Heavy Metal News – April 24, 2013

WHITE WIZZARD: The Devils Cut’ Cover Artwork Revealed

Reposted from Blabbermouth.net

os Angeles metallers WHITE WIZZARD have revealed the artwork for their third full-length album, “The Devils Cut”, due to be released on June 3 in Europe via Earache Records and June 25th in the USA throughCentury Media/Earache. The CD features artwork by Cameron Davis, who is known for as the lead character designer and illustrator for theGuitar Hero video game series.

Comments WHITE WIZZARD bassist and mainman Jon Leon: “It was great to work with the amazing artist Cameron Davis again, who also did the art for our album ‘Over The Top’Cameron and I live in the same building here in L.A. and he is a really talented guy. When he presented me the piece for the album cover, I knew right away it was the one. It has amazing imagery and depth and is very artful, while making a tongue-in-cheek statement poking some fun at organized religion, which is something I feel strongly about.

“Some of my lyrics on this album and previous albums focus on not letting religion and the cult of group belief blind you from the preservation of thinking for yourself and being an individual, so it ties into that very well, as the statement of the piece is how religion is imprisonment for the soul and how, even within its own confines, it forces its believers into blind group submission. I think any of us that went to catholic school as a child can relate to that nun!!! It has ‘classic metal cover’ all over it and it just blew my mind.

“I look forward to this imagery being out there and am proud to have it be a part of WHITE WIZZARD. To have art of this quality to convey the visual aspects of the band is just fantastic.”

A video of WHITE WIZZARD taking part in a photo shoot with Cameron Davis, including an audio clip from the new album, can be seen at this location.

“The Devils Cut” was once again produced by Ralph Patlan(MEGADETHUFOMICHAEL SCHENKER) at Phase Four Studios in Tempe, Arizona.

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ORPHANED LAND: ‘All Is One’ Cover Artwork Unveiled

Reposted from Blabbermouth.net

Israeli progressive folk metal masters ORPHANED LAND will release their sixth full-length album, “All Is One”, 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 artist Metastazis (PARADISE LOSTAS I LAY DYINGSONNE ADAMWATAIN) by perfectly incorporating the three biggest religious symbols into one piece of art.

“All Is One” track listing:

01. All Is One
02. The Simple Man
03. Brother
04. Let The Truce Be Known
05. Through Fire And Water
06. Fail
07. Freedom
08. Shama’im
09. Ya Benaye
10. Our Own Messiah
11. Children

Commented ORPHANED LAND singer Kobi Farhi: “I’ll say it plain and simple — ‘All Is One’ is ORPHANED LAND’s best album so far. I feel that we took all aspects to a new level — the way we write, arrange, play and produce.

“We recorded the album in three countries (Turkey, Sweden and Israel) and it turned out so strong, we can’t stop listening to it.

“The album is very rich in sound, with more than 40 people participating (choirs, violins, and many traditional instruments, too).

“Our secret recipe was always the fact that unlike many other bands,ORPHANED LAND doesn’t follow ONE master mind that writes everything; we work in a way that ‘all is one.’ We create our music in a perfect blend of synergy and harmony and all the band members are a part of this process. We translate the album’s title and message exactly in the way we work, and we always hope we could give a bit of an inspiration to the people in the tragic Middle Eastern lands.

“We have fans all over the Middle East. We live in a place where huge amounts of people who consider themselves enemies still share one thing in common, they are all fans of ORPHANED LAND, and in these lands of orphans and bloody holy wars, our only weapon is music, and hopefully we will grow to understand that ‘all is one.’”

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.

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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PEST Unveils New Album Details

Swedish black metal outfit PEST revealed details of their forthcoming album out on Agonia Records. Band’s fourth full-length entitled “The Crowning Horror” will hit the shops on the 18th of June in Europe and 9th of July in North America. Cover of the album is available below.

The album is preceded by a 7” EP titled ”Black Oath c/w Morbid Revelations” released on April 16 worldwide. The limited version of the EP (bone white vinyl) is already sold out.

“The Crowning Horror”
 is PEST’s first in 5 years time, highly anticipated album. It was mixed by Fred Estby (Dismemebr/Carnage/Necronaut) atGutterview Recorders and mastered by Andy Jackson (Pink Floyd’s engineer, Grammy nominee) at Tube Mastering, UK. The release will be available on a noble 8 panel digipack CD, digitally and on vinyl (first 100 copies on a solid, purple wax vinyl).
The band is recommended for fans of BathoryHellhammerCeltic FrostNifelheim or older Deströyer 666 and similar.

PEST commented: “After years of silence a new wave of black death will finally strike the world. The plague is upon us. Bring the darkness!
Tracklist:

1. The Funeral Hours

2. A Face Obscured By Death

3. Volcanic Eyes

4. Devil’s Mark

5. Holocaust

6. The Abomination of the God

7. Thirteen Chimes

8. Demon

9. The Crowning Horror

10. Eternal Curse

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