Heavy Metal News – October 27, 2012

VOIVOD: ‘Target Earth’ Album Artwork And Track Listing Revealed

Reposted from Blabbermouth.net

Canadian metal innovators VOIVOD will release their new album, “Target Earth”, on January 22, 2013 (one day earlier internationally) via VOIVOD’s own company, Iron Gang Factory, and Century Media. The CD was recorded in January at Pierre Rémillard’s (OBLIVEON, CRYPTOPSY, KRISIUN, MISERY INDEX) Wild Studio in a small town called St-Zénon in Quebec, Canada and was mixed by Sanford Parker (PELICAN, NACHTMYSTIUM). The follow-up to 2009’s “Infini” will contain the band’s first music to be written with new guitarist Daniel “Chewy” Mongrain (MARTYR) following the passing of original axeman Denis “Piggy” D’Amour in 2005. The original art was once again drawn by VOIVOD drummer Michel “Away” Langevin and features color schemes from each one of the band’s previous albums. The effort will be available as a CD, gatefold double vinyl and a limited edition deluxe box set.

“Target Earth” track listing:

01. Target Earth
02. Kluskap O’Kom
03. Empathy for the Enemy
04. Mechanical Mind
05. Warchaic
06. Resistance
07. Kaleidos
08. Corps Étranger
09. Artefact
10. Defiance

According to a posting on the page, fans can “expect something in the vein of ‘Nothingface’ with some elements from the other albums. It will be a classic VOIVOD album.”

Regarding what the new VOIVOD songs sound like, Mongrain said in an interview, “As a VOIVOD fan since I am 12 years old and early rise of VOIVOD in late ’80s and everything, I think… I’m in conflict of interest right now. [laughs] I like the old stuff as much as the new stuff, so I think it’s a blend of everything. It’s really a team work and Blacky [Jean-Yves Thériault] is back on the ‘blower bass’ — he’s got the original sound — and we’re having a blast jamming. I think it’s working pretty good.”

On the topic of the lyrical themes covered in the new VOIVOD tracks, singer Denis “Snake” Bélanger said, “The song we played [on the early 2012 European tour] [‘Kaleidos’] is about conspiracy involving drugs and the FBI… [Laughs] It’s hard to describe because we’re kind of early in the process. There’s another song called ‘Target Earth’, which is more like a spacy, conspiracy, controlling the information around the world. The main thing is the ‘war’ of information. You know, somebody Osama Bin Laden is dead, someone [else] says he’s not… It gets to a point where everybody has his own story and nobody is sure what the truth is. There’s people above everything controlling the information.”

In an interview with Exclaim.ca, Away stated about VOIVOD’s forthcoming studio album, “It’s more in the progressive metal vein, so it’s reminiscent of the ‘Dimension Hatröss’ era.”

VOIVOD’s new single, “Mechanical Mind”, was released on October 9 (one day earlier internationally) as a digital single and a limited-edition seven-inch single-sided vinyl with a skull etching by VOIVOD drummer Michel “Away” Langevin on the B-side.

VOIVOD debuted the “Target Earth” title track during their April 12 concert at the Roadburn festival at the 013 venue in Tilburg, Holland.

VOIVOD 2012 is:

Denis “Snake” Bélanger – Vocals
Daniel “Chewy” Mongrain – Guitar
Jean-Yves “Blacky” Thériault – Bass
Michel “Away” Langevin – Drums

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CRYPTOPSY: ‘The Best Of Us Bleed’ Teaser Available

Reposted from Blabbermouth.net

A 2-CD best-of collection from Canadian extreme metallers CRYPTOPSY, featuring demo and live recordings as well as three exclusive new tracks (written with Youri Raymond and Eric Langlois), will be released on November 12 in Europe and November 20 in North Americ via Century Media. Entitlted “The Best Of Us Bleed”, the set will come with extensive new liner notes written by Decibel magazine’s Adrien Begrand. The cover artwork was created by Toshihiro Egawa (SUICIDE SILENCE, ABIGAIL WILLIAMS) and can be seen below.

“The Best Of Us Bleed” track listing:

Disc 1:

01. Boden
02. A Graceful Demise
03. Holodomor
04. Oh My Fucking God
05. Worship Your Demons
06. Silence The Tyrants
07. The Headsmen
08. Carrionshine
09. The Pestilence That Walketh In Darkness (Psalm 91: 5-8)
10. Endless Cemetery
11. We Bleed
12. Soar And Envision Sore Vision
13. Voice Of Unreason
14. Cold Hate, Warm Blood
15. White Worms
16. Emaciate

Disc 2:

01. Phobophile
02. Slit Your Guts
03. Crown Of Horns
04. Defenestration
05. Abigor
06. Open Face Surgery (live)
07. Graves Of The Fathers / Drum Solo (live)
08. Shroud (live)
09. Born Headless (live)
10. Slit Your Guts (live)
11. Cold Hate, Warm Blood (live)
12. We Bleed (live)
13. White Worms (rehearsal)
14. Loathe (rehearsal)
15. Depths You’ve Fallen (rehearsal)
16. Cold Hate, Warm Blood (rehearsal)

A trailer for the collection can be seen below.

The self-titled new album from CRYPTOPSY will be released in the U.S. on November 20 via Cryptopsy/Defen Society in association with Revulotion Harmony/Candlelight Records. Pre-orders for the album are available through the band at Cryptopsy.ca.

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PIG DESTROYER: ‘The Diplomat’ Video Released

Reposted from Blabbermouth.net

“The Diplomat”, the new video from Virginia grindcore titans PIG DESTROYER, can be seen below. The clip was directed by Phil Mucci (HIGH ON FIRE, OPETH, KORN).

“The Diplomat” comes off PIG DESTROYER’s fifth-full length and first album in over five years, “Book Burner”, which was recorded at guitarist Scott Hull’s Visceral Sound Studios. Due on October 22 via Relapse Records, the CD features 19 tracks with a return to the band’s raw, misanthropic sound. The effort will be available on multiple formats, including CD, deluxe 2xCD, LP, deluxe 2xLP, cassette, digital and an extremely limited ultimate edition dubbed “The Order Of The Godless Swine.”

The deluxe editions will each contain a bonus disc of punk covers and a short story, titled “The Atheist”, penned by frontman JR Hayes. “The Atheist” is a post-apocalyptic tale about a decaying world taken over by the violence of religion that showcases the renowned lyricists’ unsurpassed style for the first time as prose. The deluxe 2xLP will also contain an etched b-side featuring artwork by WORMROT frontman Arif Rot. The ultimate edition, limited to 100 copies, includes an exclusive t-shirt, autographed deluxe 2xLP on exclusive blood red color vinyl, a PIG DESTROYER flip-top wick style lighter, and an Order Of The Godless Swine membership card, which includes a digital download of the whole collection plus an alternate “dynamic” mastering job of both records done by Scott Hull intended to be played at maximum volume. The membership card will also entitle each card carrying member to a free t-shirt directly from the band at any PIG DESTROYER show.

PIG DESTROYER will make select special appearances at various festivals and shows throughout the year, including the U.K.’s Damnation Festival and Maryland Deathfest 2013.

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KAMELOT: Official ‘Silverthorn’ Trailer Released

Reposted from Blabbermouth.net

The official trailer for “Silverthorn”, the new album from American/German/Swedish symphonic metallers KAMELOT, can be seen below. The CD will be released on October 30 in North America, October 26 in Germany and October 29 in the rest of Europe via Steamhammer/SPV. The CD will mark the band’s first release with new singer Tommy Karevik, the 30-year-old Swede who previously fronted SEVENTH WONDER (a group that he is still a member of).

The “Silverthorn” LP and limited edition will have one version of the cover artwork, while the standard version of “Silverthorn” will have a different but equally exquisite version. The standard version is presented as an Ecolbook. The limited edition contains the Ecolbook, a bonus CD with nearly 60 minutes of music, a 44-page book and an exclusive poster. The double LP version is a gatefold on colored vinyl and includes the CD.

“Silverthorn” track listing:

Disc 1

01. Manus Dei
02. Sacrimony (Angel Of Afterlife)
03. Ashes To Ashes
04. Torn
05. Song For Jolee
06. Veritas
07. My Confession
08. Silverthorn
09. Falling Like The Fahrenheit
10. Solitaire
11. Prodigal Son
Part I: Funerale
Part II: Burden Of Guilt (The Branding)
Part III: The Journey
12. Continuum

Disc 2 – Limited Box Edition

01. Manus Dei
02. Sacrimony (Angel Of Afterlife) (instrumental version)
03. Kismet
04. Ashes To Ashes (instrumental version)
05. Torn (instrumental version)
06. Song For Jolee (instrumental version)
07. Veritas (instrumental version)
08. My Confession (instrumental version)
09. Silverthorn (instrumental version)
10. Falling Like The Fahrenheit (instrumental version)
11. Solitaire (instrumental version)
12. Prodigal Son (instrumental version)
Part I: Funerale
Part II: Burden Of Guilt (The Branding)
Part III: The Journey
13. Continuum
14. Grace (bonus track)

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