It’s been kind of a slow news week in the world of metal, but here’s what went down the past few days.
– Dutch progressive death metal outfit Textures have announced a release date for their upcoming album Dualism. In typical misguided record label fashion it will be released on separate dates in the US and the rest of the world. Europe, South America, Asia and Australia will see it released on September 23rd, while the US will get it on the 27th. Meaning that anyone with a computer and a slight knowledge of BitTorrent will have their illegally downloaded copy 4 days before its release. Dumb, but that argument is for a whole different article.
In addition to the release date, Textures have also released the album art, which I think is pretty cool:
Looks kind of like a stick figure drawn by Salvador Dali walking a tightrope, no? It was designed by former vocalist Erik Kalsbeek and current bassist Remko Tielemans. The album’s first single, “Reaching Home” will be released on August 19th.
I’m pretty excited for this release. I really dug their last album, Silhouettes, and am anxious to hear how they have evolved since they have never been a band to release the same record twice. It will be available via Nuclear Blast Records.
Also, be sure to catch Textures on the Frak The Gods tour with Periphery, The Human Abstract, and The Contortionist happening right now. Dates here.
– Speaking of album covers, California Re-Thrash band Warbringer have also debuted the artwork for their upcoming album Worlds Torn Asunder.
It’s definitely fitting, but nothing to write home about. Just a typical thrash metal album cover, though I will say the art is pretty cool. Not sure who designed this one.
Worlds Torn Asunder will also be released on September 27th via Century Media Records.
– Death metal masters Hate Eternal have released a video for their new single “Lake Ablaze” off of their blisteringly brutal new album Phoenix Amongst The Ashes. It was directed by metal video auteur David Brodsky, who alone is responsible for some of the coolest music videos made in recent years.
Unfortunately, this video isn’t one of them. Don’t get me wrong, it’s very well done and Brodsky has a keen eye for camera placement when it comes to filming metal bands, but it’s just boring. It’s your stereotypical “band in a warehouse surrounded by smoke cut in between blurred, unrecognizable images of some…” Shit, I’m not even going to try and pretend I know what’s going on in the random clips that pop up here and there throughout the video.
It’s definitely worth watching though, seeing as Phoenix Amongst The Ashes is easily one of the best death metal albums of the year, and “Lake Ablaze” is one ferociously heavy song.
– Last but not least, the most seriously badass leaders of the Re-Thrash movement Municipal Waste have reportedly entered the studio to record the follow-up to 2009’s Massive Aggressive.
The album will mark their debut with Nuclear Blast Records, and is set for an early-2012 release.
Can’t wait for this. Municipal Waste are easily one of the most fun bands to listen to. In fact, I think I may go crack open a beer and listen to The Art Of Partying right now. I suggest you do the same.
Until next time folks…