We’ve already known that Chimaira successfully funded their Indiegogo campaign. They’re now up to $45,261 with 10 days left, which is more than the $30,000 they were originally seeking. The band aren’t planning on doing anything extravagant with the extra funds, like hiring a hit man. Instead, they say they’ll use the money for production, more videos, and increased touring, to places they haven’t been before. And while you’ve already gotten to hear a song from Crown of Phantoms, the band have issued an update that features another minute or so of another song. Check it out at about 1:40 in the above video. Here’s what the band had to say:
“A huge thank you to all Chimaira fans for helping us surpass our goal in such a short amount of time. We’re truly humbled and will be delivering the greatest content possible to all of you. We’ve now added a few more perks that involve Performing On-Stage, Submitting Video Content For Our YouTube, and Signed Drum Heads / Sticks.
“The additional funds raised beyond our goal will be put toward allowing us to tour extensively during this album cycle as well as the creation of additional quality media content. Please continue to spread the word and thank you all so much!”
Crown of Phantoms will be out on July 30 on eOne.
ASG’s fourth album, Blood Drive, isn’t necessarily a bold departure for the band, but that’s a good thing. The band’s first album for Relapse, due out on May 28 is a perfect blend of Torche-like major key stoner sludge and straight-forward rock that wouldn’t sound out of place on a Queens of the Stone Age album, even though a review mentioned in the press release says that mentioning them alongside those bands is an understatement. But don’t take our word for it, the albums is streaming online at Pitchfork. We caught them live about a month ago, and they were great. If you’re going to the Scion Rock Fest in Memphis on June 1, you’ll get a chance to see them there.
On a week like this, metal has to fight for its new releases to get recognized. We have a short list today. Let’s just get right to it so you can get to buying some of these new albums!
Airbourne, Black Dog Barking (Roadrunner)
This album was first announced back in November 2011, so it’s been in the works for some time. After the success of No Guts. No Glory., Airbourne has a lot to live up to on this new album. Although the album only peaked at #90 on the US charts, No Guts. No Glory. broke into the top 20 in nine other countries, and even reached the top 10 in three of the nine. Improving on those performances could mean even greater recognition and appreciation worldwide, and for a band as young as Airbourne, that would be a very impressive feat. With eleven different songs featured in video games, two different songs used as WWE event themes, several song credits in movies and TV, and massive worldwide touring credentials, Airbourne are still rising and ready to take over the rock scene with their fresh take on classic sounds.
Also being released this week:
U.D.O., Steelhammer (AFM)
Timo Tolkki’s Avalon The Land Of New Hope (Frontiers)
A Pale Horse Named Death, Lay My Soul to Waste (Steamhammer/SPV)
Helix, R-O-C-K! Best of 1983-2012 (Cleopatra)
Saffire, From Ashes to Fire (Inner Wound)
Zed Desperation Blues (I And I)
Next Week: After a stellar comeback four years ago, one of the greatest grunge bands in history releases the long-awaited sequel to the comeback. Let’s see how it goes for them in seven days!
Over the last few weeks, Queens of the Stone Age have been teasing the shit out of us. They’ve been releasing pieces of their forthcoming album, …Like Clockwork, via their website in advance of the album’s release on June 4th. Perhaps even more compelling has been the visual component. UK artist Boneface and animator Liam Brazier have concocted a dark animated landscape that accompanies what we’ve heard of the album so far very nicely. Now you can see the whole 15 minute version of the film. Check it out after the jump. Read more »
Australian prog-metallers Karnivool have returned with a song from their forthcoming third album, and it’s a good one. The band have been playing “The Refusal” live for the last two years or so, but the studio version made its premiere last night on Australian radio station Triple J, and is available as a free download here. It’s much heavier than anything that was on their breakthrough sophomore album, Sound Awake, starting out with screamed vocals reminiscent of Refused before reaching a more subdued coda after the midsection. It’s still melodic and proggy, though. The new album, which is unnamed and has no set release date yet, was recorded last year with producer Nick DiDia (Mastodon, Rage Against the Machine). If this is any indication of the rest of the album, we’re looking forward to it immensely.
Over the weekend, Megadeth premiered “Kingmaker,” another new song from Super Collider. It’s certainly heavier than the title track. In fact, if you’re a fan of Black Sabbath’s “Children of the Grave,” you’ll definitely like this song, since the verses are pretty much similar. But the song’s one of the riffier songs that they’ve written since Chris Broderick joined the band, and it’s going to sound great being played live.
Super Collider is out on June 4 and can be preordered here.
Last month, The Black Dahlia Murder treated fans to the new song “Into The Everblack.” And now we have another taste of their new album Everblack, out on June 11 via Metal Blade Records, courtesy of Revolver.
Titled “Raped In Hatred by Vines Of Thorn,” the song is as brutal as its song title and pays tribute to one of Trevor Strnad’s favorite horror films, Evil Dead. More specifically, the tree rape scene from Evil Dead. In case you weren’t convinced the song was inspired by said horror scene, Revolver also shared lyrics from “Raped In Hatred by Vines Of Thorn.” Check out both the song and the lyrics below. Read more »
Queens of the Stone Age are pretty much releasing all of their new album, …Like Clockwork, in little pieces, and we’re all the better for it. Thanks to the disturbing, yet visually arresting work of UK artist Boneface, each clip has been accompanied by some truly unique animation of a dystopian world. The latest is for the song “If I Had A Tail,” which features Josh Homme’s former bassist Nick Oliveri and his wife Brody Dalle on it. It’s a midtempo bluesy song that fits in alongside the rest of the music we’ve heard from the album, which comes out on June 4. Over half the song is featured in the clip. If the band comes out with a special edition of the album with all of the video clips that they’ve been releasing online, it pretty much instantly becomes something most fans would want to buy. Check out the clip after the jump. Read more »
It’s been a few years since Chimaira’s last album, The Age of Hell. Since then, they’ve overhauled their lineup and launched a successful crowdfunding campaign for a fan edition of their upcoming album, Crown of Phantoms (maybe they should have called it a crown-funding campaign?).When we caught up with Mark Hunter late last year, he said that the band was “deep into the process” of recording their next album. Then they played a new song called “I Despise” at their annual Christmas concert. And now we have our first official taste of the band’s seventh album via a studio track called “All That’s Left is Blood.” As you’d expect from a song called that, the song is pretty heavy. Check it out after the jump.
Crown of Phantoms is out on July 30 on eOne Music. Read more »
We Butter The Bread With Butter may sound like a goofy name for a band. In fact, it is, but this German quartet mean business and have a seriously loyal fan base in their home country. They’ve even gained a following in the States without any proper release (or even stepping foot on U.S. soil). Well, now WBTBWB is setting their sights on America with their new EP Projekt Herz, due out on June 4. The release’s first single “USA” (a fitting song to introduce the Germans to America, eh?) is set to debut on Sirius XM’s Liquid Metal soon, but a lyric video for it can be seen above. The EP will be followed by the band’s full-length Goldkinder later this summer and a soon-to-be-announced first ever U.S. tour.