Heavy Metal News Week In Review: 10/03/14

by I.O. Kirkwood on October 2, 2014


HAVOK’s David Sanchez Shatters Left Wrist

Due to unforeseen circumstances, HAVOK is forced to cancel select dates on their current North American tour. David Sanchez (guitars/vocals) comments:

“Due to injury, we have been forced to cancel a few shows on our current tour with CROWBAR, REVOCATON, FIT FOR AN AUTOPSY, and ARMED FOR APOCALYPSE.  We plan to rejoin the tour in California in early October.  

While hiking in Boulder, Colorado, I took a pretty nasty fall and ended up shattering my left wrist.  Since I’m currently unable to play guitar, our friend Dan Gargiulo from REVOCATION has offered his 6-string services and will be laying down the riffage for the rest of our stint in the USA.  I will still be doing vocals on the remainder of the upcoming shows and I cannot wait to get back on the road!

I’d like to apologize to anyone that was looking forward to seeing HAVOK in these coming days.  We will definitely make it up to you.  In times like these, one must remember the ancient American proverb, ‘Shit happens.’  See you on the road!!

One last thing! Here is some good news for a change. Pete’s mom is making a full recovery from her recent accident and that means Pete Webber will be back behind the kit rejoining the tour in California.  We want to thank Marshall Wieczorek from WRETCHED for stepping in on drums and doing an awesome job on such short notice.”

Go HERE for upcoming tour dates.


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ENSIFERUM Nearing Completion on Recording New Album

EnsiferumENSIFERUM have been locked away in Astia Studio (astiastudio.fi) in Lappeenranta in Finland with producer Anssi Kippo for three weeks. Drums, bass, and most of the guitar parts have been recorded. At the end of last week, guest musician Timo Väänänen tracked some takes with his kantele, and over the weekend, vocalist Petri Lindroos began tracking vocals! The album is tentatively scheduled for release worldwide on Metal Blade Records in early 2015. (genre: folk metal)

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Ensiferum 

ENSLAVED Enter the Studio to Record 13th Album

enslavedThe thirteenth studio installment by Norway’s progressive extreme metallers ENSLAVED is now underway. Main recordings for the as-yet-untitled new album are taking place at Duper and Solslottet Studios in Bergen, Norway with additional recordings done at Conclave & Earshot Studios (presided over by ENSLAVED members Larsen and Ice Dale), and Ivar Bjørnson’s Peersonal Sound Studios. Additional experimentation and sonic exploration will be conducted deep in the woods of Valevåg south of Bergen where the band took a mobile studio to record the infamous “Thorn” 7” single in 2012.

The album will be produced by band members Ivar Bjørnson, Grutle Kjellson & Herbrand Larsen together with Iver Sandøy.  Mixing will be done by Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studios in Örebro, Sweden.

Facebook: www.facebook.com/ENSLAVED

REVOCATION Post Third Video From The Making of “Deathless”

revocaREVOCATION’s Deathless is set for an October 14th release via Metal Blade Records.  The album will be available in CD, 2LP and digital formats.  Get a first listen to the title track HERE and be sure to pre-order the album. During the recording process, the band shot a series of videos documenting their work on Deathless.  Today the band has posted the third video in the series.  The new video can be seen HERE.  The first video in the series can be viewed HERE and the second can be seen HERE

The second song from Deathless entitled “Madness Opus” can be streamed HERE. (genre: technical death metal)

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/revocation

AVERSIONS CROWN: Lyric Video & New Album Details

Six-headed death metal outfit AVERSIONS CROWN will unleash their Nuclear Blast Entertainment debut this November! Tyrant will be released on November 24th in digital and physical formats. Pre-order your copy from this location. Tyrant, the follow-up to the band’s 2011 debut Servitude, was created in the oppressive heat of Brisbane’s summer with THY ART IS MURDER’s Andy Marsh producing and Mark Lewis (WHITECHAPEL, CARNIFEX) of Audio Hammer mixing. With a thematic fixation on dystopian nightmares and hostile extraterrestrial encounters, the relentless barrage AVERSIONS CROWN churn out across these ten songs will soundtrack either a solid Halo session or the coming invasion. The striking artwork was created by Swedish visionary Pär Olofsson, who has worked with acts like PSYCROPTIC, ABORTED, ABYSMAL DAWN, and THE FACELESS. 

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

PRIMORDIAL To Release New Full-Length This November

PrimordialDublin’s extreme metal exports, PRIMORDIAL, will release their long-anticipated new studio album, Where Greater Men Have Fallen, in North America on November 25th, 2014 via Metal Blade Records. Point your browser to http://www.metalblade.com/primordial for a host of preorder options. The record will come available as a standard jewelcase-CD and on vinyl in various color variants. Where Greater Men Have Fallen will also be released as a limited European deluxe edition wood boxset which includes a CD+DVD digibook, an exclusive 7″, a leather wristband, a poster and a certificate of authenticity. Sample the dark, victorious cadence of title track “Where Greater Men Have Fallen,” with the official new lyric video now playing HERE. PRIMORDIAL will host a record release party show in Dublin on November 29th and will play three shows in the UK including their first Glasgow appearance in ten years. Tickets can be found HERE.

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/primordialofficial

Poland’s VESANIA Announce New Album Deus Ex Machina

VesaniaVESANIA, the Polish symphonic black metal act that features current and former members of BEHEMOTH, DIMMU BORGIR, VADER, and DECAPITATED have been toiling for over a decade. The band’s fourth full-length album, and first since 2007, is finally scheduled for release on October 28, 2014 via Metal Blade Records. The brand new track, “Innocence,” can be heard now on metalblade.com/vesania, where fans can also pre-order a copy of the album!

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

GOATSNAKE Announces New Album

goatsnakeThe new GOATSNAKE album, due for a release on Southern Lord next year, will feature the familiar faces of Greg Rogers (THE OBSESSED,SONIC MEDUSA), providing drums, Greg Anderson of SUNNO))) taking care of the riffs, Pete Stahl (SCREAM, WOOL, EARTHLINGS?) on vocals, and new bassist Scott Renner (SONIC MEDUSA, SOURVEIN). Joining them again on production duties is Nick Raskulinecz, who since being introduced to Dave Grohl during the recording sessions of Flower Of Disease, has gone on to work with seminal artists such as RUSH, ALICE IN CHAINS, DEFTONES and GHOST, and has won Grammys with the FOO FIGHTERS. United again, he and the band are sure to serve a menacing cut of the time-honored ultra-heavy rock they are infamous for.

ANNIHILATED: Extreme Death Metal Unit To Release Debut

California-based extreme death metal perpetrators, ANNIHILATED , featuring within its ranks current and former members of ABYSMAL DAWN, GROTESQUE, EXCRETION, and ARKAIK, will release their debut full-length XIII Steps To Ruination. As an added bonus, XIII Steps To Ruination features guest appearances by Sven De Caluwe (ABORTED), Monte Pittman (PRONG), Peter Truax (VESTERIAN, EYES OF FIRE) and Eric Stobel (PLAGUEREAPER, P.O.R.). View the official lyric video for the title track.

XIII Steps To Ruination will see release via Unique Leader Records on October 28th in North America, October 31st in Europe and November 3rd in the UK. Preorder your copy today at THIS LOCATION.

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

DECAPITATED: New Album Stream Now Available

Blood Mantra, the sixth studio album by Polish technical death metallers DECAPITATED, is now available for streaming in its entirety on the Metal Hammer website, which hails the new release as “another reminder why DECAPITATED have remained one of the most important extreme metal bands.”

Listen to the evidence here: http://metalhammer.teamrock.com/news/2014-09-26/world-exclusive-decapitated-blood-mantra-album-stream

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

WITHIN TEMPTATION ‘S Enter and The Dance to be Re-Issued

WinTemptationNovember 10th, Nuclear Blast Entertainment will re-issue two long out-of-print WITHIN TEMPTATION releases on one CD: 1997’s full-length debut album Enter and the 1998 EP The Dance.  No longer hard to find, this 2-in-1 WITHIN TEMPTATION re-issue is now available for pre-order from the Nuclear Blast USA WebshopWith sold-out shows in San Francisco & Denver, fans are encouraged to purchase pre-sale tickets for the remaining dates on WITHIN TEMPTATION’s Hydra World Tour. Pre-sale ticket links are available at www.within-temptation.com/ontour/. (genre: symphonic power metal)

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IN SOLITUDE Release Sister on White Vinyl and Cassette

In SolitudeIN SOLITUDE released a white vinyl edition of their latest, critically acclaimed album Sister. As usual the vinyl will be limited so be quick! There’s also “white bundles” available, coming with an exclusive shirt design – check it out and order your copy HERE at EMP or HERE at their ebay-store. There are now also cassette editions of Sister and The World.The Flesh.The Devil available. Both titles are only available at the upcoming European headliner tour together with Finnish Rockers BEASTMILK starting October, 2nd in Malmö, Sweden! Listen to IN SOLITUDE at www.metalblade.com/insolitude. (genre: heavy metal)

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


piercetheveilWith more than half of “The World Tour’s” Leg One already sold out, SLEEPING WITH SIRENS and PIERCE THE VEIL announce Leg Two of their five-month, multi-leg, co-headline global trek, and Rockstar Energy Drink is on board to present all dates.  Leg Two launches on Friday, January 23, 2015 in PIERCE THE VEIL’s hometown of San Diego, CA, and follows the 19+ Leg One stops that play from November 5 through December 6 (all dates below).  The 30 concerts will hit all four corners of the continent in early 2015, from Phoenix to Pittsburgh, Miami to Seattle, San Francisco to New York, and Dallas to Chicago.  PTV and SWS will alternate the closing spot, and Leg Two support acts will be announced shortly.  VIP Packages and limited pre-sale tickets are available now at www.theworldtour.info.  Tickets go on sale to the public Saturday, October 4 at 10:00AM local time. (genre: post-hardcore)

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


FOZZY Announce The CinderBlock Party Headlining Tour

FozzyCurrently in the midst of a successful US run with Theory of A Deadman, FOZZY announce The Cinderblock Party Tour, a headlining run in support of their new single and title track of their most recent album, Do You Wanna Start A War. The Cinderblock Party Tour is a 19-date trek kicking off in Flint, MI on November 20th with special guests TEXAS HIPPIE COALITION and SHAMAN’S HARVEST. A full set of dates can be seen below.  In other news, FOZZY is proud and honored to announce the addition of JEFF ROUSE as their new bass player. Tour dates and tickets can be found HERE. (genre: heavy metal)

Facebook: facebook.com/FozzyRock


It Lies WithinIT LIES WITHIN,  currently on tour with THE ILLUMINATION (InVogue Records)and  recently toured with ONE YEAR LATER and CURSES while playing Dirt Fest, has just announced that they will be supporting THE BROWNING (Earache Records) on the Cat Clothing presents The Respect Strength Loyalty tour. The tour’s announced dates runs from November 28th through December 20th, with more dates to be announced. Tickets may be purchased HERE. (genre: metalcore)

Facebook:  www.facebook.com/itlieswithin

CDC Confirms European Autumn Tour

CDCLansdale, Pennsylvania-based hardcore outfit, CDC, has announced the band’s upcoming return to the European continent next month on a two week tour.  Earlier this year CDC recorded five new tracks with Vince Ratti at Skylight Studios and mastered by Will Yip at Studio 4, now coming together for release at the beginning of 2015 in the form of the End, their first new release since 2009. End will come out as a split label release between European label Beatdown Hardwear and Pennsylvania-based Get This Right Records, which is partially owned/operated by CDC drummer John Bowes, the band’s current lineup also still including original members, vocalist Brooke Schwartz and guitarist Brendan Hagey, with John Lowe from Rock Bottom filling in as live bassist.

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

EXODUS Premieres 3rd Bonus DVD Trailer

exodusIn the third of five exclusive trailers on GUITAR WORLD.com that showcases material from the bonus “Making Of” DVD entitled Blood Upon The Goat, fans get a glimpse at some raw footage of in-studio vocal tracking with EXODUS lead vocalist Steve “Zetro” Souza, who also discusses his return and proudly proclaims: “Our fans have kept us relevant for 30 years; we owe them everything.” Watch the third trailer HERE. Blood In, Blood Out is due out in North America on October 14th; the digi-pak version will include a bonus DVD.  (genre: thrash metal) Previous DVD trailers include:

Part 1 featuring guitarist & songwriter Gary Holt
Part 2 featuring guitarist Lee Altus

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

Devin Townsend Launches ZTV and New Ziltoid Site

Devin TownsendDevin Townsend has announced the launch of ZTV, a brand new video series starring the inimitable Ziltoid, as well as a brand new interactive site dedicated to him. Following on from the announcement of the Z² double-album, which is due for release on the 27th October 2014 in Europe and 28th October 2014 in the US, the newest glimpse into the Ziltoid story can be viewed here: www.ziltoid.com. Pre-orders for the Z² album are also now available from the following places: OMerch and InsideOutMusic Shop. DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT have already confirmed US tour dates for later this year, co-headlining with ANIMALS AS LEADERS with support from MONUMENTS. Tour dates and tickets can be found HERE. (genre: heavy metal)

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/dvntownsend 

Noisey Presents NOLA: Life, Death And Heavy Blues From The Bayou Episodes 2 & 3

nolaToday Vice Magazine’s music portal, Noisey, presents the second and third episodes of NOLA: Life, Death And Heavy Blues From The Bayou, a seven-part series examining the people and the culture that helped spawn bands like DOWN, EYEHATEGOD, CROWBAR, ACID BATH and so many others.

In part two, Mike IX Williams discusses finding kindred spirits in Jimmy Bower and Joey LaCaze and creating a band, “that’s like Sabbath, but a punk band,” with EYEHATEGOD. Enduring hardships like drugs and Hurricane Katrina, EYEHATEGOD persevered into 2013, only to have tragedy strike yet again.

The third segment finds the Noisey team on a fishing trip with Bower. Here Bower discusses his time with SHELL SHOCK, the origins of EYEHATEGOD and his place in the sound of New Orleans, including where he thinks the roots of the music lie.

Watch Episode Two, Now Playing At THIS LOCATION.

Watch episode three, now playing at THIS LOCATION. “Gank it.”

EYEHATEGOD is currently on tour. You can find tour dates and tickets HERE.

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/OfficialEyeHateGod

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

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