Heavy Metal News Week In Review: 09/26/14

by I.O. Kirkwood on September 25, 2014

MACHINE HEAD Photo credit: Travis Shinn

MACHINE HEAD Photo credit: Travis Shinn


MACHINE HEAD Announces Release Date of Bloodstone & Diamonds

Bay Area Metal Titans MACHINE HEAD, has released the fifth video blog documenting the making of their eighth full-length album Bloodstone & Diamonds, HERE. The band’s Nuclear Blast Entertainment debut will be released on November 10th on several physical and digital formats. Bloodstone & Diamonds was produced by Robb Flynn himself and Juan Urteaga (TESTAMENT, VILE), and like the last 7 out of 8 albums, was masterfully mixed by Colin Richardson (CARCASS, BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE, SLIPKNOT, BEHEMOTH). Additional tracking, editing, and mixing was done with heavy metal legend Andy Sneap (EXODUS, ARCH ENEMY,  MEGADETH) who also launched his career co-mixing Machine Head’s 2nd album “The More Things Change”, and Steve Lagudi.  Comments frontman Robb Flynn:

“I cannot even begin to tell you how proud we are of this album. It’s been a heck of a ride, but man, this album is a milestone for us. You’re going to love it, Head Cases. Without getting too philosophical on ya, bloodstone and diamonds represent two of the hardest materials on earth, it is also a lyric from the opening track of the album ‘Now We Die’.  In many cultures the bloodstone has been used as an amulet to protect against evil, and is the symbol of justice. Diamonds and are hardest natural material on earth (which is how we feel about our music), and it also represents the diamond logo I drew 22 years ago (in my wife’s apartment on Dover St. in Oakland) that has become the symbol for the band.”

Bloodstone & Diamonds track listing:
1. Now We Die
2. Killers & Kings
3. Ghosts Will Haunt My Bones
4. Night Of Long Knives
5. Sail Into The Black
6. Eyes Of The Dead
7. Beneath The Silt
8. In Comes The Flood
9. Damage Inside
10. Game Over
11. Imaginal Cells (instrumental)
12. Take Me Through The Fire

More on Bloodstone & Diamonds:
Production blog #1 http://youtu.be/Hq74Yu-8fq0
Production blog #2 http://youtu.be/0SpQJRnOSOk
Production blog #3 http://youtu.be/C3cSePmUAwA
Production blog #4 http://youtu.be/Zql7AKMb6OI

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MachineHead

JOB FOR A COWBOY Release First Single from Sun Eater

job4acowboyJOB FOR A COWBOY have wrapped up music and art on their fourth full length album, Sun Eater, which will be released in North America on November 11th via Metal Blade Records. Along with producer Jason Suecof, vocalist Jonny Davy, guitarists Al Glassman and Tony Sannicandro, bassist Nick Schendzielos, and session drummer Danny Walker have crafted a cerebral and accomplished piece of technical death metal. The resulting Sun Eater does not just sound like a new record, it sounds like an entirely new band. Listen to “Sun of Nihility” and pre-order the album now at metalblade.com/jobforacowboy.

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/jobforacowboy

DECAPITATED Releases Second Album Preview

A second clip featuring 30-second previews of the last four songs from Blood Mantra, the sixth studio album by Polish technical death metallers DECAPITATED, is now available for streaming on the Nuclear Blast YouTube channel:

Watch the first album preview and lyric video for Blood Mantra and stream “The Blasphemous Psalm To The Dummy God Creation” on DECAPITATED’s YouTube play list:

Recorded under the direction of Wojtek and Slawek Wiesawski at Hertz Studio in Poland, Blood Mantra will be released in North America on September 30th.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/decapitated

REVOCATION Post Second Video From The Making of “Deathless

Deathless is set for an October 14th release, and the artwork, track listing and first single which is the title track, have been unveiled.  The album will be available in CD, 2LP and digital formats.  Get a first listen to the song HERE and be sure to pre-order the album. During the recording process, REVOCATION shot a series of videos documenting their work on Deathless.  Today the band has posted the second video in the series.

The first video in the series can be viewed HERE. The second song from Deathless entitled “Madness Opus” can be streamed HERE. (genre: technical death metal)

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Revocation

SUCH GOLD to Release The New Sidewalk

Such GoldRochester, NY based melodic hardcore punk band SUCH GOLD will release their sophomore studio album, The New Sidewalk, on November 10th via Razor & Tie.  The band has also launched the new album pre-order merch bundles at www.thenewsidewalk.com. Various bundles include album, vinyl, digital download, T-shirts, hoodie and shorts. SUCH GOLD will be hitting the road this Fall with TRANSIT and FOUR YEAR STRONG. Tour dates and tickets may be found HERE.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/suchgold

BLACK TUSK Enter the Studio to Begin Work on New Album

BLACK TUSKSavannah, Georgia’s BLACK TUSK have entered the studio to begin work on the follow-up to their last release.  The band is currently holed up in Portland, OR at Audiosiege Studios with Toxic Holocaust front man and acclaimed producer Joel Grind.  They are currently shooting for a release in the first half of 2014 via Relapse Records. BLACK TUSK’s latest release Tend No Wounds is available in CD, Vinyl and digital formats and can be ordered from the Relapse Records Store HERE.   The EP can be purchased on iTunes HERE.  (genre: heavy metal)

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BlackTusk

SKÀLMÖLD Reveal Details of Upcoming Album 

Untitled pictureThe Viking Metallers from Reykjavík are back with their third studio album Með Vættum, which will be released on November 24th (US/CAN) and December 1st (UK) via Napalm Records.

Með Vættum Track Listing
1. Að vori
2. Með fuglum
3. Að sumri
4. Með drekum
5. Að hausti
6. Með jötnum
7. Að vetri
8. Með griðungum
9. Bonus
10. Bonus

Facebook: www.facebook.com/skalmold

DOWNFALL OF GAIA Announces Aeon Unveils the Thrones of Decay

Downfall of GaiaDOWNFALL OF GAIA has just released a brand new song, as well as the cover art and track listing from their upcoming album Aeon Unveils The Thrones Of Decay. The album will be released November 11th in North America. Stream “Carved Into Shadows” and pre-order the album on CD and digitally now at www.metalblade.com/downfallofgaia. (genre: sludge metal)

Aeon Unveils The Thrones Of Decay track listing:
1. Darkness Inflames These Sapphire Eyes
2. Carved Into Shadows
3. Ascending The Throne
4. Of Stillness And Solitude
5. To Carry Myself To The Grave
6. Whispers Of Aeon
7. Excavated

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DownfallofGaia

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NONPOINT Streams Album The Return on iTunes

NonpointThe new studio album from NONPOINT, The Return, is now streaming exclusively at iTunesRadio.com/NonpointThe Return will be released next week on September 30th via Razor & Tie. The album was produced by Grammy nominated producer Johnny K (Disturbed, Staind, Megadeth) and Daniel Salcido. The Return is available for pre-order now on iTunes. NONPOINT will be headlining this Fall with support from GEMINI SYNDROME, ISLANDER and 3 YEARS HOLLOW. Tour dates and tickets may be found HERE. (genre: heavy metal)

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nonpointworld


ENABLER Signs with Century Media Records

EnablerCentury Media Records has signed Ohio-based hardcore/metal band, ENABLER. Led by frontman, songwriter, and guitarist Jeff Lohrber, ENABLER stands as one of the most honest, pissed off, and heartfelt metallic hardcore bands around today. The band’s sound, which is a unique mixture of thrash, death metal, punk rock, and hardcore has made an impact all over the world since their debut EP, Eden Sank to Grief, was first released on Andy Hurley’s (FALL OUT BOY, RAICETRATOR) FC Records in 2010. Two full length albums, three EPs, and multiple split and compilation appearances have been released on various labels since then, including the critically acclaimed 2012 break-through album, All Hail the Void, on Southern Lord Records. Following the release of La Fin Absolue Du Monde, the label offered them a deal and shortly after, plans were made to re-issue that album through Europe on December 8th.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/enablerband


CANNIBAL CORPSE: First Week Chart Numbers Revealed

Cannibal CorpseA Skeletal Domain, the latest full-length from American death metal icons, CANNIBAL CORPSE, debuted at an astounding #32 on Billboard’s Top 200 chart, making it the highest charting record in the band’s storied history! Additionally, A Skeletal Domain ranked in at #3 on the Hard Music chart, #5 on the Independent chart, #7 on Billboard’s Rock chart, #21 on the Physical Albums chart, #31 on the Top Current Albums chart, #59 on the Digital Albums chart and #4 on iTunes Metal! In Canada, the record also broke CANNIBAL CORPSE’s previous charting records landing at #21 on the Top 200 Current Albums chart, #4 on the Hard Music chart, #58 on Digital chart, #39 on iTunes’ Top 200, #5 on iTunes’ Rock chart and a flooring #2 on iTunes’ Metal chart! The band pummeled in Germany as well with A Skeletal Domain rivaling all the band’s prior positions peaking at #21 on the Top 100 Albums chart, #21 on the Media Control charts and position #19 on the Media Market charts. Elsewhere, the record debuted at #21 on the UK Rock/Metal charts, #39 on the UK Independent Albums charts, #28 in Austria and #50 in Switzerland.

In related news, CANNIBAL CORPSE is pleased to unveil the official new video for third cut of depravity, “Kill Or Become.” Shot at Kelly’s Hideaway in Seffner, Florida and directed by critically-lauded videographer David Brodsky of MyGoodEye (Goatwhore, Hellyeah, Whitechapel, Municipal Waste et al), the zombie-strewn, nightmarishly awesome clip fluctuates from color and black and white and offers up a delicious visual inundation of blood, guts and gastric fluids. Check it out at http://www.metalblade.com/cannibalcorpse. And don’t forget your chainsaw!

Check out the band’s newly launched website at http://www.cannibalcorpse.net!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cannibalcorpse


MESHUGGAH Release Trailer for Re-Mastered I EP

American Billboard Top 100 artist & 9th Wonder of the Unnatural World, Sweden’s MESHUGGAH have released a trailer for their re-mastered version of I, the band’s one song EP from 2004 set for mutant resurrection on September 30th in North America.

Watch the trailer on MESHUGGAH’s official YouTube channel:

Pre-order the I CD, digi-pak, special edition green vinyl, or t-shirt bundle HERE. (genre: extreme metal)

Facebook:  www.facebook.com/MESHUGGAH


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NIGHTWISH Confirms 2015 Headlining North American Tour with DELAIN

DelainFinland-based symphonic metal storytellers NIGHTWISH are pleased to announce their 27-date headlining tour of North America for 2015, launching in New York City on April 9th, hitting three Canadian cities plus Chicago, San Francisco, and Los Angeles, then closing out in Silver Spring, MD on May 14th.  Opening will be Dutch symphonic metallers DELAIN and the reaction to DELAIN’s live show has been nothing short of spectacular.  Tickets are on sale HERE.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nightwish


DRAGONFORCE Announces North American Tour Dates With KAMELOT

DRAGONFORCE released their latest album Maximum Overload to critical acclaim this past August on Metal Blade Records. In support of the album DRAGONFORCE has announced they will be returning to North America in 2015 on tour with KAMELOT.  The tour begins April 27th in Baltimore, MD and wraps up May 23rd in Lake Buena Vista (Orlando), FL.  Tickets are on sale now for all dates at http://www.enterthevault.com. Maximum Overload is now available at metalblade.com/dragonforce, in CD, digital, and limited edition vinyl formats!  Don’t forget to check out the band’s brand new video for “The Game.” (genre: power metal)

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dragonforce

Two GWAR Members to Join Scumdog Brothers on Tour this Fall; DECAPITATED and AMERICAN SHARKS to Support

GwarGWAR, the most brutal band in existence, has bolstered its ranks leading up to the GWAR Eternal Tour.  The Berserker Blóthar and Vulvatron are the latest intergalactic warriors to be banished to the pathetic mudball known as Planet Earth. Blóthar; a fat, filthy, frozen space viking, will take over as GWAR’s lead vocalist. The role of the red-hot cybernetic spitfire known as Vulvatron is more mysterious. Both will feature prominently in the anticipated GWAR Eternal Tour – which promises to be the most shocking and entertaining rock show of the year! Tickets and tour dates may be found HERE.

DECAPITATED will be touring the U.S. this October & November as direct support to GWAR on the first leg of the “GWAR Eternal Tour 2014” with American Sharks launching on October 15th in Norfolk, Virginia and ending in Seattle on November 12th.  Five headlining DECAPITATED off-dates have been recently announced.  Pre-sale ticket links for all dates are available on HERE. (genre: thrash metal)

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gwar

FALLUJAH Announces Pacific Northwest Tour with ARCHSPIRE

FallujahFALLUJAH will embark upon a run of Pacific Northwest dates slated to commence on October 9th in Eugene, OR, and accompanied by Canadian tech death metaler wizards, ARCHSPIRE. The tour will draw to a close October 19th in Santa Cruz, CA and marks FALLUJAH’s first appearance on British Columbia’s Vancouver Island and serves as a precursor to the band’s forthcoming European invasion later this year with DYING FETUS, GOATWHORE and MALEVOLENCE. FALLUJAH continues to tour in support of their critically-adored The Flesh Prevails full-length, released early this Summer via Unique Leader Records. Order your copy HERE. Tour dates and tickets may be found HERE.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fallujahofficial

MACABRE: October Tour With Ringworm November Mini-Tour With Carcass

MacabreChicago’s Murder Metal trio, MACABRE, is set to rampage across the US on a headlining twenty-four city slaughter spree this October. Joined by openers, PANZERFAUST, and with direct support from the mighty RINGWORM, MACABRE will spread their grisly tales of terror across the country from October third through Halloween night. The trek includes participation in Philip H. Anselmo’s second annual Housecore Horror Film Fest in Austin. A week-and-a-half later MACABRE will caravan through the Midwestern region as direct support for the legendary CARCASS, which also includes EXHUMED and NOISEM. Tour dates and tickets may be found HERE.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OFFICIALMACABRE

ioI.O. Kirkwood is a Metal Descent contributor. You can view her personal blog at iokirkwood.com.

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