Bay Area metallers Machine Head continue their live domination of North America with the announcement of a 21-show U.S. and Canadian trek in support of their debut studio album for Nuclear Blast Entertainment, which is due out this fall. With a strong and diverse line-up that features support from Finnish powerhouse Children Of Bodom and Dutch symphonic metallers Epica with American melodic death/thrash openers Battlecross, the tour launches on October 4th in Denver, Colorado and includes five Canadian cities before closing out in Hollywood, California on November 1st. Are you planning to check out this tour?
Kentucky based, one-man folkish black metal outfit Panopticon is currently streaming the entire new opus entitled Roads To The Northat this location. How would you compare it to the band's previous full-lenght effort Kentucky, released back in 2012? The album will see the light of day on August 1st via Bindrune Recordings and Nordvis.
After some previews, Wovenwar has released another song from their upcoming debut release Wovenwar, to be released next week on Metal Blade Records. You can give the song a listen at this location. The song is called "Profane". Did you enjoy that?
Another band releasing a new album this year is Winterfylleth. The UK black metallers just revealed the details of the impending The Divination Of Antiquity opus. Today you get to see the album cover, tracklist and release dates. The Divination Of Antiquity is to be released on October 6th, 2014 in the UK and the 7th of October in the rest of the world via Candlelight Records. As for the music, you have to be a little bit more patient but the frontman describes it as "melodic, passionate and expansive" and "including some slower, doomier elements."
Americans After The Burial are pleased to confirm a string of headlining tour dates across the United States, scheduled for this September and October. Several bands will be joining them on the road: Texas In July, I Declare War, Reflections, and Come The Dawn. All confirmed dates so far can be seen below, with more to follow.
Exodus have confirmed that Metallica's guitarist Kirk Hammett will guest on their upcoming new album and play a guitar solo. Kirk was of course a member of the original Exodus line-up but left to join Metallica in 1983. The rest is history. Also, on July 25th, the Fear FestEvil After Party showcased a performance by the legendary Bay Area thrashers Exodus at the San Diego Comic Con. Hammett joined the band on-stage for a few songs with bassist Robert Trujillo and other guests also making an appearance on the encore jam.
Recently, Nightrage have signed an album deal with Despotz Records. Yes, the melodic death metal band will finally release the follow-up to Insidious (2011). In fact, the group is entering the Dugout Studio (in Uppsala, Sweden) with Daniel Bergstrand on September 15th to record the new opus. A new single/video will be out this fall and the yet untitled album will surface in February 2015. Ronnie Nyman will lend his voice to the new release.
Burning Point have a new vocalist. It is Nitte Valo (former vocalist of Battle Beast) who joins the Finnish melodic metal band. The band has also recruited a new keyboardist: Jarkko Väisänen. Pete Ahonen also decided to step down from the lead vocalist position and continue as a guitarist. But there is more. The band will start recording their new album soon and the working title is Polttopiste.
The Germans Thränenkind have recently premiered a brand new video. If you perhaps never heard of them, the black metal/crust band released their debut album The Elk last year. Their newest release is another 2-track EP, called Hope(less), released via Lifeforce Records. Watch the video below for the song "April". Do you like what you hear?
Drone doom masters Sunn O))) and experimental musician Scott Walker recently announced a collaboration album and fans couldn't wait to know more about it. Well, the collaborative record between Scott Walker and Sunn O))) now has a title and release date. Soused, as it will be called, is set to be released on the 22nd of September. Soused will be a 5-track release. Let the anticipation begin...
More good news from the Far East: power metallers Galneryus have set a release date for their forthcoming album Vetelgyus. The new record will go on sale on September 24th via VAP Records. Select details about the album's contents were also divulged: in all, fans will have eleven new songs to look forward to.
Apart from joining Ulcerate on their tour in Europe accompanied by Wormed and Solace Of Requiem later this year, American technical death metallers Gigan will also headline a North American tour. They will hit the road with Pyrrhon and Artificial Brain as support in September/October on their Interstellar Intellect North American Tour 2014. As for the dates, check them out below.
Power metallers Axenstar are back with a new album this year! Three years have passed since they released their latest opus Aftermath and the Swedish group has now signed a deal with Inner Wound Recordings. Their new album, titled Where Dreams Are Forgotten, will be released later this year.
In celebration of their upcoming European tour, stoner group Red Fang have just released a free acoustic EP. The EP was recorded this past March in London as an Absolute Music Bunker session for Team Rock. The songs mark the first time the band recorded any acoustic interpretations of their material and the EP includes the original album versions of each track as well. You can download/stream the EP here. Enjoy!