Italian brutal/symphonic death metallers Fleshgod Apocalypse have revealed the cover artwork for their new album "Agony".
The band comments : “The album cover is about the eternal struggle of mankind; we’re condemned to live facing our evil side, which dwells in every one of us. We are like tied to the ground, forced in chains that can't be broken, so the man in the cover is representing all humanity and its eternal agony, knowing that it's almost impossible to liberate ourselves from the obscurity of our nature. Unless we decide to admit to ourselves who we are and face our doom, that would be the only way to free our kind and rise to an higher conscience, someday.”
Catch Fleshgod Apocalypse during the "Summer Slaughter Tour" :
Jul. 22 - Los Angeles, CA - House Of Blues
Jul. 23 - Anaheim, CA - The Grove
Jul. 25 - Portland, OR - Roseland Theatre
Jul. 26 - Seattle, WA - King Cat Theatre
Jul. 28 - Sacramento, CA - Ace Of Spades
Jul. 29 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore
Jul. 30 - San Diego, CA - House Of Blues
Jul. 31 - Scottsdale, AZ - The Venue Scottsdale
Aug. 02 - Denver, CO – Summit Music Hall
Aug. 04 - Louisville, KY - Expo Five
Aug. 05 - Detroit, MI - St. Andrews
Aug. 06 - Milwaukee, WI - The Rave
Aug. 07 - Cleveland, OH - House Of Blues
Aug. 08 - Chicago, IL - House Of Blues
Aug. 09 - Toronto, ON - Sound Academy
Aug. 10 - Montreal, QC – Olympia
Aug. 11 - New York, NY - Irving Plaza
Aug. 12 - Worcester, MA - The Palladium
Aug. 13 - Philadelphia, PA - Theatre Of Living Arts
Aug. 14 - Sayreville, NJ - Starland Ballroom
Aug. 16 - Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade
Aug. 17 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Revolution
Aug. 19 - Houston, TX - House Of Blues
Aug. 20 - San Antonio, TX - Backstage Live
Aug. 21 - Dallas, TX - House Of Blues
Dutch symphonic black metallers Carach Angren have released a video for "The Sighting is a Portent of Doom", which can be viewed below. The song comes off the group's latest album "Death Came Through A Phantom Ship", available via Maddening Media.
Finnish melodic death metallers Insomnium have set "One For Sorrow" as the title of their new effort, which will be released in October via Century Media. Video footage from the Fantom studios (in Tempere, Finland) can be viewed below.
Swedish folk metallers Falconer have released a video for "Vid Rosornas Grav", which can be viewed today at this location. The song comes off the group's new album "Armod", available via Metal Blade Records.
Comments guitarist Stefan Weinerhall: "The video for 'Vid Rosornas Grav' is re-enacting a story that took place not far from where we live. It gives you a vision of what position you would have 150 years ago if you were just a common man or serf.
It surely doesn't look like a metal video in the beginning but then again, when have Falconer ever been about being as metal as possible. The video is once again produced and directed by www.1897.se that also did the video for 'Carnival of disgust'".
In Flames will release their new effort "Sounds Of A Playground Fading" via Century Media on the following dates :
Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Norway: Friday, June 17
Finland, Hungary: Wednesday, June 22
Spain, Italy: Tuesday, June 21
Rest Of Europe: Monday, June 20
North America: Tuesday, June 21
Australia, New Zealand: Friday, June 24
The album is now available for streaming in its entirety at this location.
Video footage of Slipknot playing at the Sonisphere festival in Athens, Greece can be viewed below. It was the first time the band played without Paul Gray, who died in May 2010. The setlist was as follows :
03. Wait And Bleed
04. The Blister Exists
06. Before I Forget
07. Pulse Of The Maggots
10. The Heretic Anthem
12. Spit It Out
13. People = Shit
Municipal Waste have issued the following statement :
“It took a real long time to decide what we were going to do for our next record. We wanted to work with a label that were not only fans of the band and our music, but were willing to get behind any ridiculous idea that we could think of. Once we realized this, Nuclear Blast was the obvious choice. The Blast has been friends with the band long before doing a record was even a possibility. I feel like we’re starting off with a clean slate and decade of experience to start back up on the right track. Expect some great things in the near future from the WASTE. This is only the beginning!” -Foresta
"Nuclear Blast has shown their love for the WASTE for years. And when it came time for a new deal, it was a no brainer in my eyes. NB all the way. We are thrilled to be included among a roster of great bands and hard working people that love them. I can't wait to get into that studio!" -Witte
The band will be entering the studio this summer to record their fifth full-length album.
Swedish power metallers Sabaton will release their first live album "World War Live: Battle Of The Baltic Sea" on August 5 via Nuclear Blast. The track list for the limited first edition 2CD/DVD is as follows :
Battle Of The Baltic Sea
(Live At Sabatoncruise, Dec. 2010):
01. The March To War (Intro)
02. Ghost Division
04. Aces In Exile
05. Cliffs Of Gallipoli
06. White Death
07. Swedish Pagans
10. The Art Of War
11. Attero Dominatus
12. The Price Of A Mile
13. Primo Victoria
14. Metal Medley
15. Dead Soliders Waltz (Outro)
World War Tour Live
(Recorded during World War Tour 2010):
01. Screaming Eagles
02. Coat Of Arms
03. Into The Fire
05. Final Solution
06. Back In Control
10. Panzer Battalion
11. Rise Of Evil
US melodic tech-death metallers World Under Blood will release their debut album "Tactical" on July 29 via Nuclear Blast. The track listing for the CD is as follows :
1. A God Among The Waste
2. Into The Arms Of Cruelty
4. Dead And Still In Pain
5. Purgatory Dormitory
6. Under The Autumn Low
7. I Can't Stand His Name
8. Revere's Tears (with intro)
9. Wake Up Dead (Megadeth cover song)
10. Alliance Or War (iTunes exclusive Malevolent Creation cover song)
In support of their new album "Khaos Legions", Arch Enemy will embark on a North American tour in September. Support on the trek will come from DevilDriver, Skeletonwitch and Chthonic.
Vocalist Angela Gossow comments : "We pledge to the United States of America and its beautiful neighbor Canada that we will only bring the utmost heavy metal ‘Khaos’ to your shores! We can't wait to kick off this tour come September. After all the European summer festivals, we are ready to fire!"
Guitarist Michael Amott : "We are very happy to be coming back to the US and Canada hot on the heels of our new Khaos Legions opus! We're working on a special set list and some other surprises. We chose the other bands on the bill because they are all killer, and bring their own terrifying brand of brutal steel! Yes, good times lie ahead for the metal connoisseur of North America!"
The dates are as follows :
Sept. 08 – Baltimore, MD – Rams Head
Sept. 09 – New York, NY – Best Buy Theater
Sept. 10 – Worcester, MA – The Palladium
Sept. 12 – Quebec City, QC – Imperial
Sept. 13 – Montreal, QC – Metropolis
Sept. 14 – Toronto, ON - Phoenix
Sept. 17 – Winnipeg, MB – The Garrick Center
Sept. 19 – Calgary, AB - MacEwan Hall
Sept. 20 – Edmonton, AB – Edmonton Events Centre
Sept. 22 – Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom
Sept. 23 – Seattle, WA - Showbox
Sept. 24 – Spokane, WA – Knitting Factory
Sept. 26 – San Francisco, CA – Regency Center
Sept. 27 – Los Angeles, CA – Nokia Theatre
Sept. 29 – Phoenix, AZ – The Marquee
Sept. 30 – Albuquerque, NM - The Sunshine Theater
Oct. 01 – Denver, CO – The Gothic Theater
Oct. 03 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
Oct. 04 – Chicago, IL – House of Blues
US thrashers Warbringer have set "Worlds Torn Asunder" as the title for their new effort, which will be released in September via Century Media. The album was produced by Steve Evetts, who has previously worked with The Dillinger Escape Plan, Sepultura, Symphony X ...
Frontman John Kevill comments : "With this record we were trying to do 2 things, to make something that progressed in new directions from our previous work, but also to keep all the speed and intensity at the forefront. I really think we've pulled that off with this record, we have a great and diverse batch of songs. Musically I think we have songs on this record that move forward from the styles of both our previous records, and some that go in completely new directions that the band has never done before. We are really excited to put this record out, we are really trying to raise the bar with this one."
1. Living Weapon
2. Shattered Like Glass
3. Wake Up... Destroy
4. Future Ages Gone
6. Treacherous Tongue
7. Echoes From The Void
8. Enemies of the State
9. Behind the Veils of Night
10. Demonic Ecstasy
Polish death metallers Vader will release their new effort "Welcome To The Morbid Reich" on August 12 via Nuclear Blast Records. The band has revealed the cover artwork, created by Zbigniew Bielak who has previously worked with Destroyer 666 and Watain.
"At the Mountains of Madness", a brand new track from US thrashers Diamond Plate, can be streamed at this location. The song comes off the group's debut album "Generation Why ?" due to be released on August 29th via Earache Records.
Guitarist Konrad Kupiec comments : "All of us couldn't be more excited to release 'At the Mountains of Madness' as the first song off 'Generation Why?'. With the original video for this song nearing 100,000 views on YouTube, 'Mountains' is arguably the song most people know us by, and we want to give old and new fans the perfect representation of how much we've improved over the past few years. With this album, the band sounds tighter and heavier, while the song-writing is more focused than ever.
The song is inspired by the H.P. Lovecraft novel of the same name, although we went deeper than the classic horror story of the novel and made our own social commentary present in the lyrics. As to our theme, that is for the listener to interpret and figure out.
Right now we're actually hard at work at writing for the second album (very inspired and not wasting any time haha), while simultaneously preparing to hit the road for the first time in August. With touring plans already in the works until next year, we will be out for a long time."
Greek metallers Firewind will embark on their first North American headlining tour in October. The dates are as follows :
Oct 09 St Petersburg, FL @ The State Theater
Oct 10 Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
Oct 11 Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
Oct 12 New York, NY @ Gramercy Theater
Oct 13 Manchester, NH @ Rocko's
Oct 14 Montreal, QC @ Les Foufounes Electriques
Oct 15 Ottawa, ON @ Maverick's
Oct 16 Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's
Oct 18 Joliet, IL @ Mojoe's
Oct 19 St Paul, MN @ Station 4
Oct 20 Winnipeg, MB @ The Osborne Village Inn
Oct 21 Edmonton, AB @ Pawn Shop
Oct 22 Kelowna, BC @ Sapphire Nightclub
Oct 23 Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theater
Oct 24 Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
Oct 25 Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater
Oct 26 San Francisco, CA @ Slim's
Oct 27 Hollywood, CA @ The Whisky A Go Go
"Born to Lose", a brand new song from US Christian metalcore band The Devil Wears Prada is available for streaming at this location. The track comes off the group's new album, which will be released on September 13. Commented vocalist Mike Hranica : "The new record contains the heavy aspects of the Zombie EP, meshed with the melody of the full-lengths. ‘Born To Lose’ captures some of those elements and serves as a comprehensive preview to the album. By all means I'd call it our most emotional, well-written album to date."