a primarily Canadian tour that includes an appearance at the annual Calgary Metal Fest on June 8. Shortly after it wraps up, the band will play its first-ever show in Puerto Rico at La Respuesta on July 13.

The follow-up to 2009’s “Breathing The Fire”SKELETONWITCH’s latest album, “Forever Abomination”, was recorded at a Los Angeles studio with producer Matt Hyde (SLAYERMACHINE HEADKREATOR).

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THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER: Another New Song Available For Streaming

Reposted from Blabbermouth.net

“Goat Of Departure”, a brand new song from Michigan’s unstoppable sons of molten melodic death metal THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, can be streamed using the SoundCloud widget at this location. The track comes off the band’s sixth full-length album, “Everblack”, which will be released on June 11 via Metal Blade Records. The CD was recorded atAudiohammer Studios (lead guitars and vocals), Rustbelt Studios(drums), and Regal Fecal (guitar and bass). Mixing was handled byJason Suecof and Ryan Williams, mastering was completed by Alan Douches at West West Side Music (SEPULTURASUFFOCATION,UNEARTH) 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.

Strnad elaborates on the lyrical concepts: “The opening track is the first actual song we’ve done about the Black Dahlia. This one is for the fans… they’ve been asking for this to happen for a long time. The story takes place at the Elizabeth Short’s rain drenched funeral, where her killer in attendance… just one of the many macabre tales woven into the fabric of‘Everblack’. Subterranean flesh-farming vampires, vine rape, Jeffery Dahmer, amputation… it’s all here! With this sixth slab of sickness I tried my best to honor the band’s legacy and write lyrics that will keep the legions of horror fiends perspiring with fear.”

Available at MetalBlade.com/bdm are a variety of limited edition pre-order bundles. Fans can grab “Everblack” on a triple gatefold double LP with purple/white marbled vinyl, along with “crime scene bundles.” An evidence pack, which includes toe tags, deceased band member photos, spent shotgun shells, and more can be viewed now. These bundles are extremely limited and expected to sell out quickly.

“Everblack” track listing:

01. In Hell Is Where She Waits For Me
02. Goat Of Departure
03. Into The Everblack
04. Raped In Hatred By Vines Of Thorn
05. Phantom Limb Masturbation
06. Control
07. Blood Mine
08. Every Rope a Noose
09. Their Beloved Absentee
10. Map Of Scars

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ORPHANED LAND: ‘Brother’ Video Released

Reposted from Blabbermouth.net

“Brother”, the new video from Israeli progressive folk metal mastersORPHANED LAND, can be seen at this location. The song comes off the band’s sixth full-length album, “All Is One”, which will be released in North America on June 25 (one day earlier internationally) via Century Media Records. The cover artwork for the follow-up to 2010’s “The Never Ending Way Of ORwarriOR” was created by the French artistMetastazis (PARADISE LOSTAS I LAY DYINGSONNE ADAM,WATAIN) by perfectly incorporating the three biggest religious symbols into one piece of art.

Commented ORPHANED LAND singer Kobi Farhi: “This is a song thatItshak is singing to his brother Ishmael. According to the bible, they were both the sons of Abraham from two different mothers. Today,Itshak is known as the father of the Israeli nation while Ishmael is known as the father of the Arab nation. Historically, that means of course that it’s a historical fact that Israelis and Arabs are brothers and we believe that the deepest source for our actual conflict still lies there, between the two brothers.

“Both sides today are so focused on being right in the conflict and fill themselves with hate. Every side is so busy with being the victim, and today it doesn’t make sense to either one of the sides that we are historically brothers. People forgot it, forgot that our language is alike, as well as our names and history.

“An interesting thing is that in the Jewish bible, there is a story whereAbraham took Itshak to the mountain to sacrifice him to God. Muslims have the same exact story, but in their version it was Ishmael on the mountain. Everyone shapes history according to his own version, and we have conflicts about even the oldest stories, just as if we were two kids in a fight. And therefore, there is a line in the song that says: ‘The lord blessed us both, but we still fight and claim, that kid on the mountain — what was his name’.

‘Brother’ is a love song for a forgotten beloved brother who turned into a blood enemy. And before people go and start with politic comments, this has nothing to do with politics, or being left or right wing, Jew, Muslim or anything else. We are not taking any sides as musicians, we just tell a story, and we decided to be the first grown-up brother in this story and ask: ‘Forgive me, brother’. Mainly because being mature and grown-up sometimes means that you have to say you’re sorry, even if it’s not only your fault.

“We dedicate this song with much love, hope and belief to our beloved Israeli and Arab brothers.”

ORPHANED LAND’s forthcoming effort will be the band’s first to feature guitarist Chen Balbus following the departure of Matty Svatizky in June 2012 due to “personal” and “professional” issues.

“All Is One” was mixed by Jens Bogren (JAMES LABRIEDEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECTOPETH) and was recorded in three different countries: Israel, Turkey and Sweden. Ironically, these countries are Jewish, Muslim and Christian, respectively, which strengthens theORPHANED LAND message of unity through music. Over 40 musicians were used to flesh out the sound of “All Is One”, including 25 choir singers and eight classical violin, viola and cello players from Turkey.

“All Is One” will be made available as a limited deluxe book edition, including three bonus songs and a bonus DVD, as well as limited double gatefold LP, including the three bonus songs and in different vinyl colors. A standard jewelcase CD format and digital download will also be available.

From September to November, ORPHANED LAND will play stages all over Europe in support of “All Is One” — but before heading out on this headlining tour, ORPHANED LAND will play a few festivals and shows in South America and Europe.

“The Never Ending Way Of ORwarriOR” sold around 600 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD landed at No. 80 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.

“The Never Ending Way Of ORwarriOR” was released in Europe on January 25, 2010.

ORPHANED LAND’s concert DVD, “The Road To OR-Shalem”, was released in October 2011 in Europe and November 2011 in the U.S. viaCentury Media Records.

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MASTERPLAN: ‘Keep Your Dream Alive’ Video Released

Reposted from Blabbermouth.net

“Keep Your Dream Alive”, the new video from multinational melodic metallers MASTERPLAN, can be seen at this location. The clip was filmed in February in the Luftverteidigungsbunker Erndtebrück, also called “Bunker Erich.”

“Keep Your Dream Alive” comes off MASTERPLAN’s new album,“Novum Initium”, which was released on May 21 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.

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

In an August 2011 interview with the Czech web portal Kultura21.cz,Grapow stated about MASTERPLAN’s numerous lineup changes: “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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KREATOR: New DVD/Blu-Ray Title Revealed

Reposted from Blabbermouth.net

German thrash metal veterans KREATOR have set set “Dying Alive” as the title of their concert DVD/Blu-ray, tentatively due later in the year.

If you want to be part of the upcoming KREATOR live release, e-mail the band your coolest picture showing you and your friends at a KREATORlive show or simply you wearing a KREATOR shirt, vest or anything. The deadline for your submissions is next Monday, June 3.

Surf to www.kreator-dying-alive.com and become a part of KREATORhistory.

KREATOR will tour North America this fall with fellow thrashersOVERKILL.

On November 9, 2012, KREATOR released a new seven-inch single,“Civilization Collapse” (retail version: black; Nuclear Blast mailorder-only version: red, yellow, white) and as a digital download. The single contains the title cut backed by the non-album track “Wolfchild”, which was featured on the “Dark Symphonies – A Tribute To John Sinclair”album, released in September 2012 in Germany via Lübbe-Audio. The band also made a video for the song “Civilization Collapse”, which is said to be “mainly about the riots that took place in Greece most recently.”

“Civilization Collapse” comes off KREATOR’s new album, “Phantom Antichrist”, which sold 3,900 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD landed at No. 1 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.

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AMON AMARTH: First Of Three-Part Mini Documentary Posted

As previously announced, today AMON AMARTH unveils the first of their special three-part mini documentary titled Forging Mjölnir.Filmed and directed by Luke Daley (http://makezure.com), the up-close-and-personal clip — which includes stunning black and white nature footage and Norse artwork – celebrates the imminent release of the band’s ninth studio offering, Deceiver of the Gods.

Watch the six-and-a-half minute segment where vocalist Johan Hegg and bassist Ted Lundström elaborate on the mythological themes found within their latest epic via the band’s microsite athttp://deceiver.amonamarth.com.

 

Not many bands can claim their ninth album as the most powerful, dynamic, and plainly aggressive of their career, but then AMON AMARTH have consistently upped their game with every successive release. Having exploded onto the Swedish melodic death metal scene with 1998’s Once Sent from the Golden Hall, every album has arrived bursting at the seams with power, melody and immersive storytelling centered around the richness of Norse mythology. Deceiver of the Gods captures the quintet at the peak of their powers. “Every time we start working on new music we begin with the idea that we’re going to write the best album ever,” Hegg states. “We knew we wanted a more aggressive, live feeling to this record but there’s no formula behind what we do. We just try to write something that takes us a step further than the last record, and is something that will excite us and our fans.Deceiver Of The Gods is the result.”

For proof, sample fourth track, “Shape Shifter” now streaming via Stereogum HERE.

Deceiver of the Godswas recorded at Backstage Studios in Derbyshire, UK, and produced, mixed and mastered by Andy Sneap (Opeth, Megadeth, Exodus, Arch Enemy, Killswitch Engage). The follow-up to the band’s critically adored 2011 Surtur Rising full-length offers up ten maniacally heavy battle hymns rife with the band’s absorbing harmonies and Hegg’s commanding Viking roar. Deceiver of the Gods comes adorned with another outstanding Tom Thiel-created cover portraying a mythical battle between the Norse Gods Loki and Thor. As an added bonus,Messiah Marcolin (Candlemass) makes an appearance as guest vocalist on eighth track, “Hel.”

For special Deceiver of the Gods preorder packages as well as a stream of the title track, go to this location: http://www.metalblade.com/amonamarth.Deceiver of the Gods will be released in North America via Metal Blade Records June 25th, in Europe June 21st/24th and Japan on June 26th.

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