Evergrey keyboardist Rikard Zander has released a second song titled 'Believe In Yourself' following his first single 'The World Makes Sure You'll Die'. The track has a blues rock/pop vibe and a more positive message compared to the majority of Evergrey's catalogue.
The song sees Rikard handle the vocals and keys with Evergrey bandmates Johan Niemann and Jonas Ekhdal featuring on bass and drums respectively, while guitar duties are handled by former Evergrey, and current Avatarium guitarist, Marcus Jidell. The video was shot and directed by Jonas and can be viewed below.
Mestis is a musical project fronted by guitarist/bassits Javier Reyes from Animals as Leaders and T.R.A.M. along with drummer Matt Gartska (Animals as Leaders), perussionist Hector Barez (Calle 13, Bio Ritmo), and trombonist David Stout (Marvin Gaye, Juan Gabriel, Smokey Robinson).
They've recently released two new songs, "Papillion" and "Pura Vida" (the latter featuring Mario Camarena and Erick Hansel from CHON), which will be part of their debut LP, "Polysemy" (November 6, 2015).
Long-running black/death metal band Nunslaughter's drummer, Jim Konya (Jim Sadist) has passed after suffering a stroke on September 9th. Initially showing signs of improvement, his friend Eddie put it, "He was very responsive to us, smiled and such. Was able to shake his head ya know nod and such. He even flashed horns with his left hand." A few days later, Nunslaughter updated fans once more via Facebook, "Jim stood up yesterday. He is able to swallow and feed himself. These are great strides. I cant thank you metalheads enough."
Things took a turn for the worse on September 27th, when the band posted an update: "Jim has had a seizure and is now in a medical induced coma." It was later revealed via cat scan that he had suffered another major stroke on the right side of his brain, the seizure being a precursor.
On October 5th, the band posted another update via Jim's father, "We were told this am that Jimmy may not wake ...more
Death industrial/noise rock stalwarts Ramleh have come out of dormancy, announcing a double-album to be released by Crucial Blast on November 20th. The new album, entitled Circular Time, is said to be a return to "Ramleh operating in "rock" mode."
Sprawling over two discs and the best part of 2-hours, Circular Time is comprised of 13 tracks of "of speaker-shredding, [and] void-gazing psychedelia," and is set to be released digitally through bandcamp, as well as physically in the form of a digipak 2xCD.
The album can preordered through Crucial Blast's Bandcamp page (with preview tracks to be released for streaming in the lead-up to the album's release), or their website:
Phil Anselmo, former frontman of Pantera and current voice of Down, has announced the formation of a new band by the name of Scour.
The project features John Jarvis (Pig Destroyer, Agoraphobic Nosebleed, Fulgora), Chase Fraser (ex-Animosity, ex-Decrepit Birth), Derek Engemann (Cattle Decapitation), and Jesse Schobel (Strong Intention, Cast the Stone).
In a recent interview, Anselmo told Hellbound: "The Scour thing was something that just popped up, and it’s something that I think I can kill, something I can lay it out. They’re short songs. It’s a short EP, and that’s something I can knock out, I guess, after the Danzigs tour. And yes, I said Danzigs, and that’s a long story.".
On the type of music we can expect from the group, Anselmo stated "I think (there’s) one of the fellows from Cattle Decapitation, but it’s predominantly, in my ear, modern-ish black metal-sounding, thrashy black metal type stuff. I’m goi ...more
Post-metal band Giant Squid have announced an indefinite hiatus, citing family commitments and a waning desire to continue with the hardships of touring. Frontman Aaron Gregory posted a lengthy explanation of the circumstances surrounding the breakup, explaining that "there are NO plans to write another album or play another show again." He did, however, leave the door open for a reunion under the right circumstances, and announced plans for vinyl reissues, a music video, and new projects by the band's members.
Giant Squid have two final shows scheduled in San Diego (Oct. 16) and San Francisco (Oct. 17).
The full post can be read on the band's Facebook page.
U.S. progressive metal band Redemption (featuring guitarist/songwriter Nick Van Dyk and Fates Warning vocalist Ray Alder) will release their new album, The Art of Loss, in early 2016 through Metal Blade Records.
The album will feature guest performances from Chris Poland, Marty Friedman and Chris Broderick (all ex-Megadeth), as well as a duet between Ray Alder and John Bush (Armored Saint, ex-Anthrax).
Redemption recruited several of the finest guitarists in metal to complement Van Dyk's playing. "We're fortunate to have worked with a number of amazing musicians," begins Van Dyk. "To start with, I'm extremely proud to announce that Chris Poland [Megadeth] has lent his immense talent as a special guest on this record, contributing his unique playing on the majority of the songs and elevating our music into extremely interesting territory while calling to mind his work in his previous bands, who need not be named. Additionally, we are fortuna ...more
Pitchfork has reported that the seminal trip hop group Massive Attack has announced a new European tour to take place in early 2016. Starting in Dublin, Ireland on January 19, the band will trek through the UK, Benelux and Central Europe, finishing their tour in Paris, France on February 26.
Most interestingly, the band claims that details regarding new music will be announced "soon", with a release date expected to be late this year.
Full tour dates and information can be seen here:
Metalcore legends Vision of Disorder have premiered the new song 'Hours In Chaos'. The song is taken from their upcoming album Razed To The Ground, the second album from the Long Island four piece since their return from hiatus in 2008.
Razed To The Ground is scheduled to be released through Candlelight Records on November 13th.
'Hours In Chaos' can be streamed on Lambgoat and Spotify:
Satyricon frontman Satyr Wongraven has announced his recent diagnoses of a brain tumour. In a statement he states that the tumour is benign and is not currently life threatening, but will require him to take time of. The statement is below:
"I’m going home. I got extremely sick 8 days ago and was rushed to hospital. Scans have shown that there is a blind passenger in my head. Most likely it is benign. I can live with it as long as it does not grow bigger. Removing it is extremely complicated and should only be done if it grows into a size where it is a matter of life and death. We all get our set of cards and this happened to be one of mine. There are so many people who have to deal with much worse things than I do, so I do not feel sorry for myself. I have a great family, lots of friends, Satyricon, Wongraven Wines and many people who support my endeavours all over the world. I will spend the next two weeks trying to get my strength back, then try to starting wri ...more
Technical death metal band The Faceless unveils 'The Spiraling Void', a new track from their upcoming album entitled In Becoming A Ghost. The album marks the return of former vocalist Derek "Demon Carcass" Rydquist, as well as bassist Brandon Giffin.
East Bay atmospheric blackgaze outfit Underling are streaming their debut album Bloodworship on THE AGE OF METAL's website, featuring an in-depth interview with vocalist Antonio Palermo and bassist Robert Morey. The interview primarily discusses the common lyrical themes on the album. Underling includes members from a collection of extreme metal acts, including Fallujah and Arkaik. Bloodworship is the follow-up to the band's 2013 debut EP Breathe Deeply.
In a tragic turn of events, black/death/doom metal band Goatlord's guitarist, Joe Frankulin, has killed a mother and her child, before turning the gun on himself. In the guitarist's suburb, it is reported that he went to his neighbour's house, killed mother Jennifer Bagley Donoso in front of her three children, took her oldest son Lex back to his house, barricaded himself in, killed the child, and then himself.
Neighbours report that Frankulin had been acting suspicious and that they were beginning to fear something was wrong. Neighbours said Frankulin used to build skateboard ramps for the children of the neighbourhood. It is still unknown what led to this breakdown, or what Frankulin's motives were.
More info can be found here:
Post rock outfit Moving Mountains have broken their hiatus to announce that they are releasing a split with New Jersey emo band, Prawn. This is their first activity since the release of their 2013 self-titled record.
The split, which is untitled, will feature two songs from each band. 'Deathless', the first of Moving Mountains' tracks, is currently streaming on Stereogum:
San Francisco natives, Golden Void have released a video for 'Burbank's Dream', the first track off their recently released second album, Berkana.
"'Burbank's Dream' is the second release from Berkana that explores ideas of nature and time and the interplay between the two," says vocalist/keyboardist Camilla Saufley-Mitchell, "which is why we wanted to work with altered, sweeping images of natural features -- to show the effects of time on the natural landscape."
Following the departure of Chris Broderick and Shawn Drover and their ensuing creation of Act of Defiance, and the following drafting of Angra and solo guitarist Kiko Loureiro and Lamb of God's Chris Adler, Megadeth have released the first song (Fatal Illusion) from their new album, Dystopia, which is currently slated for an early 2016 release.