FAITH NO MORE to Release New Album in 2015
After 18 years, FAITH NO MORE will release their seventh studio album on their own imprint, Reclamation Records (distributed by Ipecac Recordings). Bassist Bill Gould told Rolling Stone:
“The name has to do with the fact that we realized we were free from our recording obligations,” says Gould. “We weren’t touring, we have these songs that we were working on — that we think are pretty cool — and why don’t we just do our own imprint and kind of reclaim our future, in a way? We own the future more than we ever have.”
TESTAMENT Rumors of New Album in 2015
So I’m looking up the goods for this week’s digest when I ran across THIS:
Someone’s been busy collecting all the anticipated heavy metal album releases and tours for 2015. I was just looking up the TESTAMENT rumor of a new album due out in 2015. There was another rumor about a new album for the summer of 2014 this past January. Of course, the 2014 in heavy metal music entry is updated though not complete.
I think the enlightened readership of Metal Descent should give Wikipedia a hand. Have a look and submit an edit. Setting up an account is easy. I did it in less than 30 seconds just by clicking the Edit tab (right hand side). Wikipedia practically begged me to give them some tidbit. It was almost adorable if it wasn’t so damn creepy.
If you submit an edit to one of Wikipedia’s heavy metal music pages (and make sure you can annotate your factoids), tell us about it in the comments below. Tell us which year, which event category, and which band. We’ll include your Facebook name and the details in a future news post as an Enlightened Heavy Metallist. Remember S/HE who writes history is the victor. Meanwhile, try this TESTAMENT classic on for size:
CHIMAIRA Deserts Mark Hunter – AGAIN
I’ve always believed that a person’s external world is a mirror of his or her internal world. Whatever is going on outside of you is a reflection of who you are and often how you feel about yourself. If most people think you’re a douche nozzle, then despite what your mother tells you, you probably are.
I’m not quick to judge, but I do know that bands are like polygamous marriages. There is usually a leader or even a strong duo around which the other members revolve. Sure, one or another of the band members might try out an arrangement in a supergroup or a side project, but usually, if the primary band is healthy, they always come back home.
So I’m trying to walk in Mark Hunter’s shoes. In essence, he has been divorced, twice by nine different people. I’m not saying this makes him a bad guy. A divorce happens to the best of us. I mean, I’m okay. Really. But after just one of those, I was reflecting on why it had happened. Two divorces would have sent me over the edge wondering what the hell was wrong with me-one-for getting married again in the first place and-two-for not figuring out what I did wrong the first time because I’m the only common, fucking denominator.
CORROSION OF CONFORMITY and Pepper Keenan! Reissue of Blind and Deliverance On Vinyl!
“Yeah, we’re getting together next year…. We’re going to do an album and do some touring. We’ve done this three piece enough to where we want to do something different. That’s going to happen probably somewhere close to the beginning of the year. He has that band DOWNthat does okay.”
Seriously, I feel a SQUEE of epic proportions coming on so have a read HERE while I go look for my composure (and my badge for those of you who know that story).
In addition to this bit of history in the remaking, two seminal albums by metal pioneers Corrosion of Conformity (C.O.C.), the 1991 landmark Blind and its acclaimed 1994 follow-up Deliverance, will be reissued on vinyl by Prosthetic Records this fall. While an exact release date has not yet been confirmed, both titles, limited to 1,000 copies each, are currently available for pre-order in the Prosthetic webshop. New editions of vintage merch designs from the era are now available as well. Reserve yours now!
BUTCHER BABIES’ Carla Harvey Reveals 2nd Excerpt from Death and Other Dances
Carla Harvey, one half of the female-fronted duo that screams for the BUTCHER BABIES, has released a new novel, Death and Other Dances, which is available in select bookstores, as well as Amazon, Amazon Europe, and Kindle. To read an excerpt from Death and Other Dances, go HERE. Another previously released excerpt can also be read HERE.
Death and Other Dances can be purchased now HERE.
Who? What? THE HELL?
I covered this band in a Sounds of the Heavy Metal Underground article. They have 5,631 Facebook likes as of this writing. They are obnoxious, rude, offensive, unpolitically correct, and deceptively intelligent. I wonder if it’s the bandannas that allow them to speak the things some of us only think in the dark corners of our minds?
Anyway, they took a good hard look at the state of the metal union and had this to say:
JUST FUCK OFF.
To read the full OPEN letter, click HERE. Be forewarned that there are many pairs of undergarments in a twist over this letter. In response to the overwhelming belly-aching of the more passionate Metalcore fans, THE HELL appeased their offended sensibilities by breaking up at 7:56 a.m. on August 31st. <pause> I am pleased to announce that they have reunited (and it feels so good)as of 1:00 pm on August 31st. Those were the longest 5 hours and 4 minutes EVER of my life! Don’t you ever do that to me again! What. The. Hell. To get the full skinny, go HERE.
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EXODUS Announce Blood In Blood Out Release
Legendary architects of thrash metal EXODUS have revealed the track listing for their upcoming tenth studio album, Blood In Blood Out, due out in North America on October 14th. Says guitarist & songwriter Gary Holt:
“When I was working on the record, I was sitting around watching TV series like ‘Gangland’ and all these locked-up prison reality shows…and I thought, ‘Yeah, that’s like EXODUS.’ It’s a brotherhood. You bleed to get in, you bleed to get out. I’ve been doing this kind of music since I was a teenager and I’ll be doing it ‘til I can’t physically do it anymore.”
Crafting an industrial sound bed on the intro to the album opener “Black 13” is electronic music producer Dan the Automator (GORILLAZ, MIKE PATTON, DELTRON 3030).
TESTAMENT frontman Chuck Billy lends his signature roar to the track “BTK,” one of the first songs recorded by returning vocalist Steve “Zetro” Souza, who recently said:
“Chuck and I have known each other forever. We work really well together, we know each other really well. So if I’m doing my vocals and he’s there, I can trust him to go ‘No way Zet, doesn’t sound good like that. Do it like this,’ or ‘Yeah that’s killer.’ If he says it sounds killer, I know it is.”
Original band guitarist Kirk Hammett (METALLICA) contributed a solo to “Salt The Wound.”
Blood In Blood Out Track Listing:
01 – Black 13
02 – Blood In, Blood Out
03 – Collateral Damage
04 – Salt The Wound
05 – Body Harvest
06 – BTK
07 – Wrapped In The Arms Of Rage
08 – My Last Nerve
09 – Numb
10 – Honor Killings
11 – Food For The Worms
Produced by Andy Sneap (ACCEPT, KREATOR, MEGADETH), Blood In Blood Out marks the first release with returning vocalist Steve “Zetro” Souza since 2004’s Tempo Of The Damned and features cover illustration by Swedish artist Par Olofsson (PSYCROPTIC, ABYSMAL DAWN, REVOCATION).
The album can be pre-ordered from the Nuclear Blast USA Webshop in CD, digi-pak, and 2-LP exclusive yellow vinyl formats. Bundles include a t-shirt with exclusive artwork for North America + a poster (while supplies last).
EXODUS will head out to South America in October before returning for a supporting run in November with fellow metal titans Slayer and Suicidal Tendencies. The Scion-sponsored leg of this U.S. tour launches on November 11th with two shows at The Fox Theater in Oakland, California. The 26-show trek includes nine headlining off-dates with additional performances to be announced soon.
Due to the overwhelmingly demand, EXODUS is making their VIP Experience packages available for the entire tour via SLOtix.com. Fans are encouraged to get them as soon as possible, as VIP package sales will close seven days prior to each show day.
For fans who have already purchased their show ticket and would like to be part of the EXODUS VIP Experience, contact SLO Customer Service at 888-756-4849 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Devin Townsend reveals Z² details
DEVIN TOWNSEND is extremely pleased to announce the long-awaited new double-album Z² on October 28 in the U.S. and October 27 in Europe. The Z² project will also see him play a landmark show at London’s legendary Royal Albert Hall on April 13, 2015. Tickets are available for this enormous show from www.kililive.com
DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT have already confirmed US tour dates for later this year, co-headlining with ANIMALS AS LEADERS and MONUMENTS supporting. The tour begins on November 17th in Seattle, WA and ends on December 17th in San Francisco, CA. (genre: progressive metal)
THE CONTORTIONIST Announces New Album LANGUAGE
The band will be headed out on the road in support of the release of Language on the “Escape from the Studio Tour.” The Contortionist will support PERIPHERY, bookended by headlining dates in select markets featuring INTERVALS and POLYPHIA. (genre: progressive metal)
ANAAL NATHRAKH to Release Desideratum
Birmingham extreme metal miscreants and recent Metal Blade signees, ANAAL NATHRAKH, are pleased to infect the masses with their anticipated new full-length this Fall. Titled Desideratum, the follow-up to 2012’s critically-lauded Vanitas full-length was again produced by guitarist/bassist/programmer Mick Kenney, with vocals recorded at Necrodeath Studios in Birmingham, while the music was tracked and mixed at The Black Flamingo in Orange County, California. The final product boasts ten emotionally traumatizing hymns of unrepentant, audio deviance embodying the crux of pure evil.Desideratum will devour the masses whole on October 28th, 2014. In the meantime, you are cordially invited to sear the skin right off your bones with first single, “Idol,” now streaming at metalblade.com/anaalnathrakh where you’ll also find a host of menacing preorder packages. Additionally, fans who preorder the record via iTunes will receive a download of “Idol” instantly. (genre: blackened death, industrial, grindcore metal)
EMIGRATE to Release Silent So Long
Formed by Rammstein’s Richard Kruspe, EMIGRATE have now set October 21st as the release date for their new studio album, the follow up to the 2007 self-titled debut, a Top 10 German chart entry. Titled Silent So Long, this sophomore outing, produced by EMIGRATE themselves and mixed in Los Angeles by Ben Grosse (MARILYN MANSON, SLIPKNOT, DISTURBED), features 11 brand new recordings. (genre: alternative metal)
UFOMAMMUT Announces 15 Year Anniversary DVD
Since 2013, UFOMAMMUT has been working on a video project which will be released on DVD via the band’s Supernatural Cat Records this October; after all, the visual element of the band is of equal importance to their music. The DVD features over three hours of live footage — including Magickal Mastery Live, a 12 song live act — interviews, outtakes, and extras all documenting these first fifteen years of the band. Titled XV, this audiovisual experience will also be available as a special wooden 8GB USB drive. Preorders for the XV DVD have been posted. International orders can be placed via Supernatural Cat HERE and US fans can order exclusively via Earsplit Distro HERE.
In addition to this DVD release, UFOMAMMUT has confirmed that they will be heading into the studio to record their seventh studio collection this September. (genre: psychedelic metal)
WHITE ARMS OF ATHENA: MORE NEW ALBUM DETAILS REVEALED
Three years after the release of their debut Astrodrama the Texas five-piece WHITE ARMS OF ATHENA have returned with their much awaited self-titled sophomore effort, which is scheduled for release through Prosthetic Records on December 2nd. Featuring eight tracks portraying a mélange of experimental progressive passages with psychedelic-infused ambience, the album was recently recorded and mixed with Kurt Ballou (Everytime I Die, Kvelertak, Converge) while being engineered and co-produced by Travis Kammeyer (Storm of Light) and mastered by Alan Douches (Baroness, The Dillinger Escape Plan).
THE HAUNTED streams New Album Exit Wounds
Swedish death–thrashers THE HAUNTED have released their 8th full-length, Exit Wounds, worldwide via Century Media Records! To purchase Exit Wounds, please visit iTunes for a digital copy or CM Distro for a variety of physical formats and exclusive bundles.
For a preview of Exit Wounds, be sure to listen to the album HERE.
EARTH: Primitive And Deadly LP Streaming
Primitive And Deadly, the immense tenth album from EARTH, is officially available to the public worldwide. Additionally, having already toured Australia, New Zealand, Japan and Europe in advance of the LP’s release, the band embarks on their newest venture this week, bringing the album to American fans in conjunction with the release of the new album. EARTH is embarking on a month-long tour from September 4th through October 3rd, with direct support from dark folk act, King Dude. Primitive And Deadly is out now via Southern Lord. The entire album is now streaming AT THIS LOCATION.
BILLBOARDS & CHARTS
DRAGONFORCE Maximum Overload Scores Billboard Top 200 Debut!
Last week saw the release of the new album from DRAGONFORCE Maximum Overload, their Metal Blade Records debut. The album debuted at #62 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart, #10 on the Billboard Independent Music Chart, #7 on the Billboard Hard Music Chart, and #19 on the Billboard Rock Albums Chart. (genre: power metal)
NEW ACCEPT ALBUM CRACKS THE AMERICAN BILLBOARD TOP 200… AGAIN.
For the third time since 2010, ACCEPT’s latest album has cracked the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart – this time at#35. Blind Rage also holds the #4 position on the Billboard Hard Rock Albums chart. In Canada, Blind Rage has debuted at #114 on the Top 200 and at #21 on the Hard Rock charts. Presently, Blind Rage debuted at #1 on the German Media Control chart – the best possible chart entry in the career of any German music artist.
In September, ACCEPT harnesses the driving force of their history to play four exclusive U.S. shows before heading overseas to launch their worldwide tour. Special guests METAL CHURCH and RAVEN will play the September 12th show at the historic Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills, California. Pre-sale ticket links can be found HERE. (genre: heavy metal)
TRIOSCAPES Digital Dream Sequence Lands on Billboard Jazz Charts
Progressive/fusion trio, TRIOSCAPES, have released their sophomore album worldwide on Metal Blade Records! After the album’s first week of release, it has landed on the Billboard Current Traditional Jazz albums chart at #4, #12 on the Top Current Jazz albums chart, plus #49 on the Heatseakers chart and #190 on the Independent albums chart! The album continues to resonate with fans of progressive and challenging music.
TOURS & CHANGES
CHIODOS ANNOUNCE BAND MEMBER LINE-UP CHANGES
CHIODOS kick off The Parks & Devastation Tour with A DAY TO REMEMBER, BRING ME THE HORIZON, and MOTIONLESS IN WHITE. CHIODOS band members Derrick Frost and Matt Goddard have decided to leave CHIODOS to pursue personal interests. The departure is amicable and the band will continue to tour in support of their latest release DEVIL. The band will add two new members – Thomas Pridgen (Mars Volta, Suicidal Tendencies, Trash Talk and The Memorials) on Drums and Joe Troy (RX Bandits) on Bass. The tour begins today in Pittsburgh, PA and ends October 11th in Orlando, FL. (genre: post hardcore)
HALCYON WAY To Tour Europe with SAXON & SKID ROW
Award Winning Atlanta, Georgia Progressive Metallers HALCYON WAY have been confirmed for a lengthy tour with SAXON and SKID ROW across Europe in October-November of 2014. This tour announcement is hot on the heels of the North American release of their 4th album, Conquer, which hit the Billboard Heatseekers Chart at #41 the week of release. Conquer will be released on September 19th in Europe and the Rest Of World via Massacre Records.
EXHUMED Return to The Road with CARCASS & NOISEM
EXHUMED, will take to the streets this Fall with extreme metal technicians CARCASS and manic death thrashers NOISEM. Slated to kick off on October 24th in San Diego, the Inked In Steel Tour 2014 will trample nearly two dozen cities with additional sonic destruction from death metal legends OBITUARY and MACABRE on select dates. From there the band will march overseas for more onstage devastation with ABORTED, ORIGIN and MIASMAL. EXHUMED will be touring in support of their full-length release Necrocracy.
GOATWHORE Announces US Headlining Dates
New Orleans’ favorite metal legion, GOATWHORE, will embark upon another bout of live headlining invasions next month. Set to launch in Houston on September 15th, the band will trounce fourteen cities including five shows supporting death rock/horror punk legends, SAMHAIN! In November, GOATWHORE will bring their sadistic anthems overseas for a European incursion with headliners Dying Fetus. The extended trek embarks on November 8th in Liege, Belgium, and will march through nearly four dozen metropolises, coming to a close on December 20th in Leer, Germany.
GOATWHORE is currently touring in support of their mammoth Constricting Rage Of The Merciless, which debuted at #81 on Billboard’s Top 200 chart, toppling their last entry position of #171 with Blood For The Master. The infernal masterwork also ranked in at #21 on Billboard’s Rock chart, #7 on the Hard Rock chart and #13 on the Independent chart. You can find all the details, videos, and music HERE. (genre: blackened death metal)
PENTAGRAM Announces Headliner Tour in October
Doom legends, PENTAGRAM, are returning to the road this October and November for select shows in the midwest and on the east coast. Tickets are on sale via local box offices. PENTAGRAM’s most recent album, Last Rites, was released via Metal Blade Records on April 14, 2011 and their first ever official DVD (also out on Metal Blade), When the Screams Come, on August 30, 2011. You can find all the details HERE.
EXMORTUS Rocks the National Anthem
Heavy metal up-and-comers EXMORTUS decided to warm up for their current North American tour supporting ARSIS and ALLEGAEON by stopping by a home game of the Class A minor league baseball team Bakersfield Blaze to deliver a rousing, metallic rendition of the National Anthem! You can watch guitarists’ Conan and David shred-worthy performance below! (genre: technical melodic death thrash metal)
I.O. Kirkwood is a Metal Descent contributor. You can read her personal blog at iokirkwood.com.