“Refuge” centers on a remote town terrorized by a Yeti, the mythological creature native to the mountains of the Himalayas.
Swedish metal band Vildharta (who you should totally be listening to) has released a new track entitled “Dimman”, which comes from their upcoming album Thousands Of Evils, which is due this fall on a limited edition 12″ via Century Media Records. The track begins as a eerie acoustic track and progresses into something much more intense and vicious. You can listen to the instrumental song below.
The band will also soon be announcing a N. American tour with Veil Of Maya, Structures, Northlane, and Here Comes The Kraken.
Thousands Of Evils is the follow up to 2011′s Masstaden, which I loved. If you’re into bands like Meshuggah but love a melodically evil flavor, seriously do yourself a favor and pick up that album. READ MORE
Swedish tech metal band Vildhjarta have released a short teaser video for their new EP Regnar Bensin, which does not yet have a release date. This EP will be the newest material from the band since 2011′s Måsstaden, which was released via Century Media Records. You can watch the nearly one minute clip below. READ MORE
Century Media Records has announced the Carnival Of Sounds II sampler, which includes music from 16 artists under their label. The download is 100% free and features some really great bands, including Destiny Potato, who I’m keeping a close eye on. Also included are the badass Vildhjarta and the legendary Devin Townsend (interview). All info, including track list, can be found below. READ MORE
Jeff Loomis (who is easily one of my favorite guitarists playing today) has put out a stream of a new song entitled “A Liar’s Chain”. The song was recorded with his current touring line up of Joe Nurre (guitar and vocals), Anup Sastry (drums) and Greg Macklin (bass). You can check out the song below.
Loomis writes, “A Liar’s Chain is the first of three songs that I recorded with my band to officially debut online. We started playing it live on our last US run and it seemed to go over really well with fans. I had so much fun recording ‘Surrender’ with Ihsahn on vocals for my last solo album that I wanted to do more songs like that. Joe Nurre, who has been playing guitar in my band for the last year or so, has a pretty killer death metal voice, so I thought it would be perfect to do some more stuff like this with him as well as the rest of the guys.
I’m really looking forward to getting over to Europe again. I have so much fun there. The Euroblast tour and festival has some amazing musicians on it, which is going to be really special for me as well, as I love watching and hearing great bands play. We’re going to be playing ‘A Liar’s Chain’ as well as one other new song with Joe singing. I look forward to seeing everyone there.”
Jeff Loomis will be touring Europe on the Euroblast 2012 tour with labelmates Monuments, Vidhjarta, and Stealing Axion. Check below for the tour dates. READ MORE
The latest video for “97% Static” from Monuments looks like it was directed by J.J. Abrams. Know why? Lens flares EVERYWHERE! And if lens flares everywhere wasn’t enough, they also added in a kaleidoscope effect to ensure that you got multiple lens flares throughout. The end result? I’m blind. Check out the video below for a dazzling array of light stripes.
“97% Static” comes from Monuments latest album Gnosis (Amazon), which comes out in the US this Tuesday. The band will be touring Europe with Jeff Loomis, Vildhjarta, and Stealing Axion. Tour dates are also below. READ MORE
Fear Factory posted a tour ad mat on their Facebook that shows they will be headlining the 2012 Shockwave Tour, which will also feature Voivod, Cattle Decapitation, Misery Index, Revocation, Havok, Dirge Within, Last Chance To Reason, Vildhjarta, The Browning, and Forged In Flame. The tour will begin July 6th in Seattle and end August 4th in Hollywood. Check below for the poster with all tour dates.
Personally, I’d go for Fear Factory, Voivod, Cattle Decapitation, and Vildhjarta. That being said, 11 badass bands is gonna make for one hell of a festival! READ MORE